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Weehawken is a town located on the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey. Despite having a high population density and its location at the heart of the New York metroplitan area, Weehawken has a small town feel, comprised of close knit neighborhoods. It's location at the southern end of the Hudson Palisades has since the colonial era been described as idyllic.
From Kennedy, La Guardia, or Newark airports one takes 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 located in Weehawken, with thousands of buses passes through each day. While most do not stop in town there plenty that do, but one must take care choosing one that goes to the right neghborhood, whether the final destination is Uptown, the Heights, the Shades, or the Waterfront. Alternately, and at reduced cost, one can from Newark travel on public transportion 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.
Situated as it is along the cliffs and the waterfront to the unintiated 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 souht 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 town itself, but across the Hudson River. The iconic New York City skyline can be seen from almost street in town, perched as ot at the southern end of the Hudson Palisades. Also atop the cliffs is the memorial to Alexander Hamilton, who in 1804 was fatally wounded by Aaron Burr, then Vice-president of USA in the nation's most famous duel. From the right perspective one can see south to the Verranzo Narrows bridge and north to the George Washington Bridge. Also seen is many spots is the the Weehawken Water Tower. The oldest in the state, the red brick tower from 1884 was inspired by the Plaza del Vecchio in Italy, and still serves as marker for those navigating the river. The entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, the helix which which descends to the toll plaza were designed and engineered during the Art Deco era.
While mostly residential there are a few restaurants in town, including two upscale places, The Chart House, and Author's Landing, at the river's edge. Also at the waterfront is the food court at Lincoln Harbor, with a mix one expect from a mall. Along Park Avenue are Latin, Indian, and continental rstaurants. Many residents will dine in nearby trendy Hoboken, while others take advantage of the variety of Latin American cusines along Bergenline Avenue in neighboring Union City.
Visiting Weehawken most likley 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 with ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Day-tripping to the Jersey Shore is do-able with a car.