Overall: Cliffside Park, as by its name, locates atop the Hudson Palisades. Conveniently located between George Washington Bridge and Lincoln Tunnel, just like Edgewater, it is home for many NYC commuters. By its population size, Cliffside Park is a relatively small town, yet does not lack diversity and commerce. The borough prides itself in the good foods in the area - everything from Italian to Turkish - and many wonderful stores on its main thoroughfare, Anderson Avenue. You'll find high-rises bordering Fort Lee. But most homes in Cliffside Park are duplexes and single family homes in quiet and charming streets.
Palisades Park is known for being the largest and fastest growing ethnic Korean enclaves outside of Korea. Koreans comprise the majority of of the population. It has been called Korean town on the Hudson and Little Korea. Housing-wise, Palisades Park offers duplexes, condos, and single family homes at an affordable price. It is a residential neighborhood where restaurants and bakeries are scattered around different pockets.
Transportation*: 156, 159, and their express lines run through Anderson Ave and Palisades Ave in Cliffside Park. Free ferry shuttles run from Fort Lee to Port Imperial Ferry will also pick up passengers along the way in Cliffside Park. See shuttle schedule here. One Park luxury condominium provides private shuttle to Port Imperial Ferry. 165, 166 and their express lines are two other NJ Transit bus lines serving Palisades Park. It takes about 30 minutes to commute from Cliffside Park to Port Authority, while it takes around 20 minutes to commute from Palisades Park to Port Authority by NJ Transit.
Schools: Cliffside Park ranked top 1% in terms of the number of students. Therefore, there are four elementary schools, one middle school and one high school serving the area. See Cliffside Park's Public School Reviews. Palisade Park is ranked as the top 1% most diverse school in NJ. There are one elementary school, one middle school and one high school serving the area. See Palisades park's Public School Reviews.