Welcome to Jersey City!
A place of endless diversity, Jersey City, NJ is the state’s second largest city, with nearly 250,000 residents clustered in about 21 square miles. It traces a long history to 1609, when Henry Hudson landed the Half Moon on the waterfront near what is now Newport. In over 400 years, the city has continued to discover itself, and continues to draw residents from far and away to its eclectic, cosmopolitan neighborhoods.
First and foremost, it’s a city of neighborhoods, each with its own verve and vibe. Many have changed over the years while still retaining the wide range of architectural styles that evolved over time. In the past two decades, the tony Historic Downtown Districts, including Van Vorst, Hamilton Park and Paulus Hook, have garnered the most attention. A new generation of residents, drawn from the suburbs and NYC, have re-claimed classic brownstones, re-purposed century-old factories and prompted new construction developments to handle the increased demand for living space. Also located here is the ever-popular Newport and Harborside waterfront communities, with their gleaming luxury hi-rise condo and rental communities and super-easy access to the PATH.
But there’s much more to the Sixth Borough than downtown. The Heights, perched atop the southern-most portion of the NJ Palisade ridge, has become the favored neighborhood for the dynamic artist community and those seeking excellent value. The Central Avenue shopping district provides the classic feel of a mom-and-pop commercial row. At the center of the Heights are Pershing Field and the Reservoir, a 13-acre natural wonder originally constructed in 1871. South of the Heights lies Journal Square, the transportation hub for Jersey City, with its lively cultural enclaves – “Little India” and the city’s Filipino communities are centered here. Excellent small-scale restaurants abound in this bustling neighborhood. Bergen Hill, Greenville and the Marion neighborhoods all have their special charms, architecture and atmosphere.
Surprising to some is the fact that for all its urban density, Jersey City is also a city of green space. On its southern edge of the city along the Hudson River lies Liberty State Park, a gateway to the New York Harbor and launching point for ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This immense oasis, comprising more than 1,200 acres in the middle of a heavily populated metropolitan area, offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. from hiking and biking to crabbing and fishing. all within an amazing view of the lower Manhattan skyline. On the western edge of the City, near the 150-acre Lincoln Park, the Hackensack Riverwalk is a work-in-progress, eventually culminating in a greenway along the River linking Bayonne and Jersey City to the Secaucus meadowlands and beyond.. Between the rivers are more than 20 parks and countless squares, playgrounds and public access areas, large and small. Residents here have made a concerted effort to renew, protect and expand public green space.
Everywhere in the city, fine restaurants cater to a sophisticated, cosmopolitan palate. There is a lively nightlife in most parts of the City, ranging from sleek hotel clubs on the waterfront to neighborhood social clubs. Local theater and music infuse the neighborhoods with native talent, and the arts scene is vibrant and as diverse as the City itself.