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Fort Lee, New Jersey

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Fort Lee, New Jersey
Fort Lee Town Center
Main Street
Fort Lee Historic Park
The Modern
Constitution Park
Official seal of Fort Lee, New Jersey
Location of Fort Lee in Bergen County highlighted in red (left). Inset map: Location of Bergen County in New Jersey highlighted in orange (right).
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Fort Lee is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
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Location in Bergen County
Fort Lee is located in New Jersey
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Fort Lee
Location in New Jersey
Fort Lee is located in the United States
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Fort Lee
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 40°51′02″N 73°58′16″W / 40.85064°N 73.971007°W / 40.85064; -73.971007[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
IncorporatedMarch 29, 1904
Named forFort Lee / General Charles Lee
 • TypeBorough
 • BodyBorough Council
 • MayorMark Sokolich (D, term ends December 31, 2027)[3][4]
 • AdministratorAlfred R. Restaino[5]
 • Municipal clerkEvelyn Rosario[6]
 • Total2.86 sq mi (7.41 km2)
 • Land2.52 sq mi (6.52 km2)
 • Water0.34 sq mi (0.89 km2)  12.33%
 • Rank344th of 565 in state
30th of 70 in county[1]
Elevation289 ft (88 m)
 • Total40,191
 • Estimate 
 • Rank59th of 565 in state
3rd of 70 in county[13]
 • Density15,961.5/sq mi (6,162.8/km2)
  • Rank16th of 565 in state
4th of 70 in county[13]
Time zoneUTC−05:00 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−04:00 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP Code
Area code(s)201[16]
FIPS code3400324420[1][17][18]
GNIS feature ID0885223[1][19]

Fort Lee is a borough at the eastern border of Bergen County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey, situated along the Hudson River atop The Palisades.

As of the 2020 United States census, the borough's population was 40,191,[10][11] an increase of 4,846 (+13.7%) from the 2010 census count of 35,345,[20][21] which in turn reflected a decline of 116 (−0.3%) from the 35,461 counted in the 2000 census.[22] Along with other communities in Bergen County, it is one of the largest and fastest-growing ethnic Korean enclaves outside of Korea.

Fort Lee is named for the site of an American Revolutionary War military encampment.[23] At the turn of the 20th century it became the birthplace of the American film industry. In 1931, the borough became the western terminus of the George Washington Bridge, which crosses the Hudson River and connects to the borough of Manhattan in New York City. Fort Lee's population and housing density increased considerably during the 1960s and 1970s with the construction of highrise apartment buildings.

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According to the United States Census Bureau, Fort Lee borough had a total area of 2.87 square miles (7.44 km2), including 2.52 square miles (6.52 km2) of land and 0.35 square miles (0.92 km2) of water (12.33%).[1][2]

The borough is situated atop the escarpment of the Hudson Palisades on the peninsula between the Hackensack and Hudson rivers. The borough is bisected by the confluence of roads at the George Washington Bridge Plaza leading to the George Washington Bridge.

Unincorporated communities, localities and place names located partially or completely within the borough include Coytesville, Linwood,[24][25] Palisade and Taylorville.[26][27]

The borough borders Cliffside Park, Edgewater, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Leonia, Palisades Park, and Ridgefield in Bergen County, along with the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City.[28][29][30] Given its evolving cosmopolitan ambiance[31] and adjacency to Manhattan across the George Washington Bridge, Fort Lee, one of the Hudson Waterfront communities of northern New Jersey, has been called a sixth borough of New York City.[32][33]


Early settlement

The Lenape indigenous peoples were the first to live in the area. Captain Henry Hudson was the first European to record the area in 1609. In 1756 Stephen Bourdette acquired 400 acres of land which included modern-day Fort Lee.[34]

Colonial era

Established residential high-rises are a prominent feature of the borough of Fort Lee, with several over 300 feet tall.

Originally known as Fort Constitution,[34] Fort Lee was named for General Charles Lee[31] after George Washington and his troops had camped at Mount Constitution overlooking Burdett's Landing, in defense of New York City. It was during Washington's retreat in November 1776 (beginning along a road which is now Main Street) that Thomas Paine composed his pamphlet, The American Crisis, which began with the recognized phrase, "These are the times that try men's souls." These events are recalled at Monument Park and Fort Lee Historic Park.


Fort Lee was formed by an act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 29, 1904, from the remaining portions of Ridgefield Township.[35][36] With the creation of Fort Lee, Ridgefield Township became defunct and was dissolved as of March 29, 1904.[37] The Fort Lee Police Department was formed under borough ordinance on August 9, 1904, and originally consisted of six marshals.[38]

America's first motion picture industry

Fort Lee-The First Hollywood
Sign reading "Fort Lee-The First Hollywood" outside the Barrymore Film Center

The history of cinema in the United States can trace its roots to the East Coast, where, at one time, Fort Lee was the motion picture capital of America. The industry got its start in the state at the end of the 19th century with the construction of Thomas Edison's "Black Maria", the first motion picture studio, in West Orange, New Jersey. New Jersey offered land at costs considerably less than New York City, and the cities and towns along the Hudson River and the Palisades benefited greatly as a result of the phenomenal growth of the film industry at the turn of the 20th century.[39][40][41] A large number of early films were shot in Fort Lee.

Filmmaking began attracting both capital and an innovative workforce, and when the Kalem Company began using Fort Lee in 1907 as a location for filming in the area, other filmmakers quickly followed. In 1909, a forerunner of Universal Studios, the Champion Film Company, built the first studio.[42] They were quickly followed by others who either built new studios or who leased facilities in Fort Lee. In the 1910s and 1920s, film companies such as the Independent Moving Pictures Company, Peerless Studios, The Solax Company, Éclair Studios, Goldwyn Picture Corporation, American Méliès (Star Films), World Film Company, Biograph Studios, Fox Film Corporation, Pathé Frères, Metro Pictures Corporation, Victor Film Company, and Selznick Pictures Corporation were all making pictures in Fort Lee. Such notables as Mary Pickford got their start at Biograph Studios.[43][44][45]

With the offshoot businesses that sprang up to service the film studios, for nearly two decades Fort Lee experienced unrivaled prosperity. However, just as the development of Fort Lee production facilities was gaining strength, Nestor Studios of Bayonne, New Jersey, built the first studio in Hollywood in 1911.[46] Nestor Studios, owned by David and William Horsley, later merged with Universal Studios; and William Horsley's other company, Hollywood Film Laboratory, is now the oldest existing company in Hollywood, now called the Hollywood Digital Laboratory. California's more temperate climate enabled year-round filming and led to the eventual shift of virtually all filmmaking to the West Coast by the 1930s.

At the time, Thomas Edison owned almost all the patents relevant to motion picture production. Movie producers on the East Coast acting independently of Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company were often sued or enjoined by Edison and his agents, while movie makers working on the West Coast could work independently of Edison's control, in part due to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals–which was headquartered in San Francisco and covered most of Southern California–being well known for not enforcing patents claims.[47]

In nearby Little Ferry on July 9, 1937, a major fire broke out in a 20th Century-Fox storage facility containing hazardous extremely flammable nitrate film reels.

Television and film in New Jersey remains an important industry. Since 2000, the Fort Lee Film Commission has been charged with celebrating the history of film in Fort Lee, as well as attracting film and television production companies to the borough.[48] The Barrymore Film Center promotes films, filmmaking and its history in the borough.[49]

Birthplace of subliminal messaging

In 1957, market researcher James Vicary claimed that quickly flashing messages on a movie screen, in Fort Lee, had influenced people to purchase more food and drinks. Vicary coined the term subliminal advertising and formed the Subliminal Projection Company based on a six-week test. Vicary claimed that during the presentation of the movie Picnic he used a tachistoscope to project the words "Drink Coca-Cola" and "Hungry? Eat popcorn" for 1/3000 of a second at five-second intervals. Vicary asserted that during the test, sales of popcorn and Coke in that New Jersey theater increased 57.8% and 18.1% respectively.[50][51]

In 1962, Vicary admitted to lying about the experiment and falsifying the results, the story itself being a marketing ploy.[52][53] An identical experiment conducted by Henry Link showed no increase in cola or popcorn sales.[51] The additional claim that the small cinema handled 45,699 visitors in six weeks has led people to believe that Vicary actually did not conduct his experiment at all.[51]

Korean community

A small number of Korean immigrants have resided the area as early as the 1970s. In the 1990s, a continuous stream of Korean immigrants emerged into Fort Lee. A substantial number of affluent and educated Korean American professionals have settled in Bergen County since the early 2000s and have founded various academic and communally supportive organizations, including the Korean Parent Partnership Organization at the Bergen County Academies magnet high school and The Korean-American Association of New Jersey. Approximately 130 Korean stores were counted in downtown Fort Lee in 2000,[54] a number which has risen significantly since then, featuring restaurants and karaoke (noraebang) bars, grocery markets, education centers and bookstores, banking institutions, offices, electronics vendors, apparel boutiques, and other commercial enterprises.

Various Korean American groups could not reach consensus on the design and wording for a monument in Fort Lee as of early April 2013 to the memory of comfort women, tens of thousands of women and girls, many Korean, who were forced into sexual slavery by Japanese soldiers during World War II.[55][56] In May 2012, borough officials in neighboring Palisades Park rejected requests by two diplomatic delegations from Japan to remove such a monument from a public park, a brass plaque on a block of stone, dedicated in 2010;[57][58][59] days later, a South Korean delegation had endorsed Palisades Park's decision.[60] In October 2012, a similar memorial was announced in nearby Hackensack, to be raised behind the Bergen County Courthouse, alongside memorials to the Holocaust, the Great Famine of Ireland, and the Armenian genocide,[61] and was unveiled in March 2013.[62][63] On May 23, 2018, a comfort women memorial was installed in Constitution Park in Fort Lee.[64] Youth Council of Fort Lee, a student organization led by Korean American high school students in Fort Lee designed the memorial.

George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal

The Fort Lee lane closure scandal, also known as Bridgegate, was a political scandal concerning the actions taken by the staff of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his Port Authority appointees to create a traffic jam in Fort Lee when dedicated toll lanes for one of the Fort Lee entrances to the upper level on the George Washington Bridge were reduced from three to one from September 9, 2013, to September 13, 2013.[65][66] Three members of the Christie administration were convicted on federal conspiracy charges for their roles in the lane closures.[67]

One of the reasons suggested for these actions was to punish Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat, for not supporting the Republican Chris Christie in the 2013 New Jersey gubernatorial election. Another theory was that Christie or his aides sought to punish New Jersey Senate majority leader, Loretta Weinberg, who represented the New Jersey district containing Fort Lee, as retribution for the Democrats' blocking of Christie's reappointment of a New Jersey Supreme Court justice. Christie withdrew his appointee consideration and delivered a speech referring to New Jersey Senate Democrats as "animals" just one day before emails were sent by Christie's aides to the Port Authority requesting the lane closures.[68]


Fort Lee Koreatown[69] is centered at the intersection of Main Street and Route 67 (Lemoine Avenue).

At the turn of the 21st century, Fort Lee saw a large Korean migration which has converted much of the town into a large Koreatown,[69] in that many traditional Korean stores and restaurants may be seen in Fort Lee, and the hangul letters of the Korean alphabet are as common as signs in English in parts of the downtown area. This Koreatown is separate from the similar Korean enclave in the adjacent town of Palisades Park.[69] The rapid increase of the Korean population has seen the decline of many other immigrant communities once centered in Fort Lee, notably the Greek and Italian communities, once quite large. A sizable Russian immigrant community has also sprung up in recent years.

The per capita Korean American population of Bergen County, 6.3% by the 2010 census,[70][71] (increasing to 6.9% by the 2011 American Community Survey),[72] is the highest of any county in the United States,[71] with all of the nation's top ten municipalities by percentage of Korean population[73] and an absolute total of 56,773 Korean Americans (increasing to 63,247 by the 2011 American Community Survey)[72] living in the county.[70][74] The concentration of Korean Americans in nearby Palisades Park in turn is the highest of any municipality in Bergen County,[75] at 52% of the population,[70] enumerating 10,115 residents of Korean ancestry;[76] while Fort Lee has nearly as many Koreans by absolute numbers, at 8,318, representing 23.5% of its 2010 population.[77] Along with Koreatowns in New York City and Long Island, the Bergen County Koreatowns serve as the nexus for an overall Korean American population of 218,764 individuals in the Greater New York Combined Statistical Area,[78] the second largest population of ethnic Koreans outside of Korea.[79]

Episcopal Church
Young Israel Synagogue
Historical population
2023 (est.)39,700[10][12]−1.2%
Population sources:
1910–1920[80] 1910[81]
1910–1930[82] 1900–2020[83][84]
2000[85][86] 2010[20][21] 2020[10][11]

In March 2011, about 2,500 Japanese-Americans were living in Edgewater and Fort Lee, the largest concentration of Japanese-Americans in New Jersey.[87]

There were 1,119 Fort Lee residents who filed claims to recover lost money from the Madoff investment scandal, the most from any ZIP code.[88]

2010 census

The 2010 United States census counted 35,345 people, 16,371 households, and 9,364 families in the borough. The population density was 13,910.9 per square mile (5,371.0/km2). There were 17,818 housing units at an average density of 7,012.7 per square mile (2,707.6/km2). The racial makeup was 53.49% (18,905) White, 2.75% (973) Black or African American, 0.14% (50) Native American, 38.44% (13,587) Asian, 0.02% (7) Pacific Islander, 3.08% (1,090) from other races, and 2.07% (733) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.97% (3,877) of the population.[20] Korean Americans accounted for 23.5% of the 2010 population, or 8,306 people.[20]

Of the 16,371 households, 21.8% had children under the age of 18; 45.6% were married couples living together; 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present and 42.8% were non-families. Of all households, 38.4% were made up of individuals and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.89.[20] Same-sex couples headed 127 households in 2010, an increase from the 65 counted in 2000.[89]

17.0% of the population were under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 27.7% from 45 to 64, and 21.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.7 years. For every 100 females, the population had 86.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older there were 83.8 males.[20]

The Census Bureau's 2006–2010 American Community Survey showed that (in 2010 inflation-adjusted dollars) median household income was $72,341 (with a margin of error of +/− $4,502) and the median family income was $86,489 (+/− $11,977). Males had a median income of $66,015 (+/− $3,526) versus $55,511 (+/− $3,404) for females. The per capita income for the borough was $44,996 (+/− $2,903). About 5.5% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.[90]

2000 census

As of the 2000 United States census[17] there were 35,461 people, 16,544 households, and 9,396 families residing in the borough. The population density was 14,001.7 inhabitants per square mile (5,406.1/km2). There were 17,446 housing units at an average density of 6,888.5 per square mile (2,659.7/km2). The racial makeup of the borough was 62.75% White, 31.43% Asian, 1.73% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.69% from other races, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.87% of the population.[85][86]

There were 16,544 households, out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.7% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.2% were non-families. 39.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.88.[85][86]

In the borough the age distribution of the population shows 17.5% under the age of 18, 5.1% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.[85][86]

The median income for a household in the borough was $58,161, and the median income for a family was $72,140. Males had a median income of $54,730 versus $41,783 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $37,899. About 5.7% of families and 7.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 7.9% of those age 65 or over.[85][86]

As of the 2000 Census, 17.18% of Fort Lee's residents identified themselves as being of Korean ancestry, which was the fifth highest in the United States and third highest of any municipality in New Jersey; behind neighboring Palisades Park (36.38%) and Leonia (17.24%) – for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[91] In the same census, 5.56% of Fort Lee's residents identified themselves as being of Chinese ancestry,[92] and 6.09% of Fort Lee's residents identified themselves as being of Japanese ancestry, the highest of any municipality in New Jersey for all places with 1,000 or more residents identifying their ancestry.[93] In the 2010 Census, 23.5% of residents (8,318 individuals) identified themselves as being of Korean ancestry, 7.5% (2,653) as Chinese and 3.7% (1,302) as Japanese.[20]


Companies based in Fort Lee include WINIA Electronics America,[94] the American Bank Note Company[95] and Cross River Bank.[96]

Arts and culture

The 21,500-square-foot (2,000 m2) Barrymore Film Center, a movie theater, performing arts center, and film museum, was constructed at a cost of $16 million and opened in October 2022.[97]

Since 2007, the Hudson Shakespeare Company has brought their Shakespeare in the Park touring shows to Fort Lee in "Shakespeare Tuesdays". The group now performs regularly at Monument Park (1588 Palisade Avenue, next to the Fort Lee Museum) with two Tuesday shows per month during the summer. The festival also tours similar dates in Hackensack.[98]

Since the mid-1980s, Fort Lee Koreatown has become a Korean dining destination.[99][100] Fort Lee's Korean food has been described by local food writers as being better than in Koreatown, Manhattan.[101] Korean Chinese cuisine is now also available in Koreatown, as is misugaru.[102] Korean cafés have become a major cultural element within Fort Lee's Koreatown, not only for the coffee, bingsu (shaved ice), and pastries, but also as communal gathering places.[103]


Local government

Fort Lee Borough Hall

Fort Lee is governed under the borough form of New Jersey municipal government. The borough is one of 218 municipalities (of the 564) statewide that use this form of government.[104] The governing body is comprised of the mayor and the six-member borough council, with all positions elected at-large on a partisan basis as part of the November general election. A mayor is elected directly by the voters to a four-year term of office. The borough council is comprised of six members elected to serve three-year terms on a staggered basis, with two seats coming up for election each year in a three-year cycle.[7] The borough form of government used by Fort Lee is a "weak mayor / strong council" government in which council members act as the legislative body with the mayor presiding at meetings and voting only in the event of a tie. The mayor can veto ordinances subject to an override by a two-thirds majority vote of the council. The mayor makes committee and liaison assignments for council members, and most appointments are made by the mayor with the advice and consent of the council.[105][106]

As of 2024, the mayor of Fort Lee is Democrat Mark Sokolich, whose term of office ends December 31, 2027. Members of the Borough Council are Council President Harvey Sohmer (D, 2024), Joseph L. Cervieri Jr. (D, 2024), Bryan Drumgoole (D, 2026), Ila Kasofsky (D, 2025), Peter J. Suh (D, 2025) and Paul K. Yoon (D, 2026).[3][107][108][109][110][111]

In November 2022, the borough council appointed Bryan Drumgoole to fill the seat expiring in December 2023 that had been held by Michael Sargenti until he resigned from office.[112]

Federal, state and county representation

Fort Lee is located in the 5th Congressional District[113] and is part of New Jersey's 37th state legislative district.[114][115][116]

For the 118th United States Congress, New Jersey's 5th congressional district is represented by Josh Gottheimer (D, Wyckoff).[117][118] New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Democrats Cory Booker (Newark, term ends 2027)[119] and Bob Menendez (Englewood Cliffs, term ends 2025).[120][121]

For the 2024-2025 session, the 37th legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the New Jersey Senate by Gordon M. Johnson (D, Englewood) and in the General Assembly by Shama Haider (D, Tenafly) and Ellen Park (D, Englewood Cliffs).[122]

Bergen County is governed by a directly elected County Executive, with legislative functions performed by a Board of County Commissioners composed of seven members who are elected at-large to three-year terms in partisan elections on a staggered basis, with either two or three seats coming up for election each November; a Chairman and Vice Chairman are selected from among its seven members at a reorganization meeting held every January. As of 2024, the county executive is James J. Tedesco III (D, Paramus), whose four-year term of office ends December 31, 2026.[123]

Bergen County's Commissioners are: Thomas J. Sullivan Jr. (D, Montvale, 2025),[124] Chair Germaine M. Ortiz (D, Emerson, 2025),[125] Joan Voss (D, Fort Lee, 2026),[126] Vice Chair Mary J. Amoroso (D, Mahwah, 2025),[127] Rafael Marte (D, Bergenfield, 2026),[128] Steven A. Tanelli (D, North Arlington, 2024)[129] and Tracy Silna Zur (D, Franklin Lakes, 2024).[130][131][132][133][134][135][136][137]

Bergen County's constitutional officials are: Clerk John S. Hogan (D, Northvale, 2026),[138][139] Sheriff Anthony Cureton (D, Englewood, 2024)[140][141] and Surrogate Michael R. Dressler (D, Cresskill, 2026).[142][143][133][144]


As of March 2011, there were a total of 18,382 registered voters in Fort Lee, of which 7,537 (41.0% vs. 31.7% countywide) were registered as Democrats, 2,487 (13.5% vs. 21.1%) were registered as Republicans and 8,350 (45.4% vs. 47.1%) were registered as Unaffiliated. There were 8 voters registered to other parties.[145] Among the borough's 2010 Census population, 52.0% (vs. 57.1% in Bergen County) were registered to vote, including 62.6% of those ages 18 and over (vs. 73.7% countywide).[145][146]

In the 2012 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 7,891 votes (60.9% vs. 54.8% countywide), ahead of Republican Mitt Romney with 4,737 votes (36.6% vs. 43.5%) and other candidates with 104 votes (0.8% vs. 0.9%), among the 12,950 ballots cast by the borough's 19,738 registered voters, for a turnout of 65.6% (vs. 70.4% in Bergen County).[147][148] In the 2008 presidential election, Democrat Barack Obama received 8,624 votes (61.0% vs. 53.9% countywide), ahead of Republican John McCain with 5,236 votes (37.0% vs. 44.5%) and other candidates with 114 votes (0.8% vs. 0.8%), among the 14,144 ballots cast by the borough's 19,352 registered voters, for a turnout of 73.1% (vs. 76.8% in Bergen County).[149][150] In the 2004 presidential election, Democrat John Kerry received 8,367 votes (61.1% vs. 51.7% countywide), ahead of Republican George W. Bush with 5,161 votes (37.7% vs. 47.2%) and other candidates with 100 votes (0.7% vs. 0.7%), among the 13,692 ballots cast by the borough's 18,294 registered voters, for a turnout of 74.8% (vs. 76.9% in the whole county).[151]

In the 2013 gubernatorial election, Republican Chris Christie received 55.3% of the vote (3,735 cast), ahead of Democrat Barbara Buono with 43.5% (2,941 votes), and other candidates with 1.2% (78 votes), among the 6,992 ballots cast by the borough's 18,356 registered voters (238 ballots were spoiled), for a turnout of 38.1%.[152][153] In the 2009 gubernatorial election, Democrat Jon Corzine received 5,187 ballots cast (58.8% vs. 48.0% countywide), ahead of Republican Chris Christie with 3,191 votes (36.2% vs. 45.8%), Independent Chris Daggett with 287 votes (3.3% vs. 4.7%) and other candidates with 38 votes (0.4% vs. 0.5%), among the 8,817 ballots cast by the borough's 18,854 registered voters, yielding a 46.8% turnout (vs. 50.0% in the county).[154]

Emergency services and public safety


The borough council created the Fort Lee Police Department in 1904, although it was not until 1927 that the council authorized the appointment of a full-time paid police chief.[155] As of 2019, the police department had about 100 members.[156]

Emergency medical services

The Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps, founded in 1971, provides emergency medical services to the Borough of Fort Lee, the George Washington Bridge, and the Palisades Interstate Parkway. One of the largest EMS agencies in the surrounding area, the Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps operates a fleet of four medium-duty ambulances, one first responder vehicle, and two command vehicles from its headquarters on the corner of Main Street and Anderson Avenue. With approximately 50 active members, the corps operates 24 hours a day on weekends and from 7 PM to 6 AM on weekdays, with paid borough employees staffing the ambulances during the day on weekdays. The Fort Lee Volunteer Ambulance Corps responds to approximately 3,400 emergency medical calls annually. The corps is a member agency of the East Bergen Ambulance Association (EBAA) with a standing mutual aid agreement with surrounding East Bergen boroughs.[157]

Fire department

Fort Lee is protected around the clock by the volunteer firefighters of the Fort Lee Fire Department, which was founded in 1888 when the borough was still a part of Ridgefield Township and operates out of four fire stations.[158] The Fort Lee Fire Department operates a fire apparatus fleet of six engines (including spares), two ladders, one heavy rescue, one squad (light rescue), two support services units, a mobile air cascade unit, four command vehicles(battalion and deputy chiefs), and six fire prevention units.[159] The Fort Lee Fire Department's volunteer fire companies respond to, on average, approximately 1,800 emergency calls annually.[160]

Fire Company #4
Engine company Truck company Special unit Address
Engine 1, Engine 5 146 Main Street
Engine 2 Rescue 2 (heavy), Squad 2 (light rescue) Lemoine Avenue
Engine 3 Ladder 1, Ladder 2 557 Main Street
Engine 4, Engine 6 S.S.U. 1, S.S.U. 2 (support service units) 4 Brinkerhoff Avenue


Public schools

The Fort Lee School District serves public school students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade.[161] As of the 2021–22 school year, the district, comprised of six schools, had an enrollment of 4,074 students and 331.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3:1.[162] Schools in the district (with 2021–22 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[163]) are School 1[164] with 535 students in grades K-4, School 2[165] with 341 students in grades PreK-4, School 3[166] with 386 students in grades K-4, School 4[167] with 392 students in grades K-4, Lewis F. Cole Intermediate School[168] / Lewis F. Cole Middle School[169] with 1,153 students in grades 5-8 and Fort Lee High School[170] with 1,223 students in grades 9-12.[171][172]

During the 2010–11 school year, School #3 was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, one of only ten schools statewide to be honored.[173] The school was one of three in Bergen County honored that year.[174]

Public school students from the borough, and all of Bergen County, are eligible to attend the secondary education programs offered by the Bergen County Technical Schools, which include the Bergen County Academies in Hackensack, and the Bergen Tech campus in Teterboro or Paramus. The district offers programs on a shared-time or full-time basis, with admission based on a selective application process and tuition covered by the student's home school district.[175][176]

Private schools

Private schools in the area include Christ the Teacher (Pre-K–8, 314 students), First Step Day Care Center (Pre-K, 101 students), Fort Lee Education Center (7–12, 78 students), Fort Lee Montessori Pre-School (Pre-K, 49 students), Fort Lee Youth Center Playgroup (Pre-K, 30 students), Futures Best Nursery Academy (Pre-K, 98 students), Green House Preschool and Kindergarten (Pre-K–K, 125 students), Happy Kids Pre-School (Pre-K, 75 students), Hooks Lane School (Pre-K, 54 students), Itsy Bitsy Early Learning Center (Pre-K, 60 students), Genesis Preschool & Academy (Pre-K, K–6, 83 students), Palisades Pre-School (Pre-K, 108 students), Rainbow School DC (Pre-K, 88 students), and Small World Montessori School (Pre-K, 51 students).[177] Christ the Teacher Interparochial School operates under the supervision of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.[178]

Weekend supplementary education

The Japanese Weekend School of New Jersey (ニュージャージー補習授業校), a Japanese supplementary educational school, holds its classes at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus while its offices are in Fort Lee.[179] It is one of the two weekend Japanese school systems operated by the Japanese Educational Institute of New York (JEI; ニューヨーク日本人教育審議会 Nyūyōku Nihonjin Kyōiku Shingi Kai), a nonprofit organization which also operates two Japanese day schools in the New York City area.[180]

In 1987 there were two juku (Japanese-style cram schools) in Fort Lee. One of the Fort Lee schools, Hinoki School, had 130 students. There were additionally two institutions trying to open juku in Fort Lee.[181]


Roads and highways

View northbound along Interstate 95, U.S. Route 1/9, and eastbound along U.S. Route 46, just before leaving Fort Lee for New York City via the George Washington Bridge

As of May 2010, the borough had a total of 51.12 miles (82.27 km) of roadways, of which 35.44 miles (57.04 km) were maintained by the municipality, 6.20 miles (9.98 km) by Bergen County and 6.22 miles (10.01 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and 3.26 miles (5.25 km) by the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.[182]

Fort Lee is served by the Palisades Interstate Parkway, Route 4, Route 5, Route 67, Interstate 95 (the northern terminus of the New Jersey Turnpike), U.S. Route 9W, U.S. Route 1/9, U.S. Route 46, and County Route 505. The George Washington Bridge (signed as I-95/US 1-9/US 46), the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge, crosses the Hudson River from Fort Lee to the Washington Heights neighborhood of Upper Manhattan in New York City.[183][184] Many of these roads converge at GWB Plaza, a busy crossroads at the northern end of the borough.

Public transportation

Fort Lee is served by NJ Transit buses 154, 156, 158 and 159 to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan; the 171, 175, 178, 181, 182, 186 and 188 lines to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal; and local service on the 751, 753, 755 and 756.[185][186]

Rockland Coaches provides service along Route 9W on the 9T and 9AT bus lines and on the 14ET to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan and on the 9 / 9A to the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.[187][188]

The Fort Lee Parking Authority issues and controls parking passes, meter fees, and provides shuttles and non-emergency transportation.[189][190]

As of 2016 two Taiwanese airlines, China Airlines and EVA Air, provide private bus services to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City for customers based in New Jersey. These bus services stop in Fort Lee.[191][192]

As of 2021, OurBus offers intercity bus service from the George Washington Bridge bus stop to various locations such as Rochester and Buffalo, New York.[193]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Fort Lee has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[194]

Tallest buildings and structures

The George Washington Bridge, connecting Fort Lee (above) in Bergen County across the Hudson River to New York City, is the world's busiest motor vehicle bridge. Built in 1931, at 604 ft (184 m) meters, it is the tallest structure in Fort Lee.[183][184] One of two 47-story residential The Modern, Bergen County's tallest buildings, is seen under construction near George Washington Bridge Plaza in December 2013.[195]

The George Washington Bridge (GWB), at 604 ft (184 m) meters in height as measured from its base, is the tallest structure in Fort Lee. The cliffs of the Palisades rise to about 260 ft (79 m).[196] Since the 1960s, numerous residential high-rise buildings have been built along the Palisade Avenue-Boulevard East corridor.[197][198] Fort Lee's population and housing density increased considerably during the 1960s and 1970s with the construction of highrise apartments.[199][200][201][202] As of 2019, including from the bridge itself, there were 10 structures over 300 ft (91 m) tall in Fort Lee.

Rank Name Image Height
ft / m
Floors Year Notes
1= The Modern 1
496 ft (151 m) 47 2014 [203][204][199][205][206][207][208][209]
1 The Modern 2 496 ft (151 m) 47 2018 [210][203][204][206][207]
3 The Palisades
445 ft (136 m) 41 2001 [211]
4 The Plaza
347.2 ft (105.8 m) 32 1975 [212]
4 The Colony
347.2 ft (105.8 m) 32 1972 [213]
6= River Ridge
336.4 ft (102.5 m) 31 1985 [214]
6 Century Towers
336.4 ft (102.5 m) 31 1981 [215]
8 Horizon Towers North 304 ft (93 m) 28 1968 [216]
8 Horizon Towers South 304 ft (93 m) 28 1968 [217]
9 Mediterranean Towers West
293 ft (89 m) 27 1982 [218]

In media

Constitution Park in Fort Lee. In the background are the Mediterranean Towers apartment complex.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Fort Lee include:

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  244. ^ "It's not easy being pink: Cameron Giles, better known as Cam'ron, triggered the pink fad. Now he wants to change color and cash in as a trendsetter", Taipei Times, October 18, 2004. Accessed May 13, 2007. "In a gated condominium community in Fort Lee, New Jersey, the dense shrubbery suggests a botanical garden more than a residential one.... That is how you can tell the house of Cameron Giles. For the better part of two years, pink has been the dominant color in the life of Giles, a rapper who performs as Cam'ron."
  245. ^ Stein, Joshua David. "Dinner at TAO with the 'FoodGod' Jonathan Cheban", GQ, September 16, 2016. Accessed December 30, 2017. "Cheban was born in Russia in 1974 but grew up across the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, New Jersey."
  246. ^ "Opening Doors With New and Old", The New York Times, January 29, 2010. Accessed December 24, 2021. "Four of Ms. Chen's dancers are based near her home in Fort Lee, where she lives with her husband, Andy Chiang, the company's executive director, and their daughter, Sylvia, 14."
  247. ^ The Last Adman, New York, April 8, 2002. "When I started to get friendly with Jay, he couldn't explain either, at least not with any clear logic, how he went from being a Jewish kid from the Bronx and Fort Lee, New Jersey, to ending up in the agency business."
  248. ^ Spelling, Ian. "From Bulls & Bears to Bergen: Fox Business Network anchor Liz Claman loves coming home to Edgewater" Archived October 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, (201) magazine, October 2009. Accessed October 12, 2009. "I love Edgewater. I lived in Fort Lee and jogged into the Edgewater Colony, and I thought 'One day, I'd love to live here.'"
  249. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Haskell Cohen, 86, Publicist; Created N.B.A. All-Star Game", The New York Times, July 3, 2000. Accessed December 5, 2013. "Haskell Cohen, a longtime publicity director for the National Basketball Association, who helped create the league's All-Star Game – a once-modest affair that has become an annual weekend spectacle – died last Wednesday at his home in Fort Lee, N.J."
  250. ^ Pareles, Jon. "Celia Cruz, Petite Powerhouse of Latin Music, Dies at 77", The New York Times, July 17, 2003. Accessed July 8, 2014. "Celia Cruz, the Cuban singer who became the queen of Latin music, died yesterday at her home in Fort Lee, N.J."
  251. ^ Almenas, Maxim. "Fort Lee artist's work gets its rightful shine", Fort Lee Suburbanite, May 22, 2009. Accessed January 20, 2024, via "Fort Lee resident Irv Docktor was an artist whose work was well known around the world. But his art, which stretched the boundaries of classic form and expressionism, was never officially exhibited in Fort Lee until after he died."
  252. ^ Critics Say His Mouth Needs Washing, but Morton Downey's Talk Show Is a Screaming Hit, People Magazine, April 11, 1988. "'I'm me,' says Mort endearingly, as he sits in his Fort Lee, N.J., condo, sipping coffee and stubbing out the sixth of 80 cigarettes he will smoke this day."
  253. ^ Pettinger, Pete. Bill Evans: How My Heart Sings, pp. 274, 284. Yale University Press, 2002. ISBN 9780300097276. Accessed September 7, 2014.
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  255. ^ Kraushar, Jonathan P. "Bergen: Comics' Haven", The New York Times, March 21, 1976. Accessed December 17, 2012. "In the view of Phil Foster, a star of the television comedy Laverne and Shirley, there is no such thing as New Jersey humor. If it exists, said Mr. Foster, who lives in Fort Lee, it is like Staten Island humor – that is, simplay a question of speaking slower."(subscription required)
  256. ^ Staff. "Comedian buys home; Buddy Hackett New Owner of Anastasia House in Fort Lee", The New York Times, August 30, 1958. "Buddy Hackett is the owner of Albert Anastasia's Spanish stucco home on the edge of the Palisades in Fort Lee."
  257. ^ Yudelson, Larry. "Teaneck Holocaust memorial moves forward; Plan to pair it with slave memorial in front of town's municipal building", Jewish Standard, October 15, 2015. Accessed August 23, 2022. "The council heard from the Holocaust memorial's new architect, Alan Hantman. Mr. Hantman, a 25-year resident of Teaneck who now lives in Fort Lee, was appointed by President Bill Clinton as the chief architect of the U.S. Capitol."
  258. ^ Hess, Earl J.; and Dabholkar, Pratibha A. Singin' in the rain: the making of an American masterpiece, p. 252. University Press of Kansas, 2009. Accessed July 12, 2019. "Charles J. Hunt (production manager): Born April 8, 1881, in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and died February 3, 1976, in Los Angeles."
  259. ^ Jim Hunt, New Jersey Hitmen. Accessed August 19, 2016. "While cultivating his hockey knowledge and gaining valuable experience, Jim also served as a police detective in his hometown of Fort Lee, NJ. Where he retired after twenty five years of distinguished service."
  260. ^ Chaban, Matt A. V. "A Gangster's Paradise With Views, Thick Walls and a Slaughter Room", The New York Times, November 2, 2015. Accessed December 8, 2015. "For those wanting to live like a Mafia don — and willing to live with a few ghosts — Guernsey's will auction off the old Anastasia estate on Dec. 8, with a minimum price of $5.5 million....When he moved to Hollywood, the home passed to Arthur Imperatore Sr., the trucking and ferry tycoon who turned a single delivery truck into a billion-dollar empire and the derelict Weehawken docks into a wonderland of apartments."
  261. ^ Barboza, Craigh. "Friend Or foe?", USA Weekend, January 28, 2001. "Jay-Z, himself, has a two-floor penthouse in Fort Lee, N.J., with a view of Manhattan."
  262. ^ Ross, Barbara; Singleton, Don; Santiago, Roberto; and Marzulli, John. "Jay-Z accused of knifing rival at party", New York Daily News, December 4, 1999. Accessed January 5, 2012. "all, Jay-Z, 29, who now lives in Fort Lee, N.J., was charged with two counts of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. Posner set a return date for Jan. 31."
  263. ^ Harvin, Al. "An Offseason Game; New Jersey Sports", The New York Times, January 12, 1973. Accessed November 16, 2008. "Some of the other Jersey residents on the team, according to Davis, are Bob Tucker, the New York Giants' tight end from Lincroft; Phil Villapiano, Oakland Raider linebacker from Ocean Township, and Ron Johnson, Giant running back, now a resident of Fort Lee."
  264. ^ Sciolino, Elaine. "Beneath the turban: A special report.; Mullah Who Charmed Iran Is Struggling to Change It", The New York Times, February 1, 1998. Accessed July 8, 2014. "Still, the Khatami children were encouraged to earn their own money, said Ali Khatami, 44, the President's brother, a businessman who lived in Fort Lee, N.J., for a year and a half while he was getting his master's degree in industrial engineering."
  265. ^ Reich, Ronni. "New York Musical Theatre Festival: Three Jersey artists offer something different", The Star-Ledger, July 7, 2013. Accessed August 29, 2018. "Randy Klein, who grew up in Union City and Fort Lee, appeared at the festival last year with Flambé Dreams, a kitchen comedy."
  266. ^ "Langer Set To Play, Yale Faces Penalties", Manchester Evening Herald, December 3, 1969. Accessed May 31, 2023. "Although the Fort Lee, N.J., player's eligibility is not a crucial factor in the Yale basketball's team success, Yale is standing behind him despite the penalties it may receive for doing so."
  267. ^ Chao, Mary. "Zero to 27,254 in 10 seconds: Meet the world abacus champion from North Jersey", The Record, August 18, 2021. Accessed May 3, 2023. "For 10 seconds, a series of 50 random three-digit numbers flashed on the screen. After another second, abacus master Jeonghee Lee announced she'd finished the mental addition, correctly answering 27,254.... Born and raised in South Korea and now living in Fort Lee, Lee is currently the world’s No.1 abacus master as well as the top-ranked mental mathematician on the planet."
  268. ^ Aushenker, Michael. "Super Sunday tallies up a record $5,165,961 in contributions for United Jewish Fund", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, March 3, 2000. Accessed December 7, 2013. "Levine, who was present at the opening of Valley Alliance's Milken Gym, told The Journal that Super Sunday reminded him of the community spirit of his home town – Fort Lee, New Jersey."
  269. ^ "Paid Notice: Natahaniel Lubell", The New York Times, September 23, 2006. Accessed February 8, 2018. "Lubell--Nathaniel, 90 of Fort Lee, NJ died in his home on Sat., Sept. 17th."
  270. ^ "N.J.’s Lynn Yamada Davis, star of Cooking With Lynja TikTok videos, dies at 67, report says", NJ Advance Media for, January 12, 2024. Accessed January 13, 2024. "Davis was born on July 31, 1956, in New York City and lived most of her early life in Fort Lee, before she attended and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering."
  271. ^ Caldera, Pete. "Where are they now? Former Fort Lee/Princeton basketball star Ted Manakas", The Record, January 21, 2014, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 9, 2014. Accessed June 16, 2020. "There's a 45-year-old photo Ted Manakas keeps from his final high school basketball game – Jersey City's Lincoln High against his Fort Lee team in the state tournament — at a Hackensack gym jammed with 1,500 fans."
  272. ^ Meyers, Tom. "From the Archives: A Main Street Marquee and a Mogul – Fort Lee and the MGM Connection; Fort Lee's Metro Theatre on Main Street and the MGM Connection", FortLeePatch, March 2, 2013. Accessed December 6, 2013. "According to Fort Lee VFW Commander Jim Viola, the Fort Lee Theatre name changed in the 1930s to the Metro. This was to honor a Fort Lee boy who made good in Hollywood, Eddie Mannix."
  273. ^ Heyde, Jack. Pop Flies and Line Drives: Visits with Players from Baseball's Golden Era, p. 48. Trafford Publishing, 2004. ISBN 9781412038898. Accessed May 24, 2016. "According to Sal Yvars, a former teammate of Marshall's, Willard's previous home in Fort Lee, NJ was built on a hill and had a clear and spectacular view of the city of New York from his back yard."
  274. ^ Sullivan, Joseph F. "D. Bennett Mazur, a Professor And New Jersey Legislator, 69", The New York Times, October 13, 1994. Accessed February 14, 2012. "He began his political career as a tenant activist after moving to Fort Lee a few years after the war. He served on the Bergen County Board of Freeholders from 1965 to 1967 and again from 1975 to 1980 before winning his first election to the State Assembly the following year."
  275. ^ Czerwinski, Mark J. "Nice and Tough -- Whalers' Mcguire Upbeat Yet Upfront", The Record, January 30, 2003. Accessed July 8, 2014.
  276. ^ Salemi, Vicki. 'Glorifying Jersey; A noted Hollywood screenwriter uses her Jersey roots to help inform her storytelling.", New Jersey Monthly, December 13, 2010. Accessed December 6, 2013. "'It's definitely part of who I am,' says the Los Angeles-based scribe, who was born in France and moved with her family to Fort Lee when she was 6 months old."
  277. ^ Kitman, Marvin. The Man Who Would Not Shut Up: The Rise of Bill O'Reilly, p. 13. Macmillan, 2008. ISBN 9780312385866. Accessed December 6, 2013. "'Billy,' as he was called to differentiate Bill Junior from Bill Senior, spent his first two years in a crowded apartment across the river in Fort Lee, New Jersey."
  278. ^ Skelton, David E. "John Orsino: A Profile", The Pecan Park Eagle, September 13, 2017. Accessed September 15, 2018. "Orsino attended Fort Lee (New Jersey) High School.... He retired after the season and returned to his Fort Lee, New Jersey, home."
  279. ^ Lopez, Elias E. "Johnny Pacheco, Who Helped Bring Salsa to the World, Dies at 85", The New York Times, February 15, 2021. Accessed February 15, 2021. "Johnny Pacheco, the Dominican-born bandleader who co-founded the record label that turned salsa music into a worldwide sensation, died on Monday in Teaneck, N.J. He was 85.... Mr. Pacheco lived in Fort Lee, N.J."
  280. ^ "Attorney General Names Christopher S. Porrino Director of the Division of Law", New Jersey Attorney General, January 31, 2012. Accessed June 18, 2016. "Born in Teaneck and raised in Fort Lee and Englewood Cliffs, Porrino currently resides in Union County with his wife, Christina Shenouda, and their two children."
  281. ^ Collins, Glenn. "George Price, 93, Cartoonist of Oddities, Dies", The New York Times, January 14, 1995. Accessed December 6, 2013. "Mr. Price was born on June 9, 1901, in Coytesville, N.J., in the borough of Fort Lee."
  282. ^ Nia Reed, USA Volleyball. Accessed June 13, 2022. "Hometown: Fort Lee, N.J. High School: Immaculate Heart"
  283. ^ LaGorce, Tammy. "Finding Emo", The New York Times, August 14, 2005. Accessed December 6, 2013. "'We came back, because as label owners we couldn't be away from it,' said Mr. Reines, who is from Fort Lee."
  284. ^ Strauss, Robert. "In person; In a Club Full of Comics, The King Is Also a Jester", The New York Times, December 11, 2005. Accessed August 29, 2018. "Three or four times a week, Mr. Roman travels into Manhattan from his house in Fort Lee, where he has lived for six years, and holds court in one of the dining rooms at the Friars Club, formerly a doctor's town house on East 55th Street."
  285. ^ Kim, Jennifer. "Fort Lee man continues film legacy", Fort Lee Suburbanite, October 16, 2009. Accessed September 26, 2011. "Though Rosario's profile in the film industry is steadily rising and Hollywood is on his horizon, he hasn't forgotten about his birthplace in Fort Lee. 'The cool thing about living in Fort Lee is living so close to New York City,' said Rosario."
  286. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on March 1, 2008. Retrieved December 6, 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link), Murray Sabrin. Accessed December 6, 2013. "He lives with his wife of 39 years, Florence, in Ft. Lee, New Jersey."
  287. ^ "Close Up Amy Scheer, chief commercial officer of the New York Red Bulls", NJBIZ, September 20, 2015. Accessed January 16, 2021. "Hometown: I grew up in Fair Lawn and currently reside in Fort Lee."
  288. ^ Semmendinger, Paul and Ryan. "August Semmendinger Manufacturer of Photographic Apparatus", Historic Camera History Librarium, June 17, 2012. Accessed June 15, 2015. "By this point, August Semmendinger had moved to Fort Lee, in the county of Bergen and State of New Jersey."
  289. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Eva Shain, 81, a Pioneering Boxing Judge", The New York Times, August 23, 1999. Accessed December 6, 2013. "Eva Shain, the first woman to serve as a judge at a heavyweight championship boxing match when she was assigned to the Muhammad Ali-Earnie Shavers bout at Madison Square Garden in 1977, died Thursday at Englewood (N.J.) Hospital and Medical Center. Mrs. Shain, who lived in Fort Lee, N.J., was 81."
  290. ^ Handler, Cindy Schewich. "Join the ride: NJ native Jenn Sherman has been a Peloton instructor since Day One", The Record, January 22, 2021. Accessed April 25, 2022. "Every week, Sherman, a Fort Lee native, attracts thousands of subscribing Peloton members who ride along with her on the company's stationary bicycles, either during live classes streamed from the company's Manhattan studios, or recordings of those rides available in its vast On Demand library.... At Fort Lee High School, Sherman 'played 0.0 sports,' she says."
  291. ^ Araton, Harvey. "Sports of The Times; Golden Windfall for the Russians", The New York Times, February 17, 2002. Accessed February 14, 2012. "At 25, Anton Sikharulidze is already a citizen of the world, more than familiar with the culture of the West. He lived in Fort Lee, N.J., for two years, trained in Hackensack."
  292. ^ Friedman, Roger. "Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Likely Guests at Cannes", Fox News, March 22, 2007. Accessed July 8, 2014. "Phoebe and Valerie lived in a small apartment in Fort Lee."
  293. ^ Borden, Sam. "Soriano 'Tired' Of Trade Talk", New York Daily News, June 17, 2006. Accessed July 8, 2014. "The Yankees have made inquiries about Soriano's availability but have been turned off by the Nationals' requests for top pitching prospect Phil Hughes or Chien-Ming Wang. Soriano, who still maintains the Fort Lee, N.J., apartment he had during his tenure in the Bronx, seemed lukewarm about the possibility of returning to the Yankees."
  294. ^ Darryl Strawberry leaves hospital after cancer surgery,, October 16, 1998. "He will convalesce at his home in Fort Lee, New Jersey."
  295. ^ Staff. "F.B.I.-Taped Conversation Sheds Light on 1962 Gangland Slaying of Strollo", The New York Times, January 8, 1970. Accessed September 8, 2018. "Strollo was said to have controlled the underworld's bar and nightclub operations on New York's East Side and in Greenwich Village. His fate has been a matter of conjecture since he walked out of his Fort Lee mansion one April evening in 1962 and disappeared. His body has never been found."
  296. ^ Ramirez, Anthony. "Lyle Stuart, Publisher of Renegade Titles, Dies at 83", The New York Times, June 26, 2006. Accessed November 4, 2007. "He was 83 and lived in Fort Lee, N.J."
  297. ^ Borden, Sam. "For Giants' Tuck, a Push for Reading Starts at Home", The New York Times, May 30, 2012. Accessed April 25, 2017. "Fort Lee, N.J. - ... The Tucks just giggled. They had not intended to settle in this tiny borough of Bergen County, but while taking a tour with a real estate agent about four years ago, Tuck asked about the neighborhoods he saw while driving over the George Washington Bridge."
  298. ^ "June Valli; Singer, 64", The New York Times, March 16, 1993. Accessed November 7, 2022. "June Valli, a singer who appeared on television variety shows from the 1950's through the 1970's, died on Friday at her home. She was 64 and lived in Fort Lee."
  299. ^ James Alward Van Fleet, Arlington National Cemetery. Accessed December 6, 2013 ."Van Fleet was born in Coytesville, New Jersey, March 19, 1892, but raised in Florida and adopted it as his home."
  300. ^ Chen, Albert. "Chien-Ming Wang Has A Secret", Sports Illustrated, April 15, 2008. Accessed February 14, 2012. "During the baseball season Chien-Ming and his wife, Chia-Ling, whom he met in his first year of college and married in December 2003, live in a modest three-bedroom house in Fort Lee, N.J."
  301. ^ American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses: Electronic Edition., Documenting the American South. Accessed November 13, 2023.
  302. ^ Hartnett, Sean. "After Taking Up Table Tennis To Improve Her Vision, New Jerseyan Now Sets Sights On Olympic Gold", WCBS-TV, July 25, 2016. Accessed August 9, 2016. "The 26-year-old became a U.S. citizen in 2014. Born with the given name Yue, she has adopted Jennifer as her Americanized name, calls Fort Lee, New Jersey, home and is accustomed to American culture and cuisine."
  303. ^ Shkolnikova, Svetlana. "Fort Lee natives win big at Academy Awards", Fort Lee Suburbanite, March 16, 2012. Accessed July 8, 2014. "Glen Zipper stands with his fellow crewmembers for the football documentary 'Undefeated,' which took the Oscar for Best Documentary at this year's Academy Awards. He and his brother Ralph grew up in Fort Lee, and worked together on the film. Glen, who worked as a criminal prosecutor in Hudson County for three years."


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