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The Heights

The Heights is perched upon the Palisades and is just an elevator ride or a walk down the “100 Steps” to Hoboken’s light rail stations. Despite its proximity to Hoboken, the Heights has officially been part of Jersey City since 1873, when it lost its separate identity as Hudson City and became a neighborhood within the municipality. But after more than a century as part of Jersey City, the Heights still manages to retain a feeling of an artsy small town—a quieter cousin to busy downtown. In the Heights, you’ll find a treasure trove of Victorian and Edwardian houses, generally available at a more affordable price point than in downtown, and pretty, strollable, leafy streets decorated with commissioned murals throughout. In 2013, the zoning laws changed to allow artists to have live/work spaces in the eastern section of the Heights, now known as the Riverview Arts District.

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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 the Heights, 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.