Lyndhurst, New Jersey
|Lyndhurst, New Jersey|
|Township of Lyndhurst|
|New Jersey Meadowlands.|
|Coordinates: Coordinates: 12|
|Incorporated||May 15, 1917|
|• Type||Walsh Act|
|• Mayor||Robert B. Giangeruso (term ends May 17, 2013)3|
|• Clerk||Helen Polito4|
|• Total||4.894 sq mi (12.676 km2)|
|• Land||4.558 sq mi (11.806 km2)|
|• Water||0.336 sq mi (0.870 km2) 6.86%|
|Area rank||279th of 566 in state
15th of 70 in county2
|Elevation6||10 ft (3 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)789|
|• Estimate (201210)||21,223|
|• Rank||126th of 566 in state
13th of 70 in county11
|• Density||4,509.3/sq mi (1,741.1/km2)|
|• Density rank||128th of 566 in state
32nd of 70 in county11
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0882225172|
Lyndhurst is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 20,554,789 reflecting an increase of 1,171 (+6.0%) from the 19,383 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,121 (+6.1%) from the 18,262 counted in the 1990 Census.18
Lyndhurst was originally formed as Union Township on February 19, 1852, from portions of Harrison Township. While it was still Union Township, portions of territory were taken to form Rutherford (as of September 21, 1881), Boiling Springs (April 17, 1889; now known as East Rutherford) and North Arlington (March 11, 1896). On May 15, 1917, the area was reincorporated by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature as the Township of Lyndhurst, based on the results of a referendum held one week earlier.19
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Government
- 4 Education
- 5 Emergency services
- 6 Transportation
- 7 Economy
- 8 Kingsland explosion
- 9 Sports and recreation
- 10 Notable people
- 11 Historic sites
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Lyndhurst is located at United States Census Bureau, the township had a total area of 4.894 square miles (12.676 km2), of which, 4.558 square miles (11.806 km2) of it is land and 0.336 square miles (0.870 km2) of it (6.86%) is water.12(40.798004,-74.11325). According to the
The Passaic River, crossed by the Avondale Bridge and the Lyndhurst Draw, creates the municipal and county border at the west. The eastern portion of the municipality is part of the uninhabited wetlands in the New Jersey Meadowlands.
|Population sources: 1860-192020
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* = Lost territory in previous decade.19
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 20,554 people, 8,337 households, and 5,394 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,509.3 inhabitants per square mile (1,741.1 /km2). There were 8,787 housing units at an average density of 1,927.7 per square mile (744.3 /km2). The racial makeup of the township was 82.97% (17,053) White, 1.98% (406) Black or African American, 0.17% (34) Native American, 6.59% (1,355) Asian, 0.03% (6) Pacific Islander, 5.57% (1,144) from other races, and 2.71% (556) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.34% (3,769) of the population.7
There were 8,337 households of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.3% were non-families. 28.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.07.7
In the township, 18.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 30.2% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.3 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.7
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $68,177 (with a margin of error of +/- $6,370) and the median family income was $79,579 (+/- $4,878). Males had a median income of $56,299 (+/- $6,347) versus $44,468 (+/- $2,406) for females. The per capita income for the township was $34,233 (+/- $2,119). About 3.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.6% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.30
As of the 2000 United States Census15 there were 19,383 people, 7,877 households, and 5,206 families residing in the township. The population density was 4,169.7 people per square mile (1,609.4/km2). There were 8,103 housing units at an average density of 1,743.1 per square mile (672.8/km2). The racial makeup of the township was 89.94% White, 9.0% Hispanic or Latino, 5.40% Asian, 0.61% African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.95% from two or more races, and 2.05% from other races.2829
As of the 2000 Census, 33.8% of township residents were of Italian ancestry, the 19th-highest percentage of any municipality in the United States, and eighth-highest in New Jersey, among all places with more than 1,000 residents identifying their ancestry.32
There were 7,877 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.06.2829
In the township the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.2 males. Lyndhurst has the highest proportion of single females ages 18–25.2829
The median income for a household in the township was $53,375, and the median income for a family was $63,758. Males had a median income of $42,359 versus $35,429 for females. The per capita income for the township was $25,940. About 2.8% of families and 4.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.2829
The Township of Lyndhurst has been governed under the Walsh Act form of New Jersey municipal government since 1913.33 All committee members are elected concurrently at-large on a partisan basis to four-year terms of office, with the five members selecting a mayor from amongst its members after each election.5
As of 2013[update], members of the Township Committee are Mayor Robert B. Giangeruso (Commissioner of Public Safety), Thomas DiMaggio (Commissioner of Parks and Public Property), Theodore J. Dudek (Commissioner of Revenue and Finance), John J. Montillo, Jr. (Commissioner of Public Affairs) and Matthew T. Ruzzo (Commissioner of Public Works), all of whom are serving concurrent terms of office that end in May 2017.3435364
New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson).40 New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark; took office on October 31, 2013, after winning a special election to fill the seat of Frank Lautenberg)4142 and Bob Menendez (D, North Bergen).4344
The 36th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Paul Sarlo (D, Wood-Ridge) and in the General Assembly by Marlene Caride (D, Ridgefield) and Gary Schaer (D], Passaic).45 The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).46 The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).47
Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders.48 The County Executive is Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford; term ends December 31, 2014).49 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.50 As of 2013[update], Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairman David L. Ganz (D, 2014; Fair Lawn),51 Vice Chairwoman Joan Voss (D, 2014; Fort Lee),52 Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice (R, 2013; River Edge),53 Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2013; Franklin Lakes),54 John D. Mitchell (R, 2013; Cliffside Park),55 Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; North Arlington)56 and Tracy Silna Zur (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes).5657 Countywide constitutional officials are Sheriff Michael Saudino (R), Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale).58
As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 10,799 registered voters. Of registered voters, 3,181 (29.5% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 2,290 (21.2%) were registered as Republicans and 5,323 (49.3%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were five voters registered to other parties.59
In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 50.0% of the vote here (4,332 ballots cast), ahead of Democrat Barack Obama, who received 48.7% of the vote (4,225 ballots), with 80.6% of registered voters participating.59 In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 50.5% of the vote in Lyndhurst (4,346 cast), ahead of Democrat John Kerry, who received around 48.3% (4,163 votes), with 8,612 ballots cast among the township's 11,721 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.5%.60
The Lyndhurst School District serves students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics61) are six elementary schools — Columbus School62 (grades K-3; 133 students), Franklin School63 (K-3; 240), Jefferson School64 (4-8; 279), Lincoln School65 (4-8; 277), Roosevelt School66 (4-8; 444) and Washington School67 (K-3; 265) — along with Lyndhurst High School68 (9-12; 693).69
Founded in 1956, Sacred Heart School is a Catholic elementary school serving students in Kindergarten through eighth grade that operates under the auspices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.7071
The Lyndhurst Police Department (LPD) provides emergency and protective services to the township of Lyndhurst, and is led by Chief James B. O'Connor.72 The LPD was established on January 1, 1907, under the laws of Union Township. The department has lost four officers in the line of duty; which is higher than any other municipality in Bergen County.73
A Police Auxiliary Unit falls under the Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management. The Police Auxiliary members augment the services of the Police Department, with participants required to dedicate at least 16 hours a month for patrols on weekends, evenings and at township events and functions.74
The Lyndhurst Fire Department (LFD) is an all-volunteer fire department. The LFD was organized in February 1886. The department is staffed by 70 fully trained firefighters and responds to an average of 600 calls per year.75
The township of Lyndhurst runs both a volunteer and paid ambulance service. Residents can depend on the Lyndhurst Police Emergency Squad for emergency services. The volunteers respond to medical calls from 6pm to 6am Monday through Friday and on a 24-hour basis on weekends, while the paid division is staffed from 6am-6pm during the week.76
New Jersey Transit has two train stations in Lyndhurst, located at Lyndhurst Station77 and Kingsland Station.78 Trains at both stations operate on the Main Line to Hoboken Terminal, with transfers available at Secaucus Junction to New York Penn Station, Newark Penn Station, and Newark Airport, with transfers at Hoboken to PATH trains, Hudson Bergen Light Rail, and New York Waterway ferries.79 The trains travel over the Lyndhurst Draw, a railroad bridge crossing the Passaic River between Clifton and Lyndhurst that was constructed in 1901 and is owned and operated by New Jersey Transit Rail Operations.80
New Jersey Transit offers buses serving Newark on the 76 route and to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan on the 191, 192, 193 and 195 routes.81 Lyndhurst is also served by DeCamp Bus Lines routes 32, 44 and 99.82
Route 17 and County Route 507 pass through Lyndhurst. Route 3 is just over the northern border of Lyndhurst in neighboring Rutherford. Also, Route 21 is across the Passaic River in neighboring Nutley and Clifton.
The Avondale-DeJessa Bridge, which connects Lyndhurst and Nutley over the Passaic River with one lane in each direction, carries more than 26,000 vehicles a day, and is among 22 bridges in Bergen County that have been classified as "structurally deficient".84
Lyndhurst was historically a producer of machinery and metal products.
Lyndhurst is also home to several locally owned and operated businesses such as Mazur's Bakery85 and the Lyndhurst Pastry Shop, which produces regionally acclaimed Italian cakes and pastries, homemade Italian Ice during the spring, summer and fall. The main business sections are Valley Brook Avenue, Ridge Road and Stuyvesant Avenue. Lyndhurst has many neighborhood delis, eateries, restaurants and stores which allow residents the ability to walk rather than drive.
Because portions of the township are located in the New Jersey Meadowlands, a number of radio stations have their transmitters and towers located in Lyndhurst. These include AM stations WOR and WINS, as well as Amateur Radio and HD TV station W2INS.86
Lyndhurst Meadowlands is home to one of nine Medieval Times dinner theaters.
Lyndhurst, together with North Arlington and Rutherford, was the site of the EnCap project, an effort to remediate landfills on the 785-acre (3.18 km2) site and construct homes and golf courses on top of the cleaned up site. On May 27, 2008, the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission terminated its agreement with EnCap Golf Holdings, the company that had the contract to redevelop the site, after the company had missed targets to clean up the landfills as part of the project.87
From 1946 until 1966, Lyndhurst was home to the BUR Barbell Company, the second-largest producer of weight training equipment in the United States.
On January 11, 1917, a fire started in Building 30 of the Canadian Car and Foundry Company, in what is now Lyndhurst, in a plant that was producing munitions for sale to the United Kingdom and the Russian Empire during World War I. After a spill of flammable liquid started a fire in a building where shells were cleaned, about 500,000, three-inch (76 mm) explosive shells were discharged in about four hours, destroying the entire facility.89 It was said to have been a spectacle more magnificent than the explosion at Black Tom in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Tessie McNamara, who operated the company switchboard, was credited with saving 1,400 lives, contacting each of the buildings and shouting the warning, "Get out or go up!" Thanks to her dedication, no one was killed in the fire.90 The Lyndhurst Historical Society has created a vest pocket park dedicated to the memory of McNamara.91 The park is located on Clay Avenue, between Valley Brook Avenue and Wall Street West. The brick stack can be seen from this park.
Town Mascot & Names: Lyndhurst Golden Bears/Lyndhurst Post 139/Lyndhurst Cubs/Lyndhurst Bulldogs
American Legion, Cricket, Lyndhurst Florist, Hild Landscaping, and Stellatos make up the Lyndhurst-American Little League Baseball club. Amvets Post 20, Bergen County Glass, Century 21, Elks Club, I.A.C.L, and Savinos make up the Lyndhurst-National Little League Baseball club.92
On July 14, 2006, the Lyndhurst-American Little League baseball team ended their 17-year drought to become district champs. Throughout the nine district play-off games, Lyndhurst-American hit 14 home runs and eventually emerged as sectional finalists; two wins away from appearing on national television.93
Lyndhurst Youth Soccer has approximately 600 players from age 5 to age 13 and several travel teams.94
Notable current and former residents of Lyndhurst include:
- Michael Bell (born 1971), artist known for his infamous portrait clientele, which includes the late John Gotti and numerous actors from The Sopranos.95
- Victor Cruz (born 1986), wide receiver who has played for the New York Giants.96
- Evoken, funeral Doom Metal band, which is credited as one of the first bands in America to play that style of metal.citation needed
- Wayne Johnsen (born 1977), professional boxer who appeared on the reality television series The Contender 3.97
- Lou Monte (1917–1989), singer best known for a number of best-selling, Italian-themed novelty records which he recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s.98
- Chico Resch (born 1948), hockey sportscaster who played goalie in the NHL for the New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils.99
- Jim Tooey (born 1954), actor.100
- Johnny Weir (born 1984), figure skater.101
- River Road School - 400 Riverside Avenue (added 1977)
- Jacob W. Van Winkle House - 316 Riverside Avenue (added 1983)
- Jeremiah J. Yeareance House - 410 Riverside Avenue (added 1986)
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- DiLeo, Frank. "Pawel Wolak looked confident and strong from the start", Daily Record (Morristown), August 20, 2005. Accessed September 6, 2011. "Wayne Johnsen continued his destruction of light heavyweight contenders Friday. The Lyndhurst native earned his ninth career victory with a six-round unanimous decision over Dhafir Smith. The former football star at St Mary's in Rutherford was spectacular against Smith controlling the bout with his nasty right cross for the victory."
- "Shining Stars", Chicago Daily Tribune, January 26, 1957. Accessed August 1, 2007. "LOU MONTE began playing the ukelele and singing at the age of seven when he lived with his five brothers and sisters and his Itallian sic born parents in Lyndhurst, N. J."
- Yorio, Kara. "Canadian born, former Islander, Flyer and Devil has become a Jersey guy ", The Record (Bergen County), October 13, 2013. Accessed October 13, 2013. "Resch is well-known in his Lyndhurst neighborhood where he and his wife, Diane, have lived during the NHL season for the last decade."
- Stimac, Elias. "Two-Mur Humor Helps the Healing process", New York Cool, August 2007. Accessed May 20, 2013. "My family moved to Lyndhurst, NJ at age 12, where I attended Sacred Heart and Lyndhurst High School."
- Kany, Klaus Reinhold. "Weir makes changes with eye on redemption", IceNetwork.com, August 24, 2007. Accessed May 20, 2013. "After a season that fell short of his and the American public's expectations, three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir made a major decision: he left longtime coach Priscilla Hill and his training site at The Pond in Newark, Del., and moved into an apartment in Lyndhurst, N.J., to train at the Ice Vault in Wayne, N.J."
- Bergen County, New Jersey, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed December 19, 2011.
- Lyndhurst Township official website
- Lyndhurst School District
- Lyndhurst School District's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Lyndhurst School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Meadowlands Liberty Convention & Visitors Bureau