Tenafly, New Jersey
|Tenafly, New Jersey|
|Borough of Tenafly|
Map highlighting Tenafly's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Tenafly, New Jersey
|Incorporated||January 24, 1894|
|• Type||Special Charter|
|• Mayor||Peter S. Rustin (I, term ends December 31, 2015)|
|• Administrator||Jewel Thompson-Chin|
|• Clerk||Lissette Aportela|
|• Total||5.184 sq mi (13.428 km2)|
|• Land||4.601 sq mi (11.917 km2)|
|• Water||0.583 sq mi (1.510 km2) 11.25%|
272nd of 566 in state
12th of 70 in county
|Elevation||217 ft (66 m)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Estimate (2014)||14,816|
172nd of 566 in state
21st of 70 in county
|• Density||3,148.6/sq mi (1,215.7/km2)|
|• Density rank||
206th of 566 in state
43rd of 70 in county
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||Eastern (EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0885417|
Tenafly is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 census, the borough's population was 14,488, reflecting an increase of 682 (+4.9%) from the 13,806 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 480 (+3.6%) from the 13,326 counted in the 1990 Census. Tenafly is a suburb of New York City.
The first European settlers in Tenafly were Dutch immigrants, who began to populate the area during the late 17th century. The name "Tenafly" itself is derived from the early-modern Dutch phrase "Tiene Vly" or "Ten Swamps" which was given by Dutch settlers in 1688. Other derivations cite a Dutch language connection to its location on a meadow.
Tenafly was incorporated as a borough on January 24, 1894, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature from portions of the now-defunct Palisades Township, based on the results of a referendum held the previous day. The borough was the first formed during the "Boroughitis" phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. Portions of Palisades Township were acquired based on legislation approved on April 8, 1897.
New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Tenafly as the 7th best place to live in New Jersey in its 2013 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.
- Geography 1
- 2010 Census 2.1
- 2000 Census 2.2
- Local government 3.1
- Federal, state and county representation 3.2
- Politics 3.3
- Education 4
- Public transportation 5.1
- Historic places 6
- Points of interest 7
- Notable people 8
- References 9
- Sources 10
- External links 11
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 5.184 square miles (13.428 km2), including 4.601 square miles (11.917 km2) of land and 0.583 square miles (1.510 km2) of water (11.25%).
Tenafly's street plan and overall development were largely determined by its hills and valleys. The eastern part of the borough is referred to as the "East Hill" for its higher elevation in relation to the rest of the borough. There, the terrain rises dramatically to the east of the downtown area, terminating at the New Jersey Palisades, overlooking the Hudson River. Nearby is the Tenafly Nature Center, located at 313 Hudson Avenue.
At the 2010 United States Census, there were 14,488 people, 4,766 households, and 3,956 families residing in the borough. The population density was 3,148.6 per square mile (1,215.7/km2). There were 4,980 housing units at an average density of 1,082.3 per square mile (417.9/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 69.31% (10,041) White, 0.88% (128) Black or African American, 0.03% (5) Native American, 26.22% (3,799) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 1.23% (178) from other races, and 2.33% (337) from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 5.36% (776) of the population. Korean Americans accounted for 15.4% of the population in 2010.
There were 4,766 households, of which 49.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.7% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 15.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.02 and the average family size was 3.36.
In the borough, 31.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.8 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.6 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006-2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $125,865 (with a margin of error of +/- $23,612) and the median family income was $140,100 (+/- $26,372). Males had a median income of $102,645 (+/- $7,373) versus $60,871 (+/- $9,308) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $60,557 (+/- $5,176). About 1.8% of families and 2.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 2.2% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 13,806 people, 4,774 households, and 3,866 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,993.4 people per square mile (1,156.3/km2). There were 4,897 housing units at an average density of 1,061.8 per square mile (410.1/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 76.79% White, 0.96% African American, 0.09% Native American, 19.08% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.40% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.65% of the population. 11.1% of residents reported that they were of Irish, 8.7% Russian, 8.6% Italian, 7.9% American, 7.8% German and 6.2% Polish ancestry according to Census 2000. Among residents, 64.0% spoke English at home, while 8.7% spoke Korean, 5.0% Spanish, 4.5% Chinese or Mandarin and 3.1% Hebrew.
There were 4,774 households out of which 43.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.6% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 16.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.86 and the average family size was 3.21.
In the borough the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.5 males.
2007 estimates state that the median income for a household in the borough was $109,887, and the median income for a family was $124,656. Males had a median income of $92,678 versus $61,990 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $62,230. About 2.3% of families and 3.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 3.3% of those age 65 or over.
Tenafly is governed under a special charter granted by the New Jersey Legislature. This charter retains most aspects of the Borough form of government, with the addition of initiative, referendum, and recall features. The governing body consists of a Mayor and a Borough Council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office, and is eligible for re-election. The Borough Council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. As the legislative body, the Borough Council adopts ordinances and resolutions, decides on appropriations, approves appointments made by the Mayor, determines policy, and establishes the functions of the various departments of the local government. Each Council member is chairperson of one of the six standing committees. The Mayor presides over Council meetings, but only votes in case of a tie, and can cast a veto which can be overridden by a two-thirds vote of the Council.
As of 2015, the Mayor of Tenafly is Independent Peter Rustin, whose term of office ends December 31, 2015. Members of the Tenafly Borough Council are Council President Mark Zinna (D, 2014), Anthony Barzelatto (D, 2015), Maxim Basch (D, 2016), Nadia LaMastra (D, 2015), Daniel Park (D, 2016) and Paul Stefanowicz (D, 2017).
Federal, state and county representation
Tenafly is located in the 9th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 37th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Tenafly had been part of the 5th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
New Jersey's Ninth Congressional District is represented by Bill Pascrell (D, Paterson). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Cory Booker (D, Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (D, Paramus, 2019).
The 37th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Loretta Weinberg (D, Teaneck) and in the General Assembly by Valerie Huttle (D, Englewood) and Gordon M. Johnson (D, Englewood). The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township). The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).
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- Capuzzo, Jill P. "A Suburb for Urbanites", The New York Times, October 9, 2009. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Over the years, the borough has been home to professional athletes, including Yogi Berra, and actors, including Ed Harris and Paul and Mira Sorvino. The homes of two of its most notable historic figures — the suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the bandleader Glenn Miller — are registered landmarks."
- Petrick, John; and Levin, Jay. "Rapper Big Bank Hank of Englewood-based Sugar Hill Gang dies at age 57", The Record (Bergen County), November 11, 2014. Accessed November 12, 2014. "Trail-blazing rapper Big Bank Hank, whose 1979 hit “Rappers Delight” with the Englewood-based group the Sugar Hill Gang was considered the first commercially viable rap single to shoot up the charts, died Tuesday morning at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. He was 57 and lived in Tenafly."
- Stephen Borg, bergen.com. Accessed July 30, 2012. "A Tenafly resident and Bergen County native, Stephen A. Borg is President of North Jersey Media Group (NJMG) and the fourth generation of the Borg family to be publisher of The Record, NJMG's flagship publication."
- "Albert Burstein to Receive Professionalism Award; Other Lawyers to be Honored at Luncheon", New Jersey State Bar Association press release dated September 26, 20006. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Albert Burstein of Tenafly will receive the 2006 Daniel J. O’Hern Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law at an awards luncheon to be held on Friday, October 13 at the New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick."
- Orestes Cleveland, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed June 12, 2007.
- Pinsker, Beth. "IN PERSON; About Hope", The New York Times, December 15, 2002. Accessed September 1, 2013. "It's the battle of the New Jersey movie stars -- Neptune's Jack Nicholson versus Tenafly's Hope Davis....The Daytrippers also sticks with her because of her childhood in Englewood and Tenafly.
- Kennedy, Dana. "THE NEW SEASON/FILM: UP AND COMING: Hope Davis; Lucky for Her, She Flunked the 'Nuprin' Audition", The New York Times, September 13, 1998. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Ms. Davis, who grew up in Tenafly, N.J., where she was the second of three daughters, has no explanation for her long, lean period other than to say, 'I just wasn't ready for success.'"
- "Walter Jones Taylor Wed To Connie Elizabeth Dean", The New York Times, November 8, 1987. Accessed October 11, 2015. "At the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York yesterday Connie Elizabeth Dean, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Dean of Tenafly, N.J., was married to Walter Jones Taylor, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Zachary Taylor Jr. of Jackson, Miss.... Her father, the country and western singer, is chairman of the Jimmy Dean Meat Company in Dallas."
- Edel, Raymond A. "People", The Record (Bergen County), June 21, 1997. Accessed May 29, 2007. "Tate Donovan is not as combative as Hercules, the hero whose voice he supplies in the new Walt Disney film. "It was really devastating," says Donovan, 34, a Tenafly native who has been seen on TV's Partners,..."
- via United Press International. "Victor Farris, 75; Invented Paper Milk Carton", Chicago Tribune, March 10, 1985. Accessed June 15, 2015. "Mr. Farris was born in Buffalo and was a resident of Tenafly and Englewood, N.J., before he retired to Palm Beach 20 years ago."
- Shales, Tom. "The Man Who Sharpened TV News's Vision: Reuven Frank, NBC's Pioneering Exec, Made Sure Viewers Got the Picture", The Washington Post, February 12, 2006. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Brokaw was among those attending a memorial service Wednesday near Frank's home town of Tenafly, N.J."
- Lavietes, Stuart. "Richard Gardner, 72, Dies; Cast Doubt on Abuse Claims", The New York Times, June 9, 2003. Accessed July 21, 2013. "Dr. Richard A. Gardner, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who developed a theory about parental alienation syndrome, which he said could lead children in high-conflict custody cases to falsely accuse a parent of abuse, died on May 25 at his home in Tenafly, N.J. He was 72."
- Levin, Jay. "Alan Geisler, 78; food chemist, hot dog hero", The Record (Bergen County), January 9, 2009. "In 1960, Mr. Geisler -- a Tenafly High School graduate who received a bachelor's degree in food technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- founded a company that manufactures emulsifiers, shortenings and other ingredients for the baking industry."
- McGee, Celia. "Singing a Song of Sondheim, Again", The New York Times, December 3, 2008. Accessed July 30, 2012. "Mr. Gemignani, who stars in "Road Show," the Sondheim offering that opened at the Public Theater on Nov. 18, worked for nine years at a branch of that very company near his childhood home in Tenafly, N.J."
- Rohan, Virginia. "He brings it home in 'Miz'", The Record (Bergen County), November 5, 2006. "Alexander Gemignani, the Tenafly native who stars in Broadway's new revival of "Les Misérables," knows that, at 27, he's "certainly on the young side" to be portraying Jean Valjean -- the tortured, tragic hero who did 19 years of hard labor in prison for stealing bread."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Tenafly High grad stars in Fox pilot", The Record (Bergen County), March 4, 2008.
- Radar Report: Sixties teen icon and singer-songwriter LESLEY GORE records her first album in 30 years, ASCAP, accessed December 18, 2006. "Lesley Gore, one-time Tenafly, New Jersey high school junior who catapulted to becoming 1963's version of Avril Lavigne or Britney Spears."
- Wolters, Larry. "Rusty Hamer-TV's Phenomenon", Chicago Tribune, December 18, 1955. Accessed August 9, 2010. "Born in Tenafly N.J. in 1947 Rusty moved with his family to Los Angeles when he was a baby and made his stage debut by reciting Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves to a convulsed crowd in a Santa Monica theater."
- "Ed Harris leaves the sidelines", BBC News, March 12, 2001. Accessed June 28, 2007. "Harris, 50, grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey where he was a baseball and American football hero and captained the school team."
- Staff. "JON-ERIK HEXUM'S FATAL JOKE", Entertainment Weekly, October 14, 1994. Accessed September 4, 2008. "Born in Tenafly, N.J., Hexum was reared, with older brother Gunnar, by their mother, Gretha, after their father left when Jon-Erik was 4."
- Zwain, Heather. "(201) Face-to-Face, with guest, actor and Tenafly native Jay Huguley", (201) magazine, May 20, 2010. Accessed December 18, 2013.
- John Huyler, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 2, 2007.
- Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Elects New Members To Board of Trustees and Medical Center Foundation, Englewood Hospital press release, dated January 23, 2003, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 12, 2005. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Englewood Hospital and Medical Center's Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the election of two new board members, Ron Insana of Tenafly, and Barry Sussman, MD, of Englewood who were recently elected to one-year terms."
- Staff. "The Macbeth Collection’s Margaret Josephs infuses her Tenafly home with edgy, eclectic style", (201) magazine, September 2014. Accessed October 11, 2015.
- Newman, Richard; Yellin, Deena; and Superville, Denisa R. "Tenafly grad takes helm at Yahoo", The Record (Bergen County), May 15, 2012. Accessed May 17, 2012. "In choosing former Tenafly resident Ross Levinsohn as its interim CEO on Monday, embattled Yahoo! Inc. picked a man who is focused, driven and confident.... Levinsohn graduated in 1981 from Tenafly High School, where he was a goalkeeper on the soccer team before switching to football to be the team's kicker in his senior year."
- Anderman, Joan, "Power trio: Meet three examples of a new breed of record company talent hunter. In a downsized, downloading industry, they need more than good ears to put out great music.", The Boston Globe, November 5, 2006. Accessed July 8, 2007. "When she was 21 the Tenafly, N.J., native was managing an unknown Jersey band called My Chemical Romance, and two years later she turned Stevenson on to the Killers, whom he signed to Island."
- Spitz, Marc. "Grrrl's Got Rhythm", Vanity Fair (magazine), November 2006. Accessed July 8, 2007. "An Orthodox Jew, Lewitinn recently abandoned a recording session on the West Coast to fly to her parents' home in Tenafly, New Jersey."
- Maugh, Thomas H., II. "Dr. Charles S. Lieber dies at 78; researcher demonstrated that alcohol is a liver toxinLieber showed that excessive drinking could change metabolism in the liver to convert a number of normally harmless chemicals, including acetaminophen, into toxins.", Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2009. Accessed December 18, 2013. "Dr. Charles S. Lieber, who overturned conventional wisdom by demonstrating that alcohol is a toxin that can damage the liver and that alcoholism is a disease that can be treated, died March 1 at his home in Tenafly, N.J."
- Pries, Allison. "Whatever happened to Baby M?", The Record (Bergen County), January 5, 2010. Accessed August 9, 2010.
- Curry, Jack. "ON BASEBALL; Martinez Makes a Case to Stay a Yankee", The New York Times, July 25, 2001. Accessed January 21, 2012. "Tino Martinez lived in Tenafly, N.J., during his first five seasons with the Yankees, but he sold his house after last season and decided to live in Manhattan this season."
- Martinez, Michael. "MATTINGLY EAGER TO GET IN SWING AGAIN", The New York Times, June 11, 1987. Accessed October 11, 2015. "'I know it's foolish to think I could go out there and play, and they're keeping me back so I don't try to do too much too soon,' Mattingly said from his home in Tenafly, N.J.
- Thomas, Robert McG., Jr.; and Martinez, Michael. "SPORTS WORLD SPECIALS; Picture Perfect", The New York Times, March 23, 1987. Accessed October 11, 2015. "Then they gathered, for his approval, a stack of other Mattingly-at-the-bat shots and sent them to his Tenafly, N.J., home, where he cast aside first this one (shoulder slightly askew), then that (weight not quite properly shifted), before finally deciding on just the right candidate from a batch of no fewer than 100. 'It was no big deal,' said baseball's best player."
- Drebinger, John. "Will Gil Move His Bag or Baggage?; McDougald May Go to 2d, 3d or Short or to New Team", The New York Times, March 3, 1960. Accessed October 11, 2015. "The former Californian, who now lives in Tenafly, N. J., has helped the Yankees win pennants as a star second baseman, third baseman and shortstop."
- Tropia, Joe. "Lea Michele", Broadway.com. Accessed May 30, 2008. "Hometown: Tenafly, New Jersey."
- Simon, George Thomas. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra, p. 211. Da Capo Press, 1980. ISBN 9780306801297. Accessed October 11, 2015. "Finally they found a place they loved over in Tenafly - The Cotswold on Byrne Lane."
- Frank Charles Osmers, Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed June 24, 2007.
- Coutros, Evonne. "EX-TENAFLY CLASSMATES GIVE JUSTICE HIGH MARKS", The Record (Bergen County), November 21, 2000. Accessed October 11, 2015. "'You try to put yourself in her shoes and identify with the incredible task and responsibility she has,' said Jeff Riedl, a Wyckoff lawyer who, like Pariente, was a member of Tenafly's class of 1966."
- Pudlow, Jan. "Barbara J. Pariente, Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court", The Florida Bar Journal, October 2004 at Florida Supreme Court. Accessed October 11, 2015. "She worked at the snack shack at Tenafly High School, and Susanne Pariente remembers her older sister debated with their dad about politics."
- Carter, Claire. "'In One Second Everything Changed'", Parade, April 5, 1992. Accessed August 9, 2010.
- Collins, Glenn. "George Price, 93, Cartoonist of Oddities, Dies",
- Staff. "Adam Rothenberg: About This Person", The New York Times. Accessed December 18, 2013. "A specialist at playing sweet-natured husbands and boyfriends, model-cum-actor Adam Rothenberg was born in Tenafly, NJ, and formally trained in New York theater, enjoying roles in on and off-Broadway productions including A Streetcar Named Desire, Birdy, and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea."
- New Jersey District 9; Rep. Steven Rothman (D), National Journal. Accessed September 13, 2012. "Rothman grew up in Englewood and Tenafly, the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Russia, Poland, and Austria."
- Seal, Mark. "Mira Sorvino's Barcelona", American Way, January 1, 2001. Accessed December 18, 2013. "When Mira Sorvino arrived in Barcelona in 1994 to film a movie called Barcelona, she had a past in academia and a future in acting. Raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, she was the daughter of tough-guy character actor Paul Sorvino, who raised his kids to strive for an education instead of childhood acting careers."
- Saunders, Dusty. "SORVINO ENJOYS ANOTHER 'CHAMPIONSHIP'.", Rocky Mountain News, June 6, 1999. Accessed December 18, 2013. "I was raking leaves at my home in Tenafly (N.J.) when I got the call [from] Joseph Papp from the Public Theater in New York City. I was requested to attend a meeting about a new play by Jason Miller, a talent I didn't know."
- Staff. "St. Joseph's annual charity ball raises money", Clifton Journal, October 30, 2009. Accessed December 19, 2013. "David Infusino, of Nutley, left to right; Donna Graziano, of Clifton; Lori Stokes, of Tenafly, anchor of WABC Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon, was emcee for the evening"
- Staff. "WILLIAM L. STODDART, A HOTEL ARCHITECT; Also Specialized in Designing Banks and Postoffices", The New York Times, October 3, 1940. Accessed February 10, 2011.
- GEORGE KILPATRICK TANHAM MEMORIAL SERVICE CHRIST CHURCH, GEORGETOWN MAY 13, 2003, Rural Affairs VN. Accessed December 19, 2013. "George Tanham was raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, and attended public schools and Princeton University."
- Office of the Soliciter General: Thomas D. Thacher, United States Department of Justice. Accessed December 19, 2013. "Thomas Day Thacher, born September 10, 1881 in Tenafly, New Jersey, was the oldest of four children to Thoams Thacher and Sarah McCulloh (Green) Thacher."
- Huyler Westervelt, Baseball Almanac. Accessed December 19, 2013. "Huyler Westervelt was born on Friday, October 1, 1869, in Tenafly, New Jersey."
- Staff. "DEATH OF AN EX-MAYOR.; CAREER OF JACOB A. WESTERVELT. A SKETCH OF HIS LIFE--HIS EARLY TRAINING--THE SHIPS HE BUILT FOR THE MERCHANT AND GOVERNMENT SERVICE.", The New York Times, February 22, 1879. Accessed August 9, 2010.
- Staff. "Tenafly teen buggy for Beatles; Actress's character gets to save them", The Record (Bergen County), April 24, 2008. "When 14-year-old Sofie Zamchick of Tenafly learned she'd be making a Beatles parody on her animated Nick Jr. series The Wonder Pets!, she got very excited."
- Edie Adams (1927–2008), entertainer.
- Hiroaki Aoki (1938–2008), founder of Benihana Japanese restaurant chain.
- Mark Attanasio, investment banker and owner of the Milwaukee Brewers.
- Peter Balakian (born 1951), poet and author.
- Jesse Barfield (born 1959), Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees outfielder, lived in Tenafly during part of his career as a Yankee.
- Mike Becker (born 1943), contract bridge player and official.
- Gregg Berhalter (born 1973), member of the United States men's national soccer team.
- Yogi Berra (born 1925), player and manager for the New York Yankees.
- Big Bank Hank (born Henry Lee Jackson, 1957-2014), old school rapper and manager who was a member of The Sugarhill Gang, the first hip hop act to have a hit with the 1979 cross-over single "Rapper's Delight" .
- North Jersey Media Group and publisher of The Record.
- Albert Burstein former member of the New Jersey General Assembly who served as Majority Leader of the Assembly before being appointed to serve on the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
- Orestes Cleveland (1829–1896), Mayor of Jersey City 1864-1867; 1886–1892, member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey's 5th congressional district from 1869-1871.
- Hope Davis (born 1964), actress.
- Jimmy Dean (1928–2010), singer turned breakfast meat entrepreneur.
- Tate Donovan (born 1963), actor.
- Victor Farris (1910-1985), inventor and businessman who has been credited with invention of the paper milk carton.
- Reuven Frank (1920–2006), former NBC News president and pioneer of Vietnam War-era news coverage.
- Richard A. Gardner (1931-2003), child psychiatrist who coined the term "Parental Alienation Syndrome".
- Alan Geisler (c, 1931-2009), food chemist best known for creating the red onion sauce most often used as a condiment topping on hot dogs sold by street vendors in New York City.
- Alexander Gemignani (born 1979), Broadway performer.
- Alexie Gilmore (born 1976), actress who starred in the short-lived television series New Amsterdam.
- Lesley Gore (born 1946), singer.
- Rusty Hamer (1947–1990), actor.
- Ed Harris (born 1950), actor.
- Jon-Erik Hexum (1957–1984), actor.
- Jay Huguley (born 1966), TV, film and theater actor, best known for starring as Whit Peyton in Brothers & Sisters.
- John Huyler (1808–1870), represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1857-1859.
- Ron Insana (born 1961), CNBC anchor and senior analyst.
- Margaret Josephs (born 1967), fashion designer, entrepreneur and television lifestyle expert who is the owner, founder and designer of a lifestyle brand called Macbeth Collection.
- Ross Levinsohn (born c. 1964), interim CEO of Yahoo!.
- Sarah Lewitinn (born 1980) alias Ultragrrl, author, Spin assistant editor, blogger, downtown socialite.
- Charles S. Lieber (1931-2009), clinical nutritionist who established that excess alcohol consumption can cause cirrhosis of the liver, even in subjects with an adequate diet.
- Baby M (born 1986), subject of noted custody case between the egg donor/surrogate mother and the child's biological father.
- Tino Martinez (born 1967), first baseman who played for the New York Yankees.
- Don Mattingly (born 1961), New York Yankees.
- Gil McDougald (born 1928), American League Rookie of the Year winner in 1951, who played his entire career with the New York Yankees, appearing in 53 World Series games.
- Lea Michele (born 1986), actress best known for starring in the Fox TV show Glee as Rachel Berry.
- Glenn Miller (1904–1944), bandleader.
- Frank C. Osmers, Jr. (1907–1977), represented New Jersey's 9th congressional district from 1939–1943 and 1951-1965.
- Barbara Pariente (born 1948), former Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.
- Carol Potter (born 1948), stage and television actress best known as Cindy Walsh on Beverly Hills, 90210.
- The New Yorker.
- Adam Rothenberg, stage and movie actor, Mad Money.
- Steve Rothman, (born 1952), Congressman.
- Mira Sorvino (born 1967), actress who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Woody Allen's Mighty Aphrodite.
- Paul Sorvino (born 1939), actor.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), leading figure in the early women's rights movement.
- Lori Stokes (born 1962), morning anchorwoman for WABC-TV.
- William Lee Stoddart (1868–1940), architect noted for hotels of the pre-World War II era.
- RAND Corporation.
- Thomas D. Thacher (1881–1950), one-time Solicitor General of the United States.
- Huyler Westervelt (1869-1949), pitcher who had a 7-10 record in his single MLB season, playing for the New York Giants.
- Jacob Aaron Westervelt (1800–1879), shipbuilder in the mid-19th century and Mayor of New York City (1853–1855).
- Sofie Zamchick (born 1994), folk-pop singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the voice of Linny the Guinea Pig on the animated children's television series, Wonder Pets.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Tenafly include:
- Tenafly has a Bowtie Cinemas movie theater, located on Railroad Avenue, with four viewing screens.
- Clinton Inn Hotel, located on Dean Drive. It has 119 hotel rooms, banquet/meeting rooms, a fitness center, and Palmer's Crossing Restaurant and Bar.
Points of interest
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton House, home of the women's rights activist from 1868 to 1887. Stanton unsuccessfully attempted to vote in the borough in 1880.
- Roelof Westervelt House 81 Westervelt Avenue.
- Christie-Parsels House 195 Jefferson Avenue.
- Sickles-Melbourne House, 48 Knoll Road
Historic locations in Tenafly include:
The Northern Branch Corridor Project, a proposal by New Jersey Transit to extend the Hudson Bergen Light Rail for nine stops and 11 miles (18 km) northward from its current terminus in North Bergen to two stations in Tenafly, the last of which would be a new terminus near the Cresskill town line, met with mixed reactions. with many residents and officials believing that the negative impact on the borough in terms of traffic and noise outweigh the benefits. In November 2010, voters rejected the plan to re-establish rail service to the town by a nearly 2-1 ratio in a non-binding referendum, with all of the borough council candidates opposing the restoration of commuter train service. There is continued resistance to NJTransit's preferred alternative as described in the plan's December 2011 announcement. Despite local opposition, officials in Bergen County asked the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority to support the proposal. In 2013, New Jersey Transit announced that the line would end in Englewood, after Tenafly officials estimated that as much in $8 million in commercial property valuation would be lost and residents raised strong objections.
 Saddle River Tours / Ameribus offers service on the 20 / 84 routes to the
U.S. Route 9W adjoins and runs parallel to the Palisades Interstate Parkway.
The Palisades Interstate Parkway runs above the Hudson River from Englewood Cliffs north towards Alpine. There are no exits on the parkway in Tenafly; the nearest interchanges are Exit 1 in Englewood Cliffs to the south, and Exit 2 in Alpine in the north.
As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 64.55 miles (103.88 km) of roadways, of which 54.71 miles (88.05 km) were maintained by the municipality, 6.85 miles (11.02 km) by Bergen County, 1.50 miles (2.41 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 1.49 miles (2.40 km) by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.
Academy of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, was recognized in 2012 by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program of the United States Department of Education, one of 15 private and public schools in the state to be honored that year.
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, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or 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.
The school was the third-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after also being ranked third in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. Schooldigger.com ranked the school as tied for 26th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (unchanged from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The United States Department of Education awarded Tenafly High School the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence at a special assembly to the Tenafly High School community on September 20, 2005. Tenafly was the only high school in New Jersey and one of 38 public high schools in the U.S. to receive the 2005 Blue Ribbon School Award.
The Tenafly Public Schools serve students from pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade. As of the 2011-12 school year, the district's six schools had an enrollment of 3,605 students and 282.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.77:1. Schools in the district (with 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are four elementary schools — Malcolm S. Mackay Elementary School (387 students; in grades K-5), Ralph S. Maugham Elementary School (384; K-5), J. Spencer Smith Elementary School (365; K-5) and Walter Stillman Elementary School (394; PreK-5) — Tenafly Middle School (844) for grades 6-8 and Tenafly High School (1,231) for grades 9-12. Students from Alpine attend Tenafly High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 57.3% of the vote (2,046 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 42.2% (1,505 votes), and other candidates with 0.5% (18 votes), among the 3,667 ballots cast by the borough's 8,800 registered voters (98 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 41.7%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 2,454 ballots cast (55.8% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 1,701 votes (38.7% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 189 votes (4.3% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 17 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 4,401 ballots cast by the borough's 8,782 registered voters, yielding a 50.1% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).
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As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 8,709 registered voters in Tenafly, of which 3,082 (35.4% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 1,445 (16.6% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 4,181 (48.0% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There was one voter registered to another party. Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 60.1% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 87.3% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).
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