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Get to know Fort Lee

Fort Lee lies at the eastern border of Bergen County directly across the George Washington Bridge from Upper Manhattan—Washington Heights is reachable within minutes. It’s a mix of urban and suburban, filled with houses, townhouses, and high-rise apartment towers called home by the borough’s roughly 35,000 residents. Once a defensive fortification during the Revolutionary War, it’s named for General Charles Lee, who commanded the continental Army through battles across New York and New Jersey at occasional odds with America’s first commander-in-chief. Long before Hollywood, Fort Lee was the cradle of America’s then-fledgling motion picture industry, attracting pioneering studios like Fox and Goldwyn with the promise of expansive real estate and scenic surroundings. Today, it’s an exciting, convenient place to live that happens to be next-door neighbors with the greatest city in the world.

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Fort Lee 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.

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