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Union City

Stretching inland alongside Weehawken and Hoboken, Union City is one of the country’s most densely populated areas. This is a bustling metropolis—a far cry from a pastoral New York City suburb—and residents wouldn’t have it any other way. Though not directly on the river, Union City is still considered a part of the New Jersey Gold Coast, as it sits high on the ridge of the Palisades. And from the windows of a Union City home or while walking in one of its many parks, one can catch a glimpse of the mighty Hudson, the Manhattan skyline across the water, or the neighboring New Jersey cities below. It’s these views that have made Union City a favorite for generations, in a town where single-family houses are rare, instead, boasting plenty of multi-family houses, low-rise apartment buildings, and the occasional high-rise tower.

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Living in Hudson County

The bridges and tunnels connecting New Jersey to New York City have always had a lot of traffic flowing across the river, but now, it’s filled with moving trucks heading into New Jersey. This stretch of cities along the Hudson River—including Jersey City, Hoboken, and Weekhawken—has become an immensely popular destination for people in the New York City area looking for more space at more affordable prices, and yet still enjoying a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere. You’ll not only find the convenience of bigger supermarkets and other suburban amenities out here on New Jersey’s Gold Coast, but the food scene is superlative and the cultural offerings are destination-worthy, including a branch of France’s Centre Pompidou opening soon. The coastal towns are linked together by the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, which offers pedestrians a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline.