New Jersey: A Guide to Its Present and Past

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Hackensack
Railroad Stations: Main St. Station, Mercer and Main Sts., for New York, Susquehanna and Western R.R.; Essex St. Station, Essex St. and Railroad Ave., for New Jersey and New York R.R. and Erie R.R.
Bus Stations: Municipal Bus Terminal, River St. opposite Demarest Place, for Public Service, Garden State Line, Flying Eagle Suburban Line, Westwood Transportation Co.; Public Service Terminal, State and Mercer Sts., for local busses; 352 Main St. for Greyhound.
Taxis: 35¢ within city limits. Streetcars and Local Busses: 5¢; no transfers.
Accommodations: Boarding houses.
Information Service: Bergen County Chamber of Commerce, 210 Main St.
Motion Picture Houses: Three.
Swimming: Y.M.C.A., 360 Main St.; Y.M.H.A., 211 Essex St.; Hackensack Swimming Pool, River St. and Hackensack Ave.; Maple Springs Beach, Hackensack Ave. near Route 4; Garden Suburbs, Central Ave.
Tennis: High school field, First St. opp. Hackensack high school; Oritani Field Club, 18 E. Camden St.; Johnson Park, Main St. and Fairmont Ave.; Garden Suburbs, Central Ave.
Annual Events: Bergen County Salon of Photography, Fox Theater, March; Bergen County Electrical and Home Modernization Show, Hackensack Arena, April; Garden Federation Exhibit, Woman's Club, September.

HACKENSACK (134 alt., 24,568 pop.) is gaining in importance among the industrial cities encircling New York, because of its strategic position in the network of modern highways traversing northern New Jersey. The old city lies on the west bank of the Hackensack River, halfway between Paterson and the Hudson, and shows on its face the new blood pumped into it by the road development of the past decade.

Hackensack is built on the flatlands of a tidal river and like most such communities its local scene changes as its population growth stretches its boundaries. Most of the older section lies close to the river. The newer sections and many of the better residences are found on the higher ground that gradually rises to the west and north of the old business section. The civic center, where the courthouse and other public buildings are situated, is the focal point of several highways. Main Street, the principal thoroughfare, extends northward from this point.

The crush on Main Street makes unmistakable the suddenness of the city's recent change. The narrow, north-south street is jammed with traffic from all over Bergen County, and its sidewalks are closely packed with blocks of modern, neonized and black-glass store fronts which have already crowded out most of the leisurely older shops. Chain stores, in particular, have been erected so quickly and in such abundance that often their flashing signs are almost larger than their Main Street footage.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Sponsors' Forewords v
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xv
  • Maps xxi
  • General Information xxiii
  • Calendar of Events xxix
  • Part I - New Jersey: the General View 1
  • A New Jersey Silhouette 3
  • Natural Setting 7
  • Archeology and Indians 28
  • History 35
  • Government 55
  • Industry and Commerce 69
  • Labor 79
  • Agriculture 89
  • The Press 110
  • Racial and National Groups 118
  • Folklore and Folkways 126
  • Education 134
  • Religion 142
  • The Arts 151
  • Part II - Cities and Towns 187
  • Atlantic City 189
  • Bayonne 201
  • Bordentown 207
  • Burlington 216
  • Camden 225
  • Elizabeth 238
  • Freehold 250
  • Hackensack 256
  • Hoboken 262
  • Jersey City 270
  • Morristown 283
  • Mount Holly 292
  • New Brunswick 298
  • Newark 312
  • The Oranges and Maplewood 339
  • Passaic 345
  • Paterson 349
  • Perth Amboy 361
  • Princeton 370
  • Salem 390
  • Trenton 398
  • Part III - Tours 415
  • Part IV - Appendices 687
  • Bibliography 697
  • Index 705
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