The Cost of Safety: Boredom


Jack Farnum-Huelster, Staff Writer

According to the website,, the Borough of Hawthorne is the 17th safest city in the entirety of the United States. North Jersey had a strong showing on this list overall, with neighbor towns such as Ridgewood, Morristown, and Pequannock showing up as well. New Jersey alone accounted for 30% of the 100 cities that appeared on this list. We are so very lucky to live in a town/area where we don’t have to seriously fear for the safety of ourselves, our family and friends, or our belongings. It’s a privilege…unless you want to have a good time.

There’s another list Hawthorne has infamously appeared on – “Top 10 most boring cities and towns in New Jersey.” This list, created by the New Jersey 101.5 website, placed Hawthorne as the 4th most boring town in the entire State of New Jersey. And to be quite frank, I’m surprised it’s not #1.

Think about your time living here in Hawthorne. Is there really ANYTHING to do? There are a lot of good food options, I suppose. Villa Rosa, Tastees, Chicken & Rib Crib, Andy’s Corner, that Rite-Aid by the train station…but that’s really it.

There is literally nothing else to do. Let’s see. Arts & Entertainment? Just one mediocre movie theater. Outdoor options? Basically only Goffle Brook Park, which is pretty boring in itself.  The public pool? Possibly the worst in New Jersey. Unless you’re going out to eat, there is nothing here for you. Nothing.

That said, is lack of activity a fair price for safety? Absolutely. And it’s not really even that big of an issue…Hawthorne is boring. You don’t have to travel far to find a good time. New Jersey is the densest state after all. Something for you to do is never too far away. Wanna go to the city? Easy, it’s basically right on top of us. The Jersey Shore? Yup, also right there. Wanna go hiking in the woods? We got it. And towns like Ridgewood have fairly impressive shopping squares if you’re itching to buy something. Hawthorne is boring, but I don’t care. I like it here.