About This Place
Moonachie (pronounced moo-NAH-kee, /muːnɑːkiː/) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, in the Hackensack River watershed. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough population was 2,708.
Moonachie was incorporated as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 11, 1910, from portions of Lodi Township, based on the results of a referendum held on May 3, 1910. On March 26, 1917, portions of Moonachie were taken to form Teterboro. Legend is that Moonachie was named after Chief Monaghie, a member of the Iroquois who inhabited the local cedar forests.
The name of the borough is typically pronounced either "MOON-a-kee" or "moo-NAH-kee;" however, in January 1987, then-New York City Mayor Ed Koch pronounced it "mah-NOO-chee" when he made his now-famous quip that the New York Giants should hold their victory parade in front of the borough's oil drums after the team had just won the Super Bowl. (Koch refused to grant the Giants permission to hold a parade within the city limits because the team plays its home games in New Jersey and not in New York City or even New York State.)