- Historic Downtown - This area, directly to the west of the waterfront, is characterized by rows of restored brownstones, new condominiums, and some retail (largely centered on Grove Street). This area includes the historic neighborhoods of Paulus Hook along the Morris Canal, and Hamilton Park, Harsimus Cove, and Van Vorst Park further inland.
- Waterfront - Although considered to be part of Downtown Jersey City to most locals, this area is often categorized as a separate neighborhood because it is so different from the Historic Downtown area. Characterized by high-rise condos and office towers, it's also home to the planned community of Newport, which includes the popular Newport Mall.
- Journal Square - Named after the Jersey Journal, whose headquarters are located here, this is the commercial heart of the city. It's home to the Hudson County Community College, as well as the county's courthouse and administration buildings.
- The Heights - Situated atop the Palisades, this primarily residential neighborhood is home to some of the county's most well-preserved Victorian mansions. This area has unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline, owing to its location high above downtown Jersey City and Hoboken.
- Liberty State Park - This district includes Liberty State Park itself, Cochrane Stadium/Caven Point Athletic Complex, and the exclusive Port Liberte development, which is home to luxury townhouses and condominiums as well as the Liberty National Golf Course.
- Bergen/Lafayette - This neighborhood of brownstones, row houses, and pre-war buildings is slowly feeling the effects of gentrification from the neighboring downtown area and the restoration of the massive Art Deco former medical center to residences and commercial space.
- West Side - This ethnically diverse neighborhood is home to Lincoln Park, Jersey City's own Central Park, New Jersey City University, and residential developments at the Hackensack River at Droyer's Point.
- Greenville - This area in the southern end of Jersey City is considered the roughest part of the city, but it is slowly being redeveloped.
Jersey City is the second-largest city in New Jersey, trailing Newark in population, but far surpassing Trenton, the state capital. It is located on a peninsula that includes Hoboken to the north, the Hudson River and Manhattan to the east, Bayonne to the south, and the Hackensack River to the west.
Once a humming center of industry, Jersey City housed the booming factories of Colgate and Dixon-Ticonderoga. Once a railroad hub, the rail lines of the country's great railroads, including the famed Pennsylvania Railroad, criss-crossed the city, bringing new immigrants into the American hinterland. Today, Jersey City is neither of these things. Decades of government mismanagement and disappointments had a profound effect on this once booming town. A fear of urban areas caused significant "white flight" to the suburbs in the middle of the 20th century; once affluent areas became centers of poverty and crime. Jersey City was a mirror of what was happening in New York City itself, although perhaps to a more significant and depressing degree.
During the 1970s, immigrants began moving to Jersey City in droves, attracted by cheap real estate and a chance at experiencing the storied American dream. Today, these immigrants have helped to shape the city into a melting pot of the world's cultures and ethnicities. Nowhere in the state is there a city as diverse and as interesting as Jersey City in this respect.
Later, the growing popularity of New York City in the 1990s had a significant impact on Jersey City, too. Old railyards along the waterfront became the sites of gleaming new office towers and high-rise condominiums. Brownstones further inland were fixed up by people moving back into the city. Jersey City's renaissance quickly began.
The city has gone through significant transformations over the course of its lifetime. And it's not over yet. High-rises continue to sprout up along the waterfront like weeds, attracting Manhattanites priced out of the real estate market there, while offering quick commutes to jobs in Downtown Manhattan and Midtown. Office towers continue to fill up with new tenants, including the backoffice functions of many New York City-based companies, earning it the moniker "Wall Street West." (In fact, Jersey City has more Class "A" office space than downtown Pittsburgh or Atlanta.) New stores catering to Jersey City's new gentry continue to pop up almost weekly. It's a city in transition, and it's both exciting and frightening at the same time.
Jersey City is about a 10-minute ride from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR), which is a major hub for United Airlines, and is one of the three airports serving the New York metropolitan area. A taxi to Jersey City from EWR will set you back about $40. If you don't have a lot of bags, consider taking the train. Catch AirTrain from your terminal to the Newark Airport train station. Take a New York-bound New Jersey Transit train one stop to Newark Penn Station, then cross the platform to catch the PATH to Jersey City. The AirTrain/NJ Transit train is $8.25; PATH is $2.75. The ride takes about 45 minutes.
The two other airports in the region are LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), both in the borough of Queens in New York City. A cab from LGA or JFK to Jersey City will be about $100.
Getting into Jersey City by car is not difficult, although finding parking once you are there may be. (Street parking is very difficult to find, and many streets -- particularly in downtown Jersey City -- require parking permits to park for longer than a couple of hours. If you park in a permit zone, your car may be booted by the Parking Authority, especially if you have out-of-state plates.)
Since Jersey City is located at the western end of the Holland Tunnel, your best bet is to take any highway that leads directly to it. On the New Jersey side, this includes Interstate 78 (the Hudson County Extension of the New Jersey Turnpike), US 1-9, and Interstate 280. On the New York side, take the West Side Highway or Canal Street.
The PATH runs to Journal Square, Grove Street, Exchange Place, and Pavonia/Newport in Jersey City with connections to Newark, Lower Manhattan, Midtown Manhattan, and Hoboken. It costs $2.75 one-way. You can purchase a single-ride MetroCard from the vending machines near the turnstiles; they accept cash or credit/debit cards. Pay-Per-Ride MetroCards can be used on the PATH, however the Unlimited MetroCards (i.e., the 7-day and 30-day unlimited ride cards for the subway) cannot.
From the Pavonia/Newport PATH station, Lower Manhattan is about seven minutes away, Midtown Manhattan (33rd Street) is about 15 minutes away, and Newark Penn Station is about 25 minutes away. From Newark Penn Station, you can connect to regional New Jersey Transit and interstate Amtrak trains.
NJ Transit and other operators run buses to the Journal Square Transportation Center bus terminal. Greyhound buses stop at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan and the bus terminal at Newark Penn Station. From Port Authority, take NJ Transit Bus 125 which goes directly to Journal Square (the fare is $3.10; trip takes about 30 minutes).
NY Waterway operates four ferry routes connecting Jersey City to Manhattan. The routes from Port Liberte and Liberty Harbor connect to Pier 11 in Lower Manhattan. The other two ferry routes leave from Exchange Place, and connect to World Financial Center and West 39th Street in Midtown. Check the NY Waterway website for schedules.
The best way to navigate within Jersey City, as a tourist, is likely by PATH or light rail. Most of the major sections of town are serviced by these forms of transport. The bus system is arcane, and even locals have difficulty understanding where buses go or how often they run.
Unlike in Manhattan, taxis can be difficult to come by in Jersey City. You often have to call ahead to have one pick you up, although taxis are stationed at the Exchange Place, Grove Street and Journal Square PATH stations. Taxis in Jersey City can run either metered or unmetered (flat rate); the price is generally the same either way. If you are going unmetered, ask the price before getting into the taxi (or ask the dispatcher when you call ahead). Taxis are not cheap; a cab from Grove Street to Journal Square is about $10.
Zipcar is available in Jersey City. Most locations are downtown, although there is also one location each for Liberty State Park and Journal Square. Cars are within walking distance of all PATH stations in Jersey City as well as light rail stops between Newport and Liberty State Park. Zipcar locations can also be found in neighboring Hoboken. Generally, cars are readily available on weekdays. Availability is not as certain on weekends, although some cars should be available if one is flexible and only needs the car for a few hours.
Many streets have bike lanes. The East Coast Greenway runs from Newark, eastward through Lincoln Park and city streets, to the riverfront walkway and ferries.
- 1 Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse, Washington Boulevard. The Powerhouse is a Romanesque revival industrial masterpiece built between 1906 and 1908. The Powerhouse was designed by architect John Oakman, an alumnus of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. The Powerhouse allowed the operation of the first trans-Hudson subway, the direct predecessor of today's PATH. It ceased operation as a power generating station in 1929. After years of neglect, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 after it was nominated by the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, an all volunteer not-for-profit organization. The city has designated the Powerhouse a developer, the Cordish company, which has renovated a similar power plant in Baltimore's Harbor.
- Jersey City City Hall, 280 Grove Street. Completed in 1896, this imposing granite and marble municipal structure was designed by Lewis Broome, who also designed the Trenton Statehouse. A bronze memorial monument by Philip Martiny stands in the small plaza in front of the City Hall entrance. The memorial bears the inscription: "Erected by the People of Hudson County to Commemorate the Valor of the Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines of the Civil War." The statue is of the Goddess of Victory in a seated pose. Although she has lain aside her shield, her hand rests in readiness upon her sword, though she offers the olive branch of peace.
- [dead link]Justice William Brennan Courthouse, 583 Newark Avenue. This stunning Beaux-Arts style building is a glimpse into the county's rich and storied history. Be sure to check out its stained glass dome and detailed murals. Guided tours are available on weekdays.
- 2 Colgate Clock, 2 Hudson Street. Dating back to 1924, the Colgate clock is a reminder of the numerous industries which once dominated the city. Manhattan residents still glance across the Hudson to tell the time from this iconic clock.
- Liberty State Park, Morris Pesin Drive, ☎ . Liberty State Park is as large as New York's Central Park but is far less developed. Nonetheless, it gets some 4 million visitors a year, drawn to the waterfront to see unsurpassed views of Manhattan, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Don't miss fireworks displays over the water in the Fourth of July! Most tourists see the Statue of Liberty from Manhattan, but if you're coming by car, it's easier to do so from the Park. Make your reservations on-line  ahead of time. Admission to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are technically free, but you need to buy a ferry ticket to make it to both sites. The ferry is first-come, first-served, but your advance reservation will guarantee you a particular window of time in which to visit the Statue. Tickets are sold in the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) terminal. While you are waiting for the ferry to depart, be sure to admire its early 20th century ironwork and architecture. For immigrants heading west to places like Chicago and Pittsburgh after processing at Ellis Island, this is where their overland rail journeys began. (Note that it's difficult to walk to Liberty State Park; you can either walk down Jersey Avenue and across the foot-bridge into the park, or take the light-rail which stops outside the park and then take the shuttle bus which will take you in.)
- 3 Liberty Science Center. In Liberty State Park. The Science Center is open, after a $109 million, 22-month expansion project. It features six major new exhibition areas and the nation's largest IMAX Dome theater.
- Paulus Hook. Between Grand Street and the Morris Canal that Divides Downtown Jersey City from Liberty State Park is an area known as Paulus Hook. Today, Paulus Hook is a charming neighborhood of Brownstone Row Houses with an excellent view of New York city, serviced by a light rail. Originally a small peninsula surrounded by marsh, it connected the mainland by a causeway that was passable only at low tide, and was the main landing point before the revolutionary war for travelers going into Bergen County from New York City, it has since been backfilled and Paulus Hook is no longer a hook. Paulus Hook was the site of British fortifications during the revolution that caused serious problems for the local revolutionary government- it was used as a base for loyalist raids into Bergen County. Major Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee (father of the later confederate General Robert E. Lee) took the fortifications by a night assault carried out during low tide on August 19th, 1779.
- Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street.
- Loew's Jersey Theatre. 54 Journal Square. One of the five Loew's "Wonder Palaces," the Loew's Jersey was one of New York City's flagship movie palaces. The interior of the theater is surprisingly intricate and detailed; one person remarked that standing in the lobby of the Loew's is like standing inside a Faberge egg. It is being lovingly restored by a local group, and often hosts live events and screens movie revivals.
- 4 Lincoln Park.
- Walk along the Hudson Waterfront. Take in the breathtaking views. From most points along the waterfront, one can see (on a clear day) from the Verrazano Narrows Bridge all the way up the Hudson River to Midtown Manhattan. Just south of the Exchange Place PATH station is a waterfront pier which extends some 250 meters into the Hudson River. From the pier, one will often see locals fishing, tourists taking pictures of the Manhattan skyline, and even people playing chess at one of the tables on the pier. Until 2001, this pier was directly across from the World Trade Center. This is one of the most popular locations to photograph the Island of Manhattan.
- Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. Although most people visiting these sites take the ferries from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan, you can also catch the Statue Cruises ferries bound for Liberty Island and Ellis Island from Liberty State Park. The landing is directly in front of the old Central Railroad of New Jersey terminal building.
Although Jersey City isn't known for its extensive shopping options, the City's new gentry have begun to bring with it classier and pricier shops. Nevertheless, some "old school" shops and bodegas (delis) continue to be mainstays, particularly for locals. Parts of Jersey City are in the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) program, which allows retailers to charge half the state's sales tax (currently 3.4375%) rather than the full sales tax rate, and clothing is not taxed at all. Retailers often have stickers on their doors showing that they participate in the UEZ program.
- La Nueva Isla Meat Market, 265 Grove Street. Say hello to the proprietor, Oscar. While you're there, you can pick up everything from the latest issue of the "Daily News" to a couple of home made empanadas. Oscar also makes good Cuban sandwiches for around $3.
- Dash Interiors, 140 Bay Street. Suite 2 Groundfloor. Great selection of modern furniture and accessories.
- [dead link]Tia's Place, 277 Grove Street. Trendy clothing store, for the hipster set, catering mostly to women (although they do have a men's section).
- Newport Mall, located between Washington and Marin boulevards, is the county's largest indoor mall. Located just south of the Holland Tunnel, it hosts a Macy's, JC Penney, Sears, AMC (formerly Cineplex Odeon) movie theater, and a variety of other chain stores. All of the mall's more than 150 stores are part of the Urban Enterprise Zone. It's not free to park in the mall's parking garage; it's $2 to park there for up to 2 hours. Watch out if you stay parked longer than 6 hours; the rate zooms up, presumably to capture commuters parking there to take the PATH train from the Pavonia/Newport station to Manhattan.
- Ed's Exchange, 672 Bergen Avenue. A merchant market located in the heart of McGinley Square, Jersey City's newest arts community.
A short walk south from the Journal Square Path, this multi vendor set-up carries a wide assortment of furniture, vintage goods, collectibles, antiques, housewares, fair trade & artisan direct meerchandise, hand made, crafts, and other fineries. While here, enjoy a beverage at Harry Street Coffee - Harry's garden is open whenever the weather permits.
One of the great things about Jersey City is the diversity of its restaurant options. From wonderfully affordable Indian and Cuban restaurants to uber-trendy hotspots to elegant dining options offering stunning views of Manhattan with dinner, Jersey City has a little something for everyone.
- 1 Wonder Bagels, 517 Jersey Ave (Near Grove St Path), ☎ . 6AM–3PM. Fresh bagels through the morning with a wide variety of cream cheeses and sandwiches available. As a bonus for vegans, multiple types of non-dairy/tofu cream cheese is available. Be warned, Saturday and Sunday morning the line can easily be out the door.
- [dead link]Pizza Alla Gargiulo, 101 Greene Street. Family owned Italian pizzeria restaurant delivers thin crust brick oven pizza near Exchange Place.
- El Sason de Las Americas, 305 Grove Street. Don't bother trying to speak English here; for the most part, everyone here speaks Spanish only. The folks who man the linoleum counter at this, the best of the Grove Street area dives, respond best to pointing. The only word you really need to know anyway is pernil, Spanish for pork. Try the Cuban sandwich. Super cheap and super good.
- Isabella's Cafe, 227 Seventh Street.
- The Great Khan, Newport Mall Food Court. This location is currently not in operation. Restaurant space in mall is boarded up and under construction. You might find a food court restaurant recommendation odd, but this Mongolian-style barbecue place is one of the best deals in town! For $6, you get to fill a bowl with an assortment of meats (chicken, beef, pork and lamb), veggies and sauces, and then watch as it's grilled in front of you and served with noodles. It's very healthy (not greasy) and quite satisfying!
- Dosa Hut, 777 Newark Avenue. Although Little India abounds with South Indian restaurants serving dosas (a kind of crepe, made from rice and yellow split peas, usually rolled around a filling of potatoes and cashews), the Dosa Hut probably has the widest selection possible, with 30 dosas to choose from. Sorry meat-lovers, Dosa Hut (as with many South Indian restaurants) is strictly vegetarian.
- Fiesta Grill, 655 Newark Avenue. And Little Quiapo, 530 Newark Avenue. Very cheap Filipino "turo-turo" (literally, point-point - as in, you point to the food you want to order) restaurants. Fiesta Grill has a large dining room, while Little Quiapo is tucked away in the back of a shopping center. In front of the same shopping center is Philippine Bread House, a decades-old baking landmark for Filipino pastries such as ensaymada, halaya, and pan de sal. The cafe inside the bread house also serves Filipino cuisine, although it is not nearly as good as the dishes served at Fiesta Grill or Little Quiapo.
- White Mana, 480 Tonnelle Avenue. (US 1-9). By far the best grease pit burger joint. It has been in its current location since the 1940s, and served up prize-winning hamburgers at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
- Taqueria Downtown, 236 Grove Street. A basic taqueria with simple yet satisfying Mexican fare. Note, this is not your typical "Tex-Mex" restaurant. The menu includes "rules such as "no oversized burritos," "no guacamole," and, emphatically, "no fajitas." However, with tacos ranging from $2.00 to $3.00, one can easily have a good meal that won't bust the budget. Other basic and inexpensive Mexican fare is available.
- Laico's, 671 Terhune Ave. An out-of-the-way restaurant that serves some of the best Italian food in the NYC metro area. Don't expect to find anything else noteworthy in the area, but you will not regret coming to Laico's: the complimentary bread and house salad are enough to make it a worthwhile trip!
- [dead link]Hard Grove Cafe, 319 Grove Street. At Columbus Drive. Near and dear to the hearts of long-time residents because of its long tenure at this location (years ago it was just about the only non-dodgy place to get a meal downtown). It is a Cuban-American diner with unique decor (including plastic palm trees), acceptable food, great drinks, and decent (but sometimes lacking) service. Previously owned by Dominic Santana, a local promoter who was known for his attempts to flaunt the city's restrictive cabaret laws and also known for owning the Stone Pony in Asbury Park. It has since gone under new ownership, who have made the decor a bit more colorful and added some fancier menu items while keeping the old favorites. Also has a good selection of Cuban rum mixed drinks.
- Wild Fusion, 313 Grove Street. This semi-Malaysian place serves a variety of Southeast Asian dishes including coconut based curry, Sushi, Singapore Noodles, or a variety of other Asian fusion dishes. Prices are very reasonable, even more so when you take into consideration that it is BYOB. Try the crispy beef. Outside seating is available during the warmer months.
- Honshu Lounge, 31 Montgomery Street (2nd Floor).
- Hamilton Inn, 708 Jersey Avenue.
- 9th & Coles (9C), 174 Coles Street.
- Iron Monkey, 97 Greene Street.
- Rita and Joe's Italian Restaurant, 142 Broadway. Don't let this restaurant's location by the side of a busy highway put you off. This place has some of the best home-cooked Italian food this side of Jersey. Be sure to check out their lunch buffet deal - all-you-can-eat for only $8.
- Madame Claude Cafe, 364 Fourth Street. A tiny French bistro in an unlikely location at the edge of downtown, this restaurant is a tiny piece of Paris in gritty Jersey City.
- Cafe La Rustique, 611 Jersey Ave. Great thin crust pizza, among the best in town (try the mozzarella!), as well as quality salads and pasta.
- [dead link]Rasoi, 810 Newark Avenue. Easily the best Indian restaurant in Jersey City. Their lunch buffet is fantastic. Service is spotty, but the food is worth it.
- Marco & Pepe, 289 Grove Street. The quality of the food here is consistently among the highest in the city, as are the prices - both of which are more reflective of Manhattan than Jersey City, which is part of its continuing appeal. Little seating is available inside, so on the weekend it's likely a good idea to get reservations, as the place is always busy. During the summer, sidewalk seating is available so that you may look upon passersby with disdain as you consume conspicuously. Although prices can be high, entrees can be ordered in half-portions at a reasonable price.
- The Merchant, 279 Grove St. A lovely bar and grill housed in a former businessmen's association and private bank building. The vault now serves as a cooler. Sandwiches are $10, and entrees range from $16-$24; lunch prices are somewhat lower. The menu looks pretentious, but the staff is friendly and the place is quite welcoming. Sidewalk seating is available, weather permitting.
- Light Horse Tavern, 199 Washington Street. Bring a fat wallet, because the entrees here range from $19-34. Still, if you really want to drop some cash, this is one of the best places in Jersey City to do it. The wine selection is good, and the food is outstanding. Ambiance is very classy, with historical tidbits adorning the walls. The restaurant is named after "Light Horse Harry" Lee, father of Robert E. Lee, and local humiliator of the Redcoats at the famous "Battle of Paulus Hook" (famous in Paulus Hook, at least).
- [dead link]4 fifty 5 Lounge, 455 Washington Boulevard.
- Vu, 2 Exchange Place.
- South City Grill, 70 Pavonia Avenue.
- Bar Majestic, 275 Grove Street. Cozy, European-inspired wine bar in a restored theater entrance. Great date spot. They also have a wine store at the back of the bar, so you can pick up a bottle to take home with you.
- LITM, 140 Newark Avenue. A trendy bar/lounge, LITM (which stands for Love is the Message) is a popular watering hole which wouldn't be out of place in Chelsea or TriBeCa. The bar has an assortment of specialty drinks, including martinis, and often showcases a variety of art by local artists.
- Barcade, 163 Newark Avenue. An expansion of the popular Brooklyn destination. Besides serving a daily rotating menu of about two dozen reasonably priced ($5-6) microbrews, the bar also sports 30+ classic arcade systems at 25¢ per play.
- Lucky 7, 322 Second Street. Very popular local watering hole. New York Magazine wrote of this place: "Some nights they have a D.J.; some nights it’s big hair and Bon Jovi."
- P.J. Ryan's, 172 First Street. Decent pub, with a reasonable selection of food (your typical pub fare, mostly). They occasionally have live music; it's not always good, though.
- Zeppelin Hall Biergarten and Restaurant, 88 Liberty View Drive, ☎ . Located in the new Liberty Harbor development, Zeppelin Hall is a huge biergarten with seating for up to 800 people. One of Jersey City's most popular hang-out spots, with 144 taps and $10 liters of beer. Family-friendly.
Many budget-minded New York City tourists decide to stay in moderately-priced Jersey City hotels because of its proximity to Manhattan. Hotels along or near the waterfront are quite safe and very well-appointed. Avoid the strip of motels along US 1-9 (Tonnelle Avenue) north of Journal Square. The area is industrial, unsafe, and is a haven for prostitution and other illicit activities.
- Holland Motor Lodge, Holland Tunnel Plaza East, ☎ . This non-descript motel, located directly in front of the Holland Tunnel, is a popular option for budget-minded travellers. It's clean, safe, reasonably priced, and only a short walk from the Pavonia/Newport PATH station.
- [dead link]Ramada Limited Jersey City, 65 Tonnelle Avenue, Jersey City, NJ - 07306, toll-free: . Short walk to Journal Square
- Candlewood Suites, 21 Second Street, ☎ .
- Courtyard Jersey City Newport, 540 Washington Boulevard, ☎ , fax: . Newly renovated, by the Newport Centre Mall and one block from the waterfront.
- 1 [dead link]DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Jersey City, 455 Washington Boulevard, ☎ . Popular with business travelers, this all-suite hotel is near the Pavonia/Newport PATH and Newport Mall.
- 2 Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, 2 Exchange Place, ☎ . Situated directly on the Hudson River, this hotel has fabulous views of Manhattan. And it's practically right beside the Exchange Place PATH station, making trips into Manhattan a breeze. The Hyatt is easily Jersey City's nicest hotel.
Jersey City is served by two area codes - 201 and the overlay area code, 551. This means that 10-digit dialing is required. When dialing locally (within the 201 and 551 area codes), do not dial +1 before the number. For calls to other area codes, you must dial +1 before the number you're calling. Even though New York City is just across the Hudson, it's considered to be a long-distance call. Of course, with the advent of cellphones, long-distance calling is quickly becoming a thing of the past.
As in Manhattan, internet cafes are fairly uncommon in Jersey City as Wi-Fi is becoming more readily available. Notably, Janam Indian Tea on Grove Street and the Daily Grind Coffee Lounge on Morris Street offer free Wi-Fi connections.
Although most areas in Jersey City are generally safe during the day, exercise caution when walking alone at night. Streets are virtually deserted after midnight, on weekends, and on holidays, making those walking alone easy targets. If possible, walk in large groups, or take a taxi. If you must walk alone, stick to well-lit, major streets and don't flash your wallet, cellphone or iPod.
Try to avoid the southern section of the city, bordering Bayonne, particularly the neighborhood of Greenville. In particular, Martin Luther King Drive and Ocean Avenue should be avoided. Muggings are not entirely uncommon in this primarily low-income area, and drug and gang violence are rampant. Hang around after dark at the light rail stations AT YOUR OWN RISK, as there have been series of robberies and muggings recently on the HBLR lines near Danforth/Garfield/LSP.
Property crimes are becoming increasingly common across all of Jersey City. Do not leave any valuables in your car.
- Manhattan - Some of the world's finest dining, entertainment, shopping, and nightlife are only a ten-minute train ride away. Leave your car at one of the numerous parking lots and garages around Grove Street or Journal Square PATH stations and take in all that America's greatest city has to offer.
- Newark - Despite its reputation for high crime and race riots, Newark is undergoing a renaissance of its own. Be sure to check out a show at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), one of the best concert halls in the country. After that, hit up the vibrant Ironbound neighborhood for some amazing Brazilian food.
- Hoboken - Reputedly, Hoboken has the most bars per square mile of any city in the United States. And it's only a PATH ride away.
- The Gateway, or North Jersey, is surprisingly diverse.
- Jersey Shore-a day trip to some of the finest beaches on the East Coast
|Routes through Jersey City|
|Allentown ← Newark ←||W E||→ Manhattan → END|
|New York City ← Fort Lee ←||N S||→ Newark → Philadelphia|
|New York City ← Fort Lee ←||N S||→ Newark → Cape May|
|END ←||N S||→ Bayonne → Edison|
|END ← Hoboken ←||N S||→ Bayonne → END|
|North Bergen ← Hoboken ←||N S||→ END|
|END ← Hoboken ←||NW SE||→ Financial District, Manhattan → END|
|Newark ← Harrison ←||W E||→ Financial District, Manhattan → END|
|END ←||SW NE||→ Greenwich Village, Manhattan → Theater District, Manhattan|