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Park Ridge, New Jersey
|Borough of Park Ridge|
Map highlighting Park Ridge's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Park Ridge, New Jersey
|Incorporated||May 15, 1894|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Total||2.603 sq mi (6.740 km2)|
|• Land||2.582 sq mi (6.686 km2)|
|• Water||0.021 sq mi (0.054 km2) 0.79%|
|Area rank||368th of 566 in state
37th of 70 in county
|Elevation||144 ft (44 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Rank||264th of 566 in state
43rd of 70 in county
|• Density||3,348.6/sq mi (1,292.9/km2)|
|• Density rank||195th of 566 in state
40th of 70 in county
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885341|
Park Ridge is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Park Ridge had a population of 8,645 as of the 2010 United States Census, reflecting a decline of 63 (-0.7%) from the 8,708 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 606 (+7.5%) from the 8,102 counted in the 1990 Census.
Park Ridge was created as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 15, 1894, from portions of Washington Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Park Ridge obtained a portion of River Vale (July 15, 1929), exchanged portions with Woodcliff Lake (December 12, 1955), received part of Washington Township (November 26, 1956), exchanged portions with Hillsdale (February 10, 1958) and Woodcliff Lake (June 9, 1958) and received another part of Washington Township (August 11, 1958). The borough's name derives from its location.
Park Ridge's Pascack Historical Society Museum, at 19 Ridge Avenue, houses the world's only wampum drilling machine. This wooden artifact was made in Park Ridge by the Campbell Brothers who invented a way to drill through long pieces of hair pipe shells so that they could be strung and worn as breast plates by the Plains Indians, among others. Needing water for the operation, the industrious brothers leased a woolen mill that stood on the Pascack Brook. When that burned down they built their own mill farther down Pascack Creek on their land another shop on Pascack Road near their homestead. Both building housed drilling machines on their second floors where they were safe from prying eyes, as the two machines had not been patented. In the early 19th century, John Jacob Astor purchased wampum from the Campbells to trade with the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest whose beaver pelts he turned into men's hats. The best years for the wampum business were between 1835 and 1866. The drilling machine can be seen at the Pascack Historical Society Museum on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until noon and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.
Park Ridge is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:
- John G. Ackerson House - 142 Pascack Road (added 1983)
- Isaac Debaun House - 124 Rivervale Road (added 1983)
- Park Ridge Station - Hawthorne and Park Avenue (added 1984)
- Peter D. Perry House - 107 Rivervale Road (added 1983)
- Wortendyke Barn - 13 Pascack Road (added 1973)
- Frederick Wortendyke House (Park Ridge) - 12 Pascack Road (added 1983)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.603 square miles (6.740 km2), including 2.582 square miles (6.686 km2) of land and 0.021 square miles (0.054 km2) of water (0.79%).
The borough is a part of the Pascack Valley region of Bergen County. It is bounded by the boroughs of Montvale, River Vale, Woodcliff Lake and Hillsdale. Although no major highways run through the borough, it is serviced by the Garden State Parkway at exits 168, 171 and 172 in Washington Township and Montvale, respectively.
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,645 people, 3,283 households, and 2,351 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,348.6 per square mile (1,292.9/km2). There were 3,428 housing units at an average density of 1,327.8 per square mile (512.7/km2)*. The racial makeup of the borough was 89.14% (7,706) White, 1.04% (90) Black or African American, 0.22% (19) Native American, 6.07% (525) Asian, 0.02% (2) Pacific Islander, 2.58% (223) from other races, and 0.93% (80) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.74% (669) of the population.
There were 3,283 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.0% were married couples living together, 7.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.08.
In the borough, the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 21.8% from 25 to 44, 31.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.2 years. For every 100 females there were 93.3 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 89.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $104,053 (with a margin of error of +/- $7,870) and the median family income was $118,984 (+/- $7,463). Males had a median income of $85,242 (+/- $13,024) versus $65,216 (+/- $12,814) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $46,695 (+/- $3,650). About 1.1% of families and 1.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 0.0% of those under age 18 and 0.5% of those age 65 or over.
Same-sex couples headed 11 households in 2010, an increase from the 7 counted in the 2000 Census.
Houses of worship in Park Ridge include:
- First Congregational Church of Park Ridge (United Church of Christ)
- Our Lady of Mercy Church
- Park Ridge United Methodist Church
- Pascack Reformed Church
- Temple Beth Sholom of Pascack Valley
In July 2015, Park Ridge was designated as one of 30 transit villages statewide, qualifying it for incentives at the borough's train station and commuter lots, which will get additional access for bicycles and pedestrians.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 38.91 miles (62.62 km) of roadways, of which 31.94 miles (51.40 km) were maintained by the municipality and 6.97 miles (11.22 km) by Bergen County.
County Route 503, which runs for 18 miles (29 km) from Route 4 to the New York State border, passes through Park Ridge. It is well known and posted as Kinderkamack Road, which was a trail used by the Lenape Native Americans, whose name signified that it was a place (the suffix "ack") where ceremonial dances or prayers ("kintekaye") were made.
Park Ridge is served by NJ Transit on the Pascack Valley Line at the Park Ridge train station. The station is located at Hawthorne and Park Avenues though is also accessible from Broadway. This line runs north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New Jersey Transit one-stop service to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at the Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.
The Rockland Coaches provides service on the 11T/11AT and the 47 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Saddle River Tours / Ameribus provides service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station on route 11C.
The Bear's Nest
The Bear's Nest is a luxury gated community in Park Ridge. It has town house-style houses with luxury amenities including (in some houses) elevators. A community clubhouse is available for residents, along with a pool, multiple tennis courts and a floral park. Notable residents of the development have included President Richard M. Nixon; Pat Nixon; Raymond V. Gilmartin, current Microsoft board member; and Tom Coughlin, former coach of the New York Giants.
In popular culture
- Park Ridge was the filming site for the Nick GAS (Nickelodeon Games and Sports) segment, "Heroes of the Game". Locations included West Ridge Elementary School and Colony Field.
Points of interest
- Ridgemont Shopping Center is a shopping center located on Kinderkamack Road. It has an Acme Supermarket with a pharmacy, a Staples Inc., a Starbucks, and other stores and restaurants.
- Park Ridge has many of its own stores, such as the Ridge Diner, Park Ridge Florist, Park Ridge Bagel and Deli, and the Park Steakhouse.
- The Ridge Diner is located on the corner of Park Avenue and Kinderkamack Road, near other restaurants such as Greek Corner Grill and El Azteca.
- Each Memorial Day, the Tri-Boro area consisting of Park Ridge, Woodcliff Lake, and Montvale participate in the annual Memorial Day Parade. The Park Ridge High School Marching Band participates in the parade and hand out candies as well.
- Each October, Park Ridge holds its own Ragamuffin parade. Children who are 12 and younger dress up in costumes while walking down from Depot Square on Park Avenue to Davies Field. Following the parade, there is a costume contest. The event also features games and music.
- Park Ridge has an annual holiday tree lighting in December, with musical performances by the Park Ridge High School choir and Mini Maestros instrumental band and free refreshments, like popcorn and hot chocolate.
- Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.
- Clayton, W. Woodford; and Nelson, William. History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men., Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1882.
- Harvey, Cornelius Burnham (ed.), Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Co., 1900.
- Van Valen, James M. History of Bergen County, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Co., 1900.
- Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858-1942, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630-1923, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1923.
- Park Ridge Public Schools's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
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