8. The Modern is one of the country’s tallest twin-tower projects
Perhaps the site most people first notice crossing the George Washington Bridge is The Modern, a residential skyscraper with views of the New York City skyline and the Palisades. The twin towers were completed in 2018 and stand at nearly 500 feet tall, or 47 stories. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, the buildings are the tallest twin towers in New Jersey and are the 9th tallest in the country. Adjacent to the towers is Hudson Lights, a retail center with a popular three-screen movie theater.
The towers were built on a plot of land that had been previously vacant for nearly five decades. There were many attempts to build something on the site between the 1970s and 2008, and an organized crime representative even tried bribing Fort Lee’s mayor on behalf of developers. Though, after decades of trying, developers secured The Modern, which has everything from an infinity pool to a lawn with a jumbotron to a golf simulation roof to a karaoke bar.