The bus terminal before it was opened...
Bus Terminal as seen by an artist in a 1950 postcard.
I remember distinctly well the first time I ever got to the Port Authority Bus Terminal on 8th Avenue between 40th and 41st Streets. It was on the morning of 2nd October 1971, a Saturday. I had just stepped out of a Varig jet-liner that had brought me from Rio de Janeiro to JFK Airport.
Not knowing exactly what to do I took a bus from the airport to the city and alighted somewhere downtown Manhattan when I thought it was about time for me to get off. Then, I didn't know what else to do! I happened to be near a taxi-cab with a Negro driver who helped me use a pay-phone. I showed him an address I had written on a piece of paper telling him through gestures that I wanted to go to Newark, N.J.
The traxi-driver who was extremely friendly took me to the Bus Terminal. I gave him a 20-dollar bill for the fare and he gave me the right change when he could've easily over charged me. I didn't have the slightest idea about US monetary value. The 'brother' was 'right on' and left me on the corner of 41st Street and Eighth Ave. My very first experience with a New Yorker was a complete success!
I hardly spoke any English and I had a hard time deciphering the information a Black woman at an Information-booth at the Bus Terminal gave me when I showed her the scrap of paper with the Newark adress written on it. She shouted something that could be platform number 6, 16, 60 or 61. I thought that maybe 'sixty-one' would be the right choice and I hit the big pot.
Yes, Newark platform was on the highest level and its number was indeed 61. I entered the bus and a few moments later the driver started the beast and we sailed right down those lanes you can see below coming out of the Bus Terminal and going into the Lincoln Tunnel in no time.
Aerial view of entrance-ramp to the top of Port Authority Bus Terminal.
going down into the bowels of the earth...
entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel.
inside the bowels of the earth.
this is exactly the line dividing New York State and New Jersey... under the mighty Hudson River flowing down all the way from Canada.
an old post-card showing the Lincoln Tunnel entrance in New Jersey.
Lincoln Tunnel access from the Jersey side.
Lincoln Tunnel access on a busy day - 1955.
New Jersey swamp land.
amazing scenes under and around the New Jersey Turnpike.
we're almost there!
Newark ain't no pretty sight.
an industrial building among common houses... a typical sight in the Ironbound area.
New York Avenue in Newark.
Columbia Street, Newark.
Saint James Hospital.