Commute Time to/from Midtown: 30 minutes, or under
With sweeping, panoramic views over Manhattan, Weehawken is quickly becoming one of New Jersey’s most coveted addresses for New York City commuters.
In this charming, waterfront town, contemporary condo and apartment buildings line the Hudson River waterfront, most of them steps from the ferries at Port Imperial and Lincoln Harbor, which are able to whisk commuters across the Hudson River and into Midtown Manhattan in less than 10 minutes. Reachable by foot for residents, commuters can also jump on frequent NJ Transit buses at various bus stops around town, and depending on traffic, be in Port Authority in roughly 20 minutes.
The Palisades cut this town in half, and up the cliff, larger, single-family homes—many with small-but-ample backyards—can be found in a variety of sizes and architecture styles, from modest brick townhomes to charming Tudor and Victorian-influenced dwellings; there are even many sprawling, villa-like mansions. The big draw for families in this town, especially for those who left New York for more space but want so-close-you-can-see-it proximity, are the many parks. There’s Hamilton Park, named for Alexander Hamilton who died in Weehawken during that famous duel, Weehawken Waterfront Park, which is currently being expanded with a public pool, splash park and ice rink, and Weehawken Pier—which juts directly into the Hudson River on concrete pilings for dramatic effect.
The schools: Schools are well-regarded and noted for their diversity, with Niche giving them an overall grading of A-. The town has an adorable local library, as well.
The shopping & restaurant scene: Celeb chef Marcus Samulesson recently added his name to a Jersey outpost in Weehawken. Called Marcus at NoHu Rooftop and located on the roof of the Envue Hotel directly across from the Port Imperial ferry, it’s the ideal place for al fresco dining with unparalleled views over Manhattan. Porter is another new restaurant in town serving up tasty wood-fired pizzas, like a unique cacio e pepe version, plus small plates (baked oysters “casino”, focaccia, charred octopus) and coal-fired entrees. Meanwhile, the long-standing Charrito’s, a favorite in the area, has been serving up authentic, Oaxacan-inspired Mexican grub with jaw-dropping views for decades.
Park Avenue, the town’s thoroughfare which shares many businesses with neighboring Union City, has many major services and is home to a popular bagel shop, crepe restaurant, and juice bar. Local grocery stores in Weehawken include fan favorites Whole Foods and Lidl.