Daily Archives: May 20, 2014

What’s in a Name: Schuyler Avenue

This revived  weekly feature is brought to you courtesy of the Meadowlands Commission’s Parks Department to give you some historical background on how local places, landmarks, and geographical features  got their name.

Map Robert Erskine -1776

Map Robert Erskine -1776

Schuyler Avenue, North Arlington  

In the entire history of the Hackensack Meadowlands no one ever said, “Thar’s gold in them thar hills!”

But in the early 1700’s someone said, “There’s copper in those hills.”

That “someone” was Arent Schuyler born in Albany, New York in 1662.

His is the story of the discovery of copper in the Meadowlands.

Arent was the first of the Schuylers who gave their name to one of this area’s oldest roads: Schuyler Avenue.

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