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River Edge is a borough in Bergen County, NJ. Originally incorporated as Riverside, the borough's name was changed to River Edge in 1930. Bordered by Paramus, Oradell, New Milford, and Hackensack, this northern New Jersey community is a charming and convenient place to live. Living in River Edge offers small-town charm coupled with convenient access to Manhattan, as well as other places in the New York/New Jersey area. A relatively wealthy area median income is roughly $100,000 it offers residents such community services as a weekly farmer's market, adult sport leagues, children's sports camps, a swim club, tennis courts, a public library, beautiful parks, and more. Situated in the heart of Bergen County, River Edge enjoys proximity to the area's arts and culture. The Bergen Performing Arts Center in neighboring Englewood regularly brings nationally-famous acts to the area. Recently, the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation began a new initiative, ArtsBergen, to promote and connect artists and organizations in the area. There are two train stations in the borough, both on New Jersey Transit's Pascack Valley Line: River Edge, at the north end of town, and New Bridge Landing, at the south. From these stations commuters have an easy trip to Hoboken Terminal or Secaucus Junction, both of which offer quick access to Manhattan. Bus service via New Jersey Transit is also available to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan via the 165 route, and local service is available via the 756 and 762 routes. The Rockland Coaches also provide additional service to Port Authority, as well as to Rockland County. The Hackensack River is the titular riverbank from which the town gets its name. Although once badly polluted, the river has seen a revival in recent years, thanks to the Clean Water Act and local advocacy and anti-pollution groups. Chief among these is Hackensack Riverkeeper, a local independent group dedicated to protecting and restoring the Hackensack River. Several times a year, they help keep the area clean by organizing community-wide River Cleanups. Today, residents can enjoy recreational catch-and-release fishing in the area. River Edge has an illustrious history as home to many important Revolutionary War landmarks. Most noteworthy of these is New Bridge Landing. The site of an important Revolutionary War tactical retreat, it's known as The Bridge that Saved a Nation. Other points of interest include Steuben House, which served as George Washington's headquarters in September 1780, and Demarest House, a historic home open to the public as a museum.

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