List of neighborhoods in Sayreville, New Jersey

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There are numerous historical and contemporary neighborhoods in Sayreville, a borough in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Sayreville has a total area of 18.704 square miles (48.442 km2), of which 15.842 square miles (41.030 km2) was land and 2.862 square miles (7.412 km2) was water (15.30%).[7] It is located on a peninsula shared with South Amboy, created by the Raritan River at the north, its tributary South River to the west, and the Raritan Bay to the east.[8] The original village of Sayreville has been known as Sayre's Village, Upper Sayreville, and Sayreville Proper.

Census Bureau map of Sayreville, New Jersey.png

Sayreville was originally settled by Europeans in the colonial era and was part the South Amboy Township formed in 1684. It seceded and incorporated as a township on April 6, 1876. The newly formed Township of Sayreville was created out of approximately 14 square miles of south of today's South Amboy consolidating the settlements at Morgan, Melrose, Ernston, and Sayre's Village under one municipal government. The area around the village was then known as Wood's Landing was renamed Sayreville after Sayre and Fisher Brick Company.[9] Fewer than 2,000 people resided in the new township. Several areas take their name from stations along the Raritan River Railroad.

Sayreville developed into an industrial town in the late 19th century when most of the land was owned numerous clay, sand, and brick companies such the Such Clay Company, the Furman Brick Company, the Crossman Sand & Clay Company, Whitehead Brothers, and the Sayre & Fisher Brick Company, once the largest brickworks in the world. With the coming of other industries at the turn of the century such as DuPont, Hercules, and National Lead, Sayreville promoted itself as the “Home of Nationally Known Industries.” On April 2, 1919, the township was reincorporated as the Borough of Sayreville and ratified by a referendum held on April 29, 1919.[10]

According to Joseph T. Karcher, an attorney, who wrote the post-war promotional The case for Sayreville, Middlesex County, New Jersey in 1947, the borough had seven residential districts, which were separated by the large industrial complexes throughout the borough.[11] After World War II, with the sale of former clay land holdings to housing developers. President Park, a suburban subdivision, was built just after the war.[12] Sayreville's population grew from 8,000 in 1945 to over 32,000 by 1970.

Much of Sayreville's housing was built in the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s.[13] In the 1950s many clay companies sold their land holdings and gave way new housing “developments”.[14] The largest, Laurel Park, became home to over 500 families. Other projects included Pershing Park, Deerfield Estates, Hope Homes, Parkway Homes, and Haven Village. In the 1960s more housing developments such as Woodside, Sayre Woods, and Oak Tree East and West were built.[15] In 1970s and 80s Sayreville transitioned from an industrial community to a suburb as its once vibrant industrial landscape gave way to housing developments, and as more residents commute to jobs outside of town it became more of bedroom community. By the 2000s, Sayreville's population surpassed 40,000 as brownfield land saw more housing construction.

List of sections and neighborhoods[edit]

Neighborhood Image Zip Code[16] Coordinates Notes References
Crossmans 08872, 08879 40°29′06″N 74°19′17″W / 40.485°N 74.321389°W / 40.485; -74.321389 From Crossman's Clay, the section Crssmans was near Parlin and ran to the banks of the Raritan River[17]
Ernston 40°27′22″N 74°18′38″W / 40.456111°N 74.310556°W / 40.456111; -74.310556 near Madison Park at Old Bridge border [2][5][4][3][1][18][19]
Gillespie 08872, 08879 40°27′07″N 74°21′22″W / 40.451944°N 74.356111°W / 40.451944; -74.356111 T. A. Gillespie Company Shell Loading Plant
La Mer In the Parlin section [20]
Laurel Park 40°27′25″N 74°18′49″W / 40.456944°N 74.313611°W / 40.456944; -74.313611 In the Ernston section near Madison Park section at Old Bridge Township border
Lower Sayreville Once a separate enclave on the Sayreville Branch
MacArthur Manor 2018-05-18 11 23 59 View north along Middlesex County Route 535 (Washington Road) at Middlesex County Route 675 (Jernee Mill Road) and MacArthur Avenue in Sayreville, Middlesex County, New Jersey.jpg 40°27′30″N 74°22′09″W / 40.45833°N 74.36917°W / 40.45833; -74.36917 At the southern end of Sayreville Proper. Developed in the 1970s, many homes destroyed in Hurricane Sandy were removed from the flood zone.[21][22][23] [24][2][5][4][3]
Melrose Melrose, NJ.jpg 08879 40°29′27″N 74°17′49″W / 40.490833°N 74.296944°W / 40.490833; -74.296944 At the foot of Victory Bridge and Edison Bridge abutting South Amboy on either side of Route 35. [17][25]
Morgan 08879 40°28′00″N 74°16′06″W / 40.46667°N 74.26833°W / 40.46667; -74.26833 East of Route 35 on Raritan Bay [2][5][4][3][26]
Morgan Heights 08879 East of Route 35 on Cheesequake Creek and Raritan Bay near Morgan Draw to Laurence Harbor
Old Bridge 40°25′07″N 74°21′45″W / 40.418717°N 74.3625627°W / 40.418717; -74.3625627 Historical residential enclave along a meander of South River across from town of South River at west of Bordentown Avenue (CR 615), the border with Old Bridge Township. [27][28]
Parlin Parlin, NJ.jpg 08859 40°27′43″N 74°20′18″W / 40.461944°N 74.338333°W / 40.461944; -74.338333 also Old Bridge Township [29]
Phoenix 40°28′40″N 74°18′47″W / 40.47778°N 74.31306°W / 40.47778; -74.31306 At Main Street and Main Street Extension. Once part of the RRR, now a point on Conrail Shared Assets Operations (CRCX) [30][31]
Presidents Park 40°28′18″N 74°18′30″W / 40.471586°N 74.3083817°W / 40.471586; -74.3083817} Early suburban development along US Route 9 between Melrose and Parlin [14][12][32]
Riverton Spit of land where Edison Bridge and Driscoll Bridge cross the Raritan. Once the site of National Lead, maker of Dutch Boy Paint. Proposed large-scale mixed use project. [33][34].[35][36][37][38][39][40]
Runyon Runyon, NJ.jpg 40°26′03″N 74°19′56″W / 40.434167°N 74.332222°W / 40.434167; -74.332222
Sayre Woods 40°27′40″N 74°17′29″W / 40.461111°N 74.291389°W / 40.461111; -74.291389 Along US Route 9 and Garden State Parkway
Sayreville Sayreville, NJ (2).jpg 40°28′16″N 74°21′19″W / 40.471111°N 74.355278°W / 40.471111; -74.355278 aka Sayre's Village, Sayreville Proper or Upper Sayreville
Sayreville Junction 40°27′55″N 74°19′50″W / 40.46528°N 74.33056°W / 40.46528; -74.33056 Originally from Raritan River Railroad [41]
Sayreville Station 40°28′22″N 74°21′14″W / 40.47278°N 74.35389°W / 40.47278; -74.35389 Originally terminus of Raritan River Railroad's Sayreville Branch [42]
Tangletown part of Sayreville Proper/Upper Sayreville [14][43]
Townelake 40°28′43″N 74°21′17″W / 40.478611°N 74.354722°W / 40.478611; -74.354722 around Towne Lake in near Sayreville Proper
Winding Wood 40°25′42″N 74°21′00″W / 40.4282742°N 74.3500168°W / 40.4282742; -74.3500168 [12][44]

Plants and power stations[edit]

Sayreville/South Amboy peninsula has been home to both industrial plants and utility power stations,[45][46][47] one of the first of which was that of Sayre and Fisher, which was the sold around 1903 and eventually became the basis for Jersey Central Power and Light.[48]

Facility Coordinates Years Notes References
Gerdau Ameristeel 40°28′52″N 74°20′18″W / 40.481139°N 74.3382295°W / 40.481139; -74.3382295 2002 The only steel mill in New Jersey [49]
Middlesex County Wastewater Treatment Facility 40°29′22″N 74°18′47″W / 40.489498°N 74.3131367°W / 40.489498; -74.3131367 10MW Purnergy Lagerst floating solar array in North America [50][51][52]
Middlesex Generating Facility 40°28′50″N 74°18′39″W / 40.48068°N 74.31096°W / 40.48068; -74.31096 1961
Red Oak Power 40°26′57″N 74°20′52″W / 40.449167°N 74.347778°W / 40.449167; -74.347778 2002 830MW The Carlyle Group [53][54]
Parlin Power Plant 40°27′38″N 74°19′38″W / 40.460664°N 74.327164°W / 40.460664; -74.327164 1991 GE Energy Financial Services [55]
Sayreville Energy Center 40°26′33″N 74°21′16″W / 40.4426°N 74.35449°W / 40.4426; -74.35449 1991 290MW NextEra Energy Resources [56][57][58][59][60][61]
Sayreville Generating Station 40°28′43″N 74°21′17″W / 40.478611°N 74.354722°W / 40.478611; -74.354722 1955-2003 Reliant Energy [62][63]
Werner 40°29′29″N 74°17′02″W / 40.491288°N 74.2838657°W / 40.491288; -74.2838657 Jersey Central Power and Light [64][65]

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