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About Teaneck

Teaneck is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey and considered a bedroom suburb of the New York metropolitan area. Living in Teaneck Township offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Teaneck Township there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks.

The earliest houses and farm buildings were constructed beside the old Indian trail (Lenni Lenape Native American) that ran along the west bank of the Hackensack River. The neighborhood that grew here came to be known as East Hackensack or New Hackensack. A separate group of Dutch farmhouses were constructed along the eastern slope of the Teaneck Ridge.

Affluent New Yorkers and others out of towners purchased large tracts of land on which they built expansive mansions and estates. This emerging group of commuters traveled New York City for their employment while living in New Jersey for the experience. The completion of the George Washington Bridge in 1931 and its connection to Route 4 brought hundreds of curious and eager new-home buyers. Teaneck still has seven early stone houses officially designated as Historic Sites and maintained by private owners. They stand as reminders of the 17th and 18th Century Dutch heritage.

Commercial development and zoning are focused into four main shopping districts, Cedar Lane, Teaneck Rd, DeGraw Ave., West Englewood Ave. and Queen Anne Rd, more generally known as “The Plaza”.

The location at the crossroads of river road, the train and other great features made it a site of many momentous events across the span of centuries.

During a cold and dreary November of 1776, Teaneck was witness to General George Washington’s withdrawal of Colonial forces from nearby Fort Lee on the Hudson River. Early on the morning of November 20, Washington rode by horseback from his headquarters in Hackensack through where the township of Teaneck stands now, and then across Overpeck Creek into Fort Lee.  His troops eventually made their way across the Overpeck Creek through Teaneck to New Bridge Landing (today’s Brett Park). Teaneck returned to back to a quiet farm community after the war. Fruits and vegetables were sold at Paterson and New York markets nearby.

Other Facts

Teaneck was created in 1895 from portions of Englewood and Ridgefield Township (which are now obsolete regardless of existing municipalities with comparable names), along with parts of Bogota and Leonia. Teaneck sits along Interstate 95 and the eastern boundary of Interstate 80. The township is divided by Route 4 around the River Subdivision of CSX Transportation. At its incorporation, Teaneck’s population was 811.

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