HACKENSACK, N.J. — The City of Hackensack is receiving accolades in a recent New York Times article.
"Immortalized in an unflattering Billy Joel lyric — 'Who needs a house out in Hackensack? Is that all you get for your money?'" the article reads.
"The Bergen County seat is an ethnically diverse city of 45,000, suburban in feel but with an urban center hugging the Hackensack River."
The Times quotes new neighbors, real-estate agents and city officials praising Hackensack for its affordable housing, close proximity to Jersey City, Hoboken and New York, its sprawling parks, strong schools and deep history.
The publication wrote a similar story in the 1980s, just as Main Street was on the brink of development.
''Things have finally turned around for us,'' Joseph J. Squillace, former City Manager and government veteran, said in the article.
''We expect Court Plaza to spur development in the downtown business area.''
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