The Historic Railroad Community of Aldene, NJ

The worker's comp lawyers in Aldene, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group, have put together the following article on the neighborhood's history.


The neighborhood of Aldene is located to the west of Roselle Park but south of Kenilworth. Westfield Avenue West forms the southern border, and the Garden State Parkway creates the western. Some of the prominent roadways in the community include Faitoute Avenue and Locust Street. The city of Union is three miles north. 

Railroad History

The area is home to the Aldene Connection, from which it was named. During the mid-1960s, the Central Railroad of New Jersey began to lose money. In an attempt to cut costs, the state devised a plan for a railroad transportation division headed by Dwight R. G. Palmer. Palmer was responsible for preserving the railway system to become a cheaper alternative to building new highways. This became known as the Aldene Plan. 

The plan involved building a connection between the Central Railroad of New Jersey and the Lehigh Valley Railroad that would eliminate the need for the labor-intensive ferry service as well as the majority of the Communipaw Terminal located in Jersey City. This idea was thought to save $1.5 million annually. The plan went into effect on May 1, 1967. 


The area of Aldene has a mix of both single-family homes and smaller apartment buildings, such as Webster Gardens, located on West Webster Avenue. The median home price is $357,558, which is more expensive than 46.5% of other communities in the state. Rent averages $2,213 per month and is lower than 54.6% of other areas in New Jersey. 

The following schools provide education to the residents:

  • Aldene Elementary School
  • Roselle Park High School
  • Robert Gordon Elementary School
  • Roselle Park Middle School

The residents in the neighborhood are predominantly upper-middle-income households. The occupational breakdown of the working adults is the following:

  • 45.2% executive, management, and professional occupations
  • 24.3% clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations
  • 16.5% sales and service jobs
  • 14.0% manufacturing and laborer occupations


As many as 28.9% were born outside of the United States, out of the neighborhood's population. English is spoken by 62.5% of the residents, and 4.7% speak Portuguese; other languages spoken include the following:

  • Spanish
  • Languages of India
  • Polish

The ancestral breakdown of the population is the following:

  • 14.0% Italian
  • 11.5% Asian 
  • 11.4% South American 
  • 8.1% Irish
  • 6.1% German
  • 4.5% Portuguese
  • 3.0% Brazilian

Continue along with us as we learn more about the area: History Made in Roselle, NJ

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