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Bob Dylan’s Tweeter and the Monkey Man

Remember the line ” … the souvenir stand by the old, abandoned factory” in The Bob Dylan Song, Tweeter And The Monkey Man, off of the first Traveling Wilburys Album? Dylan sets the scene in Jersey City. Could he have … Continue reading

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James F Murray Sr, Jersey City Commissioner (1949 – 1952)

By Joseph M. Murray According to newspaper accounts, Murray was alone in City Hall. Mysteriously, all the city officials had left and the building was shorn of police protection. Many suspected Kenny of ordering the evacuation so as to put … Continue reading

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Steven Fulop reviews Hudson County Facts

Below is the review that Steven Fulop gave my local folklore, Hudson County Facts. Though the booklet is sold on Amazon, you can read everything — plus lots more — at the Web Site. # # # An absolute great … Continue reading

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Flip Wilson’s family’s supermarket tabloid coverage

In the early ’70s, Jersey City residents watched the Flip Wilson show with a special sense of pride, as the comedian was born and raised there. That feeling became significantly diluted after a supermarket tabloid revealed that Wilson had Jersey … Continue reading

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Mayor McCann: No homeless in Jersey City

When Mayor McCann claimed that there weren’t any homeless people in Jersey City, the Jersey Journal frontpaged a picture of Vinny Buchelle standing in front of his wrecked Volvo bunk. The headline read, “Vinny Calls Abandoned Car Home.” The regulars … Continue reading

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Sir John’s Pub in Jersey City was a Genovese/Gigante Family front.

SIR JOHN’S PUB Sir John’s Pub in Jersey City represents another example of an organized crime associate having a hidden interest in a licensed establishment. John Ciani, the licensee for Sir John’s, until recently was a front for Genovese/Gigante crime … Continue reading

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Lyle Stuart, publisher of controversial books, located in Secaucus

Lyle Stuart, located in Secaucus, was the publisher of controversial titles, including Naked Came the Stranger, The Anarchists Cookbook, Martin Bormann, Nazi in Exile, — and Jersey City Mayor Thomas Smith’s The Powerticians.# # #. . .Side 1 of FTR … Continue reading

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Jersey City, the most important transfer point of the Underground Railroad.

The Holden HouseOne of many Underground Railroad historic sites in Jersey City.The Underground Railroad In Hudson County By Alexander Maclean . . . These hiding-places were known as Stations, and the friends of freedom were known as Station Agents. Jersey … Continue reading

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Radio Station WFMU moves to Jersey City.

Escape From A Cultural Wasteland! Here broadcasting is not a one-way street! Listener telephone participation is an important ingredient at wfmu, with DJ Charlie as a prime example.WFMU is an iconoclastic, Free-Form radio station whose listening range covers Northern New … Continue reading

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Jersey City featured in the WPA New Jersey Guide

From NEW JERSEY – A Guide To Its Present And Past – Jersey City The city was an important station on the Underground Railroad. Slaves were sent North hidden in the dead air space between cabins on Erie Canal boats. … Continue reading

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