7 Reasons Why Downtown Jersey City is New York City’s Best Waterfront Neighborhood


Not that Jersey City needs any more hype, but it’s grown into New York’s sixth borough, and there’s more to come: Roseland Residential Trust has begun leasing on three waterfront luxury rentals.

Here are 7 reasons why people who move to Jersey City stay here:

1. Quick to Manhattan: Practically speaking, Jersey City is an extension of Manhattan. The PATH is a 30-minute commute to Midtown, but the new Harborside ferry is even faster: a 15 minute NY Waterway to Midtown and 8 minutes to Brookfield Place downtown.

2. Views: It also features views of the Hudson side of the Manhattan skyline — especially awe-inspiring while walking, running, or biking on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, a well-lit space that stretches for 18 miles.

3. Top-rated chow and spirits: There’s Piggyback Bar, owned by famed Chef Leah Cohen and husband/partner Ben Byruch; award-winning Razza, known for its pizza; the Brownstone Diner and Pancake Factory, known for its all-day breakfast in a retro setting; Lutze beer garden; new American comfort food at Amelia’s Bistro; designer cocktails and refuge at The Archer, and plenty of fun tasting festivals.

4. Shopping: There is a terrific mix of specialty boutiques all over the city, particularly along Grove Street and Newark Avenue, featuring Tia’s, Kanibal & Co., and Mint Market — and multiple farmer’s markets throughout the city. Of course, a major perk is the Newport Centre Mall — 1.2 million square feet of retail with 130 stores, including Macy’s, H&M, Sephora and an 11-screen AMC movie theater.

5. IRS-friendly: Since New York City residents pay a New York City tax, which can range from 2.9 to 3.9 percent of your income, renting in New Jersey can save you about 3 percent of your income — even if you continue to work in the city. New Jersey’s income tax rate is also significantly lower than New York’s 4 percent — as low as 1.4 percent.

6. Art and music: There’s the Jersey City Ballet and Jersey City Theater Center; the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District’s Groove on Grove, which features musicians and performers every Wednesday night in the summer at the PATH plaza; the All About Downtown Street Fair, which draws more than 30,000 people in September, and the Novado Art Gallery.

7. Luxury living: The best incentive is price. Currently available from Roseland Residential Trust are rentals in high-rise luxury apartment buildings located near the Jersey City waterfront: Monaco, Marbella, and M2. One bedrooms start at $2,750.

For more information, visit the Roseland website.


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