This Nostalgic New Jersey Video Will Bring Back Fond Memories

Some days, you’re just feeling a little nostalgic. New Jersey is a wonderful place with lots of history and local pride, and today we’re taking a little trip down memory lane. The Garden State is full of splendid small towns and places, and over the years, some of the most family-run businesses have closed their doors. This post honors those New Jersey gems. These retro places in New Jersey are some many of you may recognize. Let’s get a little nostalgic in New Jersey today!

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If you’re a long-time resident, you may enjoy seeing the spots in the following video, created by YouTube user Paul Czekaj, which highlights some of the great places that have closed their doors over the years:

Do you remember any of these places? Which do you miss most? Are there any other businesses that you wish were still open? Share your stories in the comments below!

And for more retro places in New Jersey, here are 10 stores that anyone from the Garden State will undoubtedly remember.

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Retro Places in New Jersey

March 17, 2021

Does New Jersey have many diners?

New Jersey is known for its epic diner game; there are over 500 diners in the state, and we are often called the Diner Capital of the World! Everyone has their favorite, and choosing the best diners in New Jersey would be nearly impossible. But we’ll try. Top’s Diner in East Newark tops the list, as this popular spot gets more mentions on social media than any other diner in the state. Doo Wop Diner in Wildwood is a total nostalgic throwback, complete with a juke box and massive milkshake menu. Americana Diner is another must-visit restaurant in the state; it was Inside Jersey’s choice for best diner in New Jersey, and it is a longstanding local favorite.

What are some nostalgic attractions in New Jersey?

New Jersey offers countless opportunities to step back in time, from our dozens of diners to vintage arcades. There are so many nostalgic attractions in New Jersey; some of our favorites include Yestercades, a retro arcade that features favorite games such as Pac-Man and pinball. Over in Wildwood, StarLux Hotel is a retro-themed boutique hotel that offers a variety of charming little rooms along with Airstream Trailers! If you love classic Americana, take a trip down to Wildwood — the city is overflowing with it!

What’s a charming city to visit in New Jersey?

Hoboken is a place full of that’s rich with New Jersey memories; there’s simply so much history here. This mile-square city has a fascinating history: the world’s first commercial steam ferry began operating here in 1811, transporting travelers to and from Manhattan. A hub of industry, major companies like Maxwell House, Lipton Tea, and Hostess all have roots here. The first officially recorded game of baseball took place in Hoboken in 1846 and the nation’s first mechanical engineering college (Steven’s Institute of Technology) was founded in the city in 1870. 

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