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West New York, New Jersey
Town of West New York
60th Street in West New York
60th Street in West New York
Location of West New York within Hudson County. Inset: Location of Hudson County in New Jersey
Location of West New York within Hudson County. Inset: Location of Hudson County in New Jersey
Census Bureau map of West New York, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of West New York, New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey
Location in Hudson County, New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey is located in New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey
Location in New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey is located in the United States
West New York, New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Hudson
Incorporated July 8, 1898
 • Type Walsh Act
 • Body Board of Commissioners
 • Total 1.33 sq mi (3.44 km2)
 • Land 0.99 sq mi (2.58 km2)
 • Water 0.33 sq mi (0.86 km2)  25.11%
Area rank 466th of 565 in state
8th of 12 in county
151 ft (46 m)
 • Total 52,912
 • Rank 744th in country (as of 2019)
36th of 566 in state
6th of 12 in county
 • Density 53,446.5/sq mi (20,508.5/km2)
 • Density rank 3rd of 566 in state
3rd of 12 in county
Time zone UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 3401779610
GNIS feature ID 0885438

West New York is a town in the northern part of Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, situated upon the New Jersey Palisades. As of the 2020 United States census, the town's population was 52,912.

Among places with a population above 50,000, West New York is the second-most densely populated municipality in the United States, with more than 52,800 people per square mile.


West New York was incorporated as a town by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on July 8, 1898, replacing Union Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. West New York underwent a massive growth at the beginning of the 20th century, driven by development of textile industries that made North Hudson the "Embroidery Capital of the United States".

The town was populated mainly with Italian Americans and German Americans. The 1960s saw an influx of Cuban émigrés to the area, once called Havana on the Hudson; it has since become one of the United States cities with a majority Hispanic population. Simultaneously, high-rise apartments, some of the tallest buildings in North Hudson, were built along Boulevard East, adding to the population of the town, giving it one of highest population densities in the country. Since the 1980s the Hudson waterfront, which had been part of the Weehawken Terminal has been redeveloped from industrial to residential and recreational uses, including the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.


Looking east to Hudson River and Manhattan skyline

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 1.329 square miles (3.444 km2), including 1.007 square miles (2.609 km2) of land and 0.322 square miles (0.835 km2) of water (24.24%).

The ZIP code for West New York is 07093. West New York is part of the New York metropolitan area and is at the heart of the North Hudson, New Jersey region. West New York is bordered on the north by Guttenberg, on the east by the Hudson River, on the south by Union City and Weehawken, and on the west by North Bergen.

West New York is one of North Hudson's communities atop The Palisades above the Hudson River, and home to the highest point in the county. Its Hudson Waterfront has been known as Bulls Ferry since before the American Revolutionary War. Bergenline Avenue is its main commercial thoroughfare, while the wide two-way 60th Street is a major cross-town thoroughfare, and site of Town Hall. More than half of U.S. Presidents have streets bearing their name in the town.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 5,267
1910 13,560 157.5%
1920 29,916 120.6%
1930 37,107 24.0%
1940 39,439 6.3%
1950 37,683 −4.5%
1960 35,547 −5.7%
1970 40,627 14.3%
1980 39,194 −3.5%
1990 38,125 −2.7%
2000 45,768 20.0%
2010 49,708 8.6%
2020 52,912 6.4%
Population sources: 1800–1920
1900–1910 1910–1930
1900–1990 2000 2010 2020

One of 41 municipalities statewide where a majority of residents do not speak English as their primary language, Spanish is spoken at home by more than half of the residents of West New York, according to data from the United States Census Bureau's 2012-2016 American Community Survey data. The town had 83.6% of residents not speaking English as their dominant language, the second highest in the state.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 49,708 people, 18,852 households, and 11,783 families residing in the town. The population density was 49,341.7 per square mile (19,050.9/km2). There were 20,018 housing units at an average density of 19,870.5 per square mile (7,672.0/km2)*. The racial makeup of the town was 62.04% (30,839) White, 4.60% (2,289) Black or African American, 1.50% (744) Native American, 6.01% (2,986) Asian, 0.05% (24) Pacific Islander, 20.19% (10,038) from other races, and 5.61% (2,788) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 78.08% (38,812) of the population.

There were 18,852 households out of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.6% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.5% were non-families. 29.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 9.7% from 18 to 24, 35.4% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.8 years. For every 100 females there were 98.4 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 96.8 males.

As of the 2010 United States Census, West New York had the third-highest percentage of Hispanics in the state, at 78.1%, accounting for 2.5% of the state's Hispanic population. Though Native Americans comprise less than 1% of the city's population, they doubled in the 2000s, and combined with Union City's Native Americans comprise 38% of the county's Native American population.

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $44,657 (with a margin of error of ± $2,850) and the median family income was $42,534 (± $3,689). Males had a median income of $36,768 (± $2,414) versus $30,688 (± $1,952) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $24,419 (± $1,215). About 15.8% of families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.6% of those under age 18 and 25.6% of those age 65 or over.


Roads and highways

2018-07-07 12 25 45 View north along Hudson County Route 505 (Anthony Defino Way) between John F Kennedy Boulevard East and Farragut Place in West New York, Hudson County, New Jersey
CR 505 (Anthony Defino Way) in West New York

As of May 2010, the town had a total of 24.11 miles (38.80 km) of roadways, of which 21.92 miles (35.28 km) were maintained by the municipality, 2.19 miles (3.52 km) by Hudson County.

The only significant roads directly serving West New York are county highways. County Route 501 follows Kennedy Boulevard along the town's western border. County Route 505 follows Boulevard East and Anthony Defino Way on the east side of town. Both roads are oriented north–south. Interstate 95 (the New Jersey Turnpike), U.S. Route 1/9 and New Jersey Route 495 are major highways located in adjacent municipalities.

Public transportation

West New York at Newburgh
This New York Waterway ferry named West New York is not used on the routes which serve the town.

NJ Transit bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 128, 154, 156, 158, 159, 165, 166 and 168 routes. The 181 and 188 routes offer service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. Travel to other New Jersey communities, including Jersey City, is offered on the 22, 23, 84, 86, 88 and 89.

The Bergenline Avenue station of Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is located at the city line with Union City, while the Weehawken Port Imperial station is located on the Weehawken waterfront at the foot of Pershing Road near the NY Waterway ferry terminal. Regular ferry crossings of the Hudson River run daily.

Jitney commuter buses operate along Bergenline Avenue, providing service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, the George Washington Bridge Bus Station, the Newport Centre and other local destinations. The county's most frequent route for dollar buses, jitneys operate along Bergenline Avenue as frequently as one bus every minute.

The closest airport in New Jersey with scheduled passenger service is Newark Liberty International Airport, located 13.6 miles (21.9 km) away in Newark and Elizabeth. New York City's LaGuardia Airport is 13.5 miles (21.7 km) away in Queens via the Lincoln Tunnel.

Media and culture

West New York is located within the New York media market, with most of its daily papers available for sale or delivery. The Jersey Journal is a local daily paper based in Jersey City. Local weeklies include the free bilingual paper, Hudson Dispatch Weekly, a former daily, The West New York Reporter, which is part of the Hudson Reporter group of local weeklies, and the Spanish language El Especialito. River View Observer is a monthly newspaper that covers the Hudson County waterfront market.

In the late 2000s, West New York, Weehawken, Union City and North Bergen came to be dubbed collectively as "NoHu", a North Hudson haven for local performing and fine artists, many of whom are immigrants from Latin America and other countries, in part due to lower housing costs compared to those in nearby art havens such as Hoboken, Jersey City and Manhattan.


Bergenline Avenue is the main shopping district of North Hudson. West New York's Urban Enterprise Zone, one of seven established by legislation in 1996, covers portions of Bergenline Avenue from 49th to 67th Streets.

Portions of town are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone, including portions of Bergenline Avenue from 49th to 67th Streets. West New York was selected in 1996 as one of a group of seven zones added to participate in the program. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment and investment within the UEZ, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3.3125% sales tax rate (half of the 6+58% rate charged statewide) at eligible merchants. Established in May 1996, the town's Urban Enterprise Zone status expires in May 2027.

Until the 1880s, the primary commercial area of West New York was Palisade Avenue. An influential citizen named Henry Kohlmeier who lived there objected to the noise created by horse-drawn public coaches, which led to the route being transferred one block west to what is now Bergenline Avenue (formerly Lewis Street), which runs parallel to Palisade Avenue, and which remains the city's main commercial thoroughfare. Currently the longest commercial avenue in the state, boasting over 300 retail stores and restaurants, Bergenline runs through not only the entire length of West New York from north to south, but also through Union City, Guttenberg and North Bergen, making it the main commercial strip for North Hudson. Also known as the "Miracle Mile", Bergenline's largest concentration of retail and chain stores begins at the intersection of 32nd Street in Union City, and continues north until 92nd Street in North Bergen. Bergenline Avenue is also used as the route for local parades, such as the annual Memorial Day Parade Cuban Day Parade and Dominican-American Parade.


In 1898, the Brooklyn Bridegrooms played two games at the West New York Field Club Grounds. The New York Giants played one game at the field in 1898 and four in 1899.

In 2011, Formula One announced plans to host a street race on a 3.2-mile (5.1 km) in West New York and Weehawken called Grand Prix of America, which would begin in June 2013.


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Harry L Bain School

West New York is served by the West New York School District for pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide that were established pursuant to the decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court in Abbott v. Burke which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.

As of the 2019–20 school year, the district, comprised of nine schools, had an enrollment of 8,545 students and 593.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.3:1. Schools in the district (with 2019–20 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Early Childhood School with 502 students in PreK, Public School #1 with 860 students in grades K-6, Public School #2 with 716 students in grades K-6, Robert Menendez Elementary School (School #3) with 574 students in grades K-6, Albio Sires Elementary School (School #4) with 678 students in grades K-6, Public School #5 with 673 students in grades K-6, Harry L. Bain Elementary School (School #6) with 675 students in grades K-6, West New York Middle School with 1,125 students in grades 7-8 and Memorial High School with 2,079 students in grades 9-12.

Private schools in West New York include St. Joseph of the Palisades Grammar School, which is overseen by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

American Training School for Medical Professionals is a bilingual medical school founded in 1998 by Professor Dante Joa.

Notable people

See also (related category): People from West New York, New Jersey

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with West New York include:

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  • Christine Elizabeth Abrahamsen (1916–1995), author of science fiction and gothic novels.
  • George Alvarez, actor known for the soap operas General Hospital, Port Charles and Guiding Light.
  • Manuela Arbeláez (born 1988), model and actress who has appeared on The Price Is Right.
  • Oscar L. Auf der Heide (1874–1945), represented New Jersey's 11th congressional district from 1925 to 1933, and the 14th congressional district from 1933 to 1935. Auf der Heide was a member of the town council from 1899 to 1902, and was a member and president of the board of education in 1903 and 1904, served on the board of assessors in 1912 and 1913 and was mayor of West New York from 1914 to 1917.
  • Tyson Beckford (born 1970), male supermodel.
  • Warren Boroson (born 1935), financial journalist, author and playwright.
  • James J. Braddock (1905–1974), heavyweight boxing champion.
  • Rob Byrnes (born 1958), author and blogger.
  • Sebastian Capozucchi (born 1995), professional footballer who plays as a defender for USL League One club Chattanooga Red Wolves.
  • Vincent J. Dellay (1907–1999), Congressman who represented NJ's 14th congressional district.
  • Emil Draitser (born 1937), author of 12 books and 135 short stories, professor of Russian at Hunter College.
  • Ruth Brewer Eisenberg (1902–1996), pianist who was "Ivory" of the inter-racial piano duo Ebony and Ivory.
  • Amber Lee Ettinger (born 1982), actress and internet celebrity who rose to fame in 2007 as "Obama Girl".
  • Zulima Farber (born 1946), former New Jersey Attorney General.
  • Ada Ferrer (1963), historian, writer, professor
  • Noli Francisco (1941–2017), professional poker player.
  • Morton Freedgood (1913–2006), author of the novel The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
  • Alan Gewirth (1912–2004), philosopher, a professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago and author of Reason and Morality.
  • Don Guardian (born 1953), politician who has represented the 2nd Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2022.
  • Walter Hendl (1917–2007), conductor, composer and pianist.
  • Arthur Imperatore Sr. (1925-2020), businessman who founded the NY Waterway service.
  • Christopher Jackman (1916–1991), politician who served in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature, and was Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1978 until 1982.
  • Angelica M. Jimenez (born 1965), politician who has served in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2012, where she represents the 32nd Legislative District.
  • King Kamali (born 1972), IFBB professional bodybuilder.
  • AJ Lee (born 1987), actress and retired professional wrestler, best known for her time in WWE.
  • Herb Maack (1917–2007), former Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC) player and college football head coach.
  • Ray Machado, Cuban-American musician and founder of the Cuban fusion band Máxima Alerta.
  • John Mahnken (born 1922), former professional basketball player.
  • Harold Martin (1918–2010), member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
  • Mayte Martínez (born 1991), Cuban American model, designer and television personality.
  • Edward James Olmos (born 1947), actor who lived in West New York from 1979 to 1987, while he built his stage career following his emigration from East Los Angeles.
  • Harry Otis (1886–1976), pitcher who played in five games for the Cleveland Naps in 1909.
  • Nelson J. Perez (born 1961), prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who serves as the 10th archbishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
  • Artie Pitt (1913–2002) gymnast who competed in eight events at the 1936 Summer Olympics.
  • Gene Prebola (born 1938), tight end who played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, Denver Broncos and New York Jets.
  • Caridad Rodriguez (born 1947), former member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
  • Jeff Roehl (born 1980), offensive lineman who played for the New York Giants.
  • Louis Romano (born 1930), member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
  • Felix Roque, Former Mayor of West New York.
  • Mathieu Schneider (born 1969), former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 1,289 games in the National Hockey League with ten different teams.
  • Dick Seay (1904–1981), Negro league baseball all-star second baseman.
  • Jeremy Shockey (born 1980), NFL football player who has played for the New York Giants, New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.
  • Ozzie Silna (1932–2016), businessmen best known as being co-owner of the American Basketball Association's Spirits of St. Louis and the lucrative deal cut to fold that team during the ABA-NBA merger.
  • Albio Sires (born 1951), former Mayor of West New York who serves in Congress representing NJ's 8th congressional district.
  • Isabel Toledo (1960–2019), fashion designer.
  • Vito Valentinetti (1928–2021), professional pitcher who played for five MLB seasons.
  • Silverio Vega (born 1956), former Mayor of West New York who served in the New Jersey General Assembly.
  • Armando Vilaseca, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Education.
  • Jessica Vosk (born 1983), Broadway actress who has starred as Elphaba in the Second National Tour of Wicked.
  • Gerard Way (born 1977), musician, frontman of the alternative rock band, My Chemical Romance.
  • Jacqueline Walker (born 1941), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1984 to 1986.
  • Warren Wolf (1927–2019), high school football head coach and politician who served as an Ocean County freeholder and a New Jersey State Assemblyman.

See also

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