Weekend Walks: A Photographic Tour of Hamilton Park


Weekend Walks is our weekend column where we explore the photographic beauty of various neighborhoods through the lenses of history, architecture and commerce.

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Hamilton Park is a neighborhood in downtown Jersey City. The entire area was purchased by John B. Coles, a flour merchant, in 1804. Coles proposed creating a park in 1827, naming it after Alexander Hamilton, whom infamously lost a duel to Aaron Burr years earlier. After years of disagreements with the city over the ownership of the park, it was finally landscaped in 1851. The development of the area around the park started soon after.

The Hamilton Park Historic District was created in 1979 to protect many of the Victorian Brownstones surrounding the park.

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St. Anthony’s Polish Church

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Enos Jones Skate Park

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S.B. Penick & Co

S.B. Penick & Co was a pharmaceutical research, manufacturing and distribution company originally based in North Carolina. With the outbreak of World War I, the demand for pharmaceuticals increased significantly and the company opened a New York location. Two years later it outgrew its NY operation and moved the plant to Jersey City.

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Loading bay at S.B Penick & Co
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Hamilton House

Hamilton House, a brand-new luxury rental community.

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Shepard Fairey’s Natural Springs Mural

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The Centenary
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Albert’s Grocery

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Hamilton Pork
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Free your mind


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  1. happy to report that the graffiti has been removed from that storefront. I do see the same graffiti appearing on other buildings…any idea what it means ?

  2. The house in one if your photos, 664 jersey ave, is the house I was born in. My mother bought it in the 70’s for $27,000. I believe it is now in the millions. I miss that house and the beighbirhood. I attended st. Anthony’s grammar school which is no longer there and spent many nickels on candy in that corner store! Thank you for the photos.


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