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Get to know Alpine

Alpine is a small Bergen County community with a reputation that precedes it. Nestled high above the Hudson River just 15 miles northwest of midtown Manhattan, this borough of some 2,000 residents has less than a dozen businesses, predominantly along a singular stretch of Closter Dock Road. Its bucolic, bluffside setting welcomed European settlers by 1760, when the Blackedge-Kearney House, the town’s oldest extant landmark, was erected at the foot of the Palisades. While you’ll find a handful of manicured residential neighborhoods, much of Alpine—more than half, in fact—is conserved as parkland, with a substantial portion in the Palisades Interstate Park System. At the Alpine Boat Basin, you’ll find a riverfront picnic area, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and trails. High above, the Alpine Scenic Overlook beckons swoon-worthy views across the water to Yonkers, Manhattan, and beyond.

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Living in Bergen County

Home to just shy of one million residents, Bergen County—New Jersey’s most populous—offers nearly as many lifestyles. It’s located across the Hudson River from Manhattan, the Bronx, and lower Westchester County with elements of overlap from all three, from the soaring co-op towers of Guttenberg and Fort Lee to grand several-acre estates in towns like Alpine, Saddle River, and Ridgewood. There’s little you won’t find along Route 17 in Paramus, a prime retail corridor with just about every big-box store and three indoor malls, the Garden State Plaza reigning supreme. NJ Transit’s Bergen, Main, and Pascack Valley Lines reach several area communities with direct service to Hoboken Terminal, and Penn Station via Secaucus. And while many locals commute to New York City by train and the George Washington Bridge, countless Fortune 500 companies have offices right in Bergen County: BMW North America, KPMG, and Unilever, just to name a few.