Jersey City is located across the Hudson River, facing NY City. The city is a melting pot of cultures and offers a wealth of history, culture, art and scenic beauty. Walk along the waterfront, explore the art and culture at the museums, hop onboard a cruise to Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island, or indulge in recreational activities when in Jersey City.
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History of Jersey City
In 1609, the area that includes Jersey City was explored by Henry Hudson, an English navigator. In 1630, a permanent settlement was introduced. In 1820, the city was incorporated as Jersey City by a New Jersey Legislature Act, though it was a part of Bergen town. In 1838, it was reincorporated and became independent of the town of Bergen. The City of Jersey became part of the Hudson County on February 22, 1840. With the coming of the railroad in the 1840s, the city’s industrial growth started. The city’s population expanded from 1860 to 1870 due to the economic strength of the factories and merging of several municipalities. In 19th and 20th centuries, it was a manufacturing and dock town. The city became the commercial and industrial hub for the region.
Important Locations in Jersey City
Jersey City has plenty of locations to keep you entertained. From waterfront attractions and areas of spectacular natural beauty to historical sites, museums and outdoor activities, Jersey City is worth exploring!
Liberty State Park
: Enjoy the spectacular views of the Manhattan skylines, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty from the Liberty State Park
Empty Sky, 9/11 Memorial
: Empty Sky, 9/11 Memorial
is in Liberty State Park and it honors the memory of the New Jersey’s 749 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 attack at WTC.
Liberty Science Center:
Explore science and technology at the interactive science museum and learning centre- the Liberty Science Center
Museum of Russian Art
: Museum of Russian Art
features the twentieth century Russian art, mainly Nonconformist Art.
Jersey City Museum: Check out the contemporary art, paintings, sculptures and culture of the region at the Jersey City Museum.
Explore the Statue of Liberty and the Ellis Island through Statue Cruises
New Jersey Colgate Clock: New Jersey Colgate Clock is a historic clock facing the Hudson River. It is the largest timepiece in the world.
Ellis Island: Ellis Island
is an immigration port that welcomed about 12 million immigrants to the US from 1892 to 1924.
Afro-American Historical Society Museum
: Afro-American Historical Society Museum features the historical and cultural exhibits significant to the African-American community. Explore the African-American history at Afro-American Historical Society Museum
Pole Position Raceway:
Indulge in go-karting at the Pole Position Raceway
. It is an indoor Karting entertainment facility in the Jersey City.
Loew’s Jersey Theatre
: Catch live performances, events/concerts and classic films at the historic Loew’s Jersey Theatre
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People and Culture of Jersey City
Jersey City is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world with Asian, Non-Hispanic white, African American, Latino/Hispanic populations. It is host to a wide variety of cultures and ethnicities. It is a main entry port for immigration in the US. The city exudes cosmopolitan atmosphere, community feel and urban sophistication.
Time Zone and Phone Codes of Jersey City
Jersey City, New Jersey is in the Eastern Time Zone.
UTC-GMT Offset: Jersey City, NJ is GMT/UTC - 5 hours during Standard Time (EST) and during Daylight Saving Time (EDT) - 4 hours
Daylight Saving Time Usage: Jersey City utilizes Daylight Saving Time.
Area codes: 201 and 551
Best Time to Visit Jersey City
Jersey City is a perfect holiday spot all year-round because of its temperate climate. Fall (September-November) and spring (April-June) have a pleasant weather. If looking for best deals, lesser crowds and some bargain at the holiday sales, visit Jersey City from January to April, the off-peak season.
Some of the events/festivals held in Jersey City are:
Map Guide of Important Locations in Jersey City