Located on the Hudson River with sweeping views from the Palisades, Edgewater is a picturesque and family-friendly area. Edgewater can lay claim to the very first colony in Bergen County, called Vriessendael, founded in 1640. Later, the region transitioned from fishing village to an industrial center in the late 1800s. Alcoa Aluminum, Ford, Valvoline and Archer-Daniels-Midland all had plants there by the first half of the 20th Century. The factories eventually closed and the area was redeveloped in the 1960s into residential properties. Development has cntinued into the 2000s, bringing with it the popular condos and town houses along the waterfront where once huge warehouses and towering manufacturing plants stood.Town website: http://www.edgewaternj.org/ Public Schools: http://www.edgewaterschools.org/
With a diverse population of around 12,000 residents, Edgewater is home to a large Asian-American population including large Korean-American and Japanese-American contingents. Recreational options include: Veterans Field, with its basketball courts, softball fields, track, tennis courts, a Little League field and a playground; Cliffside Park and the nearby Fort Lee Historic Park; the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway; and plenty of shopping areas (including both a Whole Foods and a Trader Joes.) Transit options includes buses and NY Waterway Ferries.