West New York, New Jersey
West New York is a town in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, situated upon the New Jersey Palisades. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town population was 49,708.
|Park on Boulevard East at 60th Street, with the Manhattan skyline in the background.|
West New York is located at 40°47′18″N 74°00′47″W (40.788400, -74.013090). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), of which, 1.0 square miles (2.6 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.8 km2) of it (23.48%) is water. The ZIP code for West New York is 07093. West New York is part of the New York metropolitan area and is at the heart of the North Hudson, New Jersey region. West New York is bordered on the north by Guttenberg, on the east by the Hudson River, on the south by Union City and Weehawken, and on the west by North Bergen.
West New York is one of North Hudson's communities atop the Hudson Palisades, and home to the highest point in the county. Its Hudson waterfront has been known as Bulls Ferry since pre-revolutionary times. Bergenline Avenue is its main commercial thoroughfare, while the wide two-way 60th Street is a major cross-town thoroughfare, and site of Town Hall. More than half of US Presidents have streets bearing their name in the town.
West New York was incorporated as a town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on July 8, 1898, replacing Union Township, based on the results of a referendum held three days earlier. West New York underwent a massive growth at the beginning of the 20th century, driven by development of textile industries that made North Hudson the "Embroidery Capital of the United States".
The town was populated mainly with Italian-Americans and German-Americans. In the 1960s, due to the influx of Cuban émigrés, the area became kown as "Havana on the Hudson", and since has become one the United States cities with a majority Hispanic population. Simultaneously, highrises were built along Boulevard East, adding to the population of the town, giving it one of highest population densities in the country. Since the 1980s the Hudson waterfront, which had been part of the Weehawken Terminal has been redeveloped from industrial to residential and recreational uses, including the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
As of 2007, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 46,963 people, 17,906 households, and 11,463 families residing in the town. The average household size was 2.6 people. The town was 79.1 percent Hispanic (of any race). Of the total population, 68.4 percent was white, 5.6 percent black, 1.2 percent Native American, 3.4 percent Asian, and 19.5 percent other races. In comparison, the 2000 census recorded 60.09% White, 3.55% African American, 0.67% Native American, 2.93% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 25.16% from other races, and 7.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 78.74% of the population.
As of the 2010 United States Census, West New York contains the third highest percentage of Hispanics in the state, at 78.1%, and accounts for 2.5% of the state’s Hispanic population. Though Native Americans comprise less than 1% of the city’s population, they doubled in the 2000s, and combined with Union City’s Native American’s comprise 38% of the county’s Native American population.
There were 17,906 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 17.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 30 percent lived alone.
In 2000, 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.5 years.
The median income for a household was $41,459, and the median income for a family was $39,904, compared to $31,980, $34,083 in 2000, respectively. About 17.1 percent of the population in 2007 was below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 30.6% of those age 65 or over. About 19% of the town's employed residents work in New York City.
West New York is ranked as #52 on a list of cities with the highest percentage of renters. 80.1% of West New York residents live in renter-occupied housing units, vs. 33.8% nationwide.
Bergenline Avenue is the main shopping district of North Hudson. West New York's Urban Enterprise Zone covers portions of Bergenline Avenue from 49th to 67th Streets. In addition to other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales tax rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide).
Until the 1880s, the primary commercial area of West New York was Palisade Avenue. An influential citizen named Henry Kohlmeier who lived there objected to the noise created by horse-drawn public coaches, which led to the route being transferred two blocks west to what is now Bergenline Avenue (formerly Lewis Street), which runs parallel to Palisade Avenue, and which remains the city's main commercial thoroughfare. Currently the longest commercial avenue in the state, boasting over 300 retail stores and restaurants, Bergenline runs through not only the entire length of West New York from north to south, but also through Union City, Guttenberg and North Bergen, making it the main commercial strip for North Hudson. Also known as the "Miracle Mile", Bergenline's largest concentration of retail and chain stores begins at the intersection of 32nd Street in Union City, and continues north until 92nd Street in North Bergen. Bergenline Avenue is also used as the route for local parades, such as the annual Memorial Day Parade and different ethnic parades (e.g., Cuban and Dominican).
|This New York Waterway ferry named West New York is not used on the routes which serve the town.|
New Jersey Transit bus service is available to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 128, 154, 156, 158, 159, 165, 166 and 168 routes. The 181 and 188 routes offer service to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. Travel to other New Jersey communities, including Jersey City, is offered on the 22, 23, 84, 86, 88 and 89.
The Bergenline Station of Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is located at the city line with Union City, while the Weehawken Port Imperial is located on the Weehawken waterfront at the foot of Pershing Road near the NY Waterway ferry terminal. Regular ferry crossings of the Hudson River run daily.
The closest airport in New Jersey with scheduled passenger service is Newark Liberty International Airport, located 13.6 miles away in Newark / Elizabeth. New York City's LaGuardia Airport is 13.5 miles away in Flushing Queens via the Lincoln Tunnel.
|West New York City Hall.|
West New York has been governed under the Walsh Act form of New Jersey municipal government, by a five-member commission since 1931. Commission members are elected at-large in nonpartisan elections to serve four-year terms of office on a concurrent basis. Each Commissioner is assigned to head one of five departments. The Commission selects one of its members to serve as Mayor.
The five members of the West New York Town Commission are Felix Roque (Commissioner of Public Safety), Fior D'Aliza Frias (Commissioner of Public Affairs), Ruben Vargas (Commissioner of Parks and Public Property), Caridad Rodriguez (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance) and Count Wiley (Commissioner of Public Works). In the May 2011 municipal election, the "Together We Can" slate of five candidates led by Roque took all five seats on the Town Council, knocking off the slate of incumbents led by then-mayor Silverio Vega. Af the town council's reorganization meeting, the five commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Roque to a four-year term as Mayor of West New York.
Federal, state and county representation
West New York is in the 13th Congressional District. New Jersey's Thirteenth Congressional District is represented by Albio Sires (D, West New York). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
West New York is also part of the 33rd Legislative District, which is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Brian P. Stack (D, Union City) and in the New Jersey General Assembly by Ruben J. Ramos (D, Hoboken) and Caridad Rodriguez (D, West New York).
West New York is in Hudson County's 7th Freeholder District.The Hudson County Executive, elected at-large, is Thomas A. DeGise. Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders District 7 comprises Weehawken, West New York, and Guttenberg and is represented by Jose C. Muñoz.
|West New York City Hall.|
West New York is served by West New York School District. The district is one of 31 Abbott Districts statewide.
Schools in the district (with 2008-09 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics]) are Early Childhood School for Pre-K (1,094 students), six K-6 elementary schools (except as indicated) — Public School No. 1 (748), Public School No. 2 (363), Public School No. 3 (388), Public School No. 4 (599), Public School No. 5 (765; K-7) and Harry L. Bain School (667) — West New York Middle School for grades 7 and 8 (837) and Memorial High School (1,734).
Private schools in West New York include St. Joseph of the Palisades Grammar School.
West New York has a bilingual medical school: American Training School for Medical Professionals founded in 1998 by Professor Dante Joa.
West New York does not have its own fire department, but is one of five towns served by the North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue.
The West New York Emergency Medical Squad consists of (as of May 2011) 26 people, at the EMS house on 62nd Street, which houses four trucks, to which each is assigned two workers. The Squad's second, larger facility, at 66th Street, opened May 11, 2011.
West New York's Emergency Medical Services was among the many Hudson County agencies that responded to the January 2009 crash of Flight 1549, for which they received accolades from the survivors.
West New York is located within the New York media market, with most of its daily papers available for sale or delivery. The Jersey Journal is a local daily paper based in Jersey City. Local weeklies include the free bilingual paper, Hudson Dispatch Weekly, a former daily, The West New York Reporter, which is part of the Hudson Reporter group of local weeklies, and the Spanish language El Especialito. River View Observer is a monthly newspaper that covers the Hudson County waterfront market.
In the late 2000s, West New York, Weehawken, Union City and North Bergen came to be dubbed collectively as "NoHu", a North Hudson haven for local performing and fine artists, many of whom are immigrants from Latin America and other countries, in part due to lower housing costs compared to those in nearby art havens such as Hoboken, Jersey City and Manhattan.
* Oscar L. Auf der Heide (1874-1945), represented New Jersey's 11th congressional district from 1925-1933, and the 14th congressional district from 1933-1935. Auf der Heide was a member of the town council from 1899-1902, and was a member and president of the board of education in 1903 and 1904, served on the board of assessors in 1912 and 1913 and was mayor of West New York from 1914-1917.
* Tyson Beckford (born 1970), male supermodel.
Warren Boroson (born 1935), financial journalist, author and playwright.
* James J. Braddock (1905-1974), heavyweight boxing champion.
* Emil Draitser, author of 12 books and 135 short stories, professor of Russian at Hunter College, New York and three-time winner of a fellowship grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.
* Amber Lee Ettinger (born 1982), actress and internet celebrity who rose to fame in 2007 as "Obama Girl".
* King Kamali (born 1972), IFBB professional bodybuilder.
* Herb Maack (1917-2007), former Brooklyn Dodgers (AAFC) player and college football head coach.
John Mahnken (born 1922), former professional basketball player.
* Edward James Olmos (born 1947), actor who lived in West New York from 1979 to 1987, while he built his stage career following his emigration from East Los Angeles.
* Jeff Roehl (born 1980), offensive lineman who played for the New York Giants.
* Louis Romano (born 1930), member of the New Jersey General Assembly.
* Jeremy Shockey (born 1980), NFL football player for the New Orleans Saints
* Gerard Way (born 1977), musician, frontman of the alternative rock band, My Chemical Romance.
Information on West New York is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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