Jersey City, New Jersey, located just 20 minutes outside of New York City, can easily be called the 6th borough. It’s a pleasant surprise to discover this intimate yet urban community. Nicknamed neighborhoods like ‘Little India‘ and ‘Little Manila’, this city has personality—and it’s ultimately a pleasant surprise to discover this intimate yet urban community. If you find yourself wanting to visit, here is a list of things to do that will sure have you coming back.
Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory
Diner, Restaurant, American, Greek, $$$
If you are a breakfast lover then Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory is not to be missed. Thirty-one kinds of pancakes served all day along with classic diner foods and some unexpected selections like the Tex Mex Egg Rollsare why this eatery is a resident favorite. Their Coconut Pancake is pretty popular as well. This family run restaurant has welcomed New Jersey State Governor Chis Christie and Senator Cory Booker. It has been featured on Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive Ins and Dives’ segment, Big Breakfast back in 2008.
This amazing science museum around Liberty State Park is a place the whole family can thoroughly enjoy and learn together. The hands on exhibits at Liberty Science Center allow for interactive learning and showcase spectacular 3D IMAX science films. There are event spaces for awesome birthday parties, or a camp day with the kids. Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration, Block Party, or Action Zoneexhibitions are enriching showcases that expand the imagination. It’s quite normal to see hordes of school children here on any given day for a class trip.
Located by the Liberty Harbor Marina, Surf City Beach Bar and Restaurant guarantees a good time, especially on a beautiful summer day or night with friends, family or that special someone. Menu favorites include seaside delights like the Corona Fish & Chips, Twin Lobster Rolls or the Spicy Habanero/Pineapple Coconut Shrimp. If dining around the main area isn’t your thing, hop on a boat with a few folks for a private party and more fun while enjoying fantastic views of the New York City skyline.
Newport Centre Mall remains a staple destination for shopping in Jersey City. Stores have come and gone, but new ones still entice the young and old. H&M and Forever 21 attract the trendy and Armani Exchange and G Star Raw draw in the ever-so cool 20-somethings and beyond with money to spend. Oh, and gamers will love GameStop. The AMC Theatre also has movie tickets cheaper that in New York City so movie goers can indulge in a movie or two.
Sightseeing is a favorite solitary pastime for many, and the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is a great way to take in the beautiful Jersey City surroundings. Riding the light rail can be a calming way to clear the mine when preoccupied. It is a transportation option to get to neighboring cities instead of the bus ortrain. Serving multiple stations Northbound/Southbound between Hoboken and Tonnelle, the rail provides ample opportunities to flash photos of the serene city views.
The Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline stand as backdrops to this perfect green space known as Liberty State Park. While there, a quick ride on the ferry will get you a closer look at the Statue of Liberty or a chance to further explore Ellis Island. Two hour kayak tours on the Hudson River as well as fitness, biking, hiking and nature trails will make you love the park even more.
This massive and sublime museum space features modern exhibitions of fine art, photography, dance and music. Mana Contemporaryis an industrial atmosphere that can definitely stimulate the creative senses and inspire DIY projects for the art novice. It also offers storage, crafting and framing services for artists and collectors alike. This gem continues to interest art lovers around the metropolitan area and can serve as large event space for occasions like fashion shows, private screenings or exhibitions for those who want to venture out of New York City.
This breathtaking marina facing downtown Manhattan across the Hudson River offers a premium experience. Newport Yacht Club and Marina Pier docks yachts and boats and is home to the True North Sailing School where group and private lessons are offered. Sailing aficionados flock here not only for the striking views, but to be part of the open sea. Battello, a premiere Italian dining establishment sits on the edge and awaits anyone who wants to indulge in a romantic dinner or grab drinks with friends at happy hour while watching the summer sun set.
The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway runs 18.5 miles through nine municipalities including Jersey City. It is ideal for a morning or evening jock. Rent a bike to cover most of the path or bring friends along for photo ops worthy of Instagram.
South House is the newbie on the block of restaurant choices on Newark Avenue and Grove Street. What makes it a standout is not only its Southern cuisine, but its 3 story interior decorated with Blues Hall of Famer Dick Waterman’s photos including Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and Janis Joplin. Come for the food and definitely stay for the live music and ambience. South House had a soft opening a couple of weeks ago and is already creating a buzz. The Fried Chicken, Corn and Potato Salad special is delicious!