Fort Lee

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Fort Lee is a city in Bergen County.

View of the George Washington Bridge's long span and Manhattan, as seen while looking east from Fort Lee Historic Park

Understand[edit]

Fort Lee is located between the Paramus, NJ retail corridor and Upper Manhattan. This town is comprised of a large residential community that includes Fort Lee natives, transplants from New York, and immigrants, especially from Korea. This cultural diversity is represented through the vast variety of international restaurants and small business, and in particular, there is a strong Korean presence that can be seen in retail and dining storefronts.

Fort Lee is a small town but is piled high with apartment buildings. Because Fort Lee is situated above the banks of the Hudson River, there are breathtaking views from almost any window facing the river. The New York City skyline and 4th of July fireworks are spectacular over the river. Although it is highly built up, Fort Lee also houses many playing fields and recreational parks as well as bike and running trails. And although there is a great deal of vehicle traffic to and from the George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee with Manhattan, one of the largest perks of this town is the walking access to many restaurants, convenience stores and mass transit, in the form of buses and vans that frequently run across the bridge and up and down major streets.

Get in[edit]

One of the more interesting of the many highrise residential buildings in Fort Lee

Fort Lee is bordered by Edgewater, Englewood Cliffs, Cliffside Park and Leonia.

By car[edit]

If coming from New York City, take the George Washington Bridge; Fort Lee is the first town on the New Jersey side of the bridge.

By bus or jitney[edit]

Ask any bus or jitney driver leaving from the Port Authority George Washington Bus Station on 177 St. whether s/he can let you off in Fort Lee.

By ferry[edit]

Fort Lee can also be accessed by boat or ferry from New York City via Edgewater and Weehawken docks.

By plane[edit]

The nearest airports to Fort Lee are Newark Airport, LaGuardia Airport, Teterboro (general aviation only), JFK and Westchester County Airport.

Get around[edit]

Old and new meet in Fort Lee, as the Good Shepherd Episcopalian Church is dwarfed by a residential highrise immediately behind it

Most people choose cars, but if headed to a central area, such as Main Street, it is best to drive there, park in a municipal parking lot, and walk around from there. Since so much of the town’s retail area is clustered in 3 or 4 block radius, it would be beneficial to walk around, but might also be dangerous given the high traffic intersections. If walking use caution, and if parking, make sure to feed the meter with plenty of pocket change; the meter maids take their job very seriously. Since fort lee is situated in such a convenient area for those commuting to and from the city, there is often high traffic and congestion on the roads. If you are planning on being somewhere at a certain time, one might suggest leaving a good 10 to 15 minutes to escape local traffic before hitting any major roadways.

For local transportation or air-port/train station services, there are several local taxi companies that are reliable.

  • A-12470 Lemoine Avenue +1 201 944-3737.
  • Babe's 185 Bridge Plaza North, tel: +1 201 944-6800.
  • G W Taxi 1696 Bergen Blvd, tel: +1 201 363-0555.

See[edit]

Fort Lee Historic Park, a reconstruction of a Revolutionary War encampment, with beautiful views and pleasant greenery

Fort Lee is known and named for the story of how General George Washington was forced to evacuate the area in November of 1776 and begin his famous retreat through New Jersey during the winter of 1776-77 in the protection of "Fort Lee".The Visitors' Center provides information on the role of Fort Lee in the War. Audio-visual displays, detailed exhibits, gives visitors a sense of what this town was like centuries ago.

  • Fort Lee Historic ParkHudson Terrace +1 201 461-1776. Revolutionary re-enactments, and breathtaking views of the GW Bridge, the Little Red Light House, Hudson River and majestic city skyline.

Do[edit]

Fort Lee's Public School 4, a daily activity for the elementary school set

Other than eating, or shopping, or shopping for food, there is not much else to do unless you work in Fort Lee. Fort Lee also has a great community center open to all borough residents. The community center has dance, yoga, and other exercise classes, offers open gym hours for basketball or other recreation. During the summer their outdoor theatre is used for performances and "movies in the park" every Friday night.

Buy[edit]

There is an abundance of supermarkets, one the most famous and unique being Caffasso’s Fairway Market. There are also many nail salons, frozen yogurt shops, coffee shops and gas stations.

Main Street is the primary retail section of Fort Lee, and features stores such as Borders and liquor stores, and you can find a deli or drug store on every corner. There are tons of specialty boutiques and gourmet caterers, as well as clothing and sporting good retailers. Also on Main St. is Metropolitan Plants, a haven for flower lovers, with a very large selection of products for gardeners.

Eat[edit]

Within Fort Lee, the main attraction would be its collection of restaurants. Fort Lee offers international cuisine and is famous for their pizzerias, delis and 24-hour diners, in addition to its Korean restaurants. They have a warm local atmosphere and taste great.

  • Armando's Restaurant144 Main Street +1 201 461-422. Armando's Restaurant has been a family owned business for 25 years and is a casual dining experience in an upscale, yet relaxed atmosphere. Great for special occasions, and has banquet room for private parties. $$$
  • InNapolli16 Main Street +1 201-947-2500. Serving southern Italian food since 1984. Their menu ranges from steak, seafood and pasta, and this family-oriented restaurant also has a great cocktail menu, and separates their bar from the dining area. $$$
  • It's Greek to Me1611 Palisade Avenue +1 201 947-2050. A family business turned franchise. The definition of success, as a couple from Greece opened their first location locally they now operate 9 restaurants.They have also franchised the name and are looking to expand. Each restaurant is friendly, has a comfortable atmosphere and sparks a desire for Greek food and specialties. The sunny Greek Island decor is the restaurant's signature and provides a cheerful atmosphere for an informal and moderately priced lunch or dinner. $$
  • JD's Steak Pit124 Main Street +1 201-461-0444. Open for lunch 11am-4pm, Dinner 5pm-11pm, Bar 11am-Midnight. Specializes in Canadian baby back ribs and steaks, in very large portions! A mature atmosphere and bar scene is often present at JD's but it is certainly a great place for a family dinner to remember. $$$
  • Sally Ling's1636 Palisade Ave # 5 +1 201-346-1282. Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-9:45pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm. Authentic Chinese cuisine. More of an upscale atmosphere, with an extensive menu for lunch of dinner. $$
  • Baggio's210 Main Street +1 201-585-7979. A cute place to fall in for lunch or dinner, and has great delivery service available. Reasonably priced, Baggio's makes an authentic Italian pizza, and other specialties. $$
  • Linwood Pizza144 Main Street +1 201 461-422. Open every night till 3am. Great pizza, a favorite of Fort Lee Police Department and many other locals. Open late, and great for late night snacks, or to order in for the big game. $.
  • Hirams Roadstand1345 Palisade Ave +1 201 592-960. This "joint" is the real deal for burgers, fries, and famous hot dogs. For a small price to pay, you will be talking and dreaming about this meal for years to come. It's a one of a kind, ma and pop shop, sure to please everyone! $.
  • Pizza King Restaurant807 Abbott Blvd +1 201 224-3070. Family-ran pizzeria and restaurant. Native to Calabria, Italy, this family's business has thrived for almost 4 decades. Dine in or take out. $$.

Drink[edit]

There are many bars within restaurants, and almost every restaurant has a liquor license, or is BYOB.

Sleep[edit]

  • Holiday Inn2339 Route 4 East +1 201-944-5000. Near the Double Tree, this hotel offers a similar landscape, with lower rates and comparable amenities.
  • Best Western2300 Route 4 West, toll-free: +1-888-468-3565. Across Rt. 4 from the Holiday Inn. This hotel is a little more secluded from the busy roadways, and offers great group rates. This is located on Rt 4 West Bound, and does not have as much of a view as the others situated on a mountainside. Good for people who are spending most of their time in New York City, and definitely not a destination hotel.

Connect[edit]

  • The Borough of Fort Lee, Town Hall Here you can find information about the involvement of Fort Lee residents in the community as well as many of their municipalities. Information also includes upcoming events in the town.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Fort Lee
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