Park Ridge, New Jersey

Park Ridge, New Jersey

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Borough of Park Ridge, New Jersey
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map_caption = Map highlighting Park Ridge's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey

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map_caption1 = Census Bureau map of Park Ridge, New Jersey
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_name1 = New Jersey
subdivision_name2 = Bergen
government_type = Borough
settlement_type = Borough
leader_title = Mayor
leader_name = Donald J. Ruschman (D, 2011)
leader_title1 = Administrator
leader_name1 = Gene M. Vinci [ [ Office of the Borough Administrator] , Borough of Park Ridge. Accessed September 30, 2007.]
established_title = Incorporated
established_date = May 15, 1894
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area_total_sq_mi = 2.6
area_total_km2 = 6.8
area_land_sq_mi = 2.6
area_land_km2 = 6.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.04
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population_as_of = 2006
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population_total = 8945
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population_density_km2 = 1,293.1
population_density_sq_mi = 3,353.3
timezone = Eastern (EST)
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latd = 41 |latm = 02 |lats = 09 |latNS = N
longd = 74 |longm = 02 |longs = 28 |longEW = W
elevation_m = 43
elevation_ft = 141
elevation_footnotes = [Gnis|885341|Borough of Park Ridge, Geographic Names Information System, accessed September 30, 2007.]
postal_code_type = ZIP code
postal_code = 07656
area_code = 201
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blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 34-56130GR|2 [ [ A Cure for the Common Codes: New Jersey] , Missouri Census Data Center. Accessed July 14, 2008.]
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Park Ridge is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Park Ridge has a population of 8,708 according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

Park Ridge was created as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on May 15, 1894, from portions of Washington Township, at the height of the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. Park Ridge obtained a portion of River Vale (July 15, 1929), exchanged portions with Woodcliff Lake (December 12, 1955), received part of Washington Township (November 26, 1956), exchanged portions with Hillsdale (February 10, 1958) and Woodcliff Lake (June 9, 1958) and received another part of Washington Township (August 11, 1958)."The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968", John P. Snyder, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 84.]


Park Ridge is located at coor dms|41|2|5|N|74|2|26|W|city (41.034672, -74.040656)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.8 km²), of which, 2.6 square miles (6.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (1.52%) is water.

Park Ridge is a part of the Pascack Valley region of Bergen County. It is bounded by the boroughs of Montvale, River Vale and Woodcliff Lake. Although no major highways run through the borough, it is serviced by the Garden State Parkway at exits 168 and 172 in Washington Township and Montvale, respectively.


1900= 870
1910= 1401
1920= 1481
1930= 2229
1940= 2519
1950= 3189
1960= 6389
1970= 8709
1980= 8515
1990= 8102
2000= 8708
estref= [ Census data for Park Ridge] , United States Census Bureau. Accessed October 9, 2008.]
footnote=Population 1900 - 1990. [ [ Historical Population Trends in Bergen County (1900 - 2000)] , Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed December 23, 2007.] [ [ New Jersey Resident Population by Municipality: 1930 - 1990] , Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network. Accessed March 1, 2007.]
As of the censusGR|2 of 2006, there were 8,945 people, 3,161 households, and 2,389 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,353.3 people per square mile (1,293.1/km²). There were 3,258 housing units at an average density of 1,254.6/sq mi (483.8/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 93.48% White, 0.86% African American, 0.14% Native American, 3.86% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.73% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.32% of the population.

There were 3,161 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.9% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 21.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% 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 23.5% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $86,632, and the median income for a family was $97,294. Males had a median income of $71,042 versus $40,714 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,351. About 1.2% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 2.1% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Park Ridge is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office and only votes to break a tie. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year. ["2005 New Jersey Legislative District Data Book", Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, April 2005, p. 165.]

The Mayor of the Borough of Park Ridge is Donald J. Ruschman (D, term ends December 31, 2011). Members of the Park Ridge Borough Council are Kenneth Brouwer (D, 2008, filling a one-year unexpired term), Joeen Ciannella (R, 2009), Richard Henning (D, 2008), Tamara M. Levinson (D, 2010), Gerald J. Maugham (R, 2010), and Peter Wells (R, 2009). [ [ Park Ridge Borough Council] , Borough of Park Ridge. Accessed July 10, 2008.] ref> [ "County of Bergen: 2008 County and Municipal Directory"] , Bergen County, New Jersey, p. 58. Accessed July 5, 2008.]

In elections held on November 6, 2007, voters turned out to fill the mayoral seat, and two three-year seats and a one-year unexpired term on the Borough Council. Democratic incumbent Donald J. Ruschman (1,206 votes) won reelection as mayor, defeating Scott A. Miller (999), who ran as an independent. Incumbent Democratic councilmember Tamara M. Levinson (1,217) and Republican Gerard J. Maughan (1,181), won three-year terms on the Borough Council, ahead of their running mates Democrat Terence P. Maguire (1,142), who had been appointed to the council and was running for a full three-year term, and Republican Benjamin E. Martin (1,088). Democratic councilmember Kenneth W. Brouwer (1,172) won election to the balance of the one-year unexpired term for the seat vacated by Donald Malcuit, defeating Republican Hope Salimone (1,072). [Burger, Kathryn A. [ "Three council terms; mayoralty at stake"] , "Pascack Valley Community Life", October 24, 2007. Accessed November 30, 2007.] [ [ "Park Ridge municipal elections"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", October 25, 2007. Accessed November 30, 2007.] [ [ "Park Ridge election results"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 6, 2007. Accessed November 30, 2007.] [ [ Bergen County election results] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 7, 2007. Accessed November 10, 2007.]

On Election Day, November 7, 2006, two seats on the Borough Council were up for election, from a council that consisted entirely of Democrats as of Election Day, in a community in which registered Republicans outnumber Democrats by a 6-5 margin. Newcomer Republicans Peter Wells (1,859 votes) and Joeen Ciannella (1,745) won seats on the council, unseating seven-term incumbent Barbara Koehler Martine (1,479) and five-term incumbent John Burkhardt (1,371) in their bids for re-election. When Wells and Ciannella took office as of January 1, 2007, the Council had a 4-2 Democratic majority. [ [ Park Ridge Election Guide] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 1, 2006.] ["Election 2006 Municipal Results", "The Record (Bergen County)", November 8, 2006.] [ [ Bergen County 2006 General Election Results] , accessed February 1, 2007.]

Federal, state and county representation

Park Ridge is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District. [ [ 2006 New Jersey Citizen's Guide to Government] , New Jersey League of Women Voters, p. 62. Accessed August 30, 2006.]


As of April 1, 2006, out of a 2004 Census estimated population of 8,974 in Park Ridge, there were 5,577 registered voters (62.2% of the population, vs. 55.4% in all of Bergen County). Of registered voters, 890 (16.0% vs. 20.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,234 (22.1% vs. 19.2% countywide) were registered as Republicans and 3,453 (61.9% vs. 60.1% countywide) were registered as Undeclared. There were no voters registered to other parties. ["County of Bergen: Voter Statistics by Municipality, Ward & District," dated April 1, 2006.]

On the national level, Park Ridge leans strongly toward the Republican Party. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican George W. Bush received 57% of the vote here, defeating Democrat John Kerry, who received around 42%. [ [ 2004 Presidential Election results: Bergen County] , New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety - Division of Elections, dated December 13, 2004.]


The Park Ridge Public Schools serve students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade. Schools in the district (with 2005-06 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics [ [ Data for the Park Ridge Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 28, 2008.] ) are [ West Ridge Elementary School] (PreK-6; 395 students), [ East Brook Elementary School] (K-6; 384) and Park Ridge High School (7-12; 560).

[ Our Lady of Mercy Interparochial School] is a K-8 Catholic school which also operates in Park Ridge.


Park Ridge is served by New Jersey Transit on the Pascack Valley Line at the Park Ridge train station. The station is located at Hawthorne and Park Avenues.

This line runs north-south to Hoboken Terminal with connections via the Secaucus Junction transfer station to New Jersey Transit one-stop service to New York Penn Station and to other NJ Transit rail service. Connections are available at the Hoboken Terminal to other New Jersey Transit rail lines, the PATH train at the Hoboken PATH station, New York Waterways ferry service to the World Financial Center and other destinations and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service.

The Pascack Valley Line is a single-track line providing service towards Hoboken during the morning rush hour and service from Hoboken in the evening rush hour.

County Route 503 passes through Park Ridge.


PKRG-TV, the public access television station in Park Ridge has produced and documented many shows over the past ten years. They continue to remain on the leading edge of public-television stations in the area, producing a weekly live show every Monday night. The station also broadcasts events in the town such as parades, sporting events, school plays, and charity events.

The television studio also hosted a "series" of shows entitled "Behind The Badge" which provided residents with an insight into the way the police department works. It included a tour of the police station and police cruiser and also an overview of programs the department works on to improve the welfare of the community, ie. DARE programs and computer crimes.

The Bear's Nest

The Bear's Nest is a luxury gated community in Park Ridge. It has town house type style houses with luxury amenities including (in some houses) elevators. There is also a community house available for party rental, a pool, and multiple tennis courts. The community is well known for its famous residents including former President Richard Nixon and Tom Coughlin, coach of the New York Giants. Nixon was well known for opening up the community and allowing residents to come in to "Trick-or-Treat" on Halloween and allowed pictures to be taken which can now be found on E-Bay.

Emergency services

Park Ridge is one of the three towns involved with the Tri-Boro Volunteer Ambulance Corps which provides EMS service to Park Ridge, Woodcliff Lake and Montvale. Tri-Boro is a non-profit group which provides free emergency service to those in the community who need it at any time. The headquarters is located in Park Ridge near Mill Pond.


*Park Ridge's landscapes were aired on the "Nickelodeon Games and Sports for Kids" "Heroes of the Game" segment
*Park Ridge's Pascack Historical Society Museum, at 19 Ridge Avenue, houses the world's only wampum drilling machine. This wooden artifact was made in Park Ridge by the Campbell Brothers who invented a way to drill through long pieces of hair pipe shells so that they could be strung and worn as breast plates by the Plains Indians, among others. Needing water for the operation, the industrious brothers leased a woolen mill that stood on the Pascack Brook. When that burned down they built their own mill farther down Pascack Creek on their land an another shop on Pascack Road near their homestead. Both building housed drilling machines on their second floors where they were safe from prying eyes, as the two machines had not been patented. In the early 1800s, John Jacob Astor purchased wampum from the Campbells to trade with the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest whose beaver pelts he turned into men's hats. [ [ A Chronology of the Rise, Fall -- and Resurrection of Wampum] , accessed December 21, 2006.] The best years for the wampum business were between 1835 and 1866. The drilling machine can be seen at the Pascack Historical Society Museum on Wednesdays from 10 a.m until noon and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.
*Park Ridge is currently home to the world headquarters of The Hertz Corporation [ [ The Hertz Corporation (Hertz) profile] , Manta. Accessed May 28, 2007.] and used to be the North American headquarters of Sony Corporation of America, which recently moved to San Diego, California.

Noted residents

Notable current and former residents include:
*Jedh Colby Barker (1945-1967), was a United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War in September 1967.
*Tom Coughlin (born 1946), current coach of the New York Giants resides in the "Bears Nest." [ [ State of the County Address 2008] , Bergen County, New Jersey. Accessed May 28, 2008. "It was a great team effort, and they couldn’t have done it without the help of players with Jersey roots, such as Kareem McKensie, Chris Snee, Fair Lawn’s Jim Finn (though he was injured and didn’t play in the game), David Tyree, and Park Ridge’s own Tom Coughlin."]
*Brian Cushing (born 1987), strongside linebacker for the University of Southern California Trojans football team. [MSNBC via Associated Press, January 2, 2007. Accessed May 3, 2007. "“I was concerned in pre-game. I knew from the second play of the game I was OK,” said Cushing, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound sophomore from Park Ridge, N.J., who splits time between defensive end and linebacker."]
*Karen Duffy (born 1961), model, grew up in Park Ridge and attended Park Ridge High School (Class of 1979). [Siegler, Bonnie. [ "Lust for Life"] , "American Fitness", November 1999. Accessed May 3, 2007. "Four years ago, former sexy MTV veejay Karen Duffy was diagnosed with a rare, inoperable brain lesion known as sarcoidosis. Confronting the possibility of becoming progressively ill was shocking to the 37-year-old Almay and Revlon spokesperson. But in typical 'Duff' fashion, the Park Ridge, New Jersey, native says, 'I spit in death's eyes.'"]
*James Gandolfini (born 1961), star of the HBO TV show, "The Sopranos", grew up in Park Ridge and attended Park Ridge High School (Class of 1979). [Cotter, Kelly-Jane. [ "THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING JAMES GANDOLFINI"] , "Asbury Park Press", March 23, 2007. Accessed May 3, 2007. "Gandolfini grew up in Park Ridge, has kin at the Jersey Shore and spent his college years at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, where he also worked as a bartender."]
*Augie Hoffmann (born 1981), Guard signed by the New Orleans Saints. [Chadwick, Jehrime. [ "Center of success"] , NFL Europe, April 19, 2006. Accessed May 3, 2007. "Hamburg Sea Devils center Augie Hoffmann is a man in transition....Midway though the season, I made the shift,” said the Park Ridge, New Jersey native."]
*Former President Richard Nixon resided in Park Ridge, in the upscale townhome complex known as "Bears Nest." He and his wife, Pat, had moved to Park Ridge from their mansion in neighboring Saddle River in the early 1990s. [ [ Richard Milhous Nixon congressional biography] , accessed May 3, 2007. "was a resident of New York City, and later Park Ridge, N.J., until his death in New York City, April 22, 1994"]
*The rock/pop band The Roches is from Park Ridge. [Cocks, Jay. [,9171,920324,00.html "Valentines from the Danger Zone'] , "Time (magazine)", May 7, 1979. Accessed June 28, 2007. "She and Terre performed them first in the family living room in Park Ridge, N.J., then later on the back of a flat-bed truck in nearby shopping centers for the benefit of a local politician and the glory of the Democratic Party."]


External links

* [ Park Ridge Borough website]
* [ Park Ridge Community Website]
* [ Park Ridge Public Schools]
*NJReportCard|03|3940|0|Park Ridge Public Schools
* [ Data for the Park Ridge Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [ Pascack Historical Society]

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