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Jersey City is the second most populous city in the state of New Jersey. Located just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan,
it’s part of the New York metropolitan area.
The city’s architecture ranges from Industrial Age homes to classic brownstones to modern high rises. Downtown Jersey City, a major historical district, overlooks the Manhattan skyline. The waterfront section of the city is nicknamed “Wall Street West” for being home to several employers in the financial services, securities and insurance industries. The lofty office buildings, including the highly distinctive Goldman Sachs Tower, create a stunning skyline.
With its proximity to Manhattan, Jersey City is popular among young professionals working in New York City looking for an alternative to living in one of the five boroughs. It is also one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world, with large populations of Hispanic, Asian and Indian Americans.
The Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train, a 24-hour subway system, provides convenient transit throughout Jersey City and a short ride to Manhattan or Hoboken.
Total area: 21.08 sq mi (54.6 km^2)
Median income: $66,264
Jersey City contains nearly 40 neighborhoods, many of which are a mix of historic and new development. The city is officially divided into six wards, which roughly correspond to its major neighborhoods:
The PATH train serves mainly Downtown and Journal Square, which has made these neighborhoods hotspots for commercial and
residential development. The waterfront portion of Downtown Jersey City contains most of the city’s high-rise buildings and
is nicknamed “Wall Street West,” as many financial companies have established headquarters in the area since the 1980s.
The remaining neighborhoods and micro-neighborhoods are more residential in character and less accessible by public transportation.
Jersey City offers several public transportation options including light rail, subway, bus and ferry systems. Getting around the city,
as well as commuting to and from nearby Hoboken and Manhattan, is quick and convenient. In fact, 46.62% of Jersey City commuters take
public transportation – the second highest percentage of public transit riders of any U.S. city with a population over 100,000, behind
only New York City.
The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is one of the most popular forms of transportation in the city, with 13 stops located in Jersey City. The HBLR also serves the nearby cities of Bayonne, Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City and North Bergen. It does not reach New York City, but transfers are available to the PATH train and NY Waterway ferries for service to Manhattan.
The PATH train provides an easy commute to Manhattan as well as to Hoboken, Harrison and Newark. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week along four lines: Newark–World Trade Center, Hoboken–World Trade Center, Journal Square–33rd Street and Hoboken–33rd Street. In Jersey City, there are four stations: Newport, Exchange Place, Grove Street and Journal Square. In Manhattan, there are six stations: 33rd Street, 23rd Street, 14th Street, 9th Street, Christopher Street and World Trade Center, with transfers available to the NYC subway. You can even use your MetroCard to ride the PATH.
Another way to reach Manhattan from Jersey City is by ferry over the Hudson River. NY Waterway operates ferry services between Paulus Hook Ferry Terminal, Liberty Harbor and Port Liberté to Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, Pier 11/Wall Street and West Midtown Ferry Terminal.
Jersey City’s dining scene is just like its population: diverse. Its many immigrant groups brought their cuisines with them –
to Middle Eastern to Thai
– and maintain a number of longstanding ethnic restaurants in the city. There’s no need to
cross the river into Manhattan to find whatever it is you’re craving.
Speaking of Indian cuisine, you’ll find plenty of it in Journal Square, Jersey City’s primary Indian neighborhood, particularly along Newark Avenue. Our favorites include Sapthagiri, Rasoi, Chaska, Vatan, Biryani Pot, Golconda Chimney and Raaz.
Well-known and acclaimed restaurants of all cuisines include: Battello for waterfront Italian eats and Manhattan skyline views, Porta for classic Neopolitan pizza and a rooftop bar, Razza for “the best pizza in New York” according to the New York Times, Órale for 11 kinds of guacamole, Madame Claude Bis for French bistro fare, Frankie for Aussie food and wine, Cellar 335 for tiki drinks and Asian and Latin-inspired bites, Skinner’s Loft for upscale-casual New Ameican, Satis Bistro for contemporary European dishes, Ani Ramen for steaming bowls of hand-rolled noodles, and Harry’s Daughter for spicy Caribbean.
For iconic views, it doesn’t get more scenic than Liberty State Park.
The 1,212-acre waterfront oasis is just a stone’s throw
from Ellis Island, Liberty Island and Lady Liberty herself, with One World Trade and the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop.
Grab a bench, have a picnic on the lawn, ride a bike or go for a jog as you take it all in. While you’re there, visit Liberty
Science Center, marvel at the Empty Sky 9/11 Memorial, see the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal or take a kayak tour.
Other beautiful parks in Jersey City include J Owen Grundy Park, Paulus Hook Park and Hamilton Park.
In a 2011 article in CityLab on The Most Artistic Cities in America,
Jersey City was named the 10th most artistic city in the United States based on census data on the number of artists as a percentages
of the population. “Jersey City is just across the Hudson from Manhattan; like Brooklyn across the East River, it is a source of more
affordable housing and work spaces,” noted the author.
It’s no surprise, then, that Jersey City is home to dozens of art galleries and studios. In fact, local theater and gallery Art House Productions hosts a festival every quarter, JC Fridays, in which free art events open to the public take place in restaurants, galleries, stores and event spaces in almost every neighborhood.
If museums are more your jam, visit Liberty Science Center for fun with the kids, the Museum of Russian Art, the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal for rail history, the Benjamin J. Dineen, III and Dennis C. Hull Gallery for contemporary art from major and emerging New Jersey and American artists, Mana Contemporary for visual and performing arts programming and exhibitions, or the Duda Penteado sculpture museum.
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