North Bergen, New Jersey
North Bergen was developed in 1842 from the segment of Bergen north of the NJ railroad. The township is bounded on the east by Van Vorst and Hudson River, on the west by Passaic River, on the north by Lodi and Hackensack and on the south by Bergen. With a high volume of fertile soil, North Bergen was one of the leading producers of fresh vegetables for the NY market. It was integrated as a township on 10th April, 1843, by an Act of NJ Legislature.
In the earlier times, the area was populated by Lenape Indians. British were at the helm of the area throughout the American Revolutionary War that continued from 1775 to 1783. During the latter half of 19th century, North Bergen experienced a boom in population, industrial and commercial development when a significant number of European migrants settled in the region.
The township spread over 14 square kilometers is home to approximately 65,000 people. Presence of various races such as the Whites, African Americans, Native Americans, Asians, Pacific Islanders and Hispanic/Latinos have made North Bergen an assorted township in true sense. The establishment of “Urban Enterprise Zone” in 1996 has significantly benefitted the township’s business world. Businesses operating in this zone can enjoy various incentives, including a reduction in sales tax. Zero tax on clothing or on business related procurements made by merchants are some other benefits worth mentioning.
Public transportation in North Bergen consists of the light rail and bus services. To reach various points in Hoboken, Weehawken, Bayonne and Jersey City, you can opt for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail available from Bergenline Station and Tonnelle Avenue Station. New Jersey Transit operates buses through busy north-south passages on Bergenline Avenue, Kennedy Boulevard and Boulevard East. Privately operated minibus (guagua) service is also there for traveling to Manhattan and Bergen County.
For enjoying expansive greens and amazing NYC views, you can visit the 167-acre lakefront James J. Braddock Park that boasts of 45 trails, sports facilities and full-speed dog run. Privately owned Schuetzen Park is also worth a visit.
Food enthusiasts can satisfy their palate at La Sorentina (Italian cuisine), La Fusta Restaurant (South American and Argentine cuisine), Rumba Cubana (Spanish cuisine), Latin BBQ (Barbeque) and First Wok (Chinese delicacies), among many others. Beer lovers can visit New Jersey Beer Company for some good craft beer. Visitors planning to buy souvenirs can head straight to The Lab Boutique that sells gifts and specialty items. For experiencing the vibrant nightlife of North Bergen, you should visit the Orchard Grove Bar. If you want to rejuvenate yourself after a tiring day, head straight to Jagged Edge Spa & Saloon.
With July being the warmest month (average temperature 270 C) and January being the coolest month (average temperature -40 C), 2nd and 3rd quarter of the year is the ideal time to visit North Bergen.
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