It's about three miles from the South Paterson apartment of the Uzbek immigrant charged last week in the New York terror attack, to the run-down tenement over a bodega on Union Avenue that provided a haven for those plotting the 9/11 attacks more than 16 years ago.

The two neighborhoods, in the same city, are worlds apart.

South Paterson is the heart of a thriving Muslim center, where signs in Arabic welcome shoppers into stores and restaurants. On the other side of the city's Great Falls, Union Avenue is a gritty place where the signs are mostly in Spanish.

What both share is an unwelcome connection to yet another horrific news event that once again thrust New Jersey's third-largest city back on the map.

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