New York’s “Sixth Borough” is a New Jersey city home to its own distinct and iconic American landmarks.
While Jersey City often sits in the shadow of its bigger and more famous sister, Manhattan, it’s high time this charming riverside city got the individual attention it deserves. Make a point to explore the fascinating mix of past and present as you turn every corner. Brownstone homes downtown are clustered around green spaces, revealing the urban planning priorities of the past, while sleek glass buildings on the waterfront give a glimpse into the city’s future.
Got a hankering for something to eat? Jersey City has you covered. If pancakes and mimosas are your thing, rest assured that plenty of restaurants provide decadent brunches and mouth-watering breakfast options all day long. At night, climb up onto chic rooftop decks for dinner with a view.
Culture vultures should already have Jersey City well within their sights, as it has everything from the Jersey City Museum downtown to a large part of Ellis Island, the famous island that welcomed immigrants to the new world. Sit in one of the historic seats at the Loew’s Jersey Theatre to enjoy a memorable high-end production while surrounded by décor from the 1920s.
What once were decaying factories and rail yards on the waterfront have now evolved into a massive financial district. Exchange Place, also known as “Wall Street West,” is home to towering buildings that dominate the skyline.
Head to Newport, another district on the water, to spend it up at the Newport Center Mall or to enjoy a waterfront meal at one of the area’s congregation of trendy restaurants. On a clear day, head to the Heights to take photos of the uninterrupted views over Jersey City and Hoboken.