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Borough of Alpine, New Jersey
—  Borough  —
Alpine Borough Hall, Post Office & Police station
Map highlighting Alpine's location within Bergen County. Inset: Bergen County's location within New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Alpine, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°57′16″N 73°55′50″W / 40.95444°N 73.93056°W / 40.95444; -73.93056Coordinates: 40°57′16″N 73°55′50″W / 40.95444°N 73.93056°W / 40.95444; -73.93056
Country United States
State New Jersey
County Bergen
Incorporated April 8, 1903
 - Type Borough (New Jersey)
 - Mayor Paul H. Tomasko
 - Borough Clerk Gail Warming-Tanno[1]
 - Total 9.2 sq mi (23.8 km2)
 - Land 6.4 sq mi (16.5 km2)
 - Water 2.8 sq mi (7.3 km2)  30.75%
Elevation [2] 509 ft (155 m)
Population (2008)[3]
 - Total 2,480
 - Density 343.5/sq mi (132.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 07620
Area code(s) 201
FIPS code 34-01090[4][5]
GNIS feature ID 0874320[6]

Alpine is an affluent borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 2,183. According to Forbes, Alpine ranks first in "America's Most Expensive ZIP Codes" for 2009, with a median home price of $4.14 million.[7]

Alpine's history of expensive homes also extends back to July 2006 and June 2007, where it ranked #1 in a tie with Fisher Island, Florida on the ABC News list of most expensive zip codes, with a median home sale price of $3.4 million.[8][9]

New Jersey Monthly magazine ranked Alpine as its 15th best place to live in its 2008 rankings of the "Best Places To Live" in New Jersey.[10]

Alpine was formed by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 8, 1903 from portions of Harrington Township. The borough gained a portion of Cresskill in 1904.[11][12]



Alpine is located at 40°57′16″N 73°55′50″W / 40.954346°N 73.930472°W / 40.954346; -73.930472 (40.954346, -73.930472)[13] less than 9 miles (14 km) from Manhattan.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 9.2 square miles (23.8 km2), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.5 km2) of it is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) of it (30.75%) is water.


Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 268
1910 377 40.7%
1920 350 −7.2%
1930 521 48.9%
1940 626 20.2%
1950 644 2.9%
1960 921 43.0%
1970 1,344 45.9%
1980 1,549 15.3%
1990 1,716 10.8%
2000 2,183 27.2%
Est. 2008 2,480 [3] 13.6%
Population 1930 - 1990.[14][15]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,183 people, 708 households, and 623 families residing in the borough. The population density was 343.5 people per square mile (132.5/km2). There were 730 housing units at an average density of 114.9/sq mi (44.3/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 77.37% White, 1.51% African American, 0.23% Native American, 19.10% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.52% of the population.

There were 708 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 79.8% were married couples living together, 4.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 12.0% were non-families. 9.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 34.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 102.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $130,740, and the median income for a family was $134,068. Males had a median income of $87,544 versus $45,536 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $114,995. About 0.4% of families and 1.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.5% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those age 65 or over.


Alpine is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The government consists of a mayor and a borough council comprising six council members, with all positions elected at large. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The borough council consists of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year.[16]

The current mayor of Alpine is Paul H. Tomasko (D, term ends December 31, 2010. Members of the Alpine Borough Council are Council President Vicki Frankel (D, 2009), Michael Cacouris (D, 2009), Paul Garjian (D, 2008), Gayle Gerstein (D, 2010), Sidney Merians (D, 2010) and Ronny Siegel (D, 2008).[1][17]

In elections held on November 6, 2007, incumbent Democrats Gayle Gerstein and Sidney Merians ran unopposed and were re-elected to the council to a second and third term respectively.[18][19]

In the election on November 7, 2006, Democrats swept all three open seats unopposed, with Paul H. Tomasko (443 votes) reelected as Mayor, and Michael Cacouris (412) and Vicki Frankel (399) winning additional terms on the Borough Council.[20][21]

Federal, state and county representation

Alpine is in the Fifth Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 39th Legislative District.[22]

New Jersey's Fifth Congressional District, covering the northern portions of Bergen County, Passaic County and Sussex County and all of Warren County, is represented by Scott Garrett (R, Wantage Township). New Jersey is represented in the Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).

For the 2008-2009 Legislative Session, the 39th District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Gerald Cardinale (R, Demarest) and in the Assembly by John E. Rooney (R, Northvale) and Charlotte Vandervalk (R, Hillsdale).[23] The Governor of New Jersey is Jon Corzine (D, Hoboken).[24]

Bergen County's County Executive is Dennis McNerney (D).[25] The executive, along with the seven-member Board of Chosen Freeholders administer all county business. As of 2008, Bergen County's Freeholders are Chairman James M. Carroll (D, Demarest), Vice-Chairwoman Julie O'Brien (D, Ramsey), Elizabeth Calabrese (D, Wallington), David L. Ganz (D, Fair Lawn), Bernadette P. McPherson (D, Rutherford), Tomas J. Padilla (D, Park Ridge) and Vernon Walton (D, Englewood).[26]

Other countywide elected officials are Sheriff Leo McGuire (D), Surrogate Court Judge Mike Dressler (D, Cresskill) and County Clerk Kathleen Donovan (R, Rutherford).[27]


As of Election Day, November 4, 2008, there were 1,275 registered voters. Of registered voters, 337 (26.4% of all registered voters) were registered as Democrats, 369 (28.9%) were registered as Republicans and 569 (44.6%) were registered as Undeclared. There were no voters registered to other parties.[28]

On the national level, Alpine leans toward the Republican Party. In the 2008 presidential election, Republican John McCain received 55.5% of the vote here, over Democrat Barack Obama, who received 43.6% of the vote, with 70.0% of registered voters participating.[28] In the 2004 election, Republican George W. Bush received 56% of the vote here, over Democrat John Kerry, who received 43%.[29]


The Alpine Public School, is a K-8 community school district serving a total of 134 students at the Alpine School, as of the 2005-06 school year.[30] Public school students attend Tenafly High School in Tenafly for grades 9 - 12, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Tenafly Public Schools.[31]


U.S. Route 9W, the Palisades Interstate Parkway and County Route 502 all pass through Alpine.


Alpine is home to the tower and laboratory built by Edwin Howard Armstrong after RCA evicted him from the Empire State Building. Armstrong's experimental FM station, W2XMN, used various frequencies to broadcast from the tower, first on 42.8 MHz; later on 44.1 MHz; and finally on 93.1 MHz in the modern FM band. The laboratory building and the tower still stand; the 400-foot (122-m) tower is home to many two-way radio users, one modern FM station (Fairleigh Dickinson University's WFDU), and backup transmitters for several of New York's television stations. The tower served as a primary tower for the stations after September 11, 2001 when the World Trade Center was destroyed. There was some local opposition to this scheme, but the move was temporary, as the stations affected moved their primary broadcast facilities to the Empire State Building. The original lab building is home to a static display of historic communications equipment and offices; the USA Network cable channel operated from this building in the late 1970s.

Points of interest

Rio Vista is an upscale neighborhood in the southern section of Alpine. Rio Vista is home to Devil's Tower, a stone clock tower that is claimed to be haunted. The tower was originally built by sugar baron Manuel Rionda (1854-1943) in order to allow his wife to see New York from the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. The legend has it that when his wife saw him with another woman, she committed suicide by jumping off the tower. After becoming upset over his wife's death, Rionda stopped all work on the tower.[32] In reality Harriet Rionda died of natural causes in 1922 and was interred nearby for approximately 20 years; her coffin was moved to Brookside Cemetery, Englewood. The estate was later sub-divided into 197 housing sites consisting of miles of roadway, infrastructure, and related facilities in the mid 1980s.

The New Jersey Section of the Palisades Interstate Park runs the length of Alpine along the top of the New Jersey Palisades and along the Hudson River.

The Alpine Boat Basin serves as both a public picnic area and small marina for private boats. The area is a scenic riverfront picnic area and boat basin, plus beach for car-top boat launches (canoe and kayak), with fishing, access to hiking trails and Henry Hudson Drive, restrooms, water, vending machines, and public phones. The area also has Alpine Pavilion, an open-air stone picnic pavilion built in 1934 by the Civil Works Administration (available for rental), as well as the historic Blackledge-Kearney House.

Noted residents

Notable current and former residents of Alpine include:


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  • "Municipal Incorporations of the State of New Jersey (according to Counties)" prepared by the Division of Local Government, Department of the Treasury (New Jersey); December 1, 1958.


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