Red Bank, New Jersey
Red Bank is a borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey, incorporated in 1908 and located on the Navesink River, the area's original transportation route to the ocean and other ports. Red Bank is located within the New York Metropolitan Area and is a commuter town of New York. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough had a population of 12,206, reflecting an increase of 362 (+3.1%) from the 11,844 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,208 (+11.4%) from the 10,636 counted in the 1990 Census.
Red Bank, New Jersey
|Borough of Red Bank|
Aerial view of Red Bank
Map of Red Bank in Monmouth County. Inset: Location of Monmouth County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Red Bank, New Jersey
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|Incorporated||March 17, 1870 (as town)|
|Reincorporated||March 10, 1908 (as borough)|
|• Body||Borough Council|
|• Mayor||Pasquale Menna (D, term ends December 31, 2022)|
|• Administrator||Ziad Andrew Shehady|
|• Municipal clerk||Pamela Borghi|
|• Total||2.16 sq mi (5.58 km2)|
|• Land||1.75 sq mi (4.52 km2)|
|• Water||0.41 sq mi (1.06 km2) 18.98%|
|Area rank||397th of 565 in state|
28th of 53 in county
|Elevation||43 ft (13 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Rank||200th of 566 in state|
16th of 53 in county
|• Density||7,019.1/sq mi (2,710.1/km2)|
|• Density rank||61st of 566 in state|
5th of 53 in county
|Time zone||UTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))|
|GNIS feature ID||0885366|
Red Bank was originally formed as a town on March 17, 1870, from portions of Shrewsbury Township. On February 14, 1879, Red Bank became Shrewsbury City, a portion of Shrewsbury Township; however, this only lasted until May 15, 1879, when Red Bank regained its independence. On March 10, 1908, Red Bank was formed as a borough by an act of the New Jersey Legislature and was set off from Shrewsbury Township. The borough was named for the red soil along the Navesink River.
Red Bank has been occupied by indigenous peoples for thousands of years. In historic times, the area of modern-day Red Bank was the territory of the Algonquian-speaking Lenape Native Americans, also called the Delaware by the English. The Lenape lived in the area between the Navesink River and the Shrewsbury River in an area that they called Navarumsunk. The Native Americans traded freely with European settlers from England and the Dutch Republic in the mid-17th century, who purchased land in the area.
Originally part of "Shrewsbury Towne", Red Bank was named in 1736, when Thomas Morford sold Joseph French "a lot of over three acres on the west side of the highway that goes to the red bank." Red Bank was settled by English colonists beginning in the 17th century and became a center for shipbuilding. Its population grew rapidly after 1809, when regularly scheduled passenger ships were established to serve the route to Manhattan.
By 1844, Red Bank had become a commercial and manufacturing center, focused on textiles, tanning, furs, and other goods for sale in Manhattan. With the dredging of the Navesink River about 1845, Red Bank became a port from which steamboats transported commuters to work in Manhattan. Red Bank grew in size as a result of this, as well as the effects of construction of a railway in the town by the Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad in 1860.
During the 20th century, Red Bank was a strong cultural, economic, and political center in Monmouth County, until it was hindered by the economic recession that began in 1987. During this time, Red Bank's economy, based largely on retail commerce, was in decline, due to a real estate scandal. Local pundits and urban planners referred to the town as "Dead Bank".
Beginning in approximately 1991, under the New Jersey Development and Redevelopment Law, the borough authorized the creation of the Red Bank RiverCenter to manage redevelopment in what was designated as a special improvement district. RiverCenter retains authority over the management and redevelopment of a defined central business district, which includes Broad Street from the post office to Marine Park and from Maple Avenue to one block east of Broad Street. A number of urban redevelopment projects have taken place, including improved signage, distinctive and pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and lighting, a coherent design plan for Main Street and other major thoroughfares, improved condition of parking lots with landscaping, and similar projects.
The district as originally proposed was larger, to include the commercial areas west of Maple Avenue, including the antique buildings, The Galleria, and Shrewsbury Avenue. But, some property owners in this area were opposed to paying the special assessment. Plans for the larger district advanced but opposition became more rigorous. The proposed district was amended to exclude opponents, and the district that was adopted stops at Maple Avenue.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough had a total area of 2.16 square miles (5.58 km2), including 1.75 square miles (4.52 km2) of land and 0.41 square miles (1.06 km2) of water (18.98%).
Red Bank is located on the southern bank of the Navesink River, in northern Monmouth County, New Jersey. It is about 24 miles (39 km) due south of the tip of Manhattan and about 25 nautical miles (46 km) to the tip of Manhattan if traveling by water along the Navesink River and through Raritan Bay.
Red Bank has a humid subtropical climate (Cfa).
|Climate data for Red Bank, New Jersey|
|Average high °F (°C)||39
|Average low °F (°C)||25
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||4.12
1930–1990 2000 2010
The 2010 United States Census counted 12,206 people, 4,929 households, and 2,469 families in the borough. The population density was 7,019.1 per square mile (2,710.1/km2). There were 5,381 housing units at an average density of 3,094.4 per square mile (1,194.8/km2). The racial makeup was 63.20% (7,714) White, 12.42% (1,516) Black or African American, 0.97% (118) Native American, 1.85% (226) Asian, 0.11% (13) Pacific Islander, 18.56% (2,265) from other races, and 2.90% (354) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 34.39% (4,198) of the population.
Of the 4,929 households, 23.1% had children under the age of 18; 32.8% were married couples living together; 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present and 49.9% were non-families. Of all households, 40.1% were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.29.
20.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 34.6% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 12.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.2 years. For every 100 females, the population had 103.6 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 103.5 males.
The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $59,118 (with a margin of error of +/− $9,139) and the median family income was $79,922 (+/− $12,117). Males had a median income of $51,053 (+/− $6,351) versus $47,368 (+/− $9,445) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $36,424 (+/− $3,310). About 13.1% of families and 14.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.
As of the 2000 United States Census there were 11,844 people, 5,201 households, and 2,501 families residing in the borough. The population density was 6,639.1 people per square mile (2,569.1/km2). There were 5,450 housing units at an average density of 3,055.0 per square mile (1,182.2/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 68.19% White, 20.05% African American, 0.35% Native American, 2.19% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 6.73% from other races, and 2.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.11% of the population.
There were 5,201 households, out of which 18.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.2% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 51.9% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 17.5% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $47,282, and the median income for a family was $63,333. Males had a median income of $45,922 versus $34,231 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $26,265. About 6.3% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 10.6% of those age 65 or over.
Red Bank has an eclectic mix of businesses, including companies in entertainment, retail, professional, medical and hospitality sectors. Among these businesses are major locations of national and luxury retailers. Garmany of Red Bank has been expanded from a men's store into a luxury department store with 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of high-end retail space. Store openings have included Tiffany & Co. in November 2007.
Arts and cultureEdit
Red Bank is a noted social and commercial destination, filled with boutiques, designer clothing and home stores, parks, and restaurants. Special events are scheduled throughout the summer, such as the KaBoomFest fireworks on July 3, which attracted as many as 150,000 spectators at its 51st annual event in 2010.
Since the 1950s, Red Bank has held the Annual Red Bank Sidewalk Sale. The 58th Annual Sidewalk Sale was held from July 27, 2012 to July 29, 2012, and was seen in "The Sidewalk Stash", the November 11, 2012 episode of the reality TV series Comic Book Men.
The Count Basie Theatre has hosted performers such as Kevin Smith, David Sedaris, Tracy Morgan, Bob Newhart, Foreigner, Andy Williams, Brian Setzer, B.B. King, and others. It is home to Phoenix Productions, a non-profit community theatre founded in 1988 puts on large scale musicals four times a year. The Two River Theater Company opened a large performance space on April 30, 2005, called the Two River Theater. Bruce Springsteen filmed his 2005 VH-1 Storytellers special at the Two River Theatre. The Marion Huber Theater, also operated by the Two River Theater Company, is a small black box theater, with seating for about 100.
Boating, sculling, sailing, and fishing are popular outdoor activities in and near Red Bank; in the winter, ice boats sail on the Navesink when it freezes over, as it did in 2009. The Monmouth Boat Club, Marine Park, and the slips of the Molly Pitcher Inn provide access to the Navesink and, from there, Sandy Hook and the Gateway National Recreation Area, the Jersey Shore and the Atlantic Ocean.
Broad Street is one of the borough's central streets and is known for its lavish Christmas decorations, which appear on the street during the holiday season. The street is closed to traffic for a free concert sponsored by Holiday Express, after which the lights are all lit again. Up to 7,000 people attend the shows annually.
Red Bank hosts the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival in partnership with the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Society. "First Night", a New Year's Eve arts and entertainment festival, is a Red Bank event designed to provide an alternative to alcohol-related events.
Each year from 1960 through 2011, a fireworks display was launched from the Navesink River close to Red Bank on July 3, the eve of Independence Day. "KaBoomFest" was held in Marine Park, where local bands and vendors formed a major gathering.
The George Sheehan Classic began in 1981 as the Asbury Park 10K Classic and quickly became one of the major road running events on the national calendar. The race moved to Red Bank in 1994 and was renamed in honor of Dr. George A. Sheehan, the prominent author, philosopher and area physician. The Classic was named one of the Top 100 Road Races by Runner's World magazine, and the Best Memorial Race in New Jersey by The New York Times. The 2012 running, shortened to a 5K race, attracted nearly 1,300 participants.
In January 2018, FC Monmouth announced that Count Basie Park in Red Bank would be the home stadium for the team's inaugural season. This park was selected by the team's owners due to Red Bank's central location in the county both in geographic location and in terms of the local economy, along with the fact that the stadium will be easily accessible by public transit (NJ Transit Rail and Bus) and by car.
Red Bank is governed under the Borough form of New Jersey municipal government, which is used in 218 municipalities (of the 565) statewide, making it the most common form of government in New Jersey. The governing body is comprised of a Mayor and a Borough Council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A Mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The Borough Council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle. The Borough form of government used by Red Bank is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.
As of 2020[update], the Mayor of Red Bank is Democratic Pasquale Menna, whose term of office ends on December 31, 2022. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Erik K. Yngstrom (D, 2022), Michael K. Ballard (D, 2020), Kathleen A. Horgan (D, 2022), Kate Triggiano (D, 2021), Hazim Yassin (D, 2021) and Edward Zipprich (D, 2020).
Federal, state and county representationEdit
Red Bank is located in the 4th Congressional District and is part of New Jersey's 11th state legislative district. Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Red Bank had been in the 12th state legislative district. Prior to the 2010 Census, Red Bank had been part of the 6th Congressional District, a change made by the New Jersey Redistricting Commission that took effect in January 2013, based on the results of the November 2012 general elections.
For the 116th United States Congress, New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District is represented by Chris Smith (R, Hamilton Township). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2021) and Bob Menendez (Paramus, term ends 2025).
For the 2018–2019 session (Senate, General Assembly), the 11th Legislative District of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Vin Gopal (D, Long Branch) and in the General Assembly by Joann Downey (D, Freehold Township) and Eric Houghtaling (D, Neptune Township).
Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year as part of the November general election. At an annual reorganization meeting held in the beginning of January, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. As of 2020[update], Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2022; term as freeholder director ends 2021), Freeholder Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley (R, Hazlet Township, term as freeholder ends December 31, 2021; term as deputy freeholder director ends 2021),Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township, 2020), Nick DiRocco (R, Wall Township, 2022), and Patrick G. Impreveduto (R, Holmdel Township, 2020).
Constitutional officers elected on a countywide basis are County clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon (R, 2020; Ocean Township),Sheriff Shaun Golden (R, 2022; Howell Township), and Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters (R, 2021; Middletown Township).
As of March 23, 2011, there were a total of 6,217 registered voters in Red Bank, of which 2,118 (34.1%) were registered as Democrats, 1,185 (19.1%) were registered as Republicans and 2,906 (46.7%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties.
In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 63.2% of the vote (2,730 cast), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 35.2% (1,523 votes), and other candidates with 1.6% (70 votes), among the 4,359 ballots cast by the borough's 6,440 registered voters (36 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 67.7%. In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 63.2% of the vote (3,129 cast), ahead of Republican John McCain with 34.0% (1,682 votes) and other candidates with 0.9% (47 votes), among the 4,948 ballots cast by the borough's 6,669 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.2%. In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 58.1% of the vote (2,849 ballots cast), outpolling Republican George W. Bush with 40.4% (1,984 votes) and other candidates with 0.6% (42 votes), among the 4,905 ballots cast by the borough's 6,856 registered voters, for a turnout percentage of 71.5.
In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 56.4% of the vote (1,527 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 41.2% (1,116 votes), and other candidates with 2.4% (65 votes), among the 2,772 ballots cast by the borough's 6,510 registered voters (64 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 42.6%. In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 46.0% of the vote (1,460 ballots cast), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 45.9% (1,457 votes), Independent Chris Daggett with 6.3% (200 votes) and other candidates with 0.8% (24 votes), among the 3,176 ballots cast by the borough's 6,332 registered voters, yielding a 50.2% turnout.
The Red Bank Borough Public Schools serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. As of the 2018–19 school year, the district, comprised of two schools, had an enrollment of 1,434 students and 110.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.0:1. Schools in the district (with 2018–19 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Red Bank Primary School with 644 students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and Red Bank Middle School with 648 students in fourth through eighth grades.
For ninth through twelfth grades, public school students attend Red Bank Regional High School, which also serves students from Little Silver and Shrewsbury Borough, along with students in the district's academy programs from other communities who are eligible to attend on a tuition basis. Students from other Monmouth County municipalities are eligible to attend the high school for its performing arts program, with admission on a competitive basis. The borough has five elected representatives on the nine-member Board of Education. As of the 2018–19 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 1,208 students and 119.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.1:1.
Red Bank Charter School is a public school for students in kindergarten through eighth grade that operates under a charter granted by the New Jersey Department of Education and accepts students and receives its funding from a portion of property taxes, like a typical public school. It does not charge tuition and operates independently of the public school system, with a separate school board. Students are selected to enroll in the charter school based on an annual lottery, which is open to all Red Bank residents of school age.
Other schools in Red Bank include Red Bank Catholic High School and St. James Elementary School which are Catholic schools affiliated with Saint James parish and operate under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton.
Roads and highwaysEdit
As of May 2010[update], the borough had a total of 29.86 miles (48.06 km) of roadways, of which 23.09 miles (37.16 km) were maintained by the municipality, 5.25 miles (8.45 km) by Monmouth County and 1.52 miles (2.45 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
NJ Transit train service at Red Bank station is provided on the North Jersey Coast Line, offering express and local service. Diesel service operates from Hoboken Terminal to Bay Head, New Jersey. Electric service operates from Penn Station to Long Branch, New Jersey, where the electrified portion of the line ends. Mid-line stations include Newark Penn Station, Newark Liberty International Airport (NJT station), and Secaucus Junction.
Bus service through Red Bank is provided by Academy Bus (express to New York City) and Veolia Transport, running routes under contract to NJ Transit. Local bus service is provided on the 831, 832, 834 and 838 routes.
Several tunes composed and/or made famous by Count Basie name-check the town in their title, including "Red Bank Boogie" and "The Kid from Red Bank." Basie was born and grew up in Red Bank, starting his musician's career there. A bronze bust of Basie was commissioned to mark what would have been his 100th birthday in 2004, and was placed in the plaza outside the Red Bank train station.
In his 1942 essay "Memoirs of a Drudge", humorist James Thurber recalls being sent to Red Bank by his newspaper's city editor on a tip that "Violets (are) growing in the snow over in Red Bank." Putting in a telephone call to that town's Chief of Police in advance, Thurber is told by a desk sergeant, "Ain't no violence over here."
Some of the films by Kevin Smith, who lived in Red Bank while working as an up-and-coming director, are partially set there, including Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Smith's comic book store, Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash, which is the setting of the AMC reality television series, Comic Book Men, is also located in Red Bank, at 35 Broad Street. Smith and View Askew Productions also host the annual Vulgarthon film marathon in various theaters around Red Bank.
People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Red Bank include: ((B) denotes that the person was born there.)
- Mimi Alford (born 1943), woman who served as an intern in the Press Office of the White House from 1962 to 1963, during which time, she had an affair with President John F. Kennedy she described in her 2012 book Once Upon a Secret.
- Chester Apy (born 1932), politician who represented District 5B in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1968 to 1970 and again from 1972 to 1974.(B)
- Michael Arnone (born 1932), politician, who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1989 to 2004, where he represented the 12th Legislative District, after serving as Red Bank's mayor in 1979 and 1980.
- Daniel V. Asay (1847–1930), iceboat racer.
- James Avati (1912–2005), illustrator and paperback cover artist.
- Frances Blaisdell (1912-2009), award-winning, pioneering flutist and educator, first female soloist with the New York Philharmonic
- Sebastian Bach (born 1968), former lead singer of hard rock band Skid Row.
- Count Basie (1904–1984), jazz pianist and bandleader. The Neal Hefti tune featured in The Atomic Mr. Basie album, "The Kid from Red Bank," refers to him.
- Virginia Bauer (born 1956), advocate for families of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks who is a Commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
- Jennifer Beck (born 1967), politician who represents the 12th Legislative District in the New Jersey Senate, and served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 2006–2008.
- Clint Black (born 1962), country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor.
- Dave Bry (1970-2017), writer, music journalist and editor at Vibe, Spin and XXL.
- Pete Capella (born 1977), actor and voice actor best known for his voice role as Silver the Hedgehog in the Sonic the Hedgehog games.
- Edmund S. Crelin Jr. (1923–2004), Professor Emeritus of Anatomy at Yale University.
- Sean Dawkins (born 1971), former NFL wide receiver who played for the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars.
- David DeFazio (born 1983), American ice dancer who currently represents Switzerland in international competition.
- Peter Dobson (born 1964), actor who had a cameo role in Forrest Gump as Elvis Presley.
- Sigmund Eisner (1859–1925), clothing manufacturer and president of the Sigmund Eisner Company.
- Sigmund Eisner (1920–2012), scholar of medieval literature who was an expert on Geoffrey Chaucer.
- Abram Isaac Elkus (1867–1947), lawyer who served as United States Ambassador to the Ottoman Empire.
- Brian Fallon (born 1980), guitarist, songwriter, singer and bandleader of The Gaslight Anthem.
- Harry Flaherty (born 1961), former American football linebacker who played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys. (B)
- Timothy Thomas Fortune (1856–1928), orator, civil rights leader, journalist and founder of The New York Age, editor and publisher; his Red Bank home, Maple Hill, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Jake Kalish (born 1991), professional baseball pitcher.(B)
- Blair Kamin, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic.(B)
- Chris Lieto (born 1972), international triathlete who finished second at the Ironman Hawaii 2009.
- Phil Longo (born 1968), American football coach who is offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels football team.(B)
- Pamela Malhotra (born 1952) won India's highest award for women after starting an animal sanctuary.
- Tom Malloy (born 1974), film actor, writer and producer.(B)
- Leo Massa (1929-2009), cross-country skier who competed in the men's 30 kilometre event at the 1960 Winter Olympics.
- Eric McCoo (born 1980), former NFL running back.(B)
- Christian Miele (born 1981), politician who has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2015.
- Daniel J. O'Hern (1930–2009), former Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court who served as councilman and mayor of Red Bank.
- Michael J. Panter (born 1969), former Assemblyman who represented the 12th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Haley Peters (born 1992), professional women's basketball forward with the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association.
- Frederik Pohl (1919–2013), science fiction author.
- Elise Primavera (born 1955), children's author and illustrator.
- Donny Pritzlaff (born 1979), freestyle wrestler who represented the United States in international competition, winning bronze medals at the 2006 World Wrestling Championships and at the 2007 FILA Wrestling World Cup.
- Lori Rom (born 1975), actress.
- Bob Rommel (born 1962), politician who has served in the Florida House of Representatives from the 106th district since 2016.
- David Sancious (born 1953), early member of the E Street Band.
- Natalie Schafer (1900–1991), actress known as Mrs. Thurston Howell III on the classic 1960s TV series Gilligan's Island.
- Eddie August Schneider (1911–1940), pilot who set airspeed records.
- Garrett Sickles (born 1994), outside linebacker for the Washington Redskins.(B)
- Kevin Smith (born 1970), film director who has shot films in Red Bank.(B)
- Abigail Spanberger (born 1979), federal law enforcement agent, former CIA operations officer and congressperson-elect from Virginia's 7th congressional district.
- Snuffy Stirnweiss (1918–1958), Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the New York Yankees.
- Edmund Wilson (1895–1972), literary critic.(B)
- David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992), painter, photographer, writer, filmmaker, performance artist and AIDS activist.
- Alexander Woollcott (1887–1943), writer and critic born at the nearby North American Phalanx utopian community.
- Jeff Wulkan (born 1983), entrepreneur, CEO of Bikini Barbers and reality TV star of Bikini Barbershop.(B)
- Dave Wyndorf (born 1956), songwriter, guitarist, singer and Monster Magnet bandleader.
- Christopher Young (born April 28, 1958), composer and orchestrator of film and television scores
- Young Rising Sons, alternative rock band.
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- Via Associated Press. "Heart Trouble Contributed To Engineer's Death: Series of Investigations Under Way In New Jersey Rail Disaster; Death Toll 21", The Washington Observer, September 17, 1958. Accessed July 4, 2011. Noted: The identified bodies included that "of George (Snuffy) Stirnweiss, 39, former New York Yankee second baseman and father of six children. He had caught the train at the last moment in his home town of Red Bank."
- Menand, Louis. "Missionary: Edmund Wilson and American culture.", The New Yorker, August 8, 2005. Accessed August 9, 2007. "He liked to say that he was a man of the nineteenth century —he was born in 1895, in Red Bank, New Jersey—and to explain that his values and assumptions, his whole understanding of literary and intellectual life, were products of a particular moment."
- Kimmelman, Michael. "David Wojnarowicz, 37, Artist in Many Media", The New York Times, July 24, 1992. Accessed January 15, 2015. "An abused child and a teen-age street hustler, Mr. Wojnarowicz made much of his personal history in the social margins in his art and writings. He was born in Red Bank, N.J., ran away from home, lived on the streets, and eventually graduated from the High School of Music and Art in Manhattan."
- Meehan, Thomas. "At last the star of the show; Smart Aleck", The New York Times, May 16, 1976. Accessed November 7, 2018. "The son of a deadbeat father and a doting mother, Woollcott, Teichmann tells us, grew up in a commune called the Phalanx, in Red Bank, N.J., where he was born in 1887, and throughout his life, perhaps because of his happy early exposure to communal living, he had an almost psychopathic fear of being alone."
- Amorosi, A. D. "20 Questions: David Wyndorf" Archived December 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Philadelphia City Paper, July 30, 1998. Accessed June 26, 2008. "I rang Wyndorf at his home in Red Bank, New Jersey, for the answer."
- Olivier, Bobby. "Must-hear N.J.: Young Rising Sons return home with major record deal", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 9, 2014. Accessed May 15, 2016. "Young Rising Sons, a buoyant pop-rock band from Red Bank, were one of those hopeful groups for five years, playing the New Jersey-New York circuit and waiting for the stars to align. "
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