Fair Lawn, New Jersey
|Fair Lawn, New Jersey|
|— Borough —|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: |
|Incorporated||March 6, 1924|
|• Type||Faulkner Act (Council-Manager)|
|• Mayor||John Cosgrove (term ends December 31, 2013)|
|• Administrator||Tom Metzler|
|• Total||5.201 sq mi (13.472 km2)|
|• Land||5.139 sq mi (13.311 km2)|
|• Water||0.062 sq mi (0.161 km2) 1.20%|
|Area rank||270th of 566 in state
11th of 70 in county
|Elevation||69 ft (21 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Rank||69th of 566 in state
4th of 70 in county
|• Density||6,315.4/sq mi (2,438.4/km2)|
|• Density rank||77th of 566 in state
22nd of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|Area code(s)||201/551 (201 exchanges: 398,475, 703, 791, 794, 796, 797)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885214|
Fair Lawn is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States and a suburban municipality in the New York City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 32,457, reflecting an increase of 820 (+2.6%) from the 31,637 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,089 (+3.6%) from the 30,548 counted in the 1990 Census.
Fair Lawn was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 6, 1924, as "Fairlawn", from portions of Saddle River Township. The name was taken from Fairlawn, David Acker's estate home, that was built in 1865 and later became the Fair Lawn Municipal Building. In 1933, the official spelling of the borough's name was split into its present two-word form as "Fair Lawn" Borough.
Fair Lawn is located at United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.201 square miles (13.472 km2), of which, 5.139 square miles (13.311 km2) of it is land and 0.062 square miles (0.161 km2) of it (1.20%) is water. Its borders are: with Paterson (in Passaic County across the Passaic River) to the South and West; with Hawthorne across Lincoln Avenue to the West; with Glen Rock across Harristown Road, Maple Avenue, the Northern border of the Nabisco plant and its extension north of Garwood Road and Naugle Drive to the North; with Ridgewood at one point in the Saddle River; with Paramus across the Saddle River to the East; with Rochelle Park at another point in the Saddle River; with Saddle Brook across the two longer portions of S. Broadway and their extensions through Rosario Court to the South; and with Elmwood Park across the Bergen County Line, New Jersey Route 4 (Broadway), Cyril Avenue, and Willow St. to the South and West.(40.935833,-74.117504). According to the
In its earliest days (and as late as 1791), Fair Lawn was known as Slooterdam: a Dutch word denoting a native-American weir used to trap fish on the Passaic River. Just north of the weir is a short stretch of Fair Lawn's Wagaraw Road, named for the Lenape term meaning "crooked place" or "river bend". Fair Lawn was named after the estate (or villa) built in 1865 by David Acker, a prosperous New York merchant, which he named "Fair Lawn". The home, which faced what is now Fair Lawn Avenue stood on a hill with a sweeping lawn, it was later turned into the borough's municipal building, but was eventually torn down. The Fair Lawn Senior Center now occupies the site where it stood.
1900-1990 2000 2010
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 32,457 people, 11,930 households, and 8,971 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,315.4 inhabitants per square mile (2,438.4 /km2). There were 12,266 housing units at an average density of 2,386.7 per square mile (921.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 84.36% (27,380) White, 1.75% (567) Black or African American, 0.06% (20) Native American, 9.72% (3,154) Asian, 0.00% (1) Pacific Islander, 2.35% (762) from other races, and 1.77% (573) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.15% (3,296) of the population.
There were 11,930 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.8% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 30.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.1 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $92,727 (with a margin of error of +/- $4,701) and the median family income was $112,650 (+/- $5,760). Males had a median income of $70,990 (+/- $3,246) versus $54,358 (+/- $2,815) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,146 (+/- $1,700). About 2.1% of families and 3.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.3% of those under age 18 and 6.3% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 31,637 people, 11,806 households, and 8,901 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,121.0 people per square mile (2,362.7/km2). There were 12,006 housing units at an average density of 2,322.9 per square mile (896.6/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 91.54% Caucasian, 4.92% Asian, 0.74% Black or African American, 0.04% Native American, 1.37% from other races, and 1.38% reporting two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.51% of the population.
There were 11,806 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.5% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.12.
In the borough the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $72,127, and the median income for a family was $81,220. Males had a median income of $56,798 versus $41,300 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $32,273. About 2.6% of families and 3.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.7% of those under age 18 and 6.9% of those age 65 or over.
Fair Lawn is ethnically diverse. As of the 2000 Census, 21.7% of Fair Lawn residents were of Italian ancestry. Fair Lawn also has a growing Russian Jewish population. As of the 2000 Census, 10.1% of Fair Lawn residents identified themselves as being of Russian ancestry, the highest percentage of any municipality in New Jersey with more than 1,000 residents identifying their ancestry. The 2008 American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau showed an increase in the Asian Indian, Filipino American, Chinese American, Korean American, and Vietnamese American populations in the borough. There is also a recently arriving Armenian American influx into Fair Lawn.
Fair Lawn operates under a Council-Manager (Plan E of the Faulkner Act) form of New Jersey municipal government by a five-member Borough Council. Members of the Borough Council serve four-year terms in office and are elected in partisan elections in odd-numbered years on a staggered basis, with two or three seats coming up for election every other year. All policy making power is concentrated in the council. The mayor is selected at a reorganization meeting held after each election by the council from among its members, and presides over its meetings with no separate policy-making power. The manager is appointed by the council to serve as the municipal chief executive and administrative official.
As of 2012[update], the members of the Borough Council are Mayor Jeanne Baratta (R, term ends December 31, 2013), Deputy Mayor Ed Trawinski (R, 2013), Deputy Mayor John Cosgrove (R, 2015), Council Member Lisa Swain (D, 2015), and Council Member Kurt Peluso (D, 2015)
Standard Borough Council meetings, Government-access television (GATV), are televised on local cable TV when held in the Council chambers in the Fair Lawn Municipal Building. Work sessions, where laws are discussed and prepared for adoption, are not usually televised.
Fair Lawn has an all-volunteer fire department. The department has four stations, with Company 1 on George Street, Company 2 at Route 208 South (before Maple Avenue Bridge), Company 3 located at Corner Plaza Road / Rosalie Street and Company 4 on Radburn Road.
Boards and commissions
Fair Lawn's government extends beyond the Council and Departments in the form of Boards and Commissions. Generally these groups are staffed by volunteers appointed by the Mayor and Council.
American with Disabilities Advisory Committee, Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, Broadway Special Improvement District, Cadmus House Museum, Economic Development Corporation, Environmental Commission, Garden Committee, Green Team Advisory Committee, Historic Preservation Commission, Open Space Committee, Planning Board, Property Maintenance, Rent Leveling Board, River Road Improvement Corporation, Shade Tree Advisory Committee, Zoning Board.
Federal, state and county representation
Fair Lawn is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Fair Lawn had been part of the 9th 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 Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen). Following the death of Frank Lautenberg on June 3, 2013, Governor Chris Christie named New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa (R, Branchburg) to fill the vacant seat on an interim basis from June 10 until an October special election is held to fill the balance of Lautenberg's term.
The 38th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Robert M. Gordon (D, Fair Lawn) and in the General Assembly by Tim Eustace (D, Maywood) and Connie Wagner (D, Paramus). 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 19,334 registered voters. Of registered voters, of which 7,310 (37.8% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 3,257 (16.8%) were registered as Republicans and 8,755 (45.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 12 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 53.0% of the vote here (8,200 ballots cast), ahead of Republican John McCain, who received 45.8% of the vote (7,087 ballots), with 80.4% of registered voters participating. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 54.3% of the vote in Fair Lawn (8,745 cast), ahead of Republican George W. Bush, who received around 44.6% (7,177 votes), with 16,102 ballots cast among the borough's 20,372 registered voters, for a turnout of 9.0%.
The Fair Lawn Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The district consists of nine schools. Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics.) are six K-5 elementary schools — J.A. Forrest (285 students), Lyncrest (219), Milnes (386), Radburn (317), Warren Point (440) and Westmoreland (346) — both Memorial Middle School (437) and Thomas Jefferson Middle School (730) for grades 6-8, along with Fair Lawn High School (1,581) for grades 9-12.
Fair Lawn has several main roads crossing through it forming a semi-3x3 grid. Saddle River Road, Plaza Road, and River Road (County Route 507) run North-South, Broadway, Morlot Avenue and Fair Lawn Avenue run East-West, and Route 208 runs Northwest-Southeast.
Broadway becomes Route 4 in Elmwood Park to the west and eventually Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard in Paterson. To the East, it becomes Route 4 going into Paramus and is less than 10 miles (16 km) from the George Washington Bridge.
Fair Lawn Avenue is considered the borough's main street, containing its Borough Hall, Police Station, Public Library, and Community School. The road goes west over the Passaic River into Paterson, and east into Paramus where it becomes Century Road.
The intersection of Fair Lawn Avenue and Plaza Road form what could be considered a "town center", with several shopping plazas, and the Radburn train station all within walking distance. Other commercial areas include Broadway and River Road, but neither is particularly amenable to pedestrian traffic despite attempts by local business owners to make them so.
Route 208 has its southern terminus in Fair Lawn, and goes through the middle of the borough from the northwest to the southeast, where it eventually merges with Broadway to become Route 4 not far from Paramus. Taken the other direction, Route 208 flows northwest to Interstate 287 in Oakland.
South of Route 4, Saddle River Road goes through the eastern side of Fair Lawn and into Saddle Brook, where it provides a link to both the Garden State Parkway and Interstate 80. North of Route 4, Saddle River Road provides a link to Glen Rock.
Fair Lawn uses a street address numbering system in which most Fair Lawn addresses are given hyphenated numbers, such as 10-13 Some Street. This numbering system is also used in Queens, New York City. Exceptions to this numbering system generally exist on the Glen Rock, Hawthorne and Saddle Brook sides of Fair Lawn and within the Radburn development. The first numbers (before the dash) correspond to block-distances from Broadway (on streets that run North-South) and to the numbered streets in the borough (example: 2nd Street, 17th Street, etc.) on the streets that run East-West; with the highest numbers being in the low 40s, and the lowest numbers being 0-30, etc.
Fair Lawn is served by the Radburn and Broadway train stations on the New Jersey Transit Bergen County Line. The stations offer service to Hoboken Terminal, with connections at Secaucus Junction to Penn Station in midtown Manhattan and to most other New Jersey Transit train lines. New Jersey Transit buses include the 144, 148, 160, 164 and 196 routes to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan; the, 171, 175 to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal; and the 746, 758 and 770 lines, offering local service.
Fair Lawn also has one of the original organized Street Hockey/DekHockey programs in the state. In 1976, high school street hockey players Paul Spiegler and Randy Lipscher went to the Fair Lawn Chamber of Commerce to find league sponsors. The teams were funded just like Little League baseball from companies like Century 21, Fair Lawn Shopper and the International House of Pancakes. The league was first managed by Ronald Gatti of the Radburn Association and played in the parking lot of the Radburn Grange Hall, before moving to an official rink in 1977 at Memorial Park. League management then changed hands to the Fair Lawn Recreation Department. The program serves children aged 8–18, and runs during the winter months concluding early spring. Over the years the program grew to accommodate three separate rinks. The Fair Lawn Flyers competed in the first national street hockey championships in 1976 in Leominster, Massachusetts. In subsequent years, Fair Lawn sent teams to both the regional and national tournaments (as teams known as Fair Lawn Flyers and Fair Lawn Chiefs). Two of the three Fair Lawn Dekhockey rinks are named after Joe Gambucci and Jerry Bredehorst; both volunteered in multiple capacities for the league.
- In the 1976 film Taxi Driver, when Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) is talking to a Secret Service agent, he gives his address as 154 Hopper Avenue, Fair Lawn, New Jersey. There is a Hopper Avenue in Fair Lawn, but 154 Hopper Avenue does not exist. Travis also gives an incorrect zip code for Fair Lawn.
- In the 1996 Mel Gibson movie Ransom, Fair Lawn is seen when Gibson is told to turn from Route 4 onto Saddle River Road (Fair Lawn) and into the rock quarry (which is actually located in Haledon, New Jersey). A few days worth of filming was also done inside a home on Saddle River Road, but those scenes were cut.
- In the 2004 movie Taxi, Fair Lawn can be seen on the map that Detective Washburn (Jimmy Fallon) is reading. The map is fake, since it shows a fictional uncompleted highway off the Garden State Parkway in Oradell. The scene in which the robbers jump off the uncompleted skyway was not filmed in New Jersey.
- In the movie Casino, two scenes were shot at the Fair Lawn Fire Department Company 3: a scene in which a female reporter talks about the mob members and the scene which immediately follows.
- At the beginning of the critically acclaimed "Pine Barrens" episode of the television series The Sopranos, Mob boss Tony Soprano tells Paulie Walnuts and protege Christopher Moltisanti to visit a Russian mobster, Valery, in Fair Lawn. However, this scene was shot in Paterson. A scene in the episode "The Happy Wanderer" was filmed in front of the historic Radburn Building.
- Fair Lawn was featured in the movie The Other Guys starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. The two main characters travel to Fair Lawn, New Jersey to get accounting files.
- In Season 3 of the HBO show Bored to Death, Jason Schwartzman's character learns that his biological father donated his sperm to a sperm bank in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.
Notable current and former residents of Fair Lawn include:
- Ian Axel (born 1985), singer-songwriter and pianist.
- Steve Bornstein (born 1952), current head of the NFL Network.
- Nicholas Felice (born 1927), served in the New Jersey General Assembly and was mayor of Fair Lawn.
- Jim Finn (born 1976), football player with the New York Giants.
- David Gewirtz, CNN columnist, cyberterrorism adviser and presidential scholar.
- Boris Gulko (born 1947), International Grandmaster and former winner of the U.S. Chess Championship.
- Šaćir Hot (born 1991), soccer player for the New York Red Bulls, the United States U-20 team, and Boston College; attended Fair Lawn High School.
- Lee Meredith (born 1947 as Judi-Lee Sauls), actress who appeared in The Producers, Hello Down There and The Sunshine Boys.
- Millie Perkins (born 1938), actress, who played the title role in her first film as the star of The Diary of Anne Frank.
- Ron Perranoski (born 1936), Major League Baseball pitcher from 1961-1973.
- Billy Price, soul singer.
- Maurice Purtill (1916–94), drummer in the Big Band era, most notably the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
- Steve Rothman (born 1952), Congressman representing New Jersey's 9th congressional district.
- Charlie Schlatter (born 1966), actor.
- Dave Sime (born 1936), sprinter who won a silver medal in the 100m dash at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
- Regina Spektor (born 1980), singer.
- Donna Vivino (born 1978), stage and screen actress, who has performed the starring role of Elphaba in the Broadway National Tour production of Wicked.
- G. V. H. Berdan House - 1219 River Road (added 1983)
- Richard J. Berdan House - 24-07 Fair Lawn Avenue (added 1983)
- Cadmus-Folly House - 19-21 Fair Lawn Avenue (added 1983)
- Peter Garretson House - 4-02 River Road (added 1974)
- Naugle House - 42-49 Dunkerhook Road (added 1983)
- Radburn - Irregular pattern between Radburn Road and Erie RR. tracks (added 1975)
- Radburn Station - Pollitt Drive (added 1984)
- Jacob Vanderbeck, Jr., House - 41-25 Dunkerhook Road (added 1983)
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- Gewirtz, David. "The Coming Cyberwar: A Matter of When, Not If", U.S. 1 Newspaper, September 10, 2008. Accessed February 7, 2011. "A native of Fair Lawn, Gewirtz earned his bachelor’s in computer science at Worcester Polytechnic in Massachusetts in 1982."
- Byrne, Robert. "Chess", The New York Times, November 15, 1994. Accessed June 30, 2012. "In winning the United States Championship in Key West, Fla., in late October, Boris Gulko performed in close accord with every grandmaster's daydreams. The 47-year-old former Soviet champion, who lives in Fair Lawn, N.J., won with captivating combinations, trenchant tactics, precise positional play and excellently executed endgames."
- Vasquez, Andy. "Red Bulls sign Fair Lawn's Sacir Hot", The Record (Bergen County), February 1, 2011. Accessed March 29, 2011. "On Monday, the Red Bulls announced the signing of Hot, a 19-year-old defender who played soccer and football at Fair Lawn.... Hot recently returned from Europe and soon after was offered a contract. The decision to stay close to home — Hot still lives in Fair Lawn — was not a difficult one."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Once a Bombshell...", The Record (Bergen County), July 1, 2001. Accessed March 29, 2011. "Meredith -- so convincing as the Swedish tease -- was born and raised Judi-Lee Sauls in Fair Lawn, and adopted her stage name right before The Producers."
- New Picture, Time (magazine), March 30, 1959. See pg. 2 of article. "His choice was an 18-year-old model from Fair Lawn, N.J. named Millie Perkins."
- Finch, Frank. "Sluggers Benched, So Dodgers Jar Mets 9-2", Los Angeles Times, June 7, 1964. Accessed March 29, 2011. "Several thousand fans from Fair Lawn, NJ, were on hand to honor their most celebrated citizen, Ron Perranoski."
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- Thompson, Toby. "Billy Price: East Coast Blue-Eyed Soul Man", copy of article from The Penn Stater at billyprice.com, January / February 2000. Accessed April 23, 2008. "Forget Billy Price from Pittsburgh's rock cauldron. Meet William Pollak '71, '79, Liberal Arts, from Fair Lawn."
- Argetsinger, Amy; and Roberts, Roxanne. "'Leaner and Meaner' Rove Has Less Weight to Throw Around", The Washington Post, August 30, 2006. Accessed March 29, 2011. "Matched: Rep. Steve Rothman (D-N.J.), 53, who got teased when gossip columns and his hometown paper discovered his online personal ad two years ago (brown-eyed Libra, enjoys swimming, wine and jazz), had the last laugh Aug. 18 when he married Jennifer Anne Beckenstein , 48 -- a food bank publicist whom he met through Jdate.com -- in Nyack, N.Y. The two will honeymoon later in the year, his office said; for now, they're busy combining their five teens into one household in Fair Lawn, N.J."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Fair Lawn's Charlie Schlatter on his new TV project", The Record (Bergen County), February 12, 2010. Accessed February 7, 2011.
- via Associated Press. "Sime Has Great Day, Breaks World Record", The Miami News, May 6, 1956. Accessed August 31, 2011. "The 190-pound Fair Lawn, N.J., sophomore, a hot prospect for the U.S. Olympic team, won the 100-yard dash in 9.4, his sixth such performance this year."
- Bloom, Nate. "Noshes: Worth Checking Out", The Jewish Standard, June 29, 2007. "Spektor, 27, is far better known... She went to middle school yeshiva in New York and, for her first two years in high school, she went to the Frisch School in Paramus. She graduated from Fair Lawn High School."
- Belkin, Lisa. "Savvy 7-year-old acts like a real pro", Lawrence Journal-World, January 5, 1986. Accessed February 8, 2011. "FAIR LAWN, N.J. - The actress 49 inches tall, 7 years old and missing three teeth - stood in the center of her den and patiently explained the difference between television commercials and real life."
- New Jersey: Bergen County, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed November 15, 2011.
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- Fair Lawn online guide
- Fair Lawn Public Schools
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- The Fair Lawn/Paterson Fish Weir
- Knights of Pythias - Benjamin N. Cardozo Lodge #163