The CASID receives many stories from happy customers who have enjoyed their experience on Central Avenue. These stories reflect the many reasons why we are so proud of the Heights community and the role that the CASID plays in it. Read on for some of the things we've heard from our guests, and contact us with YOUR story - we would love to hear about it!
DHS, Jan., 1955, Reunion
I was born (1937) and raised in the JC Heights - Beach St., Palisade Ave., Hancock Ave. New York Ave. and then Nesbitt St. My Easter suits were purchased at Gants and Goodman(sp) on Central Ave. With each suit one received a baseball bat and baseball - not very good quality , but great at that time. I belonged to the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, at St. Paul of the Cross and attended the "old" PS No 8, until it was torn down for the "new" PS No 8., probably around 1946 - I can't remember the exact year. I graduated from PS 28, in January, 1951, then DHS, Jan 1955. My fondest memories are in elementary school; when it was raining at 12:00 o'clock, school would be canceled for the afternoon session, as everyone walked to school. The Central and/or Ritz Theaters would then open for an afternoon session of a "B' movie and/or 25 cartoons(.25 cents). One had no problem walking to the movies, but not to school in the rain.
I attended my DHS 48th Reunion in May, 2003 and then created a website to commemorate this event , and subsequently added other JC items. I enjoy visiting your website and other JC websites. I have passed your website link to many of my elementary and high school classmates. Is is possible that you can add a link to my DHS, Jan., 1955, Reunion website.
Charles Gwinnett, Burlington, NC
Everything Jersey City Festival - Exhibitor Testimonial
I want to congratulate you and your staff and volunteers on the fine job that you did in organizing and hosting the Everything Jersey City festival. We had a great time and learned quite a bit about the community that we did not know before. The City was very clean and bathrooms were strategically placed. I was impressed at how easy and quick it is to get from Jersey City to NYC. The realtor vendor that I spoke with at the festival was very knowledgable and I was impressed that the housing prices were as reasonable as they were. One woman that I spoke with said that Jersey City is a great place to retire due to the activities available and quality of housing. The merchants on Central Avenue were varied and gracious to the customers. The storefronts were very nice and inviting. We ate breakfast and lunch in the resturants and had some of the best food ever. The residents of the town that came to the festival were very polite and engaging and easy to deal with. Not a single person was rude or offensive. The mix of vendors at the festival was the best that we have seen in quite a while. The vendor set up went well. Your communications prior to the festival were clear and concise and very helpful. We find that the varied mix of vendors that you had keeps people coming to events as they can see a lot of varied merchandise rather than a big quantities of all the same stuff. The quality was great and people priced their merchandise so that it was affordable. Parking for this event was convenient and accessible.
I hope that you continue to host this festival as it really showcases your City in a very favorable light. We had a great time and want to come back again. We plan to come up this summer and spend a week or so vacationing in the area now that we have seen all that your City has to offer.
Regards and thanks again for hosting such a wonderful event. You and your staff and volunteers have done a great job and have earned well deserved respect and a hat's off and pat on the back to you.
Dave and Maria Hill, Vendor #144
Website Appreciation - December 07
Hi, I was walking on Central Ave. the other day, and I noticed the pretty snowflake lights. I think they are very beautiful and bring a holiday charm to the avenue. I think that these decorations bring in the holiday spirit and will attract more people to the avenue. It would be really nice to see more of such things.
"Central Avenue is such a great place to shop."
This open letter was submitted to the CASID office and addressed to CASID President Michael Yun.
Dear Mr. Yun,
I wanted to tell you a story about a great experience I had at Novick’s Hardware a few weeks ago. I have used the same shopping cart to do my shopping on Central Avenue for many years. Lately, it hasn’t worked as well as it used to, so I went to Novick’s to get a new one. But the manager there, Fabian Miranda, asked to see my old cart first, and he fixed everything that was wrong with it, free of charge! One good deed deserves another, so I made sure to order Fabian and the other workers some pizza to show them how much I appreciated them saving me the cost of buying a new cart.
For seniors on a budget, it is so important to have stores like Novick’s who will treat their customers well instead of taking every opportunity to make money. Like many other seniors I know, I have children who could take me to the mall to do my shopping, but I always prefer to shop on Central Avenue as I have for over 30 years, because there are so many stores that have a heart and are willing to help out seniors like me. Also, I love getting to visit with all my neighbors while I’m running errands – give me the name of one mall where you could do that! I know the next generation of business owners on Central Avenue is just as kind to customers as Novick’s and all the other businesses are to us now, because they are the reason that Central is such a great place to shop.