Paterson Travel Guide

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  • Paterson
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  • Paterson
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Paterson Things to Do

  • Paterson’s diverse neighborhoods

    Paterson is a multicultural city and its diversity is reflected in its neighborhoods, grocery stores, and restaurants. Paterson’s Little Italy is mainly along two thoroughfares in the Great Falls Historic District---Cianci Street and 21st Avenue. These strips are still lined with Italian cafés, clubs, delis, and restaurants. On Cianci Street, there...

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  • Downtown Paterson

    Downtown Paterson, once a shopping mecca for North Jersey, has seen better days as shoppers and retailers headed out for suburban malls. Downtown Paterson is now dominated by a parking lot. No movie theatres or major department stores remain in Paterson. Today, Downtown Paterson is a mishmash of a variety of discount shops that hum on the congested...

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  • Great Falls Historic District

    The Great Falls Historic DistrictThe Great Falls Historic District is the most famous neighborhood in Paterson. The city has attempted to revitalize the area in recent years, including the installation of period lamp posts and the conversion of old factories into apartments and retail. Many artists and some yuppies live in this section of Paterson....

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  • Paterson locos

    You've all seen those western movies with a steam locomotive pounding along while those pesky injuns hoot and holler alongside it or a bunch of masked outlaws plan some daring robbery. Well, most of them were built in Paterson. At one time, there were five locomotive manufacturers in the city, and together they built more than ten thousand...

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  • Abbott and Costello

    I guess there aren't many of you VTers out there who remember Abbott and Costello. Old Cliffie recalls enduring their wacky kind of humour on Saturday afternoons at the local cinema. They were the Kings of Comedy in the USA during the war years and just after, producing a string of knockabout comedies, culminating in the 1948 cult classic 'Abbott...

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  • Colt gun mill

    Samuel Colt has a fair claim to being the 'man that won the West'. It was in Paterson in 1836 that he built a state-of-the-art factory to manufacture his famous revolver. Although several thousand weapons were made, the success was shortlived and the company went bust in 1842. The old gun mill is now a ruin.

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Paterson Local Customs

  • 'Here comes the story of the Hurricane'

    The Hurricane in the Bob Dylan song was in fact a boxer, Rubin Carter, who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a triple murder that occurred in a bar in Paterson in 1966. Carter, who has always maintained his innocence, now lives in Canada. He claims his only crime when he was arrested was DWB - driving while black.

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  • Congressional Medal of Honor

    The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award for valour that can be bestowed on a member of the US military for courage in the face of the enemy. The Medal is usually presented by the President. In the 140-year history of the Medal, from the time of the Civil War, Paterson has produced five recipients of the Medal of Honor.

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Paterson Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings in Paterson

    The Alabama Housing Projects near South Paterson are one of the roughest housing projects in the state. Police battle with drugs, prostitution, and violence…even during the daytime. Wrigley Park or the Fourth Ward along Martin Luther King Blvd. is also crime infested but not as bad as the Alabama Housing Projects. However, there are still great...

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  • Security in Paterson

    Some parts of Paterson are rougher than others. The worst part is the northeastern part, where both the avenues and streets are numbered. Drug Dealers operate on the side streets even in the middle of the day. Other rough areas are the northern part and many areas right off Main Street. Main STreet is safe during the day, but be careful of some of...

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  • Fire, flood and tornado

    Paterson certainly wasn't the place to be 100 years ago, when it was hit by three disasters inside 18 months. At the beginning of February 1902 the Great Fire of Paterson raged for 24 hours and destroyed 459 buildings. Three weeks later the Passaic river broke its banks and flooded what was left of the city. And then in June 1903, when rebuilding...

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