lou

Murrieta, CA

#41 Jun 15, 2012
As I recall the kid who jumped on the rat had a dad that was tall, thin and had red hair, the short slighty robust scotch man's drinking partner was a short lady with scottish background, the ones who stayed there with my grandparents were wee genie she was from scotland, and the dowd family jimmy and mary dowd, their mom was from scotland, the nichols family from brooklyn whose grandad was from scotland, so all in all it was fun just listening to them tell story's and talk with their scottish brogue.....
Deb

Brooklyn, NY

#42 Jun 15, 2012
Lou wrote:
Deb, did you know the mcewan, malloy, spadaforo families? The mcewans were my grandparents, and my uncle butchie and tommy went to the wagon wheel and waited for their parents to finish drinking so they could walk them back to where they were staying, I remember the singer at the wagon wheel, great voice, then another scotch family with 2 kids a boy with red hair and a girl, we met up at the pavilion bar, the owner of that one Tom was scotch and had a birthday every summer and brought a band to the bar to play those scotch tunes and happy birthday, me and the boy and girl climbed over down to the beach and ran around there and played, we climbed the fence under the boardwalk and he jumped right onto a rat and yelled, his sister just looked at him as I did also, we had fun, I remember the way the coloreds were coralled in the general store picnic area during their bus trips from newark during the riot summers of '65 and '67, two black guys went to the pavillion and stood in the doorway, I looked to see what would happen, then one of the guys walked up to the bar, the bartender told him he didn't want any trouble to start and if he gave him a beer that the other customers would start trouble, we left, the next day we went back and found out sure enough there was a scuffle but no one was hurt, I was 12 then but I should have said something on the 2 guys behalf such as most of the people at the bar were church goers and supposedly loved the Lord, I now regret not saying something, anyway, I had to laugh later on when I was in the navy and went back to keansburg and wanted to have a beer, I walked into the wagon wheel then went down to another bar near my aunt and uncles house on liberty place, I left and told them bout the beer and bar and asked my uncle if he wanted to go there and have a drink and play pool, my cousin rosie and coleen both laughed, then they told me those bars were gay bars, I didn't know, I would have went to another bar had I know that, we all laughed......I was surprised at the big change there was in keansburg in 1969 when we went back for the day, the stands prizes were mostly mirrors with rock groups on them, I didn't go back there until my uncle bought his place in '75 I should have went back there earlier and enjoyed the fun........
Boy you have great memory if you can remember names!! I had a brother 2 years younger than me named Mark, but he had brown hair not red. I didn't know anyone in the wagon wheel since the only time I went there was to holler to my grandfather that dinner was ready, or my grandmother wanted him....I remember the grandson of millie who owned the bungalows because he was my age and we played with him every summer...he had sandy blonde hair and I had such a crush on him. I was a tomboy so we would explore all over the neighborhood. One summer we found milkweed, and we thought we discovered a "silk" supply and we were going to be rich!!

That story about the bar in later years is funny..as far as the incident earlier in your life, don't be so hard on yourself. I know in some ways things are still just as bad at times, all you need to do is look on you tube to find many disturbing things....but you were just 12 then and I don't think we felt as empowered as kids today to speak out. It's funny though, I don't remember anything disturbing or negative about my time there.....except maybe the tar that often washed up on the beach....I didn't even realize how close we were to newark and nyc until as an adult, I took my eldest son there for a day!! Talk about living in a "fantasy" world!
Lou

Murrieta, CA

#43 Jun 16, 2012
Yeah that milweed, heard something like that, paulie and his sister stayed in the bungalow down by street from where we rented on bellevue, to get to his place you had to go through a slim short cut walkway and came out into their yard, me and paulie had a falling out so I left, all the kids were told about the long stem pussywillows by someones dad and someone called them milweed there, its a small world....I think it was bart's dad with the old oldsmobile...I don't take things hard, it wasn't disturbing either, I only thought of it since it happened in keansburg in the 60's and the mayor was there telling everyone in the enclosure that he'd get the waitress or someone over so they could order food....we didn't have a know newark thing, we seen plenty of newark on t.v. and that was enough.....I recall those beaches, walking up and down, the juice man walking and selling juices in a container, us kids with our animal life rings and those new slide on sand foam things with the rope on it, the jelly fish and horseshoe crabs washing ashore, I got stung, the tar in pieces and the driftwood, I think we knew mark, i was 12 in '67, we all got our baseball gloves out andmade up sides and played across from the beach, a lot where they parked cars was empty at the time, just near the boardwalk, a lot of us kids got together, with this one kid always saying ukuray, he was funny, one kid we played with I met in the Navy, his last name was Gray, can't remember the 1st name now, it turned out we both played ball and ran around keansburg together those 1960 days, its a small world at times, nice remembering since that was the best time of my years its great......God bless +
Deb

Brooklyn, NY

#44 Jun 16, 2012
yep...horseshoe crabs, tar and driftwood....ice cream waffles sausage and peppers (the REAL boardwalk kind where its actually made on the boardwalk, not "boiled" then finished on the grill) and vinegar fries.....
playing, playing, and more playing.....swimming and sand castles, rides, jelly doughnuts and pouting when it was time to go home.....I wish for just one day back there again with my family.....all crammed into one of millie's bungalows for a night.....
Lou

Murrieta, CA

#45 Jun 17, 2012
Perhaps in Gods' great kingdom he has those days waiting again, susan grilled good sausage and meatballs also at the pavilion, she married the guy who owned the shoot the star completely out game, i liked that spin art for 50 cents, it spun and the paint was poured onto the board spinning, and of course granny glasses to look cool, i recall the street where we stayed in 1 year had 2 stoop apartments, lots of kids for us to play with, i watch my nice and the other kids run and play now and it sure makes me happy seeing them have a good time.....people with their drag nets catching those little black and silver fish, i kept them in a pail then threw them back into the water......okay gotta go, take care.
Lou

Murrieta, CA

#46 Jun 17, 2012
Deb, You reminded me of something, a family on a couple of beach towels, 1 young lady complaining its hot, 2 boys and 1 girl walking on the sand, I came up on them I was their age, 1 kid was saying donna, the other boy talking to the girl and asking her "will we marry" it was a hot day around 1963 or 64, then we picked up some drift wood from the water and looked for those small jellyfish, the 3 kids were called to go by one older sister of someone, I went over to my folks and my towel, seen a man standing nearby, this is funny I don't know why I though of telling him but I went over to the man as he was looking out over the water watching his grandson play and I told him that see the water out there my dad is on a russian submarine watching us through the periscope, the guy didn't flinch, bat an eye nor laugh, he didn't even say anything, i left and he was still standing there watching his grandson, 2 years later i'm walking up to the belvedere movie theatre where we watched the saturday matinees, cartoons a documentary newsreel and a movie, I see the same man and his grandson going in also, i look up at the marquee and whats playing? The comedy "the russians are coming, the russians are coming" I laughed as i remembered that day back on the beach when i told the poor man my dad was a russian captian on the submarine watching us...lo, i can't stop laughing, any, oh God my niece is making popcorn for breakfast, i better get going and make something good for her, then i'm off to church mass.
natalie

Pooler, GA

#48 Sep 27, 2012
Deb wrote:
<quoted text>
I was just trying to remember the street where we rented a bungalow every summer in the 50's and 60's.....We rented every year from a woman named "Millie" Ring a bell anyone?
i think that was highland ave. i lived on that street in the early 70's. I lived most of my life there. I would love to see photo of the skating ring, or any phots from the 60's or 70's. i had a great time growing up there. I moved away a few times. the last was in 1989.
Deb

Brooklyn, NY

#49 Sep 28, 2012
natalie wrote:
<quoted text>i think that was highland ave. i lived on that street in the early 70's. I lived most of my life there. I would love to see photo of the skating ring, or any phots from the 60's or 70's. i had a great time growing up there. I moved away a few times. the last was in 1989.
Thank....Highland sounds familiar. Wondering if you knew a woman named Millie? She was a large woman with a very high pitched voice, and very sweet. She owned a lot of bungalows in the same area. Take a look on ebay, etc....I found and purchased a few good postcards, and they have repro's of some photos as well. Take care! Keep in touch with any memories....:-)
will

Keansburg, NJ

#50 Oct 1, 2012
i hate this town now to maney bbb when i was a boy keansburg was great wear did it all go
will

Keansburg, NJ

#51 Oct 1, 2012
remember thous cops they wear real pricks
Vinny Amatucci

Rutherford, NJ

#52 Apr 25, 2013
Bob Donnelly wrote:
Lived on Lawerenc Ave and spent nies @ Mannys. Remember all above
Hey, Judy. My name is Vinny and I, too, grew up in Keansburg in the 1960's and 70's. I remember when the stands went all the way the end of the boardwalk on BOTH SIDES (remember that, before the go karts?) I'm trying to find some pictures of it, but unfortunately I can't. Do you know anyone who might have some pictures of the WHOLE boardwalk (That means all the rides, Fun city (which burned down and now is a lot with rides), the old Heidelberg, the spook house, original carousel and bumpers cars (which I ran as a kid with some friends Mario, and the Johnson Brothers and a girl was soon to be my girlfriend, her name was Donna), the original Nickersons, the Club Miami, Bev and Wallys, and, of course, who could forget, the Yellow stand ran by Mike and Gackie (Mike use to call us "Little hoodlums" lol), Mannys, Nappys', and last, but not least, Jerry Sheens' bar, where I saw the original Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons at only FOUR YEARS OLD (me and my cousins snuck in, under the radar. I remember I was right in front when they performed, WOW!). Let's also not forget CBS convience store which is still there to this day, Mr. L's candy store across the street (How many remember THAT?), the Bellevedere pool, the only freshwater pool and of course, Crystal pool, the only SALTWATER POOL around, Then there was an actual boardwalk that lead to the skating rink at the end. Does anyone have pictures of these? I would love to see them. Such great memories! If you like, or anyone who wants to share these memories and pictures(if you have them) please feel free to contact me to reminisce at vinnyamatucci@gmail.com.
Vinny Amatucci

Rutherford, NJ

#53 Apr 25, 2013
Lou wrote:
Yeah that milweed, heard something like that, paulie and his sister stayed in the bungalow down by street from where we rented on bellevue, to get to his place you had to go through a slim short cut walkway and came out into their yard, me and paulie had a falling out so I left, all the kids were told about the long stem pussywillows by someones dad and someone called them milweed there, its a small world....I think it was bart's dad with the old oldsmobile...I don't take things hard, it wasn't disturbing either, I only thought of it since it happened in keansburg in the 60's and the mayor was there telling everyone in the enclosure that he'd get the waitress or someone over so they could order food....we didn't have a know newark thing, we seen plenty of newark on t.v. and that was enough.....I recall those beaches, walking up and down, the juice man walking and selling juices in a container, us kids with our animal life rings and those new slide on sand foam things with the rope on it, the jelly fish and horseshoe crabs washing ashore, I got stung, the tar in pieces and the driftwood, I think we knew mark, i was 12 in '67, we all got our baseball gloves out andmade up sides and played across from the beach, a lot where they parked cars was empty at the time, just near the boardwalk, a lot of us kids got together, with this one kid always saying ukuray, he was funny, one kid we played with I met in the Navy, his last name was Gray, can't remember the 1st name now, it turned out we both played ball and ran around keansburg together those 1960 days, its a small world at times, nice remembering since that was the best time of my years its great......God bless +

Hey, I know that lot you're talking about, It was across the street from Jerry Sheens' bar, wasn't it? I remember there was a big tree in the middle with a tire swing and when it use to rain, there would be a big puddle we use to swing over.
Vinny Amatucci

Rutherford, NJ

#54 Apr 25, 2013
Tom Muldoon wrote:
As I enter my 75th year the memories seem to take over, and one that sticks within my thoughts is the Keansburg of old. How often I think of that marvelous excursion boat known as the City Of Keansburg which left from NYC Battery Place and the ensuing trip that seemd like an ocean voyage.
and landing at the pier that had a miniature railroad that we called the dinky. We often walked out to meet my father who worked all week ad returned to Keansburg on this boat, and he then treated my brothers and I to a ride on the dinky We had a house in Belvedere Beach and we went to the Belvedere Pool, where ruled Lou The Lifeguard, as I later learned he became the Mayor of Keansburg does anyone remember any of these things, I sure would like to hear from you, My dad used to hang out in a corner bar,(how did they survive without AC) and he once introduced me to Jimmy Walker the Champ. My e-mail is tmuldoon@optonline.net
Yeah Tom, I remember both pools, the Bellevdere and the Crystal pool(the one with the water rats in it) and the skating rink, too. I also remember how the stands use to go all the way to the end of the boardwalk (where the go carts are now) on BOTH SIDES. I'm trying to find someone who has some pictures, but it is very difficult.
Doug h

Brick, NJ

#56 Oct 3, 2013
Worked in rink in1970's
Doug h

Brick, NJ

#57 Oct 3, 2013
My friends river rat patty boy Donnelly sal at parking lot joe savi dodo ant capariso richly Moran Bonnie boat right lisa Rossi the meow sky sisters any body still alive?
Bill Turner

South Amboy, NJ

#58 Feb 15, 2014
Dear Friends--I am sad to report that Keansburg entertainment legend Joe E. Reno, who for decades was a summer attraction at the famous Wagon Wheel on Carr Avenue, has passed away on February 14, 2014 at 4pm, at the Laurel Bay Nursing Home, on Laurel Avenue in Keansburg NJ. Joey was originally from Hoboken NJ but moved to Keansburg in the 1980s. He appeared regularly at the Wagon Wheel, but on occasion would appear at the Miami Club. He retired from performing during the early 2000s. In recent years he had been hospitalized for strokes, and as a result did not travel. He will be sadly missed by his many fans, friends and the musicians who worked with him through the years. According to his final wishes, there will be no wake nor memorial service.
Doug h

New York, NY

#59 Feb 19, 2014
Belverdere roller rink my first job my first speed team and I'll always remember my friends joe savi Anthony cap, dodo A, river rat
Siren548

New York, NY

#60 Sep 1, 2014
Doug h wrote:
Worked in rink in1970's
Doug H are u on Facebook anymore !! It's Cathy Murawski do remember me from Bayview and also skating rink ?? U must join Facebook again cause all your old buddies including Bonnie are on it
Siren548

New York, NY

#61 Sep 1, 2014
Doug h wrote:
My friends river rat patty boy Donnelly sal at parking lot joe savi dodo ant capariso richly Moran Bonnie boat right lisa Rossi the meow sky sisters any body still alive?
Oh and I'm not on thus list !! Lmao
Cathy Keansburg

Summit, NJ

#64 Nov 21, 2014
Anyone on this page - there is a Facebook page called Keansburg nj -don't remember when ..... Join it it is fantastic a lot of memories posted and if u have pics of the burg the way it use to be feel free to post

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