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Paterson at the Cannes Film Festival

Paterson, the latest film by acclaimed indie director Jim Jarmusch, premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Paterson stars Adam Driver, best known for his performances in Girls and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as a New Jersey Transit bus driver and poet named, aptly, Paterson.

Click the image to watch a clip from the film.

Jarmusch's Paterson is quiet and serene, a place for reflection and inspiration. The film has introduced the beautiful landscapes and vibrant character of the city to new audiences from around the world. The Daily Telegraph, one of London's top newspapers, reminds readers that the city of Paterson "was an early birthplace of American industry, on a site chosen by founding father Alexander Hamilton (yep, the one from the Broadway musical) near the Passaic River’s Great Falls."

The film's reviews have been uniformly positive.

"Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson is a singular ode to the ordered life, domestic harmony and poetry as something worth living for." The Hollywood Reporter

"A quiet delight which celebrates small-town life and dreams." The Guardian

"Unquestionably Adam Driver's finest performance to date." Indiewire

"It is a sublime slice of life in the city of bards." Collider

"This is one of the most beautiful-looking films of the festival so far, even though it’s set, and was filmed, in a city that many may not think of as beautiful." Time Magazine

"A work of becalmed eccentricity and unforced charm, Paterson is a portrait of an artist's world." Los Angeles Times

Paterson will be distributed in the United States by Amazon Studios.

Hamilton at the Great Falls

Thanks to the hit Broadway musical Hamilton Paterson's founding father is becoming a pop culture icon. A recent NPR story about the connection between the musical and Alexander Hamilton's economic legacy began not in New York City but at Paterson's Great Falls. Last year we hosted a brunch with Lin-Manuel Miranda and many other cast members from HAMILTON, along with historian Ron Chernow and playwright John Guare. Before seeing the show Ron and John led our group in a lively conversation about Lin's creation of the musical inspired by Ron's best-selling biography of Paterson's founder. In October we honored Hamilton star Jasmine Cephas Jones and Paterson's own Doug Herzog, president of Viacom's Music and Entertainment Group.Lin-Manuel Miranda with John Guare; Jasmine Cephas Jones

NPR Reports on Hamilton's Financial Legacy at the Great Falls

HAMILTON may be the hottest ticket in New York today, but the story of Alexander Hamilton and his vision for America's economic independence begins here in Paterson.

NPR visited the Great Falls to explore how Hamilton implemented his ambitious strategy to stimulate manufacturing and industry to secure the new nation's economic independence, and talked to Lin-Manuel Miranda about turning Hamilton's legacy into a Broadway hit.

Listen to the full story here.

First Phase of Park Renovations Complete!

Ribbon Cutting at Mary Ellen Kramer Park

The first phase of improvements to the National Park was completed this summer, and we celebrated with a ribbon-cutting cermony on August 28.

The newly-renovated section of the park, tucked in between the Great Falls and Hinchliffe Stadium, is known as Mary Ellen Kramer Park.

It is named for Paterson's former first lady, whose work in the 1970s was instrumental in preserving the land around the Falls and establishing the Great Falls National Historic District.

Mary Ellen Kramer Park now has a variety of new amenities including paved and lighted walking trails, benches and picnic tables, and a decorative brick-and-iron entrance gate. A stepped walkway leads to an observation deck, giving visitors new and improved opportunities to get up close to the Great Falls.

Visitors tour the newly-renovated Mary Ellen Kramer Park.

Now that Mary Ellen Kramer Park is open, park visitors can once again walk the full Mill Mile. Download the audio tour app (Android or iOS) to take a walk around the Great Falls with Super Bowl star Victor Cruz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, MacArthur Prize-winning creator of HAMILTON Lin-Manuel Miranda, and other friends of Paterson.

Photos courtesy Giacomo DeStefano ⓒ2015
Hinchliffe Stadium: Newest Addition to National Park

Hinchliffe StadiumOn Friday, December 19, President Obama signed legislation to add Hinchliffe Stadium, the historic home of the NY Black Yankees and NY Cubans in Negro League baseball, to the Paterson Great Falls National Park. Hinchliffe played a central role in Paterson's cultural history and now will be a permanent part of the National Park System. This has been one of our top priorities and we are proud to have played a role in helping our NJ congressional delegation make it happen.

Hinchliffe Stadium was named one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The 10,000 seat, poured-concrete Art Deco stadium was the home field of the New York Black Yankees for more than a decade. Another Negro League team, the New York Cubans, also made Hinchliffe their home field for some years. Today it is one of the only remaining Negro League stadiums in the country. The Negro Leagues brightest stars—including Hall of Famer Larry Doby, who became the first African American to sign with Major League Baseball's American League—played on Hinchliffe's hallowed field. A beloved community landmark, Hinchliffe also hosted automobile and motocycle racing, pro football games, and boxing matches attended by celebrities from Babe Ruth to Joe Louis to Lou Costello.

In March 2013 the stadium was designated a National Historic Landmark. Listen to testimony delivered to the National Historic Landmark committee by Leonard Coleman—former president of the National League in Major League Baseball and friend of the late Larry Doby.

In December 2014, Congress passed legislation to expand the boundary of the Paterson National Park to include Hinchliffe Stadium. Read the Hinchliffe Stadium Heritage Act of 2014.

Hinchliffe has been closed since 1997 and is dangerously deteriorated. The stadium's new national park status will help the growing movement to restore the stadium for sports and other events. 

Legendary baseball star Cal Ripken, Jr., one of the stadium's many supporters, said, "Hinchliffe deserves to be restored into a place where tomorrow's youth will be able to walk in the footsteps of yesterday's legends and experience history first hand." Once restored, we will honor at Hinchliffe the unparalleled athletic achievement by Americans of color and immigrants. We will celebrate the demise of segregation in baseball and growth of a national pastime inclusive of African Americans and Latinos.

Learn more about the history of baseball in Paterson.

Mill Mile Audio Tour App Launched

Mill Mile BrochureThe Hamilton Partnership released the Mill Mile audio tour smartphone app, the latest dimension of our gritty city self-guided walking tour of the Paterson Great Falls National Park.

Watch our video to learn more.

Why is one of America's newest national parks at the Great Falls in Paterson, New Jersey? Mill Mile answers that question, featuring messages from NBC's Brian Williams, NFL star and Paterson son Victor Cruz, MacArthur Prize-winning novelist Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Ron Chernow, Broadway composer Lin Manuel-Miranda, and a diverse mix of other friends of Paterson.

Mill Mile is available for free download on iTunes and Google Play. 

Or you can follow the self-guided Mill Mile brochure, available for download here or at www.MillMile.org

 

A National Historical Park for Economic Independence Day

It was July 4th but the year was 1792 when Alexander Hamilton launched the battle for America’s economic independence. The place was Paterson, NJ.

We celebrate America’s political independence by looking back to the Declaration of Independence, approved on July 4, 1776 at what is now Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. But precisely sixteen years later, Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first Treasury Secretary, met with a group of leading American investors on a New Jersey riverbank near what was then the nation’s most powerful waterfall, pouring up to two billion gallons of water into a deep gorge each day. Here Hamilton would establish the world’s first city of innovation, ending America’s dependency on Europe for essential manufactured goods, especially military supplies. At the Great Falls in Paterson, Hamilton launched the first battle to secure our nation’s economic independence. 

Explore the birthplace of America’s economic independence with Mill Mile, Paterson National Park's new audio tour smartphone app featuring NBC’s Brian Williams and Super Bowl star Victor Cruz. Check out this trailer: http://bit.ly/MillMile

Frank R. Lautenberg: Paterson Boy Who Did Good
Frank R. Lautenberg (right) with Henry Taub  (center) and Joe Taub (left).

Frank R. Lautenberg (right) with Henry Taub (center) and Joe Taub (left).

We mourn the loss of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg. From his heart and for his lifetime, he was a kid from Paterson. He rose from poverty to help Henry and Joe Taub build ADP into a great American success story---and to do good for our city and our nation. Senator Lautenberg was a leader in the quest to create the Paterson Great Falls National Park, which ten days before he died he called the most important work he wanted to do for Paterson.

Read more about young Frank Lautenberg's Paterson on northjersey.com 

 

Santo Domingo + Paterson = MacArthur Fellowship for Junot Díaz
Junot Díaz
 Junot Díaz

The latest success story in Paterson literature is novelist Junot Díaz, who won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2012. Díaz' Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, is set partly in Paterson.

For more than two hundred years, writers and poets have drawn inspiration from Paterson for their works.  Two John Updike novels, Allen Ginsberg's poetry, an epic poem by William Carlos Williams, and Washington Irving's only published poem. Díaz himself writes, "The Paterson Falls are where the pulse of our state communicates itself, where the true land that we have sought to bury under the concrete detritus of our civilization can still speak to us. A natural treasure of alarming power, a place where I have repeatedly sought refuge, inspiration and a sense of my self. Despite the many attempts to shackle, to hem, to pacify, to in wit destroy the falls, they have survived, a reminder of the tenacity of wild spaces but also, in their singularity, a warning that if we do not act this splinter too will vanish and all of us, in our state, in our country--and yes--in our world will be diminished for it."

Junot Díaz is featured in our new Mill Mile audio tour smartphone app. Watch his appearance on the Colbert Report.

Paterson Great Falls Becomes America's Newest National Park

Paterson Great Falls Becomes America's Newest National Park Its official! On November 7, the Secretary of Interior signed an agreement with the city of Paterson that formally established the Paterson Great Falls National Park. In an uplifting ceremony at the Great Falls on a picture-perfect day, Paterson residents gathered to hear remarks by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis, Senators Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez, Congressman Bill Pascrell, and Mayor Jeffery Jones.

Congressman Bill Pascrell exclaimed, "this is our Yellowstone." Now the Great falls is part of the National Park System, protected forever by federal legislation and stewardship in a partnership with the city of Paterson.

The dedication also marked the beginning of the National Park Service’s intensive two-year planning process. With the help of the Paterson National Park Advisory Commission and the active participation of residents of Paterson and the region, the National Park Service will create a detailed plan for the park and its educational dimensions.

Officials expressed gratitude to the congressional delegation and the Paterson community for the unwavering unity sustained throughout the years. That unity was perhaps most pronounced among the Paterson youth present at the ceremony, many of whom were members of the Great Falls Youth Corps, flanking the crowd with signs celebrating the Park’s establishment and thanking their congressional representatives.

This was truly a day to celebrate Paterson’s historic past. We look forward to the work we have ahead of us as we create a national park for the 21st century, one that will help us improve the quality of life today and in the future.

Our friends at the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation posted these wonderful photos of the event.

To watch highlights from the dedication ceremony, click here.