About Snake Hill
Snake Hill (known officially as Laurel Hill) is an igneous rock intrusion jutting up from the floor of the Meadowlands in southern Secaucus, New Jersey, USA, at a bend in the Hackensack River. It was largely obliterated in the 1960s by quarrying that reduced the height of some sections by one-quarter and the area of its base by four fifths. The diabase rock was used as building material in growing areas like Jersey City. The remnant of the hill is the defining feature of Laurel Hill County Park. The high point, a 203-foot (62 m) graffiti-covered inselberg rock formation, is a familiar landmark to travelers on the New Jersey Turnpike’s Eastern Spur, which skirts the hill’s southern edge. The crest of the hill’s unusual, sloping ridge is about 150 feet (46 m) high.
The Secaucus Fire Department was formed in 1891. The 1st company was Washington Hook & Ladder. Located at 272 Country & Lincoln Avenue, one ladder truck, two engines and two marine units are housed at this location.
Snake Hill was formed by the same intrusion of magma that created the Palisades cliffs roughly 200 million years ago. The name changed from Snake Hill to Laurel Hill in 1926, when Hudson County freeholder Katherine Whelan Brown said that it was the “crowning Laurel of Hudson County” because of its prominence in the low lying meadowlands. The high bluff has recently been called ‘Fraternity Rock’ (because of the greek letters painted on it presumably by local college fraternities), and ‘Graffiti Rock’. The term ‘Long Neck’, originally used to describe the shape of the land between Pinhorne (now Penhorn) Creek and the Hackensack River, has been adapted to refer to the volcanic neck of the ridge.
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Here are some of the bars, restaurants and hotels around Snake Hill:
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Jersey City North – Hoboken – Off Highway 495, this straightforward hotel is 2 miles from Meadowlands Exposition Center, 5 miles from MetLife Stadium and 7 miles from Central Park.
Candlewood Suites Secaucus – Meadowlands – Off I-95, this relaxed, this unpretentious all-suite hotel is 2 miles from Secaucus Junction train station, and 5 miles from football and concerts at MetLife Stadium.
Starters & More Bistro – Comfy option offering Italian & American eats & a daily happy hour in simple digs with a warm vibe.
Lorenzo’s – Warmly decorated trattoria offering rustic Italian fare & pizza, plus a lively bar with happy hour.
Legends Diner – Vintage diner with counter seating offering breakfast staples, burgers & homestyle American mains.
La Casa De Los Tacos – Brick-lined cafe with festive flair offering tacos & other Mexican favorites from morning to night.