I'm in Bergen county too, just bought an emp kit from another builder so just starting.
The hangar situation is depressing. My 172 is hangared at N51, and in November-December when I tried looking for hangars anywhere within an hour of NYC this side of the Hudson, that was basically the only option. I'm on lists in a few airports, but all have basically said "don't count on it this year". Highlight is KCDW where I am number 163 (!!!) on the list for a T-hangar.