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Jersey City's Neighborhoods

A Self-Guided Walking Tour of Jersey City's Van Vorst Park Historic District

T. Pike
Copyright 2002 GET NJ

Jersey City is a collection of calm and caring communities

Do you work in New York City? If so, you might want to look first in the neighborhoods closest to the PATH subway stations or the ferry slips: Downtown (which includes the Paulus Hook, Van Vorst Park, and Hamilton Park section), the Waterfront (Newport, Avalon Cove, Portside, and Port Liberte) and Journal Square. The PATH speeds from Jersey City to NYC's Christopher Street in less than ten minutes. The next stops are 9th Street, 14th Street, 23rd Street, and, finally, 33rd Street. It takes about twenty-five minutes to go from the Pavonia/Newport station in Jersey City to 33rd Street (all these stops are along 6th Avenue) in NYC on the PATH subway.

Hamilton Park

Journal Square
The Heights section (north of Journal Square) is a real bargain. Around Pershing Field Park are many gorgeous tree-lined blocks. Pershing Field Park has an outdoor running track, basketball courts, tennis courts, little league baseball, an ice skating rink and an Olympic-sized pool. There's a nominal charge to use the pool or the ice skating rink; the other facilities are free. It does take a little longer to get to NYC from this part of Jersey City, but buses running along Kennedy Boulevard and Palisade Avenue go directly to the Port Authority bus terminal in Midtown Manhattan. If you leave by 7 a.m., the bus can get you into NYC in a half an hour. The Journal Square Transportation Center's PATH station is convenient by bus or by foot.

More About the Heights Section of Jersey City

The Western slope is the section of the Jersey City Heights between Kennedy Boulevard and Tonnelle Avenue.

There's an unbelievably wide range of housing options. The Waterfront features a full array of new apartments -- from economical studios to luxury high rise and low rise accommodations.

The Downtown neighborhoods have many charming townhouses. Economical apartments are also found in the many walk-up buildings.

And if you want your own version of This Old House, there are many grand Victorian homes in the western and southern neighborhoods (Greenville, Lafayette, and West Side) of Jersey City along the route of the Light Rail Trolley.

St. Aedan's Church

Jersey City real estate prices are a fantastic bargain. No matter your preference, you'll find that your money buys a lot more in Jersey City.

I hope that this helps you discover Jersey City!

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