Moonachie, New Jersey

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Moonachie (pronounced moo-NAH-kee, /muːˈnɑːkiː/) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the Hackensack River Watershed. As of the United States 2000 Census, the borough population was 2,754.

Moonachie was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1910, from portions of Lodi Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 3, 1910. On March 26, 1917, portions of Moonachie were taken to form Teterboro.[7] Legend is that Moonachie was named after Chief Monaghie, a member of the Iroquois which inhabited the local cedar forests.[8]

The name of the borough is typically pronounced either "MOON-a-kee" or "moo-NAH-kee;" however, in January 1987, then-New York City Mayor Ed Koch pronounced it "mah-NOO-chee" when he made his now-famous quip that the New York Giants should hold their victory parade in front of the borough's oil drums after the team had just won the Super Bowl (Koch refused to grant the Giants permission to hold a parade within the city limits because the team plays its home games in New Jersey and not in New York City or even New York State).[9]



Moonachie is located at 40°50′30″N 74°03′32″W / 40.841668°N 74.059009°W / 40.841668; -74.059009 (40.841668, -74.059009)[10], and is approximately 9 miles (14.5 km) northwest of downtown Manhattan in New York City. Nearby is East Rutherford, in which can be found the Meadowlands Sports Complex, home to the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets, the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets, and a racetrack at which both thoroughbred horse racing and harness racing are conducted.

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