So… I’m on an extended visit passing nearly two months in Jersey City, New Jersey. It was settled in 1660, and incorporated as a city in 1838. It’s about 15 square miles (similar to the size of the city of Pasadena, CA) with a population of 250,000 (2000 census cited here – similar to the population of the city of Glendale, CA or of Los Angeles City’s Koreatown plus Westlake.)
It’s where my fiance Carrie Lincourt has lived for the past five years. It’s where I am planning to move in January 2013. It has been a pleasant surprise just how walkable a scale Jersey City’s downtown has. We’re in the neighborhood near Hamilton Park. Lots of 3-5 story buildings, with stoops, no parking, mature trees. It’s not luxurious, but it’s quite a nice old walkable neighborhood. And… it’s right across the river from Manhattan. We’re a ~10-block walk to the PATH Train Station, one stop from the World Trade Center and other lower Manhattan destinations. This also means great iconic views of the NYC skyline – especially from the waterfront along Liberty State Park.
For now I just want to post a few photos of stuff I thought was interesting here in Jersey City. These aren’t my art… many aren’t great photos… but they’re some things that caught my eye… and maybe can give my readers/friends some small sense for Jersey City.
More photos and other stuff coming soon. For a downtown Jersey City streetscape I sketched (same building as the top photo) see here.