North Bergen is a township in Hudson County, New Jersey, United
States. As of the 2010
United States Census, the township had a total
population of 60,773, reflecting an increase of 2,681
(+4.6%) from the 58,092 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn
increased by 9,678 (+20.0%) from the 48,414 counted in the 1990
Census. The town was founded in 1843. It was much diminished in
territory by a series of secessions. Situated on the Hudson
Palisades, it is one of the "hilliest" municipalities in the United
States. Like neighboring North Hudson communities, North Bergen is
among those places in the nation with the highest population density
and a majority Hispanic population.
1.1 Colonial era
1.2 Toponymy, secession, and urbanization
1.3 20th century
3.1 2010 U.S. Census
3.2 2000 U.S. Census
5.1 Local government
5.3 Federal, state and county representation
5.5 Public safety
7.1 Roads and highways
7.2 Public transportation
8 Media and culture
9 Notable people
10 In popular culture
11 See also
13 External links
At the time of European colonization. the area was the territory of
Hackensack tribe of the
Lenape Native Americans, who maintained a
settlement, Espatingh, on the west side of the hills. and
where a Dutch trading post was established after the Peach Tree
War. In 1658, Peter Stuyvesant, then Director-General of New
Netherland, repurchased from them the area now encompassed by the
municipalities of Hudson County east of the Hackensack River. In 1660
he granted permission to establish the semi-autonomous colony of
Bergen, with the main village located at today's Bergen Square,
considered to be the first chartered municipality in what would become
the state of New Jersey. At the time, the area of North Bergen was
heavily forested, traversed by paths used by the indigenous and
colonizing population and became known as Bergen Woods, a name
recalled in today's neighborhood of Bergenwood.
After the 1664 surrender of
Fort Amsterdam the entire New Netherland
colony came into the possession of the British, who established the
Province of New Jersey. In 1682, the
East Jersey legislature formed
the state's first four counties, including Bergen County, which
consisted of all the land in the peninsula between the Hackensack and
Hudson Rivers; that is, the eastern portions of what today is Bergen
and Hudson Counties. In 1693, Bergen County was divided into two
townships: Hackensack Township in the north, and Bergen Township,
Bergen Neck peninsula, in the south. The border
between the two townships is the current Hudson-Bergen county
While settlement was sparse, communities developed along the Bergen
Turnpike at the
Three Pigeons and Maisland, later New Durham. French
André Michaux developed his gardens nearby. On the Hudson
Bulls Ferry became an important landing for crossings to
Manhattan. While ostensibly under British control during the American
Revolutionary War, the area was patrolled by the Americans on
foraging, espionage, and raiding expeditions; most notably the
Battle of Bull's Ferry.
Toponymy, secession, and urbanization
On February 22, 1838, Jersey City was incorporated as a separate
municipality, and in 1840 Hudson County, comprising the city and
Bergen Township, was created from the southern portion of Bergen
County. North Bergen was incorporated as a township on April
10, 1843, by an act of the
New Jersey Legislature, from the northern
portion of Bergen Township. At the time, the town included
everything east of the
Hackensack River and north of and including
what is now Jersey City Heights.
The entire region which is now known as North Hudson experienced
massive immigration and urbanization during the latter half of the
19th century, and led to the creation of various new towns. Portions
of the North Bergen were taken to form Hoboken Township (April 9,
1849, now the City of Hoboken), Hudson Town (April 12, 1852, later
part of Hudson City), Hudson City (April 11, 1855, later merged with
Jersey City), Guttenberg (formed within the township on March 9, 1859,
and set off as an independent municipality on April 1, 1878),
Weehawken (March 15, 1859), Union Township and West Hoboken Township
(both created on February 28, 1861), Union Hill town (March 29, 1864)
and Secaucus (March 12, 1900). During this era many of Hudson
County's cemeteries were developed along the town's western slope of
the Hudson Palisades.
At their foot in the Meadowlands, the Erie, the New York, Susquehanna
and Western and the West Shore railroads ran right-of-ways to their
terminals on the Hudson, the last building its tunnel through Bergen
Hill at North Bergen. The area was important destination during
peak German immigration to the
United States and is recalled today in
Schuetzen Park, founded in 1874. Further north,
Racetrack became a notable and notorious destination which, after its
closing, became a proving ground for new technologies: the automobile
and the airplane.
The development of Hudson County Boulevard, which skirts around the
west, north and east of North Bergen, was completed in the early 20th
century. By 1913 it was considered to be fine for "motoring". The
roadway is now known by its two sections: Kennedy Boulevard and
Residential districts along and between the two boulevards were
developed. Bergenline Avenue, a broad street which
North Hudson County Railway
North Hudson County Railway streetcars to
Nungesser's became (and remains) an important commercial and transit
corridor. The two boulevard sections met at Bergenline Avenue, at the
northwest corner of North Hudson/Braddock Park.
James J. Braddock
James J. Braddock North Hudson County Park and the Stonehenge
Soon after the opening of the
Lincoln Tunnel Approach, the Susquehanna
Transfer was opened in August 1939 to accommodate passengers who
wished to transfer to buses through the tunnel. It closed in 1966.
At the time of its construction in 1949, the 760-foot (230 m) WOR
TV Tower, in the midst the residential Woodcliff Section, was the
tenth-tallest man-made structure in the world. The tower
was dismantled in 1956 but in 1967, about half a mile (2500 m) to the
east, the 34-story, 369-feet (112 m) Stonehenge apartment building was
constructed on the tip of the Palisades.
In the early 1960s two notable paleontological finds of fossils from
Newark Basin were made near the foot of the cliffs at one of
several former quarries, the Granton, of which today's avenue is a
namesake. The former quarry remained an archeological site until
at least 1980.
North Hudson Park was renamed the
James J. Braddock
James J. Braddock North Hudson
County Park. In 1935, while living in North Bergen, local hero James
J. Braddock won the world heavyweight championship in one of the most
stunning upsets in boxing history.
In contrast to other Hudson County communities during the latter half
of the century, North Bergen grew significantly in population. Many
residents are part of the wave of
Spanish language speakers which had
begun in the 1960s with Cuban émigrés, leading to the nickname,
Havana on the Hudson.
In 1850, the township was more-or-less rectangular. When the
municipalities along the
Hudson River (what are now Guttenberg, West
New York, Union City and Weehawken) broke away, it left North Bergen
roughly shaped as an inverted "L". Its northern section stretches
east-west and is south of the Bergen County communities Cliffside
Park, Edgewater, Fairview and Ridgefield. To the east, the Hudson
River creates the shared border with the borough of
Manhattan in New
York City. It shares a border with Carlstadt in the Hackensack River.
Its north-south section lies between Secaucus to the west and to the
West New York
West New York and Union City, with which it meets
Jersey City at a single point at its southern end. With the
separation of Secaucus in 1900, North Bergen now has a total area of
5.575 square miles (14.438 km2), including 5.134 square miles
(13.296 km2) of land and 0.441 square miles (1.142 km2) of
Woodcliff Treatment Plant at the foot of the Palisades. In the
distance off to the right, is the Stonehenge Building rising from the
North Bergen has diverse geological features. Partially situated on
the Hudson River, the
Hudson Palisades rise from the waterfront, while
the northern part of the town sits atop the plateau. The cuesta, or
slope, on its west side makes North Bergen the city with the
second-most hills per square mile in the
United States after San
Francisco, some of which are extremely steep. A rock formation
along the slope (located at 40°48′27″N 74°01′05″W /
40.80750°N 74.01806°W / 40.80750; -74.01806) is composed of
unusual serpentinite rock and made up of small rock cliffs. Because of
this, it is one of the few undeveloped parts of North Bergen.
Low-lying areas along the west side are part of the New Jersey
Meadowlands. The unusual shape and diverse topography of North Bergen
have created diverse historical and contemporary neighborhoods.
On the western slope overlooking the Meadowlands
Bergenline Avenue runs to
Nungessers at the Fairview border near North
Hudson Park. It has been described as the longest commercial avenue in
the state, with over 300 retail stores and restaurants.
The Racetrack section, between Bergenline and Kennedy Boulevard on the
Bergenwood, on the steep slopes of the west side of the Palisades
New Durham site of colonial American
Three Pigeons near the Bergen
Turnpike and Tonnelle Avenue
Meadowview, behind the Municipal Building between the many cemeteries:
Bulls Ferry, on the Hudson waterfront, site of Roc Harbor,
Palisades Medical Center
Palisades Medical Center and the
Hudson River Waterfront Walkway
Babbitt, in the Meadowlands district, a part of which is a wetlands
preserve known as the Eastern Brackish Marsh.
Woodcliff on The Palisades around the North Hudson Park.[citation
Transfer Station near the single point border of Union City and Jersey
City near Paterson Plank Road, Kennedy Boulevard, and Secaucus Road in
Other historical unincorporated communities, localities and place
names located partially or completely within the township include
Homestead, Granton, Hudson Heights, New Durham, Shadyside,
Three Pigeons and Tyler Park.
The town has seven cemeteries, more than any other town in the county,
including some, such as
Weehawken Cemetery and Hoboken Cemetery, that
were at one time designated for other towns. This may be due to the
layout of the county in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with
North Bergen having more land than its more densely populated
neighbors, which had to bury their dead outside of town. It may also
date back to the Civil War era. Among these cemeteries are Flower Hill
Cemetery and Grove Church Cemetery.
Population sources: 1850-1920
1850-1870 1850 1870
* = Lost territory in previous decade.
2010 U.S. Census
As of the 2010
United States Census, there were 60,773 people, 22,062
households, and 14,539 families residing in the township. The
population density was 11,838.0 per square mile (4,570.7/km2). There
were 23,912 housing units at an average density of 4,657.8 per square
mile (1,798.4/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 66.98%
(40,705) White, 4.04% (2,456) Black or African American, 0.88% (535)
Native American, 6.55% (3,979) Asian, 0.08% (49) Pacific Islander,
16.63% (10,107) from other races, and 4.84% (2,942) from two or more
races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 68.40% (41,569) of the
There were 22,062 households out of which 30.3% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living
together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and
34.1% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of
individuals, and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of
age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average
family size was 3.35.
In the township, the population was spread out with 21.5% under the
age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to
64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
37.1 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100
females ages 18 and older there were 91.3 males.
2000 U.S. Census
As of the 2000
United States Census there were 58,092 people,
21,236 households, and 14,249 families residing in the township. The
population density was 11,179.6 people per square mile (4,313.4/km²).
There were 22,009 housing units at an average density of 1, 634.2/km²
(4,235.5/sq mi). The racial makeup of the township was 67.36%
White, 2.72% African American, 0.40% Native American, 6.47% Asian,
0.05% Pacific Islander, 15.53% from other races, and 7.47% from two or
more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 57.25% of the
There were 21,236 households out of which 32.0% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living
together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and
32.9% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of
individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family
size was 3.33.
In the township the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age
of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 33.1% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64,
and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36
years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100
females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
Males had a median income of $35,626 versus $29,067 for females. The
per capita income for the township was $20,058. About 9.6% of families
and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including
14.0% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.
North Bergen has several retail districts, along Bergenline Avenue,
Tonnelle Avenue, and near Transfer Station. Portions of the township
are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone, one of 27 zones in the state. In
addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the zone,
shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3.3125% sales tax rate
(versus the 6.625% rate charged statewide, effective January 1, 2018)
at eligible merchants. Established in 1996, the township's
Urban Enterprise Zone status expires in May 2027. The zone was
established in 1996 based on legislation passed in February 1995
through the efforts of Senator Sacco, one of the sponsors of
legislation creating the zones.
The Vitamin Shoppe
The Vitamin Shoppe is headquartered in North Bergen. Hudson News
Liz Claiborne are large employers. New York, Susquehanna and
Western Railway operates five intermodal freight transport facilities
within the township.
North Bergen Town Hall
North Bergen has been governed under the
Walsh Act form of New Jersey
municipal government since 1931. The government consists of
five commissioners elected at-large to the Township Committee in
non-partisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a
concurrent basis. After each election, the commissioners select one of
their members to serve as mayor and each individual is assigned to
head one of the five commissions.
As of 2018[update], members of the North Bergen Township Committee are
Nicholas Sacco (Commissioner of Public Affairs), Hugo D.
Cabrera (Commissioner of Parks and Public Property), Frank
Gargiulo (Commissioner of Public Works), Julio Marenco
(Commissioner of Revenue and Finance) and Allen Pascual
(Commissioner of Public Safety), all serving concurrent terms of
office ending in May 2019.
After serving as Township Clerk from 1971-1979, local political leader
Joseph Mocco was arrested on August 7, 1986, on charges of illegally
dumping tons of construction material within North Bergen and other
nearby communities. Mocco was convicted and began serving a
prison sentence in July 1995. Mocco was paroled in 1999, with several
special conditions imposed on him upon his release by the New Jersey
State Parole Board designed to prohibit him from working or
participating in local elections.
In February 2004, Peter Perez, former commissioner in charge of Parks
and Recreation, was sentenced to serve six months in a federal prison
for accepting kickbacks and bribes from a contractor who had several
business contracts with the township. He received a reduced sentence
in light of his cooperation with authorities.
On March 27, 2008, North Bergen Athletic Director Jerry Maietta and
Guidance Counselor Ralph Marino were among 45 men swept up in a Bergen
County raid. Bergen County Prosecutors described the two as lower
level operatives in an expansive network of bookies, package holders,
drug dealers and drug distributors. Other transactions included knock
off woman purses and human organs.
On September 11, 2012, North Bergen's Superintendent of the Department
of Public Works James Wiley pleaded guilty to one count of second
degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct. Wiley was convicted
for using the town's resources to participate in political
campaigns. In November 2015, two DPW supervisors were sentenced
to five years in prison, following their convictions on charges that
they had directed department workers to work on political campaigns
and perform work on behalf of supervisors and other officials.
In 2013, a report issued by the office of the
New Jersey State
Comptroller revealed that an attorney for North Bergen made $18,800 a
year plus health benefits, but township officials had no idea what he
was doing, or whether he was even at work. It was reported that he was
hired between the years of 1988 and 1990. He had been actively working
until 2006, when he had a falling out with a township official and
stopped receiving legal work. Despite not being assigned work, the
attorney told investigators that throughout his employment with the
township, he was routinely solicited to make political contributions
to Nick Sacco's political allies. His contributions in 2012 to this
committee totaled $6,600.
Federal, state and county representation
North Bergen is located in the 8th Congressional District and is
part of New Jersey's 32nd state legislative district.
Prior to the 2010 Census, North Bergen had been split between the 9th
Congressional District and the 13th Congressional District, a change
made by the
New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in
January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general
New Jersey's Eighth Congressional District is represented by Albio
Sires (D, West New York).
New Jersey is represented in the United
States Senate by Democrats
Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021)
Bob Menendez (Paramus, 2019).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 32nd
Legislative District of the
New Jersey Legislature is represented in
the State Senate by
Nicholas Sacco (D, North Bergen) and in the
General Assembly by
Angelica M. Jimenez (D, West New York) and the
other seat is vacant.
Vincent Prieto (D, Secaucus) resigned
from office in March 2018 to head the
New Jersey Sports and Exposition
Authority. The Governor of
New Jersey is
Phil Murphy (D,
Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of
New Jersey is
Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
The Hudson County Executive, elected at-large, is Thomas A.
DeGise. Freeholder District 8, comprising North Bergen, the North
End of Secaucus and northernmost tip of Jersey City near Transfer
Station. is represented by Anthony Vainieri.
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 30,595 registered voters
in North Bergen, of which 18,816 (61.5%) were registered as Democrats,
2,462 (8.0%) were registered as Republicans and 9,301 (30.4%) were
registered as Unaffiliated. There were 16 voters registered to other
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat
Barack Obama received
78.1% of the vote (15,600 cast), ahead of Republican
Mitt Romney with
21.1% (4,209 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (164 votes), among
the 20,134 ballots cast by the township's 32,627 registered voters
(161 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 61.7%. In the
2008 presidential election, Democrat
Barack Obama received 69.6% of
the vote here (14,791 cast), ahead of Republican
John McCain with
28.7% (6,100 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (169 votes), among
the 21,254 ballots cast by the town's 34,402 registered voters, for a
turnout of 61.8%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat
John Kerry received 65.4% of the vote here (12,783 ballots cast),
George W. Bush
George W. Bush with 33.5% (6,541 votes) and
other candidates with 0.4% (118 votes), among the 19,540 ballots cast
by the town's 30,540 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat
Barbara Buono received
60.5% of the vote (6,802 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie
with 38.2% (4,296 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (147 votes),
among the 11,704 ballots cast by the township's 33,134 registered
voters (459 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 35.3%.
In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat
Jon Corzine received
73.9% of the vote here (9,680 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris
Christie with 22.3% (2,922 votes), Independent
Chris Daggett with 1.5%
(200 votes) and other candidates with 1.2% (151 votes), among the
13,106 ballots cast by the town's 28,555 registered voters, yielding a
The North Bergen Police Force was founded in 1923, replacing the peace
force known as "roundsmen", who began patrolling the township at night
North Bergen's fire department merged with those of the neighboring
communities of Guttenberg, Union City,
West New York
West New York and Weehawken in
1999 to form
North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue
North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue (NHRFR).
Engine 1, Engine 6, Engine 9 / Battalion 3, Engine 13 and Ladder 5 are
all located in North Bergen.
NHRFR and North Bergen Emergency Medical Services (headquartered at
63rd Street and Granton Avenue) were among the many Hudson County
agencies that responded to the January 2009 crash of Flight 1549, as
did Palisades Medical Center, where 57 of the survivors were treated
McKinley School (left) and
North Bergen High School
North Bergen High School (right)
North Bergen School District serves students in kindergarten
through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's
seven schools had an enrollment of 8,114 students and 564.9 classroom
teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of
14.36:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data
from the National Center for Education Statistics) are six
elementary schools — Franklin School (grades 1–8; 619
students), Robert Fulton School (K-8; 1,216), John F. Kennedy
School (1–8; 528), Lincoln School (PreK-8; 1,586), Horace
Mann School (1–8; 1,098), McKinley School (K-8; 449) —
and North Bergen High School (9–12; 2,618). Students
from Guttenberg attend the district's high school as part of a
sending/receiving relationship with the Guttenberg Public School
North Bergen is the location of High Tech High School, a county magnet
school for ninth through twelfth grades with a student body of over
600, operating as part of the
Hudson County Schools of Technology
Hudson County Schools of Technology that
provides technology education to students from across the
A Step Ahead Preschool is a private pre-K through kindergarten school
established in 1993.
Hudson County Transportation Network
Newark Penn Station
Port Authority Bus Terminal
Weehawken Port Imperial
World Trade Center
Hudson–Bergen Light Rail
Meadowlands Rail Line
Port Authority Trans-Hudson
New Jersey Transit routes 1-89
New Jersey Transit routes to Manhattan, Bergen, and Passaic
Liberty Water Taxi
New York Waterway
Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal
Weehawken Port Imperial
John F. Kennedy
Newark Bay Bridge
New Jersey Route 3
Cape Liberty Cruise Port
Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
New York Passenger Ship Terminal
Jersey City-Newark Turnpike
Paterson Plank Road
14th Street Viaduct
New Jersey Turnpike
U.S. Route 1/9
U.S. Route 1/9 Truck
Northern Branch Corridor Project
Journal Square-Bayonne BRT
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the township had a total of 64.74 miles
(104.19 km) of roadways, of which 50.00 miles (80.47 km)
were maintained by the municipality, 7.85 miles (12.63 km) by
Hudson County, 5.49 miles (8.84 km) by the
New Jersey Department
of Transportation and 1.40 miles (2.25 km) by the New Jersey
Route 495 travels between the
Lincoln Tunnel and the New Jersey
Turnpike (I-95) with interchanges for Route 3 and U.S. Route 1/9,
which runs north-south on the western edge side of town. CR 505 passes
through on the eastern side of town.
Tonnelle Avenue Light Rail station
Public transportation in North Bergen is provided by bus and light
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail
Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) service is available at
Tonnelle Avenue station and
Bergenline Avenue station (in
Union City) to points in Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City and
Bus service is provided along busy north-south corridors on Kennedy
Boulevard, Bergenline Avenue, and
Boulevard East by
NJ Transit and
privately operated dollar vans within Hudson County, and to Bergen and
Manhattan, New York City.
Nungessers is a major origination and
transfer point. Lines terminating at
Port Authority Bus Terminal
Port Authority Bus Terminal in
Manhattan are the 121, 125, 127, 128, 154, 156, 158, 159, 165,
166, 168, 320 routes. The 181 and 188 lines terminate at George
Washington Bridge Bus Terminal in Upper Manhattan. Lines 22, 23, 83,
84, 85, 86, 88 and 89 terminate either at
Journal Square or Hoboken
Terminal. The 751 travels to Edgewater and Hackensack.
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
Bergenline Avenue as frequently as one bus every minute, some
operated by Spanish Transportation.
Media and culture
North Bergen is located within the New York media market, with most of
its daily papers available for sale or delivery.
The Jersey Journal
The Jersey Journal is
a local daily paper based in Jersey City. Local weeklies include the
free bilingual paper,
Hudson Dispatch Weekly, (named for the
former daily Hudson Dispatch),
North Bergen Reporter (part of The
Hudson Reporter group of local weeklies), and the
Spanish language El
River View Observer is a monthly newspaper that
Hudson Waterfront market. Online news HudsonCountyView.com,
HudsonCountyTV.com, and the HudPost.com all cover local North Bergen
In the late 2000s, North Bergen, Weehawken, Union City, Guttenberg,
West New York
West New York 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.
See also: Category:People from North Bergen, New Jersey.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated
with North Bergen include:
Kyle Anderson (born 1993), NBA basketball player for the San Antonio
Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, charged in 2010 with conspiring to join a
terrorist group and kill, maim, and kidnap people outside the
Carlos Alomar (born 1951), musician, musical director,
Christopher Amoroso (1972–2001) Port Authority Police Department
(PAPD) officer who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist
Rick Apodaca (born 1980), Puerto Rican professional basketball player
who has played in the NCAA, USBL, NBDL, and the National Superior
Basketball League of Puerto Rico.
Coco Austin (born 1979), actress, dancer, model and wife of
Lidia Bastianich (born 1947), chef, Emmy Award-winning television
host, author, and restaurateur.
Odell Beckham Jr.
Odell Beckham Jr. (born 1992), wide receiver for the New York
James J. Braddock
James J. Braddock (1905–1974), heavyweight boxing champion from
John O. Brennan
John O. Brennan (born 1955), Deputy National Security Advisor for
Homeland Security in the Obama White House
James L. Brooks
James L. Brooks (born 1940), television and film director.
Dan Callandrillo, former professional basketball player.
Edd Cartier (1914–2008), pulp magazine illustrator.
C. Judson Child Jr. (1923–2004), seventh bishop of the Episcopal
Diocese of Atlanta.
Leo Cullum (1942–2010), cartoonist best known for his work in The
Frank Cumiskey (1912-2014), artistic gymnast who competed in the 1932
Summer Olympics, in the 1936 Summer Olympics, and in the 1948 Summer
Joey Diaz, stand-up comedian and actor.
Paquito D'Rivera (born 1948), musician, composer.
Henry Escalante, pop musician, one of 15 finalists from 2007 season of
MTV reality show Making Menudo.
Edward Feigenbaum (born 1936), computer scientist who collaborated on
the development of the first expert system Dendral.
Cuban-American politician and entertainer, who served
as the city's Commissioner of Public Affairs.
Louis Freeh (born 1950), former FBI director.
Greg Herenda (born 1961), head coach of the Fairleigh Dickinson
Knights men's basketball team.
Ice-T (born 1958), rap music pioneer and actor.
Dan Kurzman (1922–2010), military historian.
AJ Lee (born 1987), professional wrestler signed to WWE.
Lionel Loueke (born 1973), African Jazz guitarist and sideman to
Robert Loughlin (1949–2011), artist and furniture dealer.
Luigi Lucioni (1900–1988), painter known for his realistic and
precisely drawn still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. Lucioni's
family emigrated from Malnate, Italy in 1911 to New York City, and
then subsequently lived for a time in North Bergen.
Danny McDermott (born 1979), professional lightweight boxer.
Steve Mocco (born 1981), Olympic wrestler.
Ed Murawinski (born 1951), award-winning cartoonist for the Daily
Jesse Pike (1890–1986), cyclist who competed in two events at the
1912 Summer Olympics.
Bill Raisch (1905–1984), dancer and actor, known as the One-Armed
Man pursued by
Richard Kimble (David Janssen) on the 1963-67 TV series
Feisal Abdul Rauf
Feisal Abdul Rauf (born 1948), Muslim imam, author and activist.
Evan Rodriguez (born 1988), NFL fullback and tight end for the Tampa
Wilbur Ross (born 1937), investor and former banker.
Nicholas Sacco (born 1946), Democratic politician, served in New
Jersey State Senate, in Senate as
Chairman of the Transportation
Committee, as member of Law and Public Safety and Veterans' Affairs
Committeem, and as
Mayor of North Bergen.
John Scarne (1903–1985), author, expert on gambling, card games and
Herbert H. Shaw (1930-2016), independent politician and perennial
candidate who has run for office more than 75 times over five decades
under the "Politicians Are Crooks" banner.
Rena Sofer (born 1968), actress.
Lou Tepe (born 1930), offensive lineman who played for three seasons
with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Guy F. Tozzoli (1922–2013), directed development of the World Trade
Hal Turner (born 1962), white supremacist, shortwave Internet radio
Yordenis Ugás (born 1986) amateur lightweight boxer.
Mariusz Wach (born 1979), heavyweight boxer.
Count Wiley, chiropractor and politician, who served as Commissioner
of Public Works of West New York.
In popular culture
Oak Hill, a low-budget film starring Sally Kirkland, and directed by
former Guttenberg mayor Peter Lavilla, about three former entertainers
whose depression and addiction has led them to a homeless shelter, was
filmed in both Union City's PERC homeless shelter, and a synagogue in
North Bergen. In 2008, it was entered into the Sundance, Tribeca, and
Hoboken Film Festivals.
Cinderella Man, a film starring
Russell Crowe as boxer James J.
Braddock, depicted North Bergen during the Great Depression. A city
park bears his name.
North Bergen is the production base for the
NBC drama Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit, with scenes set in the police station and
courtroom filmed on a stage at NBC's Central Archives building on West
Meat Men is a
Food Network reality show about Pat LaFrieda Meat
Purveyors, a North Bergen-based family-owned and -operated meat
North Bergen Reporter
North Hudson, New Jersey
Hudson River Waterfront Walkway
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^ AECOM Technical Services, Inc. Hudson County Jitney Study, July
2011. North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Accessed May 22,
2016. "The most frequent jitney route in Hudson County with service
operating in each direction nearly once per minute, the Bergenline
Avenue route operates along the spine of the Hudson County/Bergen
County palisades, connecting the Newport Mall in Jersey City to the
George Washington Bridge
George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, with select trips (primarily
those operated by New Service, Inc., Airport Service Corp. and Spanish
Transportation Corp., collectively 'Spanish Transportation')
continuing on to the GWBBS in New York City."
Hudson Dispatch Weekly. May 13, 2010
^ Good, Philip. "Recalling the Glory Days of The Hudson Dispatch" The
New York Times; October 27, 1991.
^ El Especial's official website
^ Paul, Mary; and Matzner, Caren. "Scores of artists find a place in
N. Hudson WNY, Union City, Weehawken, and North Bergen becoming
'NoHu'", The Jersey Journal, June 5, 2008. Accessed January 1, 2015.
"The North Hudson artists who know each other have dubbed the area
'NoHu,' and some hope to eventually rival more established art Meccas
^ Staff. "Popper: North Bergen native Kyle Anderson has summer to
remember", The Record (Bergen County), July 20, 2015. Accessed April
15, 2017. "Kyle Anderson was named the Most Valuable Player of the
2015 Summer League, averaging 22 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and
1.3 steals in six games heading into the San Antonio Spurs'
championship win Monday. Anderson, who grew up in North Bergen before
heading off to Paterson Catholic and on to St. Anthony and UCLA, knows
that these honors mean little."
^ Rashbaum, William K. "Two Arrested at Kennedy Airport on Terror
Charges", The New York Times, June 6, 2010. Accessed July 28, 2013.
"Mr. Almonte, of Elmwood Park, N.J., and Mr. Alessa, of North Bergen,
N.J., were charged with conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap people
outside the United States."
^ Smith, Ray. "The future of music; Guitar legend
Carlos Alomar shares
his craft at Stevens", The Hudson Reporter, November 4, 2010. Accessed
April 10, 2016. "Alomar, who now lives in North Bergen, began teaching
at Stevens five years ago, but is 'extremely honored' after being
named the Distinguished Artist in Residence."
^ Alsbrook, Nina-Louise. "Christopher Amoroso, 29, Port Authority
Police officer less than 2 years", Staten Island Advance, September
11, 2010. Accessed September 10, 2015. "Born on Long Island, Mr.
Amoroso was raised in North Bergen, N.J. He graduated from North
Bergen High School in 1990, and lived briefly in Bayonne, N.J, working
six years for Consolidated Dairy."
^ Monaco, Lou. "Bob Hurley Sr. &
Rick Apodaca to be honored at Dan
Finn Classic Saturday", NJ.com, January 8, 2012.
^ a b "
Ice-T turns from cop-killing talk to posing nude". MSNBC.
November 3, 2006. Accessed November 12, 2012. "North Bergen, N.J. —
Ice-T once gained fame talking about killing cops. Now the
controversy over his latest album has led him to compare himself to a
peace-loving John Lennon."
^ Hyman, Vicki. "'Lidia's Italy in America': Now that's
Italian-American!", NJ.com, November 1, 2011.
^ Klapisch, Bob. "A Giant Catch: Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
builds on stellar rookie season with the New York Giants", (201)
magazine, August 5, 2015. Accessed March 29, 2016. "Take a simple trip
to the grocery store near his home in North Bergen – which, of
course, is anything but simple. Not any more. Not since The Catch."
^ "New Champion", Time (magazine), June 24, 1935. Accessed May 13,
2007. "Improvident of his earnings when he was a top-flight light
heavyweight seven years ago, 29-year-old Jimmy Braddock had, after
successive defeats, toppled completely out of the prize ring. He
worked briefly as a janitor. He made a pittance as a stevedore on the
New Jersey docks opposite Manhattan. Finally he changed his name to
No. 2796 on the North Bergen (N. J.) relief rolls last year."
^ Meek, James Gordon. "White House counterterror adviser John Brennan:
Out of the shadows and into the spotlight", Daily News, January 10,
2010. Accessed October 26, 2010. "Brennan, 54, was raised on 74th St.
in North Bergen and graduated from St. Joseph's High School in West
New York and then Fordham College."
^ Diamond, Jamie. "Film; Bringing You a Musical . . . With No Music",
The New York Times, January 30, 1994. Accessed December 22, 2011.
Accessed July 28, 2013. "Like Many Writers Who make people laugh, Mr.
Brooks did not have a particularly hilarious childhood. Born in North
Bergen, N.J., he was raised by his mother and saw little of his
father, a salesman who left for good when Jim was 12."
^ McGowan, Deane. "Seton Hall Topples Fordham", The New York Times,
December 2, 1981. Accessed January 1, 2015. "Seton Hall's surge was
led by Dan Callandrillo, senior guard from North Bergen."
^ Grimes, William. "Edd Cartier, 94, Pulp Illustrator, Dies", The New
York Times, January 8, 2009. Accessed July 28, 2013. "Edward Daniel
Cartier was born in North Bergen, N.J., where his father ran Cartier's
Saloon and allowed his son to paint Christmas scenes on the bar's
^ About Bishop Child, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Accessed January
1, 2015. "Charles Judson Child Jr. was born April 25, 1923, to the
Rev. Charles Judson and Alice Sylvia Child in North Bergen, New
^ Grimes, William. "Leo Cullum, New Yorker Cartoonist, Dies at 68",
The New York Times, October 25, 2010. Accessed July 28, 2013. "Leo
Aloysius Cullum was born on Jan. 11, 1942, in Newark and grew up in
North Bergen, N.J."
^ Effrat, Louis. "Olympic Gymnastic Team Chosen As National
Championships End; Cumiskey Dethrones Meyer as All-Around Ruler and
Qualifies for Place -- Defending Titleholder, Haubold, Pitt, Jochim,
Wheeler, Phillips and Griffin Also Selected.", The New York Times,
June 21, 1936. Accessed November 16, 2017. "
Frank Cumiskey of North
Bergen, N.J., 23-year-old member of the Swiss Turn Verein of Hudson
County, became the National A.A. U. all-around gymnastic champion last
night at Mecca Temple and automatically qualified as a member of the
American Olympic team."
^ Hague, Jim. "NB comedian lands role on 'My Name IS Earl' Diaz has
recurring spot on award-winning
NBC sitcom". The Hudson Reporter.
October 2, 2007. Accessed November 12, 2012.
^ Heinis, John. "Paquito D'Rivera, other Latin legends see their stars
unveiled in ceremony at Celia Cruz Plaza in Union City", The Jersey
Journal, June 1, 2012. Accessed September 10, 2015. "Global icon
Paquito D'Rivera, 63, a seven-time Grammy-award winner, received a
star yesterday. The reed man, known mostly for his high-flying Latin
jazz music, moved to the
United States from Cuba in 1980. He currently
resides in North Bergen."
^ Hague, Jim. "A teen Latin pop star North Bergen resident featured on
MTV's 'Making Menudo'", The Hudson Reporter, November 13, 2007.
Accessed September 10, 2015. "Making Menudo, featuring North Bergen
resident and Union City native Henry Escalante, airs on MTV every
Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m."
^ Knuth, Don. "Oral History of Edward Feigenbaum, Computer History
Museum, 2007. Accessed October 23, 2015. "I was born in Weehawken, New
Jersey, which is a town on the Palisades opposite New York. In fact,
it's the place where the
Lincoln Tunnel dives under the water and
comes up in New York. Then my parents moved up the Palisades four
miles to a town called North Bergen, and there I lived until I was 16
and went off to Carnegie Tech."
^ DeChiaro, Dean. "The dancing commissioner; UC's Lucio Fernandez
heads the arts renaissance in North Hudson", The Hudson Reporter,
March 24, 2013. Accessed January 1, 2015. "On any given day, you might
receive an email from Lucio Fernandez, a lifelong artist and Union
City's Commissioner of Public Affairs, advertising an upcoming art
gallery opening or concert."
^ via Associated Press. "Former FBI director from North Bergen named
to head college's Sandusky investigation". The Star-Ledger, November
21, 2011. Accessed November 12, 2012.
^ Pelzman, J.P. "FDU's
Greg Herenda makes believers of his players,
then leads them to NCAAs", The Record (Bergen County), March 12, 2016.
Accessed March 29, 2016. "When
Greg Herenda was a teenager growing up
in North Bergen, he and his brother Bill and their friends would play
on an outdoor court across the street from their house."
^ David, Mark. "
Ice-T and Coco To Make a Move in New Jersey", Variety
(magazine), October 30, 2012. Accessed January 1, 2015. "In September
2005 they found their real estate nirvana and shelled out, according
to property records we peeped, $1,500,000 for a 2,161 square foot
duplex penthouse atop a boxy and glassy contemporary building in
someplace called North Bergen, NJ, between the
Hudson River side
communities of Edgewater and Guttenberg, the proud home of the
insanely amazing Mitsuwa Marketplace."
^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (December 24, 2010). "Dan Kurzman, Military
Historian, Is Dead at 88". The New York Times. "Dan Kurzman, who wrote
military histories that illuminated little-known incidents in World
War II and an exhaustively reported account of the first Arab-Israeli
war, died Dec. 12 in Manhattan. He was 88 and lived in North Bergen,
^ Strauss, Gerry. "Homecoming Queen: Local Talent At WrestleMania;
Jersey Girl April Mendez brings her vengeful alter ego to WrestleMania
at MetLife Stadium this month.",
New Jersey Monthly, March 11, 2013.
Accessed March 20, 2015. "For Mendez, a native of North Bergen, the
road from rags to WrestleMania wasn't easy."
^ via Associated Press. "Guitarist Lionel Loueke's odyssey", The
Hindu, May 2, 2008. Accessed October 26, 2010.
^ Via Associated Press. "Prominent artist Robert Loughlin killed
crossing street in North Bergen, NJ.com, September 29, 2011. Accessed
March 20, 2015. "A well-known New York artist and furniture dealer was
fatally struck by a car near his North Bergen home.Robert Loughlin was
struck as he crossed a North Bergen thoroughfare on foot Tuesday
night, said Gary Carlson, his partner of 31 years."
^ "NY artist & furniture dealer Robert Loughlin dies". The Wall
Street Journal. September 28, 2011. Archived from the original on
October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 7, 2011.
^ Embury, Stuart P. (2006). "Chapter One: The Early Years". The Art
and Life of Luigi Lucioni. Embury Publishing Company. pp. 1 -4.
^ "North Bergen boxer Danny McDermott gets a shot at the World Boxing
Union title". The Jersey Journal. June 25, 2011. Accessed September
22, 2011. "McDermott, 32, with a record of 8–3 (3 KO), will try to
invoke the spirit of fellow North Bergen boxer, the "Cinderella Man"
James Braddock, and become the town's first native-born world champion
in 80 years."
^ Abbott, Gary. "NYAC beats Russia, 14–11 in freestyle and Romania
14–12 in Greco-Roman in dual meet in New Jersey", United States
Olympic Committee, November 16, 2007, backed up by the Internet
Archive as of April 1, 2008. Accessed June 12, 2015. "Hometown hero
Steve Mocco, who grew up in nearby North Bergen, N.J., stopped Soslan
Gagloev of Russia, 1–0, 2–0."
^ Hague, Jim (October 22, 2006). "He drew Steinbrenner in a diaper: NB
native went from classroom doodles to Daily News sports cartoons". The
Hudson Reporter. Accessed August 7, 2008.
Jesse Pike Olympic Results, Sports-Reference.com. Accessed June 12,
^ Whitty, Stephen. "Family Viewing: 'Lonely Are the Brave'", NJ.com,
May 18, 2013. Accessed November 13, 2015. "Fun trivia: That one-armed
man who takes on Douglas in the bar fight?
Bill Raisch from North
Bergen, the same actor
David Janssen was always searching for on The
^ Tirella, Tricia; and Diaz, Lana Rose. "'Ground zero mosque' imam is
NB resident, UC property owner", The Union City Reporter, September 5,
2010, pp. 3 and 8. Accessed June 12, 2015. "According to The Record,
which spawned many spinoff reports quoting the paper, and the Hudson
Reporter's own searches of property records, Imam Feisal A. Rauf, a
North Bergen resident, owns four properties in Union City, and one in
^ Villanova, Patrick. "NFL player Evan Rodriguez, of North Bergen,
cited in dispute with cops in Florida: report", The Jersey Journal,
June 13, 2013. Accessed September 10, 2015. "Current NFL football
player and former
North Bergen High School
North Bergen High School star
Evan Rodriguez was
charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting an officer in Miami
Beach early Thursday morning, an
NBC affiliate reported.
that Rodriguez, 24, formerly of North Bergen, was in a car that got
into an accident early Thursday morning at the intersection of 6th
Street and Alton Road in Miami Beach."
^ Newman, Richard. "Community spirit - takeover maestro Ross eyes
North Jersey banks", The Record (Bergen County), August 16, 2010.
Accessed December 2, 2016. "Ross, who grew up in North Bergen, has
earned a reputation as a crafty investor and consolidator of bankrupt
companies in struggling industries such as textiles and steel.... Ross
is no stranger to New Jersey. He grew up in North Bergen, the son of a
lawyer and a schoolteacher, and his family spent summers at the Jersey
Shore in Spring Lake, where his sister and brother-in-law live."
^ Senator Sacco's legislative web page,
New Jersey Legislature.
Accessed April 11, 2008.
^ Hague, Jim (March 22, 2005). "North Bergen's UEZ has a new home
Office set up on Broadway, in heart of zone". The Hudson Reporter.
Accessed June 25, 2012. "Ever since North Bergen
Mayor Nicholas Sacco
first introduced legislation 10 years ago, in his role as a state
senator, that began the process to have Urban Enterprise Zones (UEZ)
in many of the state's major cities and towns as a way to increase
business sales while helping to beautify the community, the North
Bergen UEZ has been operating out of Town Hall, but was really without
^ Cook, Joan. "Obituary: John Scarne, Gambling Expert", The New York
Times, July 9, 1985. Accessed November 12. 2012. "John Scarne, an
international authority on games and gambling, died Sunday at
Englewood (N.J.) Hospital. He was 82 years old and lived in North
^ Zane, J. Peder. "ON THE MAP; Politics, North Bergen-Style, Through
the Eyes of a Gadfly", The New York Times, May 28, 1995. Accessed
January 1, 2015. "In North Bergen, a gritty Hudson County township of
48,400 people, politics is a blood sport, dominated by deep,
interconnected feuds that go back decades. For 25 years, Herbert H.
Shaw, a resident who is a maintenance worker for the Newark Public
Library, has watched it from a singular perspective, partly inside the
action and partly outside: he's a gadfly."
^ "Rena Sofer", Oh, Grow Up, WCHS. Accessed September 22, 2011. "Born
in Arcadia, California, Rena moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
following her parents' divorce, and later to North Bergen, New Jersey,
where she finished high school."
^ Lipton, Michael A. "Heart Condition: For Rena Sofer, Checking into
General Hospital Meant Finding a Healing Love with Costar Wally
Kurth", People (magazine), October 31, 1994. Accessed September 22,
2011. "Neither parent remarried, and today Sofer maintains close
relations with both her father, who presides at Temple Beth El in
North Bergen, N.J., and her mother, a professor of developmental
psychology at the University of North Carolina in Fayetteville.... She
took a drama class during her senior year at North Bergen High School
and then, after less than a semester at Montclair State College, took
acting lessons in New York."
^ Moss, Irv. "Education continues to stoke former Steeler", The Denver
Post, January 22, 2008. Accessed January 1, 2015. "Born: June 18,
1930, North Bergen, N.J. High school: Dwight Morrow, Englewood, N.J.,
^ Dunlap, David W. "Guy F. Tozzoli, 90, Who Led Team That Built Twin
Towers, Is Dead", The New York Times, February 6, 2013. Accessed
October 20, 2014. "Guy Frederick Tozzoli was born on Feb. 12, 1922, in
North Bergen, N.J., to Silvio Tozzoli, who owned a construction
company, and his wife, Rose."
^ Blumenthal, Max. "Hannity's Soul-Mate of Hate", The Nation
(web-only), June 3, 2005. Accessed May 13, 2007. "This year a man
Hal Turner sat before his computer at his suburban home in North
Bergen, New Jersey, posting bomb-making tips on his website, hailing
the firebombing of an apartment containing 'Savage Negroes' and
calling for the murder of immigrants."
^ Hague, Jim. "Cuban refugee boxer Ugas meets hero MenendezNorth
Bergen resident gets chance to talk with fellow Cuban and U.S. Senator
Menendez", The Hudson Reporter, August 11, 2013. Accessed January 1,
2015. "'In order to become a world champion, it's something I had to
do,' said the 27-year-old Ugas, who has called North Bergen his home
for the last year."
^ "Wach to battle Irish contender at Mohegan Sun". The Jersey
NJ.com June 29, 2011. Accessed November 12, 2012. "Undefeated
heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach, of North Bergen, originally from
Krakow, Poland, will face his biggest test -- literally -- when he
meets Kevin 'The Clones Colossus' McBride on July 29 at the Mohegan
Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn."
^ Commissioner Dr. Count J. Wiley, Town of West New York. Accessed
January 1, 2015. "
Count Wiley was born in neighboring North Bergen and
attended Franklin Elementary School and North Bergen High School,
excelling as a full back on the football field and in shot put on the
track and field team."
^ Tricia Tirella. "Movie filmed at U.C. shelter" The Union City
Reporter November 25, 2008; Pages 1 & 6.
^ Strauss, Robert. "Worth Noting; North Bergen, Take a Bow", The New
York Times, June 5, 2005. Accessed February 6, 2018. "When he lost the
heavyweight championship to Joe Louis in 1937, Jim Braddock took a
slice of his half-million dollars and bought a house in working-class
North Bergen, where he lived until his death in 1974. "
^ Green, Susan; Dawn, Randee (2009). Law & Order:
Unit: The Unofficial Companion. Dallas: BenBella Books. p. 14.
^ Robb, Adam. "North Bergen meatpacking business invites world inside
Food Network reality show", The Jersey Journal, April 21, 2012.
Accessed January 1, 2015. "Meat Men, a new
Food Network series
following life inside North Bergen's Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, is
the latest in the unyielding lineup of New Jersey-centric reality
^ Fujimori, Sachi. "'Meat Men' goes behind the scenes with North
Bergen celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda ", The Record (Bergen County),
April 9, 2012. Accessed January 1, 2015. "The third-generation butcher
and his North Bergen business, Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors, premiere
tonight in Meat Men, a
Food Network show that aims to tell the
surprisingly dramatic story of how meat lands on plates at New York's
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