Congratulations! If you’re reading this article, you’ve already taken the first step towards a life in Jersey City: shaking off the misconceptions. Jersey City isn’t that gritty town on the wrong side of the Hudson anymore. It’s the new destination of choice for many New Yorkers. It was even voted New York’s best neighborhood by Curbed, an online real estate publication. In case you were wondering, yes, it is in New Jersey. But the accolade isn't surprising. It's easy to fall for the allure of Jersey City real estate when you consider these five factors.
You’re close enough to the Big Apple to take a bite.
Don’t think that just because you’re living in New Jersey means you’re miles from NYC. Thanks to exceptional public transit links, it’s actually quicker for you to get to Tribeca than it is for most of Manhattan. Grab the PATH from Grove Street and it will take just 10 minutes to get to the Wall Street and 15 minutes to get to Korea Town.
Eating out might become a habit.
Grove Street isn’t just the place to catch the PATH. It’s also home to a micro community of fabulous restaurants of every cuisine you can imagine. Whether it’s date night or family feeding time, Grove Street, and Jersey City in general, has the perfect restaurant for you. Head to Taqueria downtown for a Mexican fiesta, or Talde if you’re trying to impress.
Families are more than welcome.
The city is a haven for kids with plenty of children’s art classes, martial art schools, and dance programs. And that’s not to mention the parks. When the sun is shining, there are few places better in New York or New Jersey to spend with kids than Jersey City. Newport Green is a particular attraction with its white sand beach. Don’t worry if it’s raining, either. The Liberty Science Museum has a family membership card.
It’s a cheaper way of life.
Yes, of course, the rent is cheaper than Manhattan and much of Brooklyn. But Jersey City’s value extends beyond this. Getting a cab home after a night out is both easier and cheaper. You’ll get more in your grocery bag for less, too. Not only are the prices lower, but sales tax is also just 3.5% compared to NYC’s whopping 8.5%.
Outdoor activities actually take place in open spaces.
Get outdoors in Jersey City and you won’t have the threat of buildings looming large over you. There’s plenty of outdoor spaces for you to exercise, relax or socialize. Hit the waterfront for a morning jog or cycle. Liberty State Park also has plenty of jogging and cycling trails, as well as public barbecues. And if the city still feels too close, get away from it all in Lincoln Park and find peace walking along the banks of the river.
Thinking that it’s time to head across the Hudson? Read everything you need to know about New York’s sixth borough in our neighborhood guide then find yourself the perfect home.