Highlands is a humble fishing town and commuter community going through a profound transformation. Hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy, there is ample opportunity for real estate investment and redevelopment. The borough is the recent recipient of a $20,000 grant from New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs to assist with long-term recovery and resiliency planning. Residential neighborhoods, especially that west of Route 36, are graced with views of the water and the New York City skyline. But the Navesink Light Station, a National Historic Landmark perched 200 feet above sea level, has the best view in town. Built-in 1828, the distinct double towers made of bluestone came to be known as the nation’s best and brightest lighthouse until decommissioned in 1949. Dubbed “Where the Shore Begins,” Highlands has an active marina – home to sport-fishing charters, a clamming industry organized since the early 1900s, seafood restaurants, and the Sea Streak commuter ferry (a 45-minute ride to Manhattan that also operates on the weekends). Even President George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton once enjoyed a fishing trip in the waters off Highlands in 1790. The Sea Bright Bridge connects Highlands to the Gateway National Recreation Center at Sandy Hook, a barrier peninsula popular for its ocean and bay beaches, natural areas, and recreational facilities.
Highlands Elementary School (PK-4-6) (full-day kindergarten)
Henry Hudson Regional School (with Atlantic Highlands) (7-12)
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