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As I walk around the area, I see and meet lots of people. Some are new transplants, some have been here for decades and some are born and raised. I wanted to find out their thoughts on the area so I asked them five questions.
As everyone knows, Jersey City is on the move. There are skyscrapers going up seemingly everywhere, cool restaurants, neat stores, pop-up beer gardens and more. This is especially true in Bergen-Lafayette. While we don’t quite have the infrastructure and shiny things, our advantage is that almost everywhere can be beautified and refurbished. All that it takes is someone that cares, a little funding and a lot of elbow grease.
Plans that would have approved a new nine-story mixed-use building in Bergen Hill were tabled by the Planning Board at last week’s meeting, but the battle for what replaces a vacant medical facility might continue to wage on in the coming months.
Joel Maffei, co-founder/director of Pacific Flea, brings quality vendors, artists and musical acts to the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood on second Saturdays, April-October. The next market is September 10 and the final market October 8.
American history, from the landing of Columbus onward, is about individuals and how their efforts impacted our brand new country. Jersey City played an important role in this history. One Jersey City resident in particular, Peter Henderson, is known as the father of horticulture and ornamental gardening. Here’s his story.
A restaurant overlay zone has been proposed for Bergen-Lafayette that hopes to spur retail development along one of the areas most neglected corridors.
As Bergen-Lafayette grows in popularity, so does its amenities. New cultural and community focused activities are popping up all around the neighborhood. These 5 provide good reasons to get out and explore the area.
As Manhattan continues to push outward, any area that has an easy commute into the city is fast becoming developed. With less than a 40-minute door-to-door commute into the Financial District, Bergen-Lafayette is primed for a real estate boom.
A lot is happening in Bergen-Lafayette these days. Once considered a “no go” space for buyers, BeLa is rapidly changing and is attracting sharp-eyed investors and owners. A new project by Pronti Construction is in the works near Berry Lane Park.
More retail establishments are opening up all throughout Jersey City. This edition of our retail roundup features a new German-inspired bar on Jersey Ave, a bike shop in Bergen-Lafayette, a coffee shop on the waterfront, and a bakery in the Heights.