Weehawken is a town of 15,000 people (2019) on the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey. Despite having a high population density and a location at the heart of the New York metroplitan area, Weehawken has a small-town feel, comprised of close knit neighborhoods. Its location at the southern end of the Hudson Palisades has since the colonial era been described as idyllic.
From JFK, LaGuardia, or Newark Airports, you can take a bus or train to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, near the eastern portal to the Lincoln Tunnel, the world's busiest. The western portal is in Weehawken, and thousands of buses pass through each day. While most do not stop in town there are plenty that do, but one must take care choosing one that goes to the right neighborhood, whether the final destination is Uptown, the Heights, the Shades, or the Waterfront. Alternatively, and at reduced cost, you can travel from Newark Airport on public transportation to Newark Penn Station, transfer to the PATH rapid transit system, and switch to local buses at Journal Square in Jersey City or Hoboken, where the Hudson Bergen light rail is also available. The easiest way of getting in is a 6-minute ferry ride from Midtown Manhattan via the Lincoln Harbor
Situated as it is along the cliffs and the waterfront to the uninitiated the public transportation serving Weehawken can be difficult to read, as with most of Hudson County. Bus service along transit corridors of Boulevard East, Route 495, and nearby Bergenline provides frequent 24 hour bus service to Manhattan. Local service is found mostly along Park Avenue to points north or south to Hoboken Terminal, where PATH rapid transit and New Jersey Transit commuter service is found. The Hudson Bergen Light, is located along the waterfront, accessible by public stairways with trains south to Hoboken, and Jersey City. At Weehawken Port Imperial there is NY Waterway ferry service to downtown and midtown Manhattan.
Likely the most famous and unavoidable tourist attraction of Weehawken is not in the town itself, but across the Hudson River: the iconic New York City skyline can be seen from almost every street in town, perched as it is at the southern end of the Hudson Palisades. Also atop the cliffs, from the right perspective, one can see south to the Verranzo-Narrows bridge, and north to the George Washington Bridge.
- 1 Weehawken Water Tower. The oldest in the state, the red brick tower from 1884 was inspired by the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, and still serves as marker for those navigating the river. The entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, the helix which descends to the toll plaza were designed and engineered during the Art Deco era.
- 2 Hamilton Monument, Hamilton Pl. Alexander Hamilton died here defending his honor against Thomas Jefferson's vice president Aaron Burr. Hamilton's father died here as well by defending Alexander's honor.
- 3 Weehawken 9/11 Memorial. Two structures that got their design from the steel cable pattern at the base of both World Trade Center towers. Also has a fountain and plaque honoring 5 Weehawken residents that died in the attacks.
Along Park Avenue are Latin, Indian, and continental restaurants. Many residents will dine in nearby trendy Hoboken, while others take advantage of the variety of Latin American cuisines along Bergenline Avenue in neighboring Union City.
- 1 Chart House, 1700 Harbor Blvd, ☏ . Fancy chain restaurant with New York view.
- 2 Charritos (El Charro), 974 JFK Boulevard East, ☏ . Moderately priced Mexican restaurant with New York views.
- 3 Molos, 1 Pershing Rd, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. M-F noon-10PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-10PM. Greek/Mediterranean seafood restaurant that has stunning New York views.
- 4 Hartz Mountain's Lincoln Harbor (the New York Waterway offers ferry service to here from Midtown Manhattan; there's also a train station for the Hudson Bergen Light Rail nearby). Food court and outdoor shopping center.
Visiting Weehawken most likely will include jumping in and out of Manhattan, as well as strolls along the waterfront or Boulevard East. Closeby Hoboken is worth a visit, as are trips to Liberty State Park in Jersey City, with ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Day-tripping to the Jersey Shore is doable with a car.
|Routes through Weehawken|
|Secaucus ← Union City ←||W E||→ Becomes → Manhattan, New York → Riverhead|
|North Bergen ← Union City ←||N S||→ Hoboken → END|
|North Bergen ← Union City ←||N S||→ Hoboken → Jersey City|