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Summer Reading: New Books With a Jersey Connection -- 'Palisades Park'

If you grew up around North Jersey in the middle of the 20th century, Palisades Amusement Park still conjures vivid memories of childhood and adolescence. The enormous saltwater pool that was filled from the Hudson River, the gigantic Cyclone roller coaster and Tunnel of Love, as well the Billboard hit, "Palisades Park," that sang from the radio throughout the summer of 1962, recalls an earlier time in our region's history. Author Alan Brennart has written a love letter to the popular park that straddled Fort Lee and Cliffside Park from 1898 to 1971, following the lives of one family that had ties to the park for nearly 50 years. In this excerpt, little Eddie Stopka has his first visit to the park that would become so important to him.

Summer Reading: New Books With a Jersey Connection -- 'Palisades Park'

If you grew up around North Jersey in the middle of the 20th century, Palisades Amusement Park still conjures vivid memories of childhood and adolescence. The enormous saltwater pool that was filled from the Hudson River, the gigantic Cyclone roller coaster and Tunnel of Love, as well the Billboard hit, "Palisades Park," that sang from the radio throughout the summer of 1962, recalls an earlier time in our region’s history. Author Alan Brennart has written a love letter to the popular park that straddled Fort Lee and Cliffside Park from 1898 to 1971, following the lives of one family that had ties to the park for nearly 50 years. In this excerpt, little Eddie Stopka has his first visit to the park that would become so important to him.

Opening Bally

Palisades, New Jersey, 1922

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