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About Fort Lee

Its location on the Hudson River palisades made Fort Lee a critical point in Gen. George Washington's unsuccessful attempts to stem the tide of British forces in 1776. The convenient and dramatic location also made Fort Lee the motion picture capital of America from 1910 until the mid-1920s. The borough's striking scenery and a ready labor force made it a lucrative filming site; talent scouts often waited outside local schools to ask children to appear in movies under production. At the peak of activity before World War I, seven studios and 21 companies produced the silent films that revolutionized entertainment around the world.

Determining that New Jersey winters were not conducive to movie production, the studios eventually relocated to Hollywood. Fire destroyed many of the buildings in the Coytesville area, where companies such as Universal Studios got their start, and the remaining structures have been converted for other use. Fort Lee has matured into a residential suburb of New York City, to which it is connected by the George Washington Bridge. The bridge also serves as the southern terminus of the Palisades Interstate Parkway, a scenic section of highway that skirts the Hudson River and continues north into New York.

Visitor Information

Greater Fort Lee Chamber of Commerce: 210 Whiteman St., Fort Lee, NJ 07024; phone (201) 944-7575.

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