A River Edge Zoning Map, circa 1943 – A Closer Look

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 A River Edge Zoning Map, circa 1943 – A Closer Look

Journeys into River Edge

Previously, we shared some pictures of a Zoning Map of the Borough of River Edge, which accompanied the Zoning Ordinance of 1943.

Since then I’ve continued to look at them to compare River Edge then and now.

I wanted to take a closer look with you here:

This is a map of the south end of town (South of Howland).

First thing that catches one’s eye is the absence of streets west of Bogert. None of the ranches had been built so there is no Zabriskie, Mohawk, Van Saun Drive, Taft Road, Princeton Drive, etc. Those homes would not start to be built until 1950.

This was also a time before the garden apartments. Where Gainsborough now stands was to be Fourth Street and just beyond in the vicinity of Lozier Terrace and Van Saun were to be Fifth and Sixth Streets. By the way First and Second Streets were supposed to be where the other garden apartments are to the east of Bogert – between Reservoir and Howland.

Of course, those streets were never built.

It is interesting to note that the proposed numbered streets, First Street, Second Street, et. al., were labeled as “streets” to distinguish them from the numerical avenues to the north in River Edge (Fifth Avenue is a remnant of that period). The difference is naming reflects a residue of sectional pride from an earlier time when Cherry Hill/North Hackensack was considered separate from River Edge to the north.

Returning to this map, Lakeview Street existed. So did a start of Valley Road but this brief dead end road was called at that time designated as Windham Road.

There was an unbuilt street named Oneida Place. Today it is Davis Drive – running just past Oswego Place. At that time it was only an idea and the map had it running directly to Route 4 – similar to Lakeview and Bogert Roads

In the south end, Main Street was there. So was Hackensack Avenue. There was no New Bridge Road as that thoroughfare and its bridge to New Milford were built in the mid-1950’s. The historic bridge, now a pedestrian bridge, carried vehicles from Main Street to New Bridge Road in New Milford until replaced by the modern day four lane bridge and roadway.

There was also a street, Railroad Avenue, which was listed to the east of the train tracks at approximately the River Edge-Hackensack border. Access to that very brief stretch of Railroad Avenue in River Edge was to come from “Ober Street”, which on the map started in Hackensack just south of the Coles Brook bridge along Hackensack Avenue but soon became a slice of River Edge. But those two streets were never built. Instead it became what are now a dental office and the parking deck for Continental Towers. For a time it was a golf driving range. But Railroad Avenue it never became.

Finally, Ackerson Street – home of the Fire Station #2 and Let It Grow - ran across Route 4 on this map; to approximately where Sonny T’s Restaurant stands. That location is probably still better known to many from River Edge as the site of Boodles and The Old Dominion.

The parking lot to that restaurant has taken over what was a dead end street pathway between the restaurant building and a couple of houses now demolished just to the south of Route 4. That cutaway area was to be the southern portion of Ackerson Street, but like many aspects f this map, that never happened either.

 A River Edge Zoning Map, circa 1943 – A Closer Look

Source: Zoning Ordinance and Building Code of the Borough of River Edge, Bergen County, New Jersey -Issued December 31, 1943