Jersey City is a special place filled with interesting neighborhoods, great people, fabulous architecture (old and new), a multitude of transportation options, soothing green spaces, burgeoning nightlife, and views of Manhattan that even Manhattan doesn't have!
Art: There is a vibrant artist community here, check out www.jcfridays.com. JC Friday's events are a blast, four Fridays a year people open up their homes to show artwork and restaurants and art galleries have some great exhibits of local artists' work as well. There are over a dozen art galleries in Downtown area, two recording studios, and number of museums, art supply stores, art schools, music stores and many other venues to satisfy your cultural.. Check out http://www.metropolisnj.com/
Green Space: Besides Hamilton, Van Vorst and Jones Park, there is the 1100 acre Liberty State Park which you can access via the foot bridge just south of Van Vorst Park neighborhood. There are running and biking paths, BBQ areas, amazing views of Statue of Liberty and downtown NYC, huge lawns to spread out and sunbath or play some frees-bee and volleyball. There is a 6 mile waterfront walkway which provides spactacular NYC views. Check out Liberty State Park website for the Liberty Science Center events, history, tours to Ellis Island along with all other relevent information http://www.libertystatepark.org/. Also check out Jersey City's marina http://www.libertylandingmarina.com/.
There are lots of place teaching yoga and Pilate's and there is an new art school that just opened on 5th street, check out http://www.jcartschool.com/
. There are some really great community spaces like the Grassroots Community Center, http://grassrootscommunityspace.com/ical/month.php
. They have poetry evenings, open mic sessions, Capoeira, Karate, Zumba,and even belly dancing classes. There are flea markets, concerts, bike tours,
And the majority of people here are very nice too. Neighborly, without getting too much into your business.Restaurants and Nightlife:
There are tons of delicious restaurants from all around the world, great bars and cafes in Downtown. I'll gladly share my restaurant guide with some recommendations. Meanwhile, feel free to go to www.kannekt.com
for a full list of restaurants, bars, cafes, stores and neighborhood services.
7months out of the year there are farmer's markets in different areas of the neighborhood offering local, fresh and often organic produce, snackes and baked goods. Fresh Direct also delivers in the area, we have 2 food coops, there are 5 large supermarkets and smaller grocery stores spead out throughout. Check out http://www.downtowncoop.com/
and farmer's market schedule http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/resident.aspx?id=8086
The Newport Mall, a 1.2 million square feet of shopping center, offers 3 levels of fine shopping in the heart of the Newport Hudson Waterfront Community in Jersey City. 4 department stores and 130 specialty shops, including A/X Armani Exchange, Aeropostale, Aldo Shoes & Accessories, The LOFT, American Eagle Outfitters, Brookstone, The Children's Place, Coach, Express/Express Men, Fossil, Godiva Chocolatier, Le Chateau, Sephora, Swarovski Crystal and Sephora. Lastly, Newport Centre also features Tax Free Shopping on Apparel and 3.5% Sales Tax at participating mall stores. Throughout the neighborhood you'll also find numberous boutiques and specialty shops like http://www.amtvintage.com/
which sells vintage clothing, or Sky Tobbacco Co. selling specialty cigars. As well as big box stores such as BJ's, Staples, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pier 1 Imports, Best Buy, Target.
Health and Fitness:
Pilates and yoga studios, kick-boxing gyms, and a good selection of fitnes centers large and small. As an example, check out Club H Fitness located at the Grove St Path station, their beautiful space, spa and their great classes www.clubhfitness.com
or Project Pilates at www.projectpilates.com. For the Kids:
There are dance studios, charter and montesouri schools. Check out Little Gym on Bright St.
Walkscore.com gives Downtown Jersey City 98 out of 100 for how walkable the area is and how close all the neighborhood conveniances are located. The sites calles us a "walker's paradise." http://www.walkscore.com/score/07302
Commute to NYC:
You can be in the city in 15-20 minutes via the PATH train which provides 24 hour NYC access. There are express NJ Transit busses to Port Authority as well as water ferries to Wall Street, WFC and Midtown (39th Street.) Check out http://www.nywaterway.com/
for routes and the schedule.
If you coming to NYC, keep in mind that you will save 4% on your income tax by living in NJ and avoiding the city tax. This will give you some additional funds to help enjoy all your neighborhood has to offer. Check with your accountant for exact figures.
Below are also some helpful links:
1. City of Jersey City Website - Includes tax information, city calendar of events, news and other important information. http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/
2. Jersey City Board of Ed - http://www.jcboe.org/
3. Kannekt.com - Includes a full list of area restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, and services. http://kannekt.com/
4. Destination Jersey City -Has a great "Things To Do" section. http://www.destinationjerseycity.com/
5. PATH train homepage - Includes Schedules, fares, route maps and updates http://www.panynj.gov/path/
6. Water Ferry homepage - Includes schedules fares, alerts, routes and locations http://www.nywaterway.com/
If you'd like more details on this information or have any questions, please ask and I'll gladly provide some more guidance.