Thursday, July 8, 2010

Woolworth's Stereo Spectacular '71

Posted in homage to Thurston Moore, who discovered the likes of The Stooges, Amon Düül and Can in the cut-out bin of his local Woolworth's, as the Sonic Youth guitarist so matter-of-factly proclaimed on the DVD I Need That Record! The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store.

Imagine if records were still 87 cents? The music industry would still be a booming business!

JAMESWAY: The Discount Department Store

For anyone who lived in the beautiful, wide swath of land known as Upstate, NY, Jamesway was arguably the department store of choice. There were three locations in particular that were very close to my heart: There was the store in Napanoch, NY, which was about 20 minutes away from my grandfather's property in neighboring Kerhonkson and was the first place I ever played both Time Pilot and SiniStar, two of my favorite video games ever. Then there was the one in Saratoga Springs, which was walking distance from my Aunt Madeline's house and I remember walking with my cousins there to pick up GI Joe figures and candy. Speaking of which, the third Jamesway that I will always remember was the one in Port Jervis. I remember stopping in there with my mom and my grandpa on our way to my Uncle Am's cabin up in that area and finding the Cobra Officer and the Cobra Soldier there after literally spending months looking for both on Long Island. That was definitely the moment for a nine-year-old GI Joe nerd, let me say.

One thing you didn't want to be seen in growing up, however, is clothes bought at Jamesway. If you walked into school rocking a pair of Spalding kicks, those stiff-ass Lee jeans and them ugly velour polo shirts, your ass was laughed right out the door where I grew up...but then again, the people laughing were wearing pink shirts with popped collars and acid-washed jeans, so who looks like the clown now in 2010, huh? However, those Rude Dog T-shirts were always a cool, cheap alternative to the expensive Hobie and Op joints they sold at Macy's, ya heard?

Sadly, in 1995, Jamesway went out of business along with Caldor, Bradlees, Zayre, Ames and all the other great department stores who fell prey to Wal-Mart's monopolizing, world-eating ways. But nevertheless, they will always be open for business on Metro Recycling.

Jamesway's 26th Anniversary Commercial:

1995 "Going Out of Business" Commercial:

Sunday, June 27, 2010

"Levittown" by BOB LANG

Great song by a native of my LI hometown. Great old school references to May's, the roller rink, Genovese, TSS, all sung in a no-fi James Taylor-esque motif. Enjoy!

Friday, June 25, 2010

HBO Commercial Break 1978

1975 TOYS R' US AD

Found this on the amazing Plaid Stallions site, always a good place to visit for a sentimental bastard like yours truly.

I remember having that Sesame Street town and the Weebles tree. choice!

Do yourself a favor and bookmark those cats stat.
"Now Open in Yonkers"

Monday, April 19, 2010


Here is a great old image of the Sears on Newbridge Road across from the Mid-Island Plaza/Broadway Mall from back in the day. I remember going here with my grandfather regularly. Good times. Sears is still there to this day, but it doesn't have the flavor it did in the 60s and 70s!

Big thanks to Glen for passing this image along. -Ed.

Friday, March 12, 2010


Head over to The Caldor Rainbow to check out our man's great report on the last freestanding Roy Rogers on Long Island, possibly in all of the Tri-State area, located right in the heart of fellow Metro Recycling contributors Matty B. and Danny G.'s hometown of Shirley. From the looks of it, the owners are still keeping the vintage element of the eatery alive and well in the 21st century, and here's hoping this historic artifact of American fast food remains standing for a little while longer. Those burgers are the BOMB!

Roy Rogers commercial from 1978:

Thursday, February 4, 2010