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Teaneck

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Teaneck is a township located in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is the suburb with the second highest population of the 70 towns in the county with 39,776 as of the 2010 United States Census. The town is also located 11 miles north of New York City, making it a very desirable destination for those who love New York.

Teaneck was founded on February 19, 1895 by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. It was formed from portions of four different surrounding townships and was soon after made its own independent township. Today, it has a diverse population of Jewish and African American neighborhoods, and has a growing number of Hispanic and Asian residents. Teaneck has many lovely streets for its residents and tourists to stroll, shop, dine, and even enjoy local artwork.

Understand[edit]

Teaneck is divided into predominantly Jewish neighborhoods and predominantly African American neighborhoods. These areas are split and commonly referred to as “Jew Hills” at the top of the hill and “The Ghetto” at the bottom of the hill. There is a somewhat obvious gap between the wealthy and the less well-off neighborhoods and there is little to no overlap between the two. The Jewish sections tend to be the safer and wealthier parts of Teaneck, with clean streets for shopping and dining. In 2007, two documentaries were made about the Orthodox Jewish community in Teaneck. In one, Foreskin’s Lament, the writer describes living in the Jewish community in Teaneck as stifling and claustrophobic. In opposition, the documentary Life in the Present Tense describes the close-knit community of Teaneck’s Jews as a gift she couldn’t imagine when living in Manhattan.

Teaneck is the second largest city the county so you will more than likely need a car to get around. If you work in New York City, however, you can easily take a 15-minute bus ride from almost any street corner. Public transportation is fairly easy to figure out and buses run very frequently in and out of the town’s city limits.

Just like New York, summers are hot and sticky with temperatures rising into the 90s. The usual summer temperatures range from 69-85 degrees, and the winter months usually range from as high as 38 degrees to as low as 26 degrees. The tri-state area shares a very similar range in temperature and they take pleasure in all four seasons.

The town is known for its major institutions like Holy Name Medical Hospital and the Metropolitan Campus of Farleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in the state of New Jersey. The Teaneck Armory is home to the New Jersey National Guard’s 50th Main Support Battalion and they host many events on their property for the community, mainly in the summer months. The commercial development of the town is concentrated in four main shopping areas and there is convenient access to many main highways from different points in town.

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By car[edit]

Teaneck is positioned along a number of major highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike (a portion of I-95) and I-80. Teaneck is the eastern final point of I-80, which stretches around 2900 miles west to downtown San Francisco, California. The town’s main highway is Route 4, running east to west through Teaneck from New York. There is no commercial development along this highway in the town itself due to safety precautions brought forth by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) but there is easy access to the commercial area just a few minutes down Route 4. New Jersey’s other main route is the Garden State Parkway and can be reached by car just a few miles west of Teaneck.

By plane[edit]

The closest airport to Teaneck in New Jersey is Newark Liberty International Airport, located 19.7 miles away in Newark. New York City’s La Guardia Airport is 14.7 miles away, located in Queens and can be accessed via the George Washington Bridge and is approximately 22 minutes away (in the most ideal traffic conditions). John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens is approximately 25. 7 miles (34 minutes) from Teaneck. There is also Teterboro Airport, which offers general aviation service, and is about a 13-minute drive away. All of these airports can be accessed by car or by taxi services located in Teaneck that will pick you up anytime day or night.

By bus[edit]

Teaneck has the availability of the New Jersey Transit bus service, with very frequent service to Teaneck Road, Route 4, and Cedar Lane. There is less frequent service on other main streets as well. NJTransit bus services are offered at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan via the 155, 157, 167, and 168 routes. There is service to and from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal via the 171, 175, 178, and 186 routes. A number of Jitney services also provide an unscheduled service along Route 4 between Patterson, New Jersey and the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.

By train[edit]

There is currently no passenger train operation in Teaneck, but the closest available are on New Jersey Transit on the Pascack Valley Line at the North Hackensack station in River Edge. Efforts are being made to restore passenger train service on this line for the commuters heading into New York City. This possibility seems far less likely due to recent decision to extend Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service via the North Branch to Tenafly.

See and do[edit]

Teaneck has four main shopping areas located on Cedar Lane, Teaneck Road, DeGraw Avenue, West Englewood Avenue, and Queen Anne Road, most commonly known as "The Plaza."

  • Cedar Lane. One of the more popular and conveniently located streets for the Jewish population, Cedar Lane is one of the busiest streets in town. There are over 15 restaurants, clothing stores, shoe stores, salons, and the ever so popular $4.75 a ticket movie theater. Cedar Lane Cinemas is the town’s only movie theater and they will often host live performances by local performance groups. Almost every restaurant on the street is Kosher, and most stores are owned and operated by members of the Jewish population. A farmers' market is held every week, even into the winter months, and has become one of the most popular events in town. Free dance lessons are also given outdoors in the summer months as a community outreach program to bring people of all ages and backgrounds together.
  • Teaneck Road. This is another popular street for residents to shop for the essentials without having to get on any highways. This road stretches all the way through town, connecting Teaneck to its bordering towns. There is also direct access to the highway from many points on this road.
  • West Englewood Avenue. This street stretches from the train tracks all the way down to the Hackensack River and is mostly residential. The importance of this road for the town is that it is home to the two most highly populated synagogues in Teaneck. On the Sabbath, driving can become an issue for non-Jews due to the amount of people walking on this street all day long from their homes to synagogue and back. On the synagogue’s off-days, it is nice for tourists to go and see these places of worship, as they are lovely pieces of art and architecture. At the end of this road is also Andreas Park with swing sets and tennis courts for residents to use with no fee. The park sits on the edge of the Hackensack River, where residents will take their rowboats out on when the weather permits.
  • Queen Anne Road (“The Plaza”). This is the most popular road in town next to Cedar Lane because of its diversity. There is something for every demographic, whether it is a Kosher chain of places to eat, a bank, a pharmacy, and the most popular restaurant in town Mexicali Blues Café. Live bands will come and play at the café once or twice a month and the place will stay open until well passed two in the morning. The younger crowd tends to hang out down there, but up the road is referred to as “The Plaza” where families gather. A chain of four Kosher eateries make up “The Plaza” where families can go and have their choice of just about any kind of food. The Jewish population is very strict with their kosher laws so this strip makes it much easier for the religious community to eat out.

Parks[edit]

For its size, Teaneck has quite a few parks, 22 to be exact. They are mostly small grassy spaces in residential areas with swing sets and basketball courts, but there are a few that hold significance for the entire town.

  • Andreas Park. West Englewood Avenue will lead you down the hill to this park that sits on the edge of the Hackensack River. Aside from the large open space for the jungle gym and the free public tennis courts, it is a meaningful place for the orthodox Jews on their special holiday of Yom Kippur. The whole community respects their special traditions and there is never a problem when they like to use the park for these things. This park is active year round with a great spot for people to push off in their boats to drift on the small but proud Hackensack River.
  • Votee Park. The largest completely developed park in Teaneck and is located almost right in the middle of town. The park covers a huge amount of space, covering the entire area between Queen Anne Road and Palisade Avenue. Facilities include an in-ground swimming pool, a children’s wading pool, restrooms, an amphitheater, three soccer fields, five baseball fields, refreshment stands, a double handball court, four tennis courts, and a lighted, enclosed, two court basketball facility. There are also tons of playground equipment, picnic areas, and paved walking paths. The playground itself is handicap accessible and has special swings designed for kids with physical disabilities. It is considered the park that thought of everything and has become the center of the community at large.

Arts and Culture[edit]

Teaneck has a number of plays and art exhibitions happening all the time, mainly supported by The Puffin Foundation and its Puffin Cultural Forum. They sponsor all of the arts in town at its location on Puffin Way. Teaneck is home to the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, founded in 1953. The Teaneck Community Band presents a series of five outdoor summer concerts each summer, also sponsored by the Puffin Foundation. The Teaneck Cultural Arts Coalition has organized many community-wide events, including an annual First Night on New Years Eve in celebration of the arts.

The Garage Theater Group is Bergen County’s first non-profit professional theater company, and their members consist of mainly Teaneck residents and they perform the bulk of their shows at Farleigh Dickinson University.

Learn[edit]

Teaneck is home to the Metropolitan Campus of Farleigh Dickinson University, which is set on the border between Teaneck and the Hackensack River. The college has served over 4,000 undergraduates and over 2,300 graduate students as of the 2010-2011 school year. The majority of the students who attend are international and foreign exchange students from as far away India and China.

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Teaneck is not known for any kind of fine dining, but for the simple things made extremely well. These places are made “the usual” spot for people all over Bergen County because it’s easy food made to perfection.

  • Bischoff’s, 468 Cedar Lane, +1 201 836-0333. This ice cream parlor, located in the center of Cedar Lane, is nationally famous for its homemade ice cream. Started in 1934, this store began to make what are now 40 different flavors all made on the premises and are used to make just about whatever you would like. The place has a very “step into yesterday” feel where the employees dress like they would in the 1930s with paper hats and bowties. In Teaneck, holidays are not complete without some of Bischoff’s famous homemade candies. After a late night movie at Cedar Lane Cinema, be sure to cross the street and enjoy some of the areas best frozen treats. They’re open every day of the year but Christmas, and do not accept credit or debit cards.
  • Sammy’s New York Bagels, 1439 Queen Anne Road, +1 201 837-1111. Located on Queen Anne Road as part of “The Plaza,” Sammy’s has the best bagels you can get outside of New York City. In fact, New Yorkers will come have a Sammy’s bagel and claim they are just as good as a classic H&H New York made bagel. Open for breakfast and lunch, Sammy’s is under Kosher-K supervision and they offer an extensive dairy menu. Pastries, salads, and sandwiches are available, and in the summer months there is a lovely outdoor seating area. Sammy’s caters events as well.
  • Coliseum Pizza, 435 Cedar Lane, +1 201 287-1470. Although this pizza parlor is not certified Kosher and is in the most Jewish part of town, it is still one of the most popular. People will come from across town for Coliseum’s Italian style, and the Jews who do not keep the Kosher law will choose it over the Kosher pizza parlors on the same block of Cedar Lane. They’re brick oven pizza is made to order and when you eat it you feel close to Italy. It is a family owned and operated business and has been in Teaneck since the 1980s. If you want pizza in this town, Coliseum is the place to be.
  • Amarone Ristorante, 63 Cedar Lane, +1 201 833-1897. This quaint, comfortable Italian restaurant is one of the most popular destinations in town. Their fresh seafood and homemade products draw regular customers from Long Island, Rockland County, and even Pennsylvania. Reservations are strongly recommended, as big parties come in often.

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