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About Jersey City

Jersey City is a major manufacturing and transportation center on a peninsula in the Hudson River west of Manhattan Island. Each year more than $1.3 billion in steel, chemicals, soaps, perfumes, elevators and a myriad of other products pour from approximately 600 industrial plants. Completion of the Hudson River railroad tunnels in 1910 cemented the city's position as the transportation and distribution heart of the New York-New Jersey megalopolis.

The peninsula Paulus Hook first was settled by the Dutch about 1630, but less-than-friendly relations with the American Indians postponed the establishment of the first permanent settlement at Bergen until 1660. Gradually the hook became a strategic link between New York and cities to the west and south. As such it played an important role in the American Revolution; it was the 1779 site of the Battle of Paulus Hook.

Urban revitalization has rescued such architectural treasures as the brownstone houses in which the city's rich and powerful lived during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Hamilton Park area boasts a number of these restored houses.

The Colgate Clock, at the foot of Essex St. on the Hudson River, faces the bay and is best seen from the water. Its dial is 50 feet in diameter; the minute hand weighs 2,200 pounds and moves 23 inches every minute.

Visitor Information

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce: 660 Newark Ave., Suite 220, Jersey City, NJ 07306; phone (201) 386-0699.

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