29 Facts About Paramus


Paramus is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States.

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Paramus was created from portions of Midland Township, which now exists as Rochelle Park.

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Paramus has some of the most restrictive blue laws in the nation, dating back to the 17th century, banning nearly all white-collar and retail businesses from opening on Sundays except for gas stations, restaurants and grocery stores, and a limited number of other businesses.

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Paramus settled in the Dutch West Indies Company town of Ackensack, today's Hackensack.

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Section of Paramus known as Dunkerhook was a free African-American community dating to the early 18th century.

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Paramus became one of the "truck farming" areas that helped New Jersey earn its nickname as the "Garden State".

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New York had a state sales tax, but New Jersey had none, so with the opening of Manhattan department stores in the Bergen Mall, the Garden State Plaza and Alexander's, Paramus became the "first stop outside New York City for shopping".

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Paramus was home to the America regional headquarters of Hanjin Shipping, located on the eastbound side of Route 4 before it declared bankruptcy in 2017.

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Paramus was the former headquarters location for Toys "R" Us before the company relocated to Wayne, New Jersey, in 2002 and went bankrupt.

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Paramus was the headquarters of Magic Solutions, a defunct computer software company that specialized in help desk automation and asset management software.

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Some retail analysts view Paramus as being two markets, centered on the two major highways.

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Paramus housed a Babies "R" Us on the northbound side of Route 17, but it closed in 2018.

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In 1983, Paramus was one of the first locations opening a Kids "R" Us store.

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Local blue laws in Paramus were first proposed in 1957, while the Bergen Mall and Garden State Plaza were under construction.

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In spite of its six-day shopping week, Paramus consistently has the most retail sales of any ZIP Code in the United States.

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One of the earliest drive-in theaters opened in Paramus, featuring what was said to be the world's largest and brightest screen, located behind what is Westfield Garden State Plaza.

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The Paramus Drive-In closed in 1987 after the last movie presentation, a double-feature of "Crocodile" Dundee and The Untouchables.

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Currently, Paramus' lone movie theater complex is a 16-screen AMC Theatres located in an area of new construction at Westfield Garden State Plaza.

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The Paramus Picture Show, known as Cinema 35 until 1997, closed in December 2004 in the wake of declining attendance.

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Paramus has an outdoor municipal swimming pool complex on Van Binsberger Boulevard.

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Paramus is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey.

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Paramus is located in the 5th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 38th state legislative district.

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Paramus Catholic High School is a co-educational Roman Catholic high school founded in 1965 and operated by the Archdiocese of Newark.

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K–8 co-ed Jewish day schools in Paramus include Yavneh Academy; Yeshivat Noam, founded in 2001; and Ben Porat Yosef, which was established in 2001 and relocated to Paramus in 2008.

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Highways in Paramus include Route 17, Route 4 and the Garden State Parkway .

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Paramus is home to the following locations on the National Register of Historic Places:.

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Paramus Fire Department is a volunteer fire department that has a total of about 130 members who are on call around-the-clock, 365 days a year.

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Paramus has a separate volunteer rescue squad located on West Jockish Square that specializes in motor vehicle extrication, as well as a marine unit for responses involving water rescues.

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Borough of Paramus has an emergency management department that is required by state and law to develop emergency plans to protect people and property in the event of any emergency or disaster.

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