Introduction to Clifton, New Jersey
Clifton, New Jersey, in Passaic county, is 8 miles N of Newark, New Jersey. Clifton is located along the Passaic River and it's approximately ten miles away from New York City. It takes its name from a nearby cliff. The area was formerly a fur-trading center. The city is the location of numerous scenes of the well known television show The Sopranos.
In 1824 the state of New Jersey approved a plan by George P. McCullough to build the Morris Canal. His idea was to utilize the canal to transport cargo from the coastline to numerous inland cities. Coal was the primary freight transported in the canal. Tolls were required for goods and passengers yet the Morris Canal was a financial failure. It simply could not compete with the railroads.
The canal provided opportunities for the citizens of Clifton for canoeing, fishing and skating during winter. In 1917 the city of Clifton was incorporated. Earlier, the town was known as Acquackanock.
- Hamilton House Museum
- Lambert Castle
- Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
- Great Falls Cultural Center
- Museum of Modern Art Moma
- Paterson Mall Shopping Center
- Paramus Park Shopping Center
- Westfield Garden State Plaza
- 5-K Stampede Through Clifton
Clifton has an extensive trail system for joggers and bicycle riders. Golf enthusiasts enjoy the Upper Montclair Country Club and the Glen Ridge Country Club. The city has a vast number of parks. Opportunities for hiking and sightseeing are available on nearby trails such as West Essex Rail Trail, Mills Reservation Trail, Weequahic Lake, High Mountain Summit Loop and Great Falls of the Passaic River. Residents have opportunities to enjoy the entertainment and attractions in nearby New York City.
There are numerous colleges located nearby, including William Paterson University, Bloomfield College, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State College, Caldwell College and Passaic County Community College.