Introduction to Fort Lee, New Jersey
Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen county, is 3 miles NE of North Bergen, New Jersey and 7 miles N of New York, New York. Part of the surrounding Bergen - Passaic metro area, Fort Lee is home to some 35,461 residents.
Fort Lee History
Fort Lee was named after General Charles Lee, who played an important role in defending New York City during the American Revolutionary War. George Washington and his troops are said to have walked down the road in Fort Lee, which is now called the Main Street. Fort Lee is also the New Jersey entrance to the George Washington Bridge. Initially, there were significant immigrant communities centered in Fort Lee, including Greeka and Italians. However, recent times have seen a surge of Korean residents, which has led to the conversion of a large part of the town into "Koreatown." The township of Fort Lee was officially incorporated on March 29, 1904.
Fort Lee and nearby Attractions
- Free Public Library of the Borough of Fort Lee
- Fort Lee Museum at the Judge Moore House
- Hazards Dock
- Hazard Beach
- Sepharadic Synagogue of Fort Lee
- Coytesville Park
Things To Do In Fort Lee
The historical and cultural backdrop of Fort Lee find expression in the various memorial buildings around the town. One can pay a visit to the public library to learn more about the town. The beautiful Hazard Beach is also nearby, and here one can enjoy a variety of water and sand sports. The town of Fort Lee has a number of churches like the Congregation Young Israel of Fort Lee, the Sepharadic Synagogue of Fort Lee, the Bethany United Methodist Church and the Madonna Roman Catholic Church, among others. Visitors with small children can also enjoy the amusement facilities provided at the various recreational parks around the town like Westview Place Park, Coytesville Park, and Whitey Lang Park.
Fort Lee Transportation
La Guardia Airport is the closest major airport to Fort Lee.
Fort Lee Higher Education
The Cuny City College offers educational facilities to the residents of the area.