By Alexandra Antonucci, Valeria Calle and Lamuel Pierre-Charles
Where is it?
Bergen-Lafayette is located West of Liberty State Park. It’s less-defined other borders overlap with those of Greenville at Hudson-Bergen Light Rail to the South, Lincoln Park to the West and Montgomery Street at McGinley Square to the North.
History of Bergen-Lafayette:
From its name, the “Bergen” portion roughly corresponds to the former town of Bergen City, which existed from 1855 to 1870. In 1870 it, along with the former Hudson City, merged with the larger Jersey City. Lafayette Park, a known park in the neighborhood, was originally close to the waterfront, before an extensive landfill was built in the early twentieth century, expanding the city’s size.
According to data from Statistical Atlas, whose information is from US Census Bureau, Bergen-Lafayette has the following population:
Race: Black: 61.8%, White: 6.9%, Hispanic 26.9%, Asian: 3.0%
Bergen-Lafayette has multiple transportation options that allow residents and commuters to travel throughout Jersey City. There are a variety of bus routes that will take you to transfer points in Journal Square, Exchange Place and the Hoboken Terminal where you can catch rail and ferry options into New York and other destinations.
There are also three stops on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail that are on the periphery of the neighborhood, one of them being the Liberty State Park stop.
Bergen-Lafayette has a variety of shopping districts throughout the community. Martin Luther King Drive is home to clothing stores, supermarkets and other specialty shops.
Ocean Avenue, which stretches from Bergen-Lafayette through Greenville, is also a main shopping district for the neighborhood. The main street boasts everything from clothing stores, to supermarkets to sandwich shops.
Liberty State Park (200 Morris Pesin Drive) has a host of historic landmarks. The sprawling 1,212 park offers unparalleled views of the Manhattan skyline, the “Empty Sky” 9/11 Memorial and is home to the Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (1 Audrey Zapp Drive). Visitors can also take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, one of the reasons why Jersey City is referred to as “America’s Golden Door.”
Berry Lane Park (1000 Garfield Avenue) is the largest municipal park in Jersey City, and was opened in 2016. The park has two basketball courts, two tennis courts, a baseball field, a soccer field, a playground, a rain garden and a splash pad water park. At it’s opening, Mayor Steven Fulop announced that the park would also be receiving a skate park from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
Moore’s Lounge, aka Bill and Ruth’s (189 Monticello Avenue) is a jazz club that has been apart of Jersey City for the past 40 years. Started by drummer Winard Harper, Moore’s Lounge brings together diverse audience members and musicians to showcase their talents for affordable ticket prices.
Friends of Arlington Park holds their Farmer’s Market ever Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park. The market runs from July 13 through October 26.
Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson has served on City Council since 2017, and has served the Bergen-Lafayette community since 2015. Robinson is also a former Property Manager for the Martin Luther King Hub and is a licensed real estate agent. He is also the owner of the Light Rail Café on Randolph Avenue.