Leonia, New Jersey
|Incorporated||December 5, 1894|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Judah Zeigler (D, term ends December 31, 2023)|
|• Administrator||Andrea Wardrop|
|• Municipal clerk||Trina Lindsey|
|• Total||1.63 sq mi (4.22 km2)|
|• Land||1.52 sq mi (3.94 km2)|
|• Water||0.11 sq mi (0.27 km2) 6.50%|
|• Rank||435th of 565 in state|
56th of 70 in county
|Elevation||85 ft (26 m)|
|• Rank||255th of 565 in state|
42nd of 70 in county
|• Density||6,109.0/sq mi (2,358.7/km2)|
|• Rank||89th of 565 in state|
25th of 70 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885276|
Leonia is a borough in Bergen County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2020 United States census, the borough's population was 9,304, an increase of 367 (+4.1%) from the 2010 census count of 8,937, which in turn reflected an increase of 23 (+0.3%) from the 8,914 counted in the 2000 census. The borough is a suburb of New York City located near the western approach to the George Washington Bridge.
Leonia was formed as the result of a referendum passed on December 5, 1894, from portions of Ridgefield Township. The borough was formed during the "boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Portions of Leonia were taken on February 19, 1895, to form the Township of Teaneck.
The original inhabitants of Leonia were the Hackensack tribe (Ashkineshacky) of Native Americans. The population was about 1,000 before the Europeans settled in the area. At the time of the American Revolutionary War, Leonia was known as part of the English Neighborhood, a name that survives in neighboring Englewood. It was settled in 1668 mainly by Dutch and English farmers, making it one of the oldest communities in the state and county. A third of the population was African slaves. It was located on the western slope of the Palisades, and started as a quiet farming community. Leonia's proximity to New York City and its major universities, theaters and performing venues contributed to Leonia's place in the world of art and academics, with many artists and leading thinkers finding a home there in the twentieth century.
The local economy that had been focused on agriculture underwent economic and cultural growth during the late nineteenth century, marked by the introduction of train service and was originally called West Fort Lee. J. Vreeland Moore and other town leaders chose the name "Leonia" in 1865 in honor of American Revolutionary War General Charles Lee, for whom Fort Lee was named.
After traveling through Leonia upon arriving in New Jersey by ferry at Edgewater in 1899, advertising executive Artemus Ward purchased a large piece of land and established the Leonia Heights Land Company to develop and market housing in the community. His advertising attracted many academics and artists who were drawn to Leonia's small size, culture, and location, earning the town's nickname of the "Athens of New Jersey".
In 1915, the Leonia School of Illustration was established by Harvey Dunn, fostering the artists' colony that subsequently emerged over the next decade. By the 1930s, it had the highest number of residents, per capita, in Who's Who in America and 80% of its residents were college graduates. Transportation through the borough was enhanced with access to ferries and trolley systems and Leonia became a refuge for many of America's most creative thinkers which included five Nobel Prize winners.
For 200 years, one of the two major avenues that run north-to-south through Leonia, Grand Avenue (the other one is Broad Avenue) was called the English Neighborhood Road. In colonial times, this road served as the main inland route between Paulus Hook, Bergen, and the English Neighborhood. Leonia was a crossroads of the American Revolution and a training ground for American Civil War soldiers.
Historic places in the town include the Civil War Drill Hall and Armory and the Cole-Allaire House, constructed around 1765, making it the oldest dwelling in the borough, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The Vreeland House, constructed in 1786 by Dirck Vreeland and expanded in 1815, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.
Leonia celebrates "Leonia Day" annually on the third Sunday in May.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.63 square miles (4.22 km2), including 1.52 square miles (3.94 km2) of land and 0.11 square miles (0.27 km2) of water (6.50%).
While the borough center's elevation is 115 feet (35 m), the western part of the borough can reach 5 feet (1.5 m) and the eastern part of Leonia reaches 318 feet (97 m).
2000 2010 2020
The 2010 United States census counted 8,937 people, 3,284 households, and 2,519 families in the borough. The population density was 5,819.5 per square mile (2,246.9/km2). There were 3,428 housing units at an average density of 2,232.2 per square mile (861.9/km2). The racial makeup was 55.22% (4,935) White, 2.34% (209) Black or African American, 0.16% (14) Native American, 35.12% (3,139) Asian, 0.01% (1) Pacific Islander, 3.71% (332) from other races, and 3.44% (307) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 16.66% (1,489) of the population. Korean Americans accounted for 26.5% of the population.
Of the 3,284 households, 34.8% had children under the age of 18; 61.2% were married couples living together; 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present and 23.3% were non-families. Of all households, 20.0% were made up of individuals and 9.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.13.
22.3% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 31.8% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43.0 years. For every 100 females, the population had 92.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older 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 $66,271 (with a margin of error of +/− $9,365) and the median family income was $91,129 (+/− $16,890). Males had a median income of $54,754 (+/− $8,175) versus $60,057 (+/− $8,680) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,030 (+/− $4,132). About 5.8% of families and 9.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.2% of those under age 18 and 8.9% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States census there were 8,914 people, 3,271 households, and 2,436 families residing in the borough. The population density was 5,921.3 inhabitants per square mile (2,286.2/km2). There were 3,343 housing units at an average density of 2,220.6 per square mile (857.4/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 65.74% White, 2.27% African American, 0.09% Native American, 26.06% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.20% from other races, and 2.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 12.73% of the population.
There were 3,271 households, out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.5% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.20.
In the borough, the population was spread out, with 24.6% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $72,440, and the median income for a family was $84,591. Males had a median income of $55,156 versus $38,125 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $35,352. About 5.0% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.0% of those under age 18 and 1.8% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 Census, 17.24% of Leonia's residents identified themselves as being of Korean ancestry, which was the fourth-highest in the United States and second highest of any municipality in New Jersey—behind neighboring Palisades Park (36.38%)—for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry. Additionally, 3.07% of Leonia's residents identified themselves as being of Japanese ancestry, which was the fourth highest of any municipality in New Jersey — behind Fort Lee (6.09%), Demarest (3.72%) and Edgewater (3.22%)—for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.
Arts and culture
Leonia is home to the Players Guild of Leonia, which operates as the oldest continuing theatre troupe in the state of New Jersey, and is one of the oldest community theatre groups in the state with continuous performances since 1919. Performances have included comedies, tragedies, classics, and musicals. The Guild's production of One Mad Night in 1940 was the first three-act play performed on television, when it was broadcast on WPTZ, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1963, the Children's Show was instituted and continues each spring. Between 1968 and 1998, the Guild produced Theatre in the Park. Since 2002, the Players' Guild of Leonia has produced a Playwright's Showcase featuring original scripts. The Guild operates out of the historic Civil War Drill Hall Theatre on Grand Avenue which is leased from the borough. Recent productions include Lovers and Other Strangers, The Glass Menagerie, Love, Loss, and What I Wore and Hair. Upcoming productions include a fall production of Guys and Dolls.
Since 2000, Leonia has also been home to Summerstage at Leonia, which produces a Broadway-style family musical each summer in the last two weeks of July. Originally, Summerstage performances were held in the Leonia High School Little Theater, but now take place at the Civil War Drill Hall Theater. Auditions are held in May and open to all in the NY metro area. Past shows have included The Wizard of Oz, Carousel, The Sound of Music, Annie, Oliver, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, and How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.
The Leonia Chamber Musicians Society, founded in 1973, is made up of professional musicians who reside in Leonia, has been performing classical music concerts four times a year at various venues in the borough.
Sculpture for Leonia aims to build the art and cultural environment in Leonia through the display of outdoor sculpture throughout the community and in the Erika and David Boyd Sculpture Garden, which is located on the grounds of the Leonia Borough Annex. This group sponsors an annual Taste of Leonia fundraiser. Leonia Arts provides a calendar of all arts events in Leonia.
Parks and recreation
Leonia has five public recreational areas, of which only the Leonia Swim Club requires a membership fee. The recreation areas include Wood Park, located on the corner of Broad Avenue and Fort Lee Road; Sylvan Park and the Leonia Swim Club, both on Grand Avenue near Sylvan Avenue; and the Recreational Center on Broad Avenue which has an indoor basketball court.
Leonia is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government, one of 218 municipalities (of the 564) statewide that use this form, the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of a mayor and a borough council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The borough council is comprised of six members who are elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The borough form of government used by Leonia is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2023[update], the mayor of Leonia is Democrat Judah Ziegler, whose term of office ends December 31, 2023. The members of the Leonia Borough Council are Council President Louis Grandelis (D, 2024), Maureen E. Davis (D, 2023), Pasquale A. "Pat" Fusco (D, 2023), Christoph Hesterbrink (D, 2025), Joanne Choi Terrell (D, 2024), and Bill Ziegler (D, 2025).
Joanne Choi Terrell was appointed to fill the seat expiring in December 2021 that had been held by Benjamin Choi until he resigned from office in July 2019 to accept a position as a judge in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Peter Knott was appointed to fill the seat vacated by John DeSimone when he took office as mayor and won election to serve the balance of the term through December 2013.
Pat Fusco was appointed in August 2013 to fill the vacant seat of Ik-Seong "I.S." Pak, who had resigned earlier that month citing personal issues. Mark Minichiello was elected in November 2013 to serve the balance of the term.
Federal, state, and county representation
For the 118th United States Congress, New Jersey's 5th congressional district is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027) and Bob Menendez (Englewood Cliffs, term ends 2025).
For the 2022–2023 session, the 37th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Gordon M. Johnson (D, Englewood) and in the General Assembly by Shama Haider (D, Tenafly) and Ellen Park (D, Englewood Cliffs).
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a Board of County Commissioners comprised of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each November; a Chairman and Vice Chairman are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held every January. As of 2023[update], the county executive is James J. Tedesco III (D, Paramus), whose four-year term of office ends December 31, 2026. Bergen County's Commissioners are: Chairman Thomas J. Sullivan Jr. (D, Montvale, 2025), Vice Chairman Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, 2025), Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2023), Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, 2025), Rafael Marte (D, Bergenfield, 2023; appointed to serve an unexpired term), Steven A. Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2024) and Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2024).
Bergen County's constitutional officials are: Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2026), Sheriff Anthony Cureton (D, Englewood, 2025) and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2026).
As of March 2011, there were a total of 4,713 registered voters in Leonia, of which 2,493 (52.9% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 598 (12.7% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 1,619 (34.4% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 3 voters registered as Libertarians or Greens. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 52.7% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 67.9% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,451 votes (66.8% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 1,135 votes (30.9% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 47 votes (1.3% vs. 0.9%), among the 3,668 ballots cast by the borough's 5,065 registered voters, for a turnout of 72.4% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County). In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 2,604 votes (65.9% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 1,273 votes (32.2% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 30 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 3,953 ballots cast by the borough's 5,050 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.3% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County). In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 2,468 votes (64.4% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 1,327 votes (34.6% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 25 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 3,835 ballots cast by the borough's 4,878 registered voters, for a turnout of 78.6% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Democrat Barbara Buono received 50.8% of the vote (1,078 cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 47.9% (1,015 votes), and other candidates with 1.3% (27 votes), among the 2,205 ballots cast by the borough's 4,826 registered voters (85 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 45.7%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 1,682 ballots cast (60.7% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 901 votes (32.5% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 120 votes (4.3% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 7 votes (0.3% vs. 0.5%), among the 2,773 ballots cast by the borough's 4,880 registered voters, yielding a 56.8% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
Leonia is served by its public system and by a number of private schools.
The Leonia Public Schools serve students from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of three schools, had an enrollment of 1,952 students and 170.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Anna C. Scott Elementary School with 663 students in grades Pre-K–5, Leonia Middle School with 533 students in grades 6–8 and Leonia High School with 740 students in grades 9–12. Students from Edgewater attend the district's schools for grades 7–12 as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Edgewater Public Schools.
Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.
St. John the Evangelist School was a Catholic school for students in grades Pre-K–8, operating under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. After 72 years and generations of graduates, it was closed in June 2013.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 23.02 miles (37.05 km) of roadways, of which 19.53 miles (31.43 km) were maintained by the municipality, 1.12 miles (1.80 km) by Bergen County, 1.56 miles (2.51 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 0.81 miles (1.30 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.
Route 93 (Grand Avenue) runs north-south for 1.5 miles (2.4 km) through the center of the borough, connecting Palisades Park and Englewood. Interstate 95 (the New Jersey Turnpike) curves along the borough's northern border while U.S. Route 1/9 and U.S. Route 46 briefly enter along the western border with Fort Lee.
Effective January 22, 2018, Leonia officials banned nonresidents from using residential streets (defined as all streets except Fort Lee Road, Grand Avenue, and Broad Avenue) during rush hours. However, due to complaints from business owners citing decreased revenues, Leonia officials are reconsidering.
NJ Transit bus route 166 provides local and express service from Broad Avenue to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, and route 182 serves the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal, with local service offered on the 751, 755 and 756 routes.
The Northern Branch Corridor Project is a proposal to extend the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to restore passenger train service on the CSX tracks, which offered passenger service decades before and is now used for occasional freight service. NJ Transit's plan would include a station in Leonia.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Leonia include:
- Alan Alda (born 1936), actor
- Arlene Alda (born 1933), photographer and author
- Robert J. Alexander (1918–2010), political activist who studied the trade union movement in Latin America and dissident communist political parties
- Elizabeth Baranger (1927–2019), physicist and academic administrator at the University of Pittsburgh, whose research concerned shell model calculations in nuclear physics
- Freddie Bartholomew (1924–1992), child actor
- Jeff Bell (1943–2018), Republican nominee for U.S. Senate from New Jersey in 2014
- Robert Birmelin (born 1933), figurative painter, printmaker and draughtsman
- Pat Boone (born 1934), singer
- Anthony Bourdain (1956–2018), chef, author and television personality
- Rutherford Boyd (1884–1951), artist
- Verona Burkhard (1910–2004), artist, known for her murals painted for the U.S. Treasury Department
- Brendan A. Burns (1895–1989), U.S. Army major general
- Carolee Carmello (born 1962), actress
- Charles Shepard Chapman (1879–1962), painter best remembered for his landscape of the Grand Canyon at the American Museum of Natural History
- Kathleen Clark, playwright
- Edwin H. Colbert (1905–2001), paleontologist and author
- Dan Colen (born 1979), artist
- Paul Collins (born 1956), rock musician and author, best known for his work in the power pop groups The Nerves and The Beat
- Robin Cook (born 1940), physician and novelist
- Sam Coppola (1932–2012), actor who played hardware store owner 'Dan Fusco' in the 1977 film Saturday Night Fever
- Alexander Dallin (1924–2000), historian, political scientist, and international relations scholar at Columbia University
- John Darrow (1907–1980), actor of the late silent and early talking film eras
- Sammy Davis Jr. (1925–1990), entertainer
- Wm Theodore de Bary (1919–2017), Sinologist and East Asian literary scholar who was a professor and administrator at Columbia University for nearly 70 years
- Priscilla Dean (1896–1987), actress popular in silent film as well as in theatre, with a career spanning two decades
- Dorothy Dinnerstein (1923–1992), feminist activist, author and academic
- Acheson J. Duncan (1904–1995), statistician and authority in quality control
- Harvey Dunn (1884–1952), illustrator
- Gregg Edelman (born 1958), actor
- Emme (born 1963), plus-size supermodel
- Enrico Fermi (1901–1954), Nobel Prize–winning physicist
- Morton Fried (1923–1986), professor of anthropology at Columbia University
- Ralph Fuller (1890–1963), cartoonist best known for his long running comic strip Oaky Doaks
- Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906–1972), Nobel Prize-winning physicist
- Buddy Hackett (1924–2003), comedian
- Marvin Harris (1927–2001), anthropologist
- Richard Howell (born 1955), a freelance comics artist who drew the second series of Marvel Comics' The Vision and the Scarlet Witch, which was primarily set in Leonia
- Toomas Hendrik Ilves (born 1953), President of Estonia
- Phil Jackson (born 1945), basketball coach
- Leland Jacobs (1907–1992), professor emeritus of education who was known for his education in the field of prose and poetry
- Sid Jacobson (1929–1022), comic books writer who was managing editor and editor-in-chief for Harvey Comics
- Albert Journeay (1890–1972), football player who was captain of the Penn Quakers football team in 1914
- Marshall Kay (1904–1975), geologist and professor at Columbia University
- Marvin Kitman (1929–2023), television critic, humorist, and author
- Bob Klapisch, sportswriter
- David Klass, screenwriter and novelist
- Perri Klass, pediatrician and writer who has published extensively about her medical training and pediatric practice
- Dick Kryhoski (1925–2007), first baseman who played in Major League Baseball for five different teams between 1949 and 1955
- George Lefferts (1921–2018), writer, producer, playwright, poet, and director
- Harold Lehman (1913-2006), artist known for his Post-Surrealist paintings, work with the Mexican muralist, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and mural artist who created murals for the WPA at Rikers Island Penitentiary and the Renovo, Pennsylvania, post office.
- Willard Libby (1908–1980), Nobel Prize–winning scientist who played a lead role in the development of radiocarbon dating
- Robert Ludlum (1927–2001), author
- Philip Maneval (born 1956), composer
- David Mansfield (born 1956), stringed-instrument musician and composer
- Vera Maxwell (1901–1995), fashion designer
- John C. McCloy (1876–1945), sailor twice awarded the Medal of Honor
- Bob McFadden (1923–2000), voiceover actor
- Boris Moishezon (1937–1993), mathematician
- J. Vreeland Moore (1824–1903), brigadier general of the 1st New Jersey Regiment who played a major role in the borough's formation
- Robert F. Murphy (1924–1990), anthropologist
- Norman D. Newell (1909–2005), professor of geology at Columbia University, and chairman and curator of invertebrate paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History
- James Noble (1922–2016), actor
- Christiane Noll (born 1968), singer and actress known for her work in musicals and on the concert stage
- Frank C. Osmers Jr. (1907–1977), represented New Jersey's 9th congressional district from 1939 to 1943 and 1951–1965
- Clara Elsene Peck (1883–1968), illustrator and painter known for her illustrations of women and children in the early 20th century
- Mary Beth Peil (born 1940), actress
- Howard Post (1926–2010), animator, cartoonist, and comic strip and comic book writer-artist, known for his syndicated newspaper comic strip The Dropouts.
- Carmel Quinn (1925–2021), singer
- Lucinda Rosenfeld (born 1969), novelist
- Ben Ryan (1892–1968), songwriter who wrote the music and lyrics to the popular song (The Gang that Sang) Heart of My Heart
- Giorgio Santelli (1897–1985), fencer and fencing master who was part of the Italian team that won the gold medal in Men's team sabre at the 1920 Summer Olympics and was the largest mid-20th century influence in raising the quality and popularity of fencing in the United States
- Warner R. Schilling (1925–2013), political scientist and international relations scholar at Columbia University
- Gene Shalit (born 1926), longtime film critic on network television
- Willa Shalit (born 1955), artist, theatrical and television producer, photographer, author/editor, and social conscious entrepreneur
- Arshavir Shirakian (1900–1973), Armenian writer who was noted for his assassination of Said Halim Pasha and Cemal Azmi as an act of vengeance for their roles in the Armenian genocide
- Ivory Sully (born 1957), NFL football player for Los Angeles Rams and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Al B. Sure! (born 1968), singer, songwriter and producer
- David Syrett (1939–2004), Professor of History at Queens College and researcher and documentary editor on eighteenth-century British naval history and the Battle of the Atlantic during World War II
- Harold Urey (1893–1981), Nobel Prize–winning chemist
- Henry S. Walbridge (1801–1869), member of the United States House of Representatives from New York who served from 1851 to 1852
- Lyndon Woodside (1935–2005), 10th conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York
In popular culture
Leonia briefly served as the home of Scarlet Witch and Vision in several Marvel Comics storylines from the 1980s, mainly in The Vision and the Scarlet Witch series, the second of which was drawn by Leonia resident Richard Howell. This domestic storyline was later loosely adapted in the 2021 TV series WandaVision, although the location was changed to the fictional town of Westview, New Jersey.
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- Cheslow, Jerry."Well-Read, Well-Shaded and Well-Placed", The New York Times, June 15, 1997. Accessed October 18, 2013. "Much later, its residents included five Nobel Prize winners, among them Enrico Fermi, one of the developers of the atomic bomb, and Willard Libby, who discovered radiocarbon dating; Sammy Davis Jr., Pat Boone and Alan Alda, the entertainers, and Robert Ludlum, the author."
- Kuperinsky, Amy. "Alan Alda, longtime N.J. resident, announces Parkinson's diagnosis", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, July 31, 2018. "[Alan Alda] lived with his wife, photographer, clarinetist and writer Arlene Alda, in Leonia for 38 years, from 1963 to 2001."
- Perrone, Fernanda. Inventory to the Papers of Robert Jackson Alexander, Rutgers University Libraries, April 2000. Accessed November 9, 2013. "Robert Jackson Alexander was born on November 26, 1918 in Canton, Ohio. He was the son of Ralph S. Alexander, an instructor and graduate student in economics, and Ruth Jackson Alexander. In 1922, the family moved to Leonia, New Jersey, five miles from New York City where R.S. Alexander had attained a teaching position at Columbia."
- Carpenter, Mackenzie. "Newsmaker: Elizabeth Baranger / Pioneering woman professor at Pitt shuns spotlight", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 31, 2004. Accessed January 6, 2021. "Baranger, the daughter of Nobel-Prize winning physicist Harold Urey, spent much of her childhood in Leonia, N.J. watching members of the secretive Manhattan Project -- the developers of the nuclear bomb -- come and go at her house."
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- Friedmann, Matt. "Jeff Bell, Republican U.S. Senate candidate from 1978, wants to challenge Booker", The Star-Ledger, February 4, 2014. Accessed August 13, 2014. "Bell, a 70-year-old conservative policy wonk who has lived in northern Virginia for the last 31 years, rented a home in Leonia today and said he plans to seek the state's Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) in November."
- DiFulco, Pasquale. "Colorful mural by Robert Birmelin recalls Paterson's rich history", Herald News, January 12, 1992. Accessed May 1, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "But long before the Leonia resident was garnering grants and fellowships, he painted mini-portraits on cardboard."
- Staff. "Kings for A Day", The Boston Globe, June 16, 1958. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Singer Pat Boone and family leave Leonia, NJ home for church. Front, Cherry, 3 1/2; Debbie, 1 1/2, and Linda, 2 1/2."
- Mack, Patricia. "The Cook, The Thief...", The Record, October 25, 2000. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Anthony Bourdain, the Leonia native with the French-sounding name, took a leave from his job as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York City."
- Almenas, Maxim. "Saying goodbye to David Boyd", The Record, March 4, 2010. Accessed January 3, 2012. "The tours usually ended at 112 Prospect St. — not just because it was Boyd's home, but because it's the oldest standing house in the entire Borough, built in 1760. Many Leonians have ventured to see the home, which is on the National Register of Historic Sites. 'His dad, Rutherford [Boyd], a prominent artist, was attracted to the area because of the network of artists that congregated here,' said son-in-law Bill Ziegler, referring to a time when Leonia was a thriving artist colony. 'He saw the property as he was walking through town one day and decided right then and there to buy it [in 1916].'"
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- Kovinick, Phil; and Yoshiki-Kovinick, Marian. An encyclopedia of women artists of the American West, p. 35. University of Texas Press, 1998. Accessed May 11, 2017. "Later, during the depression of the 1930s and after, while living in Leonia, NJ (c. 1930 - c. 1936), Tenafly, NJ (c. 1936 - c. 1938), and New York (c. 1938 - 1949), she made great strides as an artist."
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- Beckerman, Jim. "Playing Strong-Willed Women", The Record, March 31, 2002. Accessed May 27, 2008. "After starring in such New York shows as Kiss Me Kate, 1776, Parade, and City of Angels, Leonia resident Carolee Carmello wanted to do something closer to home."
- Staff. "Charles S. Chapman, 83, Prize-Winning Artist, Dies", The New York Times, December 17, 1962. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Leonia, N.Y., [sic] Dec. 16 - Charles Shepard Chapman, an artist, teacher and academician of the American Academy of Design, died yesterday at his home on 156 Sylvan Avenue where he had lived and worked for 50 years."
- Aranda, Melinda Dean; and Karels, Carol. "Leonia Lives: Kathleen Clark's world is on the stage" Archived 2017-03-23 at the Wayback Machine, Leonia Life, July 17, 2015. Accessed March 22, 2017. "Kathleen 'Kate' Clark is a playwright whose plays have been produced in New York, off-Broadway and all over the U.S. She and her theater producer husband Richard Frankel have lived in Leonia for 21 years.... We moved here in 1994, during Leonia's Centennial."
- Staff. "A New Species of Small Dinosaur Reported Found by Yale Curator", The New York Times, December 4, 1964. Accessed November 10, 2012. "Dr. Edwin H. Colbert, chairman of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the American of Natural History, said tonight at his home in Leonia, N. J., that Dr. Ostrom's report was 'a very good one.'"
- Elliot, Ann Brimacombe. Charming the Bones: A Portrait of Margaret Matthew Colbert. Kent State University Press, 2000. ISBN 0873386485. pp. 68–71. "Ned started to house hunt in Leonia. It took him several visits, but eventually he found a three-bedroom house on High Street for which the landlord was asking a monthly rent of fifty dollars."
- Haramis, Nick. "Everything & Nothing: Dan Colen Reveals There Are Two Sides to Every Story" Archived 2010-12-23 at the Wayback Machine, BlackBook, October 1, 2010. Accessed March 31, 2011."The 31-year-old artist was born in Leonia, New Jersey, where, as a teenager, he befriended photographer Ryan McGinley at their local skate park."
- Whitney Biennial 2006 - Artists, Whitney Museum of Art. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Born 1979, Leonia, New Jersey; lives in New York, New York"
- Coyote, Ginger. "Paul Collins: He's Got The Beat", Punk Globe. Accessed March 25, 2021. "Punk Globe: Tell us a bit about your musical background? Paul Collins: I had a band in Leonia the town I lived in before I moved into NY, it was my first band and we played original songs, the band was called Home Grown and the only song I remember was 'I Lost My Body'."
- Fabrikant, Geraldine. "Talking Money With: Dr. Robin Cook; Prescription: Real Estate, And Lots of It", The New York Times, January 21, 1996. Accessed November 10, 2012. "Dr. Cook's fascination with real estate goes back to his childhood. He grew up in Queens, the son of an art director at an advertising agency who bought a photostat business. Money was usually tight, he said, though by the time he was 8 years old, the family had 'nudged its way into the middle class' and moved to Leonia, N.J."
- Levin, Jay. "Sam Coppola, actor in films, TV, theater", The Record, February 7, 2012. Accessed November 9, 2013. "Character actor Sam Coppola of Leonia, who gave John Travolta sage but salty advice in the 1977 film classic Saturday Night Fever, died Sunday."
- Who's Who in America 1966–1967 34th edition, Marquis Who's Who (Chicago, 1966), p. 490. "Home: ... Park Av., Leonia, N.J."
- Phillips, Brent. Charles Walters: The Director Who Made Hollywood Dance, p. 28. University Press of Kentucky, 2014. ISBN 9780813147239. Accessed May 16, 2016. ""A former movie actor, Darrow was an imposing presence.... Seven years Chuck's senior, he was born Henry L. Simpson on July 14, 1904, in Leonia, New Jersey."
- Martin, Douglas. "Wm. Theodore de Bary, Renowned Columbia Sinologist, Dies at 97", The New York Times, July 17, 2017. Accessed July 17, 2017. "He grew up in Leonia, N.J., a town — directly across the Hudson River from the university campus — that was a favorite place of residence for many Columbia faculty members and employees."
- Staff. "Priscilla Dean; Screen Actress of Silent Films", Los Angeles Times, February 6, 1988. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Priscilla Dean, considered one of the best of the silent screen actresses, has died at her home in Leonia, a small New Jersey town she retired to more than 50 years ago."
- Staff. "Dorothy Dinnerstein; Feminist Writer Was 69", The New York Times, December 19, 1992. Accessed November 7, 2018. "Dr. Dorothy Dinnerstein, a feminist author and professor emeritus of psychology at Rutgers University-Newark, died on Thursday in Englewood, N.J. She was 69 and lived in Leonia."
- Duncan (Acheson J.) 1904–1994 Papers (1936–1985) Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University. Accessed November 9, 2013. "Acheson J. Duncan was born September 24, 1904 in Leonia, New Jersey."
- Feldberg, Robert. "My oh my oh, he's come a ways", The Record, November 23, 2003. Accessed March 31, 2011. "When it was announced Gregg Edelman would be in the cast of the Broadway production of Wonderful Town - which opens tonight at the Al Hirschfeld Theater - it hardly registered as a surprise. That's because Edelman, who lives with his family in Leonia, is a hardy perennial on Broadway."
- "High School Girls Get The Big Picture On Modeling", The Record, September 12, 1997. "Emme, the world's leading full-figured model and a resident of Leonia, was the star..."
- Staff. "Emme", People, May 9, 1994. Accessed February 7, 2018. "Emme sometimes lectures at high schools near her Leonia, N.J., home. Her message: 'Don’t kill yourself trying to change your body. Change the way you think about your body.'"
- Strauss, Robert. "Somebody Big Slept Here", The New York Times, March 28, 2004. Accessed March 30, 2011. "From 1940 to 1946, the nuclear physics pioneer Enrico Fermi (and winner of a Nobel Prize) lived at 382 Summit Avenue in Leonia. For the past 24 years, George and Jean Flynn, who both teach at Columbia University, as did Fermi, have lived in the house. Though they have lived there four times longer than the Fermis, they are still comfortable with it being called the Fermi House in the neighborhood. "
- Staff. "3 Nobel Winners for Town", The New York Times, November 4, 1960. Accessed March 30, 2011.
- Staff. "Dr. Morton Fried, 63, Anthropology Teacher", The New York Times, December 20, 1986. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Dr. Morton H. Fried, a professor of anthropology at Columbia University, died of cardiac arrest Thursday night at his home in Leonia, N.J."
- Mattingly, Paul H. Suburban Landscapes: Culture and Politics in a New York Metropolitan Community, p. 228. Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001. ISBN 9780801866807. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Ralph Fuller, one of the mainstays of the Leonia artist colony during the interwar years, was the creator of the highly successful nationally syndicated comic strip, Oaky Doaks."
- McGrayne, Sharon Bertsch (1998). Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous Discoveries (Second ed.). Washington, DC: Joseph Henry Press. pp. 190–193. Excerpt can also be seen as this attachment to a Report to the Historical Resources Board of the City of San Diego, August 18, 2016. "Soon after the invasion of Poland in the winter of 1939–1940, the Mayers moved to a modest clapboard house in Leonia, New Jersey, twenty minutes from Columbia. There they formed a little colony of past and future Nobel Prize winners, including the Fermis, the Ureys and a few years later the Willard Libbys."
- Staff. "Comedian Buys Home; Buddy Hackett New Owner of Anastasia House in Fort Lee", The New York Times, August 30, 1958. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Mr. Hackett lives at 581 Nordhoff Drive, Leonia."
- Marvin Harris Archived 2006-12-07 at the Wayback Machine, Cultural Materialism. Accessed May 27, 2008. "Throughout the 1960s and 1970s Harris and his family lived in Leonia, New Jersey, which borders Fort Lee, right across the Hudson River from upper Manhattan."
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- Jackson, Herb. "From Estonia to Leonia" Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine, The Record, April 23, 2008. Accessed March 30, 2011. Copy of article at the official website of the President of Estonia. "Leonia High School helped make the Baltic Sea nation of Estonia one of the most Internet-reliant in the world, Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves says. How? By including Ilves, who grew up in Leonia, in an experimental four-year math program that featured computer programming."
- Adamek, Steve; and Iannazzone, Al. "Lakers Notebook", The Record, June 5, 2002. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Phil Jackson's memories of New Jersey are fond and forgetful. He finished his playing career with the Nets when they played their home games at Rutgers, about an hour trip from where he lived in Leonia."
- Saxon, Wolfgang. "Dr. Leland Jacobs, 85, Educator And Columbia Professor Emeritus", The New York Times, April 7, 1992. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Dr. Leland B. Jacobs, a professor of education emeritus at Teachers College, Columbia University, who was known nationally for his concepts of teaching literature to the very young, died on Saturday at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital. He was 85 years old and lived in Leonia, N.J."
- "SIDNEY JACOBSON OBITUARY". legacy.com. July 25, 2022. Retrieved August 1, 2022.
Playing catch in front of the house in Leonia. Dad taught me how to throw a curve.
- "Famous Football Captains of 1914", Baseball Magazine, December 1914, archived by LA84 Foundation. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Mr. Journeay was born at Piermont, N. Y., and resides at Leonia, N.J. He is 22 years old, six feet tall, and weighs 182 pounds. When he graduates, he expects to enter the manufacturing business."
- Distinguished Alumni Awards: Dr. G. Marshall Kay, 24BS, 25MS, University of Iowa Alumni Association. Accessed May 16, 2016. "G. Marshall Kay, of Leonia, New Jersey, Newberry Professor of Geology at Columbia University, was educated in Iowa City, receiving his BS degree in 1924 and the MS degree in 1925."
- Klapisch, Bob. "Leonia's Marvin Kitman recalls his days as a media critic" The Record. November 11, 2013. "Even though Kitman has been a Leonia resident since 1961 ..."
- Bob Klapisch profile, The Record. Accessed July 14, 2007. "Robert Salvador Klapisch was born in New York City and grew up in Leonia. He is a graduate of Leonia H.S., where he played baseball, and Columbia University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science."
- Gallo, Donald R. Ultimate Sports, p. 298. Random House Children's Books, 2009. ISBN 9780307568434. Accessed May 16, 2016. "As a teenager David Klass played baseball and soccer at Leonia Public High School and went on to do the same at Yale University, from which he graduated."
- Neuhaus, Cable. "A Touch of Klass Is All It Takes to Be a Successful Author, Mom and Med Student at the Same Time", People, November 18, 1985. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Klass' childhood in Leonia, N.J. prepared her well for her dual career."
- Levin, Jay. "Dick Kryhoski, 82; Leonia's man in Yankee pinstripes", The Record, April 19, 2007. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Exactly 16,477 men have played major-league baseball as of this week, according to Baseball-Reference.com. Just one of them — Dick Kryhoski — came from Leonia."
- Levin, Jay. "Their lives made ours a little richer", The Record, January 1, 2008, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 19, 2008. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Dick Kryhoski, 82, on April 10. The only Leonia native to make it to the big leagues, Kryhoski played first base for the world champion '49 Yankees."
- Kuperinsky, Amy. "A celebration of old-time radio signs off for good", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 20, 2011. Accessed May 29, 2023. "George Lefferts, 90, of Leonia, wrote for radio before going on to work in TV."
- Rourke, Mary. "Harold Lehman, 92; Influential Muralist, Active Artist in the Post-Surrealist Movement", Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2006. Accessed January 30, 2023. "He died of natural causes in his home in Leonia, N.J., according to Roger van Oosten, a friend."
- Klemsrud, Judy. "Behind the Best Sellers: Robert Ludlum", The New York Times, July 10, 1977. Accessed March 30, 2011. "He writes for six or seven hours in an office in his house in Leonia."
- Philip Maneval Archived 2008-06-17 at the Wayback Machine, Theodore Presser Company. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Born in Leonia, in northern New Jersey, Mr. Maneval received a Master of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied composition with Richard Wernick, George Crumb and George Rochberg."
- Gray, Michael. The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, p. 449. Continuum, 2006. ISBN 0-8264-6933-7. Accessed February 16, 2012. "Mansfield, David [c. 1956 –] David Mansfield is very coy about his birth date but he was born around 1956 in Leonia, New Jersey, where he grew up to be a multi-instrumentalist, playing mostly violin, mandolin and guitar."
- Jackson, Kenneth T.; Markoe, Karen; and Markoe, Arnie. The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives: 1994-1996, p. 352. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2000. ISBN 0-684-80644-4. Accessed September 19, 2011. "She attended Leonia High School in New Jersey for one year, then entered the Metropolitan Opera School of Ballet in New York City."
- Staff. "John M'cloy Won Two Honor Medals; Retired Naval Hero Dies in Jersey--Cited for Deeds in China, at Vera Cruz Served on U.S.S. Newark In North Sea Patrol", The New York Times, May 26, 1945. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Leonia, N.J., May 25--Lieut. Comdr. John McCloy, USN, retired, one of the few men to win two Congressional Medals of Honor, and a holder also of the Navy Cross, was found dead in bed today by his housekeeper at his home here."
- Morley, Hugh R. "Robert `Bob' Mcfadden; Voice Of Tv Commercials", The Record, January 10, 2000. Accessed March 31, 2011. "Robert 'Bob' McFadden, a former Leonia resident and show business stalwart who made his name doing radio and television voice-overs and impressions of famous people, died Friday, his family said. He was 76."
- Saxon, Wolfgang. "Boris G. Moishezon, Columbia Professor Of Math, Dies at 55", The New York Times, August 27, 1993. Accessed September 13, 2011. "Boris G. Moishezon, a mathematics professor at Columbia University who defected from the Soviet Union in 1972 and came to the United States five years later, died Wednesday. He was 55 and lived in Leonia, N.J. Dr. Moishezon had a heart attack while jogging and was pronounced dead in Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, N.J., said his wife, Natalia."
- Staff. "Gen. J. Vreeland Moore Dead.; First Colonel of the Old Second New Jersey Regiment--Long in the National Guard.", The New York Times, July 9, 1903. Accessed November 9, 2013. "J. Vreeland Moore died yesterday at Leonia, in his seventy-ninth year. He had been ill about three weeks."
- Narvaez, Alfonso A. "Robert F. Murphy, 66, Professor Of Anthropology and an Author", The New York Times, October 11, 1990. Accessed May 9, 2012. "Robert Francis Murphy, a professor of anthropology at Columbia University, died on Monday at his home in Leonia, N.J."
- Pearce, Jeremy. "Norman Newell, 96, Scientist Who Studied Dying Species, Has Died", The New York Times, April 23, 2005. Accessed May 10, 2012. "Dr. Norman D. Newell, an influential paleontologist who challenged opponents of evolutionary theory and helped shape theories explaining the mass extinctions of species, died on Monday at his home in Leonia, N.J., his family said. He was 96."
- Staff. "James Noble: A Relaxed and Clever Actor", The Daily Union Democrat, February 27, 1980. Accessed May 12, 2016. "But the family still is in the process of becoming accustomed to living in California after moving from their permanent home in Leonia, N.J., which they've rented out."
- Filichia, Peter. "N.J. Stage; Actress singing for joy at the Paper Mill.", The Star-Ledger, April 14, 2000. p. 23. "For Christiane Noll, performing in the Paper Mill Playhouse production of 'The Student Prince' is a homecoming beyond the usual definition. Growing up in Bergen County, she played Mrs. Barnum in a Leonia Middle School production of Barnum and was a Jet girl in a Leonia High School staging of West Side Story."
- Spelling, Ian. "Not Afraid of the Stage: Christiane Noll, former Leonia resident, is the Consummate Professional" Archived 2010-12-22 at the Wayback Machine, (201) magazine, May 1, 2010. Accessed March 30, 2011. "'Leonia was a wonderful little town. They always call it a bedroom community; lots of professionals, artists, teachers and musicians. A lot of the people work in New York City, but want a small-town atmosphere and a house with a yard and trees.'"
- Frank Charles Osmers Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed June 24, 2007.
- Kaufman, Joanne. "An Actress at Home on the Upper West Side", The New York Times, December 2, 2016. Accessed August 4, 2022. "The minute she was divorced, the actress Mary Beth Peil high-tailed it out of Leonia, N.J., where she had raised her two children, and hit the reset button, first renting a one-bedroom apartment on the ground floor of a carriage house in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, then, a year later, in 1994, buying a similar unit on the fourth floor."
- Via Associated Press. "Howard Post, comic strip artist from Leonia, dies at 83", The Record, May 25, 2010. Accessed August 4, 2022. "She said he drew much of his inspiration from things that happened around their house in Leonia, which was frequented by artists and musicians."
- Roura, Phil. "Carmel Quinn Hits The Eire Notes", New York Daily News, March 15, 1998. Accessed March 30, 2011. "Separated from her husband for the last 23 years, Quinn lives quietly in her suburban Leonia home 'The first and only house I've lived in since coming to America.'"
- Connor, Erinn. "Leonia native explores the delicate relationship between three sisters in The Pretty One", The Record, February 4, 2013. Accessed February 4, 2013. "Q. What was it like growing up in Leonia? [A] I had a pretty happy childhood, based on my memories."
- via Associated Press. "Ben Ryan, Noted Song Writer, Dies In Jersey", The Indianapolis Star, July 7, 1968. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Leonia, N.J. (AP) Song writer and vaudeville performer Ben Ryan, who wrote 'Inka Dinka Doo' for Jimmy Durante, died Friday at his home here after a long illness."
- Staff. "Giorgio Santelli, 87, Ex-Fencing Coach Of U.S. Olympians", The New York Times, October 11, 1985. Accessed February 7, 2018. "Giorgio Santelli, a former United States Olympic fencing team coach and one of the most respected fencing masters in the world, died Tuesday in Teaneck, N.J. He was 87 years old.... Mr. Santelli, who lived in Leonia, N.J., is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters, Donatella Czekus of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Andrea of Massachusetts; a son, John, of Englewood, and one grandchild."
- "Leonia man wins chair at Columbia", The Record, November 9, 1973, p. C2. "Warner R. Schilling of ... Park Ave. has been named James T. Shotwell Professor of International Relations at Columbia University."
- "Obituary: Werner R. Schilling", The New York Times, October 25, 2013. Accessed February 7, 2018. "Schilling--Warner R., died October 20, 2013, at age 88 at Englewood Hospital, Englewood, NJ. A long-time resident of Leonia, NJ, he grew up in the greater St. Louis area"
- The Publishers Weekly, Volume 184, p. 117. Accessed December 28, 2017. "Gene Shalit, who reviews books for children in the December issue of McCall's, will write a similar roundup for a spring issue, covering books issued Dec. 1, 1963- June 15, 1964. Review copies, galleys, illustrations, jackets should be sent to him at 139 Longview Ave., Leonia, N.J., not later than Jan. 17."
- Kahn, Toby. "Gene Shalit's Daughter Willa Has Casts of Characters Ranging from Brooke Shields to President Reagan", People, February 10, 1986. Accessed December 28, 2017. "Even as a young girl growing up in Leonia, N.J., Willa was fascinated with faces."
- "Shiragian, 73, Dies; An Armenian Hero", The New York Times, April 16, 1973. Accessed October 17, 2020. "Leonia, N. J., April 15—Arshavir Shiragian, a retired dealer in Oriental rugs, who, as a young man, killed three prominent Turks in reprisal for the massacre of Armenians in World War I, died Thursday ill Englewood Hospital. He was 73 years old and lived at 530 Grandview Terrace."
- Staff. "Pro football", The Record, September 14, 2003. Accessed May 16, 2016. "DB Ivory Sully: Defensive back from Leonia and Delaware played for the Rams from 1979-84 after making the team as a free agent."
- Staff. "UD Announces Star-Studded Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Class", WBOC-TV, October 1, 2009. Accessed January 3, 2012. "An elusive running back for head coach Tubby Raymond's powerhouse Blue Hen football teams in 1976-78, Ivory Sully followed a spectacular college career at UD with a solid nine-year tenure in the National Football League that included playing in Super Bowl XIX. A native of Leonia, N.J., Ivory was a three-year standout in the UD backfield..."
- Holden, Stephen. "The Pop Life", The New York Times, October 31, 1990. Accessed January 3, 2012. "The singer, who lives in northern New Jersey, was born in Boston, lived in Leonia, N.J., for several years, then moved to Goshen, N.Y., and went to high school in Mount Vernon, N.Y."
- "David Syrett: Obituary", The Record, October 22, 2004. Accessed May 16, 2016.
- "Walbridge, Henry Sanford, (1801 - 1869)", Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed November 9, 2013.
- Kozinn, Allan. "Lyndon Woodside, 70, Leader Of Oratorio Society, Is Dead", The New York Times, August 26, 2005. Accessed November 7, 2018. "Lyndon Woodside, a choral conductor who for more than three decades led one of New York City's oldest and largest choruses, the Oratorio Society of New York, died on Tuesday in Englewood, N.J. He was 70 and lived in Leonia, N.J."
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