The City of Englewood is located 10 minutes from New York City. Englewood has a vibrant downtown that includes the Bergen Performing Arts Center, upscale eateries, boutiques, beauty salons, antique stores, over a dozen banks, car dealerships, ethnic restaurants and specialty shops. The downtown has evolved into a major restaurant and shopping hub for the surrounding northern valley communities. The diverse cultural population of Englewood is approximately 29,000. Within the city’s 5 square miles there are over 50 houses of worship and 14 private and public schools. We have an award winning regional hospital, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, serving residents in Northern New Jersey and bordering counties in New York.
The City operates a Trolley Shuttle Service for residents. The service provides transportation to and from the commuter bus lines in the morning and evening rush hours as well as service into the downtown for shopping and dining. The City of Englewood Farmer’s Market is open each year from mid-summer to fall, at the corner of Demarest Avenue and North Van Brunt Street. Featuring farm fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, herbs, organic baked goods, gluten free baked goods, gourmet nuts, dried fruits, Greek delicacies, soaps, oils and more.
The City’s recreational facilities feature basketball and tennis courts, baseball, football and soccer fields. We also have a skating rink located at MacKay Park. There are 2 city pools for use in the summer. The Recreation Department has programs for children, as well as adults.
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, located on the western slope of the Palisades, is a 150-acre preserve and education center. The Center was established in 1973 by citizens who were deeply committed to land conservation and environmental education. Flat Rock provides environmental education programs for all ages in order to generate understanding and appreciation of nature and to instill a sense of responsibility and knowledge of the means to protect the natural world and its resources for future generations.
Origin of name
Englewood Township, the city’s predecessor, is believed to have named in 1859 because the community had been called the “English Neighborhood”, as the first primarily English-speaking settlement on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River after New Netherland was annexed by England in 1664, though other sources mention the Engle family and the heavily-forested areas of the community as the derivation of the name. Numerous other settlements in the United States were named for Englewood as settlement in North America expanded westward. J. Wyman Jones is credited with convincing residents to choose Englewood for the city’s name when it was incorporated over such alternatives as “Brayton” and “Paliscena”.
From 1906 until March 16, 1907, when it burned down, Englewood was the site of Upton Sinclair‘s socialist inflected intentional community, the Helicon Home Colony. Associated with the project were Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Sinclair Lewis.
The telephone industry made a United States “first” in Englewood with the introduction of what is known now as Direct distance dialing (DDD). On November 10, 1951, Englewood Mayor M. Leslie Denning made the first directly-dialed long distance call, to Mayor Frank Osborne of Alameda, California. As of that date, customers of the ENglewood 3, ENglewood 4 and TEaneck 7 exchanges (who could already dial New York City and area) were able to dial 11 cities across the United States, simply by dialing the three-digit area code and the seven digit number (or the three-digit area code and the local number of two letters and five digits).
Vince Lombardi began his football coaching career at St. Cecilia High School, two years after his graduation from Fordham University. The National Football League (NFL) championship trophy is named in his honor.
The Englewood Public School District serves students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. For high school, students from Englewood Cliffs attend Dwight Morrow High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Englewood Cliffs Public Schools.
Schools in the district (with 2009-10 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics)are D. A. Quarles Early Childhood Center (350 students; grades PreK-K), Grieco Elementary School (566; 1-3), McCloud School (504; 4-6), Janis E. Dismus Middle School (380; 7-8) and Dwight Morrow High School / Academies at Englewood (9-12; 1,035).
High school students from Englewood and all of Bergen County may also apply on a competitive basis to attend the public Bergen County Technical High Schools and Bergen County Academies, with the former located in Teterboro and Paramus and the latter located in Hackensack.
As an alternative to regular public education, Englewood has the Englewood on the Palisades Charter School (216; K-5). Shalom Academy, a charter school with a focus on Hebrew language immersion, is scheduled open for grades K-5 in September 2012, serving students from both Englewood and Teaneck. The school had originally planned to open for the 2011-12 school year, but was forced to delay its opening date for 12 months after it was unable to demonstrate to the New Jersey Department of Education that it had obtained an appropriate facility to house its students and was given a “planning year” by the NJDoE to address outstanding issues.
Englewood is the home to a number of private schools. Dwight-Englewood School has 935 students in preschool through twelfth grade. Elisabeth Morrow School serves 462 students in preschool through eighth grade. Moriah School of Englewood is a Jewish day school with nearly 1,000 students in preschool through eighth grade, and St. Cecilia Interparochial School is a Catholic school with 165 students in pre-k 3 through eighth grade.Yeshiva Ohr Simcha serves students in high school for grades 9-12 and offers a postgraduate yeshiva program.
New Jersey Transit bus lines serving Englewood include the 166 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 171, 175, 178 and 186 routes to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal; and the 756 and 780 offering local service.
Route 4, Route 93, Interstate 95 (the New Jersey Turnpike), County Route 501, and County Route 505 also serve Englewood. The northern terminus of Route 93 is at the intersection of Route 4 and Route 93, but the road continues north as CR 501.
A proposed extension of the Hudson–Bergen Light Rail along the Northern Branch would include stations at Englewood Hospital, Town Center and Route 4
Englewood: High-Style Meets Hometown
Tucked up at the tip of Bergen County, minutes from the George Washington Bridge, and as far away from Manhattan as you want it to be, Englewood’s a place where the pleasures of hometown meet worldly, sophisticated taste levels to create an Englewood Style all its own. Its vibrant downtown is easy to get to, a pleasure when you arrive, and a destination for shopping, dining, and culture to be visited again and again.
Within walking distance of Bergen Performing Arts Center—the brilliant centerpiece of the downtown’s cultural life— there are hundreds of incredible shops that have put Englewood on the map of savvy shopaholics for generations. Couture labels, children’s clothes, Tibetan carpets, upscale consignment, diamonds, art, antiques, rare orchids, kitchen appliances, custom-mixed paints… all, much and more, are right next door to bagel stores, bakeries, neighborhood bodegas, and, of course, Baumgart’s Café and Soda Fountain that’s been holding its place in the heart of downtown for decades.
With more than forty restaurants and eateries generously sprinkled over the downtown district, there’s a cosmopolitan mix of food options with everything from a four-star slice of pizza to haute and ethnic cuisine on the Englewood menu.
A charming streetscape with convenient parking helps extend a warm welcome to everyone, both residents and visitors alike. But Englewood’s more than just another pretty town. It’s a showpiece for the best of Bergen County arts and entertainment…a shopping and dining destination with the highest standards for quality, value and personal service at every turn…and the only place to come for fun, fashion, food Englewood Style.
John Aprea (born 1941), actor, known for his role as “Young Sal Tessio” in The Godfather: Part II (1974) and on television as “Lucas Castigliano” on the soap opera Another World
Jack Armstrong (born 1965), former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher.
Byron Baer (1929–2007), served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1972–1993 and in the State Senate from 1994 – 2005
Kevin Baker (born 1958), novelist and journalist.
Sean Banks (born 1985), professional basketball player.
Alejandro Bedoya (born 1987), professional soccer player for Rangers F.C. and the United States men’s national soccer team.
Clifford Whittingham Beers (1876–1943), founder of the American mental hygiene movement.
Regina Belle (born 1963), Grammy Award winning singer.
Tony Bennett (born 1926), Grammy Award-winning singer.
George Benson (born 1943), jazz singer and musician.
John Bergamo (born 1940), percussionist and composer.
Shmuley Boteach (born 1966), Orthodox rabbi, radio and television host and author.
Elizabeth Bracco (born 1959), actress.
Dick Button (born 1929), Olympic ice skater and commentator. Ranked #11 on the Sports Illustrated list of The 50 Greatest New Jersey Sports Figures.
David Cassidy (born 1950), actor and musician, best known for his role on The Partridge Family.
Wayne A. Cauthen (born 1955), current and first appointed African American City Manager of Kansas City, Missouri.
Sophie Clark (1943–62), the only African American victim of the Boston Strangler, Albert DeSalvo.
Orestes Cleveland (1829–1896), Mayor of Jersey City 1864-1867; 1886–1892, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey’s 5th congressional district from 1869-1871.
Claudia Cohen (born 1950), socialite and gossip columnist.
David X. Cohen (born 1966) Head writer and executive producer of TV series Futurama.
Peter Coyote (born 1941), Actor and author.
John Crowley (born 1967), biotech executive who helped develop a treatment for Pompe disease after his children were diagnosed with the condition.
Vince Curatola (born 1953), who played Johnny Sack on the HBO series The Sopranos.
John Fiedler (1925–2005) voice actor and character actor in stage, film, television and radio, perhaps best remembered for two roles: the voice of Piglet in Disney‘s many Winnie the Pooh productions and the role of Mr. Peterson, nervous patient on The Bob Newhart Show.
Lucy Fisher (born 1949), film producer.
B. C. Forbes (1880–1954), founder of Forbes magazine.
Virgil Fox (1912–80), organist.
Genie Francis (born 1962), best known for her role as Laura Spencer on General Hospital.
Ivor Francis (1918–86), actor.
Dizzy Gillespie (1917–93), jazz trumpeter (lived in Englewood from 1965 until his death in 1993).
Zach Grenier (born 1954), actor known for roles in Fight Club, Deadwood and on Broadway.
Bruce Harper, former professional football player, New York Jets.
David Hoadley, former president of the Panama Railway.
Doug Howard (born 1956), musician, vocalist and songwriter who has performed with Touch, Todd Rundgren, Utopia and The Edgar Winter Group.
Ernie Isley (born 1952), guitarist and member of The Isley Brothers.
Marvin Isley (1953–2010), bassist and member of the Isley Brothers.
Kimberly Jones (born 1975), a female rapper otherwise known as Lil’ Kim.
Serius Jones (born 1982), MC, battle rapper, mixtape awards winner.
Kitty Kallen (born 1922), singer.
Sara Lee Kessler, TV reporter.
Chuck Knox Jr. (born 1965), NFL assistant coach.
Dr. John Lattimer (1914–2007), urologist who did extensive research on the Lincoln and Kennedy assassinations and who had an extensive collection of military paraphernalia, which included “medieval armor, Revolutionary and Civil War rifles and swords, a pile of cannonballs, World War II machine guns and German Lugers, and drawings by Adolf Hitler.”
Jon Leibowitz (born 1958), chairman of the Federal Trade Commission.
Michael Leiter, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Dinah Lenney (born 1956), actress and author.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906–2001), author and aviator, wife of Charles Lindbergh and daughter of Dwight Morrow.
Charles Lindbergh (1902–74), aviator.
Bernarr Macfadden (1868–1955), physical culture advocate.
William Marchant (1923–95), playwright and screenwriter, best known for writing the play that served as the basis for the 1957 Walter Lang movie, The Desk Set.
Bruce McKenna (born 1962), television and movie screenwriter.
Malcolm McKenna (1930–2008), paleontologist, whose wife, Priscilla, served as mayor of Englewood.
Dwight Morrow (1873–1931), former United States Senator, United States Ambassador to Mexico, father-in law of Charles Lindbergh and namesake of Dwight Morrow High School.
Sybil Moses (c. 1939-2009), Prosecutor of the “Dr. X” Mario Jascalevich murder case and New Jersey Superior Court judge.
Eddie Murphy (born 1961), comedian and actor.
Karen O (born 1978 as Karen Lee Orzołek), lead vocalist for the New York art punk band Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Miles Orman (born 1984), cast member on Sesame Street.
Roscoe Orman (born 1944), television personality Gordon on Sesame Street.
Charles Osgood (born 1933), Television personality.
Clyde Otis (1924–2008), American music industry executive.
Rick Overton (born 1954), screenwriter, actor, and comedian.
Betsy Palmer (born 1929), actress.
Bill Parcells (born 1941), NFL Head Coach, formerly of the New York Giants and New York Jets.
Margaret Patrick (1913–94), “Ebony” of Ebony and Ivory.
Wilson Pickett (1941–2006), singer.
Sarah Jessica Parker (born 1965), actress, best known for her starring role in HBO‘s Sex and the City.
Clarke Peters (born 1952), actor; currently Det. Lester Freamon on HBO‘s The Wire.
Sylvia Pressler (1934–2010), was the Chief Judge of the Appellate Division the New Jersey Superior Court for five years, officially retiring from the bench in 2004.
Aidan Quinn (born 1959), actor.
Sylvia Robinson (1936-2011), singer, record producer, and co-founder of Sugar Hill Records and All Platinum Records.
Steve Rothman (born 1952), Congressmen representing Englewood, was Mayor of Englewood from 1983-89.
Rick Schwartz (born c. 1968), film producer.
Al Sharpton (born 1954), civil rights activist and radio talk show host.
Dick Shawn (born 1925), actor and comedian.
Brooke Shields (born 1965), actress.
Upton Sinclair (1878–1968), author; established a commune called Helicon Home Colony in 1906 with proceeds from his novel The Jungle; it burned down in 1907.
Darryl Smith (born 1962), Deputy Mayor of Seattle.
Sister Souljah (born 1964), rapper/activist.
The Sugarhill Gang, recorded “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979, the first hip hop single to become a Top 40 hit.
Gloria Swanson (1897–1983), actress.
Walter Scott Taylor, Sr., clergyman, civil rights advocate and first African-American mayor of Englewood.
Susan Thomases (born 1944), attorney. She served as personal counsel and informal adviser to Hillary Clinton during the Clinton Presidency.
Tony Tolbert (born 1967), Former NFL Player Dallas Cowboys.
Robert Torricelli (born 1951), former U.S. Senator; resided in Englewood throughout his career of elective political office.
John Travolta (born 1954), actor.
Alexander Buel Trowbridge (1929–2006), former United States Secretary of Commerce.
Ron Villone (born 1970), pitcher who played for the New York Yankees and 11 other teams during his MLB career.
Austin Volk (1919–2010), former Mayor of Englewood during the 1967 civil unrest and former New Jersey assemblyman.
Bob Weinstock (1928–2006), founder of Prestige Records.
Leslie West (born 1945), musician, singer and guitarist of Mountain.
Matt White (born 1980), singer-songwriter.
Eric Williams, singer and member of Blackstreet.
Bill Willoughby (born 1957), former NBA basketball player was the first NBA player drafted out of high school when he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks in 1975
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