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Red Bank is a Borough in Monmouth County, New Jersey.  As of the 2000 United States Census, the borough had a population of 11,844, and has a total area of 2.2 square miles, of which 0.4 square miles of it (17.13%) is water.

Red Bank was originally formed as a Town in 1870 from portions of Shrewsbury Township.  In 1879, Red Bank became Shrewsbury City, a portion of Shrewsbury Township, but this only lasted until 1879, when Red Bank regained its independence.  In 1908, Red Bank was formed as a borough by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature and was set off from Shrewsbury Township.

Red Bank is located on the southern bank of the Navesink River in northern Monmouth County.  It is about 24 miles due south of the tip of Manhattan and about 25 nautical miles to the tip of Manhattan if traveling by water along the Navesink River and through the Raritan Bay.  Red Bank is bordered by Middletown Township and the Boroughs of Tinton Falls, Fair Haven, Shrewsbury, and Little Silver.
Red Bank is the Garden State’s own Greenwich Village, filled with trendy stores, funky coffee shops, a vibrant arts scene and eclectic cuisine, while residents also enjoy life in a Victorian village atmosphere that has been dubbed "Little Wall Street" in recognition of the area's many financial businesses. 

The Red Bank Borough Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through eighth grade.  Schools in the district are Red Bank Primary School (grades Pre-K - 4) and Red Bank Middle School (grades 4 - 8).  For grades 9 - 12, public school students attend Red Bank Regional High School, which serves students from the boroughs of Little Silver, Red Bank, Shewsbury and Interlaken.

Red Bank Charter School is a public school that receives its funding from property taxes of the town, 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. Some students from Red Bank attend private and county sponsored schools in the area.

New Jersey Transit train service at Red Bank train station is served by the North Jersey Coast Line.  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.  Red Bank is served by express and local service, and attention must be paid to the final destination as well as mid-line stops before boarding.

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.

Red Bank is two miles east of Interchange 109 of the Garden State Parkway.
Broad Street is one of the central streets in the bohemian community. The street has also become famous for its lavish Christmas decorations, which appear on the street during the Holiday Season.

Red Bank is a noted social and commercial destination, filled with boutiques, designer clothing and home stores, parks, and restaurants.  The town is also considered to be a center of music and artistic activity, and is home to the Monmouth County Arts Council as well as several art and photography galleries.

Points of Interest include--
- The Count Basie Theater (99 Monmouth St.) -- Presents live music acts, hosts nationally-known performers and is also home to Phoenix Productions, a non-profit community theatre who puts on large scale musicals four times a year.
- Two River Theater Company (21 Bridge Ave.) -- Is the spot for new and original plays, also a professional not-for-profit regional theater company provides plays and educational programs.  Two River was founded in 1994 and has grown into one of the most vital arts organizations in the region.  It opened a large performance space in 2005; Bruce Springsteen filmed his VH-1 Storytellers special at the Two River Theatre.
- The Marion Huber Theater -- Operated by the Two River Theater Company, with seating for 99 people, it is the smaller of two spaces in the Two River Theater..
- Red Bank International Film Festival -- An annual weekend film festival based in Red Bank with screenings and workshops around town.
- KaBoom! Fireworks on the Navesink -- An annual fireworks display held on July 3 that is popular with those residing in the Metropolitan New York Area.
- Red Bank Jazz and 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.
- Clearview's Red Bank Theatre (36 White St) -- A small movie theater with only two screens showing both new releases and independent films.
- Count Basie Park (S Pearl St.) -- Is a recreational park consisting of two basketball courts, a football field with running/walking track, baseball and soccer field, a playground, and a small pond with a picnic area.
- Farmer's Market -- Located on the corner of Bridge Ave and West Front St, on summer and fall Sundays from 9am-2pm in the Galleria Parking lot that offers locally grown produce and unique crafts and eateries. 
- Jay & Silent Bob's Secret Stash (35 Broad St) - The famous director Kevin Smith (director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, and Jersey Girl ) has a comic store here. It has a lot of collector's merchandise from the movies, as well as props from the movies. In addition, it carries a large number of comic books, graphic novels, action figures.
- Jazz & Blues Festival -- held every year in Red Bank.
- Filmmaker Kevin Smith lived in Red Bank while working as an up-and-coming director. His films Chasing Amy, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back partly took place in the town, primarily on Broad Street.
- View Askew Productions -- Smith's production company, occupies a building on Broad Street.
- Boating, sculling, sailing, and fishing are popular outdoor activities in Red Bank; in the winter, ice boats sail on the frozen Navesink.  The Monmouth Boat Club, Marine Park, and the slips of the Molly Pitcher Inn provide access to the Navesink and, from there, the Atlantic Ocean.
- Vulgarthon film marathon -- Smith and View Askew host the annual Vulgarthon film marathon in various theaters around Red Bank.
- 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 to honor the memory 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.
- Rassas Pontiac Buick -- The oldest family owned Pontiac Dealership in the United States, located on Broad Street, was established in 1930.  When GM decided to end the Pontiac Line, Rassas Continued on with its Buick franchise, which was recognized as one of the Top 50 Buick Dealerships in the United States by General Motors.
- Riverview Medical Center -- Is a 476-bed acute care community hospital located in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Some restaurants include--
- Nicholas (American-New) - 160 Rte. 35 S., Red Bank
- Siam Garden (Thai) - 2 Bridge Ave., Red Bank
- Dublin House Pub & Restaurant - 30 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
- Dish (American) - 13 White Street, Red Bank
- Molly Pitcher Inn (American-Traditional) - 88 Riverside Ave., Red Bank
- Juanito's (Mexican) - 159 Monmouth St., Red Bank
- Bistro In Red Bank (Eclectic / Int'l) - 14 Broad Street, Red Bank
- Eurasian Eatery (Eclectic / Int'l) - 110 Monmouth St., Red Bank
- Red (American-New) - 3 Broad St., Red Bank
- Teak Restaurant (Pan-Asian) - 64 Monmouth Street, Red Bank
- Basil T's Brewery & Italian (Italian) - 183 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank
- Bienvenue (French) - 7 E. Front St., Red Bank
- Gaetano's Restaurant (Italian) - 10 Wallace Street, Red Bank
- Melting Pot Restaurant - 2 Bridge Avenue, Red Bank
- La Pastaria (Italian) - 30 Linden Place, Red Bank
- Carlos O'Connor Mexican Restaurant (Mexican) - 31 Monmouth St, Red Bank
- Broadway Diner (Diner) - 45 Monmouth St, Red Bank
- Brothers' Pizza & Restaurant (Pizza) - 2 Morford Pl, Red Bank
- New Corner Restaurant (Pizza and Italian) - 22 E Front St, Red Bank

National Register of Historic Places listings include--
- The Carlton Theatre     (Also known as Count Basie Theatre), 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank Borough    
- T. Thomas Fortune House, 94 W. Bergen Pl., Red Bank
- Monmouth Boat Club, Union St. E of Boat Club Ct., Red Bank
- Anthony Reckless Estate, 164 Broad St., Red Bank    
- Red Bank Passenger Station, Ridge and Monmouth Sts., Red Bank
- River Street School, 60 River St., Red Bank
- Shrewsbury Township Hall, 51 Monmouth St., Red Bank
- Union Schoolhouse, W of Red Bank on Middletown-Lincroft Rd., Red Bank

Historically, 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.' 

The area was settled by Europeans in the 17th century, but was not populous until approximately 1809.  By 1844, Red Bank had become a commercial center, focused on textiles, fur, tanning, and manufacturing 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 Manhattan.  Red Bank grew in size as a result of this and the laying of rails in the town by the Raritan and Delaware Bay Railroad, about 1860.

During the 20th century, Red Bank was a strong cultural, economic, and political center in Monmouth County, New Jersey, 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. 

Beginning in approximately 1991, under the New Jersey Development and Redevelopment Law, the town authorized the creation of an organization to manage redevelopment in what was designated a Special Improvement District.  This organization is known as the Red Bank RiverCenter.  RiverCenter retains authority over the management and redevelopment of an agreed-upon "downtown business district."

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