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Blue Moon Mexican Cafe. Photos: Greg Pallante
Posted: Thursday March 1, 2012, 1:40 PM
By Amelia Duggan

The City of Englewood has long enjoyed a reputation for being one of the most prominent communities in Bergen. Birthplace and home to generations of business tycoons, actors and musicians, celebrated writers, inventors, diplomats, athletes and political leaders, Englewood is a celebration of creative and commercial success in the area.

PARKS & RECREATION

Englewood has more than a dozen public parks and recreational facilities, including CRYSTAL LAKE, MACKAY PARK with a swimming pool, an ice skating rink, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts and a picnic area, and TRYON AVENUE POOL and VETERAN'S MEMORIAL PARK, which is home to the ENGLEWOOD FARMERS' MARKET.

Nature lovers can enjoy the trails at FLAT ROCK BROOK NATURE CENTER or venture into the PALISADES INTERSTATE PARK for an afternoon of boating and breathtaking views of New York.

The ENGLEWOOD FIELD CLUB is a private athletic club that features outdoor tennis and platform tennis, an ice skating rink, a swimming pool, squash courts and a bowling alley. Or get fit at THE GYM.

POPULAR EATERIES

BAUMGART'S CAFE
Chinese food and a soda fountain in a totally family-friendly environment. This restaurant is a must.

BLUE MOON MEXICAN CAFE
Mexican food with an urban vibe.

GRAND CRU
Contemporary wine barand American bistro.

THE KITCHEN
A terrific little gem of traditional Americana.

TEA FIELDS
Healthy sandwiches, subs, soups and more than 35 varieties of tea. Oh, and coffee, of course.

ARTS

A cultural hub for the city is bergenPAC, a non-profit performing arts center.

TILL YOU DROP

Englewood has a vibrant downtown shopping district along Palisade Avenue and Dean Street and beyond. Fashion boutiques, jewelry stores, and a variety of galleries and specialty stores make the city a cosmopolitan shopping destination.
For the most elegant fine jewelry and watches, there's TIMEPIECE COLLECTION, LE CRISTAL, PALISADE JEWELERS and GOLDSTEIN JEWELRY of couture. Trendy and costume jewelry and accessories are found in abundance at PORTAGE & THE JEWELRY BOX.

Fab fashion boutiques include GITO, ANIK, 25 PARK, GIOVANNA and EREZ. The dress for that black-tie gala can be found at the ENGLE SHOP. For fun and funky fashions, pop into LA PUERTA DEL SOL EAST. Men who want to look their best will final their personal style at VERO UOMO. And for kids, there's PUMPKIN & BEAN or MARCIA'S ATTIC, which, by the way, is also great for grown-up women, too.
"Love big, live Buddha" is the slogan for BIG BUDDHA, specializing in handbags and accessories. Finish your total look with the glam treatment at SALON ROCKS or KINK SALON.

Keep your feet fit at AETREX, with everything you need to keep in step. And put the pedal to the metal in a luxury Mercedes, an Audi or a Smart Car from BENZEL-BUSCH.

Shutterbugs can find everything they need at BERGEN COUNTY CAMERA. And for the home, MITCHELL SIMON, JEWEL SPIEGEL GALLERY and ORCHIDS BY KAREN add practicality as well as panache to your indoor and outdoor living spaces.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Numerous organizations serve the community, including Bergen Family Center, Urban League of Bergen County, American Red Cross and the Center for Food Action. Residents are also active in the Englewood Historical Society and the Community Chest of Englewood.

NOTABLE NATIVES

Englewood was the childhood home of actor John Travolta. Author and aviatrix Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born and raised in Englewood and lived here with her husband, pioneer aviator Charles Lindbergh. Charles Osgood, host of CBS Sunday Morning, spent his childhood in Englewood. Home to musicians Ben E. King, George Benson, The Isley Brothers and founder of Sugar Hill Records, Sylvia Robinson. Victor Wallace Farris, inventor of the paper milk carton and the paper clip, resided in Englewood. Dizzy Gillespie settled in Englewood in 1964 and lived here until his death in 1993. Jennifer Ashton, medical contributor for Fox News Channel, currently resides here.


New to Bergen?
(201) Welcome magazine tells you the best places in the county for shopping, dining and more. For a free copy, call (201) 646-6954 or visit 201magazine.com.

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