In the mid-19th century, Tenafly was a small Dutch-settled farming community located along the Hudson River, west of the Palisades. Once the railroad started running through the village around 1860, Tenafly developed into an attractive growing neighborhood as well as a summer retreat for wealthy professionals. In 1894, the village broke away from Palisades Township and received borough status. The completion of the George Washington Bridge in 1931 made the journey to Manhattan more convenient, attracting more city dwellers as residents and cementing Tenaflyas place in New York suburbia. Since the days of unpaved roads, handfuls of wood-framed stores, and country estates, Tenafly has boasted intimate parks and historic landmarks that give this picturesque Bergen County town its community feel. The photographs in Tenafly show the communityas social and physical development throughout its more than 110-year history as a borough.
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Alice Renner Rigney Ashbel Green Atonement became Bergen County Bergenfield Birchwood Knole Bob Fuller borough hall Browning School Camp Merritt Chagaris Church at Tenafly Coppell corner County Road Courtesy of Alice Courtesy of Bob Courtesy of John Courtesy of Paul Coyte's Cresskill Curione Dean Drive Demarest early Elizabeth Cady Stanton Engle Street Englewood eventually Faley firehouse former Front Street Glenn Miller Glenwood Road Grannis Harvey Dunn Highwood Avenue Hillside Avenue Historic house was built house was designed Hudson Avenue Huyler Park Jellison John Hull Browning John McNamara known later located Lyle Magnolia Avenue Mary Fisher Maugham Memorial moved Norbert Pendergast original photograph was taken Presbyterian Church purchased railroad station residents Rethmore Home Riveredge shown sold Stefanowicz stood Tenafly Hall Tenafly High School Tenafly Road Tenafly Volunteer Fire Tenafly's Tom Swift town trolley Valley Place Washington Street Watson's Row West Clinton Avenue West Railroad Avenue