Posts Tagged ‘Jersey City’

White manna (with two N’s) wins!

The new show Food Feuds recently came to Jersey to settle the question of which White Manna is better? Jersey City with one N or Hackensack with two N’s? The outcome to me was never in doubt, but it was intersting to see the history of the two and the differences between the two burgers. I didn’t know that there were 5 WM’s I always thought it was just these two (the others all went under). As for the burgers, the biggest difference is that Hackensack uses a small potato bun which is about the same size as the burger, while Jersey City uses a full size bun which dwarfs the mini burger. To me this was always a turnoff: too much bun. As for the rest of the burger, hackensack is about 1.6 ozs and has no seasoning and has tons of sliced yellow onions. Jersey City’s are smaller, has a higher fat content, uses salt and pepper seasoning and uses diced white onions.

Gotta stop by tomorrow and congratulate the winner. Course it might take 2 hours to get my order.

The Sopranos Mufflerman

By definition, a Muffler man is a 20-30 foot tall fiberglass character, typically male, used to draw attention to a local business. Thge original mufflermen were built from 1963-1973 and according to Roadside America, no more are made since the original molds have long since been destroyed. They only made humans with the exception of a dinosaur for the Sinclair oil company. Large fiberglass animals are not mufflerman by definition, though most folks call them that anyway. Nowadays there are lots of fiberglass people and animals all about. If it was made after 1973 it’s not a true original mufflerman!

This mufflerman is located in Jersey City, under the Pulaski Highway off Route 1 & 9. it can be seen in the opening credits of the Sopranos.

The run in between Lincoln and Booth

The year was 1863. The place was Jersey City. Abraham Lincoln was waiting for the train with his family. Suddenly his son Robert slipped onto the tracks, when a man rushed and saved him. Here is the story in Robert’s own words:

“The incident occurred while a group of passengers were late at night purchasing their sleeping car places from the conductor who stood on the station platform at the entrance of the car. The platform was about the height of the car floor, and there was of course a narrow space between the platform and the car body. There was some crowding, and I happened to be pressed by it against the car body while waiting my turn. In this situation the train began to move, and by the motion I was twisted off my feet, and had dropped somewhat, with feet downward, into the open space, and was personally helpless, when my coat collar was vigorously seized and I was quickly pulled up and out to a secure footing on the platform. Upon turning to thank my rescuer I saw it was Edwin Booth, whose face was of course well known to me, and I expressed my gratitude to him, and in doing so, called him by name.”

If you haven’t guessed by now, Edwin booth was John Wilkes Booth’s brother. You may have heard of strange coincidences surrounding the Kennedy & Lincoln assassinations, but most of that is pure hokum. This coincidence, however, is documented and true.