Weehawken, New Jersey

Weehawken, New Jersey
Township
Township of Weehawken
Weehawken on the Hudson River, as viewed from Midtown Manhattan in foreground
Weehawken on the Hudson River, as viewed from Midtown Manhattan in foreground
Weehawken highlighted in Hudson County. Inset: Location of Hudson County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Weehawken highlighted in Hudson County. Inset: Location of Hudson County highlighted in the State of New Jersey.
Census Bureau map of Weehawken, New Jersey
Census Bureau map of Weehawken, New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°46′08″N 74°00′56″W / 40°46′08″N 74°00′56″W / 40.768903; -74.015427[1][2]
Country United States
State New Jersey
CountyHudson
IncorporatedMarch 15, 1859
Government[6]
 • TypeFaulkner Act (Council-Manager)
 • BodyTownship Council
 • MayorRichard F. Turner (term ends June 30, 2018)[3][4]
 • ManagerGiovanni D. Ahmad[5]
 • Municipal clerkRola Dahboul[5]
Area[1]
 • Total1.477 sq mi (3.826 km2)
 • Land0.796 sq mi (2.063 km2)
 • Water0.681 sq mi (1.764 km2)  46.10%
Area rank453rd of 566 in state
7th of 12 in county[1]
Elevation[7]3 ft (0.9 m)
Population (2010 Census)[8][9][10][11]
 • Total12,554
 • Estimate (2016)[12]15,138
 • Rank194th of 566 in state
10th of 12 in county[13]
 • Density15,764.6/sq mi (6,086.7/km2)
 • Density rank13th of 566 in state
7th of 12 in county[13]
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP codes07086-07087[14]
Area code(s)201/551[15]
FIPS code3401777930[1][16][17]
GNIS feature ID0882224[1][18]
Websitewww.weehawken-nj.us

Weehawken is a township in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the township's population was 12,554,[8][9][10] reflecting a decline of 947 (-7.0%) from the 13,501 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 1,116 (+9.0%) from the 12,385 counted in the 1990 Census.[19]

Name

The name Weehawken is generally considered to have evolved from the Algonquian language Lenape spoken by the Hackensack and Tappan. It has variously been interpreted as "maize land", "place of gulls", "rocks that look like trees", which would refer to the Palisades, atop which most of the town sits, or "at the end", among other suggested translations.[20][21][22]

Three U.S. Navy ships have been named for the city. The USS Weehawken, launched on November 5, 1862, was a Passaic-class monitor, or ironclad ship, which sailed for the Union Navy during the American Civil War, encountered battles at the Charleston, South Carolina coast, and sank in a moderate gale on December 6, 1863.[23] The Weehawken was the last ferry to The West Shore Terminal on March 25, 1959, at 1:10 am, ending 259 years of continuous ferry service.[24] Weehawken Street in Manhattan's Greenwich Village was the site of a colonial Hudson River ferry landing.[citation needed]

The name and the place have inspired mention in multiple works of popular culture.

Other Languages
Cebuano: Weehawken
Deutsch: Weehawken
français: Weehawken
italiano: Weehawken
Kreyòl ayisyen: Weehawken, New Jersey
Nederlands: Weehawken
norsk: Weehawken
português: Weehawken
русский: Вихокен
slovenčina: Weehawken
svenska: Weehawken