SFABC Meeting Directions
Directions to General Meetings of the Association

Most Meetings of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County are held in the Saddle River Valley Cultural Center in Upper Saddle River.  However, some General Meetings are held in other venues. 

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3.     SADDLE RIVER VALLEY CULTURAL CENTER 

...............Saddle River Valley Cultural Center
......................305 West Saddle River
.......................Upper Saddle River
....................Bergen County, New Jersey  07458

 

The Cultural Center looks like a classic little white church, steeple and all.  The parking lot is not too large, but it's okay to use the much bigger lot of the Methodist Church diagonally across the street.

 Important Note:  The Cultural Center is on WEST Saddle River Road.  One block further over is EAST Saddle River Road.  Unlike streets in New York, East does not turn into West.  The roads are on opposite banks of the Saddle River which is nothing more than a stream at this point.

  

FROM ROUTE 17 NORTHBOUND:

 ..........Exit ROUTE 17 NORTH at the sign which reads SADDLE RIVER / WOODCLIFF LAKE.  (This is the exit after Sheridan Avenue, Ho Ho Kus.)  This exit puts you onto EAST ALLENDALE AVENUE heading East.  Stay on road for about 1/2 mile and turn left at the first traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  Drive north for 1-3/4 miles.  Shortly after passing a brick Catholic Church, the Church of the Presentation, on your left hand side you cross into Upper Saddle River.  The Cultural Center is on your left hand side.  If you come to a traffic light you have slightly overshot and hit LAKE STREET.

 Note:  You will see a sign marked WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD on Route 17 northbound well to the south of where you have been told to leave 17.  If you take this exit, you will eventually get where you want to be, but it will take you a lot longer to get there.


 FROM ROUTE 17 SOUTHBOUND:

 ..........Exit ROUTE 17 SOUTH at SADDLE RIVER / WOODCLIFF LAKE exit.  This puts you onto EAST ALLENDALE ROAD heading East.  You drive under the highway.  Then follow the directions from Route 17 Northbound.

Note:  This way takes you a little bit longer than the exit for UPPER SADDLE RIVER, but it spares you making hairpin turns on steep hills at night in bad weather on an unfamiliar road.

 

FROM THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTHBOUND:

..........Take Exit 172, GRAND AVENUE, MONTVALE.  (This is the last exit in New Jersey and is just past the Montvale Service Area).  Turn left at the exit ramp and head west on GRAND AVENUE.  There are a lot of small towns in this area, and the road that you're on will keep changing its name.  At different points it is called GRAND AVENUE, MONTVALE ROAD, RAMSEY ROAD and LAKE STREET.  At the second traffic light you will be at the intersection of LAKE STREET and EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  It has two landmarks that anyone in the area will know about:  a 7-11 type store called Elmers and a Texaco station.  Keep driving west.  Do not turn. Turn left at the next traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  The Cultural Center is 1/10 of a mile down the road on your right.

 

FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY VIA ROUTE 59:

..........Follow ROUTE 59 until you come to Norris Pontiac in Monsey and turn south at the  traffic light unto ROUTE 306.   This road is also called EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  Head south towards New Jersey.  (Note:  Although the maps show this road as Route 306, and that's what everyone calls it, after you make the turn, the sign reads ROUTE 73.  Don't ask me to explain it.)  Stay on ROUTE 306 for 2.3 miles Note that there is a long stretch between the first and second traffic lights.

..........Turn right at the second traffic light which is the intersection of EAST SADDLE RIVER ROAD and LAKE STREET.  A Texaco station and Elmers are at this corner.  Proceed west and turn left at the next traffic light onto WEST SADDLE RIVER ROAD.  The Cultural Center is 1/10 of a mile down the road on your right.

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1.     BARNES & NOBLE, HACKENSACK, NEW JERSEY

Directions to Meeting Site:

 .......................Barnes & Noble Booksellers
.............................1 Riverside Square
..........................The Shops at Riverside
.............Route 4 West at Hackensack Avenue North
.....................Hackensack, New Jersey  07601
.........................(201)  488 - 8037

 

..........Barnes & Noble is at the southwest corner of the mall, near the crossing of Route 4 with Hackensack Avenue.  Parking is very difficult to come by near the store.  It is instead recommended that you park in the parking decks behind the Mall.  The Shops at Riverside is 4 miles west of the George Washington Bridge and 3.5 miles east of the intersection of Routes 4 and 17.  Note:  The Shops at Riverside was formerly known as the Riverside Square Mall.

 

FROM ROUTE 17 NORTH/SOUTH:

..........Travel Route 17 into Paramus.  Follow the signs to Route 4 East / New York.  Proceed east for 3 miles.  Exit at second Hackensack Avenue exit, Hackensack Avenue North.  Drive over highway overpass and immediately get into right lane.  Turn right into mall at traffic light.  Bear right.

 

FROM THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTHBOUND:

..........Take Exit 161 to Route 4 East.  This is the second of two closely spaced exits just past the Bergen County toll plaza.  Follow directions From Route 17.

 

FROM THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY SOUTHBOUND:

..........Take Exit 163 to Route 17 South.  Follow directions From Route 17.

 

FROM MANHATTAN VIA BUS FROM PORT AUTHORITY 41ST STREET / 8TH AVENUE:

..........NJ Transit Bus # 165 has two routes.  Depending on route, either:

A)  Get off at Kinderkamack Road and Main Street in River Edge.  Take a right onto Main Street and then a right on Hackensack Avenue.  Walk a few blocks.  The Shops at Riverside will be on your left.

or:

B)  Get off at Route 4 and Hackensack Avenue.  Walk to Hackensack Avenue, with Riverside on your right.  Take a left.  You will see The Shops at Riverside.

 

FROM MANHATTAN VIA THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE BUS TERMINAL:

..........Take New Jersey Transit Bus # 171 and get off at Route 4 and Hackensack Avenue.  Follow (B) directions from Port Authority 41st Street.

 

FROM MANHATTAN VIA THE GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE VIA CAR:

..........Follow signs for Route 4 West and drive about 4 miles.  Take first Hackensack Avenue exit (north).  There is an entrance to the mall on the exit ramp.  If you overshoot it, make right into mall at first traffic light.

 

FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY:

..........Follow either Route 17 South or the Garden State Parkway South and utilize directions appearing above.  Another option is to take the Palisades Parkway South, turning off onto Route 9 W South in Fort Lee at the last exit in New Jersey.  Proceed south until entrance to Route 4 West.  Then follow directions From George Washington Bridge Via Car.

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2.     BORDERS BOOKS & MUSIC, RAMSEY, NEW JERSEY

......................Borders Books & Music
........................235 Route 17 South
....................Interstate Shopping Center
...............Route 17 South and Franklin Turnpike
........................Ramsey, New Jersey
.........................(201) 760 - 1967

 

..........Borders Books shares a building with Bed, Bath and Beyond at the east end of the Interstate Shopping  Center.  Although it is possible to enter the mall from the Franklin Turnpike, we recommend the Route 17  approach.  Borders abuts Route 17 South.

 

FROM ROUTE 17 SOUTHBOUND:

..........The entrance to the Interstate Shopping Center is from Route 17 South, shortly past the Spring Street  Exit and just before the Franklin Turnpike overpass.  It is about three miles south of the junction of Routes 17  and 287, just past the Best Western and Howard Johnson.

 

FROM ROUTE 17 NORTHBOUND:

..........Travel north on Route 17 and make a U-Turn at the Spring Street Exit in Ramsey, New Jersey.  This is  about 1/2 mile past the Franklin Turnpike Exit and about 3-1/2 miles past the Allendale Road Exit most of you  take to our meeting site in Upper Saddle River.  Follow the directions from Route 17 Southbound.

 

FROM THE GARDEN STATE PARKWAY NORTHBOUND:

..........Take Exit 163 which is about 2-3/4 miles after the toll plaza.  This is a left lane exit and puts you onto  Route 17 North.  Follow directions for northbound 17 above.  You will be on Route 17 for a little more than  10-1/4 miles before you hit the Spring Street Exit.

 

FROM ROUTE 287 IN NEW YORK:

..........Follow the signs for Route 17 South, Mahwah, New Jersey.  This is a left lane exit, so be sure to get into  one of the two leftmost lanes.  Follow the directions from Route 17 Southbound.

 

FROM ROUTE 287 IN NEW JERSEY:

..........This is an awkward interchange.  Follow the signs for Route 17 South and Mahwah, New Jersey.  The  exit will put you onto a long ramp that makes a “U” and deposits you on 287 heading the opposite way.  Get  into the left hand lanes and follow the signs for Route 17 South.  Follow the directions listed above for Route  17 Southbound.

 

FROM ROCKLAND COUNTY VIA LOCAL ROADS:

..........Travel Route 59 to its western terminus in Suffern, New York.  Turn left and proceed south along Orange  Avenue.  Orange Avenue becomes the Franklin Turnpike when it crosses into New Jersey.  Continue south  until you cross Route 17.  Turn right at the first traffic light after the highway.  This is the Interstate Mall.  Turn  right at the front of Shop-Rite and continue in the direction of Route 17.  Borders is the last store before the  highway.

 

FROM BERGEN COUNTY VIA LOCAL ROADS:

..........Proceed north on the Franklin Turnpike and turn left into the Interstate Mall in Ramsey, New Jersey.

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4.     YEAGER RESIDENCE, PARAMUS, NEW JERSEY

Association's member Robert Yeager hosts an annual meeting of the Association once a year, usually in October.  We will not publish this address and telephone number in this space.  If you are a member of the Association, you can view this at the SFABC Personals Group, which is a Private Google Group.  It will also be forwarded to people on our mailing lists.

 About the Meeting Site:

Our host has organized his house as a showplace for his collection.  Every room has a theme:  oriental, wild west, nautical, Spanish, etc.  For instance, his basement is done as the south seas.  The basement stairs are painted blue with white highlights to mimic a waterfalls.  Fishnets holding plastic fish are affixed to the banisters.  You are greeted by life sized mannequin hula dancers offering leias at the base of the stairs.  The pillars have been tranformed into palm trees with stuffed monkees and birds hiding in their fronds.  The bar is a thatched hut.  Bamboo curtains run along two walls.

A tour of the house is part of the evening's program.