Welcome to Jersey City: Starter Guide for Jersey City Newbies

New in Jersey City ? Welcome to our city…this little guide will help you in many ways, check it out..

Moving is never easy, especially with kids. It’s easy to see how newcomers to the downtown Jersey City or Hamilton Park neighborhoods could get a bit overwhelmed with the bustle of the area. Here’s a starter guide to get started, but be aware that Jersey City is a buzzing and growing city that continues to evolve before our eyes, so it’s by no means comprehensive. Feel free to add your own ideas to our Facebook page, or in the comments section!

And also, WELCOME! All of us at JCFamilies were new in town once too – we know and completely understand the mix of excitement, trepidation, and confusion that can come with a big move. We hope you’ll introduce yourself to us at our next event!

1.SHOPPING

While it might be less daunting to order everything online, there’s real value to getting outside and seeing what you see. Every time you step out, you will feel a little bit more confident and more comfortable in your new neighborhood.

There are several grocery and foodstuff stores within walking distance, but all of the following listed below also have parking lots (except Key Foods) so you don’t have to walk if you don’t want to. Key Foods, however, is the only one nestled right inside the neighborhood, meaning you won’t have to cross any multi-lane super-busy streets with your stroller.

Key Foods – 574 Jersey Avenue
Shop Rite – 400 Marin Boulevard
Acme – 125 18th Street
Target – 100 14th Street
Morton Williams: 105 River Dr S, Jersey City
BJ’s (Members only) – 396 Marin Boulevard, right next to Shop Rite
99 Ranch Market – 420 Grand St

Having a housewarming party? We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that there’s a giant booze warehouse open until 10 pm daily (except Sunday) which also has a parking lot, a create your own six pack craft beer section, a massive wine selection, and discounts on quantity.

Buy Rite – 575 Manila Avenue

In addition to the stores already mentioned, don’t forget that one of the biggest benefits of living in a major metropolitan area is that we don’t have to go to big box stores if we don’t want to. There are bodegas, corner stores, wine shops, and food trucks all around you. The Jersey City consumer is so selective, and has so many options, that you can be confident that any and all of those corner stores will be stocked up on the necessities and will operate in a clean and professional environment. We are proud of our ability to shop local – it’s great to have milk and eggs at the end of the block.

A Glance into Jersey City Farmer’s Market

Healthy places to eat in Jersey City

Best Vegan Bakeries in Jersey City

2. ENTERTAINMENT

Do yourself a huge favor and have a date night in the nearby bars and restaurants without your kids. There are hip and trendy options that are trying hard (and succeeding) to keep your dollars in Jersey City. That said, there are also lots of options for days and evenings with the kiddos.

The Liberty Science Center has four floors of entertainment. Get a membership. When the winter arrives, you’re going to need a place where the kids can run and feel the freedom that they feel outside without the wind whipping into their little faces. The science center is that place. There are always at least two exhibits/rooms for little ones, one which changes and one that stays the same. Right now the rotating exhibit is Curious George. There’s also a section with animals – the Eat and Be Eaten exhibit – and another area where there are giant fish tanks. Explore. You won’t regret it.

2.1 Outdoors:

Hamiton Park, Van Vorst Park and Newport Green. These parks with lots of outdoor space to run around, playground equipment to climb, slide, and swing on, and programming including farmer’s markets and movies in the park. Both are beautiful any time of year (ok, maybe not in the snow…), and are always full of friends. Friends are everywhere in Jersey City – chat someone up today!

2.2 Indoors:

Check out some of these fantastic indoor play spaces in Jersey City and Hoboken. Grab your energetic little ones and get them playing, singing, reading, crafting or exploring. And you don’t even have to travel that far.

JCFamilies Weekly Meet Ups

3. TRANSPORTATION

There are many ways to get around downtown Jersey City, and so many of us are grateful for the walk-able design of the neighborhood. For those times we can’t walk to where we need to be, there are lots of options that are oftentimes easier than driving your own car.

PATH has stations at Grove Street, Newport, Exchange Place and JSQ. All of these will take you into lower Manhattan and midtown in minutes and operate around the clock.

There are 2 ferries options: NY Waterway and Liberty Landing Ferry Service

The Light Rail takes you around New Jersey above ground. We know you’re not the only parent who gets on the Light Rail to go no where in particular, but just ride the train wherever with your little ones. Kids LOVE the Light Rail. They don’t need tickets, but you do. Be sure to STAMP your ticket after purchasing it so you don’t get fined if they check tickets.

CitiBike doesn’t have child seats but it is a fun and easy way to get around if you’re on your own.

Ridesharing companies like uber and lyft have gotten really popular in the past few years. Jersey City has seen a huge increase in their use because many times it’s easier to get a car service than to figure out where you’re going to park.

4. EDUCATION AND DAYCARES

There are so many options for day cares and schools in Jersey City that we couldn’t possibly list them all here. Please, check some options at the JCFamilies Education Guide 2017-18

Some things to know and/or think about when starting your school search:

  • Jersey City provides a free public school option beginning at age 3. Since there is limited space in the local schools, JC outsources their pre-k program to contracted child-care centers. All of these contracted child care centers use the High/Scope curriculum.
  • In addition, many downtown and Hamilton Park families choose private, Montessori, religious, or cooperative education options for their young children because they allow parents more flexibility and can be closer to home than the public option.
  • Nannys and au pairs are also very common for parents who choose in-home care for their babies.

JCFamilies organizes the JC Education Fair & the JC Summer Camp Fair every year. Check our webpage for updates.

5. FITNESS & WELLNESS

Being active is essential for both physical and mental health. Check out our list of local fitness and wellness clubs to find the one that works best for your needs, location and budget.

JCFamilies Fitness Directory

 6. DOCTORS

It’s comforting to know that you and your family are well taken care of with a great group of health care providers in the neighborhood. Our list here is a helpful guide for newbies in the neighborhood.

Looking for a pediatrician? Click here

Are you a woman? Are you an expectant mom? Are you planning to have a baby? Do you have kids? Primary Physicians info here: Carepoint Health and DRS

Adult and Pediatric ER

  • Hoboken University Medical Center / Carepoint: 308 Willow Ave, Hoboken, NJ, 07030
  • Christ Hospital / Carepoint : 176 Palisades Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 07306
  • Jersey City Medical Center: 355 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ, 07302

7. DENTISTS  : 

7.1 Kids Dentistry

True Dental Care: 255 Brunswick St, Suite 5 – Phone: 201-565-0880
Modern Family Dentistry: 551 Jersey Ave – Phone: 201-798-1000
Dear Tooth Fairy: 432 Grand St – Phone: 201-763-6030

8. PHARMACIES

Newport Pharmacy: 165 Erie St
Downtown Pharmacy: 52 Essex Street & 18 Park View Ave
Palace Drugs and Liquors: 172 Newark Ave #2
CVS: at Target: 100 14th St
Duane Reade: 110 Newark Ave/ 52 River Dr S /1 – Path Plaza

24 Hours Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy : 59 Washington Street, Hoboken
Rite Aid: 2859-61 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

9. BIRTHDAY PARTY VENUES

Urban living brings its challenges of space, especially when you are planning your kids’ big day! We’ve made finding a birthday party space easy with our list of venues here.

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Birthday Party on a Budget

Jersey City

Baby Steps Pediatrics at CarePoint Paulus Hook, Jersey City. Individualized and personal services for our little ones.

 Carmen Lebron Doctors in jersey city carepoint

We have a new pediatrician service in town! That is always a good news.

Dr. Carmen Lebron, the owner and practitioner gave us some details for our families to learn more about Baby Steps Pediatrics.

“Baby Steps Pediatrics is the name of my solo pediatric practice and I’m running this together with 2 other doctors. We have made this CarePoint Location our home, I’ve been in practice for 10 years in New Jersey where I graduated medical School and also did my pediatric residency program here and I’ve had my own practice for 3 years”.

This October, Baby Steps Pediatrics moved to CarePoint Location in Paulus Hook, Jersey City. “The location is excellent, we are right in the heart of Downtown, where you can find so many families and many little children. It is a convenient location because they can walk down to see their doctor. In fact, those days that I don’t have proper office hours, I do sick visits in the area” Dr. Lebron explained.

Baby Steps Pediatrics at CarePoint Paulus Hook

Baby Steps Pediatrics Business Hours are:

Monday and Tuesdays: 9 am to 1:30pm.

Wednesdays  and Thursdays: 2 pm to 7 pm.

Fridays: Closed for regular office hours but they are available for sick calls.

Saturday: 9 am to 2pm.

Doctor Lebron is available 24/7 for emergency calls.

Baby Steps Pediatrics at CarePoint Paulus Hook Doctors in jersey city

Baby Pediatrics has lab services limited for their own patients, take mostly all insurances and they also participate with Medicaid wellcare.

 

Why should I pick Baby Steps Pediatrics for my little one?

 

“My services are rather individualized and very personal. I don’t favor the business model of packing as many patients as you can do in a day although I try to see less patients and adapt to their needs. I can not rush a visit. Also for new moms, I have 2 lactation consultants in the community where I refer to because we recognize that having them on board is a great service”.

Baby Steps Pediatrics at CarePoint Paulus Hook Doctors in jersey city

Dr. Lebron invites expectant families to a complementary visit where she talks about some baby basics and breastfeeding. Please call her to make an appointment.

 

150 Warren Street, Suite 118

Jersey City, NJ 07302

[email protected]

Tel.  201-600-4306

Fax  800-915-7830

 

The Best Pediatric Dentists In Jersey City

The Best Pediatric Dentists In Jersey City

For children (and adults!), going to the dentist can be an intimidating and an uncomfortable experience. Check ups, as necessary as they are, can be a hassle and cavities are just a nightmare! It can be challenging to find a pediatric dentist that extra mile to make your child’s experience a little more comfortable. We want the best for the children in our community, so we’ve complied a list of who we think the 7 best pediatric dentists in Jersey City are.

 

True Dental Care Dentist Jersey City

255 Brunswick St, Ste 5, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 656-0890

Dr. Mila Cohen is a board certified dentist located right here in Jersey City! As a parent herself, Dr. Mila understands the importance of choosing the right provider for your child and considers it a privilege to deliver care for kids of all ages! Services include fillings, whitening, emergency care and more.

Modern Family Dentistry

551 Jersey Ave, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 798-1000

Modern Family Dentistry dentists and staff are local Jersey City residents committed to providing our patients with the most positive, modern and pain-free dental experience possible. Modern Family Dentistry is devoted to building the community in Jersey City and surrounding areas through dental care. Their services include general, implant and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and children’s dentistry in downtown Jersey City!

Lawrence O’Mallon, DMD

3183 John F. Kennedy Blvd, Jersey City
Phone: (201) 798-2322

The highly trained staff at Lawrence O’Mallon are committed to making your child’s first visit to the dentist pleasant and comfortable! They provide the highest quality dental services with the most up-to-date dental technology and work with all major private Insurance companies and provide easy payment plans. Book an appointment by calling or filling out their form online!

 

Jersey City Pediatric Dentistry

139 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 992-4764

Conveniently located at near the Grove Street PATH train station, Jersey City Pediatric Dentistry is your premiere location to treat and maintain the overall dental health of your baby, child or teen! Dr. McPherson loves kids and after receiving her DMD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Dr. McPherson practiced community dentistry in Boston for 4 years. There, her treatment of children encouraged her to seek additional training to become a pediatric dentist. Jersey City Pediatric Dentistry accept most PPO policies that have out-of-network benefits.

Dental Associates of Hoboken

233 Washington St, Hoboken

Phone: (201) 795-2111

Dental Associates of Hoboken takes pride in helping you achieve optimum oral health. Drs. Musarra and Posner work closely with patients educate them about dental care and then design customized treatment plans based on individual needs and desires. They are also an insurance friendly practice.

Newport Dental Arts

100 Town Square Place, Suite 408 , Jersey City

Phone: (201) 626-6210

Since 2004, Newport Dental Arts has been providing high quality affordable cosmetic, implant, and restorative dentistry for the Newport community and the surrounding areas of Jersey City, Hoboken and Manhattan. Newport Dental Arts cares for adults and children five years of age and up. Their convenient office hours can accommodate dental visits before work, during lunch hour or after work and on the weekends. Newport Dental Arts is a comprehensive general dentistry office working with filings, cleanings, crowns, root canal therapy and more!

DEAR TOOTH FAIRY

432 Grand Street, Jersey City

Phone: (201) 763-6030

As you walk into the office of Dear Tooth Fairy, you will see a bright, well-lit welcoming area which is decorated and functions as a children’s playroom! Dr. Kim is a is a board certified pediatric dentist who completed a two year program in pediatric dentistry where she learned about child psychology and how to safely apply these techniques in treating pediatric dental patients. Services include preventative care, x-rays and more!