Englewood, New Jersey, in Bergen County, encompasses 5-square miles and has a population of 27,824 (2006 U.S. Census). Englewood shares common boundaries with six municipalities: Bergenfield, Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Leonia, Teaneck and Tenafly.
Englewood’s defining characteristic is location – close to the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge and New York City. New York City is less than 4 miles from the city limits. Englewood experienced rapid growth first in the early 1900s after trolley service connected Englewood to the ferryboats traveling to New York City. Another spurt of growth occurred when the George Washington Bridge opened. Englewood’s population has peaked; with unoccupied land scarce and development generally restricted, great population fluctuations are not anticipated in Englewood’s future.
Englewood has a vibrant downtown, which includes the Bergen Performing Arts Center, more than forty restaurants and eateries, boutiques, antique stores and specialty shops. The downtown has evolved into a major restaurant and shopping hub for the surrounding northern valley communities.
In addition to Route 4, Englewood is traversed by two highways: Interstate Highway 80/95, a major east-west thoroughfare, and State Highway No. 4, also an east-west corridor for Bergen County. The National Highway Safety Administration reports that twenty-six people were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in Bergen County during 2009. Eight fatalities occurred as the result of vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers, and twelve pedestrians were killed as a result of vehicle accidents. There was one fatal injury from a car accident in 2008 in Englewood; a drunken driver was involved according to City-Data.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, an acute-care and community teaching hospital, provides state-of-the-art healthcare services for Englewood residents. Emergency services provided by the city include the Englewood Fire Department and the Englewood Police Department. Through its affiliation with New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Englewood Hospital is known as a distinguished teaching hospital.
There can be enormous quality differences between one hospital and another as well as between one doctor and another. Patient safety ratings reflect the quality of care at a hospital by measuring how well the hospital prevents potentially avoidable complications. Healthgrades awarded the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center the Maternity Care Excellence Award in 2010.
The structure of New Jersey’s court system is among the most simple in the nation. The state has only the following types of courts: Municipal courts, Tax Court, state Superior Court, which includes the trial courts, an Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. The City of Englewood Municipal Court is located at 73 South Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631. The Municipal courts in New Jersey are considered courts of limited jurisdiction, having responsibility for motor vehicle and parking tickets, minor criminal offenses and municipal ordinance offenses. Englewood also utilizes the trial court in Bergen County located at the Bergen County Justice Center, 10 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Both criminal and civil cases are heard at the trial court level. Typical civil cases involve contracts, personal injury, automobile accidents, employment and discrimination cases.