Clifton, a residential community, is widely known for its suburban
charm and attractive homes on tree lined streets. Clifton is located in Passaic County on
12 miles west of New York City. As part of the New York metropolitan area, Clifton
benefits from the resources of larger cities. The bus, train, air and highway facilities
make Clifton an outstanding area for local commuters.
Homes in Clifton vary in style from ranches, split-levels,
cape cods, colonials, bi-levels, English Tudor, multi-families and condominium dwellings.
Clifton residents become involved in community activities from Little League to senior
citizen outings and free concerts for all. There is Passaic-Clifton YMCA/YWCA and a
Passaic-Clifton Jewish Community Center. The health care facilities are located throughout
the city and work in conjunction with the local hospitals. There are two libraries and
four post offices. The local retailers provide for the many needs of the consumer. All in
all, Clifton appeals to anyone who wants to live in a relaxed communal atmosphere.
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An excellent example of a streetcar suburb, Haledon
developed as a satellite of industrial Paterson after trolley lines from the city were
laid in the 1870s. What had been a small rural village became not only a working and upper
middle class suburb but a late Victorian resort as well. Haledon is also the site of the
American Labor Museum.
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Hawthorne was once advertised as the town between the city
and the sea. Advertisements have lauded Hawthorne as ideal for Homes of Investment. From
the early twentieth century industrial and commercial development have proceeded at a
steady pace. With the growth of the aviation industry and the subsequent aerospace
industry, Hawthorne became known as the Cradle of Aviation and enjoyed a boom for many
years in both jobs and real estate. The City of Hawthorne has grown from a small, largely
rural community to a well-rounded mixture of business, industries and homes.
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The township of Little Falls was incorporated in 1868,
formerly being part of Acquackanock township. It is a suburban community with excellent
access to major highways.
Little Falls has Public Library which is located at 8
Warren Street. Its offerings and hours of operation are available by calling 256-2784.
The Little Falls School System consists of 2 elementary
schools and 1 middle school for grades 4-8. High school students attend Passaic Valley
High School located in the township.
A twelve member Recreation Committee oversees an extensive
recreation program for all ages - from Tiny Tot tennis lessons to Senior Citizen exercise
classes. Activities include: football, volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, tennis,
ski trips, theater trips, day camp....to name a few. Facilities include a Community
Center, several athletic fields and tennis courts. The commission is continually
expanding. Updated bulletins of events are mailed to residents.
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North Haledon has approximately 7987 residents.
The approximate number of families is 2574.
The amount of land area in North Haledon is 8.911 sq. kilometers. The amount of surface
water is 0.088 sq. kilometers. North Haledon is 210 miles from Washington DC, and 59 miles
from New Jersey's state capital.
Poet William Carlos Williams celebrated this city's
Americanness in epic style with Paterson, a poetry collection chronicling the
textile industry upon which the city was built and the mills that still stand along the
banks of the mighty Passaic River.
Paterson was also a literary stop in the imagination of
author Jack Kerouac; whose On the Road character Sal Paradise called Paterson home.
Founded in 1791 as America's first planned industrial city
(and home of the first cotton-spinning mill), Paterson today retains the moniker
"Silk City" for its factories' successes in production of slinky textiles.
Makers of machinery, chemicals and plastics have also carved out niches here.
Guests to Paterson will find that spectacular sights and
history abound. Great Falls, the city's 70-foot-high waterfall, punctuates the Passaic,
and visitors come from all around to see a billion gallons of water crash down its height
each day. Other must-sees include Paterson Castle (the city's very own fortress); and one
of the world's first submarines, built here and now on display in the Paterson Museum. The
Great Falls historic district caps off with an impressive look back to American industrial
history. The city of Passaic today has fourteen public schools, which includes one high
school, one middle school, a learning center, and eleven elementary schools. Our
educational history in Passaic has been one of excellence in education for the better part
of one hundred and thirty years. Everybody who has ever attended school in Passaic will
always identify with their neighborhood elementary school. Also Passaics hospitals
are of paramount importance to the city and it features three fine major facilities: The
General Hospital, Saint Marys Hospital, and Passaic Beth Israel. Passaic is a
microcosm of America, from the colonial experience to urban decay.
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Paterson is the third largest city in New Jersey, seat of
Passaic County, and the northernmost of the four tightly populated industrial cities of
Paterson, Passaic, Clifton and Nutley. Its claims to distinction are many. Guests to
Paterson will find that spectacular sights and history abound. Its most prominent natural
phenomenon is known as the Great Falls of the Passaic. Great Falls, the citys
70-foot-high waterfall, punctuates the Passaic, and visitors come from all around to see a
billion gallons of water crash down its height each day. Other must-sees include Paterson
Castle, the citys very own fortress, and one of the worlds first submarines,
built in Paterson and on display in the Paterson Museum.
Paterson is the largest single silk producing center in the
country, but the industry has curtailed. Although Paterson is no longer a leading
industrial city, it has found creative ways to reuse its remaining 19th century
industrial buildings and is experiencing new vitality as a different sort of city.
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Democratic government and peaceful home life have combined
to set individually apart the Borough of Prospect Park both as an incorporated
municipality and as a residential community. Modern civic improvements, fine educational
facilities, exceptionally good roads and a thrifty, home-loving, righteous populous have
made it justly proud of its individuality. Much of Prospect Parks present-day status
is due to the solid hereditary traits of its 5,000 inhabitants, the majority of whom are
of Dutch descent or birth. Despite its well-advanced development, Prospect Park is one of
the few municipalities, which is debt free. The natural devotion of the early Dutch
settlers to community, church and home life took firm root. As the borough has developed
and progressed, that sturdy wholesomeness has born enviable fruit. An air of tranquility
and hominess pervades the community. In recent years many people of national origin other
than Dutch have made Prospect Park their home and are, by their faithful observance of its
customs and ordinances long established, helping to keep it essentially a church and home
community hence a peaceful one.
The borough (town) of
Totowa is located west of Paterson, on the west bank of the Passaic River. During the
American Revolution, American troops were encamped here, and the nearby Theunis Dey
Mansion (1740) was General George Washington's headquarters in 1780. Dutch scholars
translated Totowa, or Totua, as "where you begin"; other sources indicate it was
derived from a Delaware Indian word meaning "between mountains and waters."
Totowa is largely a residential
suburb of the New York City region. It has light manufacturing (perfume, furniture, and
plastics) and is the site of the North Jersey Training School for developmentally disabled
The population of Totowa is approximately 10,177. The
approximate number of families is 3,570. The amount of land area in Totowa is 10.347 sq.
Even when it was incorporated in the 1840s the township of
Wayne did not have a single center but was made up of a collection of settlements. Now, as
the population increases the spaces between the communities are shrinking. Modern highways
have made Wayne Township a virtual crossroad in North Jersey. Routes 23, 46, and 80 and
the Paterson Hamburg Turnpike have made Wayne easily accessible for business and
residential access. Several national firms have located here for this reason. Waynes
excellent schools number nine elementary, two middle and two senior high schools in
addition to several private schools for all ages, all provide quality education. Today
Wayne offers many things for people of all ages, nursery schools, excellent elementary and
secondary schools, churches for all faiths, an excellent modern library, convenient
shopping centers, swimming pools, lakes and organized recreation for all to provide
quality living for todays citizens.
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Residents of this working class community say they have the
best of two worlds: A town edged by parklands, situated less than 1/2 hour from New York
City. It's a close-knit, family-oriented subway community that is conveniently located.
Many of its approximately 11,000 residents are blue collar
workers, predominantly Roman Catholic, and of Italian, Irish and German descent. Quite a
few came here from the inner-city areas of neighboring Paterson, and they are quick to
point out West Paterson's differing character.
Separated from its urban neighbor by Garret Mountain
Reserve, a county park, and burdened by the Passaic River and Route 46, West Paterson is
primarily a residential community at modest, but has well-kept homes, large shade trees,
and neighborhood parks with jungle gyms and ball fields.
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