|Railroad Station: Smith St. between Maple and Prospect Sts. for Pennsylvania R.R. and Jersey Central R.R.|
|Bus Stations: Smith and State Sts. and Smith and Water Sts. for Public Service and independent lines.|
|Taxis: 15¢ first ¼ mile, 5¢ each additional ¼ mile.|
|Ferry: Foot of Smith St. for Tottenville, Staten Island; 250 for pleasure car and passengers; Baltimore & Ohio R.R. connection to N. Y.|
|Bridges. Outerbridge Crossing to Staten Island, 50¢ for pleasure car and passengers; Victory Bridge to South Amboy and shore points, free.|
|Accommodations. Five hotels and several tourist houses.|
|Information Service: Public Library, 196 Jefferson St.|
|Motion Picture Houses: Five.|
|Swimming. Two beaches, Water St.; adm. 5¢.|
|Tennis: Hayes Park, foot of Brighton Ave.|
|Boating: Boat Basin, foot of Water St.|
PERTH AMBOY (117 alt., 43,516 pop.) conceals beneath a rather unkempt modern industrial surface a Colonial seaport with a history that goes back to 1651. Scarcely one descendant of an original family remains in the city, but a few old homes and historic buildings are still in usehere as a rooming house or a roadside tavern, there as a private dwelling or a particularly decrepit unit of some slum area.
Highways from New Brunswick and the industrial cities of the north meet a network of roads from central New Jersey and the Atlantic coast that converge at Victory Bridge. To the east, narrow Arthur Kill separates the city from Tottenville, Staten Island.
To motorists bound to or from the Jersey shore, Perth Amboy consists of five traffic lights that sometimes tie up week-end traffic for miles. While cars creep along or come to a prolonged halt, drivers lean out to discuss with each other this red menace to the freedom of the road.
Passengers on the Tottenville Ferry from Staten Island get a more complete picture as the little red boat skirts the industrial water front, solid with wharves and factories, and eases into its slip at the foot of Smith Street. Beyond the slip, lining the bluff that fronts Arthur Kill and overlooks Raritan Bay, are some of the older homes, with occasional lookout towers patterned to the type of bygone architects and builders.
Leading from the labyrinth of picket-fenced corridors in the ferry house is Smith Street, rising sharply for two blocks. The rise effectively hides the city, isolating the ferry house and its environs like a quiet fishing village. There is no intimation of the industrial community just over the hill.
From this spot, where Perth Amboy itself began, Smith Street runs west