Area Spotlight: Koreatown, Bergen County, NJ

    Palisades Park, also referred to as Koreatown, is located in Bergen County, New Jersey. The climate is typically sunny and its coastal location provides a milder climate than other inland counties in New Jersey.

    The area is characterized by its Korean American culture. A 2010 census found that 52 percent of the residents there were of Korean ancestry.

    Palisades Park Koreatown has a public library, the Palisades Park Public Library and a municipal court. Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and Hackensack University Medical Center provide medical care for the residents and the Palisades Park Senior Citizens Center offers geriatric accommodations.


    Three schools serve the Palisades Park Koreatown community. Dr. Charles R. Smith Early Childhood Center provides education for kindergarten through first grade. Lindbergh Elementary School teaches grades 2nd through 7th. Palisades Park High School provides education for 8th through 12th graders.


    The Palisades Park Koreatown economy continues to grow as educated and professional members of the Korean community continue to develop a corporate presence. Two large multinational corporations, LG Corp. and Samsung Electronics, have established headquarter operations near the community.


    Other notable manufacturing facilities in the area include Delta Corrugated Paper Products Corp. and Datum Industries Inc.


    Palisades Park Koreatown has an extensive transportation system. Convenient access to I-95, U.S. Route 46, and N.J. Route 4 can be found on both Broad and Grand Ave. County Route 501and N.J. Route 63 lead from Palisades Park Koreatown to Fort Lee Koreatown.

    In addition, the New Jersey Turnpike, I-80 and U.S. Route 1/9 provide additional transit for the area. The George Washington Bridge provides access for Palisades Park Koreatown to Manhattan in New York City.

    The New Jersey Transit buses serve the area with eight different routes, two of which transport passengers to and from New York City. The nearby JFK airport in New York City provides commercial flights for the residents of Palisades Park Koreatown.

    Attractions and Entertainment

    There are numerous parks and recreational facilities located near Palisades Park Koreatown. One of the most notable is Palisades Interstate Park. The park encompasses 10,358-acres in both New Jersey and New York. Palisades Interstate Park was formed in 1900 as a means of preserving the palisades of the Hudson. It was designated a historical landmark in 1965. There are a total of 24 state parks and 7 historical sites included within the area.

    Visitors may tour any of the hundreds of buildings located here or take a swim at one of 3 beaches and 11 swimming pools. There are also 2 marinas and 9 boat-launching facilities. Golfers can enjoy a round or two at one of two golf courses. The park also includes two public campgrounds, numerous playgrounds and picnic areas. Hikers can take in the beauty of hundreds of miles of trails along which they’ll find picturesque streams and rivers.

    In addition, the park’s 33 lakes add to the natural beauty of the surroundings. The park maintains land and watershed protection programs year round and includes a nature sanctuary, a museum and zoo complex. It also sponsors many recreational activities. Visitors may also delight in a treat from the refreshment stand.

    The Palisades Park Koreatown area offers many shopping opportunities. The Palisades Center provides a wide range of specialty stores as well as national chains. Plenty of dining and entertainment establishments may also be found at the Palisades Center. A number of boutiques are also located in Palisades Park Koreatown.

    Palisades Park Koreatown is known for its diverse cuisine. The area has many Korean food establishments as well as other dining establishments. Nightlife is plentiful and there are a variety of clubs that provide dancing and music. There are several commercial art galleries that feature contemporary art and numerous exhibits to be explored in nearby New York City. Live theater and performing arts are just minutes away.

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