Paterson is the largest city in and the county seat of Passaic County,
New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010
United States Census,
its population was 146,199, rendering it New Jersey's
third-most-populous city. Paterson has the second-highest density
of any U.S. city with over 100,000 people, behind only New York
City. For 2015, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program
calculated a population of 147,754, an increase of 1.1% from the 2010
enumeration, ranking the city the 177th-largest in the nation.
Paterson is known as the "
Silk City" for its dominant role in silk
production during the latter half of the 19th century. The city has
since evolved into a major destination for
Hispanic immigrants as well
as for immigrants from the
Muslim world. Paterson has the
Muslim population in the
United States by
1.2 Industrial growth
World War II
World War II era
3.1 2010 Census
3.2 2000 Census
3.3 Ethnic groups
5 Arts and culture
6.1 Local government
6.2 Federal, state and county representation
7 Emergency services
8.1 Roads and highways
8.2 Public transportation
10 Sister cities
11 In popular culture
12 Notable people
13 See also
15 External links
Further information: History of New Jersey
The area of Paterson was inhabited by the Algonquian-speaking Native
Acquackanonk tribe of the Lenape, referred to as the Delaware
Indians. The land was known as the Lenapehoking. The Dutch claimed the
land as New Netherlands, then the British as the Province of New
Alexander Hamilton (1755/57–1804), first United States
Secretary of the Treasury, helped found the Society for the
Establishment of Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.), which helped encourage
the harnessing of energy from the
Great Falls of the Passaic River
Great Falls of the Passaic River to
secure economic independence from British manufacturers. Paterson,
which was founded by the society, became the cradle of the industrial
revolution in America. Paterson was named for William Paterson,
statesman, signer of the Constitution and Governor of
New Jersey who
signed the 1792 charter that established the Town of Paterson.
Architect, engineer and city planner Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant
(1754–1825), who had earlier developed the initial plans for
Washington, D.C., was the first planner for the S.U.M. project.
His plan proposed to harness the power of the Great Falls through a
channel in the rock and an aqueduct. The society's directors felt he
was taking too long and was over budget, and he was replaced by Peter
Colt, who used a less complicated reservoir system to get the water
flowing to factories in 1794. Eventually Colt's system developed some
problems and a scheme resembling L'Enfant's original plan was used
Paterson was originally formed as a township from portions of
Acquackanonk Township on April 11, 1831, while the area was still part
of Essex County. Paterson became part of newly created Passaic County
on February 7, 1837. It was incorporated as a city on April 14, 1851,
based on the results of a referendum held that day. The city was
reincorporated on March 14, 1861.
A view of Paterson circa 1880.
Part of the central business district of Paterson, at the intersection
of Market and Main streets, 1911
The industries developed in Paterson were powered by the 77-foot-high
Great Falls and a system of water raceways that harnessed the power of
the falls, providing power for the mills in the area until 1914 and
fostering the growth of the city around the mills. The district
originally included dozens of mill buildings and other manufacturing
structures associated with the textile industry and, later, the
firearms, silk and railroad locomotive manufacturing industries. In
the latter half of the 19th century silk production became the
dominant industry and formed the basis of Paterson's most prosperous
period, earning it the nickname "
Samuel Colt began producing firearms in Paterson, although
within a few years he moved his business to Hartford, Connecticut.
Later in the 19th century Paterson was the site of early experiments
with submarines by Irish-American inventor John Philip Holland. Two of
Holland's early models — one found at the bottom of the Passaic
River — are on display in the Paterson Museum, housed in the former
Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works
Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works near the Passaic Falls.
The city was a mecca for immigrant laborers who worked in its
factories, particularly Italian weavers from the Naples region.
Paterson was the site of historic labor unrest that focused on
anti-child labor legislation, and the six-month-long Paterson silk
strike of 1913 that demanded the eight-hour day and better working
conditions. It was defeated by the employers, with workers forced to
return under pre-strike conditions. Factory workers labored long hours
for low wages under dangerous conditions and lived in crowded tenement
buildings around the mills. The factories then moved to the South,
where there were no labor unions, and still later moved overseas.
In 1919 Paterson was one of eight locations bombed by self-identified
In 1932 Paterson opened Hinchliffe Stadium, a 10,000-seat stadium
named in honor of John V. Hinchliffe, the city's mayor at the time.
Hinchliffe Stadium originally served as the site for high school and
professional athletic events. From 1933 to 1937 and 1939 to 1945,
Hinchliffe was the home of the
New York Black Yankees and from 1935 to
1936 the home of the
New York Cubans of the Negro National League.
The historic ballpark was also a venue for many professional football
games, track and field events, boxing matches and auto and motorcycle
The comedy team of
Bud Abbott and
Lou Costello performed at Hinchliffe
prior to boxing matches (Abbott was from the coastal
New Jersey city
of Asbury Park, but Costello was a Paterson native). Hinchliffe is one
of only three
Negro League stadiums left standing in the United States
and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1963 the
Paterson Public Schools acquired the stadium and used it for public
school events until 1997, but it is currently in a state of disrepair
while the schools have been taken over by the state.
World War II
World War II era
Hooverville for unemployed on the outskirts of Paterson, 1937.
World War II
World War II Paterson played an important part in the aircraft
engine industry. By the end of World War II, however, there was a
decline in urban areas and Paterson was no exception, and since the
late 1960s the city has suffered high unemployment rates and white
Once a premier shopping and leisure destination of northern New
Jersey, competition from malls in upscale neighboring towns like Wayne
and Paramus have forced the big chain stores out of Paterson's
downtown. The biggest industries are now small
businesses, with the decline of the city's industrial base. However,
the city still, as always, attracts many immigrants, who have revived
the city's economy, especially through small businesses.
The downtown area has been struck by massive fires several times, most
recently on January 17, 1991. In this fire a near full city block
(bordered on the north and south by Main Street and Washington Street
and on the east and west by Ellison Street and College Boulevard, a
stretch of Van Houten Street that is dominated by Passaic County
Community College) was engulfed in flames due to an electrical fire in
the basement of a bar at 161 Main Street and spread to other
buildings. Firefighter John A. Nicosia, 28, of Engine 4 went
missing in the fire, having gotten lost in the basement. His body was
recovered two days later. A plaque honoring his memory was later
placed on a wall near the area. The area was so badly damaged that
most of the burned buildings were demolished, with an outdoor mall
standing in their place. The most notable of the destroyed buildings
was the Meyer Brothers department store, which closed in 1987 and had
since been parceled out.
Paterson includes numerous locations listed on the National Register
of Historic Places, including museums, civic buildings such as City
Hall, Hinchliffe Stadium,
Public School Number Two
Public School Number Two and the Danforth
Memorial Library, churches (Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and St.
Michael's Roman Catholic Church), individual residences, such as
Lambert Castle, and districts of the city, such as the Paterson
Downtown Commercial Historic District, the Great Falls/Society for the
Establishment of Useful Manufactures Historic District and the
Eastside Park Historic District.
In August 2011, Paterson was severely affected in the aftermath of
Hurricane Irene, particularly by flooding of the Passaic River, where
waters rose to levels unseen for 100 years, leading to the
displacement of thousands and the closure of bridges over the
river. Touring the area with Federal Emergency Management Agency
Administrator Craig Fugate, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet
Napolitano declared, "This is as bad as I've seen, and I've been in
eight states that have been impacted by Irene." The same day,
President Obama declared
New Jersey a disaster area, and announced
that he would visit the city.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city had a total
area of 8.704 square miles (22.544 km2), including 8.428 square
miles (21.829 km2) of land and 0.276 square miles
(0.715 km2) of water (3.17%).
Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located
partially or completely within the city include Riverside and
The city borders the municipalities of Clifton, Haledon, Hawthorne,
Prospect Park, Totowa and Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson) in
Passaic County; and both Elmwood Park (formerly East Paterson) and
Fair Lawn in Bergen County.
Paterson city hall.
Great Falls of the Passaic River
Great Falls of the Passaic River in Paterson.
Paterson's skyline, New Jersey, showing the canyon of the Passaic
River in the foreground. The area along the river was formerly the
site of most of the mills that flourished throughout Paterson's
Great Falls Historic District is the most famous neighborhood in
Paterson because of the landmark Great Falls of the Passaic River. The
city has attempted to revitalize the area in recent years, including
the installation of period lamp posts and the conversion of old
industrial buildings into apartments and retail venues. Many artists
live in this section of Paterson. A major redevelopment project is
planned for this district in the coming years. The
Paterson Museum of
industrial history at
Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works
Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works is situated
in the Historic District.
Downtown Paterson is the main commercial district of the city and was
once a shopping destination for many who lived in northern New Jersey.
After a devastating fire in 1902, the city rebuilt the downtown with
massive Beaux-Arts-style buildings, many of which remain to this day.
These buildings are usually four to seven stories tall. Downtown
Paterson is home to
Paterson City Hall
Paterson City Hall and the Passaic County
Courthouse Annex, two of the city's architectural landmarks. City Hall
was designed by the New York firm
Carrere and Hastings
Carrere and Hastings in 1894, and
was modeled after the Hôtel de Ville (city hall) in Lyon, France,
capital of the silk industry in Europe.
The former Orpheum Theatre located on Van Houten Street has been
converted to a mosque by the Islamic Foundation of New Jersey. The
massive structure, now known as Masjid Jalalabad, can accommodate
As with many other old downtown districts in the United States,
Downtown Paterson suffered as shoppers and retailers moved to the
suburban shopping malls of the region. Many historic buildings are in
disrepair or are abandoned after years of neglect. In addition,
Downtown Paterson is an Urban Enterprise Zone. The city has, in recent
years, begun initiatives in hopes of reviving the downtown area with
the centerpiece being the Center City Mall, constructed on a large
parking lot spanning Ward Street from Main to Church Streets and
features retail, entertainment, and commercial space. Downtown
Paterson is located in the city's 1st Ward.
Eastside Park Historic District consists of about 1,000 homes in a
variety of architectural styles, including Tudors, Georgian colonials,
Victorians, Italianate villas and Dutch colonials. It is located east
of downtown. Once the home of the city's industrial and political
leaders, the neighborhood experienced a significant downturn as
industry fled Paterson. In recent years, gentrification has begun to
occur in the neighborhood and some of the area's historic houses have
The Eastside Park Historic District is a state and nationally
registered historic place. The jewel of the neighborhood is Eastside
Park and the mansions that surround it. This section of Paterson once
had a large Jewish population that reached 40,000 at its peak; a
synagogue still remains. Eastside Park and what is commonly known
as the Upper Eastside are located in Paterson's 3rd Ward.
East River Section is a section that is referred to by locals roughly
bordering Riverside at 5th Avenue and extending south to Broadway,
sandwiched in by Madison Avenue to McClean Boulevard (Route 20).
However, the neighborhood's layout unofficially extends to the
"Paterson-Newark/Hudson Route" of River Road in the Paterson-Memorial
Park section of Fair Lawn whose house addresses are in alignment with
the now defunct Jewish synagogue on the corner of 33rd Street and
Broadway, which connects Paterson to Newark/Hudson, and at one time
was a main route through River Drive, which starts in Elmwood Park and
rides north to south along the East Bank of the
Passaic River in
Paterson's original county.
Built when Paterson was still Bergen County, River Drive changes to
River Road in the greater Eastside Sections of Upper Eastside-Manor
Section, East River, and Riverside Sections, and turns into Wagaraw
Road north of 1st Avenue / Maple Avenue in the old Bunker Hill
extension of Columbia Heights in Fair Lawn an indication of not only
entering the Industrial Section, but also entering the foothills of
the Ramapo Mountains in Hawthorne.
River Drive then turns into East Main Street to indicate that you have
entered the Northside Section. The East River neighborhood which was
and still maintains its "blue collar" working-class identity, was at
one time known for its large Jewish community, as well as a
Neapolitan/Italian population and more recently other Mediterranean
and Adriatic Europeans, Caribbean and South Americans, and other
modern immigrant groups from all over the world, as well as
Manor Section is a residential neighborhood in Paterson. It is located
east of East 33rd Street, north of Broadway, and south-west of Route
20 and the Passaic River. The Manor section of Paterson is located in
the city's 3rd Ward. The layout and culture of the
Manor Section also
extends into the neighboring Lyncrest and Rivercrest sections of Fair
Lawn, with all the addresses aligning themselves to the now defunct
Jewish Temple, located at the corner of 33rd and Broadway.
– Totowa Section
– Great Falls Historic District
– Stoney Road
– South Paterson
– Near Eastside
– Manor Section
– Eastside Park Historic District
– Sandy Hill
– People's Park
– The Central Business District
– The Old Dublin District
– Little Italy
– Wrigley Park
South Paterson, also known as
Little Istanbul or Little Ramallah, is a
diverse neighborhood with a growing number of immigrants from the
Middle East, with significant
Arab and Turkish communities. The
neighborhood is located in the 6th Ward, east of Main Street and west
of West Railway Avenue. A majority of the city's Arabs live in this
section of Paterson. Many of the retail shops and restaurants cater to
this community. The neighborhood is characterized by
markets which offer goat and lamb; and shop signs are in Arabic. South
Arab community is mostly made up of Jordanians,
Palestinians, Syrians, and Lebanese.
Lakeview is situated in the southern part of the city, and is a middle
class neighborhood. Interstate 80 runs north of this district.
Lakeview is home to the Paterson Farmers Market, where many people
North Jersey come to buy fresh produce. The neighborhood
is roughly 65% Hispanic, although this neighborhood also has sizable
European, Middle-Eastern, African-American, and Asian populations,
including a significant Filipino presence. Lakeview also shares some
of the same characteristics as neighboring Clifton as they both share
a neighborhood bearing the same name. The Lakeview section of Paterson
is located in the city's 6th Ward.
Hillcrest is a largely residential, middle class enclave, to the west
of the downtown area. Its borders' limits are Preakness Avenue to the
east, Cumberland Avenue to the west, and Totowa Avenue along with West
Side Park and the
Passaic River to the south. Hillcrest is one of
Paterson's most desirable neighborhoods. The Hillcrest section of
Paterson is located in the city's 2nd Ward.
People's Park is a neighborhood located north of 23rd Avenue and south
of Market Street. Twenty-First Avenue or "La Ventiuno" as it's known
by most of Paterson's Spanish-speaking community, is located in the
People's Park section of Paterson. It is an active and vibrant retail
strip featuring a variety of shops and services catering to a diverse
clientele. Twenty First Avenue used to have a large Italian
population. Although there is still a significant Italian presence
left in the neighborhood, it also has a large first-generation
Hispanic population, particularly Colombian.
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House in Paterson's inner city, 1974. Photo by Danny Lyon.
Wrigley Park is a neighborhood that has suffered from years of
poverty, crime, and neglect. It is mostly African-American. Poverty,
crime, open-air drug markets, prostitution, vacant lots, and
boarded-up windows are all common in this area. However, there are new
houses being built, and crime has dropped in recent years. This
neighborhood is located north of Broadway. It is also known as the
Sandy Hill is a neighborhood in the Eastside located roughly west of
Madison Avenue, north of 21st Avenue, south of Park Avenue, and east
of Straight Street. Due to Paterson's significant population
turn-over, this neighborhood is now home to a large and growing
Hispanic community, mostly first-generation Dominicans. The Sandy Hill
section of Paterson is located in the city's 5th Ward. Roberto
Clemente Park, which was originally known as Sandy Hill Park, is
located in this neighborhood.
Part of the 5th Ward is called Near Eastside by residents to
differentiate it from the Eastside Park Historic District to its
Northside, located north of Downtown, suffers from many of the social
problems currently facing the
Wrigley Park neighborhood, but to a
lesser extent. This neighborhood borders the boroughs of Haledon and
Prospect Park and is known for its hills and sweeping views of the New
York City skyline. The Northside section of Paterson is located in the
city's 1st Ward.
Totowa section is a large neighborhood located west of the Passaic
River, south-west of West Broadway and north-east of Preakness Avenue.
As the name implies, it borders the town of Totowa. It is mostly
Hispanic but with an increasing
South Asian community, mainly
Bangladeshi. Many Bengali grocery and clothing stores are located on
Union Avenue and the surrounding streets. Masjid Al-Ferdous is located
on Union Avenue, which accommodates the daily Bangladeshi pedestrian
A large Italian presence remains in this neighborhood. Many Peruvian
Latin American restaurants and businesses are located on
Union Avenue. Colonial Village and Brooks Sloate Terraces are located
in this neighborhood. The Totowa Section is located in parts of the
1st and 2nd Wards of Paterson.
Stoney Road is Paterson's most south-west neighborhood, bordering
Woodland Park to the south and Totowa across the
Passaic River to the
west. This neighborhood is home to Pennington Park, Hayden Heights,
Lou Costello Pool, the Levine reservoir, Murray Avenue, Mc Bride
Avenue, and Garret Heights. A strong Italian presence remains in this
Stoney Road section of Paterson is located in the
city's 2nd Ward.
Riverside is a larger neighborhood in Paterson and, as its name
suggests, is bound by the
Passaic River to the north and east,
separating the city from Hawthorne and Fair Lawn. Riverside is a
working-class neighborhood. The neighborhood is mostly residential
with some industrial uses. Madison Avenue cuts through the heart of
this district. Route 20 runs through the eastern border of Riverside,
providing an easy commute to Route 80 East and New York City. This
section is ethnically diverse with a growing
concentrating mostly north and along River Street. Many
their home in the East 18th Street and River Street areas. River View
Terrace is located in this neighborhood. Riverside is located in parts
of the 3rd and 4th Wards of Paterson.
Bunker Hill is a mostly industrial area west of River Street and east
of the Passaic River.
Westside Park located off Totowa Avenue and best known as the site of
the Holland submarine, Fenian Ram, which was built from 1879 to
1881 for the Fenian Brotherhood. It became the target of graffiti
artists because the fence surrounding it was too low and too close to
the submarine itself. The sub is now located in Paterson Museum.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and
generally cool to cold winters. According to the Köppen Climate
Classification system, Paterson has a humid continental climate,
abbreviated "Dfa" on climate maps.
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According to then-
Mayor Jose Torres, Paterson had 52 distinct ethnic
groups in 2014. Paterson's rapidly growing Bangladeshi
American, Turkish American,
Arab American, Palestinian
American, Albanian American, Bosnian American, Dominican American,
Peruvian American communities are among the largest and most
prominent in the United States, the latter owing partially to the
presence of the
Consulate of Peru. Paterson's
has been estimated at 25,000 to 30,000. Paterson has become a prime
destination for one of the fastest-growing communities of Dominican
Americans, who have become the city's largest ethnic group. The
Puerto Rican American
Puerto Rican American population has established a highly significant
presence as well.
Demographic surveys and census data find Paterson has the highest
percentage of disabled persons of any city with more than 100,000
residents, with about 30% of males and 29% of females not classified
as poor listed as having a disability.
As of the 2010
United States Census, there were 146,199 people, 44,329
households, and 32,715 families residing in the city. The population
density was 17,346.3 per square mile (6,697.4/km2). There were 47,946
housing units at an average density of 5,688.7 per square mile
(2,196.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 34.68% (50,706)
White, 31.68% (46,314) Black or African American, 1.06% (1,547) Native
American, 3.34% (4,878) Asian, 0.04% (60) Pacific Islander, 23.94%
(34,999) from other races, and 5.26% (7,695) from two or more races.
Hispanic or Latino of any race were 57.63% (84,254) of the
There were 44,329 households out of which 38.7% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living
together, 29.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and
26.2% were non-families. 21.0% of all households were made up of
individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 3.24 and the average family
size was 3.71.
In the city, the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of
18, 11.4% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and
8.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32.1 years.
For every 100 females there were 93.6 males. For every 100 females
ages 18 and older there were 89.9 males.
Same-sex couples headed 290 households in 2010, a decline from the 349
counted in 2000.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010
American Community Survey
American Community Survey showed that
(in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was
$34,086 (with a margin of error of ±$1,705) and the median family
income was $39.003 (±$2,408). Males had a median income of $30,811
(±$825) versus $28,459 (±$1,570) for females. The per capita income
for the city was $15,543 (±$467). About 24.1% of families and 26.6%
of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.0% of
those under age 18 and 25.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000
United States Census there were 149,222 people,
44,710 households, and 33,353 families residing in the city, for a
population density of 17,675.4 per square mile (6,826.4/km2).
Among cities with a population higher than 100,000, Paterson was the
second most densely populated large city in the United States, only
after New York City.
There were 47,169 housing units at an average density of 5,587.2 per
square mile (2,157.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 32.90%
African American, 13.20% White, 0.60% Native American, 1.90% Asian,
0.06% Pacific Islander, 27.60% from other races and 6.17% from two or
more races. Latino of any race were 50.1% of the population.
The majority of Latinos are Puerto Rican 14%, Dominican 10%, Peruvian
5% and Colombian 3%.
There were 44,710 households out of which 40.9% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples living
together, 26.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and
25.4% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of
individuals and 7.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age
or older. The average household size was 3.25 and the average family
size was 3.71.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age of
18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and
8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years.
For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,127, and the
median income for a family was $32,983. Males had a median income of
$27,911 versus $21,733 for females. The per capita income for the city
was $13,257. About 19.2% of families and 22.2% of the population were
below the poverty line, including 29.0% of those under age 18 and
19.4% of those age 65 or over.
A map showing the diversity of Paterson's population, 2010
Since its early beginnings, Paterson has been a melting pot. Irish,
Germans, Dutch, and
Jews settled in the city in the 19th century.
Italian and Eastern European immigrants soon followed. As early as
1890, Syrian and Lebanese immigrants also arrived in Paterson.
In addition to many African Americans of Southern heritage, more
recent immigrants have come from the Caribbean and Africa. Paterson's
black population increased during the Great Migration of the 20th
century, but there have been Patersonians of African descent since
before the Civil War. However, Paterson's black population declined
between the years 2000 and 2010, consistent with the overall
return migration of African Americans from Northern
New Jersey back to
the Southern United States. A house once existing at Bridge Street
and Broadway was a station on the Underground Railroad. It was
operated from 1855 to 1864 by abolitionists William Van Rensalier, a
black engineer, and Josiah Huntoon, a white industrialist. There
is a memorial located at the site.
Many second- and third-generation Puerto Ricans have called Paterson
home since the 1950s, including an estimated 10,000 who participated
in the 2014 mayoral election, which was won by Jose "Joey" Torres, a
Puerto Rican American
Puerto Rican American who was one of three
Hispanic candidates vying
for the seat. Today's
Hispanic immigrants to Paterson are
primarily Dominican, Peruvian, Colombian, Mexican, and Central
American, with a resurgence of Puerto Rican migration as well. In
2014, more than 600 business people attended the annual Statewide
Chamber of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce of
New Jersey Convention in Paterson.
Western Market Street, sometimes called
Little Lima by tourists, is
home to many Peruvian and other Latin-American businesses. In
contrast, if one travels east on Market Street, a heavy concentration
of Dominican-owned restaurants, beauty salons, barber shops and other
businesses can be seen. The Great Falls Historic District, Cianci
Street, Union Avenue and 21st Avenue have several Italian businesses.
To the north of the Great Falls is a fast-growing Bangladeshi
population. Park Avenue and Market Street between Straight Street and
Madison Avenue are heavily Dominican and Puerto Rican.
Main Street, just south of downtown, is heavily Mexican with a
declining Puerto-Rican community. Broadway — also called Dr. Martin
Luther King Jr. Way — is predominantly black, as is the Fourth Ward
and parts of Eastside and Northside.
Costa Ricans and other Central
American immigrant communities are growing in the Riverside and
Peoples Park neighborhoods. Main Street between the Clifton border and
Madison Avenue is heavily Turkish and Arab. 21st Avenue in the
People's Park section is characterized by Colombian and other Latin
American restaurants and shops.
Every summer, Patersonians conduct an
African-American Day Parade, a
Dominican Day Parade, a Puerto Rican Day Parade, a Peruvian Day
Parade, and a Turkish-American Day Parade; budget cuts in 2011 have
forced parade organizers to contribute to cover the costs of police
and other municipal services.
Paterson is considered by many as the capital of the Peruvian Diaspora
in the U.S. Importance of the Peruvian community is recognized by
city officials. Paterson renamed a section bordered by Mill, Market,
Main, and Cianci streets as
Peru Square. Paterson's rapidly
growing Peruvian community celebrates what is known as Señor de los
Milagros ("Our Lord of Miracles" in English) on October 18 through
28th each year and every July participates in the annual Passaic
County Peruvian Day Parade, which passes through Market Street and
Main Street in the
Little Lima neighborhood of Downtown Paterson.
In the 2000 Census, 4.72% of residents listed themselves as being of
Peruvian American ancestry, the third-highest percentage of the
population of any municipality in
New Jersey and the United States,
behind East Newark with 10.1% and Harrison with 7.01%. The
community includes both Quechua and Spanish speakers.
Paterson is home to the third-largest Dominican-American Community in
the United States, after
New York City
New York City and Lawrence, Massachusetts. In
the 2000 Census, 10.27% of residents listed themselves as being of
Dominican American ancestry, the eighth highest percentage of the
population of any municipality in the
United States and the third
highest percentage in New Jersey, behind Perth Amboy's 18.81% and
Union City's 11.46%. Paterson renamed a section of Park Avenue in
Sandy Hill to
Dominican Republic Way to recognize the Dominican
Paterson is home to the largest Turkish-American immigrant community
United States (Little Istanbul) and the second largest
Arab-American community after Dearborn, Michigan. Paterson has
Little Ramallah and contains a neighborhood with the
same name in South Paterson, with an
Arab American population
estimated as high as 20,000 in 2015, serving as the center of
Paterson's growing Syrian American and Palestinian American
populations. The Paterson-based
Arab American Civic Association
Arabic language program in the
Paterson Public Schools that
serves 125 students at School 9 on Saturdays. Paterson is also
home to the largest Circassian immigrant community in the United
The Greater Paterson area which includes the cities of Clifton and
Wayne and the boroughs of Haledon, Prospect Park, North Haledon,
Totowa, Woodland Park, and Little Falls, is home to the nation's
largest North Caucasian population, mostly Circassians, Karachays, and
small Chechen and Dagestani communities. Reflective of these
communities, Paterson and Prospect Park public schools observe Muslim
Paterson has incorporated a rapidly growing Bangladeshi American
community, which is estimated to number 15,000, the largest in
United States outside New York City. Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman
was ultimately certified as the winner of the 2012 city council race
in the Second Ward, making him North Jersey's first
Bangladeshi-American elected official.
A branch of the Sonali Exchange Company Inc. has opened on Union
Avenue in the Totowa Section; the Sonali Exchange Company is a
subsidiary of Sonali Bank, the largest state-owned commercial bank in
Portions of Paterson are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone. In addition
to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers
can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 6.875%
rate charged statewide) at eligible merchants.
Arts and culture
Paterson has a significant parks and recreation system, including
larger areas such as Eastside, Westside and Pennington Parks, as well
as neighborhood parks such as Wrigley, Robert Clemente, and
People's. The Great Falls of the Passaic are part of the national
Main article: Paterson Museum
The Paterson Museum, located in the Great Falls Historic District, was
founded in 1925 and is owned and operated by the city of Paterson. Its
mission is to preserve and display the industrial history of the city.
Since 1982, the museum has been housed in the Thomas Rogers Building
on Market Street, the former erecting shop of Rogers Locomotive and
Machine Works, a major 19th-century manufacturer of railroad steam
Main article: Lambert Castle
Belle Vista, locally known as Lambert Castle, was built in 1892 as the
home of Catholina Lambert, the self-made owner of a prominent silk
mill in Paterson. After Lambert's death in 1923, his family sold the
building to the city, which in turn sold it to the County of Passaic a
few years later. The county used the building for administrative
offices, and in 1936, provided one room to the fledgling Passaic
County Historical Society to serve as its historical museum. As time
went by the museum grew, room by room, until the entire first floor
became the historical museum.
In the late 1990s, the Castle underwent a multi-million-dollar
restoration and all four floors of the building were developed into a
museum and library. Today, Passaic County remains the owner of the
building and supports the facilities' operation; however, the Passaic
County Historical Society is solely responsible for the operation and
Lambert Castle Museum with its historical period rooms,
long-term and changing exhibition galleries, educational programs for
elementary and middle-school students, and research
Lambert Castle stands a 75-foot (23 m) observation tower,
located at the peak of Garret Mountain, which while technically
standing in Woodland Park, was constructed when the property was
considered part of Paterson. The tower is part of the Garret Mountain
Reservation and renovations were completed in 2009 to restore the
tower to the original condition as built in 1896 by Lambert, who used
the tower to impress guests with its view of the New York City
Attempts were being made to fund the restoration of the Paterson
Armory as a recreation and cultural center, but the building was
destroyed by fire before these could bear fruit.
The City of Paterson operates within the Faulkner Act, formally known
as the Optional Municipal Charter Law, under a Plan-D Mayor-Council
form of government, which was adopted in 1974 in a change from a 1907
Under the Mayor-Council plan, the
Mayor is the chief executive and is
responsible for administering the City's activities. The
elected at-large for a four-year term by the citizens and is
responsible for them. The mayor enforces the charter and the
ordinances and laws passed by the City Council. The
Mayor appoints all
department heads including the business administrator, with the advice
and consent of the Council and may remove any department heads after
giving them notice and an opportunity to be heard. With the assistance
of the business administrator, the
Mayor is responsible for
preparation of the municipal budget. The
Mayor submits the budget to
the Council along with a detailed analysis of expenditures and
revenues. The Council may reduce any item or items in the budget by a
majority vote, but can only increase an item by a two-thirds vote.
The City Council consists of nine seats. Of these, six are elected
through use of the ward system, where candidates run to represent a
certain area of the city. The other three seats are elected using the
at-large system, where each candidate is voted upon by the entire
voting population of the city. Municipal elections are held in even
numbered years, are non-partisan, and take place in early May. The six
members of the City Council representing their wards are elected in
the same years as Presidential elections, while the mayoral election
and the at-large Council elections are held in the same years as the
mid-term Congressional elections.
As of September 2017[update], the
Mayor of Paterson is Jane
Williams-Warren, who is serving on an interim basis following the
resignation of José "Joey" Torres, whose term of office was to end on
June 30, 2018. Torres was in his third non-consecutive term as
Mayor of Paterson, having first been elected by defeating incumbent
Martin G. Barnes in 2002 and then winning re-election in 2006 against
Lawrence Spagnola. After losing his bid for a third consecutive term
by a margin of 600 votes to City Council President Jeffery Jones in
2010, Torres defeated Jones in a rematch four years later. Torres
pleaded guilty to corruption charges in September 2017 that required
him to leave office and to serve a prison term of five years.
According to city law, the President of the City Council is the next
in line to succeed a
Mayor who is removed from office for any reason
and serves as Acting
Mayor until the next election, unless the Council
appoints someone else to fill the post within 30 days of the creation
of the vacancy. City Council President Ruby Cotton immediately became
Mayor upon Torres' resignation  and served until September 29,
when the council voted 5-4 to appoint Williams-Warren, a former city
clerk, as interim mayor until the May 2018 municipal election.
Members of the City Council are Council President Ruby N. Cotton
(Fourth Ward; 2020), Council Vice President Luis Velez (Fifth Ward;
2020), Maritza Davila (at-large; 2018), Michael Jackson (First Ward;
2020), Shahin Khalique (Second Ward; 2020), William McKoy (Third Ward;
2020), Domingo "Alex" Mendez (at-large; 2018), Kenneth M. Morris Jr.
(at-large; 2018) and Andre Sayegh (Sixth Ward;
Federal, state and county representation
Paterson is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part
of New Jersey's 35th state legislative district. Prior
to the 2010 Census, Paterson had been part of the 8th 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 elections.
New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill
Pascrell (D, Paterson).
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 35th
Legislative District of the
New Jersey Legislature is represented in
the State Senate by
Nellie Pou (D, North Haledon) and in the General
Shavonda E. Sumter
Shavonda E. Sumter (D, Paterson) and Benjie E. Wimberly
(D, Paterson). The Governor of
New Jersey is
Phil Murphy (D,
Middletown Township). The Lieutenant Governor of
New Jersey is
Sheila Oliver (D, East Orange).
Passaic County is governed by a seven-member Board of Chosen
Freeholders, who are elected at-large to staggered three-year terms
office on a partisan basis, with two or three seats coming up for
election each year as part of the November general election in a
three-year cycle. At a reorganization meeting held in January, the
board selects a Director and Deputy Director from among its members to
serve for a one-year term. As of 2017[update], Passaic County's
Freeholders are Director Cassandra "Sandi" Lazzara (D, 2018; Woodland
Park), Deputy Director Bruce James (D, 2017; Clifton), Assad
R. Akhter (D, 2018 - appointed to serve an unexpired term;
Paterson), John W. Bartlett (D, 2018; Wayne), Theodore O.
Best Jr. (D, 2017; Paterson), Terry Duffy (D, 2019; West
Milford), and Pasquale "Pat" Lepore (D, 2019; Woodland
Park). Constitutional officers elected on a
countywide basis are County Clerk Kristin M. Corrado (R, 2019;
Totowa), Sheriff Richard H. Berdnik (D, 2019; Little Falls)
and Surrogate Bernice Toledo (D, 2021; Prospect Park).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 68,324 registered voters
in Paterson, of which 27,926 (40.9% vs. 31.0% countywide) were
registered as Democrats, 3,100 (4.5% vs. 18.7%) were registered as
Republicans and 37,285 (54.6% vs. 50.3%) were registered as
Unaffiliated. There were 13 voters registered to other parties.
Among the city's 2010 Census population, 46.7% (vs. 53.2% in Passaic
County) were registered to vote, including 64.8% of those ages 18 and
over (vs. 70.8% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat
Barack Obama received
93.6% of the vote (41,662 cast), ahead of Republican
Mitt Romney with
6.1% (2,696 votes), and other candidates with 0.3% (152 votes), among
the 45,050 ballots cast by the city's 78,194 registered voters (540
ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 57.6%. In the 2008
presidential election, Democrat
Barack Obama received 38,085 votes
(86.7% vs. 58.8% countywide), ahead of Republican
John McCain with
4,098 votes (9.3% vs. 37.7%) and other candidates with 150 votes (0.3%
vs. 0.8%), among the 43,946 ballots cast by the city's 70,925
registered voters, for a turnout of 62.0% (vs. 70.4% in Passaic
County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry
received 28,896 votes (79.2% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of
George W. Bush
George W. Bush with 5,959 votes (16.3% vs. 42.7%) and other
candidates with 151 votes (0.4% vs. 0.7%), among the 36,470 ballots
cast by the city's 64,151 registered voters, for a turnout of 56.9%
(vs. 69.3% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat
Barbara Buono received
78.5% of the vote (15,726 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie
with 20.6% (4,123 votes), and other candidates with 0.9% (179 votes),
among the 20,787 ballots cast by the city's 80,140 registered voters
(759 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 25.9%. In the
2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat
Jon Corzine received 17,334
ballots cast (85.7% vs. 50.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris
Christie with 2,213 votes (10.9% vs. 43.2%), Independent Chris Daggett
with 264 votes (1.3% vs. 3.8%) and other candidates with 129 votes
(0.6% vs. 0.9%), among the 20,233 ballots cast by the city's 66,603
registered voters, yielding a 30.4% turnout (vs. 42.7% in the
The City of Paterson is served by a professional police
The Paterson Fire Department, headed by Chief Brian McDermott,
operates out of seven fire stations with a total of 400 employees, and
is also responsible for the city's emergency medical services division
and ambulance units. The department is part of the Metro USAR
Strike Team, which consists of nine
North Jersey fire departments and
other emergency services divisions working to address major emergency
In addition to local services, Paterson is home to the Passaic County
Sheriff's Office Courts Division in the Passaic County Courthouse and
Correctional Division in the Passaic County Jail. The jail, originally
constructed in 1957, can accommodate 1,242 inmate beds.
In April 2011, Paterson laid off 125 police officers, nearly 25% of
the total force in the city, due to severe budget constraints caused
by a $70 million deficit. At the same time, the Guardian Angels,
a New York City-based volunteer citizen safety patrol organization,
began operating in Paterson at the invitation of the Mayor.
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center is a large institution providing
comprehensive emergency services as well as non-emergency medical care
to Paterson and the surrounding community.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the city had a total of 195.28 miles
(314.27 km) of roadways, of which 157.62 miles (253.66 km)
were maintained by the municipality, 29.21 miles (47.01 km) by
Passaic County and 8.45 miles (13.60 km) by the New Jersey
Department of Transportation.
By road, Paterson is served directly by Interstate 80, as well as
State Routes 4, 19, and 20, U.S. Route 46, and the Garden State
Parkway. State Routes 3, 17, 21, and 208 are also nearby and serve as
feeder roads to the community.
Paterson also served as the terminus for numerous major secondary
roads in northern New Jersey.
Paterson Plank Road
Paterson Plank Road linked the city to
Jersey City and eventually the Hudson River waterfront in Hoboken,
while the Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike connected the city with Sussex
County along what is now parts of State Route 23.
The city is served by the
NJ Transit Main Line commuter rail service,
with the station located in Downtown Paterson. Plans are being
developed for new commuter rail service on the existing NYS&W
line, which is currently single-tracked. The Passaic-Bergen Rail Line
plans to have five stops in Paterson.
Bus service to locations in Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties
is provided by NJ Transit, making the city a regional transit hub. The
Broadway Bus Terminal, also downtown, is the terminus for many NJ
Transit bus lines.
Service to and from the
Port Authority Bus Terminal
Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown
Manhattan is offered on the 161 and the 190, by the 171 to the George
Washington Bridge Bus Station in Washington Heights, Manhattan, on the
72 to Newark, with local service provided on the 74, 702, 703, 704,
707, 712, 722, 742 (Saturday only), 744, 746, 748, 770, 970 and 971
routes. Many buses stop at or near City Hall, going to
various points in the area, including New York and the neighboring
Private, independent jitney buses (guaguas or dollar vans) connect
Paterson with neighboring communities along Route 4, and provide
transportation to and from the
Port Authority Bus Terminal
Port Authority Bus Terminal and George
Washington Bridge Bus Station in Manhattan. These buses run at high
frequency but do not have formal, published schedules.
Paterson Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through
twelfth grade. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts
statewide, 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
New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the district's 47 schools had an
enrollment of 30,058 students and 2,212.0 classroom teachers (on an
FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.6:1. District
enrollment in Paterson surged at the start of the 2015–16 school
year, creating a public school enrollment of 700 students higher than
expected and putting the school district in a situation of needing to
hire teachers rapidly not long after the district had laid off 300
In 2011, all of Paterson's high schools were changed to theme schools,
as part of a goal to give students a better choice in areas they
wanted to pursue. Among the 594 students who took the SAT in
2013, the mean combined score was 1120 and there were 19 students
(3.2% of those taking the exam) who achieved the combined score of
1550 that the
College Board considers an indicator of college
readiness, a decline from the 26 students (4.3%) who achieved the
standard the previous year.
Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology is a charter school
serving students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Other
charter schools include Community Charter School of Paterson (K–8),
John P. Holland Charter School (K–8) and Paterson Arts and Science
Charter School (K–7).
The city is host to the state's annual robotics competition held at
Passaic County Community College. The competition, called the North
Jersey Robotics Competition or NJRC, was created to place high
educational merit on the students of Paterson. The competition draws
schools from around New Jersey. Three events make up the meet which
takes place on two different days. The competition's tenth anniversary
event in 2011 was won by Paterson's Panther Academy.
Blessed Sacrament School and St. Gerard Majella School are elementary
schools that operate under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Diocese
of Paterson. In the face of declining enrollment and financial
difficulties, Paterson Catholic High School, the city's last remaining
Catholic high school, was closed by the Diocese of Paterson.
Established in the 1970s, Paterson hosts the main campus of Passaic
County Community College, which serves 13,000 students at its main
campus and at satellite programs in Passaic, Wanaque and at the Public
Sister cities of Paterson include:
Eskişehir, Turkey, May 22, 2002
Lyon, Rhône, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
Lowell, Massachusetts
Sylhet, Bangladesh
Yulin City, China
Montescaglioso Street in Paterson
There is a pact of friendship with the town of
Basilicata, Italy) , as testified by mutual naming of two streets in
their city centers. Paterson was a place of Italian emigration in the
late nineteenth century and today houses a large community of citizens
Montescaglioso emigrated in those years.
"Avenue Paterson" in Montescaglioso
Montescaglioso Street" in Paterson.
The San Rocco Society was founded in Paterson, an association whose
main purpose is to maintain sales relationships with the motherland,
and in some ways the traditions.
In popular culture
Paterson is the subject of William Carlos Williams' five-book epic
poem Paterson, a cornerstone work of modern American poetry.
Paterson is also mentioned in the twelfth line of Part 1 of Allen
Ginsberg's poem Howl. In the novel
On the Road
On the Road by Ginsberg's friend
Jack Kerouac, the protagonist Sal Paradise lives with his aunt in
Paterson. Kerouac may have chosen Paterson as a stand-in for his
hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts, also a mill town with a
waterfall. Paterson is the setting of many of Junot Diaz's short
stories and novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief
Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, and John Updike's 1997 novel In the Beauty
of the Lilies.
The controversial arrest and conviction of boxer Rubin "Hurricane"
Carter, whose conviction was overturned in 1985, was dramatized in the
Denzel Washington film, The Hurricane, and was partially shot in
the city. The lyrics of the
Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" include "In
Paterson that's just the way things go / If you're Black you might as
well not show / Up on the street / Unless you want to draw the heat".
The film Lean On Me, while sensationalized, is based on events that
occurred in Paterson's Eastside High School. Alice, Sweet Alice
Brooke Shields was filmed entirely in Paterson, the
director's hometown, as was State Property. Its sequel,
State Property 2, and Far from Heaven, The Preacher's Wife and
Purple Rose of Cairo are among other films that were partially
shot in Paterson. The city was also a filming location for the 1995
New Jersey Drive, which is primarily based on Newark's
automobile theft rate at the time, with the city being considered "the
car theft capital of the world".
The 2016 film Paterson directed by
Jim Jarmusch is set in the city,
about a bus driver named Paterson who writes poetry in his free
Lou Costello often referred to his hometown of Paterson in his comedy
routines with Bud Abbott. The plot of the June 28, 1945, episode of
the Abbott & Costello radio show is about the City of Paterson
inviting him back for "
Lou Costello Day" to launch a new garbage
Paterson Falls was featured in the first season of
The Sopranos in the
episode Pax Soprana as the place where Junior Soprano's friend,
Capri's grandson, committed suicide after taking poor designer drugs;
As a favor,
Junior Soprano had Mikey Palmice and another individual
toss the dealer, Rusty Irish, over the falls. Some interior shots
for the show were filmed in the unused Barnert Hospital.[citation
The Sopranos also shot a scene at Ralph Piccolo Pizza and
renamed it "UF-FA'S Pizzeria".
The New Jersey-based band
Suit of Lights pays tribute to Paterson in
their song, "Goodbye
Silk City". The 1983 music video "Two Tribes" by
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Frankie Goes to Hollywood makes reference to Paterson in its opening
The first marketable revolver was produced in Paterson by Samuel Colt
starting in 1836, and was known as the Colt Paterson.
The first steam-powered and first electric-powered model trains were
both invented in Paterson. Eugene Beggs made the first steam-powered
train in the city around 1871. Beggs' employee, Jehu Garlick,
invented the first electric-powered model train that consisted of a
tinplate toy locomotive with four aluminum wheels. "Toy World" which
highlights the history of New Jersey's toy making industry at the New
Jersey State Museum prominently featured Paterson's contribution to
the history of toys.
See also: Category:People from Paterson, New Jersey.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated
with Paterson include: ( (B) denotes that the person was born in
Tom Acker (born 1930), pitcher who played for four seasons with the
Jorge Acosta (born 1964), retired Colombian-born American soccer
forward who earned 12 caps with the U.S. national team in 1991 and
Mike Adams (born 1981), pro football player for the Indianapolis
Adeva (born 1960), house music and R&B vocalist.
Charlie Adler (born 1956), animation voice actor and director.
Nelson Algren (1909–1981), author best known for his novel The Man
with the Golden Arm.
Henry C. Allen
Henry C. Allen (1872–1942), politician who represented New Jersey's
6th congressional district in the
United States House of
Representatives from 1905 to 1907.
Bruce Arians (born 1952), head coach of the NFL's Arizona
Gerald Ash (born 1942), electrical engineer at Bell Labs, whose
research has focused on routing problems.
Robert Atwan (born 1940), essayist and editor of several anthologies
Sisto Averno (1925–2012), American football guard and linebacker who
played in the
National Football League
National Football League for the original Baltimore
Colts (1950), the
New York Yanks (1951), Dallas Texans (1952) and the
Baltimore Colts (1953–1954).
Vincent Baggetta (born 1944), actor best known for his title role in
the 1978–79 television series, The Eddie Capra Mysteries.
Samm Sinclair Baker (1909–1997), author/coauthor of many how-to and
self-help books, most notably The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet
which he coauthored with Dr. Herman Tarnower.
Lawrence Barrett (1838–1891), a leading actor of the 19th
Charles D. Beckwith
Charles D. Beckwith (1838–1921), represented New Jersey's 5th
congressional district from 1889 to 1891, and was mayor of Paterson
from 1885 to 1889.
Alexander Berzin (born 1944), Buddhist Scholar, translator and teacher
focusing on the Tibetan tradition.
Jeffrey Bewkes (born 1952), CEO of
Time Warner since January 1, 2008,
President since December 2005, and Chairman of the Board since January
Chauncey Black (born 1968), singer with the vocal group
Just Blaze (born 1978), hip hop music producer.
Jennie Bosschieter (1882–1900), woman who was raped and murdered, as
an early victim of the date rape drug chloral hydrate which caused her
Bill Braun, auto racer.
Gaetano Bresci (1869–1901), weaver and anarchist, assassinated
Italian king Umberto I.
Johnny Briggs (born 1944), former
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball player.
Mark Brown (born 1980), NFL linebacker who played for the New York
Edna Buchanan (born 1938/1939), journalist and writer best known for
her crime mystery novels.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (1937–2014), boxer whose triple murder
conviction was later overturned, subject of the
Bob Dylan song
"Hurricane" and the movie The Hurricane.
Federico Castelluccio (born 1964), Italian-born actor, most known for
Furio Giunta on the HBO series The Sopranos.
Ersilia Cavedagni (1862–?), Italian-American anarcha-feminist
activist, writer, and editor.
Joe Clark (born 1938), educator and former principal of Eastside High
School, depicted by
Morgan Freeman in the movie Lean on Me.
Lou Costello (1906–1959), of the comedy duo Abbott and Costello.
Christos M. Cotsakos (born 1948), former CEO of E*TRADE.
Ernestina Cravello (1880–1942), Italian-American anarcha-feminist
activist during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Sunda Croonquist, comic and actress.
Victor Cruz, (born 1986) wide receiver for the NFL Super Bowl
championship team, the New York Giants.
Joe Cunningham (born 1931), former MLB first baseman and outfielder
first baseman and outfielder who played for the St. Louis Cardinals,
Chicago White Sox
Chicago White Sox and Washington Senators. (B)
Andrew Derrom (1817–1892), military officer, inventor, civil
engineer and industrialist.
Larry Doby (1923–2003), Hall of Fame
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball player
and manager who broke the color barrier in the American League.
Eric Downing (born 1978), NFL player.
Lou Duva (born 1922), boxing trainer, manager, and promoter, member of
Boxing Hall Of Fame.
Randy Edelman (born 1947), film and TV score composer. (B)
Barry Edelstein (born 1965), theatre director, author, and educator
who serves as Artistic Director of the
Old Globe Theatre
Old Globe Theatre in San Diego,
Eddie Einhorn (1936–2016), television executive, part-owner of the
Chicago White Sox.
Derrick Etienne (born 1996), professional soccer player for the New
York Red Bulls.
William W. Evans Jr. (1921–1999), politician who served as
Wyckoff and in the
New Jersey General Assembly, who was a candidate
for the Republican nomination for President in 1968.
J. John Fox (c. 1904–1999), judge known for his central role in the
founding of the University of
Massachusetts Medical School.
Abe Gelbart (1911–1994), mathematician who was the founding dean of
the Belfer Graduate School of Science at
Yeshiva University and the
namesake of the International Research Institute for Mathematical
Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel.
Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997), writer and
Beat Generation poet.
Teresa Giudice (born 1972), reality show participant on The Real
Housewives of New Jersey.
Abraham Godwin (1724–1777), captain of Marines USS Lady Washington
Abraham Godwin (1763–1835), member of the
New Jersey General
Assembly from 1802 to 1806.
Abraham Godwin Jr (1791–1849), member of the
New Jersey General
Assembly from 1821 to 1832.
Parke Godwin (1816-1904), journalist.
Bill Haast (1910–2011), snake and venom specialist, director of
Miami Serpentarium Laboratories. (B)
Thomas Hagan (born c.1942), one of the men convicted for the
assassination of Malcolm X.
Alexander Hamilton (1755/57–1804), first
United States Secretary of
the Treasury who helped found the Society for the Establishment of
Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.) that helped establish Paterson around the
Keith Hamilton (born 1971), NFL defensive tackle who spent his entire
12-season career New York Giants.
Larry Hand (born 1940), defensive end and defensive tackle who played
National Football League
National Football League (NFL) for the
Detroit Lions from 1965
The Happenings, pop music group created in the 1960s.
Gerald Hayes (born 1980), linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals.
Ureli Corelli Hill
Ureli Corelli Hill (1802–1875), music conductor and founder of the
New York Symphony Orchestra.
Garret A. Hobart
Garret A. Hobart (1844–1899), Speaker of the
New Jersey General
Assembly, President of the
New Jersey Senate and the 24th Vice
President of the United States, serving under President William
Kendall Holt (born 1981), light welterweight boxer who held the WBO
junior welterweight championship from 2008–09.
Michael Hossack (1946–2012), drummer, member of the Doobie
Michael Jace (born 1962), actor who appeared in The Shield.
Charlie Jamieson (1893–1969),
Major League Baseball
Major League Baseball player.
Charles Samuel Joelson
Charles Samuel Joelson (1916–1999), lawyer and politician who served
on the Paterson City Council and as the Representative for New
Jersey's 8th congressional district from 1961 to 1969.
Jemal Johnson (born 1985), soccer player who has played for English
Coca Cola League One
Coca Cola League One side Milton Keynes Dons.
Maxine Jones (born 1966), singer, member of En Vogue.
Ron Cephas Jones
Ron Cephas Jones (born 1957), actor known for This is Us, Mr. Robot
and Across The Universe.
Alfred E. Kahn (1917–2010), economist and deregulation
Joseph Keller (1923–2016), mathematician who specialized in applied
King Kelly (1857–1894), major league baseball player and member of
the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Bernard Kerik (born 1955), former
New York City
New York City Police
Gabriel Kolko (1932–2014), historian, author. (B)
Garret Kramer, author and performance coach. (B)
Frank Lautenberg (1924–2013), politician who represented New Jersey
United States Senate.
John L. Leal
John L. Leal (1858–1914), physician and water utility sanitary
adviser, was responsible for the installation of the first drinking
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John LoCascio (born 1991), defenseman for the
Rochester Rattlers in
Major League Lacrosse.
Edward L. Masry (1932–2005), attorney whose firm was behind the case
featured in Erin Brockovich.
Don Martin (1931–2000), cartoonist for Mad magazine.
Thomas McEwan Jr.
Thomas McEwan Jr. (1854–1926), represented New Jersey's 7th
congressional district from 1895 to 1899.
George Middleton (1880–1967), playwright.
Greg Olsen (born 1985), tight end for the Carolina Panthers. (B)
Simon Perchik (born 1923), poet.
Joseph D. Pistone
Joseph D. Pistone (born 1939), FBI agent and author who infiltrated
the Bonanno crime family, as described in the film Donnie Brasco.
Bucky Pizzarelli (born 1926), jazz guitarist.
John Pizzarelli (born 1960), jazz guitarist and singer.
Martin Pizzarelli (born 1963), jazz double-bassist.
David Prater (1937–1988), of the soul duo Sam & Dave.
Amos H. Radcliffe
Amos H. Radcliffe (1870–1950),
Mayor of Paterson,
New Jersey from
1916 to 1919, and represented New Jersey's 7th congressional district
from 1919 to 1923.
Prince Randian (1871–1934), sideshow performer.
George Rochberg (1918–2005), classical composer.
Frederick Reines (1918–1998), Nobel Prize-winning physicist who
co-discovered the neutrino. (B)
Frankie Ruiz (1958–1998), salsa music singer. (B)
John Ryle (1817–1887), industrialist and capitalist, known as the
"Father of the
Silk Industry" starting the first silk
mill in 1839.
Mary Danforth Ryle (1833–1904), philanthropist who donated millions
to various city institutions, notably the Danforth Memorial
Kathryn Salfelder (born 1987), classical composer.(B)
Louis Scott (1891–?), gold medal winner at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Marcel Shipp (born 1978), running back for the Arizona Cardinals.
Rocco Silano (born 1962), magician and author.
Dave Sime (1936–2016), Olympic medal-winning sprinter.
John Spencer (1946–2005), actor, best known for his role as Leo
White House Chief of Staff
White House Chief of Staff on the television drama The
Lewis Atterbury Stimson
Lewis Atterbury Stimson (1844-1917), surgeon who was the first to
perform a public operation in the
United States using Joseph Lister's
J. Michael Straczynski
J. Michael Straczynski (born 1954), science-fiction writer, creator
and writer for Babylon 5.
Kazbek Tambi (born 1961),
Seton Hall University
Seton Hall University women's soccer team
head coach and retired U.S. soccer midfielder who was a member of the
U.S. Olympic soccer team at the 1984 Summer Olympics and spent two
seasons in the North American Soccer League, four in the Major Indoor
Soccer League and one in the American Soccer League, and formerly the
United States U-17 women's soccer team coach.
Albert Tangora (1903–1978), holder of the speed record for typing on
a manual typewriter.
Joe Taub (1929–2017), businessman who joined his brother Henry Taub
Frank Lautenberg in building the payroll company Automatic Data
Processing and later was part of an investment group that acquired the
New Jersey Nets.
Tim Thomas (born 1977), NBA basketball player.
Dante Tomaselli (born 1969), horror film screenwriter, director, and
Robert Torricelli (born 1951), politician, former representative of
New Jersey in the
United States Senate and
United States House of
Elizabeth Vargas (born 1962), ABC news anchor.
Bruce Vilanch (born 1948), six-time
Emmy Award winning comedy writer,
actor and songwriter.
Floyd Vivino (born 1951), comic, and star of Uncle Floyd Show,
the longest-running ever
Public-access television cable TV show in New
Jersey, appeared in film Good Morning, Vietnam.
Jimmy Vivino (born 1955), musician, guitarist, member of The Max
Fetty Wap (born 1991), rapper and singer best known for his song Trap
Queen, which was released in 2014.
Darryl Watkins (born 1984), professional basketball player who played
collegiately at Syracuse.
Patrick Warburton (born 1964), actor, best known for his roles in
Seinfeld and Family Guy. (B)
Bernie Wayne (1919–1993), composer best known for Blue Velvet.
Joseph Weber (1919–2000), physicist who gave the earliest public
lecture on the principles behind the laser and the maser and developed
Weber bars, the first gravitational wave detectors. (B)
Carl Weinrich (1904–1991), classical organist known for his recitals
and recordings of Baroque organ music. (B)
Bert Wheeler (1895–1968), of the comedy duo Wheeler &
K'Waun Williams (born 1991), cornerback for the Cleveland Browns.
William Carlos Williams
William Carlos Williams (1883–1963), important modern 20th century
poet; author of the poem Paterson.
Paul Zukerberg, lawyer, activist and politician. (B)
Giuseppe Zangara (1900–1933), assassin of Chicago mayor Anton
Cermak, though President–elect
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt may have been
his intended target.
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long stretch of Main Street in the
South Paterson neighborhood amounts
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Eastside Park at one point was home to as many as 40,000 Jews, but
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city,' said Torres. 'If I incur the expense, I have to do it for
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2011. "... Paterson, which is the nation's second-largest
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North Jersey Peruvians celebrate Peru's independence
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50 ethnic groups, with tens of thousands tracing their heritage to the
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to 2010, seeks to regain the seat after losing it to Jeffery Jones in
the past election. Torres and the current City Council President Andre
Sayegh are the main favorites to unseat Jones in the May 13 election.
The other Latino candidates are both Dominican: María Teresa
Feliciano is a newcomer in politics, and Councilman Rigo Rodríguez
was recently charged with electoral fraud."
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vacant lot wedged between a Wendy's restaurant and the police and
courts complex in downtown Paterson. Beside her, workers were putting
up a sign to mark the lot as the location of 'the Huntoon-Van
Rensalier Station of the Underground Railroad, 1855–1864.'...
Paterson, a prosperous milltown before the Civil War, was a station on
the Underground Railroad, the clandestine network of way stations
operated by northern abolitionists to help slaves escape to Canada
from the South. Huntoon operated his station in partnership with Van
Rensalier, whom Ms. Van Rensalier now suspects came here on a slave
ship and later assumed the Dutch name as a free man.
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African-American parades, which attracted tens of
thousands of people, face shutdown after
Mayor Jeffery Jones demanded
that organizers pay as much as $100,000 for police and cleanup after
the event.... Peruvians were set to celebrate their 25th annual parade
in Paterson next month. The event has brought in more than 35,000
people from as far away as Florida."
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leaders, the rally took place in the
South Paterson neighborhood often
Little Ramallah for its large population of
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2014. "City education officials have resumed providing a program that
teaches 125 students the
Arab language. The district has been offering
the program, which is run by the Paterson-based
Arab American Civic
Association, for more than a decade."
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New Jersey districts have for years closed schools for
Muslim holidays, including Paterson, Atlantic City, Trenton, Cliffside
Park, Piscataway, Prospect Park, Plainfield and Irvington."
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Accessed August 5, 2014. "Election officials Tuesday certified
Mohammed Akhtaruzzaman as the winner of a special City Council race,
settling a prolonged political contest that ended with his reclaiming
the seat he lost in a court challenge.... It was unclear when
Akhtaruzzaman would take office as the representative for the 2nd Ward
and reclaim his mantle as the first Bangladeshi-American elected to
municipal office in North Jersey."
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decision to change its form of government from a 1907 statute-based
form, to a
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Joey Torres regains mayor's seat in Paterson", The
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Jose "Joey" Torres will again be the mayor of New Jersey's
third-largest city.... Jones beat Torres by less than 600 votes to
become mayor in 2010."
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Mayor Joey Torres, a
former Jackson business administrator, pleaded guilty to corruption
charges Friday afternoon, despite saying for months after his
indictment that he would be vindicated in the courts. The proposed
agreement will require Torres, 58, to step down from the mayor’s job
and serve prison time up to five years in prison.... Torres will be
replaced as mayor on an interim basis by City Council President Ruby
Cotton. She will remain in the top job until Paterson’s mayoral
election in May 2018, unless her colleagues pick someone else to fill
the job during the next 30 days."
^ Malinconico, Joe. "Paterson Council picks Williams-Warren, not Ruby
Cotton, to be interim mayor until May election", Paterson Press,
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clerk Jane Williams-Warren will become Paterson’s next mayor on Oct.
10, under decision reached by the City Council late Friday.
Williams-Warren will fill the seat that Jose 'Joey' Torres was forced
to give up as a result of his conviction on Sept. 22 of corruption
charges. The council picked Williams-Warren to serve as interim mayor
despite a standing-room-only crowd that jammed City Hall to urge the
to governing body to keep Councilwoman Ruby Cotton as Paterson’s
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drills in Newark", The Jersey Journal, May 1, 2012. Accessed June 6,
2016. "According to the press release, the Metro USAR Strike Team is
made up of nine fire departments from Bayonne, Elizabeth, Hackensack,
Hoboken, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson, Morristown as well as the
five-municipality North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue Agency."
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December 10, 2014. "Originally constructed in 1957, the Passaic County
Jail was built to accommodate 227 beds. Over the years, the jail has
undergone many changes. The facility now consists of 4 floors and has
a 1242 inmate bed capacity."
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protests", The Record (Bergen County), April 18, 2011. Accessed
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Guardian Angels begin Paterson patrols", The Record
(Bergen County), April 17, 2011. Accessed September 4, 2011.
"Responding to the layoffs of 125 Paterson police officers, the New
Guardian Angels began patrols in the city Sunday. The
Guardian Angels arrived in Paterson on Sunday to begin patrolling the
city. The 18 Angels, in signature red jackets and berets, were greeted
in front of City Hall by
Mayor Jeffery Jones, who had invited the
volunteer safety patrol organization in February as the city's budget
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^ Abbott School Districts,
New Jersey Department of Education.
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^ About SDA Archived August 16, 2016, at the Wayback Machine., New
Jersey Schools Development Authority. Accessed July 21, 2016. "The
legislation allocates $2.9 billion for 31 special-needs districts,
known as SDA Districts. The SDA manages and funds 100 percent of
eligible project costs in the former Abbott districts.... Also due to
the 2007 legislation, the SDA developed regulations that will allow
for delegating the management of projects to SDA Districts (formerly
known as Abbott Districts), as authorized by the legislation of August
^ Abbott District Web Sites,
New Jersey Department of Education.
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Paterson school district in hiring scramble", The Record (Bergen
County), September 17, 2015. Accessed September 17, 2015. "Just months
after imposing more than 300 layoffs, the city school district is
scrambling to hire dozens of extra teachers to handle an unexpected
enrollment increase of about 700 students.... But far more immigrants
have moved into Paterson than were expected, the superintendent said."
^ Brody, Leslie. "Paterson to split JFK high school into four
academies", The Record (Bergen County), March 7, 2011. Accessed
November 14, 2011. "Paterson school officials will split the troubled
John F. Kennedy High School into four smaller academies so that
starting next fall, all public high school students in the city will
be enrolled in a 'choice' magnet school."
^ Malinconico, Joe. "Latest SAT results: Number of Paterson
'college-ready' students drops to 19", Paterson Press, October 14,
2014. Accessed December 11, 2014. "A report released by the school
district last week showed 19 of the 594 Paterson students who took the
SATs this year had scores that met the "college-ready" criteria
established by the College Board, which conducts the standardized
^ Admissions FAQ Archived November 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.,
Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology. Accessed November
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County), April 21, 2010. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Paterson Catholic
Regional High School, which has prided itself for four decades on
serving some of the area's poorest and immigrant families, will close
its doors the diocese said Wednesday, citing enormous debt, plummeting
donations and a bad economy."
^ About PCCC, Passaic County Community College. Accessed May 21, 2013.
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^ Staff. "Mr Jones wants
Surat as a sister city", Paterson Times, June
28, 2013. Accessed August 25, 2015. "The city has sister city status
with a number of municipalities around the world including with Lyon,
France; Eskişehir, Turkey; and Yulin, China."
^ Malinconico, Joe; and Green, Jeff. "Paterson mayor reports India
delegation will be visiting soon", The Record (Bergen County), July 5,
2013. Accessed December 10, 2014. "Jones said he reached a sister-city
Surat City that was signed by members of the Indian
community's chamber of commerce."
^ Staff. "Mr Jones wants
Surat as a sister city", Paterson Times, June
28, 2013. Accessed August 5, 2014. "Jeffery Jones, the mayor of
Paterson, during his much lambasted visit to India, has proposed to
establish sister city link between the Indian city of Surat, a large
diamond cutting town with a population of more than 4 million, and the
city of Paterson, according to a local Indian newspaper."
^ Clunn, Nick. "Paterson Officials Invited To Sister City In China",
The Record (Bergen County), December 10, 2011. Accessed December 10,
2014. "The expo is considered an important regional event for business
interests in southeast
China and Yulin City, which struck a
'friendship agreement' with Paterson."
^ Twenty-First Avenue: Place of Conjunction, Library of Congress.
Accessed August 7, 2013. "
Italians from that town found their way to
Paterson, and settled in the 21st Avenue area earlier in this century.
This population increased over the years, at least in part because of
the Italian practice of chain migration. The Paterson Montese
community was fed by renewed immigration after World War II, from
about the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s, when immigration from
United States slowed considerably as a result of vastly improved
economic conditions in Italy."
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The New York Times, December 4, 1994. Accessed May 21, 2013. "Kerouac
was born and raised in the Merrimack River valley town of Lowell,
Mass., and lived in Ozone Park, Queens, with his mother, Gabrielle
Ange Levesque Kerouac, when he started writing On the Road. He
imagined himself in the story as Salvatore Paradise, a young writer
attempting a novel while living with an unnamed aunt in another
American city – Paterson, N.J."
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March 3, 1989. Accessed January 24, 2012. "And
Morgan Freeman manages
it in Lean on Me, in which he plays Joe Clark, the controversial
high-school principal from Paterson, N.J."
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hit it big. The movie misses.", The
Philadelphia Inquirer, January 19,
2002. Accessed August 16, 2012. "The setting is meant to be
Philadelphia, but save for one quick shot of City Hall, State Property
never looks the slightest bit familiar. Perhaps that's because it was
shot in Paterson, N.J. (According to Abbott's production notes,
efforts to film in town were thwarted because 'we could not afford to
house everyone in Philly or commute from NYC,' where the Roc-A-Fella
posse is headquartered.)"
^ Staudter, Thomas. "How Main Street Cafe Got in the Movies", The New
York Times, May 26, 1996. Accessed August 16, 2012. "In addition to
the Chelsea Pier television and film production studios in Manhattan,
other chief locales for
The Preacher's Wife
The Preacher's Wife include Yonkers, Newark,
Jersey City, Paterson, N.J., and Portland, Me."
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Industry Production Companies
Spent $15.4 Million In '84", The
Philadelphia Inquirer, January 3,
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New Jersey film, using sites in Mount Arlington, South
Amboy and Paterson."
^ Robey, Tim. "Adam Driver's Paterson will be treasured for years –
review", The Daily Telegraph, November 24, 2016. Accessed December 6,
2016. "You've beheld Adam Driver as Kylo Ren; now meet Kylo Zen. In
Jim Jarmusch's new film Paterson, he plays a guy called Paterson, who
happens to live in Paterson, New Jersey, his birthplace, where he
drives a bus (number 23) with his surname naturally emblazoned on it."
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thing to hit the falls was an unlucky victim who got tossed off the
footbridge in an episode of The Sopranos."
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invented in Paterson, on display at
New Jersey State Museum exhibit".
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The New York Times, June 13, 1988. Accessed September 16, 2015. "But
Acosta, a Paterson resident, has found more than a team since
Long Island University. The 23-year-old has become the
leading scorer in the newly formed American Soccer League and is the
league's first young player to gain national attention."
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(Bergen County), November 14, 2010. Accessed September 4, 2011.
"Paterson native Mike Adams couldn't help but laugh when he heard and
read about the controversy Jets head coach Rex Ryan caused with his
R-rated vocabulary during episodes of HBO's Hard Knocks this summer."
^ Adeva, soulwalking.co.uk. Accessed March 13, 2012.
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Nelson Algren Avenue", The Baffler, No. 18,
2009. Accessed May 3, 2015. "In 1974, Esquire asked Algren to write an
article on Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, since made famous by Bob Dylan
and Denzel Washington; back then, Carter was just another murderer,
albeit one railroaded by police misconduct. Algren concluded that
Carter and his co-defendant were innocent, and decided to move to
Paterson, N.J., to write about them."
^ "Allen, Henry Crosby, (1872–1942)", Biographical Directory of the
United States Congress. Accessed May 3, 2015.
^ Cannizzaro, Mark. "Carthon & Muir Receive Invites To Stay
Aboard", New York Post, January 20, 2001. Accessed May 3, 2015. "One
of the offensive coordinators who's believed to be at or near the top
of Edwards' list is Colts' quarterbacks coach Bruce Arians, a
Paterson, NJ, native who's had a close hand in the development of
^ 2001 Award Winners,
New Jersey Inventors hall of Fame. Accessed May
3, 2015. "
New Jersey native Gerald R. Ash, who was born in Paterson
and lived for many years in West Long Branch, started working for
AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1976 as a member of the technical
^ Atwan, Robert; Dardess, George; and Rosenthal, Peggy. Divine
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University Press, 1998. ISBN 9780195093513. Accessed May 3, 2015.
"Born in Paterson, New Jersey, Atwan, whose grandfather came from
Aleppo, was raised in a Syrian-Catholic household and educated at
Seton Hall and Rutgers University."
^ Kelly, Jacques. "Sisto J. Averno Sr., Colt player1950s Baltimore
Colt guard who also played for New York and Dallas became a Luby and
Fox Chevrolet salesman", The
Baltimore Sun, March 29, 2012. Accessed
September 16, 2015. "Born in Paterson, N.J., he was the son of Roberto
Averno and Elvira Isabella Salerno. While a student at Paterson High
School, he played football and was scouted by colleges."
^ Staff. "Capra won't throw any punches", Eugene Register-Guard,
September 2, 1978. Accessed December 15, 2015. "The call wnt out for
Shannons, and a jaunty Italian from New York by way of Paterson, N.J.,
one Vincent Baggetta, turns up."
^ Saxon, Wolfgang. "Samm Sinclair Baker, 87, Author Of Dozens of
Help Books", The New York Times, March 23, 1997. Accessed
September 16, 2015. "He was born in Paterson, N.J., and was a 1929
economics graduate of the University of Pennsylvania."
^ Staff. "
Lawrence Barrett Dead; Pneumonia Fatal After An Illness Of
Only Two Days. Swift Progress Of An Attack That At First Seemed Slight
– Mrs. Barrett Present At The Last – The Story Ot The Actor's
Life.", The New York Times, March 21, 1891. Accessed March 13, 2012.
"Lawrence Barrett. the son of Thomas Barrett, a poor Irish immigrant,
was born at Paterson, N.J., April 4, 1838."
^ Charles Dyer Beckwith profile, Biographical Directory of the United
States Congress. Accessed August 13, 2007.
^ Fineman, Mark. "Dalai Lama's Disciples Gather for Peace Prayer
Religion: About 150,000 participate in ceremony with the Peace Prize
winner.", Los Angeles Times, January 1, 1991. Accessed December 5,
^ Staff. "12 to Watch: Jeffrey Bewkes", TVWeek, January 20, 2008.
Accessed September 16, 2015. "Place of birth: Patterson, [sic] N.J."
^ Staff. "Backstreet Takes Music Higher", Contra Costa Times, August
8, 1997. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Heavy R&B group
reached 'Another Level' with its current album. Led by Chauncey
'Black' Hannibal and Teddy 'Street' Riley, Blackstreet, which performs
at Saturday's KMEL Summer Jam at the Concord Pavilion, has expanded
its stylistic range, tightened its vocal harmonies and sought new
audiences with its second album, 'Another Level.'... Weary of New
York, the ace producer/musician moved his family to Virginia Beach
about five years ago; Hannibal, from Paterson, NJ, followed."
^ Staff. "In Pictures: Red Bull Music Academy at Harlem Cafe in
Belfast", Belfast Telegraph, March 5, 2012. Accessed March 13, 2012.
"Joining Kerri was legendary hip hop producer
Just Blaze aka Justin
Smith from Paterson, NJ. The CEO of Fort Knocks Entertainment is best
known for producing hits from Jay-Z's Blueprint, Blueprint 2 and The
^ Krajicek, David J. "Attacked by the Gang", New York Daily News,
October 25, 2008. Accessed September 16, 2015. "On a mild October
evening in 1900, a pretty teenager named
Jennie Bosschieter walked to
a drugstore from her home in Paterson, N.J., to fetch baby powder for
an infant niece."
^ Bill Braun, racing-reference.info. Accessed March 13, 2012.
^ "Assassin's lot fell upon anarchist here; Gaetano Bresci, the King's
Murderer, Lived in Paterson. Was in America six years his identity
established, and his membership in an Italian Anarchistic Group in the
New Jersey Town.", The New York Times, July 31, 1900. Accessed January
14, 2013. "He is Gaetano Bresci, who left Paterson, N.J., in May, and
went directly from New York to Europe, having been delegated by an
Anarchist group, it is believed, to assassinate the King".
^ Idec, Keith. "Tardy Mets might have had Paterson's Briggs", The
Record (Bergen County), May 17, 2011. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Johnny
Briggs' baseball career might've turned out very different if a Mets
scout hadn't arrived late to his house one night in October 1962.
Briggs, a former Eastside star, was eager to hear what the newest
National League team had to offer. The Mets had just paid another
amateur free agent, Ed Kranepool, $85,000 to sign, and the Paterson
native was intrigued by the prospect of playing so close to his
^ Picker, David. "Long Climb Pays Off for Jets' Linebacker", The New
York Times, December 18, 2004. Accessed November 28, 2007. "Brown, a
native of Paterson, N.J., stayed in the area and close to the phone."
^ Geeslin, Ned. "Edna Buchanan's Life Is No Day at the Beach—Her
Calling Is Miami's Vice", People (magazine), January 18, 1988, Vol. 29
No. 2. Accessed September 16, 2015. "Showing no hint of burnout,
Buchanan is as excited by an absorbing, grisly crime story today as
she was growing up in Paterson, N.J. In those days she would buy all
the New York tabloids and read them aloud to her Polish grandmother,
who couldn't read English."
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter Biography (1937-)[permanent dead link], The
Biography Channel. Accessed September 4, 2011.
^ "«I Sopranos? No agli stereotipi ma non facciamone un dramma» –
Federico Castelluccio, il
Furio Giunta della celebre serie tv, a
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Canadese, May 11, 2005.
^ Guglielmo, Jennifer. Living the Revolution: Italian Women's
Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880–1945, p. 162.
University of North Carolina Press, 2010. ISBN 9780807833568.
Accessed December 30, 2017. "Both Italian and American authorities
became particularly concerned over Cravello's developing friendship
with Ersilia Cavedagni, whom they considered a 'very dangerous
anarchist.' of 'limited formal instruction but much audaciousness.'...
Cavedagni arrived in Paterson just as Cravello was gaining media
^ Nash, Margo. "Memories Linger Of a 'Baaad Boy' From Paterson", The
New York Times, March 24, 2002. Accessed December 6, 2016. "ON April
Abbott and Costello
Abbott and Costello came to Paterson for the premiere of
their film Jack and the Beanstalk. Klieg lights pierced the sky around
the Fabian Theater on Church Street, and fans turned out to see Lou
Costello, the star from Paterson who never forgot where he came from."
^ "Trading on a great education wp's richard reiss has a conversation
E*TRADE ceo christos cotsakos" Archived March 11, 2007, at the
Wayback Machine., WP: The Magazine of William Paterson University,
Fall/Winter 1999. Accessed December 6, 2007. "Born and raised in
Paterson, New Jersey, Cotsakos was a 1965 graduate of Eastside High
School. He will tell you -- 'barely.'"
^ Zimmer, Kenyon. Immigrants against the State: Yiddish and Italian
Anarchism in America, p. 66. Accessed December 28, 2017. "However,
most of Paterson's anarchist women were like Ernestina Cravello, who
before her emigration had a 'good reputation' and was not politically
active but who became involved in the anarchist movement as a result
of her two brothers' participation."
^ DeMasters, Karen. "Hearing the Laughter in Women's Lives", The New
York Times, August 1, 1999. Accessed May 1, 2010. "Like Ms. Langan,
Ms. Croonquist now lives in Manhattan, but she grew up in Paterson,
where she attended Roman Catholic schools from first grade through
^ Pennington, Bill. "Catching On After a Last Chance; Giants' Cruz
Defied Odds at UMass", The New York Times, February 4, 2012. Accessed
August 5, 2014. "It was not the first bump in the road Cruz had
endured. The son of Blanca Cruz and Michael Walker, a Paterson
firefighter, Cruz lived in the city's downtrodden Fourth Ward."
^ Joe Cunningham, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed August 5, 2014.
^ Nelson, William. History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey:
With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Pioneers and Prominent Men,
p. 144. Everts & Peck, 1882. Accessed December 9, 2016. "In
November 1836 he came to Paterson, where he found employment under
C.S. Van Wagoner to survey lay out and map the city."
^ "Paterson Is Making Move to Honor Doby", The New York Times, June
27, 1997. Accessed January 24, 2012. "
Larry Doby was a four-sport star
in high school in Paterson, N.J., before going on to break the color
barrier in the
American League 50 years ago, when he joined the
^ Teicher, Adam. "Chiefs report: Fake punt fools KC", Kansas City
Star, November 12, 2001. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Rookie defensive
tackle Eric Downing, who made his second consecutive start, is from
Paterson, NJ, and attended Syracuse University."
^ James, George. "In person; Slugging It Out All These Years", The New
York Times, June 9, 2002. Accessed January 24, 2012. "
Lou Duva grew up
the second youngest of seven children in a working-class family in
^ Randy Edelman, FilmReference.com. Accessed September 27, 2011.
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San Diego Jewish Journal,
January 31, 2013. Accessed March 19, 2016. "Edelstein (pronounced
EH-duhl-steen), was born in Paterson, N.J. He grew up in Fair Lawn,
N.J., where he attended Fair Lawn High School and went on to graduate
summa cum laude from Tufts University."
^ Cahillane, Kevin. "Worth nothing; White Sox Fans? Say It Ain't So",
The New York Times, September 25, 2005. Accessed December 9, 2007.
"Mr. Einhorn – who was born and raised in Paterson and lives in
Alpine – is the flamboyant yin to the steely yang of the principal
owner, Jerry Reinsdorf."
^ Staff. "
New York Red Bulls
New York Red Bulls sign Brandon Allen,
Derrick Etienne as
Homegrown Players, now lead MLS with 7 HGPs", Major League Soccer,
December 21, 2015. Accessed March 21, 2016. "Etienne, from Paterson,
New Jersey, joined the Red Bulls academy as an Under-14 player and
advanced through the developmental system."
^ Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual, 1960, p. 378. Accessed November 13,
2017. "William W. Evans, Jr. (Rep., Wyckoff) William W. Evans, Jr.,
was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on May 6, 1921..... He is former
Mayor of Wyckoff, New Jersey."
^ "Obituaries", The Standard-Times (New Bedford), October 6, 1999.
Accessed October 10, 2017. "Fox was born in Paterson, N.J., and moved
Boston when he was young."
^ Staff. A Community Of Scholars: The Institute for Advanced Study
Faculty and Members 1930–1980, p. 174. Institute for Advanced Study,
1980. Accessed November 20, 2015. "Gelbart, Abe 47–48 M Born 1911
^ Hampton, Wilborn. "Allen Ginsberg, Master Poet Of Beat Generation,
Dies at 70", The New York Times, April 6, 1997. Accessed January 24,
Allen Ginsberg was born on June 3, 1926, in Newark and grew up
in Paterson, N.J., the second son of Louis Ginsberg, a schoolteacher
and sometime poet, and the former Naomi Levy, a Russian emigree and
Teresa Giudice Archived June 22, 2012, at the Wayback
Machine., Bravo (U.S. TV channel). Accessed July 4, 2013. "She grew up
in Paterson, New Jersey, where she met her husband of more than ten
^ Revolutionary War Sites in Paterson, New Jersey, Revolutionary War
New Jersey. Accessed September 6, 2017. "In memory of Abraham Godwin.
Pioneer of Paterson"
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Steel: Bibographical sketches, illustrated. Index to engravings
described with check-list numbers and names of engravers and artists,
p. 107. Grolier Club of the City of New York, 1907. Accessed September
6, 2017. "Godwin, Abraham – Born in what is now Paterson, N.J., July
16, 1763; died there Oct. 5, 1835; he was the son of Abraham Godwin
and Phebe Cool.... He was the father of the late editor and author.
Parke Godwin. who was born in Paterson, N.J., in 1816."
^ Rosenberg, carol via The Miami Herald. "
Bill Haast dies at 100;
snakes were the charm for south Florida celebrity: At a Florida
Bill Haast extracted venom for paying customers.
His wife says he survived 172 venomous snakebites and donated blood to
21 snakebite victims. 'I could become a poster boy for the benefits of
venom,' he said.", Los Angeles Times, June 21, 2011. Accessed August
5, 2014. "Born William E. Haast on Dec. 30, 1910, in Paterson, N.J.,
he became a south Florida celebrity for surviving successive venomous
^ Kihss, Peter. "Malcom X Shot to Death at Rally Here: Three Other
Negroes Wounded - One is Held in Killing", The New York Times,
February 22, 1965. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Records of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation showed that Hagan's real name is Talmadge
Hayer, the police said this morning. He was booked as Thomas Hagan.
The F.B.I. records showed that the suspect's address was 347 Marshall
Street, Paterson, N.J."
Alexander Hamilton , Paterson Friends of the Great Falls. Accessed
May 3, 2015.
^ Keith Hamilton, NFL.com. Accessed May 30, 2015.
^ Larry Hand, NJSports.com. Accessed November 18, 2017. "Larry Thomas
Hand was born July 10, 1940 in Paterson and grew up in the nearby town
of Butler. Larry was a late bloomer size-wise."
^ Hall, Debbie. "1960's group
The Happenings return to the Suncoast
Showroom in Las Vegas". AXS (ticket merchant), October 18, 2014.
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National Football League
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Association. Accessed July 23, 2007. "resides in Paterson, New
^ Blumenthal, Ralph."Philharmonic Gets Diary Of a Savvy Music Man",
The New York Times, July 29, 2002. Accessed January 24, 2012. "Hill
played violin with the orchestra until he was over 70, then fell into
poverty and depression. In 1875, living in Paterson, N.J., he wrote a
farewell note to his second wife: 'Why should or how can a man exist
and be powerless to earn means for his family?'"
^ Staff. "Garret A. Hobart: The Vice-President Dies of Angina Pectoris
Funeral To Be Held At Paterson Saturday The End Come Yesterday
Morning—President Mckinley Issues a Proclamation — Arrangements
for the Funeral Mr. Hobart's Career", Hartford Courant, November 22,
1899. Accessed September 4, 2011. "Paterson, N. J., Nov. 21. –
Garret A. Hobart, vice-president of the United States, died of angina
pectoris at 8:30 o'clock this morning at his home in this city."
^ Silversey, Dylon. "Paterson's Holt gets back into title picture with
knockout victory", NJ.com, May 14, 2011. Accessed December 13, 2013.
"Former NABO & WBO champion and Paterson native Kendall 'Rated R'
Holt returned to his previously highly regarded form on Friday night,
knocking out the former champion Julio Diaz (38–7 27KO), in the main
event on ESPN's Friday Night Fights."
^ via Associated Press. "Paterson native Michael Hossack, drummer for
Doobie Brothers, dies", The Record (Bergen County), March 13, 2012.
Accessed March 13, 2012.
^ Hyman, Vicki. "'The Shield' actor, Paterson native Michael Jace
accused of murdering wife", The Star-Ledger, May 20, 2014. Accessed
August 5, 2014. "Actor Michael Jace, a Paterson native best known for
playing a moral Los Angeles police officer in a corrupt unit on FX's
trailblazing "The Shield," has been arrested in Los Angeles for
alleging shooting his wife to death Monday night, the Los Angeles
^ Charlie Jamieson, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed December 14,
^ Saxon, Wolfgang. "Charles S. Joelson, 83, Congressman Who Saved
School Libraries", The New York Times, August 21, 1999. Accessed
December 3, 2017. "A native of Paterson, Charles Joelson graduated Phi
Beta Kappa in 1937 from Cornell University, where he also received his
law degree in 1939. He practiced law in Paterson until 1961, with time
out for service as an ensign in the Navy's intelligence service in the
Far East during World War II. He served on the Paterson City Council
in the early 1950's and then as a 'racket-busting' Deputy Attorney
General of New Jersey."
^ Ubha, Ravi. "Johnson finds a home with the M.K. Dons",
ESPNsoccernet, April 17, 2008. Accessed December 14, 2008. "Johnson
was born in Paterson, N.J., moved to England when he was 5, and can
also compete for Jamaica, given his mother's background."
^ Berkman, Meredith. "Funky Divas:
En Vogue rise to the top – In
just two years the group has sold more than two million records",
Entertainment Weekly, June 5, 1992. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Maxine
Jones, 26. File: The self-described 'moody' member of the group. Bio:
Originally from Paterson, NJ, she was 5 when her mother died."
^ "How hit show This Is Us is connected to NJ — NO spoilers,
scout’s honor!", WKXW, February 23, 2017. Accessed February 17,
2018. "First, the cast includes
New Jersey native, Ron Cephas Jones.
The Paterson native who plays William (Randall's biological dad)
graduated John F. Kennedy High School and then attended Ramapo College
in Mahwah. Jones also has had recent roles in Mr. Robot & Luke
^ Hershey Jr., Robert D. "
Alfred E. Kahn Dies at 93; Prime Mover of
Airline Deregulation", The New York Times, December 28, 2010. Accessed
January 14, 2013. "Alfred Edward Kahn, known as Fred, was born on Oct.
17, 1917, in Paterson, N. J., the son of Russian immigrants, and came
of age during the Depression, which prompted his interest in
^ Roberts, Sam. "Joseph B. Keller,
Mathematician With Whimsical
Curiosity, Dies at 93", The New York Times, September 16, 2016.
Accessed September 19, 2016. "Joseph Bishop Keller was born in
Paterson, N.J., on July 31, 1923. His father, Isaac Keiles — whose
name, he said, was changed when he arrived in the
United States —
was a Russian refugee who fled pogroms against Jews.... Joseph Keller
competed on the math team at East Side High School in Paterson."
^ Gordon, Peter M. King Kelly, Society for American Baseball Research.
Accessed August 20, 2014. "Kelly told the story of what happened next
in his autobiography, Play Ball, Stories of the Ball Field: 'Ill
health compelled my father to leave the army, and we moved to
^ Staff. "'King" Kelly Dies Of Pneumonia.; The Famous Player's Record
on the Baseball Field.", The New York Times, November 9, 1894.
Accessed August 20, 2014. "'King' Kelly, as he was dubbed by the
occupants of the at baseball games, was born at Troy, N. Y., but when
young was taken to Paterson, N. J., where he learned to play
^ James, Randy. "2-MIN. BIO: Bernard Kerik",
Time (magazine) November
6, 2009. Accessed May 1, 2010. "Born Sept. 4, 1955, in Newark, N.J.,
'Bernie' grew up in a tough neighborhood of Paterson, N.J., a suburb
of New York City."
^ Stromberg, Joseph.
Gabriel Kolko Revisited, Part 1: Kolko at Home,
September 1, 2013. Accessed May 20, 2014. "Born in 1932 in Paterson,
NJ, historian Gabriel Kolko..."
^ "The Path of No Resistance with Garret Kramer", DrKevinPecca.com,
October 30, 2017. Accessed December 3, 2017. "[Q] Garret, where are
you from? [A] I was born in Paterson, New Jersey. I grew up in
Clifton, New Jersey. I was into playing hockey, pretty much that’s
what I was into."
^ Senator Lautenberg's Biography Archived August 6, 2013, at the
United States Senate. Accessed March 13, 2012.
"Senator Lautenberg was born in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of
Polish and Russian immigrants who came to the
United States through
Ellis Island. His early life was unsettled as his parents moved about
a dozen times while struggling to support the family."
^ Leal, John L. (1909). "The Sterilization Plant of the Jersey City
Water Supply Company at Boonton, N.J." Proceedings American Water
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^ John LoCascio, Villanova Wildcats men's lacrosse. Accessed May 27,
2016. "Hometown: Fairfield, N.J.; High School: West Essex Regional...
Born November 25th, 1991 in Paterson, N.J.
^ Martin, Douglas. "Edward L. Masry, 73, Pugnacious Lawyer, Dies", The
New York Times, December 8, 2005. Accessed December 8, 2007. "Edward
L. Masry was born in Paterson, N.J., on July 29, 1932. His parents
started a silk apparel business, but when silk import tariffs were
lifted, the business faltered. The family then headed for California."
^ Woo, Elaine. "Obituaries; Don Martin; Cartoonist Exemplified Mad
Magazine in Sight and Sound", Los Angeles Times, January 8, 2000.
Accessed January 2, 2011. "Born in Paterson, N.J., Martin showed an
early talent for drawing."
^ Thomas McEwan Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States
Congress. Accessed August 11, 2007.
^ via Associated Press. "George Middleton A Playwright, 87; Former
Head of Dramatists' Guild, 87, Is Dead", The New York Times, December
24, 1967. March 13, 2012. "Mr. Middleton was born in Paterson, N.J.,
on Oct. 27, 1880."
^ Simon Perchik, Asheville Poetry Review. Accessed March 13, 2012.
Simon Perchik was born in Paterson,
New Jersey in 1923 and made his
living as an attorney in New York."
^ Span, Paula. "The FBI's Veiled Threat: Joseph Pistone Spent Six
Years Inside the Mafia and Lived to Tell the Tale", The Washington
Post, February 28, 1997. Accessed March 13, 2012. "And Pistone had
always seen himself as a good guy. He grew up in working-class
Paterson, N.J., which proved helpful in his subsequent career."
^ Staff. "Jazz notes: Roseanna Vitro in New Brunswick; Bucky
Pizzarelli in Madison; Michele Rosewoman in Montclair", The
Star-Ledger, January 10, 2012. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Guitarist and
Bucky Pizzarelli turned 86 yesterday, and fans and
friends will gather several times this month to celebrate his
timeless, bright and swinging style."
^ a b c Ripmaster, Terence. Mel Bay presents Bucky Pizzarelli: a life
in music, p. 31. Mel Bay Publications, 1998. ISBN 0-7866-3315-8.
Accessed March 13, 2012. "Even with his busy and successful career,
Bucky never forgot his roots in Paterson. His sons, John and Martin,
are still listed in Paterson's #248 American Federation of Musicians
^ Wilkins, Tim. "Jazz bits:
John Pizzarelli and Grover Kemble", The
Star-Ledger, September 27, 2011. Accessed March 13, 2012. "In the
John Pizzarelli was a guitar-toting kid from Paterson and Grover
Kemble was a wisecracking Jersey songsmith with stints in Sha Na Na
and Za Zu Zaz under his belt."
^ via Associated Press. "Dave Prater, 50, Dies; Soul Singer of the
60's", The New York Times, April 13, 1988. Accessed March 13, 2012.
"Dave Prater Sr., of the soul-singing duo Sam and Dave, was killed
Saturday when the car he was driving went off Interstate 75 near
Sycamore, Ga., and hit a tree. He was 50 years old. Mr. Prater had
lived in Paterson since 1974 and his body will be returned to New
Jersey for burial next week, his widow, Rosemary, said Monday."
^ Amos Henry Radcliffe, Biographical Directory of the United States
Congress. Accessed July 23, 2007.
^ Kaltenbach, Chris. "The four pillars of Hollywood's house of
horrors ; Critical Eye", The
Baltimore Sun, October 30, 2005.
Accessed March 13, 2012. "...the 'human worm',
Prince Randian lived in
Paterson, NJ, with his wife and five children..."
^ Staff. "George Rochberg, Composer, Dies at 86", The New York Times,
June 1, 2005. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Mr. Rochberg was born in
Paterson, N.J., on July 5, 1918."
^ Frederick Reines: The
Nobel Prize in Physics 1995 – Autobiography,
Nobel Prize Organization. Accessed April 5, 2007.
^ Dominguez, Robert; with Hinckley, David. "Frankie Ruiz, Salsa
Singer, Dead At 40", New York Daily News, August 11, 1998. Accessed
November 14, 2011. "Born in Paterson, N.J., Ruiz spent his childhood
in Puerto Rico and was singing professionally with Orquesta La
Solucion by the time he was a teenager."
^ Staff. "He Died In England.; Career Of John Ryle, The Paterson Silk
Manufacturer.", The New York Times, November 17, 1887. Accessed March
13, 2012. "John Ryle, formerly
Mayor of Paterson, N.J., and known
United States as the 'Father of the
America,' has just died in Macclesfield, England."
^ Danforth Public Library[permanent dead link], Paterson Arts Council.
Accessed March 13, 2012. "Paterson adopted a free library law in 1885
and opened the first public library in the State of
New Jersey in
1886. By 1888, having outgrown the Stimson House on Church Street,
Mary Danforth Ryle donated her father's residence for a new library."
ASCAP Foundation Announces Recipients of 2012 Morton Gould Young
Composer Awards, ASCAP, April 6, 2012. Accessed August 5, 2014.
Kathryn Salfelder of Fairlawn, NJ (Paterson, NJ)"
^ Staff. "Paterson's Olympic Day.; Jersey Town Welcomes Her Athletes
Who Completed at Stockholm.", The New York Times, August 1, 1912.
Accessed April 13, 2013. "The Paterson 'boys,' Strobino, Scott,
Hellawell, and Mueller, who competed for Uncle Sam at the Olympic
games in Sweden, and who returned to this country on the Vaderland
early this morning, got a rousing reception in this city later in the
day, when a parade through the principal streets of Paterson was held
in their honor."
Marcel Shipp player profile,
National Football League
National Football League Players
Association. Accessed July 24, 2007. "Hometown: Paterson, N.J. Played
one year of prep football at Milford (Conn.) Academy and was all-New
Jersey choice as a senior at Passaic County Technical High School."
^ "About Rocco Silano". roccosilano.com. Retrieved March 8,
^ Roberts, Jeff. "Intriguing People: Dave Sime", The Record (Bergen
County), April 25, 2010. Accessed June 25, 2013. "This was the moment
that changed everything for the Paterson-born, Fair Lawn-bred Sime."
^ Staff. "West Wing's Leo dies at age of 58: John Spencer displays his
Emmy for outstanding supporting actor in 2002Spencer was a familiar
face on US television showsJohn Spencer, the actor who plays
Leo McGarry in NBC television's The West Wing, has died of
a heart attack at 58.", BBC News, December 17, 2005. Accessed March
13, 2012. "John Spencer grew up in Paterson, New Jersey, the son of
working-class parents, and he studied at the Professional Children's
School in Manhattan."
^ The Lewis Stimson, MD (1844–1917) Papers, Weill Cornell Library.
Accessed December 22, 2017. "
Lewis Atterbury Stimson
Lewis Atterbury Stimson was born August
24, 1844 in Paterson, New Jersey, the second son of Henry Clark and
Julia Atterbury Stimson. He was educated in the Paterson schools and
at Yale College from which he graduated in 1863."
^ Amy, Jeanne. "'Babylon 5' creator speaks about failure, future of
media at MIT"[permanent dead link], The Observer-Dispatch, May 25,
2009. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Straczynski comes from Paterson, N.J.,
where people grew up to work at gas stations and supermarkets, not to
become writers, he said. He pushed himself as those around him told
him he could never make it as a writer."
^ Kazbek Tambi, Seton Hall Pirates. Accessed May 30, 2015. "A native
of Paterson, N.J., he earned his law degree from Seton Hall University
Law School in 1990."
^ Staff. "Typists to Demonstrate Speed", The New York Times, October
7, 1928. Accessed March 13, 2012. "
Albert Tangora of Paterson, N. J,
and Irma Wright of Toronto, Canada, new professional and amateur
typing champions, will give demonstrations at the National Business
Show which opens in Madison Square Garden..."
^ Sandomir, Richard. "Joe Taub, Basketball Fan Who Became Part Owner
of the Nets, Dies at 88", The New York Times, November 5, 2017.
Accessed November 20, 2017. "Joseph Albert Taub was born in Paterson,
N.J., on May 29, 1929.... Mr. Taub played forward on the basketball
team at Eastside High School, in Paterson, and attended Rutgers
University but did not graduate."
^ Popper, Steve. "Pro Basketball; Marbury and Tim Thomas Connect in
Victory", The New York Times, March 4, 2004. Accessed September 4,
2011. "One would like to believe that the play had been rehearsed on
playgrounds and in gyms when they were younger. Stephon Marbury and
Tim Thomas, one from Brooklyn, the other from Paterson, N.J., grew up
playing together on all-star teams and in tournaments."
^ NBA.com: Tim Thomas Bio Page Archived April 10, 2010, at the Wayback
Machine.. Accessed June 30, 2010. "Hails from Paterson, New Jersey."
^ Lancifer, Unkle. "Dante Tomaselli :: The Kindertrauma
Interview", Kindertrauma, February 14, 2011. Accessed March 13, 2012.
"Unforgettable. I grew up on Alice, Sweet Alice... originally titled
Communion. It made its world premiere in 1976 in Paterson. All my
relatives were there. Many were extras in the movie. My Aunt Matilda
stands out in the funeral scene. Both of my grandmothers were from
Paterson and I was born in Paterson General Hospital."
^ Robert Guy Torricelli, Biographical Directory of the United States
Congress. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Torricelli, Robert Guy, a
Representative and a Senator from New Jersey; born in Paterson, N.J.,
August 27, 1951"
^ Quintanilla, Michael. "enfoque; Elizabeth Vargas", San Antonio
Express-News, January 26, 2006. Accessed March 13, 2012. "Vargas, a
woman in a field with so few Latinos, was born in Paterson, N.J., to a
Puerto Rican U.S. Army captain and his Irish American wife."
^ Rohan, Virginia. "Former Paterson resident is man behind the lines
at the Oscars", The Record (Bergen County), March 7, 2010. Accessed
December 31, 2012. "And
Bruce Vilanch will jump right on it. 'The only
really spontaneous parts of the show are the winners. Everything else
is scripted. And so, unless somebody else goes off script, we know
what everybody else is saying,' says Vilanch, a former Patersonian,
who has written for the Oscars for the past 21 years."
Floyd Vivino profile from Sirius Satellite Radio. Accessed December
^ La Gorce, Tammy. "New Brunswick Still Loves the Lads From Liverpool
", The New York Times, August 12, 2007. Accessed March 13, 2012.
"Local boosterism could also be at work. 'Two of the guys are from
Jersey,' Mr. Korin said, including Mr. Vivino, a Paterson native whose
Floyd Vivino is better known to state residents as TV's 'Uncle
^ Staff. "The Break Presents: Fetty Wap", XXL (magazine), November 18,
2014. Accessed March 3, 2015. "However, it's definitely been a minute
since the last Jersey MC popped off. Now, 24-year-old Paterson, NJ
Fetty Wap is trying to put the state back on the map with his
buzzing record, Trap Queen."
^ Staff. "Watkins will play more, McNeil less as SU center", Rochester
Democrat and Chronicle, January 22, 2004. Accessed March 13, 2012.
"The 6–11 Watkins is a highly promoted center from Paterson, N.J.,
where he averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks last season to
help Paterson Catholic to a 22–5 record."
^ Yannis, Alex. "Hockey; The Devils, And Fans, Ignite First Match",
The New York Times, October 8, 1995. Accessed January 27, 2012.
"Moments after the banner was raised, Patrick Warburton, the actor who
portrayed a fanatic Devils' fan in a segment of the Seinfeld
television show, was called upon to drop the puck. With his face
painted in Devils red and black, the native of nearby Paterson dropped
the puck, then stripped the Brodeur jersey he was wearing to display
the letter D on his chest."
^ Staff. Different tune for Miss America", The
May 8, 2013. Accessed August 5, 2014. "Bernie Wayne, who grew up in
Paterson, was a prolific composer and came up with the "There She Is"
while getting a haircut in 1954."
^ Staff. A Community Of Scholars: The Institute for Advanced Study
Faculty and Members 1930–1980, p. 429. Institute for Advanced Study,
1980. Accessed November 22, 2015. "Weber, Joseph 55f, 62–63, 69–70
M(NS), Physics Born 1919 Paterson, NJ."
^ Randel, Don Michael, "Weinrich, Carl", The Harvard Biographical
Dictionary of Music, Harvard University Press, 1996, p. 975.
^ Staff. "Bert Wheeler, Vaudeville Comic With Rubbery Face, Dead at
72; His Over 50-Year Career in Show Business Spanned Films, the
Follies and TV", The New York Times, January 19, 1968. Accessed March
13, 2012. "'I'll tell you a secret,' he said when he was 64 years old.
'I'm just as ambitious and stage-struck as when I was a kid in
Paterson, New Jersey. Nothing has changed.'"
^ Reed, Tom. "
K'Waun Williams could become integral member of
burgeoning Browns' secondary, provided he stays healthy", The Plain
Dealer, June 3, 2015. Accessed August 12, 2015. ""'You have to play
with a chip on your shoulder,' said the Paterson,
New Jersey native
who grew up on the same street as Giants receiver Victor Cruz."
^ William Carlos Williams, Poets.org. Accessed August 5, 2014.
^ Suderman, Alan. "The Weed Candidate", Washington City Paper, March
6, 2013. Accessed August 6, 2014. "The son of a self-taught musician
who was a big wheel on the bar mitzvah and Jewish wedding circuit in
Paterson, N.J., Zukerberg moved to D.C. 30 years ago to go to law
school at American University."
^ Oliver, Willard M.; and Marion, Nancy E. Killing the President:
Assassinations, Attempts, and Rumored Attempts on U.S.
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Accessed July 22, 2015. "
Giuseppe Zangara was born in Ferruzzano,
Calabria, Italy. In the United States, Zangara settled in Paterson,
New Jersey, and on September 11, 1929, became a naturalized citizen."
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School Data for the Paterson Public Schools, National Center for
Paterson: Great Falls State Park. Master plan design competition
Paterson, New Jersey: America's
Silk City, a National Park Service
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Stoney Road, Paterson, New Jersey
Hamilton Partnership for Paterson
Friends of Hinchliffe Stadium
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