The History of Teaneck, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Teaneck, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group would like to offer the following on the neighborhood's history.


The Township of Teaneck is located in the southern region of Bergen County in New Jersey. The suburb takes up 3,993.6 acres, of which 3.16% is water, like Teaneck Creek. The neighboring communities include Englewood, Koreatown, Hackensack, Ridgefield Park, and Bergenfield. The Hackensack River flows along the western edge of the township and the Overpeck Creek along the southeastern edge.

Early History

The region was home to several Lenni Lenape Native American camps. Mostly near the Hackensack River's edge and along the Overpeck Creek. One of the main settlements, called Achikinhesackywas, was led by Chief Oratam. Some of the pathways the Natives took became the roadways used today, such as Fycke Lane, River Road, and Queen Anne Road. 

The Dutch settled near what is now Teaneck Road and build a series of stone homes, some of which are still standing. 

After the Battle of Fort Lee, General George Washington and his troops traveled through the neighborhood. The area and its citizens aided both sides of the conflict. During various times of the war, they were forced to quarter either the British or the American forces. 

Historical Landmarks

Within the community are several homes and structures that have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. One of these is the George Washington Bridge. The bridge's construction was complete in 1931. It was designed as a double-decked suspension bridge and crosses the Hudson River. Although the bridge is not within the town's borders, it played an integral part in growing the population of the community. Some of the homes within the borders include:

  • 1734 - John Ackerman House - located on River Road
  • c. 1700 - Banta-Coe House - located on Lone Pine Lane
  • 1728 - Brinkerhoff-Demarest House - located on Teaneck Road
  • 1763 - Caspar Westervelt House - located on Sherwood Road
  • 1751 - Zabriskie-Kipp-Cadmus House - located on River Road
  • 1949 - The William Thurnauer house - located on North Forest Drive


The community has a large Jewish population. Many establishments cater to this tight-knit community offering them places for socializing and worshiping, including:

  • Congregation Beth Sholom
  • Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation
  • Congregation Rinat Yisrael
  • Zichron Mordechai
  • Congregation Shaare Tefillah
  • Congregation Netivot Shalom


The township had a population of 39,260 residents in 2010, which consisted of 13,418 households and 10,076 families. This was an increase of 1.3% from the count in 2000. The following is the racial makeup of the community: 

  • 53.33% white
  • 27.69% African American
  • 16.53% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.28% Native American
  • 9.11% Asian
  • 0.06% Pacific Islander
  • 6.04% other races
  • 3.48% two or more races

The community is quite diverse and English is spoken by 72.4% of the residents in addition to the following languages:

  • Spanish - 14.5%
  • Tagalog- 2.3%
  • Urdu - 1.8%
  • Korean - 1.0%
  • Polish - 1.0%

The ancestral makeup of the townspeople included the following in 2000:

  • 6.3% West Indian
  • 6.2% Italian
  • 6.0% German
  • 5.3% Russian
  • 5.1% Irish
  • 4.2% Polish
  • 3.4% Jamaican

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