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Explore Jersey City

A Snapshot of Jersey City
Jersey City is the second most populated city in the state of New Jersey after Newark and is part of the New York metropolitan area. The city is bound on the east by the Hudson River and Upper New York Bay and on the west by the Hackensack River and Newark Bay. The Hudson River separates Jersey City from Manhattan and the 21 miles (34 kilometers) of waterfront property creates beautiful views all around. An influx of new residents, escaping the apartment price hikes in New York, is making Jersey City the fastest growing metropolitan area in New Jersey.

Neighborhoods
The city is divided into the following neighborhoods: Bergen-Lafayette, Downtown, Greenville, Hackensack Riverfront, Journal Square, Liberty Park, Lincoln Park, McGinley Square, The Heights, Waterfront, and West Side. Located directly on the Hudson River is the Waterfront neighborhood. It includes Newport and the WALDO/Powerhouse Arts District. The Waterfront is very rich in history and proudly includes Ellis Island. Current new developments of residential towers, condominiums, and expanding transportation facilities are quickly expanding the neighborhoods and making it one of the fastest growing up-and-coming neighborhoods in the city. A beautiful waterfront boardwalk stretches along the river and connect Jersey City to Hoboken. Just like the neighborhood, Downtown is full of historical and cultural landmarks. Downtown is one of the most central neighborhoods due to the proximity to Van Vorst Park and Hamilton Park. Beautiful brownstones, lively restaurants, stores, and cultural and historical attractions dominate the neighborhood. A little further south lays the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. The diverse mix of architectural styles gives Bergen-Lafayette a vibrant personality. Bergen Avenue is filled with beautiful restored Victorian mansions, 19th-century row houses, and pre-war and Art Deco apartments.

Diversity
Boasting one of the most diverse populations in the United States, Jersey City is host to an array of ethnicities and cultures. Living up to its legacy as a Tapestry of Nations, the City is composed of substantial communities of Jewish, Italian, Cuban, Filipino, Polish, Indian, Irish, Puerto Rican, Dominican, African, Arab, and Asian descent. With the historic Ellis Island within its borders, it is not surprising that Jersey City has become renowned for diversity.

Culture
Jersey City is home to an abundance of historical and cultural landmarks, museums, and theaters. The most important historical site is the iconic Ellis Island - the nations busiest immigrant inspection station. Liberty State Park is a 1,212-acre park abutting the Hudson River and houses the Liberty Science Center and a 9/11 memorial. Visitors can take a kayak tour of the Hudson River estuary or catch a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. A recently added landmark is one of the five the original Loew's Wonder Theaters. The Loew's Jersey Theater was built in the 1920's and continues to celebrate art and theater through shows, operas, film, and musical performances. Some of the city's favorite museums include The Jersey City Museum, Mana Contemporary, Liberty Science Center, and the Museum of Russian Art. The vast variety of cultural and historical landmarks in Jersey City, truly make it a hidden gem worth exploring.