The first thing you should know about Union City is that you’re actually getting two towns in one. Way back in 1925, the town of Union and the township of West Hoboken merged to form Union City as we know it today. The second thing you should know is that it’s part of the highly desirable New Jersey Gold Coast. You’ve probably heard about its diverse community, thriving arts scene and convenient transport links, but here’s four things you didn’t know about the neighborhood.
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1. It’s Havana on the Hudson
Like much of New Jersey, Union City is a melting pot of different nationalities. Throughout the 1950s and 60s, middle and upper-class Cubans flooded into town. This led to Union City becoming known colloquially as Havana on the Hudson. Today, 85.7 percent of the population is Hispanic or Latino, and that means one thing: amazing family-run Hispanic and Cuban restaurants on every block.
2. The arts are a pretty big deal here
In case you didn’t know, the arts are kind of a big deal in Union City. A huge number of writers, musicians and artists call Union City home and the performing arts have always held a special place in the city’s heart. Head to the Union City Performing Arts Center for better-than-broadway performances. Or see the annual world famous Passion Play at the Park Theatre. The city also boasts opera and dance companies and its parks host weekly drama, comedy and poem performances.
3. It doesn’t have a PATH station but transport links are still awesome
That’s right; Union City is one of few Hudson County cities without a PATH station. But that doesn’t mean it’s hard to get there or to get away. Quite the opposite, in fact! Several transit buses (to Port Authority Terminal) and the ferry will take you to the Big Apple. As will the Lincoln Tunnel. Head to Hoboken (and the rest of Hudson County) via the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail’s 9th Street-Congress Station. Looking to head out of the state? The New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway are an easy drive away. Or, if you really want to get away, a world of destinations awaits at Newark International Airport 20 minutes down the road.
4. It’s densely populated but there’s something for everyone
Union City is one of the most densely populated cities in the whole of the country. And even though it’s only 1.27 miles square, there’s a home for everyone. The majority of properties are townhouses and apartment buildings, but there are also several luxury apartment blocks that tower over the Palisades and offer sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
Is Union City a bit of you? Find out everything you need to know about Havana on the Hudson in our Union City neighborhood guide before checking out our listings to find the perfect property.