Alpine, New Jersey
|Alpine, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||April 8, 1903|
|• Mayor||Paul Tomasko (term ends December 31, 2014)|
|• Borough Clerk||Gail Warming-Tanno|
|• Total||9.232 sq mi (23.910 km2)|
|• Land||6.411 sq mi (16.404 km2)|
|• Water||2.821 sq mi (7.307 km2) 30.56%|
|Area rank||216th of 566 in state
4th of 70 in county
|Elevation||518 ft (158 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||494th of 566 in state
68th of 70 in county
|• Density||288.4/sq mi (111.4/km2)|
|• Density rank||483rd of 566 in state
69th of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885139|
Alpine is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. It is a suburb of New York City, located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 1,849, reflecting a decline of 334 (-15.3%) from the 2,183 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 467 (+27.2%) from the 1,716 counted in the 1990 Census.
In 2012, Forbes ranked Alpine as America's most expensive ZIP code with a median home price of $4.25 million, after being ranked 4th in the magazine's 2010 listing of "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes", with a median home price of $3,814,885. In 2009, Forbes ranked Alpine first, along with Greenwich, Connecticut, with a median home price of $4.14 million. Alpine was tied with Greenwich for first in both 2006 and 2007 on the ABC News list of most expensive ZIP codes, with a median home sale price of $3.4 million.
Alpine is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 9.232 square miles (23.910 km2), of which, 6.411 square miles (16.604 km2) of it is land and 2.821 square miles (7.307 km2) of it (30.56%) is water.(40.968149,-73.91715). According to the
1900-1990 2000 2010
2010 Census 
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 1,849 people, 611 households, and 529.1 families residing in the borough. The population density was 288.4 inhabitants per square mile (111.4 /km2). There were 670 housing units at an average density of 104.5 per square mile (40.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 68.14% (1,260) White, 2.38% (44) Black or African American, 0.05% (1) Native American, 26.07% (482) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.30% (24) from other races, and 2.06% (38) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.81% (89) of the population.
There were 611 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.8% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 13.4% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 16.0% from 25 to 44, 36.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.2 years. For every 100 females there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.4 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $172,054 (with a margin of error of +/- $23,256) and the median family income was $192,188 (+/- $56,076). Males had a median income of $124,375 (+/- $28,708) versus $56,719 (+/- $21,358) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $107,604 (+/- $18,758). About 2.3% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and 2.0% of those age 65 or over.
2000 Census 
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 2,183 people, 708 households, and 623 families residing in the borough. The population density was 343.5 people per square mile (132.5/km2). There were 730 housing units at an average density of 114.9 per square mile (44.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.37% White, 1.51% African American, 0.23% Native American, 19.10% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.52% of the population.
There were 708 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.8% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.0% were non-families. 9.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.24.
In the borough the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 34.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.
The median income for a household in the borough is $130,740, and the median income for a family is $134,068. Males have a median income of $87,544 versus $45,536 for females. The per capita income for the borough is $76,995. 6.2% of the population and 5.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 8.5% are under the age of 18 and 6.4% are 65 or older.
Alpine is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a mayor and a borough council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The borough council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.
As of 2012[update], the mayor of Alpine is Paul H. Tomasko (D, term ends December 31, 2014). Members of the Alpine Borough Council are Council President Vicki Frankel (D, 2012), Michael Cacouris (D, 2012), Paul Garjian (D, 2014), Gayle Gerstein (D, 2013), Sidney Merians (D, 2013) and Steven Ornstein (D, 2014).
Federal, state and county representation 
Alpine is located in the 5th Congressional district and is part of New Jersey's 37th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Alpine had been in the 39th state legislative district.
New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
The 37th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Loretta Weinberg (D, Teaneck) and in the General Assembly by Valerie Huttle (D, Englewood) and Gordon M. Johnson (D, Englewood). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014). The seven freeholders are elected at-large in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election each year, with a Chairman, Vice Chairman and Chairman Pro Tempore selected from among its members at a reorganization meeting held each January. As of 2013[update], Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn), Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee), Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge), Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes), John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park), Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes). Countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale).
As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 1,275 registered voters. Of registered voters, 337 (26.4% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 369 (28.9%) were registered as Republicans and 569 (44.6%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were no voters registered to other parties.
As of recent years, on the national level, Alpine leans toward the Republican Party. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 55.5% of the vote here, over Democrat Barack Obama, who received 43.6% of the vote, with 70.0% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 election, Republican George W. Bush received 56% of the vote here, over Democrat John Kerry, who received 43%. In the 2009 Gubernatorial Election, Republican Chris Christie received 55% of the vote, defeating Democrat Jon Corzine, who received around 38%.
The Alpine Public School is a community school district serving a total of 140 students in Kindergarten through eighth grade as of the 2009-10 school year. Public school students attend Tenafly High School in Tenafly for grades 9–12, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Tenafly Public Schools.
Alpine is home to the tower and laboratory built by Edwin Howard Armstrong after RCA evicted him from the Empire State Building. Armstrong's experimental FM station, W2XMN, used various frequencies to broadcast from the tower, first on 42.8 MHz; later on 44.1 MHz; and finally on 93.1 MHz in the modern FM band. The laboratory building and the tower still stand; the 400-foot (122-m) tower is home to many two-way radio users, one modern FM station (Fairleigh Dickinson University's WFDU), and backup transmitters for several of New York's television stations. The tower served as a primary tower for the stations after September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was destroyed. There was some local opposition to this scheme, but the move was temporary, as the stations affected moved their primary broadcast facilities to the Empire State Building. The original lab building is home to a static display of historic communications equipment and offices; the USA Network cable channel operated from this building in the late 1970s.
Points of interest 
Rio Vista is an upscale neighborhood in the southern section of Alpine. Rio Vista is home to Devil's Tower, a stone clock tower that is claimed to be haunted, that was originally built by sugar baron Manuel Rionda (1854–1943) in order to allow his wife to see New York from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. The legend has it that when his wife saw him with another woman, she committed suicide by jumping off the tower. After becoming upset over his wife's death, Rionda stopped all work on the tower. In reality Harriet Rionda died of natural causes in 1922 and was interred nearby for approximately 20 years; her coffin was moved to Brookside Cemetery, Englewood. The estate was later sub-divided into 197 housing sites consisting of miles of roadway, infrastructure, and related facilities in the mid-1980s.
The New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park runs the length of Alpine along the top of the New Jersey Palisades and along the Hudson River. The Alpine Boat Basin serves as both a public picnic area and small marina for private boats. The area is a scenic riverfront picnic area and boat basin, plus beach for car-top boat launches (canoe and kayak), with fishing, access to hiking trails and Henry Hudson Drive, restrooms, water, vending machines, and public phones. Alpine Pavilion, an open-air stone picnic pavilion built in 1934 by the Civil Works Administration and available for rental is located here, as well as the historic Blackledge-Kearney House, said to be the site where Lord Cornwallis and his troops landed on November 20, 1776, in their pursuit of the Continental Army following the rout of George Washington's forces in the Battle of New York.
Noted residents 
Notable current and former residents of Alpine include:
- Gioia Marconi Braga, daughter of Guglielmo Marconi and chairwoman of the Marconi Foundation.
- Sean Combs (born 1969), rap artist.
- Johnny Damon (born 1973), outfielder who played for the New York Yankees from 2006 to 2009.
- Damon Dash (born 1971), hip-hop entrepreneur.
- Joseph Dello Russo, LASIK pioneer.
- Eddie Einhorn (born 1936), part owner of the Chicago White Sox.
- Patrick Ewing (born 1962), former center for the New York Knicks.
- Fabolous (born 1977), rap artist.
- Henry Clay Frick II (1919–2007), physician and head of the Frick Collection.
- Andre Harrell (born 1960), founder of Uptown Records.
- Matt Herr (born 1976) ice hockey forward who played for part of four NHL seasons.
- O'Kelly Isley, Jr. (1937–1986), founding member of The Isley Brothers.
- Sachin H. Jain (born 1980), physician and Obama Administration official.
- Jay-Z (born 1969), rap artist.
- Ilya Kovalchuk (born 1983), right wing for the NHL New Jersey Devils.
- Lil' Kim (born 1975), rap artist, who rapped about her new hometown in her song Aunt Dot ("Come on Shanice, I'm takin' you to my house in Alpine...").
- Eric Maskin (born 1950), co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
- Eddie Murphy (born 1961), comedian, actor who has appeared in the Beverly Hills Cop series and as the voice of Donkey in the Shrek series.
- Joe Piscopo (born 1951), actor, best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live.
- Chris Rock (born 1965), comedian, actor.
- Paul Rosenberg (born 1971), co-founder of the hip hop record label Shady Records and music manager known for his association with hip hop artists Eminem, Three 6 Mafia, The Knux and Blink-182.
- CC Sabathia (born 1980), pitcher for the New York Yankees.
- Norman Sas (1925-2012), inventor of electric football and former member of the Alpine borough council.
- Gary Sheffield (born 1968), baseball player.
- Russell Simmons (born 1957), hip-hop entrepreneur.
- Wesley Snipes (born 1962), actor.
- Britney Spears (born 1981), singer.
- Joseph A. Unanue (born 1925), president of Goya Foods from 1976-2004.
- Stevie Wonder (born 1950), musician.
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- Hevesi, Dennis. "Henry Clay Frick II, 87, Physician And President of Frick Collection", The New York Times, February 15, 2007. Accessed December 24, 2011. "Henry Clay Frick II, a physician, professor of medicine and former president of the board of the Frick Collection, the art museum in his family's stately former home on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, died on Friday at his home in Alpine, N.J. He was 87."
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- Sachin Jain, 2004 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Accessed May 31, 2011. "Sachin was born in New York in 1980 to naturalized parents from India who live in Alpine, NJ. Sachin plans to pursue a career as a clinician, scholar, and activist dedicated to improving access to quality health care."
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- Ogunnaike, Lola. "Big House Didn’t Break Lil’ Kim, Rap Diva", The New York Times, August 31, 2006. Accessed December 24, 2011. "ALPINE, N.J. , Aug. 29 — With several million albums sold, a Grammy and high-profile friends in music, fashion and sports, the glam-girl rapper Lil’ Kim was not the typical inmate. So it came as little surprise when her fellow inmates treated her less like a prisoner and more like a princess on her first night in jail last September. 'They threw me this big party,' she said earlier this week at her rambling home in this affluent Bergen County town."
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