The city on the wrong side of the Hudson? That’s Manhattan if you ask anyone living in Jersey City luxury rentals. After all, why would you want to put up with prices as high as the skyscrapers, and spaces as cramped as the studio apartments inside of them? There’s a lot more to Jersey City than just low prices and lots of space, however. It was recently voted New York City’s Best Neighborhood by Curbed magazine, an online real estate publication. Quite the achievement considering it’s competing with neighborhoods that are actually in New York. Considering joining the hundreds of New Yorkers making the switch from NY to JC? Here are four things you can expect from life in New York’s sixth borough.
1. The commute to Manhattan is quicker from JC than NYC
Public transport is big in Jersey City. Nearly half of Jersey City commuters take public transport. That’s the second highest percentage of riders for a US city with a population over 100,000. It’s no wonder when you can get from Grove Street PATH station to the World Trade Center in 10 minutes. The PATH practically puts Tribeca in your backyard. It runs 24/7, and there are four stops in Jersey City. Getting around Jersey is also a breeze with connections to Hoboken and Newark. Cycling is also an option, with Citi Bike having 35 stations around town. By car, there is quick access to New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway. Also, don’t forget about Newark Airport that is only a stone’s throw away, and puts you in reach of any destination around the world.
2. Downtown’s homes offer better views than Manhattan
Looking for the hottest place to live? The historic downtown neighborhood on the waterfront is where it is at, with luxury homes offering some of the best sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline. The Downtown area offers loads of traditional brownstone buildings that take pride of place on tree-lined blocks punctuated by beautiful Victorian-style parks.
3. Grove Street will take you on a worldwide culinary journey
Once you’re moved in, you’ll want to head to Grove Street to refuel. The main street in Jersey City has its own restaurant row with enough eateries to satisfy taste buds from all corners of the world. Indian to Libyan, Latin to Polish, all cuisines have a place in Jersey City thanks to its incredibly diverse community. Park & Sixth Restaurant and Bar is a particular highlight if you like comfort food, or Taqueria Downtown if you’re craving Mexican.
4. Things are actually bigger in Jersey City, and less expensive too
With cramped apartments, tiny bars and five-table restaurants, we don’t know why they call it the Big Apple. If you want more space, Jersey City is the place to go. Take the trip across the Hudson and you’ll find bigger homes, bigger bars and restaurants, and shorter queues to get into them. Did we mention everything is less expensive as well? And when we say everything, we mean everything. Cabs, cable TV, beers, bottled water, shampoo, toilet paper. Oh, and sales tax is 3.5% compared to NYC’s hefty 8.5%. How’s that for quality of life?