Teaneck is a township in Bergen County, New Jersey. It is the suburb with the second highest population of the 70 towns in the county with 39,776 as of the 2010 United States Census. The town is 11 miles west of New York City.

The striking Teaneck High School building

Teaneck was founded on February 19, 1895. Today, it has a diverse population. Teaneck has many lovely streets for its residents and visitors to stroll, shop, dine, and even enjoy local artwork.


You will more than likely need a car to get around. If you work in New York City, however, you can easily take a bus ride. Public transportation is fairly easy to figure out and buses run very frequently in and out of the town’s limits.

Just like New York, summers are hot and sticky with temperatures rising into the 90s. The usual summer temperatures range from 69-85 degrees, and the winter months usually range from as high as 38 degrees to as low as 26 degrees. The tri-state area shares a very similar range in temperature and they take pleasure in all four seasons.

The town is known for its major institutions like Holy Name Medical Hospital and the Metropolitan Campus of Farleigh Dickinson University, the largest private university in the state of New Jersey. The Teaneck Armory is home to the New Jersey National Guard’s 50th Main Support Battalion and they host many events for the community, mainly in the summer months. The commercial development of the town is concentrated in four main shopping areas and there is convenient access to many main highways from different points in town.

Get in

Teaneck Armory

By car

Teaneck is positioned along a number of major highways, including the New Jersey Turnpike (a portion of I-95) and I-80. Teaneck is the eastern final point of I-80, which stretches around 2900 miles west to downtown San Francisco, California. The town’s main highway is Route 4, running east to west through Teaneck from New York. There is no commercial development along this highway in the town itself due to a decision taken back in the 1940s to create a greenbelt, but there is easy access to the commercial area just a few minutes down Route 4. New Jersey’s other main route is the Garden State Parkway and can be reached by car just a few miles west of Teaneck.

By plane

The closest commercial airport to Teaneck in New Jersey is Newark Liberty International Airport, located 19.7 miles away in Newark. New York City’s LaGuardia Airport is 14.7 miles away, located in Queens and can be accessed via the George Washington Bridge and is approximately 22 minutes away (in the most ideal traffic conditions). John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens is approximately 25.7 miles (34 minutes) from Teaneck. There is also Teterboro Airport, which offers general aviation service, and is about a 4 miles (10 minutes) away. All of these airports can be accessed by car or by taxi services located in Teaneck that will pick you up any time, day or night.

By bus

Teaneck has the availability of the New Jersey Transit bus service, with very frequent service to Teaneck Road, Route 4, and Cedar Lane. There is less frequent service on other main streets. NJTransit bus services are offered at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan via the 155, 157, 167, and 168 routes. There is service to and from the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal in Upper Manhattan via the 171, 175, 178, and 186 routes.

A number of jitney services also provide an inexpensive, fast unscheduled service along Route 4 between Paterson and the George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal.

By train

There is currently no passenger train operation in Teaneck.

See and do

Teaneck has four main shopping areas located on Cedar Lane, Teaneck Road, DeGraw Avenue, West Englewood Avenue, and Queen Anne Road, most commonly known as "The Plaza."


Teaneck Creek

For its size, Teaneck has quite a few parks, 7 to be exact. They are mostly small grassy spaces in residential areas with swing sets and basketball courts, but there are a few that hold significance for the entire town.

Arts and Culture

Teaneck has a number of plays and art exhibitions happening all the time. Many are supported by The Puffin Foundation and its Puffin Cultural Forum located on Puffin Way. This includes the Teaneck International Film Festival held annually in November since 2005. The Teaneck Community Band presents a series of five outdoor summer concerts each summer, also sponsored by the Puffin Foundation. Teaneck is home to the Ethical Culture Society of Bergen County, founded in 1953. The Teaneck Cultural Arts Coalition has organized many community-wide events.

The Garage Theater Group is Bergen County’s first non-profit professional theater company, and their members consist of mainly Teaneck residents and they perform the bulk of their shows at Farleigh Dickinson University.


Teaneck is home to the Metropolitan Campus of Farleigh Dickinson University, which is set on the border between Teaneck and the Hackensack River. The college has served over 4,000 undergraduates and over 2,300 graduate students as of the 2010-2011 school year.


Teaneck Municipal Building

Teaneck is not known for any kind of fine dining, but for the simple things made extremely well. These places are made “the usual” spot for people all over Bergen County because it’s easy food made to perfection.

Teaneck also has a nice array of kosher restaurants. These are closed on Friday evenings and Saturdays, but some are also open late Saturday night, especially in the summer.


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