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Belleville, New Jersey

The Cherry Blossom Capital of America


(French: "Belle ville" meaning "Beautiful town") is a township in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 35,926, reflecting a decline of 2 (0.0%) from the 35,928 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,715 (+5.0%) from the 34,213 counted in the 1990 Census. -- Wikipedia

Hillside Pleasure Park, Bellevillle NJ, circa 1902

Hillside Pleasure Park, Belleville, N.J. circa 1902

Essex County Isolation Hospital, Soho Hospital, Belleville NJ

A brief history

Cherry trees or cherry blossom trees?

Q: As a native Belleville-ite (Bellevillian, someone who grew up in Belleville), it bugs me when the cherry blossom trees are referred to as "cherry trees" because they are a cherry-blossom trees, not cherry trees. The fruit of the cherry tree is cherry. But the fruit of a cherry blossom tree is a blossom. Feel free to correct anyone around you who makes this mistake. You might want to point out that there are two kinds of cherry blossom trees: the single blossom and the double blossom. But don't be a bore about it.

Cherry Blossom Trees, Not Cherry Trees?

A: Thank you for contacting the County of Essex. I spoke with our horticultural staff and, in fact, our trees do get cherries. The cherries are just small and insignificant, meaning they are not ornamental or of any food value to wildlife or us.

Yes, in general, our trees have been selected for their ornamental floral display. However, even the cherries grown for fruit get beautiful pink and white flowers; thus, using the term cherry blossom trees to refer to only the ornamental trees is technically incorrect.

-- Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs


Clipping courtesy of Judy Holloweg Hatfield

A History of the Belleville Fire Dept. Memorial Bell

Belleville Streets Honor Fallen Police, Fire Captain

An old Belleville, NJ, street view of the mind

Airplane Explodes, Crashes Into Belleville High School

July 21, 1967

Belleville Sons Honor Roll Remembering the men who paid for our freedom

Memorial Street Signs Honor Belleville Sons Where They Lived

Famous Locals ... to name a few


Joe Pesci

Tommy DeVito

Alfred Christie

Singers and Such

Connie Francis

Tommy DeVito

Frankie Valli

Donald Hulme


Moe Berg

David Grant

Abdel Anderson

Phil Cuzzi


Lonnie Bunch

Josiah Hornblower

Warren Kimble

Philip Van Courtlandt

Thomas Francisco

Clara Maass


Russell Baker - Growing Up

Stephen Crane - The Red Badge of Courage

Frances Goodrich - The Real Nick and Nora, Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett

Nicky Arnold - Welcome Back, Kotter

Gene Hutmaker - Banned in the Bronx

Joanne Fischer Schroeder and

Bob Fischer -

Doona and Friends

Mark Cervasio

Life's a Ball

A Fool's Errand: Creating the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the Age of Bush, Obama, and Trump

by Lonnie Bunch III

Belleville, New Jersey's own Lonnie Bunch III ascends to the top of his profession, as the new Secretary of the Smithsonian; Bunch is the first African-American in the 173-year history of the Smithsonian to be named its Director by Mike Lamberti

The Smithsonian's Lonnie Bunch: A passion for history

Smithsonian Spotlight: National Museum of African American History

Brookdale Soda Memories

Village of Second River

By Norman Price


Growing Up In Belleville NJ

You Know You're From Belleville, NJ

Web site creator, local author Anthony Buccino

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 Belleville, NJ, Books

Nutley, NJ, Books

Cherry Blossom Press

Greetings From Belleville, New Jersey

Greetings From Belleville is Buccino's fourth collection of essays but the first wholly dedicated to his Belleville writings.

Belleville Sons Honor Roll

Belleville and Nutley in the Civil War: a Brief History

Images of America - Belleville, NJ

by Nicole Canfora

Banned in the Bronx by Gene Hutmaker