My little New Jersey town is inordinately proud of itself for a teeny thing of less than 9,000 people (teeny for a New York City suburb, anyway). And rightfully so: dubbed “the Athens of New Jersey,” it was originally home to about 1,000 members of the Ashkineshacky tribe and settled in 1668 by the Dutch and English. Prized at first for its prime farming land, it was later marketed as a good place to live due to its proximity to New York City. It became a hub for Columbia professors and has been home to five Nobel Prize winners, an artists’ colony and Alan Alda. I mean… if Alan Alda lived here, you know we’ve got to be cool.
The latest buzz that’s going around is the article in the Washington Post boasting about one of our beloved sons: the president of Estonia. Yep, you read that right: the president of Estonia grew up in Leonia, New Jersey. Click here to read the piece and then come visit. We’re awesome!