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Koreatown, Palisades Park

팰리세이즈 파크 코리아타운

Palisades Park Koreatown
Koreatown street scene
Koreatown street scene
Coordinates: 40°50′49.26″N 73°59′49.42″W / 40.8470167°N 73.9970611°W / 40.8470167; -73.9970611Coordinates: 40°50′49.26″N 73°59′49.42″W / 40.8470167°N 73.9970611°W / 40.8470167; -73.9970611
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Country United States of America
State New Jersey
AgglomerationNew York City Metropolitan Area
BoroughPalisades Park

Koreatown in the borough of Palisades Park (Hangul:팰리세이즈 파크 코리아타운, shortened to 팔팍), Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, is centered around Broad Avenue business district.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10]


The per capita Korean American population of Bergen County, 6.3% by the 2010 United States Census,[11][12] (increasing to 6.9% by the 2011 American Community Survey),[13] is the highest of any county in the United States,[12] with all of the nation's top ten municipalities by percentage of Korean population[14] and an absolute total of 56,773 Korean Americans (increasing to 63,247 by the 2011 American Community Survey)[13] living in the county.[11][15]

The concentration of Korean Americans in Palisades Park in turn is the highest of any municipality in the United States,[16][11] enumerating 10,115 residents of Korean ancestry as of the 2010 Census.[17] Neighboring towns also have high percentages: Leonia (26.5%), Ridgefield (25.7%), Fort Lee (23.5%).

In the 1990s, a continuous stream of Korean immigrants moved into Palisades Park.[16] and it is one of the largest and fastest growing ethnic Korean enclaves outside of Korea. Koreans comprise the majority of the population of the borough.[18][19][20] the municipality with the highest density of ethnic Koreans in the Western Hemisphere and the home of both the highest Korean-American density and percentage of any municipality in the United States. It has been called Koreatown on the Hudson[21] and Little Korea[22]

Cuisine and culture[edit]

Broad Avenue in Koreatown has been referred to as a "Korean food walk of fame",[23] with diverse offerings.[24] Palisades Park's Koreatown now incorporates the highest concentration of Korean restaurants within a one-mile radius in the United States,[25] and Broad Avenue has evolved into a Korean dessert destination as well.[26][27] Korean Chinese cuisine is now also available in Koreatown, as is misugaru (미숫가루).[28] Bulgogi (불고기) and galbi (갈비) are staples on Broad Avenue in the Palisades Park Koreatown.[21] Korean cafés have become a major cultural element within Palisades Park's Koreatown, not only for the coffee, bingsu (shaved ice), and pastries, but also as communal gathering places.[29] Koreatown in Palisades Park has emerged as a dominant nexus of Korean American culture.[24] The Palisades Park Senior Citizens Center provides a popular gathering place where even Korean grandmothers were noted to follow the dance trend of the worldwide viral hit Gangnam Style by South Korean "K-pop" rapper Psy in 2012.[30] Palisades Park High School has hosted national Kumdo martial arts tournaments.[31][32] On a broader note, the Chusok Korean Thanksgiving harvest festival has become an annual tradition in Bergen County, attended by several tens of thousands.[33] A jjimjilbang (찜질방) offers saunas and bibimbap (비빔밥) in Palisades Park's Koreatown.[34] Approximately 120 Korean stores were counted in Palisades Park in 2000,[19] a number which has risen significantly since then, featuring restaurants and karaoke (noraebang) bars, grocery markets, education centers and bookstores, financial institutions, offices, electronics vendors, apparel boutiques, and other commercial enterprises.

Signage & dual-naming Broad Avenue[edit]

In 1996, an ordinance was passed that storefront signage be same size in English as in Korean.[35]

In mid-2015, a proposal was submitted by the Korean-American Association of Palisades Park to the mayor and council of Palisades Park to add a second name to Broad Avenue, such as "Korean Market Street" (Meokjagolmok) or "Korea Way".[36] The mayor's response was to request a public vote on implementing this addition.[37] As of 2018, it remained controversial.[38]

Monuments and memorials[edit]

In 2010, in a public park, a brass plaque on a block of stone, was dedicated to the memory of comfort women, tens of thousands of women and girls, many Korean, who were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War II.[39] In May 2012, borough officials in Palisades Park rejected requests by two diplomatic delegations from Japan to remove a small monument from [40][41] Days later, a South Korean delegation endorsed the borough's decision.[42] The first Japanese delegation cited apologies offered by their country's government for its involvement as justifying the removal of the monument, while officials from the second delegation controversially claimed that "comfort women were a lie". However, in neighboring Fort Lee, various Korean American groups could not reach consensus on the design and wording for such a monument as of early April 2013.[43][44] In October 2012, a similar memorial was announced in nearby Hackensack, to be raised behind the Bergen County Courthouse, alongside memorials to the Holocaust, the Great Famine of Ireland, and the Armenian genocide,[45] and was unveiled in March 2013.[46][47] An annual cross-country bicycle ride dedicated to the honor of the comfort women ends at the Palisades Park memorial, following a penultimate stop at the memorial in Hackensack.[48]

In May 2014, the Palisades Park Public Library created a memorial dedicated to the victims of the tragic sinking of the Sewol ferry off the South Korean coast on April 16, 2014.[49]

Korean language in civic affairs[edit]

Ballots are printed with the Korean language since 2012.[18] Jason Kim was serving as deputy mayor of the borough of Palisades Park in May 2012.[50] As of May 2014, Korean Americans had garnered at least four borough council seats in Bergen County.[51] In July 2015, Shawn M. Lee was sworn in as Palisades Park's first Korean-American police sergeant and Gina S. Kim was sworn in as the borough's first municipal clerk, reflecting the growing political influence of the Korean American population in Palisades Park.[52] In November 2015, Palisades Park hired two more Korean-speaking police officers, bringing the total to four.[53] In January 2019, Christopher Chung was sworn in as the first Korean-American mayor of Palisades Park.[54] Korean Americans have attended town meetings in large numbers, requested Korean language interpreters to be present at these meetings as of August 2016.[55][22] In 2019 the town created an Korean language version of its website.[56]

See also[edit]

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