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Hasbrouck Heights is a small town is Bergen County, NJ. Many of the town's roughly 12 thousand residents can be described as urban sophisticates, upper middle class working professionals generally holding a bachelors degree or higher. Located just 13 miles outside of New York City, many of these sophisticates commute to and from for work. The town is ideally located for convenient transportation on Route 17 and U.S. Route 46. For an easy commute into New York City, the New Jersey Transit bus routes 161, 163 and 164 provide service to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Commuters can also travel to the bordering town of Teterboro to travel by rail. The Teterboro Airport is located on the town's eastern border, however, for more flights both Newark International Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport are an easy alternative. Hasbrouck Heights is a moderately diverse neighborhood. While many residents report their race to be white, there is a significant Hispanic population and many immigrants living in the town. English is by far the predominant language spoken in the homes of Hasbrouck Heights; however, many of the town's residents are multi-lingual, with a percentage being fully lingual in Spanish and Italian. The town is quiet and residents often travel outside of it for activities. The Riverside Square Mall in Hackensack and The Garden State Plaza are destinations within a short driving distance that sell everything from shoes and dresses to furniture and appliances. A town favorite is Mt. Fuji, a popular Japanese restaurant where the hibachi is cooked right on your table. Hasbrouck Heights school system consists of the Euclid Elementary School, the Lincoln Elementary School, the Hasbrouck Heights Middle School and the Hasbrouck Heights High School. Historically, students have performed above average on national standardized tests. As residents of Bergen County, all public school students are eligible to attend the vocational schools, Bergen County Academies in Hackensack and the Bergen Tech Campus in Teterboro or Paramus. These specialty schools offer programs for students to continue their education either shared-time or full-time. The tuition is covered by the students' home school districts; however, admission is selective and based on a complete application process. The town has been home to many famous names and personas. Most notably, actor Jason Biggs, football executive Bill Parcells, philanthropist and innovator Oscar Schwidetzky, football tight end Scott Slutzker, Mafia gangster William Willie Moretti, historical books author Marian Calabro, entertainer Arthur Godfrey, and singer Frank Sinatra all resided in Hasbrouck Heights at one point. Rumor has it while attending Franklin High School (the former Hasbrouck Heights High School), Godfrey caused the school to close down for a few days by stuffing Limburger cheese in the furnace system.

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