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!


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


7.1 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


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


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

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For children (and adults!), going to the dentist can be an intimidating and uncomfortable experience. Check ups are uncomfortable, toddlers teething are in pain, and cavities are just a nightmare! It can be challenging to find the right pediatric dentist- the one that goes 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

About Dr. Mila Cohen and True Dental Care for Kids & Teens:

Dr. Mila Cohen is a board certified pediatric dentist right here in Jersey City. Dr. Mila has dedicated her professional career to tending to the specific needs the both child and parent have visiting the pediatric dentist. She taken every opportunity in her training to master the skills necessary to make children feel like going to the dentist can be an enriching, fun and enjoyable experience.

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.

True Dental Care for Kids & Teens is a unique and fun office designed with the comfort of the parent and child in mind.


255 Brunswick St, Ste 5, Jersey City, NJ 07302 –  Phone: (201) 656-0890


Modern Family Dentistry

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Modern Family Dentistry offers general, implant and cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics and children’s dentistry in downtown Jersey City.


551 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302, Phone: (201) 798-1000


Dr. Lawrence O’Mallon

Treating Children of the Jersey City Heights community for over 25 years

Our highly trained staff are committed to making your child’s first visit to the dentist pleasant and comfortable. We provide the highest quality dental services with the most up-to-date dental technology. We work with all major private Insurance companies and provide easy payment plans. We offer the most advanced preventative & orthodontic services available. As part of the Christ Hospital medical staff since 1983, Dr. O’Mallon is a dentist with a distinct advantage for your child. In-office sedation and hospital dentistry is also available. Please visit our website and see what more we have to offer.

We help children develop long lasting dental health habits that give them smiles they can be proud of for a lifetime.

* Dr. O’Mallon is a proud sponsor of The Jersey City Soccer Association *


3183 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07306 – Phone: (201) 798-2322

Testimonial : My son has been a patient of Dr. O’Mallon’s since he was 2 years old..he is now 18! Not one time have I ever seen a child come out of his office crying…Dr.  O’Mallon is the BEST!!!


Jersey City Pediatric Dentistry

Our office is located at 139 Newark Avenue, near the Grove Street PATH station, in downtown Jersey City. We specialize in treatment of infants, children, teens and patients with special health care needs. We strive to make our office a comfortable environment where your child can develop

Dr. McPherson loves kids! 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. She completed three years of hospital training in general and pediatric dentistry at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn. She was appointed chief resident in her final year. Dr. McPherson has been in private pediatric practice since 2007.

“As a pediatric dentist who is also a mother, it’s important to me that a child feels good about their dental visit. When I was a kid, I had a great dental relationship with my pediatric dentist. His professionalism and care inspired me to become a dentist. It is my goal to provide that same positive dental relationship to every child I am fortunate to treat.” – Dr. McPherson


139 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 434-3000


Dental Associates of Hoboken

Drs. Musarra and Posner along with our dental team look forward to the opportunity to care for you, your friends and family. In our Hoboken office we are committed to providing a tranquil and soothing environment for each patient.At Dental Associates of Hoboken, we take pride in helping you achieve optimum oral health. We work with patients individually to educate them about dental care and then design customized treatment plans based on individual needs and desires. We are also an insurance friendly practice. We will process your claims to help minimize your cost of care.Maintaining our patients oral health is always our top priority. We promise to give you the attention and time you deserve.After all, your smile is the first thing people see. We want you to feel great about showing it every day.


223 Washington Street , Hoboken, NJ 07030 – Phone: (201) 795-2111


 Strong Roots Dental

273 Newark Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07032 – Phone: (551)  200 – 6002

Newport Dental Arts

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. Newport Dental Arts prides itself on maintaining an office with leading edge technology. Our convenient office hours can accommodate dental visits before work, during lunch hour or after work and on the weekends. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Newport Dental Arts is a comprehensive general dentistry office. Listed below are the procedures performed in our office:   Dental Cleanings
Bondings and Fillings
Root Canal Therapy
Dental Implants
Teeth Whitening
Crowns and Bridges
Oral Surgery


100 Town Square Place, Suite 408 , Jersey City, NJ 07310 – Phone: (201) 626-6210



  • New facility equipped with the state of art technology
  • Calm and welcoming interiors specifically designed for children who are nervous and anxious about their dental visits
  • Dental care for infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs
  • Digital radiography – utilizes lower dose radiation than traditional xray radiography
  • Sedation – laughing gas
  • For very apprehensive and/or young patients who need extensive amount of dental work, we also offer in-office IV sedation, and full mouth dental treatment under general anesthesia at Jersey City Medical Center
  • Accepts major PPO dental insurances, including Metlife, Aetna, Cigan, Guardian, United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and many more
  • Convenient office hours, including evening and Saturday hours
  • Same day emergency treatment
  • Dr. Kim on call to answer dental emergency
  • Lots and lots of free parking within the shopping plaza

432 Grand Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302 – Phone: (201) 763-6030

We are located in the Old Colony Square in Downtown Jersey City.


The Best 7 Pediatric Dentists In Jersey City