River Edge Summer Time Memories - The 1950's
Journeys into River Edge
At the turn of the 20th century, a River Edge summer meant lots of time on the Hackensack River – fishing, boating and swimming were popular activities to locals and folks from beyond (see our last posting).
These days many enjoy a hot summer’s day at the River Edge Swim Club, or down the shore.
But in between, during the mid-20th century, there were a range of places to enjoy locally. Today all are but a memory. We try to revive some of those memories here.
In the 1950's, the Maplecrest Beach was located in Hackensack, just north of Route 4 on Hackensack Avenue. It was not a "pool" but a spring surrounded by sand. It was chlorinated but the bottom was dirt and we referred to it as a mudhole. It was originally owned by the Whitehouses, a couple who lived in Teaneck. They sold it in 1955 to a group from NYC, who ran it as a swimming hole for a few years then sold the land to developers.
In the 1960’s it became the site of Two Guys, and later Bradley’s. Today Home Depot is the anchor for a strip mall that includes Petco, Staples and a number of eateries.
For some comments recalling Maplecrest click: http://www.hackensacknow.org/index.php?topic=405.0
We also had a local private amusement park in town. Click here For more on River Edge’s short-lived but beloved Kiddie Wonderland click here: https://www.klusster.com/dashboard/contents/892
The writing of this prompted a flood of memories from decades ago – including going for ice cream at the Cherry Hill Luncheonette or T & W Ice Cream (just across from the Duck Pond in Ridgewood) and there was a past-time of old-timers to walk down to Route 4 to watch the congestion of city folk sat in bumper to bumper traffic returning from the Catskills or other upstate weekend spots. Our locals would be quite amused with the frustrations of those passing through – that is until they had to battle the rush hour traffic themselves again the next morning.
BTW, before we go, I also wanted to share with you one additional local spot. Does anyone remember when there was a golf driving range at the intersection of Hackensack Avenue and Route 4? It is now the site of Continental Towers.