Paterson NJ Neighborhoods
Paterson is made up of many diverse and interesting neighborhoods. Below is a look at a few that make up the city of Paterson NJ.
Great Falls Historic District
The most well known and famous neighborhood in Paterson NJ is the Great Falls Historic District because of the nearby Great Falls of the Passaic River landmark. This area of Paterson has been gentrified to include adding old fashion lamp post and the renovation o several industrial buildings into mixed-use space.
The primary commercial area of Paterson is the downtown area, known for its shopping, nightlife, restaurants, and business activity. A fire in 1902 almost completely gutted the area, however, it was rebuilt shortly thereafter and now contain many Beaux-Arts-style buildings. Paterson City hall and the Courthouse for the county are located in downtown. Like many other older downtown areas, the city has suffered from retail, restaurants, and even businesses moving from downtown to suburban locations. As a result of low occupancy, many historic buildings have been abandoned and are in a state of disrepair. The city is trying to revitalize the downtown area by attracting large retailers and businesses with tax incentives.
Eastside Park Historic District
The Eastside Park Historic District has over one thousand residences of various architectural types, to include Colonial, Italianate, Tudors, and Georgian. It is called Eastside because it is situated to the east of downtown Paterson. As the manufacturing base left Paterson, the neighborhood experienced a downturn in the mid-1900s. However, recently, gentrification has started and many of the historic residences are being renovated and restored. The district is both a national and state registered historic site.
East River Section
This is a neighborhood district that borders Riverside and Fifth Avenue, extending southeast to Broadway and Madison Ave. The area includes the Bunker Hill and the extension of Columbia Heights. It is a blue-collar, working-class neighborhood that at one time contained a large Jewish population as well as Italian. As a matter of fact, the area has been historically known for its large immigrant population.
Located east of 33rd St, the Manor district of Paterson is another typical working-class neighborhood. It has a mix of immigrant populations from Europe and Africa.
Known as Little Istanbul or Ramallah, South Paterson is knowns for its growing immigrant populations from the Mideast and the Arab world in general. Most of the Arabs in Paterson live in South Paterson.
Located to the south of the city, Lakeview is a middle-class area. With largely a Hispanic population, it also has Europeans, Middle-Eastern, and Asian populations.
Another middle-class residential neighborhood, Hillcrest boarders Preakness Ave. It is one of Paterson NJ's most sought after residential areas to live in.
People's Park is made up almost entirely by Hispanics and other Spanish-speaking people. It has a very active retail area and also a large Italian community.
Made up of mostly African Americans, Wrigley Park has been riddled with crime, poverty, and squalor. There is open criminal activity of all types and abandon building are all to common. There has been a recent influx of new construction and they are is trying to rebound.