Hoboken – Voted the best downtown in New Jersey, Hoboken is ranked the #1 most walkable city in the country (WalkScore.com), is the #1 city in public transportation use (U.S. Census) and the #1 most exciting small city in America. An incredibly dynamic and vibrant city that honors it’s past, Hoboken is a residential, cultural, commercial, educational and tourist destination offering many music and cultural festivals, community events, a world class hotel, excellent shopping, diverse restaurants and a spectacular waterfront with unparalleled views of Manhattan and the New York Harbor.
Waterfront – Hoboken is located directly across from New York City’s downtown area; the Hoboken waterfront has breathtaking views of NYC and the Hudson Riverfront from the George Washington Bridge to the Statue of Liberty. The Hoboken waterfront includes luxury condominiums like Maxwell, the Hudson Tea building and more. The Historic street of Hudson with 18th and 19th century brownstones and luxury homes is only a block away from famous Washington St with fine dining and many of Hoboken’s famous bars and cafés.
Downtown – Hoboken sets the bar for all New Jersey downtowns, particularly the urban kind. Over looking the Hudson River with Washington Street providing cafés, bars, restaurants, shops and the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, a park along the river, is the perfect place for a leisurely stroll taking in the stunning Manhattan skyline views.
Uptown – Located along the northern side of Hoboken, the uptown section of Hoboken includes old and new from the brownstone rows on Bloomfield St, Garden Street and Park Ave, to the new and vibrant luxury buildings such as 1450 Washington, the Hudson Tea complex and more. With new restaurants and bars, the new location of Trader Joe’s and more, the uptown section of Hoboken offers easy access to NYC by Ferry and the Lincoln tunnel.
Jersey City – One of the nation’s most diverse cities, Jersey City was once a city driven by immigrants working in the shipping and manufacturing industries, and has transformed into a modern urban community. Old factories have been given new life as office buildings and housing units and abandoned rail yards are now landscaped parks. Jersey City is known for an action-packed nightlife, landmark attractions, diversity and growth.
Journal Square – A business district, residential area, and transportation hub which takes its name from the newspaper Jersey Journal whose headquarters were located there from 1911 to 2013. The “square” itself is at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Bergen Avenue and the larger area extends to and includes Bergen Square, McGinley Square, India Square, the Five Corners and parts of the Marion Section.
Greenville – The southernmost section of the city, the central core of which (between Garfield Avenue and West Side Avenue) is primarily residential and the housing mostly one and two-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings. Main corridors include MLK Drive, Old Bergen Road and Danforth Avenue which is home to the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Society Museum at the Greenville Branch of the Jersey City Public Library.
The Heights – A district in the north end atop the New Jersey Palisades over looking Hoboken to the east and Croxton in the Meadowlands to the west. The Heights mostly contains two and three-family houses and low-rise apartment buildings with Central Avenue as its primary commercial thoroughfare with residential neighborhoods on both sides. Pershing Field is a park in the center of the district, offering green space, baseball fields, a swimming pool and ice-skating rink and the adjacent Jersey City Reservoir No. 3 has been preserved as a state designated wetland and park. Many stately Victorian and Edwardian homes distinguish the Heights, particularly along Summit Avenue and Sherman Place
Bergen Lafayette – Made of different neighborhoods and west-southwest Downtown and Liberty State Park, the name Bergen is taken from the original Bergen, New Netherland settlement at Bergen Square. The district can correspond to the former Bergen City, which existed from 1855 to 1870 and was originally incorporated as a town by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on March 24, 1855, from portions of Bergen Township.
Historic Downtown – Further broken down into the neighborhoods of Harsimus Cove, The Village, Van Vorst Park, Grove Street, Hamilton Park and Boyle Plaza. The Waterfront includes the Powerhouse Arts District/WALDO, Newport, the Harborside Financial Center and Exchange Place. It includes the neighborhoods of Van Vorst Park and Hamilton Park, which are square parks surrounded by brownstones. The Grove Street neighborhood has also seen a lot of development and the neighborhood is rich with stores and restaurants that cater to the diverse backgrounds of Jersey City’s inhabitants. Home to many cultural attractions including the Jersey City Museum, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse (planned to become a museum and artist housing) and the Harsimus Stem Embankment along Sixth Street, which a citizens’ movement is working to turn into public parkland
Paulus Hook – A community on the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey, located one mile across the river from Manhattan. The neighborhood’s main street is the north- and south-running Washington Street. The waterfront of Paulus Hook is along the basin of the Morris Canal in a park with a segment of Liberty State Park. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail has a Paulus Hook stop at Essex Street and the Liberty Water Taxi at Warren Street. The introduction of the light rail and development of office buildings on the Hudson Waterfront have brought more businesses to Morris Street including a number of restaurants with outdoor seating and small neighborhood shops.
Hudson County Cities
Edgewater – A borough located along the Hudson River with a history that has featured the founding of the first colony in Bergen County, contribution to the Revolutionary War, a period as a “sleepy, pastoral little town” with resort hotels in the 19th century, industrialization in the early 20th century and a transition to a rapidly growing residential community in the late 20th century. Edgewater was incorporated as a municipality on December 7, 1894, from portions of Ridgefield Township as the Borough of Undercliff, based on the results of a referendum that passed two days earlier. The borough was formed during the “Boroughitis” phenomenon then sweeping through Bergen County, in which 26 boroughs were formed in the county in 1894 alone. The borough’s name was changed to Edgewater on November 8, 1899. The borough was named for its location on the Hudson River.
Weehawken – Situated on the western shore of the Hudson River, along the southern end of the New Jersey Palisades across from Midtown Manhattan, it is the location of the western terminus of the Lincoln Tunnel. Weehawken is one of the towns that comprise North Hudson, sometimes called NoHu in the artistic community. At its southeastern corner is Weehawken Cove which, along with the rail tracks farther inland, defines Weehawken’s border with Hoboken. Its northern boundary is shared with West New York. Traversing Weehawken is Boulevard East, a scenic thoroughfare offering a sweeping vista of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline.
West New York/ Guttenberg – West New York underwent a massive growth at the beginning of the 20th century, driven by development of textile industries that made North Hudson the ”Embroidery Capital of the United States”. West New York is one of North Hudson’s communities atop The Palisades above the Hudson River, and home to the highest point in the county. Its Hudson Waterfront has been known as Bulls Ferry since before the American Revolutionary War. Bergenline Avenue is its main commercial thoroughfare, while the wide two-way 60th Street is a major cross-town thoroughfare, and site of Town Hall. More than half of U.S. Presidents have streets bearing their name in the town. Guttenberg was formerly a farm owned by William Cooper that was sold in 1853 to a group of New Yorkers, who had formed the Weehawken Land and Ferry Association
North Bergen – Situated on the Hudson Palisades, it is one of the “hilliest” municipalities in the United States. Partially situated on the Hudson River, the Hudson Palisades rise from the waterfront, while the northern part of the town sits atop the plateau. The cuesta, or slope, on its west side makes North Bergen the city with the second-most hills per square mile in the United States after San Francisco. Low-lying areas along the west side are part of the New Jersey Meadowlands. The unusual shape and diverse topography of North Bergen have created diverse historical and contemporary neighborhoods
Racetrack – Also known as Hudson Heights, this neighborhood is a mostly residential district between Bergenline and Kennedy Boulevard. Located on the plateau of the Hudson Palisades (which begin their descent at the Boulevard) the Racetrack Section consists of mostly one and two-family homes and enjoys convenient public transportation and a stable population. The neighborhood takes its name from Nungesser’s Guttenberg Racetrack. The racetrack located in the area was a popular with day-trippers from New York during the latter part of the 19th century, until gaming was outlawed by the New Jersey legislature in 1893. When the tracks closed, the area remained an amusement park known as Little Coney Island. The land on which the racetrack had been was subdivided in 1919, and later was built upon creating the section which exists today.
Woodcliff – A neighborhood in north eastern North Bergen, the center of which contains North Hudson Park, which refers to the collective name of the municipalities in northern part of the county, and is officially named for James J. Braddock, an American boxer who was a resident the township. The boomerang-shaped section north of the park is bordered by the southeastern Bergen County towns of Cliffside Park and Fairview, is characterized by a garden apartment complex called Woodcliff Gardens. The neighborhood south of the park is bordered by Boulevard East and Bergenline Avenue, across from which is North Bergen Public Library and the Racetrack Section. It shares a southern border with the borough of Guttenberg. High density housing includes single and multi-family dwellings as well as low-rise and high-rise apartment buildings.