Tour of Paterson 2015

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Tour of Paterson 2015

Time: September 20, 2015 from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Paterson Train Station
Street: Market & Ward Sts.
City/Town: Paterson, NJ
Website or Map:…
Phone: 908-248-2307 (Nakis) / 973-214-1811 (Paul)
Event Type: historical, tour, 12-miles, freewalkers, walk
Organized By: Nakis Pericleous and Paul Kiczek
Latest Activity: Sep 20, 2015

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Event Description

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Take a 12-mile walking tour of one of the most interesting, historical and important cities in the East as we make our way around landmarks, natural wonders, historical places and markets.

Paterson has always been a city of immigrants. Today, the largest populations are Hispanic and Arab and Middle East countries. Paterson has the second largest Muslim population of any city in the United States.

Known as the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in America, significant Paterson history dates back to 1791 when Alexander Hamilton recognized that the energy of the  77 Foot tall Great Falls could be harnessed to drive manufacturing. Even today, witnessing the power of the Great Falls is a necessary experience for any visit to Paterson.

Paterson is great history lesson on boom times, exploitation and flight. Industry thrived around the power of the falls and included mills, firearms, silk and the manufacturing railroad locomotives.  For over a century, the city was a mecca for immigrant laborers who worked in its factories.  The rich and the poor came here to take advantage of the business boom. Think China today.

We’ve arranged a private tour of the American Labor Museum where we will learn about the city that was the site of historic labor unrest that focused on anti-child labor legislation, and the six-month-long Paterson “Silk Strike of 1913” that demanded the eight-hour day and better working conditions.

We visit the Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Paterson Museum, Hinchcliff Stadium, the former home of the New York Black Yankees (Negro League), the American Labor Museum. Garrett Mountain Overlook, Lambert Castle Museum and even a statue that honors its famous son, Lou Costello (Abbott & Costello). Time permitting there’s the renown Paterson Farmer’s market to visit before you leave.

Paterson is accessible by car, rail or bus. Join us for a visit to an interesting place with an interesting past. We will start and finish from the Paterson Train Station. The event is free. Everyone is welcome.

Important Update: Information on our walking route and parking in Paterson has been updated. We have also added a walking itineary/schedule. (as of 9/16/15) 

New! Map of Tour

New! Parking Info
The garage across from the station is closed Sundays. Use Center City Parking Garage @ 301 Main Streeta few blocks away, used for shoppers in this area (click the link to get directions). You should park there and meet us at the train station around 8:00 where we will all convene for a sign-in and briefing.

New! Schedule and Milestones - Paterson Walk

Train Schedule

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Comment Wall

Comment by Paul Kiczek on September 19, 2015 at 11:38pm

Ok. Got everything printed out for tomorrow.

Comment by Albert Walker on September 19, 2015 at 7:20pm
Thank you!
Comment by Nakis Pericleous on September 19, 2015 at 7:14pm

Sorry, the link got messed up some how. I made a pdf file of the directions so it will be easier to print out.

Comment by Tom Glynn on September 19, 2015 at 6:34pm

If it's not too late, is anyone interested in carpooling from the New Brunswick area?

Comment by Albert Walker on September 19, 2015 at 10:26am

Paul and Nakis - got the below message while trying to print the Google map today. – this shortlink has been disabled. It was found to be violating our Terms of Service. Click here and here for more information about our terms and policies respectively.

Comment by Renee Scott on September 17, 2015 at 5:24pm

I should have mentioned hourly for trains going back toward Secaucus.  

Comment by Renee Scott on September 17, 2015 at 5:22pm

Trains run out of Paterson every if you miss one, you will have to wait, FYI.

Comment by Paul Kiczek on September 17, 2015 at 4:27pm


Its a good point about parking elsewhere. I'll remind everyone in email going out tonight.



Comment by Dana M Erwin on September 17, 2015 at 4:10pm

If we are meeting up at the Paterson NJ Transit station people could park in towns along the Main Line north of Paterson (Ridgewood, Glen Rock Main, Hawthorne, Ramsey for example) or south (Hoboken, Secaucus).  It takes 10 to 15 minutes by train to get to Paterson from Ridgewood and there should be plenty of parking on a Sunday

Comment by Paul Kiczek on September 14, 2015 at 2:40pm

Ok. We'll check on parking facilitites. Be back to you.

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