New Jersey’s second largest city, Jersey City has very distinct neighborhoods. The areas near the Hudson River have been transformed beyond recognition in the past twenty years, while other portions of the city remain un-gentrified. Jersey City is exceptionally convenient to Seton Hall Law School because the PATH trains run directly from three stations in Jersey City to Newark Penn Station. If you prefer to drive, the law school is less than 5 miles away and can easily be accessed by the Pulaski Skyway (Routes 1&9), the New Jersey Turnpike Extension, or Interstate-280.
Jersey City has a variety of neighborhoods that offer more diversity than just about any other city in the United States. The PATH trains and New Jersey Transit Light Rail have made downtown Jersey City an extension of Wall Street – with the skyline to prove it. On Jersey City's waterfront, warehouses and factories have been replaced by high-rise apartments and office buildings. This area is directly across from New York's World Trade Center and has become almost an extension of Lower Manhattan. Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch occupy the two tallest skyscrapers on the New Jersey side, while many young professionals who work in financial services make the 4-minute commute by PATH from Exchange Place to WTC. The trip to Newark takes 18 minutes.
The Newport neighborhood, also on the Hudson River, is north of Exchange Place and also newly built, but has more shops and fewer office buildings. Getting from Newport to Newark by PATH requires a transfer at Grove Street or Journal Square.
Further from the water, many of the elegant brownstones of “Historic Downtown” have been brought back to their former glory. Hamilton Park and Van Vorst Park are beautifully maintained and very popular with families. The area is served by the Grove Street PATH station, a 15- minute ride from Newark. The blocks around the station are lined with restaurants and a growing number of small, boutique type shops. Paulus Hook, though nearer to the Exchange Place PATH station, has an atmosphere similar to the Hamilton Park and Van Vorst areas, with leafy streets and attractive brownstone houses. The Journal Square area has a more funky and ethnically diverse character. It is the neighborhood closest to Newark: a 12-minute commute.
There are corner shops, specialty shops, and boutiques around downtown and, near the Newport PATH station, a large mall and a collection of big box stores. The Newport Centre has four department stores (Macy’s, JCPenny, Sears, and Kohl’s) and 130 outlets of national chains such as H&M, Sephora, and Brookstone; plus an 11 screen cinema. In the blocks around the Centre are big box stores including Target, Staples, Bed,Bath, and Beyond, and, further to the north, Home Depot. This area also has a range of restaurants. For details, see http://www.newportnj.com. Jersey City has an abundance of restaurants and bars, but the neighboring city of Hoboken is considered the premiere spot for nightlife. Hoboken’s main street, Washington Street, is lined with bars and restaurants which draw a young crowd on weekend nights. PATH trains to Hoboken stop at Exchange Place and Newport. Another PATH line runs from Journal Square via Grove Street and Newport to mid-town Manhattan, with all of its attractions.
The rental options in Jersey City have changed a lot over the years from primarily converted brownstones and single-family homes to include a wide array of high rises. There's also plenty of activity in the Greenville, Jersey City Heights, and Journal Square neighborhoods. The sheer number of options here can be overwhelming, so have an idea of what kind of place and neighborhood you’d like to live in before you start looking. Apartments are generally advertised in the month before they become available, so July 1 is a good time to start looking for a lease beginning August 1. Realtors generally, but not always, charge a fee equivalent to one month’s rent.
Jersey City offers one of the easiest commutes to the law school because the PATH goes directly from the Newport, Grove Street, Exchange Place, and Journal Square stops right to Penn Station in Newark, which takes less than 15 minutes You can also take New Jersey Transit trains from Hoboken, which you can also easily reach by PATH. If you’d like to drive, the law school is less than 5 miles away and can easily be accessed by the Pulaski Skyway (Routes 1&9), the New Jersey Turnpike Extension, or Interstate-280.
The Jersey City Museum, which includes a theater, has undergone extensive renovations and has eight galleries with over 20,000 pieces and serves as the hub a burgeoning arts movement in Jersey City. But Jersey City is also the home to the Liberty Science Center and Liberty State Park. The Science Center is an interactive space that let’s young and old learn about nature, technology, and the cosmos. It also has an IMAX theater. Meanwhile the park, which runs along the waterfront that looks out at Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, includes the newly restored Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal.
And if you’re in the mood for some nightlife on the weekend, Jersey City clubs can be found playing jazz, R&B, hip hop, salsa, and funk.