Hudson County is full of interesting destinations, exciting adventures and hidden marvels. Though only 46 or so square miles, you really could spend a lifetime exploring the ins and outs and hidden corners of its vibrant communities. Some are well know, others are not. Just for fun, here are some of The Zamir Group agents favorite places to have fun, let loose, and take in the town.
Jersey City Reservoir, entrances on Summit, Reservoir & Jefferson Aves: Hidden away in up and coming “The Heights,” take a break from the urban and commune with nature. Periodic events sponsored by the likes of The Preservation Alliance are always fun, and it’s a great spot to snap an Insta-worthy pic.
Hoboken Cove Boathouse, Sinatra Drive & Maxwell Place: From late May through September this public boathouse offers kayaking on the Hudson River, as well as periodic special events and meetups.
3rd Street, Jersey City: Around the intersection of Third & Coles streets in Downtown JC, there are tons of cool places within a one block radius. Check out Au Capoeira on Coles for your fitness and martial arts fix, Lucky 7 Tavern for your new watering hole, and Gallery 58 for your arts and culture. Jersey City Art School’s Gallery 313 on 3rd is another hip place for some art or an event
Hamilton Park, Weehawken: If you can’t score “Hamilton” tickets, come check out this park dedicated to the man Alexander. It is here he was said to have laid his head after his duel with Aaron Burr. The stone carved monument is a sight in and of itself, and when paired with the impressive Manhattan skyline your eyes are in for a treat (bonus points if you come early for the sunrise).
Grove Street Echo, @ the Grove Street PATH Plaza: An important transit hub that also sports a cobblestone mini-ampitheater on its western side (on Grove Street between Columbus and Newark). Pro Tip: If you stand in the center and face west (toward McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts) and talk, you’ll hear a very cool echo. It works best if no one is sitting on the edge of the amphitheater’s walls.
Harrison Street, Hoboken: Industrial chic neighborhood boasting fine arts aplenty. Next to Observer Highway is the Chambord Building, chock full of art and music studios including the Barksy and Paul Vincent Galleries. Also scope out Revival Vintage Boutique for throwback threads.
The Bridge Skatepark, 9-11 Gertrude St, Bayonne: Nestled in the shadow of Bayonne Bridge, major street cred comes with nailing your landing at this favorite local spot for skaters, bladers, BMX and more. If you’re new to the game you can take a lesson, or plan a unique party that everyone will be talking about.
Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery, 435 Newark Ave: Make your High School history teacher proud at this famed site of Revolutionary War skirmishes. It was also an ammunition bunker during the War of 1812 and is home to the eternal resting place of thousands of soldiers since the 1700’s. A true piece of American History, this all-to0-often ignored local also has tons of wildlife and greenery not to mention live goats. There are also periodic music and community events, including annual Halloween Concert series.
East West Novelty, 330 48th St, Union City: We know how to have some fun too, and this funky odds and ends store is packed with skate gear, clothes, gifts and…adult wares. Stop in for a great bachelorette party find or something for a Saturday night to remember.