Journal Square Real Estate
About Journal Square, Jersey City
Many Journal Square apartments are special because many are available in one of the great, pre-war apartment buildings, making each one unique in it’s own way. This centrally-located neighborhood of Jersey City has walkability, shopping, dining, and tons of culture.
Journal Square was once considered the ‘commercial heart’ of Jersey City, and the actual “Square” lies at the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Bergen Avenue. Today the residential and commercial neighborhood of Journal Square has been expanded to include the Marion section of Jersey City, as well as Bergen Square, India Square, and the Five Corners — which is the County Seat of Hudson County.
Journal Square has been home to several revitalization projects, including the rebirth of the Baroque/Rococo Loew’s Theatre. Today, as it is slowly being restored to its former glory by a group of volunteers. And across the street is another historic theatre — the Stanley Theater. Though this venue is not currently used for public performances, it’s utilized as a meeting center for Jehovah’s Witnesses and tours of the building’s interior are available. For anyone interested in architecture, particularly the old movie palaces, these two are a must see. The interiors have been completely restored, including the 3 story lobby with crystal chandeliers (from the original Waldorf-Astoria) and the auditorium built to resemble Venice, complete with the Rialto Bridge spanning the stage, and a celestial ceiling.
Enjoy the Outdoors
As far as outdoor space and parks, the residents of Journal Square can enjoy the nearly 275-acre Lincoln Park, which has sports fields, playgrounds, lawns, bike paths, and ball courts. There’s a popular farmer’s market in the heart of Journal Square that runs from July through November, where fresh produce, baked goods, and more can be purchased from several NJ farms. There’s something for meat-lovers too, with local butcher shops, and Moloneys Meat Market.
A Rich History
The Journal Square Path station is home to a 14-foot bronze statue of Jackie Robinson, honoring him as the first African-American professional baseball player (who played for the Jersey City Giants). Back in the 1600’s, Journal Square was farmhouses and manors, not the busy, hustle and bustle city it is today. The JSQ Transportation Center opened in 1973 — and now has more than 8.3 million people that pass through it annually. Journal Square is known for the distinctive neighborhoods surrounding the station, including India Square, which has the highest population of Asian Indians in the Western Hemisphere, and Little Mania, home to numerous Filipino-owned grocery stores, bakeries, and restaurants. Needless to say, this area is filled with authentic, classic cuisine from all over the world.
Commuting to NYC
Journal Square has it’s own stop on the PATH train, which makes for an easy 20 minute commute to Manhattan, as well as a large network of New Jersey Transit buses for public transportation within the city itself as well as other parts of NJ.
- Official Jersey City Website: Check out the official Hoboken website to learn more information about the government and community
- Jersey City Free Public Library: The library is a great source for events and has tons of free classes
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