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Jersey City

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Jersey City is New Jersey's second-largest city. Jersey City sits in the northeastern section of the state across the Hudson from its older and bigger cousin, New York City.

The Jersey City skyline, as seen from the New York harbor. The tower at the center of the picture is the Goldman Sachs Tower, the tallest building in New Jersey.

Districts[edit]

  • 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 by 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 here, this is the commercial heart of the city. It's home to the Hudson County Community College, and to 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 best 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.

Understand[edit]

Brownstones in downtown Jersey City

Jersey City is the second-largest city in New Jersey, trailing Newark in population, but far surpassing Trenton, the state capital. It is 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, 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 else 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 exciting and frightening at the same time.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Jersey City is about a 10-minute ride from Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR IATA), 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 from the airport. 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. On weekdays, you can take the North Jersey Coast Line to Hoboken where you can transfer to the PATH train. 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 IATA) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK IATA), both in the borough of Queens in New York City. A cab from LGA or JFK to Jersey City will cost about $100.

By car[edit]

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 sits 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 (look for signs to exits 14-14c), US 1-9, and Interstate 280. On the New York side, take the West Side Highway and Canal Street from Manhattan.

By train[edit]

Map of PATH system

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.

The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, operated by NJ Transit, connects the Jersey City waterfront to Hoboken, Weehawken, Union City, North Bergen and Bayonne.

By bus[edit]

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 the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, take NJ Transit Buses 125 and 119 which go directly to Journal Square (the fare is $3.10; trip takes about 30 minutes) or NJ Transit Bus 1 from Newark Penn Station.

By boat[edit]

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.

Get around[edit]

Dollar vans

Intrepid wanderers might find the "dollar" vans a quick and cheap way to travel around town. These vans, which are operated largely by Hispanic immigrants to serve that community, arose in response to the lack of frequent and reliable bus service in the area. Although no longer a dollar (the fare is now $1.50), these small buses travel from Newport Mall up Newark Avenue, brush past Journal Square, and travel up Palisade Avenue towards the Heights (similar vans run up Kennedy Boulevard from Journal Square). Also, they run to-and-fro between NYC and Journal Square, the fare being $2.50, which is much cheaper. These vans don't travel on a fixed schedule, but operate relatively frequently during the day (they come by every five minutes or so). To get on board, flag the driver down. To get off the bus, say "next stop" to the driver about a block or so before your desired stop. Pay the driver as you leave the bus.

The best way to navigate within Jersey City, as a tourist, is likely by PATH or light rail. These trains serve most major sections of town. 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.

Citibike has many bike docks around Downtown Jersey City. The docks are more spaced out the farther you go out of downtown. The Jersey City Citibike system is separate from the Manhattan system, but bikes and keys from either system are compatible with the other's docks. Beware that most neighboring Hudson towns use Hudson Bike Share instead of Citibike, and these systems are not compatible with each other. However, there are plans to build HBS docks in Jersey City and Citibike docks in Hoboken, allowing for easier biking in the region. Many streets have bike lanes. The East Coast Greenway runs from Newark, eastward through Lincoln Park and city streets, to the ferries and to the riverfront walkway running north.

See[edit]

H&M Powerhouse (painted yellow)
Jersey City's City Hall
  • 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. Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse on Wikipedia Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse (Q5929035) on Wikidata
  • 2 Jersey City City Hall, 280 Grove St. (Ride the PATH to Grove Street station, then walk south on the street of the same name.). 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.
  • 3 Justice William Brennan Courthouse (Hudson County Courthouse), 583 Newark Ave. (Walk east from Journal Square station.), +1 201 795-6600. 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. Hudson County Courthouse on Wikipedia Hudson County Courthouse (Q14705631) on Wikidata
  • 4 Colgate Clock, 2 Hudson Street (Walk from Essex Street or Exchange Place stations.). 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. Colgate Clock (Jersey City) on Wikipedia Colgate Clock (Q1108243) on Wikidata
  • 5 Liberty State Park, Morris Pesin Drive (Take the New Jersey Turnpike to exit 14B. Once you made it to the exit, make a left after the last toll plaza), +1 201 915-3440, toll-free: +1 201 915-3400. Every day 6AM-10PM. 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 [1] ahead of time. Admission to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are free, but you must 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. Free. Liberty State Park on Wikipedia Liberty State Park (Q3363986) on Wikidata
  • 6 Liberty Science Center (take the light rail to Liberty State Park station, and follow the signs to the 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. Liberty Science Center on Wikipedia Liberty Science Center (Q6541946) on Wikidata.
  • 7 Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street. Jersey City Museum on Wikipedia Jersey City Museum (Q6184792) on Wikidata
  • 8 Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square (adjacent to Journal Square station on the PATH). 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. Loew's Jersey Theatre on Wikipedia Loew's Jersey Theatre (Q6666598) on Wikidata
  • 9 Lincoln Park, 690 WestSide Ave (Take the 80 bus from Journal Square to Kensington Ave), +1 201 915-1388. Belmont Avenue at WestSide Avenue. In 1905, “West Side Park”, as it was originally called, was designed by landscape architect Charles Lowrie and Daniel W. Langston and features multiple historical points of interest. “Lincoln the Mystic”, a seated statue of the US President, was sculpted by James Earle Fraser. It was dedicated on June 14, 1930 when the park was given its current name of Lincoln Park. The fountain at the entrance of Lincoln Park was designed by the sculptor Pierre J. Cheronin and completed in 1911. It is 53-feet high and decorated with water spouting frogs and allegorical figures. The park honors history through several monuments, such the Irish Famine Memorial, Civil War Solider statue, James T. Farrier Firefighter Memorial, and by the display of two historic cannons and sun houses. Lincoln Park (Jersey City) on Wikipedia Lincoln Park (Q6550917) on Wikidata
  • 10 Apple Tree House, 298 Academy St (walk south from Journal Square PATH), +1 201 547-6921. House where Generals George Washington and Marquis de Lafayette dined and discussed war tactics. A walking cane that was made out of the apple tree that once existed is currently displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris. Tours are available on Wednesdays Van Wagenen House on Wikipedia Van Wagenen House (Q7913755) on Wikidata
  • 11 Van Vorst House, 530 Palisade Ave. Oldest structure in Jersey City and one of the oldest in New Jersey. Build c 1740 Van Vorst House on Wikipedia Van Vorst House (Q14705904) on Wikidata
  • 12 Paulus Hook (Take the Light Rail to Essex St). Today, Paulus Hook is a charming neighborhood of Brownstone Row Houses with an excellent view of New York city, served by a light rail. It used to be a small peninsula surrounded by marsh, and connected the mainland by a causeway that was passable only at low tide. It 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 19, 1779. Paulus Hook, Jersey City on Wikipedia Paulus Hook (Q7155392) on Wikidata
  • 13 St Paul's Roman Catholic Church, 14 Greenville Ave, +1 201 433-8500, toll-free: +1 201 433-9886. One of the tallest and oldest church towers in New Jersey. Built in the 1860s

Do[edit]

View of Midtown Manhattan from Jersey City
  • 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 m 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. This is one of the most popular locations to photograph the Island of Manhattan, as it is directly across from downtown and the World Trade Center.
  • 1 Take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island., 1 Audrey Zapp Dr (Take exit 14B off the NJ Turnpike. Follow the signs to Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island), +1 877- 523- 9849. 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. Hornblower Cruises on Wikipedia

Buy[edit]

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 (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.

  • 1 Heights Shopping District, Central Ave (Take the 87 bus from Greenville or the 119 from New York and Bayonne). Central Avenue (Hudson Palisades) on Wikipedia
  • [dead link] Dash Interiors, 140 Bay Street, Suite 2 Ground floor. Great selection of modern furniture and accessories.
  • 2 Tia's Place, 277 Grove Street (Next to Razza). Trendy clothing store, for the hipster set, catering mostly to women (although they do have a men's section).
  • 3 Newport Centre Mall, 30 Mall Dr West (From Newark Bay Extension East: Make a right on Jersey Ave and follow the signs. The Light Rail and PATH trains also stop to Pavonia/Newport), +1 201 626-2078. M-Sa 10AM-9:30PM Su 11AM-6PM. The county's largest indoor mall. It is just south of the Holland Tunnel, and 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. Newport Centre (shopping mall) on Wikipedia Newport Centre (Q7018810) on Wikidata
  • 4 Stadium Plaza Shopping Center, Kellogg St (Take NJ Turnpike to exit 15E to Jersey City). Shopping center most likely named after the demolished Roosevelt Stadium that once stood on those grounds. The shopping center includes ACME (supermarket), Rainbow (clothing store), Wendy's (fast food), Stadium Pizza (pizzeria), Dollar Ruby (thrift store), Petland (pet store), and Capital One Bank

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 merchandise, hand made, crafts, and other fineries. Enjoy a beverage at Harry Street Coffee [dead link], whose garden is open whenever the weather permits.

Eat[edit]

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. The city is also developing its own street food culture, which is somewhat similar to New York's. Vendors are typically around Exchange Place and near other recreational areas throughout the city.

Budget[edit]

  • 1 Wonder Bagels, 517 Jersey Ave (Near Grove St Path), +1 201 433-0575. 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. On Saturday and Sunday morning, the line can easily be out the door.
  • 2 Iron Monkey, 95 Greene Street, +1 201 435-5756. Sun - Thurs: 11AM - 2AM Fri - Sat: 11AM - 3AM. Family-owned Italian pizzeria restaurant delivers thin crust brick oven pizza near Exchange Place.
  • 3 El Sason de Las Americas, 440 Bergen Ave, +1 201 451 8515. Everyday 11AM-9PM. Don't bother trying to speak English as, for the most, everyone speaks Spanish only. Pointing at what you want works, and the only word you really need to know anyway is pernil, Spanish for pork. Super cheap and super good. They have two locations; one in the Greenville section at the intersection of Bergen and Clendenny Aves and the more convinient one in Downtown at the intersection of Grove and Wayne Sts (a block from the Grove St PATH station)
  • 4 Ahri's Kitchen, 227 Seventh Street, +1 201 963 6056. Korean food
  • 5 Dosa Hut, 777 Newark Avenue, +1 201 420-6660. Weekdays: 09:30 AM - 10:00 PM, Weekends : 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM. 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. Dosa Hut (as with many South Indian restaurants) is vegetarian.
  • 6 Fiesta Grill, 817 WestSide Avenue (Take the 80 bus from Journal Square and get off at the Fairmount + West Side stop), +1 201 433 9600. Mon - Thur 10 am – 8 pm, Fri - Sat 10 am – 10 pm, Sun 8 am – 8 pm. Fiesta Grill originally had two locations, one in Newark Ave and in WestSide Ave. Fiesta Grill has a large dining room. In 2017, Fiesta Grill closed its Newark Ave location and moved permanently to WestSide Ave
  • 7 White Manna, 480 Tonnelle Avenue, +1 201 963-1441. (US 1-9). It has been here since the 1940s, and served up prize-winning hamburgers at the 1939 New York World's Fair. White Manna on Wikipedia White Manna (Q7995037) on Wikidata
  • 8 Taqueria Downtown, 354 Grove Street, +1 201 763-6902. Everyday 11:00 AM - 10:45 PM. A basic taqueria with simple yet satisfying Mexican fare. This is not a typical "Tex-Mex" restaurant. The menu includes rules such as "no oversized burritos," "no guacamole," and "no fajitas." However, with tacos ranging from $2 to $3, you can easily have a cheap meal. Other basic and inexpensive Mexican fare is available.
  • 9 Park Cafe, 14 Burma Rd (Take Exit 14B and follow the signs to the park. The diner is the first building after the roundabout), +1 201 333 4154. 1960s themed diner conveniently located at the entrance/exit to Liberty State Park.
  • 10 Miss America Diner, 322 WestSide Ave (Take the lightrail to WestSide Avenue and walk towards the red brick building for three blocks to Culver Ave), +1 201 333-5468. M-F 6AM-8PM.
  • 11 Little Quiapo/Philippine Bread House, 530 Newark Ave. Very cheap Filipino "turo-turo" (literally, point-point - as in, you point to the food you want to order) restaurants., 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

Mid-range[edit]

  • 12 Laico's, 67 Terhune Ave, +1 201 434 4115. 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!
  • 13 Hard Grove Cafe, 286 1st St. 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.
  • 14 Wild Fusion, 313 Grove Street, +1 (201) 333-7020. Sun-Thu 11AM-10PM Fri & Sat 11:30AM-10:30PM. 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.
  • 15 Honshu Lounge, 95 Greene Street, Jersey City NJ (Near Exchange Pl Light Rail), +1 201-324-2788. Monday to Thursday: 5-10PM, Friday & Saturday: 4:30PM-11PM Sunday: 4:30-10PM.
  • 16 Hamilton Inn, 708 Jersey Avenue (Take the Newark Bay Extension (NJ Turnpike exits 14-14C) to the Holland Tunnel. Stay in the right lane and do not go to any of the exits. At the first traffic light (Jersey Ave) make a right), +1 (201) 839-5818. Tue-Thu 11:30AM-11PM, Fri 11:30AM-1AM, Sa 10AM-1AM, Sun & Mon 10AM-10PM.
  • 17 Ed & Mary's, 174 Coles Street, +1 (201) 839-5604, e-mail: . M-Thu 5PM–2AM, Fri 3PM–3AM, Sat- 11AM–3AM, Sun- 11AM–1AM.
  • 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.
  • 18 Madame Claude Cafe, 364 Fourth Street (Take NJ 7 to Jersey City. Cross the bridge and do NOT turn for another 2 miles. Once you go downhill past the cemetery, make a right on 4th St), +1 (201)-876-8800, e-mail: . Tue-Thu 5-10PM, Fri 5-11PM, Sa 10AM-10PM, Su 10AM-11PM. 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.
  • 19 Cafe La Rustique, 611 Jersey Ave, +1 201-222-6886. Great thin crust pizza, among the best in town (try the mozzarella!), as well as quality salads and pasta.
  • 20 Rasoi Cafe Bar Restaurant, 810 Newark Avenue, +1 (201) 222-8850. Easily the best Indian restaurant in Jersey City. Their lunch buffet is fantastic. Service is spotty, but the food is worth it.

Splurge[edit]

  • 21 Marco & Pepe, 289 Grove Street, e-mail: . 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, main dished can be ordered in half-portions at a reasonable price.
  • 22 Light Horse Tavern, 199 Washington Street, +1 201-946-2028. Main dishes range from $19-34. 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, who fought against the British at the famous "Battle of Paulus Hook" (famous in Paulus Hook, at least).
  • 23 Vu, 2 Exchange Place (Take the PATH train to Exchange Place). Everyday 5:30AM-10PM. Located inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Exchange Place, Vu has a private dining area, lounge, and restaurant with views of New York City
  • 24 Rooftop at Exchange Place, 1 Exchange Place, +1 551 256 7850. Tue-Thu 4-10PM, Fri & Sat 4PM-12AM. High class restaurant that offers all types of food from cocktails to sandwiches to brunch. You can either go to the terrace, which is the stylish first floor of the building, or you can go to the roof, hence the name, which has 360 views of New York City, a DJ

Drink[edit]

  • 1 Razza Pizza, 275 Grove Street (Across the st from the city hall). Weekdays and Saturdays 5-10 PM.
  • 2 LITM, 140 Newark Avenue, +1 201 536-5557. M-Th: 5PM–1AM F-Sa:5PM–2AM Su: 5:00PM–12:00AM. 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.
  • 3 Barcade, 163 Newark Avenue, +1 201 332-4555. Sun-Thu: 12pm to 2am Fridays & Saturdays: 12pm to 3am. 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. 21+ only Barcade on Wikipedia
  • 4 Lucky 7, 322 Second Street, +1 201 418-8585. 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."
  • 5 P.J. Ryan's, 4 Path Plaza (Next to Journal Square PATH), +1 201 222-1600, e-mail: . Sun-Thu 11:30AM-2AM, Friday and Saturday 11:30AM-3AM. Decent pub, with a reasonable selection of food (your typical pub fare, mostly). They occasionally have live music; it's not always good, though.
  • 6 Zeppelin Hall Biergarten and Restaurant, 88 Liberty View Drive (Take the Light Rail to Jersey Ave and walk a few blocks), +1 201 721-8888. Wed-Fri 4PM-2AM Weekends 12PM-1AM. This hall in the new Liberty Harbor development 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.

Sleep[edit]

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.

Budget[edit]

Mid-range[edit]

  • 3 Candlewood Suites, 21 Second Street, +1 201 659-2500. Candlewood Suites (Q5032010) on Wikidata
  • 4 Courtyard Jersey City Newport, 540 Washington Boulevard (Take New Jersey Turnpike North towards New York City. Take Exit 14C towards the Holland Tunnel. After paying the toll at 14C continue toward the Holland Tunnel. Turn right on Jersey Avenue (first light). Immediately bear left toward the Newport Centre Mall and continue to Washington Boulevard (first stop light) and turn right. Hotel is on the left.), +1 201 626-6600, fax: +1 201 626-6601. Newly renovated, by the Newport Centre Mall and one block from the waterfront. Courtyard by Marriott on Wikipedia

Splurge[edit]

  • 6 Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, 2 Exchange Place (From the Holland Tunnel (exiting NY): Make a left on Grove St. At the fourth traffic light (Columbus Ave) make a left. The Hyatt is at the end of the road), +1 201 469-1234. 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.

Connect[edit]

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.

Stay safe[edit]

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.

Go next[edit]

View of Lower Manhattan from Jersey City
  • 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
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END  SW PATH yellow.png NE  Greenwich Village, ManhattanTheater District, Manhattan


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