West New York is located on the Palisades ridge directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan. European settlement was begun by the Dutch in 1661. The area grew quickly after the American Revolution into both a residential and commercial community. At one time it was important as a center of embroidery manufacturing. West New York was incorporated as a town in 1898.
Skyscrapers in West New York continue a line of residential towers stretching along the Palisades from the George Washington Bridge to Jersey City. Views of the New York skyline from here are among the best.