By Alexandra Antonucci
Where is it?
Journal Square is the so-called ‘transportation hub’ of Jersey City, and it lies in the center of Jersey City. Many main highways, such as Highway 78 and Route 139 run alongside it. The Hackensack River runs alongside it to the East.
History of Journal Square:
Journal Square was created in 1923, when the city condemned and demolished the offices of the Jersey Journal, which created a wide intersection at Hudson Boulevard. Two days before Election Day in 1960, John F. Kennedy made his final campaign speech in Journal Square. Hudson Boulevard was renamed John F. Kennedy Boulevard after his assassination.
According to data from the Statistical Atlas and the U.S. Census Bureau, Journal Square has the following population:
Race: 40.6% Asian, 25.3% White, 20.4% Hispanic, 11.0% Black, 2.1% Mixed, 0.5% Other
Journal Square has many transportation options available to commuters. The Journal Square PATH Station (1 PATH Plaza) has routes to Hoboken, New York and Newark, and is handicap accessible.
NJTransit buses are also available at the PATH Station, and travel all throughout Jersey City and Hudson County, and also make trips to New York and the greater New Jersey area.
South from Journal Square through McGinley Square towards Danforth Avenue, visitors will find a variety of specialty shops, drug stores and restaurants. This bustling shopping district truly does have something for every occasion.
The Loews Jersey Theater (54 Journal Square Plaza) is one of Jersey City’s most iconic landmarks. Opened in 1929, the outside architecture is just as beautiful as the inside: faux marble columns, crimson curtains, bronze embroidery and a grand chandelier paint a lavish picture. The auditorium seats 1,900 seats with an additional 1,200 on the balcony. Today, the Loews is still open for business: showing films and hosting events. Newlyweds-to-be can also get married at the iconic theater, and have their names put in the marquee.
Most people know Jackie Robinson as the first African-American baseball player, who made his debut on the Brooklyn Dodgers. What most don’t know is that Robinson once played for the Montreal Royals in a game against the Jersey City Giants. In this game, he became the first African-American baseball player to play in a AAA minor league game. The game took place at Roosevelt Stadium, not too far from where a statue of Robinson resides today at the PATH Plaza at Journal Square.
Old Bergen Church (1 Highland Avenue) was first constructed in 1660 by Dutch settlers. The church itself was rebuilt and has gone through numerous changes throughout the years, but the church itself has remained a staple in Jersey City throughout its 360-year history. The Old Bergen Church Cemetery (806 Bergen Avenue) is the first and oldest church burial ground in Jersey City and the state of New Jersey. The first recorded burial took place in 1668.
The Journal Square Green Market is held right outside the Journal Square PATH Station, and is held every Wednesday and Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., starting May 27 and running through December 23.
Ward C Councilman Rich Boggiano has lived in Jersey City for 40 years, and has served on City Council for seven of them. A retired Jersey City police officer and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Boggiano acts as a liaison to West Point, the State Department, the Jersey City Police Department and various ethnic groups as apart of the Winning the Peace program.
Kevin Bing serves as the President for the Journal Square Community Association, an organization that represents the residents of the Journal Square area. The association also advocates for the community when “dealing with city government, developers and the business community,” according to their website.
- Meetings are held from 10 a.m. to noon on the second Saturday of the month, except for June July and August, when they meet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Monday.
- Meetings are held at the Hudson County Community College STEM Building at 263 Academy Street.