Country Place No More: The Transformation of Bergenfield, New Jersey, 1894-1994

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In this work, Michael J. Birkner relates the history of Bergenfield, New Jersey, from its incorporation as a borough in 1894 to the present. He portrays a bucolic farm village that was eager by the 1880s to join the metropolitan community through a network of railroads and ferries that made travel to and from Manhattan relatively easy and affordable. By the 1920s Bergenfield was known as a lively commuter suburb of New York, its citizenry enjoying the benefits of a modernizing infrastructure and a panoply of ...
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In this work, Michael J. Birkner relates the history of Bergenfield, New Jersey, from its incorporation as a borough in 1894 to the present. He portrays a bucolic farm village that was eager by the 1880s to join the metropolitan community through a network of railroads and ferries that made travel to and from Manhattan relatively easy and affordable. By the 1920s Bergenfield was known as a lively commuter suburb of New York, its citizenry enjoying the benefits of a modernizing infrastructure and a panoply of social clubs and civic organizations. Bergenfield's reputation as a community on the rise peaked in the twenties, as population doubled, civic and political leaders exerted influence county-wide, and the borough played a significant role in the agitation for a bridge over the Hudson River. A Country Place No More details the aims and frustrations of a visionary mayor, Charles Grabowski, who championed planning and zoning, public parks, and the benefits of consolidating services with neighboring communities. When Grabowski's political career collapsed in 1929, months before the nation fell into the grip of its worst economic depression, the stage was set for the emergence of a new political system in Bergenfield. Town fathers focused their energies on balancing budgets and promoting growth, while largely ignoring the longer-term implications of rapid residential development. Led by five-term mayor Frank L. Jones and borough attorney Pierce Deamer, the borough put its finances in order and avoided the worst calamities of the Depression era. Bergenfield continued to grow and cemented its reputation as a haven for the modest middle class and upwardly mobile at the beginning of their climb. Once the postwar boom commenced in 1945, Bergenfield's proximity to New York City, combined with the pro-development policies of successive Republican administrations, assured that the once-quiet village would complete its transformation into a bustling, crowded, and ever-mor
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  • ISBN-13: 9780838635742
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/1994
  • Pages: 373

Table of Contents

Preface 11
1 From Farming Village to Commuter Town (1894-1915) 21
2 Building a Modern Community (1915-1924) 51
3 Grand Visions, Harsh Realities (1924-1933) 73
4 Weathering the Storm (1933-1939) 103
5 The Pretty Good War (1939-1945) 128
6 Boom Town (1945-1955) 159
7 The Last Fine Time (1955-1963) 181
8 Coming Apart (1963-1971) 213
9 Toward Urban Suburbia (1971-1987) 237
10 Coping with Crisis, Adapting to New Conditions (1987-1994) 254
Epilogue 272
Appendix A: Bergenfield Library Directors, 1918 to the Present 280
Appendix B: Bergenfield Police Chiefs, 1921 to the Present 281
Appendix C: Houses of Worship in Bergenfield 282
Appendix D: Bergenfield Mayors, 1894 to the Present 284
Appendix E: Bergenfield Fire Department Chiefs, 1904 to the Present 287
Notes 289
Bibliography 350
Index 367
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