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Paterson is New Jersey's third largest city. It is 12 miles away from Manhattan. It is home to many distinct ethnic groups. It houses a large Hispanic, Arab, Italian American, and African American Population. South Paterson is home to one of the nation's largest Arab communities.

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  1. Paterson is known as the "Silk City" for its dominant role in silk production during the latter half of the 19th century.
  2. Paterson has the second-largest Muslim population in the United States.
  3. Paterson was named for William Paterson, statesman, signer of the Constitution and Governor of New Jersey who signed the 1792 charter that established the Town of Paterson.
  4. The comedy team of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello performed at Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson prior to boxing matches.
  5. Paterson is the setting of many of Junot Diaz's short stories and novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

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