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NY Waterways ferry from Edgewater. (Photo by Danielle P. Richards)
Posted: Monday July 2, 2012, 11:43 AM
By Amelia Duggan

Originally a fishing community, the lands of Edgewater were first claimed by Henry Hudson and settled by Frenchman and Huguenot Etienne Burdett. The Burdett family began ferry services in the town as early as 1758. Today, Edgewater is experiencing a renaissance with the construction of spectacular high-rise condominiums that rival those of nearby Hoboken. From shops to scenic views to restaurants and more, residents live the life of a city sophisticate but on the Jersey side of the Hudson and without paying New York prices.

Modes of Transportation

The various modes of transportation available to Edgewater residents who commute to and from New York City include the NY Waterway Ferry, shuttle buses that run to the ferry, and NJ Transit buses. Edgewater's proximity to the New Jersey Turnpike and the Palisades Interstate Parkway are also convenient ways for commuters to drive into the city.

Famous Faces

Noteworthy names have lived in Edgewater throughout their careers, including television personality Geraldo Rivera. New York Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano and Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang have also called the town home. Currently, Produce Pete, radio's John Sterling and Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman reside here.

Popular Eateries

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Prime steaks and a prime view compete for best-in-show at this swanky chophouse.

A romantic "secret hideaway" for excellent Cuban food, with a pretty patio tucked into the hillside.

La Vecchia Napoli
Mama's in the kitchen at this Old World trattoria, cooking up the flavorful dishes of her native Naples.

First-class sushi, noodle dishes and Asian barbecue, served with a spectacular view. 

The River Palm Terrace
The flagship of this local chain, and some say the best of the three locations, offers a classic steakhouse menu with Old World service to match. The clubby bar is a perfect place to start your meal with a well-mixed martini.

Tee Time

The town also features the Edgewater Golf Range. Take a lesson from any of the range's golf pros and enjoy a scenic view of the Hudson River & New York City skyline.

History Lesson

When first incorporated as a borough, Edgewater's original name was the Borough of Undercliff. The town adopted the name Edgewater on Nov. 8, 1899.

Stop and Shop

Edgewater offers a variety of shopping, including japantown, a strip mall including the Mitsuwa Marketplace, whose offerings highlight products for Japanese-American clientele. Edgewater touts several other major shopping areas, including Edgewater Commons, City Place, Binghamton Shopping Center and Town Center.

Silver Screen

The Edgewater Multiplex Cinemas has become a popular place to catch the latest flick. With 16 giant movie screens and a bevy of daily showtimes, this theater can't be beat.

Parks & Recreation

The Community Center hosts a variety of recreational classes for adults and seniors, including yoga, ballroom dancing, Indian cooking, guitar lessons and knitting. Trips are also available, including jaunts to Atlantic City, the Met and Tavern on the Green. Surrounding the community center are basketball and tennis courts, a walking track, multi-purpose sports field and a memorial park.

Available to children grades pre-kindergarten through sixth is a Summer Recreation Program, where youngsters can participate in arts and crafts, group games, and indoor and outdoor fun.

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