“I just moved here for my job and am loving the energy of Jersey City. It's the excitement of Manhattan with a refreshingly different attitude.”
“Jersey City has the coolest music and arts scene in the summer. It's my favorite part of living here. ”
New York City’s close cousin across the Hudson River, Jersey City has a long tradition of welcoming immigrants to America—Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty are in New Jersey waters, after all. That’s helped make today’s Jersey City one of the most diverse cities in the country.
Home to thriving communities of many cultures, Jersey City offers a refreshing waterfront take on a vibrant urban environment with effortless access to all things NYC. Boutiques, bars, restaurants, public parks, and entertainment venues serve residents’ day-to-day needs as well as their desire for connecting with others.
Shopping in the area.
Most anything you want is available close by. Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza alone offers a wealth of options. And there’s Newport Centre mall, along with Target, Acme, and other big names. Homegrown boutiques include Love Locked, artisanal jewelers, apothecary, and gifts; Another Man’s Treasure Vintage Store; Kanibal & Co., a “lifestyle shop” with home goods, refurbished furniture, and clothing; and too many more to list.
Shopping for groceries is just as easy. In addition to a new Whole Foods, Jersey City offers Sprove Market Place, a family-owned, urban-spirited combination grocer, deli, juice bar, and liquor store; and the community-service-minded Hudson Greene Market, full of healthy groceries and buffet lunch options.
Bars and restaurants nearby.
Walk in any direction to discover a range of diverse food options, including Thai, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Turkish, and more, along with all kinds of salads and burgers, coffees and baked goods. Shopping magnet Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza also offers plenty of dining and drinking choices, among them The Ashford, Porta, Pet Shop, and South House.
Favorite neighborhood haunts include Hudson Hall, Ed & Mary’s, City Diner, White Star Bar, Orale, Dullboy, and The Archer. Go a little more upscale at Edward’s Steakhouse, Hudson & Co., or Light Horse Tavern. To impress visitors, try Harry’s Daughter, Porto Leggero, or RoofTop at Exchange Place. Of course, in a place like Jersey City, this is just a sampler.
Community service opportunities.
Engaging with the surrounding neighborhood is a cornerstone of every Veris Residential community. Jersey City makes it easy. The city government’s Serve Jersey City program’s website offers opportunities to connect with local businesses, nonprofits, and event sponsors needing volunteers in various capacities.
In a similar vein, nonprofit Jersey Cares coordinates projects that address community-identified needs, and recruits volunteers to lend a hand. The York Street Project helps families in need, particularly mothers and children. Places of worship frequently conduct food and clothing drives, and local schools are always looking for help with tutoring or counseling.