The 77-foot falls, site of early American industrial plants, has also inspired American writers. The great 20th century poets William Carlos Williams, whose epic work “Paterson” used the falls and the river as embodiments of American spirit, and Allen Ginsberg, who also commemorated the falls in his work, grew up nearby. Novelist John Updike partially set his late novel, In the Beauty of the Lillies, at the falls. The bridge over the falls even served as the site of a mob killing in “The Sopranos.”
A news video by the Newark Star-Ledger showing the falls and environs.