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Journal Square

Journal Square—named for the original Jersey Journal newspaper headquarters—spent much of the twentieth century serving as the Times Square of Jersey City, a bustling commercial and entertainment hub. Like Times Square across the river, Journal Square’s identity has gone through several incarnations in recent years, but with the impending arrival of the Centre Pompidou x Jersey City outpost in 2024, Journal Square is poised to reclaim the spotlight. The first North American outpost of the French modern art museum will join nearby Mana Contemporary and the historic Loew’s Theater (whose own extensive renovation is scheduled to be unveiled in 2025) to make Journal Square into a must-visit cultural destination. Meanwhile, new amenity-laden apartment buildings are sprouting all over, offering residents an urban experience a few notches more subdued than Manhattan while still being a PATH ride away from it.

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Living in Jersey City

Jersey City—with its extensive business and residential development—has evolved into a cosmopolitan powerhouse to rival its neighbor across the water, New York City. What began as a trickle of people moving from Manhattan and Brooklyn has recently turned into something closer to a rapidly rushing stream, as newcomers discover Jersey City’s many advantages. Jersey City denizens—whether just arrived or natives who are affectionately referred to as the “born and raiseds”—enjoy one of the country’s best dining scenes, with the even New York Times admitting that the best New York pizza might be in Jersey City. The mix of architecture has something for everyone, with historic brownstones downtown, Victorian mansions in Lincoln Park, and luxury waterfront condos. And if you do decide to venture over to NYC? It’s a quick train or ferry ride across the water, arriving in midtown or downtown in 30 minutes or less.