The Passaic River was the site of the first submarine ride by inventor John P. Holland, a great-great uncle of the Italian Tribune’s Editor-in-Chief and the great-great-great uncle of its Graphics Designer.
Nicholas Varlett was granted the rights for the first brewery in America. It opened in 1663 at Castle Point in Hoboken.
The first licensed radio station in New Jersey was on July 2, 1921. Radio station WJY in Jersey City received a one-day license to broadcast the Jack Dempsey-Georges Carpentier fight at Boyle’s 30 Acres.
Two-thirds of the 12 million immigrants who passed through Ellis Island and gained admission into the U.S. took the ferry to different destinations in New Jersey. The remaining third took a ferry to lower Manhattan.
New Jersey had the first Drive-In Movie Theater. It opened on November 13, 1933, on Crescent Boulevard in Camden. Eager motorists parked their automobiles on the grounds of Park-In Theaters, later to be known as “drive-ins.” The charge was 25 cents! Almost a part of the past, less than 500 drive-ins remain in the U.S. today.