A brief history of Cliffside Park
Cliffside Park is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 23,594, reflecting an increase of 587 (+2.6%) from the 23,007 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 2,614 (+12.8%) from the 20,393 counted in the 1990 Census.
Cliffside Park was formed based on the results of a referendum held on January 15, 1895, from portions of Ridgefield Township. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, as of one two boroughs created in 1895 after 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. The borough was named for its location as a "Park by the Cliffs".
U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg resided in the borough until his death in 2013. Cliffside Park was home to the former Palisades Amusement Park, part of which was located in adjoining Fort Lee. The 38-acre (15 ha) park operated from 1898 until 1971, remaining one of the most-visited amusement parks in the country until its closure, after which the rides and attractions were removed and the site replaced by high-rise apartment buildings.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 0.963 square mile (2.493 km2), all of which was land. Located atop the Hudson Palisades, Anderson Avenue and Palisade Avenue are the town's major north-south thoroughfares, the latter offering views of the Hudson River and New York City skyline. Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Grantwood and Shadyside. The borough borders the Bergen County municipalities of Edgewater, Fairview, Fort Lee and Ridgefield, as well as North Bergen in Hudson County.
Grantwood is named for Grant's Tomb, located on the opposite shore of the river. Gorge Road runs along the face of the cliff to the Edgewater waterfront.
The Cliffside Park School District serves public school students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its five schools had an enrollment of 2,615 students and 219.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.9:1.Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Number 3 School with 347 students in grades K-6, Number 4 School with 504 students in grades PreK-6, Number 5 School with 246 students in grades K-6, Number 6 School with 756 students in grades K-8, Cliffside Park Middle School grades 7 and 8 (enrollment not listed) and Cliffside Park High School with 1,115 students in grades 9-12. Students from Fairview attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Fairview Public Schools. Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district. For generations, the borough was the home of Epiphany School, an elementary school of the Roman Catholic Church of the Epiphany. Built in 1929, under the direction of Msgr. Anthony J. Ferretti, the school was staffed by the Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth (Convent Station, New Jersey). In 2005, due to changing demographics and low enrollment, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark decided to merge Epiphany School with Christ the Teacher Interparochial School in Fort Lee, New Jersey, which is jointly sponsored by Epiphany RC Church, Madonna RC Church (Fort Lee), Holy Trinity RC Church (Fort Lee) and Holy Rosary RC Church (Edgewater).
Cliffside Park Restaurants
What “Cheers” is to TV, Rudy’s Seafood Restaurant is to Cliffside Park. A favorite watering hole and eatery for 31 years, yes, longtime bartenders Babe, and brother Pete DeSantis do know everyone’s name. Adjacent to the bar is a separate dining room where Italian specialties like Fried Calamari and Clam Sauce, either red or white, top the menu. “We’re well known for these dishes and we have customers that come from as far away as Upstate New York
2017 US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. Home value data includes all types of owner-occupied housing.