The History of Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ at Garden State Justice Group present the following article about the town's history.

Hasbrouck Heights

Hasbrouck Heights is a 979.2-acre borough situated in the southern region of Bergen County in the state of New Jersey. The borough is located north of Wood-Ridge, west of Teterboro, and south of Hackensack. New Jersey 17 travels north and south along the town's eastern edge, separating it from the Teterboro Airport.


The community was formerly known as Corona, and its first European settlers arrived in 1664. It would not become Hasbrouck Heights until 1889, honoring the general manager of the New Jersey and New York Railroad, Jacob Dillon Hasbrouck. The name change was to distinguish itself from the Queens neighborhood. It was officially incorporated as a borough in 1894 by an act of the New Jersey Legislature and borrowed land from Lodi Township.

With the proximity to the Teterboro Airport, it is no wonder that a few incidents have arisen within the neighborhood, such as:

  • 1935 - A small biplane crashed onto Route 2 due to losing altitude.
  • 1966 - A Piper Aztec twin-engine plane piloted by  James P. Scott crashed on a lawn on Burton Avenue after losing an engine.
  • 1999 - A Beechcraft Baron crashed in a residential backyard as it was bound for Virginia.


Located in the northeastern corner is a small diner that has become iconic to the area. The Bendix Diner opened in 1947 and was named after the local aviation parts manufacturer. The aviation plant was operational during World War II. Since opening the Bendix Diner has appeared in the 1982 movie, Diner, starring Steve Guttenberg. It also was the setting for an episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee featuring Jerry Seinfeld.

Notable People

Some well-known people that were either born in the area or became residents include:

  • Jason Biggs - an actor best known for the American Pie film series
  • Arthur Godfrey - an entertainer
  • Frank Sinatra - a singer and actor
  • Scott Slutzker - former NFL tight end for the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, and New York Jets


According to the US census in 2010, the neighborhood had 11,842 residents and consisted of 4,433 households and 3,187 families. The racial breakdown of the neighborhood was the following:

  • 81.34% white
  • 2.86% African American
  • 14.86% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.08% Native American
  • 9.99% Asian
  • 0.02% Pacific Islander
  • 3.68% other races
  • 2.04% two or more races

The median income for the households in the community was $88,375 in 2010. This was an increase from $64,529 in 2000. Approximately 43.09% of the townspeople have at least a bachelor's degree. The breakdown of occupations held by the employed residents was:

  • 15.39% management occupations
  • 13.33% office and administrative support roles
  • 11.47% sales and service careers

Continue reading for more fun facts on the area: All About Stoney Road, NJ

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