Paterson is a city in Passaic
View of Paterson New Jersey 1880.
As of the United States 2000 Census
city population was 149,222. Census population projections indicate
a population of 146,545 as of 2007, making it New Jersey's third
. It is the county
seat of Passaic County.
Paterson is known as the "Silk City" for
its dominant role in silk production during the later 19th
was originally formed as a township from portions of Acquackanonk Township on
April 11, 1831, while the area was still part of Essex
Paterson became part of the newly-created
Passaic County on February 7, 1837. Paterson was incorporated as a
city on April 14, 1851, based on the results of a referendum held
that day. The city was reincorporated on March 14, 1861.
Alexander Hamilton helped found
the Society for
the Establishment of Useful Manufactures (S.U.M.), which helped
encourage the harnessing of energy from the Great Falls of
the Passaic, to secure economic independence from British
Paterson as seen from an airplane,
Paterson, which was founded by the society,
became the cradle of the industrial revolution in America. Paterson
was named for William
, Governor of New
, statesman, and signer of the Constitution
architect, engineer, and city planner Pierre L'Enfant, who developed the plans for
D.C., was the first superintendent for the S.U.M.
He devised a plan, which would harness the power of
the Great Falls through a channel in the rock and an aqueduct.
However, the society's directors felt he was taking too long and
was over budget. He was replaced by Peter Colt, who used a
less-complicated reservoir system to get the water flowing to
factories in 1794. Eventually, Colt's system developed some
problems and a scheme resembling L'Enfant's original plan was used
after 1846. L'Enfant, meanwhile, brought his city plans with him
when he designed Washington, and that city's layout resembles the
plan he wanted to develop for Paterson.
The industries developed in Paterson were powered by the 77-foot
high Great Falls, and a system of water raceways that harnessed the
power of the falls. The city began growing around the falls and
until 1914 the mills were powered by the waterfalls. The district
originally included dozens of mill buildings and other
manufacturing structures associated with the textile industry and
later, the firearms, silk, and railroad locomotive manufacturing
industries. In the latter half of the 1800s, silk
production became the dominant industry and formed
the basis of Paterson's most prosperous period, earning it the
nickname "Silk City." In 1835, Samuel Colt began producing firearms
in Paterson, although within a few years he moved his business to
Later in the 19th century, Paterson was the
site of early experiments with submarines by Irish-American
inventor John Holland
. Two of Holland's
early models — one found at the bottom of the Passaic River — are
on display in the Paterson Museum
housed in the former Rogers Locomotive and
near the Passaic Falls.
The city was a mecca for immigrant
who worked in its factories as
well. Paterson was also the site of historic labor unrest that
focused on anti-child labor legislation, and the six-month long
Paterson silk strike of
that demanded the eight-hour
and better working conditions, but was defeated by the
employers with workers forced to return under pre-strike
conditions. Factory workers labored long hours for low wages under
dangerous conditions, and lived in crowded tenement buildings
around the mills. The factories then moved south where there were
no labor unions, and later moved overseas.
Paterson opened Hinchliffe Stadium, a 9,500-seat stadium named in honor of John
Hinchliffe, a former Paterson mayor. Hinchliffe
originally served as the site for high school and semi-professional
athletic events. From 1933–1937, 1939-1945, Hinchliffe was the home
of the New York Black Yankees
and in 1936 the home of the New York Cubans of the Negro National League
historic ballpark was also a venue for many professional football
games, track and field events, boxing matches and auto and
motorcycle racing. The track was used for filming by Abbott and Costello
. Hinchliffe is one
of few Negro League
standing in the United States, and is on the National Register of
. In 1963, Paterson Public Schools acquired the
stadium and used it for public school events until 1997, but it is
currently in a state of disrepair, while the schools have been
taken over by the state SN.
During World War II
Paterson played an
important part in the aircraft engine industry. By the end of WWII,
however, there was a decline in urban areas and Paterson was no
exception, and since the 1970s the city has suffered high
premier shopping and leisure destination of northern New Jersey,
competition from the malls in upscale neighboring towns like
Wayne and Paramus have forced the big-chain stores out of Paterson’s
The biggest industries are now small businesses
because the factories have moved overseas. However, the city still,
as always, attracts many immigrants
of these immigrants
have revived the
city's economy especially through small businesses.
The downtown area was struck by massive fires several times, the
most recent of which occurred in 1991. In this fire, a near full
city block (bordered on the north and south by Main and Washington
Street and on the east and west by Ellison Street and College
Boulevard, a stretch of Van Houten Street that is dominated by
) was engulfed in flames due to an electrical
fire in the basement of a bar. The area was so badly damaged that
most of the burned buildings were demolished, with an outdoor mall
standing in their place. The most notable of the buildings to be
destroyed was the Meyer Brothers department store, which was one of
the few remaining department stores in the city.
Lambert Castle Museum
was built in 1893 as
the home of Catholina Lambert, the self-made owner of a prominent
silk mill in the City of Paterson. Constructed in the Medieval Revival
architectural style, Mr. Lambert's dream was to build a home
reminiscent of the castles in Great Britain that he remembered from his boyhood
After Lambert's death in 1923, his family sold the building to the
City of Paterson, which in turn sold it to the County of Passaic a
few years later. The County of Passaic used the building for
administrative offices, and in 1936, provided one room to the
fledgling Passaic County Historical Society to serve as its
historical museum. As time went by the museum grew, room by room,
until the entire first floor became the historical museum.
In the late 1990s, the Castle underwent a multi-million dollar
restoration and all four floors of the building were developed into
a museum and library. Today, the County of Passaic remains the
owner of the building and generously supports the facilities'
operation; however, the Passaic County Historical Society is solely
responsible for the operation and management of Lambert Castle
Museum with its historical period rooms, long-term and changing
exhibition galleries, educational programs for elementary and
middle-school students, and research library/archive. The private,
membership-supported, non-profit Passaic County Historical Society
owns the historical artifacts, artwork and archives in Lambert
Castle Museum. This unique public-private partnership enables the
residents of Passaic County to have a historical museum to proudly
call their own.
is located at (40.915498, -74.162927) in the Piedmont region between the
Appalachian foothills and the Coastal
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
) of it is land
and 0.8 km2
) of it (3.32%)
The Great Falls Historic District
is the most
famous neighborhood in Paterson, because of the landmark Great
Falls of the Passaic River. The city has attempted to revitalize
the area in recent years, including the installation of period lamp
posts and the conversion of old industrial buildings into
apartments and retail. Many artists live in this section of
Paterson. A major redevelopment project is planned for this
district in the coming years. The Paterson Museum
of industrial history at
and Machine Works
is situated in the Historic District.
is the main commercial district
of the city and was once a shopping mecca for northern New Jersey.
After a devastating fire in 1902, the city rebuilt the downtown
with massive Beaux-Arts-style
buildings, many of
which remain to this day. These buildings are usually four to seven
stories tall. Downtown Paterson is home to City Hall and the
Passaic County Courthouse Annex, two of the city's architectural
landmarks. City Hall was designed by the New York firm
Carrere and Hastings in 1894,
and is modeled after the Hôtel de
Ville (city hall) in Lyon, France, capital of the silk industry in Europe.
The former Orpheum Theatre located on Van Houten street, has been
converted to a Mosque
. The massive structure
now known as Masjid Jalalabad, can accommodate 1,500
many other old downtown districts in the United States, Downtown Paterson suffered as shoppers and
retailers moved to the suburban shopping
malls of the region.
Many historic buildings are in
disrepair or are abandoned after years of neglect. In addition,
Downtown Paterson is an Urban
. The city has, in recent years, begun
initiatives in hopes of reviving the downtown area. A project
called the Center City project will convert a downtown parking lot
into a commercial and entertainment center with office space.
Downtown Paterson is located in the city's 1st Ward.
Eastside Park Historic District
consists of about
1,000 homes, including Tudors
, Georgian colonials
, Italianate villas
and Dutch colonials
. It is located east of
downtown. Once the home of the city's industrial and political
leaders, the neighborhood experienced a significant downturn as
industry fled Paterson. In recent years, gentrification
has begun to occur in the
neighborhood and some of the area's historic houses have been
restored. The Eastside Park Historic District is a state and
nationally-registered historic place. The jewel of the neighborhood
is Eastside Park and the mansions that surround it. In addition,
this section of Paterson once had a large Jewish
population and there is still a synagogue
left. Eastside Park and what is commonly
known as the Upper Eastside is located in Paterson's 3rd
is a residential neighborhood in
Paterson. It is located east of East 33rd Street, north of Broadway
and south-west of Route 20 and the Passaic
. The Manor section of Paterson is located in the city's
is a diverse neighborhood with a
as well as Turkish
, and Hispanic
community located east of Main Street and west of West Railway
Avenue. A majority of the city's Arabs live in this section of
Paterson. Many of the retail shops and restaurants cater to this
community. The neighborhood is also characterized by Halal
meat markets which offer goat and lamb, and shop
signs in Arabic. South Paterson's Arab community is mostly
made up of Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese people.
South Paterson is located in the
city's 6th Ward.
is situated in the southern part of the
city, the Lakeview Section is a middle-class
neighborhood. Interstate 80 runs
north of this district. Lakeview is home to the Paterson Farmers
Market, where people from all across North Jersey come to buy fresh
produce. The neighborhood consists primarily of Hispanics
, although this
neighborhood also has a sizable European
population, including a significant
presence. Lakeview also shares
some of the same characteristics as neighboring Clifton as they both share the neighborhood bearing the
The Lakeview section of Paterson is located in
the city's 6th Ward.
is a large mostly residential, middle-class enclave
the west of the downtown area. Its borders' limits are Preakness
Avenue to the east, Cumberland Avenue to the west and Totowa Avenue
along with West Side Park and the Passaic River to the south.
Hillcrest is one of Paterson's most desirable neighborhoods. The
Hillcrest section of Paterson is located in the city's 2nd Ward and
is home to U.A.B.
is a vibrant neighborhood located
north of 23rd Avenue and South of Market Street.Twenty-First Avenue
or "La Ventiuno" as it's known by most of Paterson's
Spanish-speaking community, is located in the People's Park section
of Paterson. It is an active and vibrant retail strip featuring a
variety of shops and services catering to a diverse clientèle.
Twenty First Avenue, home to SLD, used to have a large Italian
population. Although there is still a
significant Italian presence left in the neighborhood, it also has
a large first-generation Hispanic
population, particularly Colombian
is a neighborhood that has suffered
from years of poverty, crime, and neglect. It is mostly African-American
. Poverty, crime, open-air
drug markets, prostitution, vacant lots, and boarded-up windows are
common in this area. However, there are new houses being built and
crime has dropped in recent years. This neighborhood is located
north of Broadway.
is a neighborhood in Paterson located
roughly west of Madison Avenue, north of 21st Avenue, south of Park
Avenue and east of Straight Street. Due to Paterson's significant population
turn-over, this neighborhood is now home to a large Hispanic
community, mostly first-generation Dominicans.
The Sandy Hill section of Paterson is
located in the city's 5th Ward. Roberto
Park, which was originally known as Sandy Hill Park is
located in this neighborhood.
, located north of Downtown, suffers from
some of the social problems currently facing the Wrigley Park
neighborhood but to a lesser extent. This neighborhood
borders the boroughs of Haledon and Prospect Park and it is known for its hills and having sweeping
views of New York
The Northside section of Paterson is
located in the city's 1st Ward.
is a large neighborhood located
west of the Passaic River
of West Broadway and north-east of Preakness Avenue. It is mostly Hispanic with a rising South
Asian community, mainly Bangladeshi.
Many Bengali grocery stores and clothing
stores are located on Union Ave and the surrounding streets. Masjid
Al-Ferdous is located on Union Ave, which accommodates the daily
Bangladeshi pedestrian population.
A large Italian
presence remains in
this neighborhood. Many Peruvian and other Latin
American restaurants and businesses are located on Union
Colonial Village and Brooks Sloate Terraces are
located in this neighborhood. The Totowa Section is located in
parts of the 1st and 2nd Wards of Paterson.
Stoney Road is Paterson's
most south-west neighborhood, bordering Woodland
Park to the south and Totowa across the Passaic River to
This neighborhood is home to Pennington Park,
Hayden Heights, Lou Costello
Levine reservoir, Murray Avenue, Mc Bride Avenue and Garret
Heights. A strong Italian
remains in this neighborhood. The Stoney Road section of Paterson
is located in the city's 2nd Ward.
Riverside is a larger
neighborhood in Paterson and, as its name states, this neighborhood
is bound by the Passaic River to the
north and east, separating the city from Hawthorne and Fair Lawn.
Riverside is a working-class
neighborhood. The neighborhood is mostly residential with some
industrial uses. Madison Avenue cuts through the heart of this
district. Route 20 runs through the eastern border of
Riverside providing an easy commute to Route 80 East and New York City.
This section is ethnically diverse with a
growing Hispanic community concentrating mostly north and along
River Street. Many Albanians
home in the East 18th Street and River Street areas. River View
Terrace is located in this neighborhood. Riverside is located in
parts of the 3rd and 4th Wards of Paterson.
is a mostly industrial
area west of River Street and east of
the Passaic River.
Since its early beginnings, Paterson has been a melting pot.
settled in the City in the 19th century. Italian
immigrants soon followed. As early as 1890,
many Syrian and Lebanese immigrants also arrived in Paterson.
and 3rd generation Puerto Ricans have been
calling Paterson home since the 1950s but most recently first
generation Dominican, Peruvian, Colombian, Mexican, Central American,
and various South American immigrants
have arrived.Western Market Street, sometimes called
Little Lima by tourists, is home to many
Peruvian and other Latin-American businesses.
contrast if one travels east on Market Street, a heavy
concentration of Dominican-owned restaurants, beauty salons, barber shops and
other businesses can be seen.
The Great Falls Historic
District, Cianci Street, Union Avenue and 21st Avenue have several
Italian businesses. To the north of the Great Falls is a
fast-growing Bangladeshi population. Park Avenue and Market Street between
Straight Street and Madison Avenue is heavily Dominican and Puerto
Rican. Main Street, just south of downtown, is
heavily Mexican with a declining Puerto-Rican community. Costa Ricans
and other Central American
immigrant communities are
growing in the Riverside and Peoples Park neighborhoods. Broadway
or Martin Luther King Jr. Way is predominantly black, as is the
Fourth Ward and parts of Eastside and Northside. Paterson's black
community is made up of African
Americans of Southern heritage and more recent Caribbean and African
immigrants. Main Street between the Clifton border and Madison Avenue is heavily Turkish and Arab.
Avenue in the People's Park section is characterized by Colombian and other Latin-American restaurants and
Every summer, Patersonians enjoy an African-American Day Parade
, a Dominican Day Parade, a Puerto Rican Day
Parade, a Peruvian Day Parade, and a Turkish-American Day
is considered by many the capital of the Peruvian Diaspora in the U.S.
Paterson's Peruvian community celebrates what is known as Señor de los Milagros
Lord of Miracles" in English on October 18 through 28th of every
is home to the 3rd largest Dominican-American Community in the
United States, after New York City and Lawrence, Massachusetts
is home to the largest Turkish-American immigrant
community in the U.S. and the second largest Arab-American community after Dearborn,
Michigan. The Greater Paterson area which includes the
cities of Clifton and Wayne and the boroughs of Haledon, Prospect Park, North Haledon, Totowa, Woodland Park, and Little Falls, is home to the nation's largest North Caucasian population comprised
mostly of Circassians, Karachays, and a small Chechen community.
Reflective of these
communities, Paterson and Prospect Park public schools observe
Paterson has seen a growing Bengali population open up a branch of
the Sonali Exchange Company Inc. on Union Avenue in the Totowa
Section. The Sonali Exchange Company is a subsidiary
of Sonali Bank, The largest state owned
commercial bank in Bangladesh.
The greater Paterson area
following municipalities border Paterson and are considered to be
its suburbs: The boroughs of Prospect
Park, Haledon, Totowa, Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson), Hawthorne and the City of Clifton in Passaic County; and the boroughs of Elmwood
Park (formerly East Paterson) and Fair
Lawn in Bergen County.
The municipalities formerly known as East
and West Paterson changed their names over the past two
Paterson and its suburbs are sometimes known informally as
. The nearby township of Wayne is also considered to be a part of Greater
Paterson. Two important Wayne institutions — William
Paterson University and St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital — have their origins in
19th century Paterson before moving to suburban Wayne in the 20th
forms part of the Paterson-Clifton-Passaic Metropolitan
Area, along with Passaic and Clifton.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 149,222
people, 4,471 households, and 33,353 families residing in the city.
population density of
6,826.4/km2 (17,675.4/mi2), Paterson is the
second most densely populated large city (i.e., with a population
of 100,000 or more) in the United States, only after New York City.
There were 47,169 housing units at an average density of
). The racial makeup
of the city was 32.90% African American
, 0.60% Native American
, 0.06% Pacific Islander
, 27.60% from
, and 6.17%
from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 50.1% of the
population. The majority of Hispanics are Peruvian, Colombian,
Dominican and Puerto Rican.
There were 44,710 households out of which 40.9% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 39.4% were married couples
living together, 26.8% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families.
20.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.9% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 3.25 and the average family size was 3.71.
In the city the population was spread out with 29.8% under the age
of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 32.0% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to
64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
30 years. For every 100 females there were 94.4 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $32,778, and the
median income for a family was $35,420. Males had a median income
of $27,911 versus $22,733 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$13,257. About 19.2% of families and 22.2% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 29.0%
of those under age 18 and 19.1% of those age 65 or over.
The City of Paterson Municipal Council was created as a result of a
1974 decision to change its form of government from a 1907
statute-based form, to a Faulkner Act
The 1907 statute-based form consisted of various boards. A Board of
Aldermen, Board of Finance, Board of Health, Board of Public Works,
Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.
The Mayor-Council plan consisted of a Mayor and nine Council
members. Six of the members that sit on the Municipal Council
represent each of the city's six wards. The three remaining members
are members At-Large. The Municipal Council has the responsibility
of reviewing and approving Municipal legislation.
Under the Mayor-Council plan, the Mayor is the chief executive and
is responsible for administering the City's activities. The Mayor
is elected for a four-year term by the citizens and is responsible
for them. His/Her function includes enforcing the charter and the
ordinances and laws passed by the City Council. The Mayor appoints
all department heads including the business administrator, with the
advise and consent of the Council s/he may also remove and or all
department heads after giving them notice and an opportunity to be
With the assistance of the business administrator, the Mayor is
responsible for preparation of the municipal budget. The Mayor
submits the budget to the Council along with a detailed analysis of
expenditures and revenues. The Council may reduce any item or items
in the budget by a majority vote, but can only increase an item by
a two-thirds vote.
of Paterson is José
. He is a member of the Mayors Against Illegal
, a bi-partisan
with a stated goal of "making the public safer by getting illegal
guns off the streets." The Coalition is co-chaired by Boston Mayor
Thomas Menino and New York City Mayor Michael
City Council Members are:
- William C. McKoy - Third
- Anthony "Eboney" Davis - First Ward
- Aslon Goow Sr. - Second Ward
- Vera Ames-Garnes - Fourth Ward
- Julio Tavarez -
- Andre Sayegh - Sixth Ward
- Rigo Rodriguez - Councilman At-Large
- Jeffery Jones - Council President Councilman
- Kenneth Morris Jr. - Councilman At-Large
Federal, state and county representation
Paterson is in the Eighth Congressional District and is part of New
Jersey's 35th Legislative District.
Portions of Paterson are part of an Urban Enterprise Zone
. In addition to
other benefits to encourage employment within the Zone, shoppers
can take advantage of a reduced 3½% sales
rate (versus the 7% rate charged statewide).
The city is served by the New Jersey
Transit Main Line
service. The line stops in the
Downtown area at the Paterson station.
Plans are being developed for
Paterson to receive new commuter rail service on the existing
line, which is currently single-tracked. This rail line would be
called the Passaic-Bergen Commuter Rail and would have five stops
in Paterson. In addition, the Newark
may come in time to the existing NJ Transit
service to locations in Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson counties is provided by NJ Transit, making the city
a regional transit hub. The Broadway Bus Terminal, also
downtown, is the terminus for NJ Transit bus lines to Newark and the Port Authority Bus Terminal and George Washington Bridge Bus
Station in New York
City Hall has many buses that stop at or
near it, going to various points in the area (including New York
and the neighboring communities). Service to Manhattan and shopping
centers in Bergen County is also provided by independent bus
carriers. There is also a dollar bus service that takes you right
into the city.
The Paterson Public Schools
serve students in kindergarten through twelfth grade and also has
Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology. Paterson
Catholic Regional High School, Paterson's only Catholic high
school, which is not a part of the Paterson Public Schools but the
Paterson Catholic Diocese. The district is one of 31 Abbott Districts
statewide. The school
system has over 30,000 students who speak 25 different languages.
The school system currently has fifty-two schools with over six
thousand employees, with a per pupil expenditure of nearly $16,000,
of which $8,148 goes towards classroom instruction.
In 1988, New Jersey became the first state in the nation to
authorize its State Department of Education to take over local
school districts that were failing according to an established
monitoring process. In 1991, the city of Paterson became the second
of the three troubled districts that had to cede control of its
public schools to the state. The presumption was that improvement
To date, Paterson Public schools is still controlled by the State
of New Jersey Department of Education. As such, Paterson Public
Schools is managed by a state-appointed Superintendent and
maintains a School Advisory Board that serves in an advisory
Also the city is host to the state annual robotics meet that is
held at PCCC. The meet brings school from around NJ mainly from
Paterson, to take part in the event. Three events make up the meet
which takes place on two different days. The idea behind the event
was to help kids again mainly the Paterson ones with the sciences
and mathematics. So far 8 events have been held, at the
In popular culture
Paterson is the subject of William Carlos Williams
epic poem Paterson
cornerstone work of modern American poetry.
Paterson is also the setting of many of Junot
's short stories and novels, including the Pulitzer
Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
Falls was featured in season one of The Sopranos in the episode Pax Soprana as the
place where Junior Soprano's friend,
Capri's grandson committed suicide after taking poor designer
As a favor, Junior Soprano had Mikey
and another individual toss the dealer,
, over the falls.
Paterson is mentioned in the third verse of the Bob Dylan
. The lyrics "In Paterson
that's just the way things go / If you're Black you might as well
not show / Up on the street / Unless you want to draw the
, referred to the controversial arrest and conviction of
boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter
conviction was overturned in 1985, as dramatized in the 1999 Denzel
The film Lean On Me
based on events that occurred in Paterson's Eastside High
1976's Alice, Sweet
with Brooke Shields
was filmed entirely in Paterson, the director's hometown.
In the episode "Stark Raving Dad"
of The Simpsons
, a Michael
Jackson impersonator turns out to be Leon Kompowski, a bricklayer
Paterson is mentioned in the twelfth line of Part 1 of Allen Ginsberg
's poem Howl
film State Property
was completely filmed in
The first marketable revolver was produced in Paterson by Samuel Colt
starting in 1836, and was known as
the Colt Paterson
1910 Paterson was the setting of John
's 1997 novel In the Beauty of the
The 1983 music video "Two Tribes
"Frankie Goes To
" makes reference to Paterson in its opening
Notable current and former residents of Paterson include:
- Mike Adams (born
1981), pro football player, currently playing for the Cleveland Browns.
- Adeva (born 1960), house music and R&B
- Bruce Arians (born 1952), offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Lawrence Barrett (1838-1891),
actor, one of the leading American actors of the 19th century.
- Charles D. Beckwith (1838-1921), represented
New Jersey's 5th
congressional district from 1889 to 1891, and was mayor of
Paterson from 1885-1889.
- Alexander Berzin (born 1944),
Buddhist Scholar, translator and teacher focusing on the Tibetan
- Just Blaze (born 1978), hip hop music producer
- Bill Braun, auto racer
- Gaetano Bresci (1869-1901),
weaver and anarchist, assassinated Italian king Umberto I.
- Johnny Briggs (born
1944), former Major League Baseball player
- Mark Brown (born
1980), NFL linebacker who played for the New York Jets.
- Rubin "Hurricane" Carter (born
1937), boxer whose triple murder conviction was later overturned,
subject of the Bob Dylan song "Hurricane" and the movie The Hurricane.
Castelluccio (born 1964), Italian-born actor, most known for portraying Furio Giunta on the HBO series The
- Joe Clark
(born 1938), educator and former principal of Eastside High School, depicted by Morgan
Freeman in the movie Lean on
- Lou Costello (1906-1959), of the
comedy duo Abbott and
- Christos M. Cotsakos, (born 1948), former CEO of
- Sunda Croonquist, comic and
- Larry Doby
(1923-2003), Hall of Fame Major League
Baseball player who broke the color barrier in the American League.
- Eric Downing (born 1978), NFL
- Lou Duva (born 1922), boxing trainer, manager, and promoter. He is a member of the
International Boxing Hall Of
- Eddie Einhorn (born 1936), part
owner of the Chicago White
- Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997),
writer and Beat Generation
- Chauncey Hannibal (b. 1968)
Singer w/ vocal group BLACKstreet.
- Frank X. Harrison (b. 1961) Librarian, Writer
- Talmadge Hayer, one of the men
convicted for the assassination of Malcolm
- Gerald Hayes (born 1980),
linebacker for the Arizona
- Ureli Corelli Hill
(1802-1875), music conductor and founder of the New York Symphony
- Garret A. Hobart (1844-1899), twenty-fourth Vice President of the United
- Michael Hossack (born 1946),
drummer, member of the Doobie
- Charlie Jamieson (1893-1969),
Major League Baseball player.
- Jemal Johnson, (born 1985), is a
soccer player who currently plays for English Coca Cola League One side Milton Keynes Dons.
- Maxine Jones (born 1966), singer,
member of En Vogue
- Bernard Kerik (born 1955), former
NYPD Police Chief and NY Department of Corrections Commissioner,
was born in Newark NJ but was raised in Paterson
- Frank Lautenberg (born 1924),
politician, currently represents New Jersey in the United States Senate
- Edward L. Masry (1932-2005), attorney whose firm was
behind the case featured in Erin Brockovich.
- Thomas McEwan, Jr.
(1854-1926), represented New Jersey's 7th
congressional district from 1895 to 1899.
- George Middleton
(1880-1967), American playwright
- Simon Perchik (born 1923),
- Joseph D. Pistone (born 1939), aka Donnie Brasco, FBI agent and author who
infiltrated the Bonanno crime
- Bucky Pizzarelli (born 1926),
- John Pizzarelli (born 1960),
jazz guitarist and singer
- Martin Pizzarelli - jazz
- David Prater (1937-1988), of the
soul duo Sam & Dave.
- Amos H. Radcliffe (1870-1950), Mayor of Paterson,
New Jersey from 1916–1919, and represented New Jersey's 7th
congressional district from 1919 to 1923.
- Prince Randian (1871-1934),
- Frederick Reines (1918-1998),
awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize in
Physics for detection of the neutrino
- George Rochberg (1918-2005),
- Frankie Ruiz (1958-1998), salsa music singer
- John Ryle (1817-1887),
Paterson industrialist and capitalist, known as the "Father of the
United States Silk Industry" starting the first silk mill in 1839.
of Macclesfield, England, he
served as Mayor of Paterson from 1869–1870 following his acclaimed success in
lobbying Congress to repeal the tax on domestic silk.
founded the Passaic Water Company, and owned substantial amounts of
property including the Great Falls of the Passaic at the time of his death.
- Mary Danforth Ryle
(1833-1904), Paterson philanthropist who donated millions to
various city institutions, notably the Danforth Memorial Library,
named in memory of her father, Charles
Danforth, a locomotive tycoon.
- Francisco Salazar (born 1987),
aspiring American soccer player who currently plays in Peru for
powerhouse Alianza Lima
- Marcel Shipp (born 1978), running
back for the Arizona
- John Spencer (1946-2005),
actor, best known for his role as Leo
McGarry, the White House
Chief of Staff on the television drama
- J. Michael Straczynski (born 1954),
science-fiction writer, creator and writer for Babylon 5
- Thomas Taliaferro (b. 1962)
R&B and HipHop Record Producer BLACKstreet Bobby
- Albert Tangora (1903-1978),
holder of the speed record for typing on a manual typewriter
- Tim Thomas (born 1977),
pro basketball player, currently on the Chicago Bulls
- Dante Tomaselli (born 1969),
horror film screenwriter, director, and composer
- Robert Torricelli (born 1951),
politician, former representative of New Jersey in the United States Senate and United States House of
- Elizabeth Vargas (born 1962),
ABC news anchor
- “Uncle” Floyd Vivino (born 1951),
comic, and star of Uncle Floyd Show, the longest-running
ever cable-access show in New Jersey. Also co-starred in the film
- Jimmy Vivino (born 1955), musician,
guitarist, member of The Max Weinberg
- Patrick Warburton (born 1964),
actor, performs in movies and on television, famous for his roles
in Seinfeld and Family Guy.
- Darryl Watkins
(born 1984), basketball player for Syracuse University
- William G. Watson (1819-1889), founded The Watson
Machine Company in Paterson, NJ in 1850 with his brother James
Watson, elected Mayor of Paterson in 1866
- Bert Wheeler (1895-1968),
of the comedy duo Wheeler &
- William Carlos Williams
(1883-1963), Pediatrician and well-known Modernist poet who wrote
the epic poem, Paterson
- Johannes Maas (born
1936), international president Worldwide Faith Missions