Jersey City Downtown

Downtown is defined by its unparalleled proximity to Manhattan and new, high-end development.

Welcome to Jersey City Downtown

A lively, walkable neighborhood of community-forward residents
Bounded by Hoboken to the north and Liberty State Park to the south, Downtown Jersey City appeals to young professionals and families seeking a reprieve from the bustle of downtown New York while still valuing city-living and modern amenities. 
Nestled in the cultural center of Jersey City’s 15-mile expanse, Downtown is defined by its unparalleled proximity to Manhattan and new, high-end development. New construction gives the whole area an inviting, sleek atmosphere in addition to the striking historic downtown surroundings and gorgeous sky-high towers. 
Known for its stately buildings, the historic Jersey Downtown is full of low-rise buildings to the west of the waterfront and is especially cherished for its proximity to Manhattan. If you’re searching for a luxurious Victorian Brownstown, a sky-high residence, or tree-lined streets with homes in Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Romanesque Revival, and more, then Downtown Jersey City is for you. 

Things to Love

  • Stunning historic downtown dotted by modern high-rise escapes
  • Incredibly dog-friendly and walkable
  • Home to the Statue of Liberty
  • Full of public art and murals
  • Host of great small businesses, from clothiers to ice cream to soul cycling!

Local Lifestyle

Just a short train ride away from NYC, Downtown Jersey City is home to no shortage of fun, all supported by its community-driven population of almost 50,000. Also boasting well-lit streets, locals love the wealth of local businesses and constantly take advantage of the top-tier shopping and dining scene, not to mention the great nightlife. Everything great about Jersey City is distilled into one area. Lively Downtown Jersey City appeals to young professionals and families, plus anyone seeking an electric place to live that is full of options and friendly neighborhoods. 

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

The bustling nature of Downtown Jersey City means that there’s an option for any occasion, including shops, bars, restaurants, and more. It’s easy to follow any whim Downtown!
Locals love the extensive cocktail menu found at Orale Mexican Kitchen, where authentic cuisine comes in the form of hearty dinners, delicious brunches, or even just a quick bite. For a friendly, family-run choice, make a reservation at Skinner’s Loft, an American bistro boasting gorgeous exposed brick, fresh-cut floral arrangements, spacious windows, and top-of-the-line food. 
The Taqueria Downtown began as a taco truck more than a decade ago and has since grown into a favorite of Jersey City residents and New Yorkers alike. Known for its great service, authentic gastronomy, and friendly staff, this Jersey City institution is more than worth a visit. Check out Cellar 335 for a striking atmosphere of dark upholstery, exposed brick, wall art, and more, all supporting the delicious international cuisine. 

Things to Do

Brimming with locally accessible and dazzling views, a spectacular nightlife scene, and the aforementioned plethora of restaurants, Jersey City is no stranger to entertainment and activity. 
One of Downtown Jersey City’s best features, the historic downtown not only makes for an iconic morning run route but also is full of green spaces, attractive buildings, and wonderful local institutions. Be sure to check out the Downtown Jersey City Farmers’ Market, the ideal spot to pick up farm-fresh veggies, baked goods, or even artisan craft goods. Relax on the water with Surf City Bar, a vacation-style bar and restaurant where locals love to unwind. 
The verdant green spaces present throughout Jersey City cannot be overstated. Hamilton Park is home to five tranquil acres of trees and lush grass right downtown, while Van Vorst Park lays claim to being the centerpiece of historic Downtown Jersey City and occupies an entire rectangular city block. 


Jersey City is served by the Jersey City Public School District, a highly-rated district known for setting up its graduates for success. Other notable schools in the area include:

  • The Waldo School, an International Baccalaureate World School for children aged two years-8th grade
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