Hackensack is located in the northeastern part of the state of New Jersey and a city and seat of Bergen County. The city sits on the western side of the Hudson River, along the Hackensack River, and in Manhattan Island in New York City. The area was originally settled by the Dutch who called it New Barbadoes in the 1640s. However, the area was then taken over by the English but still managed to retain its Dutch imprint in 1688. The area was renamed to Hackensack in 1921, which was taken supposedly from Ackinchesacky, or Ackenack, one of the Delaware Indian people. Hackensack became a camping ground for both the American and British troops during the American Revolution for several instances at various times. The present-day Hackensack has a well-diversified economy which now includes foundry and machinery products, food processing, clothes, plastic, paper products, and electrical appliances. There’s an exciting array of restaurants and clubs in the city that cater to both visitors and residents. The area is also a family favorite for its numerous educational recreational sites, such as the New Jersey Naval Museum, the Riverside Park, and the Hackensack River County Park. Seven public schools, four private schools, and the Farleigh Dickinson University serve the students, along with the Johnson Free Public Library. Just a short drive away is the La Guardia Airport, which makes Hackensack a convenient commuting base. There’s a healthy mix of condos, town homes, apartments, and single-family home available in this small yet affordable and ethnically diverse area.
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