PROSPECT PARK, NJ - On Wednesday, March 13, Prospect Park's Mayor Mohamed Khairullah sent out a message through social media wishing a happy 118th birthday. This was, of course, to the borough of Prospect Park.
"Guess who is 118 years old and still as vibrant as ever. Happy Birthday #ProspectParkNJ Incorporated March 13, 1901," Khairullah said.
The borough of Prospect Park neighbors Hawthorne, Haledon, Paterson, and North Haledon. Prior to the incorporation of Prospect Park (1901), Hawthorne (1898), Haledon (1908), North Haledon (1901), and parts of Totowa (1898), the area was known as Manchester Township. Manchester Township itself was established in 1837, formerly part of Bergen County's Saddle River Township, and was formed the same day as the new Passaic County.
With the creation of the new boroughs at the turn of the 20th Century, Manchester Township shrunk. Finally, it ceased to be with the establishment of Haledon in 1908.
Prospect Park has approximately 5,900 residents and recently garnered attention with the installation of Intashan Chowdhury as the youngest Borough Administrator in the state of New Jersey.
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