Jersey City Travel Guide

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Jersey City Things to Do

  • Enjoy the New York Skyline

    A pleasant walk in the evening or any time of day. There is always something happening. It may be on the New Jersey shore, out in the river or across the water in Manhattan or up in the sky. Tour boats, helicopters, night lights, 'alpine glow'. For a pleasant walk or an early morning run, the heights of New Jersey is a nice area. We did the...

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  • J. Owen Grundy Park

    One of the best areas to view the skyline of lower Manhattan and the World Trade Center is from J. Owen Grundy Park. This is a pier extending into the Hudson River. There is seating and several covered pavilions on the pier. It is very popular on weekends and evening hours. As the sun sets it lights up the Manhattan skyline. This is the best time...

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  • Holland Tunnel

    SInce Jersey City is the Gateway to Southern Manhattan from Jersey City and coming from Newark International Airport, you will eventually pass by the famous Holland Tunnel, which was opened in 1927 and since then was the scene of several hollywood films like Silvester Stallone's Daylight Film. the tunnel was originally known as the Hudson River...

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  • Little Manila

    The Tri-State area has 2 known little manila area, which are home of thousands of filipino expatriates, immgrants, filipinos of american descent and the other little manila is located at Jersey City, just a ston'e throw away of the Holland Tunnel. The Filipino-Americans are the largest Asian-American subgroup in the city. A Stretch of Newark Avenue...

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  • Liberty State Park

    A wonderful open area of New Jersey. Located right on New York Harbor. You have a good view of Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Battery Park across the Hudson. There is also the Empty Sky Memorial. This commemorates the destruction of the World Trade Center, which left an 'Empty Sky'.

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  • Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

    As it name indicates, the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is a walking path along the Hudson River. The Jersey City section of this large-scale project, which is planned to extend from Bayonne to Fort Lee, is already almost complete, taking the visitor from one end of the town to the other while going through the high-rise Newport community, the...

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Jersey City Hotels

Jersey City Restaurants

  • Raval Tapas Bar & Cocktail Lounge

    2 out of 5 stars

    Another hip location on the walking street portion of Newark Street. The exterior has the name in a rear lit glowing red which looks really cool. The interior is very nice but they also have outdoor seating so I chose to sit there. The wait staff is very professional and attentive. They have a Tapas menu and also a Racion (larger shared portion)...

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  • Good location

    This is a nice looking place in a great location, just outside the Grove Street PATH station. I stopped in for dinner and was seated immediately. There is a large bar and tables. I ordered the Chicken Napoleon, which is chicken, spinach and mozzarella cheese. Before my order came out, the waitress brought me a complimentary order of Bruschetta.My...

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  • Nice Casual Bar

    This is a nice local bar/restaurant. They advertise themselves as upscale casual dinning but I'd leave the upscale off. There are several levels. I ate on the first floor where the bar is located. Maybe that is why I didn't get an upscale feeling.Wait staff was friendly and attentive. They have a good beer selection but the main course menu is a...

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  • Great Pizza!

    Two Boots Pizza is a colorful place both inside and out. Located on Newark Ave. on the walking street area. They have some outdoor seating as well as some indoor. It is a walk-up counter service. They also have a liquor license so they sell bottled beer and they have several on tap at the counter. I've never seen anything like that before.They have...

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  • Nice location but expensive.

    Another hip location on the walking street portion of Newark Street. The exterior has the name in a rear lit glowing red which looks really cool. The interior is very nice but they also have outdoor seating so I chose to sit there.The wait staff is very professional and attentive. They have a Tapas menu and also a Racion (larger shared portion)...

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  • Not the best Italian food

    This restaurant has been around a little longer than others in the area. It's a popular local place on Newark Ave. on the walking street portion. They have some outdoor seating which is nice because there is no car traffic passing by. The inside is small with a small bar and nice brick walls. My waiter was attentive and brought out some water right...

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Jersey City Nightlife

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    At Liberty State Park: Watch the Sunset on New York City.

    by Toughluck Written Oct 30, 2013

    Head down along the shoreline. Liberty State Park is a good place, but also any park along the skyline or the Palisades.

    Dress Code: Come dressed for the weather.

    Mid-town from the heights. New York Harbor, down the Hudson. Mid-town Mid-town The Day is done - Empire State Bldg
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Jersey City Transportation

  • Yellow Water Taxi to New York and back

    When your in Jersey City in the Liberty State Park and would like to see New York Upclose you could take a Yellow Water Taxi.This way you can avoid the traffic trying to cross bridges or tunnels to New York just park your car and take a trip to the other side.Once your there you can take the subway to explore New York.But there's more when you...

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  • Driving

    Driving to Jersey City is as easy as driving over a bridge or taking the tunnel. I've driven to Jersey City and found it to be a quick way to get around and parking was relatively easy to find. An added bonus is the cheap Jersey gas...so fill up the tank.

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  • TOLL BOOTHES

    When driving down the New Jersey highways, make sure you are paying close attention to the toll booth signs. Richie was all confident that we had finally fixed the whole GPS driving mess that he forgot to pay attention to the signs and before we knew it he was heading through the EZ Pass only section of the toll booths. We're still waiting on the...

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Jersey City Shopping

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    Newport Centre Mall: An unoriginal, but large, shopping...

    by brazwhazz Written Apr 22, 2012

    If you are stuck in Jersey City on a rainy day, you can always go to the Newport Centre Mall. It has a movie theatre, a food court, four department stores (J. C. Penney, Kohl's, Macy's and Sears) and the typical array of other shops found in an American shopping centre.

    The main highlight of Newport Centre Mall is its size -- it is said to be the largest in the county -- and, judging from my personal experience, the smaller (or absent) crowds compared to the shops in New York City. For example, there is a Disney store here: while it certainly doesn't carry the same variety of items as the one in Times Square, it also has far less customers, which makes for a less hectic experience.

    The Newport Centre Mall is open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    As a bonus, you should know that nearby are a Modell's Sporting Goods (611 Washington Boulevard) and a Best Buy (125 18th Street).

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Jersey City Local Customs

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    So what are all these abandoned baby...

    by vaticanus Written Aug 19, 2003

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    Abandoned baby carriages are something new on the streets of New Jersey. No, there has not been a rash of baby kidnappings nor is it part of some indecipherable college prank or initiation.
    The homeless appear to be moving their things around in them. Before, they used the larger and sturdier shopping carts but in some areas stores are making efforts to recover their carts (average cost is several hundred dollars), and police are being asked to clean up areas that are cluttered by shopping carts. So, the homeless are switching to these smaller and more maneuverable baby carriages.

    U-Hauls for the Homeless
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Jersey City Warnings and Dangers

  • Roadside Garbage

    One of the most disappointing things Richie and I noticed when driving through Jersey City was the amount of roadside garbage. At one point we were stopped at an intersection and I looked outside to see a section of barbed wire on the side walk along with a bottle with what looked like urine in it. I've been to other parts of New Jersey where this...

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  • Folks Around Here Appreciate Civilized...

    Despite America's reputation for Wild West lawlessness and vigilante justice, Americans pass an extraordinary number of laws to control every behavior imaginable.In this case, boom boxes (large radio/cassette/CD players) are banned in public. Jersey City has undergone a commercial rebirth (and also what we call gentrification which means upper...

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  • Bars and Cages

    Jersey City's north side and commercial districts are very safe. Most of the neighborhoods are attractive and maintained. Civic pride and city services are evident everywhere. This photo is a pedestrian walkway over some railroad tracks in an area bordering on highways etc. I liked it for its Bladerunner/Orwellian 1984ish style.During my 8 hours of...

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Jersey City What to Pack

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    If you Travel with a Dog.....

    by vaticanus Written Sep 4, 2003

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make Sure He or She Brings a Leash, a Scoop, Plastic Disposal Bags, Tie Straps, and a small bottle of Hand Sanitizer.

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Jersey City Off The Beaten Path

  • 30th Avenue, Astoria Queens

    Weekdays, take N or W and weekends N to 30th Avenue Subway Stop..actually, it is above ground..and the stop is only 20 minutes from last stop in Manhattan..so very close.30th Avenue is Greek heavan, with a bit of Czech mix..maybe some Mexican..but Greek dominates here..and it's like a reminder of as European as you can get in the States..with the...

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  • Greenpoint and North Williamsburg...

    Okay, this place rules. Take the L train to N.Bedford stop (it's the first stop in brooklyn leaving manhattan). Just walk around and see all the cool shops, places to eat and places to grab a drink. check this place out for ice cream. www.winecellarsorbet.com. So, walk up north to the Mccarren park where there is a big russian orthodox chuch...

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  • Lower East Side

    From Bowery to the FDR and Canal Street north to Houston Street is the Lower East Side. Just google that and you can get good websites. My friend, she has boutique www.tahirboutique.com on Orchard Street. Also, next to her, Is Gus Pickles, a MUST. Plenty of boutiques, cool hip lounges and dive bars and cafes. Pianos on Ludlow has good live music...

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Jersey City Favorites

  • 9-11 Memorial of Jersey City residents

    This memorial is dedicated to the residents of Jersey City that died in the attack of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The stone memorial has a relief of the twin towers face the Hudson River and lower Manhattan and on the reverse is a list of the victims. On this reverse side, the stone is so polished that a clear reflection of the...

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  • LeFrak Point Lighthouse

    This is an interesting addition to the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. There actually is no LeFrak Point on the Hudson River in Jersey City. Samuel LaFrak was a developer that organized and help fund a $10 billion project to redevelop the Jersey City waterfront in the mid 1980's.There are two stories about the lighthouse. One story states, it is...

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  • Visit Liberty State Park. ...

    Visit Liberty State Park. Here you can see the entire Manhattan skyline. Also, you can catch a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. This is a pleasant park with a lot of activities to do.

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