By Alexandra Antonucci, Victoria Bishop-Smith and Victoria St. John
Where is it?
The West Side neighborhood covers multiple areas in Jersey City from Bergen Avenue all the way down to West Side Avenue. The area also includes the Hackensack River, Lincoln Park, New Jersey City University and Saint Peter’s University.
History of West Side:
When West Side was first established it was referred to as West Bergen, and during the 70’s and 80’s was an area for wealthy people looking to buy summer homes. Now, with many newcomers joining the neighborhood, West Side has looked to improve the area even further.
According to data from Statistical Atlas, a website that uses information from the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Community Survey to create in-depth data and analysis, West Side has the following population:
Race: Black: 28.5%, Asian: 27.5%, Hispanic: 25.0%, White: 15.5%, Other: 2.2%, Mixed: 1.3%
Although there are transportation options for people in the West Side area, there are not as many options compared to the other neighborhoods throughout Jersey City. There is one Light Rail station, the West Side Avenue station, which is located on West Side and Claremont Avenue.
There are also bus stations located on Montgomery and West Side Avenue.
Otherwise, many residents prefer to walk or use the Citi Bikes that are made available near Lincoln Park.
West Side Avenue offers a diverse array of small businesses, such as perfume stores, florists and film shops. There is also a variety of ethnic eateries and shops available, including New Khan Groceries & Halal Meat and Ando West Indian and African Market.
Holy Name Cemetery & Mausoleum (823 West Side Avenue) is the largest cemetery in Jersey City, with over 267,000 burial plots and mausoleums. It began in 1886 and was formerly known as Hudson County Catholic Cemetery. Holy Name is most known for its beautiful artwork and architecture, as well as being the final resting place of Frank Hague, former mayor of Jersey City. Holy Name is also where Congresswoman Mary Theresa Norton and NJ Supreme Court Justice Marie Garibaldi are buried.
Lincoln Park on West Side Avenue is considered to be the oldest and largest of Hudson County’s parks. It was first established in 1905, but wasn’t called ‘Lincoln Park’ until 1930, when the famous “Lincoln the Mystic” statue was formally dedicated. Lincoln Park has an exceptional amount of open space and preserved natural habitats. It is also in close proximity to the Hackensack Rive and is apart of the Historic Liberty/Water Gap trail.
West Side Community Alliance Farmer’s Market is held at Lincoln Park every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can find an array of produce, plants, baked goods, eggs and ready-to-eat meals, among others. The markets runs from June 16 through October 27.
Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey serves the West Side neighborhood, where she currently resides with her husband. She was first elected in 2017, is a member of Keep Jersey City Beautiful and co-created West Side Arts & Music.
Jodi Drennan serves as the President for the West Side Community Alliance (WSCA), which volunteers to bring a sense of community to the West Side neighborhood. WSCA also organizes the Farmer’s Market at Lincoln Park.