Unlike Little China or Little Italy, the Korean and Spanish foothold in Hackensack is omnipresent. Great place to practice your language skills - pick up a Korean newspaper as easily as you could a ThirstyTwoOuncer from Stop'n'Go. Exotic Hackensack.The racial makeup of the city is 52.61% White, 24.65% African American, 0.45% Native American, 7.45%...more
Hackensack is a perfect base to explore the New York City metro region. Mass transit will get you into Manhattan. Shopping abounds in nearby Paramus, which was the original mall capital of the world. Hackensack's own Riverside Square Mall features elegant stores like Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Hackensack is also located near the...more
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Bakeries were a staple when I was growing up. Every Sunday my father and I used to go to the bakery for crumb cake, rolls, and a black & white cookie for me. B&W reminds me of that time as well as providing delicious baked goods!The superlatives about B&W's crumb cake - "best in NJ", "best in the U.S." - fly off the tongue. Of course, every crumb...more
Dom Pomodoro's is a nice Italian restaurant, perfect for a quiet dinner or a family Sunday brunch. The regular menu (lunch & dinner) has the usual Italian staples and daily specialty items. The chicken dishes are very good, as are the steaks.Sunday Brunch is a big affair and you won't leave hungry! Along with made to order eggs, omelettes, and...more
The Hackensack Diner is a small, friendly diner in Hackensack. It has a huge menu, with tons of different dishes. One of our favorites is their salads, particularly the chicken caesar salad. There is also a children's menu and a bar with a variety of mixed drink choices.more
Hackensack is the hometown of internationally renowned rock singer Joe Lynn Turner (Deep Purple, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow, Yngwie Malmsteen, etc.). It's also been said that Turner's current bandmate in the Voices of Classic Rock, guitarist extraordinaire Leslie West of Mountain, attended Hackensack High School (it's not that easy to verify...more
New Jersey Transit buses connect Hackensack to many cities within New Jersey as well as the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. Many of the routes originate/terminate or stop at the Hackensack Bus Terminal. Fare between Hackensack and NY is less than $5. Discounted rates for Seniors/Children.Check the website for route/schedule/fare...more
To reach Hackensack by train, take New Jersey Transit's Pascack Valley Line. The Pascack Valley Line runs north from Hoboken, New Jersey to Spring Valley, New York. To travel between Manhattan and Hackensack, take the NJ Transit from NY Penn Station to Hoboken (or Secaucus Junction) to pick up the Pascack Valley Line.There are two stations in...more
Air from Newark International Airport (EWR); private jets to Teterboro Airport (TEB). Buses from Port Authority Bus Terminal or George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal. Amtrak to Penn Station-New York or Penn Station-Newark.Rent a car; Hackensack honestly isn't safe enough to wander around any more.more
There is a large Italian community in Hackensack, especially in the First Ward neighborhood below the Courthouse. The *original* film entitled 'Jersey Girl' (featuring Aida Turturro who now plays Janice Soprano on HBO's 'The Sopranos' and Dylan McDermott who now plays Bobby Donnell on ABC's 'The Practice') was filmed in this neighborhood at 75 Lodi Street and also across town at the intersection of Passaic and Linden Streets. In recent years, the city has become largely Hispanic with a large Colombian and Dominican population. There are also many native Irish people in the city.
Sad to say, crime has risen over the years. The most criminal activity comes from the neighborhood north and west of First Street and Central Avenue, where three highly-publicized shootings have taken place. There are more homeless people than ever, which have driven some prestigious law firms away from the Courthouse area of lower Main Street.
The other major warning is that, if you go shopping at Riverside Square Mall, do NOT take your children into the nearby county park along the Hackensack River. It's unfortunate but true, but the park has become a notorious hotbed of sexual activity, even in broad daylight. This location was once listed on a Web site called gayuniverse.com as a recommended cruising and pickup spot during certain hours of the day, and ever since, the police have been unable to make the park safe again for families. Enter at your own risk!
Hackensack is not a tourist destination, so the only junk I've ever seen is at the rest stops along the New Jersey Turnpike.
Luggage and bags:
Bring what you would normally pack for a hotel. You'll do more walking in Manhattan or at the malls than you will around Hackensack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes for marching around the malls!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get anything you need from numerous chain drug stores. Hackensack University Medical Center has become world-renowned and keeps expanding.
Photo Equipment: You can get whatever you need at Gene Hacker's Camera Shop on River Street; it's been there forever!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The Jersey Shore is a long way from Hackensack; bumper-to-bumper traffic, but it's a big part of our culture from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Miscellaneous: Tennis is popular in Bergen County, so plan accordingly. My top pick is the Maywood Tennis Club on West Passaic Street in Maywood.
(Hey, those desserts looked so great that I think I'll end this page with another one, the Napoleon with Filo and Creme Brulee...sweet memories of Hackensack!)
Fans of HBO's 'The Sopranos' television series will be thrilled by a visit to Hackensack. Although the show's stories take place in towns located southwest of the city, quite a bit of the actual filming is done in and around Hackensack. According to the excellent and fully comprehensive Web site 'Sopranos On Location' at...more
Here's the world-famous Olympic figure skater Sarah Hughes. Did you know that she commuted all the way from her home on Long Island -- two hours each way, six days a week -- to train at the Ice House located on Midtown Bridge Approach in Hackensack? Now that's dedication! Congratulations, Sarah!!more