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The old Bergen County Courthouse as seen in an 1896 Hackensack postcard. The current courthouse celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012.
Posted: Wednesday November 7, 2012, 11:52 AM
By Bergen.com

Known as the county seat of Bergen, the City of Hackensack received its current name from "Sagamore of Hacquinsacq," Lenni Lenape Chief Oratam, who leased the land to Dutch settlers in 1664. The city served as an important locale during the Revolutionary War, where George Washington stationed his troops in November 1776 and ultimately decided to continue their retreat from the British and Hessian soldiers. Today, Hackensack is a melting pot of various cultures, bustling streets and scenic parks.

A premier shopping destination is The Shops at Riverside, which features Tiffany & Co., Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo and more. Barnes & Noble, Pottery Barn, Bloomingdale's and Saks Fifth Avenue are also located in the mall, along with the Fountain Spa. Popular eateries include Rosa Mexicano, P.F. Chang's, Houston's, The Cheesecake Factory and more.

In downtown Hackensack, the motto of The Record King is "where vinyl still rules." This vintage music store carries LPs and 45s, phonograph needles and other merchandise for music lovers who still love to spin their disks on a turntable.

Renowned as the finest dry cleaners in Bergen is Hallak Cleaners on Johnson Avenue. A couture cleaner, Hallak also preserves wedding gowns and restores clothing, linens, wall coverings and carpets.

Owned and operated by former Cosmos player Andranik Eskandarian, Birkenmeier Sport Shop has everything for budding soccer stars and seasoned players.

Of the 15 parks and playgrounds maintained in Hackensack, some family favorites include Foschini Park, the city's largest park; Johnson Park, which offers several volleyball and tennis courts; and Union Street Park, which touts lighted basketball courts and a jungle gym. Hackensack is home to New Jersey's best amateur baseball team, the Hackensack Troasts. Residents of Hackensack and beyond can enjoy an action-packed game at Foschini Park, located directly off Hackensack Avenue.

What sort of city would Hackensack be without supporting "green" efforts? Through its Shade Tree Advisory Committee, more than 500 trees have been planted in the city since the committee's formation in 1989. Accepting donations and volunteers of all types, the Shade Tree Advisory Committee has been honored as a Tree City, USA participant.

Feel at ease in a town whose hospital, Hackensack University Medical Center has been named one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades. Also known as HUMC, this medical-care facility attracts top doctors and nurses who stand behind the center's outstanding commitment to patient health and care.--

Hackensack is home to the legendary Ice House. Children and adults from all over Bergen skate at the busy four-rink facility. Olympic skaters, including Sasha Cohen, Silvia Fontana and John Zimmerman, have trained on this ice. The Ice House is also home to the Avalanche youth hockey teams.

Attention all art appreciation fans! The Hackensack Art Club hosts mini exhibit shows on the first Monday of every month in addition to the weekly studio workshop, which meets every Tuesday.

Johnny Cash names Hackensack as one of the places he has been in the song "I've Been Everywhere," while Billy Joel references the town in his hit song "Movin' Out."

From various locations throughout Hackensack, passersby can see the New York City skyline, which lies seven miles to Hackensack's east.

In 1911, author F. Scott Fitzgerald attended prep school, The Newmann School, here.

The Reformed Church, located at The Green in Hackensack, is the oldest church in Bergen County and the second oldest in the state. It was built in 1696 and rebuilt in 1791.

Best of Bergen 2012
Best barbecue
People who know their barbecue love their barbecue, and they love Cubby's. Try the ribs. And the Hackensack steak. And the wings. And everything else.

Hackensack High School serves students from Hackensack, Maywood, South Hackensack and Rochelle Park.

Best bakery
B&W Bakery
Chosen as best bakery in (201)'s first readers poll in 2007, B&W Bakery has reclaimed the top spot, raising the most dough among voters. The aroma inside this classic bakery is enough to send the olfactory senses reeling.

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