Welcome to Weehawken!
Though it’s the site of the infamous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in 1804, Weehawken, NJ is actually a very mild-mannered town with a distinctly suburban feel. Located mostly on a bluff and bordered by Hoboken, Jersey City and West New York, Weehawken recently commemorated 150 years of its incorporation, though its roots go back to the 17th century. Its iconic Gothic revival water tower, constructed in 1883, anchors the town and provides a visible landmark for miles around.
Its population of about 13,000 residents is spread across three districts: The exclusive Kingswood Bluff neighborhood with its classic19th and 20th century architecture; the main section, bordered by Kennedy Blvd. on the west, includes a small but comprehensive commercial district and mostly two- and three-family detached homes and low-rise condos. and Lincoln Harbor, located on the waterfront adjacent to Weehawken Cove, is comprised of contemporary, upscale condominiums, modern office buildings housing international corporations, and dining and retail establishments.
Weehawken celebrates its place in history. Former home to an vast array of notable Americans, from Daniel Webster to Fred Astaire to Thelonius Monk, the town had long been a haven of relief for wealthy Manhattanites during the summertime. Earlier in its history, the high bluff was utilized by General Washington’s troops to keep track of British troop movement, and General Lafayette held his headquarters in one of Weehawken’s early mansions at Kingswood Bluff. Ferries have been running from Weehawken almost non-stop since the 1700s, and transportation continues to be a strong draw for its residents.
Aside from its rich history, Weehawken is perhaps most notable for two distinct features: the Lincoln Tunnel, which opened in 1937 , and the million-dollar views of Manhattan viewed atop its steep bluff, along the winding Blvd. East. The sunlit walkway along the Boulevard is a favorite spot for tourists and residents.. There you’ll find a boulder said to be from the long-gone ledge where Burr and Hamilton years ago – the perfect spot to snap some photos and feel the breeze off the Hudson River.