Loving the Paterson Falls

Published October 17, 2012 by Maryanne

Me, at the Paterson Falls, Summer 2012

The Paterson Falls has always been dear to my heart.

I was born in Paterson, but then my family moved around to other towns in the area: West Paterson, Cedar Grove and Little Falls (where I spent a large chunk of my adult life, before moving to Montclair and finally Union County).

My fondest memories of the Falls was when I was around 15  and my Uncle Mickey took me, my sister Kim, and his daughters, Michelle, Nancy and Laura to visit the Falls, which included a trip to Libby’s across the street and the Dairy Queen.

In later years, I took so many friends to the Falls that didn’t even know they existed. These amazing Falls, just a half hour from NYC. Can you even believe it?

One of my favorite books of all time is “Paterson” by William Carlos Williams — and of course he includes some writings about the Falls.

Over the past year, I’ve had the honor to write several articles about the Falls for The Paterson Press.

Here they are, in order of publication:

FEB. 7, 2012 The Great Falls Guest Stars on “The Good Wife”: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/the-great-falls-guest-stars-on-cbss-the-good-wi

JULY 15, 2012 Patersonians Jazzed About Great Falls Festival: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/patersonians-jazzed-about-great-falls-music-festi

SEP. 9, 2012 “An American River”: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/paterson/articles/an-american-river-turn-the-pages-for-a-ride-do

Oct. 15, 2012 Paterson Native  Writes Her Second Book on the Great Falls: http://thealternativepress.com/towns/paterson/articles/paterson-native-writes-her-second-book-on-the-gre

ENJOY — and come visit sometime!

6 comments on “Loving the Paterson Falls

  • I can appreciate your love of the Falls. Even though I don’t live in Paterson anymore, whenever I return “home” I always stop at the Falls. They are mystical. It might have been before your time, but do you remember Falls View?

    • Hi! Yes, that is a perfect way to describe the Falls — “mystical.” I do remember the Falls View. I went there as a kid with my grandmother (long before I became a vegetarian, ha-ha!) I used to get hot dogs “all the way” and was so proud of myself for eating them because I had no appetite as a kid. It’s sad going to that area with Falls View no longer in existence.

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