Inside This Edition: Red Chimney in Clifton, NJ; Ellis Island in
New Jersey; Movie Review - SCARFACE; Black Bear Bar
& Grill in Hoboken, NJ,
and Feature - Fall In New Jersey
Food - October, 2003
The Red Chimney
has been a Route 3 mainstay for as long as I can remember. New York
commuters have been whizzing by this mini-landmark for years and from the
outside the only thing that has changed is that the building is now white. Locals in all the surrounding towns routinely head
up to the highway for great burgers, hot dogs and other fare. The Red
Chimney is unique as it is arguably the last place in all of New Jersey
where one can walk in and up to the counter and order a burger cooked to
order with a cold beer. You just can't find that anywhere else in New
Jersey. It was nice to be able to order a nice slice of raw onion on
my cheeseburger deluxe as I did on a recent stop. The prices are very
reasonable and most any visitor can find something on the menu to their
liking. There is no wait staff at the Red Chimney, but there is a comfortable dining area complete with
television for relaxing and eating. Many stop here on the commute home
from New York which is very convenient indeed.
All things change
in time, but aside from some white paint over a building that was once red
and some updating inside plus some additions to the menu, the place has
stayed true to its roots. Good food fast was the way it always was and
still is at The Red Chimney.
- Clifton, New Jersey
Treasure - October, 2003
Ellis Island, New Jersey... That's
right New Jersey! Visiting this Jersey Treasure on a Saturday in the
Fall offers a wonderful day out in New Jersey. Leaving from Liberty
State Park in Jersey City the Ferry ride itself is nice especially up top
with the breeze and stunning view of Manhattan and the Hudson river.
Many from New Jersey haven't been to the Island, but it's well worth the trip
and for the money it can't be beat. Much of the buildings are still in
ruins but the main building has been restored and is impressively
Looking out from the large windows in the great room, it's easy to imagine
late seventeenth-century New York and all those tall ships in the harbor.
The main building has many artifacts from when this building was in use,
including some of the belongings of immigrants who passed through.
There are also some original wool blankets in rooms where immigrants slept.
Once cleared for entry into the United States, some newcomers boarded trains
in Jersey City for destinations in New Jersey and beyond.
The guided tour is highly recommended and is very interesting and
informative. While on the Island, you will never feel rushed and can
take a Ferry back at your leisure. There is so much to see and
experience here and walking the grounds on the outside gives a good sense of
what those getting off the ships first saw upon arriving.
There is a place to get a bite-to-eat on the Island and departing in the
late afternoon is quite picturesque as the sun sets. The whole
experience from a nice drive to the park and Ferry ride to the island makes
this a great Jersey Treasure!
- New Jersey
Review - October, 2003
Video Rental Pick:
- Rated R - This
eighties masterpiece of the creation and destruction of a drug lord is by no
means for everyone. New out on DVD is this most stunning achievement
of cinema. Nowhere in cinema has the lure of easy money and what it
does to a person been so comprehensively portrayed. This film takes on
an almost documentary film quality as it appears to portray a real life
event. Get ready to be watching this one for a while because it's very
long, but well worth it if you like movies about the human condition.
There is nothing
redeeming about Tony Montana portrayed by Al Pacino as he lands in Miami
claiming to be a political refugee on a mission to get what's coming to
him. He and his gun rise to the top in short order. His
cruelty and greed catapulted him to the top, but not even he can stop his true nature.
The very traits that got him to the top betray him and lead to his
downfall and eventual destruction.
on every level especially soundtrack and the locations used. The acting
is flawless. I'm quite sure the actors had an incredible experience
making this one because it was incredible to watch.
Clubs and Nightlife - October, 2003
is fun this time of year as everyone is back from the shore. The
Black Bear Bar & Grill
is a great place where the young and
hip meet and hang out. The crowd is mostly mid 20's to late 20's.
On a recent Saturday night I checked out the club with a friend who knows
Hoboken very well. I usually like to get to any club early to get a
good feel for it and to avoid any line outside. I'm not one to wait in
lines and if you aren't either getting there early on a Saturday night is a
good plan. The Black Bear is also a restaurant and the switch over to
club was in full swing as we arrived.
There are two bars on two floors, and they need both of them. This
place is very popular and quiet enough to be able to talk. The drink
prices are reasonable, and there are televisions for the die-hard sports fans
hungry for a college football score during the fall.
All in all both floors in the Black Bear offer a nice Jersey hangout with
great people and atmosphere. When we walked into the Black Bear, it was
right through the door and when we left there was a long line out the door!
Check this place out - you won't be disappointed!
Bar & Grill - Hoboken, New Jersey
Feature - October, 2003
Fall In New Jersey
The Fall In New Jersey is such a great
time of year here and October is when it all starts to
happen! It's almost time to get out the rakes to tend to the falling
of the leaves. Also falling this time of year is the temperature which
gives all those leaves their great colors. For many in New Jersey the
autumn is filled with great memories from years past and plans for a great
fall this year. This time of year offers some awesome day-trips! New Jersey offers stunning
views as diverse as our people, from the mountains of the Delaware Water Gap
and High Point to the Pine Barrens of Wharton.
There is no place like New Jersey in the fall. Many in New Jersey enjoy this time of year with all that there
is to see and do. With the change of season comes change in scenery as
the leaves come down and winter approaches. Jersey has always been a
place of enormous beauty, and there is more variety than ever this time of
Getting in the car for a day of picture taking of the fall foliage can't be beat. Here is a Jersey Drive that I took last year
that I highly recommend:
New Jersey offers some
great experiences this time of year from day trips to the shore to enjoy the change of season to a pro, college or even high school football
game. Many Jersey farmers open their land for apple
and pumpkin picking and even a hay ride. Whatever your plan, there is
always something great to experience as you enjoy the crisp autumn
Times change, but New Jersey remains timeless for it's unique beauty and
diverse experiences. You can take the person out of New Jersey but you
can't take the New Jersey out of the person and the fall in New Jersey is
just one more reason why!
Fall In New Jersey written
by Jerry Butler
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