A brief history of Little Ferry
Little Ferry was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on September 18, 1894, from portions of Lodi Township and New Barbadoes Township, based on the results of a referendum held two days earlier. The borough was formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone.
During the colonial era, the borough was the site of an important ferry crossing between the region's towns at Bergen and Hackensack, which was operated by rope on the site starting in 1659, continuing until 1826 when it was replaced by a bridge on the Bergen Turnpike.
Gethsemane Cemetery, an African burial ground, was opened in 1860 and was used for interments until 1924. The site was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Rosie's Diner (formerly the Farmland Diner) was used in the 1970s for the filming of Bounty paper towel commercials featuring Nancy Walker as Rosie the Waitress.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Little Ferry 35th in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 1.703 square miles (4.409 km2), including 1.476 square miles (3.822 km2) of land and 0.227 square miles (0.587 km2) of water (13.31%).
The borough borders the Bergen County municipalities of Hackensack, Moonachie, Ridgefield, Ridgefield Park, South Hackensack and Teterboro.
The borough lies near the confluence of the Hackensack River and Overpeck Creek in the New Jersey Meadowlands.
The Little Ferry Public Schools serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2014–15 school year, the district and its two schools had an enrollment of 1,406 students and 72.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 19.5:1. The district is comprised of two school buildings, which are located across the street from each other. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Washington Elementary School (198 students; in grades K-1) and Memorial Middle School (782; 2-8). Memorial Elementary School includes Grades 2 - 4, while Memorial Middle School includes grades 5 - 8 and the Board of Education Offices.
Since Little Ferry does not have its own high school, students in public school for ninth through twelfth grades attend Ridgefield Park High School, in Ridgefield Park only a couple of minutes away, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Ridgefield Park Public Schools that has been in place since 1953.
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, Applied Technology High School, located at Bergen Community College in Paramus, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro, 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..
Little Ferry Restaurants
Refined Spanish chophouse draws crowds with plentiful plates prepared with seasonal ingredients.
2018 US Census Bureau, American Community Survey. Home value data includes all types of owner-occupied housing.