Alpine is a small rural community offering prestige and privacy, an easy commute to the Financial Capital of the world and three major airports, an excellent school system, extremely low taxes and an extraordinary sense of community pride. The average home sale price is ranked amongst the highest in the nation.
Bergenfield was incorporated on June 25, 1894. In the early years of its existence as a community, it bore the name "Schraalenburg" and was settled by prosperous Dutch farmers. In 1872, Jersey City & Albany Railroad built a train station in the Borough and for lack of a better name called it "Bergen Fields". This was later modified to "Bergenfield."
Indians of the Lenape Tribe occupied the land now called Closter. They were displaced by the Europeans, predominately the Dutch. For 200 years Dutch was the common language. English was not taught until 1770. Most of the Colonial architecture in the Hudson River Valley was Dutch in origin and over 20 of these original homes still remain and are still used by Closter residents. No other town in Bergen County boasts so great a concentration of houses built in or prior to 1740. In 1904, Borough of Closter was incorporated and present town boundaries were established encompassing 3.31 square miles with 150 acres of reservoirs and streams.
Cresskill has much history within its 2 square miles. Camp Merritt was built during WWI as a major Army Distribution site. The monument which stands tall at the intersection of Madison Avenue & Knickerbocker Road is a Memorial and serves as a famous marker. Convenient location, near to major highways, makes this town very desirable. The Borough of Cresskill is special in its blend of people. Its townspeople are proud to call it home.
Demarest, only 2.5 square miles, a small affluent, friendly bedroom community just 8 miles from the G.W.B., nestled around the Tenafly Brook Duck Pond and the 19th century railroad station. It is bordered on the north by Closter, the south by Cresskill, the west by Haworth and the east by Alpine. Most new residents are professionals or business executives who like the small town charm, peaceful atmosphere, fine schools, and the simple commute to NYC.
Houses with historical backgrounds remain as landmarks from colonial days and can still be found in Dumont. One such is the Albert Zabriskie house, built about 1750. It is part of the Dutch Colonial stone house at number 2 Colonial Court, and is the oldest structure still standing in Dumont. It is registered by The American Historical Society.
Englewood's population is far more diverse than that of most suburbs including many of its Bergen County neighbors. Occupations range from highly paid professions to unskilled trades. At present Englewood is a sophisticated city which combines most of its historic grace & charm with an exciting cosmopolitan atmosphere. It has many contrasts: elaborate Victorian Mansions and modern low-rise condos; quiet tree-lined residential neighborhoods & the bustling central business district; large estates & affordable apartments.
Just off the Exit One of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Englewood Cliffs offers easy access to New York City and points north. Home of the "Million Dollar Mile" where corporate headquarters abound, Englewood Cliffs boasts one of the lowest tax rates in Bergen County.
Otherwise known as "Hollywood on the Hudson" for its history of film making, Fort Lee is 2.50 square miles bordered on the north by Englewood Cliffs, on the south by Cliffside Park, on the west by Englewood and Palisades Park and on the east by the Hudson River with its panoramic views of New York City. Despite its rapid commercial and population growth, Fort Lee still retains the charm one expects to find in a small town. The town has a combination of attractive features. Moreover, Fort Lee' s Ethnic & Cultural Heritage have been greatly diversified and arrivals from all nations are settling in the borough.
Harrington Park was the sixth borough to be carved out of Harrington Township. The separation took place on March 13, 1904. It is a picturesque residential town.
Although historical records are imprecise, Haworth is believed to take its name from Haworth, England, a Hamlet made famous by the Bronte Sisters. The first European settlers were not English, but Dutch farmers who carved out arable field from thick forests. The rural tranquility of the area remains undisturbed with its tutor-style homes and its ancient trees towering to commanding heights. Haworth is a beautiful single-family community.
Northvale's early history can be placed back to Henry Hudson, who explored the area from the New York Harbor up the palisades. All of the land in the borough of Northvale was bought from the local Leni-Lenape Indians in 1681. In 1887, Northvale, then known as "Neuwy" was described as a quiet town of 400, mostly French & Italians, who conducted quite an extensive business in the manufacture of materials for artificial flowers. In May of 1916, when Northvale officially became a borough of Bergen County, it had a population of 827 and the highest tax rate in the County.
Norwood, consisting of 2.75 square miles, borders Northvale to the north, Harrington Park to the west, Alpine to the east, and Closter to the south. It is part of the historic grounds of Old Harrington Township and succeeded from the parent township in March, 1905, and was organized.
The Delaware Indian word "Tuphanne" is where the name Tappan is derived from. It means cold water. Why it was named Old Tappan, no one knows, but it is believed that it was to distinguish it from Tappan, New York, of which Old Tappan was formerly a part. In 1704, Cosyn Haring, one of the original 16 parents, obtained a land grant from Queen Anne of England for most of the land which is now Old Tappan.
Ridgewood is almost a six square mile village in Northeastern Bergen County, Fifteen miles from New York City. It was originally the home of the Leni-Lenape Indians; Dutch settlers followed. When the Paterson and Ramapo laid tracks and established a station wealthy New Yorkers looking for summer recreation built estates in the area, and eventually became year-round residents. Today, Ridgewood has a population of over twenty-four thousand residents, thriving business district, hospital, and a nationally recognized school system.
Rockleigh, prior to 1660, was part of the vast wilderness known as the "Kings Woods". The territory had been inhabited by the Leni-Lenape tribe. The Dutch first arrived and the countryside soon became dotted with homesteads, mills, farms, and inns. Over 200 years have passed since the Harings & Snedens settled in the area.
The seventh largest and most populous municipality in Bergen County, Teaneck has a unique blend of cultures, languages, and ethnicity's. Originally inhabited by Hackensack Indians, it was settled by Dutch Colonists in the 1600's and incorporated as the township in 1895. It claims some of the oldest homes in America and gained national notoriety in the 1960's when it became the first community in the county to vote for integrated schools.
The borough of Tenafly was incorporated on January 24, 1894. However, early references to "Tiene Fly" (Dutch-Ten Swamps) & "Tenafly" (Willow Meadow, also Little Valley) date back to 1688 when a large tract of land was granted to Colonel Jacobus Van Cortland. One of his 3 daughters, Mrs. Depeyster, inherited most of the area that is now Tenafly.