Hidden Gems Of Jersey City You Should Explore
Over the last few years, you’ve likely observed the influx of newcomers to Jersey City. The proximity to New York City, a plethora of enjoyable activities, and the distinctive small-town charm that Jersey City provides its residents are just a few of the numerous benefits of living in this vibrant city. It’s not only the residents who relish these perks; Jersey City also attracts a considerable number of tourists each year. Curious about what makes this place so unique? In the article that follows, we will unveil the hidden gems of Jersey City that are waiting to be discovered by all. Stay with us for an exciting exploration!
The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal
Located on the banks of the Hudson River, just across Manhattan, lies a structure sometimes called the most accessible urban ruin in and around the NYC area. If you’re a fan of urban exploration or post-human world tales, this one might be just the thing for you. Since 1967, there have been no trains passing through it. Also, you can see nature taking over where humans left, and photographers and artists of all kinds are well-known to have a good time visiting this place, as it can really inspire some interesting thoughts.
Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital
We’ve all heard stories about Ellis Island. There isn’t a place more associated with 19th and 20th-century immigration to the USA than this one. If you arrived to the US from abroad, you would have likely gone through it. Many of us have relatives that entered the country via Ellis Island. The Ellis Island Immigrant Hospital was the first public hospital in the US, believe it or not. It was shut down in 1930 and remains abandoned to this day. There are tours organized by Save Ellis Island, an organization dedicated to taking care of this historical toponym.
The White Manna
The White Manna was a burger joint originally located in Queens. After the 1939 World’s Fair in NYC was over, it was transferred to Jersey City, where it stands today as a reminder of this fantastic event that took place. If you’re a fan of sliders, you’re going to love enjoying them inside this tiny retro eatery!
The Colgate Clock
When it comes to remarkable historical monuments in Jersey City, there’s one that often flies under the radar, despite being nearly impossible to overlook. We’re talking about the iconic Colgate clock, ranking ninth on the list of the world’s largest clocks, according to some sources. Originally erected in 1908, it was later replaced in 1924 with the magnificent timepiece that graces our skyline today. Needless to say, this monument serves as an ideal backdrop for capturing cherished family moments!
This hidden gem of Jersey City is one of the oldest cemeteries in the state still in use. Unfortunately, it was neglected for a good period until, in 2008, a Board of Trustees was established to bring this cemetery back to its former glory. Each summer, goats (we kid you not) are brought over to help control the cemetery’s weed population. The cemetery has a specific atmosphere to it. Of course, all cemeteries do, and that’s nothing new. What this cemetery does uniquely offer, is a series of family-friendly events every year put on by Rockit Docket including the music festival Goatchella and the popular halloween festival, Ghost of Uncle Joe’s.
Another cool Jersey City feature for thrill-seekers and adrenaline-junkies, RPM Raceway is a great place to spend a Sunday afternoon with your family. You’ll get to enjoy eco-friendly all-electric, all-American, indoor go-kart racing and other entertaining additions RPM Raceway has to offer! Everyone’s invited, regardless of whether they’ve ever tried go-karting. The raceway was created for racing enthusiasts of all levels and skills. This one really holds a special place on the list of hidden gems of Jersey City.
Jazz and live music fans, listen up! Tucked away in the residential Heights neighborhood of Jersey City is a residence that converts to a tiny venue that hosts world-class jazz musicians during the warmer months. Parked outside of this venue is one of the best taco trucks that the City has to offer, perfect for grabbing dinner before a performance! Get on their email list via their Instagram page to learn about upcoming events.
So, there you have it, folks! If you were planning to visit (or even move to) here, now you know some hidden gems of Jersey City. As you’ve had a chance to see, there’s much to do and much to see in Jersey City. There’s a good chance you’ll never have to think thoroughly about where you want to go or what you want to visit during the weekend.
About the Writer:
Angie Sims used to work in the traveling industry for six years, and her current job in the relocation industry. For the last three years, she has helped many people with their domestic and international relocation. She is also a full-time mom and a part-time content writer. She writes about traveling and moving with children using her own experiences.
Updated: September 22nd, 2023