While I do have several cherry trees planted I have yet to get any cherries from them just yet. As with most edibles one must be in it for the long haul. Cherry trees are no exception to this. I have 3 year old trees and have yet to get one cherry out of 3 healthy trees.
Cherries are broken down into 2 camps: sweet which are great for fresh eating and tart/sour which are more for baking and pies. I am growing sweet cherries and of course they are harder to grow that tart but the benefits that you will get hard outweight a little extra work.
Sweet cherries are suitable for zones 5-7 and prefer mild, dry summers, which isn't exactly the typical northeast climate. If you are having trouble growing cherries a great alternative is the bush cherry as it can handle harsh, cold winters. Look for more on the bush cherry in the coming days!