Palisades Park Again--a walk down memory lane!

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E


Yesterday I wrote a blog about Palisades Park, N.J. back in the day.  Well, Jim Albano asked me to post it to the North Jersey group and well, being the techno nerd that I am I erased it while I was trying to post it over, so take II.

When I was a pre-teen I lived in N.J. and one of my greatest thrills was going to Palisades Park in Bergen County.  They had rides and several roller coasters.  My friend and I thought that we were in heaven if we got to go which incidentally was a bit of an undertaking.  It was about 70 miles to the North but even then Jersey was congested on the Garden State Parkway.  Then in 1962 Freddy "Boom-Boom" Cannon came out with a song called "Palisades Park" and I wore out the record.  It was a tale about a teenage boy who took his date to the park and they rode all the rides, did all the doing and when they were on top of the ferris wheel he kissed her and they fell in love.  He seemed to be depicting a love trance.  Of course the music was quite lively and it just psyched me up to want to go and do; you know the way teenagers have to be on the move.

Well, it experienced it's demise because of it's success.  So many people liked to come that the streets of Ft. Lee N.J. where gridlocked and the parking was not to be found.  Eventually the city took it by eminent domain and the site now boasts a high rise condo complex. 

Well, it's fun to look back and although I am far from a teenaager, I can still remember what Palisades Park represented for me and I drift back in time. 

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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
Team - Jean-Marie Vantuno / Realtors North Jersey Real Estate

Gayle, the post was just as good....no... Better than the first one. As a matter of fact, it's worthy of a feature. Thanks again for contributing to this group and for your support and friendship.

Oct 24, 2008 02:22 PM #1
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Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Gayle-I remember that song. I used to play it too. Until now though, I thought the park was make believe. This makes it even better knowing there was an actual park he sang about. Gosh-that does bring back memories. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 24, 2008 04:17 PM #2
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Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate

Laura I know.  I am a child of the fifties.  I would love to start a group on here for us Boomers.  Not sure how though.

Oct 24, 2008 04:20 PM #3
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Laura Watts
Positive Properties, LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Gayle-That would be great. Let me know if you do because I want to join.

Oct 24, 2008 04:33 PM #4
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Barbara Cluck-Miksits
BCM Home Staging LLC - Ridgewood, NJ
Home Staging - New Jersey

Oh, do I remember Palisades Amusement Park. That was my childhood. When you first walked in on the right was a ride called the Mouse Trap. Then next to that was the Fun House and across from that was the House of Mirrors.

Life was so good back then. My mom and I would take the bus there almost every Friday night. Those were the days.

Oct 29, 2008 12:52 PM #5
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Gayle Balaban
The Best Spot Realty/Waterfront Real Estate/Ooltewah Real E - Chattanooga, TN
E. TN Waterfront Real Estate

Barbara Good to hear from you.  I know I was just thinking that the world seem to go crazy sometime in the 60's and it's never been as warm since.

Oct 29, 2008 02:08 PM #6
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Nikki Nasr

What a great post - I grew up across the street from where the park was, but the actual town is Cliffside Park, NJ - there is a town called Palisades Park a few miles away, but the amusement park was not in that town. 

My father has great stories of how he used to ride his bike over the George Washington Bridge from NYC to go to the park - they eventually moved nearby.

Thanks!

Feb 14, 2009 01:06 PM #7
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Vincent Gorgone
Full Service Realty LLC - Rutherford, NJ
Real Estate Agent - Servicing the north half of New Jersey

 Brings back memories--------my grandfather took me there many times,    thanks

Sep 23, 2010 01:19 AM #8
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Edward Perez
Sothbey's International Realty - Hoboken, NJ

Sounds like a fun place.  I grew up in San Francisco and we had something similar called Playland by the Beach.  It was in the western part of SF right at the Pacific Ocean and right by the start (end) of Golden Gate Park where it was always foggy.  Totally can relate the experience.  Thanks for posting!

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