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Little Falls, New Jersey A Commuter Paradise and Quaint Historic Enclave Central To Everything

 The township of Little Falls, named for the beautiful Passaic River waterfall that spills downstream from a dam in front of the former  Beattie Carpet Mill, traces its heritage to 1711. The nearly three-square-mile  town is bordered by the communities of Montclair, Wayne, Totowa, Woodland Park,  North Caldwell, Fairfield and Clifton.  

 Unlike many communities in Northern New Jersey, Little Falls has managed to  retain a small town feel. Its convenient location, situated on the Garden State  Parkway; US Routes 80 and 46 as well as New Jersey Routes 3 and 23; along with  numerous public transit options make the township an ideal place of residence  for commuters. The many residents who commute elsewhere to work are among the  best served in the metropolitan area, with frequent rail and bus service  operated by New Jersey Transit. For many residents local shopping, schools and  a variety of other services are within walking distance.  

 The township is divided into three separate areas: Great Notch, which comprises  the easternmost part; Singac which is the western section of town; and the  downtown area which locals call “The Center of Town.” Main Street runs directly through the town center and is lined with lovely “mom & pop” stores and a wide variety of restaurants.  

 The old Morris Canal, once an important artery of trade and transportation  between the Delaware and Hudson Rivers, wound its way through the town, and  vestiges of it still serve as a reminder of Little Falls’ long history.  

 During most of the years of its existence, the Beattie Carpet Mill was the  town's major employer. The mill was closed more than thirty years ago, and the  former factory's buildings have since been converted into a large condominium  complex called The Mill at Little Falls. Many of the units overlook Little  Falls on the Passaic River.  

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4 Comments

  • i grew up in little falls it was a great place to live, lots of stuff to do could walk to willowbrook mall, my mother worked at what is now "the mill" in the 60s
  • The town was named after WaterFalls that no longer exists. The falls behind the mill were man made. The article does not mention that there is an area that floods.
  • Jackie Gleason was not born and raised in Little Falls, but in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn NY.
  • Don't try and visit the Falls, it is now not accessible to the public; with a guard and a "no trespassing" sign. The owners of the Mill don't want anyone there. This is a public place for Little Falls people to visit their name sake. As a 45 year resident of Little Falls, I have always brought out of town guests to see the Falls. I no longer can....Is this legal? When the Falls condos were built...they had to leave access to the public to view the falls. This is not being done. What can we do?