PATERSON, NJ - Often celebrated for its contributions to the small business community, the high achievement of students in local schools, and even for their energy dedicated to local sports leagues, Paterson’s large Bangladeshi community secured their place in their adopted hometown’s history with a unanimous vote by the city council to designate the blocks of Union Avenue from Sheridan Avenue to Wayne Avenue as “Bangladesh Boulevard.”

One by one the members of the Council praised the community for helping to build a more diverse and stronger Paterson, before casting their affirmative vote for the resolution championed by 2nd Ward Councilman Shahin Khalique, himself an immigrant from Bangladesh.

Referring to the words embodied in the resolution Khalique said that “Paterson has long taken pride in its diversity, as a place where many cultures unite.”

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Over the decades since the first members of its Diaspora arrived in Paterson, Khalique said, “the Bangladeshi community has evolved and grown, enriching the city with its unique traditions, contributing to the local economy and quality of life.”

Nearly 50 Bangladeshi residents filled the pews of council chambers and celebrated as the votes were cast, the final outcome, Joyed Rohim, also an immigrant, as well as a member of the Paterson Planning Board, said was “a testament to the contributions Bangladeshi-Americans have made to the city of Paterson.”

The newly renamed blocks, Rohim added, “will now showcase our commitment to the city we call home.”

An official ceremony to unveil the new street signs, Khalique said, will likely happen in June after the conclusion of Ramadan.

 

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