From N. Y. Harold Tribune, Sunday, September 9, 1951
Teaneck Seeks to Keep Pattern of
Model Town for Commuters
The Township of Teaneck, with a population of 32,789, often has been chosen by magazines and newsreel companies as a model to illustrate the approach to an ideal American residential community. The community lies approximately three miles west of the New Jersey end of the George Washington Bridge.
Teaneck is almost entirely a community of homes. Such industry as exists is for the accommodation of residents. That goes far to explain the tax rate of $6.27 per $100 of assessed valuation. The residents prefer to pay for the privilege of having large lots, on which many have had built beautiful homes. The mayor and council, and the township manager, make sure that the zoning laws are enforced. This keeps State Route 4 clear of business, and clear of advertising signs. It is part of the civic pride that no district may be disfigured by construction of buildings which do not conform to the architectural theme already existing.
Until after World War II there were very few apartment houses in Teaneck, but the extreme demand for housing resulted in erection of several large apartment buildings on Cedar Lane, one of the chief traffic arteries. These buildings, in the vicinity of the township hall, which is built in a period style, were made to conform to the general scheme.
New School Under Way
There are public schools for each area of population, and the smaller St. Anastasia parochial school is to be replaced by a large new building now under construction. The Catholic Church of the same name is situated in the same vicinity along Teaneck Road, which is another of the main traffic ways, crossing Cedar Lane at its eastern end. Churches of various denominations dot the township, and there is scarcely any religious faith not represented.
Teaneck High School, which tops a hill along Route 4, is architecturally and educationally considered a model, both by architects and educators. It offers the students a large athletic field and a broad expanse of grass-covered campus.
The free public library, just next to the township hall, has a surprisingly complete selection of books. In this building are held art exhibits, handicraft shows and meetings of various clubs and organizations which feature the intellectual hobbies. Flower shows are given in the spring and fall, and a large number of homeowners pride themselves on their abilities as amateur growers of particular flowers.
Many Commuters in Town
Many of the residents are business men or executives in New York City. The West Shore Division of the New York Central Railroad runs thirteen commuter trains daily from the West Englewood station through Teaneck proper to Weehawken, from where the passengers take ferryboats across the Hudson River to Manhattan. There are also a dozen bus lines running through Teaneck to New York City, some of them crossing the George Washington Bridge and others running by way of the Lincoln Tunnel. Buses also run to Jersey City, Hackensack and other connecting points.
Teaneck is among the first six municipalities to be connected in the joint sewer project, the chief purpose of which is to free Overpeck Creek and the Hackensack River of the burden of carrying away refuse. These streams will be restored to their original clearness and beauty when the work is completed, according to Mayer Henry Deissler.
The township, of which West Englewood is a part although having a separate post office, is unlike many other community of like size, in that it has no prevailing national-origins problem. The names of residents include Vogt, Van Wagner, Welsh, Johnson, Jones, Smith, Burton, Layton, Hardman, Bookstaver, Leers, and scores of family names from almost every old World source. Hardman, Bookstaver, Leers, and scores of family names from almost every old World source.
The township is proud of its recreation program, which utilizes public schools during summer vacation, and furnishes supervised play for youngsters and adult has earned high praise.
Holy Name Hospital, which stands in the midst of a 20-acre tract of green lawns and evergreens, is the medical institution for the ill and injured for half dozen communities. It is located across Cedar Lane from the township hall and faces Teaneck Road.
In the West Englewood section on the north is the armory, a large structure capable of housing a circus, and with grounds extending to a width of half a mile in each direction.
An insight into the civic pride may be had through the fact that the township bought great strips of land on each side of Route 4, in order to protect the highway from unsightly signs and building. Its parks, Central Park on the west and a large new park along Overpeck Creek to the east, act as buffers against any possibility of encroachment by nearby municipalities.