1. Secretly Buying Candy At Liss's To Bring To The Movies
Source: Flickr user Eric Gelinas
Come on, everyone’s done it, and frankly a trip to the concession stand can cost more than the movie tickets! That's why Jersey City locals love Liss's and its greatest selection of movie candy ever. You'll see them seriously packing it in before heading to the theater.
2. Murder Burgers At 2 In The Morning Are Every Jersey City Local's Dream
Source: Flickr user Dave Levy
Did we mention that Jersey City residents don't take food lightly? They're all about doing it big, especially when it comes to burgers. That's where these "murder burgers” come in. Topped with pepper-jack cheese, sautéed onions, jalapenos, lettuce, tomato, pickles, ketchup, and Thousand Island dressing—dipped in Harp-beer batter and deep fried.
These sandwiches are not for the timid—but, then again, Jersey City people are not timid.
3. No One Misses The Berlin Farmers Market
Source: Flickr user Michael Vito
Forget Wal-Mart. Forget any new super-chain retail store opening up anywhere. Nothing beats the Berlin Farmers Market, and residents of Jersey City know it. With 700 vendor spaces and 70 stores all lined up like a veritable strip mall, you can't lose. The prices are pretty unbeatable, too.
4. Skipping School And Going To Wildwood Is Totally Worth It
Source: Flickr user Kevin Jarrett
Orlando might have Disney World and Los Angeles might have Universal Studios, but people in Jersey City takes pride in its own monumental throwback of the Doo Wop era: Wildwood. One trip to the coast, and students will be playing hooky to parade around this resort city enjoying the thrilling rides and fun stores.
5. Knowing That Everything In Jersey Is Never More Than 20 Minutes Away
It somehow seems to be the geography of it, or perhaps all those back roads make the expressways look like a joke. Just about any Jersey City resident can get from any A to any B within a mere twenty minutes. It's almost like an act of God.
6. Pointing Out To Noobs Why Hoagies Are NOT Subs
Source: Flickr user Krista
New Jersey people all over seem to have this problem with the word "sub." That's okay. They're big on their food, and that's fine. Jersey City folk, though, will correct you, and they'll enjoy doing it. They're not called "subs." They're called hoagies. 'Kay?
7. Knowing The Cast Of "Jersey Shore" Was Never Actually From The Jersey Shore
Source: Wikimedia Commons sailko
Real residents of Jersey City will look at those "Jersey Shore" cast members and laugh. They may be popular, but they're not from the Jersey Shore. They're most definitely not from Jersey City.
8. No One Will Stop Believing In The Sopranos
Jersey residents wake up every morning, getting themselves a gun with a full moon in their eyes. Fuggetaboutit. And don't stop believing.
9. Everyone In Jersey City Still Knows The A. Harry Moore Cheer
Source: Wikimedia Commons Bain News Service
He was the 39th governor of New Jersey, and a pioneer of development in Jersey many take a ton of pride in. He was the only governor of the state to be elected for three separate terms.
Popularity doesn't even begin to describe this man, and if anything, Jersey City folk practice their pride religiously.
10. A Meal At Jules, Ilvento's, Or The Rodeo Steakhouse Will Tide You Over Until Christmas
Source: Flickr user Ted Kerwin
What normal Jersey City resident doesn't love some hearty cuisine? Forget old-fashioned chicken sandwiches and ham & cheese. They'll stuff themselves with some Italian deli, pizza, and barbecue. Just as an appetizer.
11. Knowing Their Mayor Went Into The Ring With Muhammad Ali
Source: Hudson County Facts
How often do you ever get to see something like that? It’s burned in the brains of Jersey City people for life.
12. Dancing At The VIP Or Colonette Is The Best Night On The Town
Source: Flickr user Kai Schreiber
So it might not be called the Colonette anymore, but the age and aura of the old-fashioned "dive bar" still lives on in Jersey City. There's something about sitting at a booth and just eating some good ol' fashioned food designed to keep you from passing out from all the clubbing.
13. Everyone Beats The Summer Heat At The Bayonne Pool
Source: Flickr user Simon Nguyen
Summers in Jersey City can get unbearably hot, and when it's just not cutting it to bust open a hydrant on one of the streets, many young residents will take a dip in this pool in nearby Bayonne. The definition of refreshing.
14. People In Jersey City Always Take A Side Over Cheesesteaks
Source: Wikimedia Commons Cargado por Terence
Philadelphia might be the home of the cheesesteak, but Jersey City residents rank way up there in terms of cheesesteak love! And where there’s love, there’s arguments. It’s common to hear Jersey City resident debating over whose cheesesteak tastes the best. Just be careful what side you take.
15. Fresh Seafood—But Not From Red Lobster Or Long John Silver's
Source: Flickr user Dov Harrington
Since we're talking about the coast of the Hudson River, you'd be hard-pressed to not find some good quality seafood out there. Jersey City residents, when hankering for a taste of perch, lobster, or crab, don't have to head to any of those big chains.
16. Those June Fire Department Barbecues Where Everyone Is Family
Source: Wikimedia Commons Carlos Lopez
They're a fun-loving people in Jersey City, particularly around Chatham County. The volunteer fire department not only does its duty out of the goodness of its heart, but also connects with the community like family. And boy is it delicious.
Where else can you ever experience firemen grilling on a spit and serving up grub barbecue style every June in the summer?
17. In Jersey City Fresh Produce Is A Blast From The Past
Source: Pixabay Schwarzenarzisse
Time can honestly stand still on some of these streets of Jersey City, and all over, for that matter. Many still sell their fruits and vegetables via stands on the side of the road, bringing residents back to simplicity, with no grocery aisles needed.
18. Everyone Wages War In The Woods—With Paint
Source: Flickr user Mark Connell
The young stallions of Jersey City seem to have this affinity with guns loaded with paint-filled caps. It's safer, so that's understandable. The same can't be said for the clothing, but hey, this is how the boys and girls have fun out in the woods! Let them be.
19. No One Will Forget How Those Wildwood Tramcars Used To Stutter
Source: Flickr user Jim, the Photographer
Those Wildwood tramcars are awesome. They're like trains and buses put together, so they're extremely convenient, fast, simple, swift.
When they were first introduced, though, just about anybody thought it was funny how they acted so stymied when someone was standing in front of them. Kind of annoying, but endearing.
20. The Cool Kids Always Hang Out At The Old Morey's Pier
Source: Wikimedia Commons Dplcrnj
Amusement parks by the water make for a great combo, and this Old Morey's Pier is definitely not an exception for many Jersey City people. It's grand, with three piers total, and two beachfront waterparks. When they want a vacation, they go here.
21. Playing Scrabble at Coffee Works
Source: Flickr user peddhapati
Forget Starbucks! Jersey City residents would much rather ditch the chain and hang out at Coffee Works over in Voorhees, with a good old-fashioned game of Scrabble. It just works for them.
22. Everyone In Jersey City Knows The Odds When It Comes To Horses
Source: Wikimedia Commons Bob Jagendorf
Kentucky, eat your heart out. Jersey City residents might just have the winning ticket on this one with number of horse races in town. They love to bet. It's exciting.
23. It Doesn't Matter How Famous You Are: If You're From Jersey City You're Family
Jersey City, above all else, is a community. You won't call well-known people "celebrities" at all. They're people. Just like you. Take television analyst for the Brooklyn Nets Mr. Jimmy Spanarkel, assistant basketball coach for Rutgers University Mike O'Koren, and head coach for the Buffalo Bulls men's basketball team Bobby Hurley.
To Jersey City people, they're family.
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