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Paramus, New Jersey

Paramus, New Jersey
Borough of Paramus
Map highlighting Paramus' location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Map highlighting Paramus' location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Paramus, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Paramus, New Jersey
Coordinates: [1][2]
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated April 4, 1922
 • Type Borough
 • Mayor Richard LaBarbiera (term ends December 31, 2018)[4]
 • Administrator Joseph O. D'Arco[5]
 • Clerk Toni Falato[6]
 • Total 10.520 sq mi (27.246 km2)
 • Land 10.470 sq mi (27.117 km2)
 • Water 0.050 sq mi (0.129 km2)  0.47%
Area rank 205th of 566 in state
2nd of 70 in county[1]
Elevation[7] 49 ft (15 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10]
 • Total 26,342
 • Estimate (2014)[11] 26,832
 • Rank 93rd of 566 in state
8th of 70 in county[12]
 • Density 2,516.0/sq mi (971.4/km2)
 • Density rank 249th of 566 in state
50th of 70 in county[12]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 07652-07653[13][14]
Area code(s) 201[15]
FIPS code 3400355950[1][16][17]
GNIS feature ID 0885340[1][18]
Website .org.paramusboroughwww

Paramus ( , with the accent on the second syllable[19]) is a borough in Bergen County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 26,342,[8][9][10] reflecting an increase of 605 (+2.4%) from the 25,737 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 670 (+2.7%) from the 25,067 counted in the 1990 Census.[20] A suburb of New York City, Paramus is located 15 to 20 miles (24 to 32 km) northwest of Midtown Manhattan and approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of Upper Manhattan. In 2013, it was named as a "New Jersey Healthy Town" under the state's Mayor’s Wellness Campaign.[21]

Paramus was incorporated as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 2, 1922, and ratified by a referendum held on April 4, 1922, that passed by a vote of 238 for and 10 against.[22][23] Paramus was created from portions of Midland Township, which now exists as Rochelle Park.[22][24] The name is usually said to be of Native American origin, derived from words meaning "land of the turkey"[19] or meaning "pleasant stream"[25]

The borough is one of the largest shopping destinations in the country, generating over $5 billion in annual retail sales,[26][27] more than any other ZIP code in the United States.[28][29] Paramus has more limited shopping hours, as it has some of the most restrictive blue laws in the nation (even stricter than those prevailing in the rest of Bergen County), banning nearly all retail and white-collar businesses from opening on Sundays. The only exceptions are gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores, and a limited number of other businesses.[30] More than 63% of Bergen County voters rejected a referendum on the ballot in 1993 that would have repealed the county's blue laws, though the Paramus restrictions would have remained in place.[31]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Paramus as its 21st best place to live in its 2013 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[32] According to a recent NerdWallet survey, the sixth-best place to start a business in New Jersey is Paramus.[33]


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 Census 3.1
    • 2000 Census 3.2
  • Economy 4
    • Malls 4.1
      • Blue laws 4.1.1
    • Timeline of malls 4.2
  • Arts and culture 5
  • Sports 6
  • Parks and recreation 7
  • Annual events 8
  • Government 9
    • Local government 9.1
    • Federal, state and county representation 9.2
    • Politics 9.3
    • Public library 9.4
  • Education 10
  • Transportation 11
    • Roads and highways 11.1
    • Public transportation 11.2
  • Points of interest 12
    • Historic sites 12.1
    • Other points of interest 12.2
  • Emergency services 13
  • In popular culture 14
  • Notable people 15
  • References 16
    • Notes 16.1
    • Sources 16.2
  • External links 17


According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 10.520 square miles (27.246 km2), including 10.470 square miles (27.117 km2) of land and 0.050 square miles (0.129 km2) of water (0.47%).[1][2]

The borough borders the Bergen County municipalities of Emerson, Fair Lawn, Glen Rock, Hackensack, Maywood, Oradell, Ridgewood, River Edge, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook and Washington Township.[34]

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Arcola, Bergen Place and Spring Valley.[35]


The area that became northern New Jersey was occupied for thousands of years by prehistoric indigenous peoples. At the time of European encounter, it was settled by the historic Lenape people. The Lenape language word for the area, Peremessing, which meant that it had an abundant population of wild turkey, was anglicized to become the word "Paramus".[36][37] A large metal statue of a wild turkey in the Paramus Park mall commemorates this history.[37] Another variation is that the word means "pleasant stream".[38]

Albert Saboroweski (Albrycht Zaborowski), whose descendants became known by the family name "Zabriskie",[39] immigrated from Poland via the Dutch ship The Fox[40] in 1662. He settled in the Dutch West Indies Company town of Ackensack, today's Hackensack. A son, Jacob, was captured by the Lenape and held for 15 years. When he was returned to his family, the Lenape explained to Saboroweski that they had taken the child in order to teach him their language so that he could serve as a translator. They granted Saboroweski approximately 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) of land which became known as the "Paramus Patent".[41]

During the

  • Paramus official website
  • Paramus Public Schools
  • Paramus Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
  • School Data for the Paramus Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
  • Paramus Fire Department official website
  • Paramus Rescue Squad official website
  • Paramus Emergency Medical Services official website
  • Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey (Japanese)
  • Paramus on
  • Early 1900's: A New Town Emerges

External links

  • Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties) prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.
  • Behnke, Fritz. Paramus – the Way We Were 1922–1960, Destiny Image Publishers, 1997. ISBN 9781560432043.
  • Clayton, W. Woodford; and Nelson, William. History of Bergen and Passaic Counties, New Jersey, with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men., Philadelphia: Everts and Peck, 1882.
  • Harvey, Cornelius Burnham (ed.), Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Co., 1900.
  • Van Valen, James M. History of Bergen County, New Jersey. New York: New Jersey Publishing and Engraving Co., 1900.
  • Westervelt, Frances A. (Frances Augusta), 1858–1942, History of Bergen County, New Jersey, 1630–1923, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1923.


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People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Paramus include:

Notable people

In popular culture

The borough's Ambulance Corps is staffed 24 hours a day for quick response. There are crews stationed at the Life Safety complex, located next to the Rescue building, and at Fire Company 3.[203] A separate volunteer Ambulance Corps exists, largely for stand-by purposes at large events. The Paramus Police Department, which responds to 60,000 calls annually, is located on Carlough Drive right next to borough hall.[204]

The Paramus Fire Department is a volunteer organization consisting of four companies. Company 1 (E1-T1) is located at East Firehouse Lane, across from the Fashion Center. Company 2 (E2-E22) is located on Spring Valley Road, and is nicknamed "Spring Valley Fire Company #2." Company 3 (E3-HazMat-Foam3) is located at 198 West Midland Ave. Company 4 (E4-T4-E44) is on Farview Avenue and is nicknamed "Farview Fire Company #4." Paramus also has a separate volunteer rescue squad (Rescue 7 & 9) specializing in motor vehicle extrication.[202]

Emergency services

  • Fritz Behnke Historical Museum, located on Paramus Road. It is open every Sunday and has exhibits about Paramus' past.[200]
  • New Jersey Children's Museum. Opened in 1992, it featured hands-on exhibits for children such as a fire truck, a news studio, a helicopter, and other fun pretend attractions that drew 700,000 visitors per year. It closed in 2014 after Valley Hospital wanted to buy property near its Ridgewood location.[201]

Other points of interest

  • Midland School – 239 W. Midland Avenue (added 1978). The school was constructed in 1876, and was used as a branch of the Paramus Public Library after Midland School was moved up the street.[194]
  • Terhune House – 470 Paramus Road (added 1996). An 18th-century Dutch Colonial home constructed of sandstone, that was later modified to add Victorian features, including a mansard roof.[195]
  • Terhune-Gardner-Lindenmeyr House – 218 Paramus Road (added 1972). A Federal Period home constructed on the last remaining portion of untouched land from Terhune's farm, as taken from the original Zabriskie patent. The oldest known portion that can be reliably dated is from 1807–08, with an older adjoining section of the house dating back as far as 1707.[196]
  • Harmon Van Dien House – 449 Paramus Road (added 1983)[197]
  • Albert J. Zabriskie Farmhouse – 7 East Ridgewood Avenue (added 1977)[198]
  • Zabriskie Tenant House – 273 Dunkerhook Road (added 1984). The house was demolished in July 2012 by a housing developer who owned the property, after efforts to preserve or relocate the house failed.[199]

Paramus is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:

Historic sites

Points of interest

Frequent Spanish Transportation and other independent companies.[193]

Coach USA provides bus service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal via Rockland Coaches routes 45/45A/45X from Pomona, New York and via Short Line on Route 17.[192]

709, 722, 751, 752, 753, 755, 756, 758, 762 and 770 routes.[191] Nine out of the twenty-two New Jersey Transit buses that serve Paramus does not provide service on Sundays. The 722 does not provide services on Saturdays and Sundays.

Public transportation

Highways in Paramus include Route 17,[187] Route 4[188] and the Garden State Parkway[189] (including the Paramus Toll Plaza at Interchange 165).[190]

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 121.78 miles (195.99 km) of roadways, of which 90.79 miles (146.11 km) were maintained by the municipality, 18.86 miles (30.35 km) by Bergen County, 7.72 miles (12.42 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and 4.41 miles (7.10 km) by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.[186]

The intersection of Route 17 and Route 4, at the commercial hub of Bergen County.

Roads and highways


Paramus is also home to two special education schools. The EPIC School (Educational Partnership for Instructing Children) is located on North Farview Avenue, next to the Our Lady of Visitation church.[183] The Alpine Learning Group is located on County Route 62, close to Linwood Avenue.[184] Annually, both schools, along with the REED Academy in Oakland and the Garden Academy in Maplewood, are all sponsors of the Go the Distance for Autism Bike Event, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for Autism Awareness. The event takes place every May at Westfield Garden State Plaza.[185]

As of February 2013 the Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey, a two Japanese day schools in the New York City area.[182]

There is a Lincoln Tech campus at The Outlets at Bergen Town Center.[179]

There is also a DeVry University campus located at the 35 Plaza Shopping Center in Paramus.[178]

The Bergen campus of Berkeley College is located in Paramus.[177]

Bergen Community College is based in Paramus, with other satellite centers located elsewhere around the county. The bulk of the college's 17,000 students working towards degrees are located at the main campus in Paramus.[176]

Paramus is home to Yavneh Academy[173] and Yeshivat Noam, founded in 2001, which are K-8 co-ed Jewish day schools.[174] Frisch School is a Modern Orthodox Jewish yeshiva serving grades 9–12 that describes itself as the nation's second largest coed yeshiva high school.[175]

Paramus is home to many private religious schools. Paramus Catholic High School is a co-educational Roman Catholic high school founded in 1965 and operated by the Archdiocese of Newark.[170] With more than 1,500 students, it has the largest enrollment of any Roman Catholic high school in the state of New Jersey.[171] It is also the location of Visitation Academy, a Pre K3-8 Catholic school also overseen by the Newark Archdiocese.[172]

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 Bergen Tech campus in 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.[168][169]

The Paramus Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011–12 school year, the district's eight schools had an enrollment of 4,042 students and 316.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.77:1.[155] Schools in the district (with 2011–12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[156]) are five elementary schools — Memorial Elementary School[157] (315 students; in grades K-5), Midland Elementary School[158] (249; K-5), Parkway Elementary School[159] (276; PreK-5), Ridge Ranch Elementary School[160] (330; K-5) and Stony Lane Elementary School[161] (206; K-5) — Eastbrook Middle School[162] (653) and Westbrook Middle School[163] (679) for grades 5–8 and Paramus High School[164] for grades 9–12 (1,334).[165] Three of the district's schools have been formally recognized with the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence: Paramus High School in 1988–89, Parkway Elementary School in 1987–88 and Ridge Ranch Elementary School in 1998–99.[166][167]


The borough's original public library, known locally as the Howland House, was originally located at the intersection of Spring Valley Road and Howland Avenue. It was demolished sometime in the late 1990s. A September 11, 2001 memorial park now exists at the site known as Howland Memorial Grove.[154]

There are two public libraries in Paramus. There is the Main Library on Century Road. There is also the Charles E. Reid Branch library on Midland Avenue, which was originally a four-room schoolhouse built in 1876.[153]

Public library

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 64.4% of the vote (4,888 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 34.8% (2,641 votes), and other candidates with 0.8% (60 votes), among the 7,809 ballots cast by the borough's 17,083 registered voters (220 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 45.7%.[150][151] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 4,298 votes here (49.7% vs. 45.8% countywide), ahead of Democrat Jon Corzine with 3,857 votes (44.6% vs. 48.0%), Independent Chris Daggett with 376 votes (4.3% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 32 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 8,656 ballots cast by the borough's 17,354 registered voters, yielding a 49.9% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).[152]

In the John Kerry with 6,103 votes (46.5% vs. 51.7%) and other candidates with 87 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 13,123 ballots cast by the borough's 17,206 registered voters, for a turnout of 76.3% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).[149]

As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 16,874 registered voters in Paramus, of which 4,454 (26.4% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 3,474 (20.6% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 8,938 (53.0% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties.[143] Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 64.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 81.6% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).[143][144]


[127][142][141]).Cresskill and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, [140] Sheriff Michael Saudino (R)[139]),Northvale Countywide constitutional officials are County Clerk John S. Hogan (D, [138][137] (D, 2015; Franklin Lakes).Tracy Silna Zur and [136][135], 2015; serving the unexpired term of office that had been occupied by James Tedesco before he was sworn in as County Executive)Montvale Thomas J. Sullivan Jr., (D, [134])Franklin Lakes Maura R. DeNicola (R, 2016; [133]),Fair Lawn (D, 2017; David L. Ganz [132]),River Edge, 2016; R Chairman Pro Tempore John A. Felice ([131])North Arlington Vice Chairman Steve Tanelli (D, 2015; [130]),Fort Lee (D, 2017; Joan Voss Bergen County's Freeholders are Freeholder Chairwoman [129]

The 38th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Robert M. Gordon (D, Fair Lawn) and in the General Assembly by Tim Eustace (D, Maywood) and Joseph Lagana (D, Paramus).[123][124] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[125] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[126]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township).[119] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021)[120] and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).[121][122]

Paramus is located in the 5th Congressional District[116] and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district.[9][117][118]

Federal, state and county representation

In October 2015, Moody's Investors Service upgrade general obligation dent of the Borough of Paramus from Aa1 to Aaa, in light of the low levels of debt and the strength of the borough's financial operations, reserve levels, tax base, management practices and levels of wealth.[115]

Joseph Garcia was chosen by the Borough Council in December 2013 from among three candidates proposed by the Democratic Borough Committee to fill the vacant seat of Joseph Lagana, who had resigned the previous month to fill the New Jersey General Assembly vacancy of Connie Wagner.[114]

As of 2015, the Mayor is Democrat Richard LaBarbiera, whose term of office ends December 31, 2018. Borough Council Members are Council President Maria Elena Bellinger (D, 2017), Joseph Garcia (D, 2017), Stephen Sullivan (R, 2016), Patsy L. Verile (D, 2015), Donna Warburton (D, 2015) and Jeanne Weber (R, 2016).[107][108][109][110][111][112][113]

Paramus is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, 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 consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.[3] The Borough form of government used by Paramus, the most common system used in the state, 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.[105][106]

Local government


There are also annual events at Van Saun County Park.

Paramus has its own National Night Out. It is held annually on the grounds of the Paramus Library. In this event, there are games and activities as well as a concert. Children can also look at Paramus' fire, rescue, police, and ambulance vehicles.[104]

Paramus also holds its own Memorial Day parade every year. After the parade, there is a ceremony honoring those who have fought for our country.[103]

Annually on the week of the 4th of July, Paramus holds its own Independence Day celebration. First, there is the performance of the Paramus Community Orchestra at the Paramus Bandshell which takes place on July 2. Next, on the 3rd, there is a softball game between the Paramus Fire Department and the Paramus Police Department. It has been held annually since 2011. Afterwards, exactly on the 4th, there is a parade. The parade route starts at the intersection of Century Road and Farview Avenue and ends at Memorial Elementary School. Finally, on the 5th, there is a fireworks show at the Cliff Gennarelli Paramus Sportsplex. In case of inclement weather on any event, the rain date is one day later from the original date.[102]

Annual events

Arcola Park was an outdoor amusement park built in 1926. It had a huge swimming pool, a convention hall, a dance pavilion, an auditorium, and rides. A fire in 1929 destroyed the entire park, with the exception of the pool. The pool was destroyed by a fire in 1970 and that closed down for good too.[100] The park site was replaced by a Ramada Inn, in which the hotel extends out to a small portion of Rochelle Park.[101]

There is an annual Terri Roemer Paramus Run featuring a 5K, 10K running race, one–mile "Fun Run", & 5 km Health Walk for runners and walkers of all ages.[99]

Paramus has an outdoor municipal swimming pool complex on Van Binsberger Boulevard. It has three pools: a main pool, a pool for younger swimmers, and a baby pool.[98]

In 2008, the Paramus Golf Course opened up a miniature golf course that is themed after the borough of Paramus as well as the state of New Jersey. Turkey statues are scattered around the course to celebrate Paramus as the "land of the wild turkeys."[97]

  • The Cliff Gennarelli Paramus Sportsplex – a park that has athletic fields, pavilion, picnic area, and a playground. It is located behind Westfield Garden State Plaza.
  • Petruska Park – a park located on Farview Avenue. It has athletic fields, playground, and a basketball court/roller rink. The Paramus Recreation office is also located in the park as well.
  • Parkway Plex – located on East Ridgewood Avenue behind Parkway School. It has athletic fields.
  • Bensen Park – a neighborhood park that has a playground and a sports field.
  • Buehler Park – a green belt park that has a trail that shows New Jersey aviation history.
  • Constitution Grove Park – located at Farview and East Midland Avenue. There are monuments about the Paramus Rescue Squad, Paramus Rotary Club, and Christopher Columbus/Unico.
  • Di Maggio Park – located between Oliver Road and Flint Place
  • Faber Park – a park located on Hemlock Drive. It has playgrounds.
  • Fairway Oaks Park – a park located off of Paramus Road. It has a fitness walk.
  • Firemen's Park – located across from Paramus Farview Fire Company #4, where it has monuments dedicated to Paramus' Volunteer Fire Department.
  • Howland Memorial Grove – a monument park reflecting on those who died on September 11, 2001.
  • Madison Park – a park located on June & Jay Drive that has playgrounds.
  • McEllen Park – a park that has playgrounds and a basketball court.
  • Mele Park – a park located on Silverrod Court. It has playgrounds and athletic fields.
  • Reid Park – located on Spencer Place. It has a walkway, athletic fields, and a playground
  • Sirianni Park – located on Midwood Road. It has athletic fields, a playground, a basketball court, and open play area.
  • Spring Valley Park – located on Spring Valley Avenue. The park is located on the Paramus–Maywood border.

Other parks in Paramus include:[96]

Paramus is the home to two county parks. On the eastern side of the borough is Van Saun County Park, a 146 acres (59 ha) park that features Bergen County's only zoo, home to a wide variety of wild and domestic animals living in recreated habitats natural to each species.[94] Van Saun Park also has a playground, train ride, carousel, athletic fields, and pony rides. On the western side of the borough is Saddle River County Park which features a 6-mile (9.7 km) bike path reaching from Ridgewood to Rochelle Park.[95]

Van Saun Park carousel
The Van Saun Park Playground
The Van Saun Park train ride.
Bergen County Zoo

Parks and recreation

The borough has four golf courses. Two are open to the public, with the Paramus Golf Course operated by the borough[92] and Orchard Hills County Golf Course operated by the county.[93] The two private golf course located in Paramus are the Ridgewood Country Club and Arcola Country Club. Ridgewood Country Club was ranked as the #6 Center Ranked Among Top 500 Holes in the World Golf Magazine – 2000 and Ranked # 84 on the list of Most Prestigious Clubs in America Golf Connoisseur – 2006

Paramus Little League were the 2011 New Jersey State Little League Champions.[91]


The Bergen Town Center formerly had a performing arts theater called "Playhouse on the Mall". It had a seating capacity of 635 seats and was opened in 1960. From 1960 to 1970, author Robert Ludlum was the manager of the theater. The theater closed in 1982 due to rising costs and low attendance and was converted into retail space in 1986.[90]

Paramus' lone movie theater complex is a 16-screen AMC Theatres located in an area of new construction at Westfield Garden State Plaza. Prior to the opening of the AMC complex, a number of theatres were closed in the borough, including the Route 4 Tenplex and the Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex, once located next to Westfield Garden State Plaza on Route 17. The Triplex theatre was opened in 1965 by Century Theatres and was closed on January 19, 2006, by Loews Cineplex Entertainment. The Tenplex on Route 4 was closed on May 24, 2007, the day before the new AMC Theatres opened at Westfield Garden State Plaza.[87] The Paramus Picture Show, known as Cinema 35 until 1997,[88] closed in December 2004 in the wake of declining attendance.[89]

One of the earliest drive-in theaters opened in Paramus, featuring what was said to be the world's largest and brightest screen, located behind what is now Westfield Garden State Plaza. The Paramus Drive-In closed in 1987 after the last movie presentation, a double-feature of "Crocodile" Dundee and The Untouchables.[86]

Arts and culture

Due to the stricter version of the blue laws in Paramus, malls (and almost all retail establishments) in the borough are closed on Sunday except for restaurants and other exempted establishments. Malls are also required to be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, with early closing (half days) on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Stores may not open before 7:00 AM or remain open after 11:00 PM.[85]

  • 1957 – Garden State Plaza was built by Muscarelli Construction Company on 198 acres (0.80 km2) at the intersection of Routes 4 and 17.
  • 1957 – The Bergen Mall was built on 101 acres (41 ha) on an area east of the Plaza on Route 4.
  • 1963 – Paramus Place was built on the north side of Route 4 across from Bergen Mall.[77]
  • 1967 – The Fashion Center was built on a 33-acre (13 ha) site of old celery farms, aimed at quality-oriented shoppers by developer Associated Dry Goods, with a 135,000-square-foot (12,500 m2) Lord & Taylor and a 176,000-square-foot (16,400 m2) B. Altman as anchors and 25 other retailers sandwiched in between[78] The owners originally referred to its location as being in Ridgewood/Paramus to appeal to the Ridgewood population.
  • 1972 – The 35 Plaza Shopping Center is built on Route 4, just located 2 minutes away from Paramus Place.[79]
  • 1974 – Paramus Park was built by the Rouse Company, offering a gross leasable area of 755,000 square feet (70,100 m2). The most recent of the large centers was built on 66 acres (270,000 m2) in the middle of an area where the old farms were located.[80]
  • 1986 – The Shoppes on IV opened up and was built on 236 acres (96 ha) in the westbound area of Route 4.[81]
  • 1998 – The Paramus Towne Square opened up and was built on the north side of Route 17.[82]
  • 2003 – IKEA opens a 370,000-square-foot (34,000 m2) store, its second-largest location in North America, at the intersection of Routes 4 and 17 on the site of the old Alexander's department store.[83] It was joined the next year by three other retailers, Bed Bath and Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, and Sports Authority to form a shopping center with a combined gross leasable area of 719,226 square feet (66,818.3 m2).[84]

Timeline of malls

An unsuccessful 2010 proposal by Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie would have ended the state's blue laws (now only enforced in Bergen County), with the governor citing industry estimates that the $1.1 billion in added retail revenue on Sundays would generate an additional $65 million in sales taxes for the state.[74] In November 2012, Governor Chris Christie issued an executive order temporarily suspending the blue laws in both Bergen County and Paramus due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, a decision that was upheld despite a court challenge by the Borough of Paramus.[75] The blue law suspension was in effect on Sunday, November 11, but was back in effect the following Sunday.[76]

The Paramus Borough Code forbids the performance of any "worldly employment" on Sunday, with exceptions for charity, and the sale of newspapers, medicinal drugs, meals, prepared food and cigarettes, among a limited number of exceptions. Even work performed inside one's own home is prohibited, unless one can "prove to the satisfaction of the Judge that he uniformly keeps the seventh day of the week commonly known as the 'Sabbath'".[72] In spite of its six-day shopping week, Paramus consistently has the most retail sales of any ZIP Code in the United States.[73]

Local blue laws in Paramus were first proposed in 1957, while the Bergen Mall and Garden State Plaza were under construction. The legislation was motivated by fears that the two new malls would aggravate the already-severe highway congestion caused by local retail businesses along the borough's highways.[30]

Paramus, along with the rest of Bergen County, has strict blue laws preventing stores selling non-food items from opening on Sundays. Although it started as a religious observance, it is kept on the books due to a desire of the residents of Paramus to have one day a week when traffic is tolerable in the town. This law was called into question when a BJ's Wholesale Club opened at the 4/17 junction. BJ's was allowed to open on Sundays, but is only allowed to sell food and basic necessities. The store has been structured to restrict access to shoppers to items that cannot be purchased on Sunday. Paramus has its own blue laws that are significantly more restrictive than those in effect in other communities in Bergen County. It is one of the last places in the United States to have such an extensive blue law.

Blue laws

Many national chain stores boast Paramus as their most prominent locations. Nordstrom's Paramus location, which was its first New York area store when it opened in September 1990 with strong sales volume,[69] is their best-performing chainwide. There are 25 retailers that occupy multiple stores in Paramus, including Macy's which had outlets in three malls for a period of time. Some retail analysts view Paramus as being two markets, centered on the two major highways. Lord & Taylor has locations at both Westfield Garden State Plaza and Fashion Center, giving Paramus the distinction of the only town with more than one Lord & Taylor location. Toys "R" Us has four locations: Fashion Center, Westfield Garden State Plaza (as Toys "R" Us Express[70]), a location on the eastbound side of Route 4, and a Babies "R" Us on the northbound side of Route 17. In 1983, Paramus was one of the first locations that opened for Kids "R" Us.[71] H&M has three locations in Paramus: Paramus Park, Westfield Garden State Plaza, and The Outlets at Bergen Town Center.

At the intersection of Routes 4 and 17 is Westfield Garden State Plaza, the largest and best-known mall in the borough. Westfield Garden State Plaza is the largest mall in the Westfield Group's global portfolio and the largest in New Jersey, with a gross leasable area of 2,128,402 square feet (200,000 m2).[68] On Route 4, are The Outlets at Bergen Town Center (known as the Bergen Mall until 2006), Paramus Place and The Shoppes on IV. On Route 17, are Paramus Park, Paramus Towne Square and the Fashion Center.

Paramus is known for its multitude of stores and malls. It has five major indoor shopping centers, serving residents in the areas of Bergen County and Passaic County in New Jersey and Rockland County in New York. New Jersey does not levy a sales tax on clothes and shoes, which makes it an attractive shopping destination for people even further away in New York City, who pay sales tax on clothing items above $110 in price, in addition to the lower standard rate of 7% in New Jersey, compared to 8.875% in New York City.[65][66] The spending levels generated by the malls have made Paramus one of the top retail ZIP codes in the country.[67]


Paramus is also home to the America regional headquarters of Hanjin Shipping, located on the eastbound side of Route 4.[64]

Paramus was the former headquarters location for Toys "R" Us before moving to Wayne, New Jersey in 2002.[63]

Shops at Bergen Town Center in Paramus


The median income for a household in the borough was $76,918, and the median income for a family was $84,406. Males had a median income of $56,635 versus $37,450 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $29,295. About 1.4% of families and 3.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.[59][60]

In the borough the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 5.5% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.4 males.[59][60]

There were 8,082 households out of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.3% were married couples living together, 8.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.1% were non-families. 14.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.32.[59][60]

As of the 2000 United States Census[16] there were 25,737 people, 8,082 households, and 6,780 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,457.7 people per square mile (949.1/km2). There were 8,209 housing units at an average density of 783.9 per square mile (302.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 79.19% White, 1.13% African American, 0.05% Native American, 17.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.87% of the population.[59][60]

2000 Census

Same-sex couples headed 35 households in 2010, more than double the 17 counted in the 2000 census.[62]

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $104,986 (with a margin of error of +/- $9,111) and the median family income was $123,848 (+/- $7,952). Males had a median income of $77,325 (+/- $5,222) versus $52,702 (+/- $4,983) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $40,024. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.0% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.[61]

In the borough, 21.5% of the population were under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 19.2% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 21.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46.3 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.[8]

There were 8,630 households, of which 33.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.6% were non-families. 17.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.92 and the average family size was 3.32.[8]

At the 2010 United States Census, there were 26,342 people, 8,630 households, and 6,939 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,516.0 per square mile (971.4/km2). There were 8,915 housing units at an average density of 851.5 per square mile (328.8/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 72.29% (19,042) White, 1.42% (374) Black or African American, 0.11% (28) Native American, 22.28% (5,869) Asian, 0.05% (13) Pacific Islander, 1.39% (366) from other races, and 2.47% (650) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 7.26% (1,913) of the population.[8]

2010 Census


During the 1950s and 1960s, Paramus, lacking any master plan until 1969, was redeveloped into two shopping corridors when its farmers and outside developers saw that shopping malls were more lucrative than produce farming.[53] "It was a developer's dream: flat cleared land adjacent to major arterials and accessible to a growing suburban population and the country's largest city – with no planning restrictions".[53] New York had a state sales tax, but New Jersey had none, so with the opening of Manhattan department stores in the Bergen Mall (1957), the Garden State Plaza (1957) and Alexander's (1961), Paramus became the "first stop outside New York City for shopping".[53] From 1948–58, the population of Paramus increased from 6,000 to 23,000, the number of retail establishments tripled from 111 to 319, and annual retail sales increased from $5.5 million to $112 million.[53] By the 1980s, when the population had increased slightly over 1960s levels, retail sales had climbed to $1 billion.[53]

Paramus became one of the "truck farming" areas that helped New Jersey earn its nickname as the "Garden State".[51] By 1940, Paramus' population was just 4,000, with no town center and 94 retail establishments.[52] Although the opening of the New Jersey Route 17 and New Jersey Route 4 (which intersect in southern Paramus), made the area accessible to millions, "it was not until the 1950's that massive development hit this section of northern New Jersey".[53]

Farview Avenue, located at the highest peak in Paramus, has a clear view of the New York City skyline.[50]

A section of Paramus known as Dunkerhook (meaning dark corner in Dutch) was a free African-American community dating to the early 18th century. Although historical markers on the current site and local oral tradition maintain that this was a slave community, contemporary records document that it was a community of free blacks, not slaves.[48] A group of houses built on Dunkerhook Road by the Zabriskies in the late 18th / early 19th centuries were the center of a community of black farmers, who had been slaves held by the Zabriskie family.[49]

[47].Westchester County, New York Over the advice of his staff, Washington moved his headquarters to [46], Washington established his headquarters in Paramus in July 1778.Battle of Monmouth Following the [45]

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