Jersey City Apartments for Rent
Wedged between Newark and Manhattan, Jersey City is a major port of entry with its vital location between the Hudson River and the Hackensack River. Originally settled by the Dutch West India Company, Jersey City developed around the original Bergen Square, which was established in 1660.
The Van Wagenen House, built in 1659 and the oldest building in Jersey City, is located near Bergen Square. Often referred to as the Apple Tree House, it is believed that George Washington met with Marquis de Lafayette in the house in 1779. The Old Bergen Church is the oldest congregation in the state, dating back to 1660. While the original church was built in the 1600s, the current church was built in 1841 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Jersey City’s position on the Bergen Neck peninsula has long been a major draw for those looking to live as close as possible to New York City without the high cost. Apartments in Jersey City are more affordable while still within close proximity to the city. Residents are so close, in fact, that nearly half of the population doesn’t own a vehicle. Most residents prefer to use public transit, which includes rail (with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, PATH, and the Hoboken Terminal-New Jersey Transit to choose from), ferries, water taxis, buses, and bicycles – Jersey City is part of the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile urban path linking major cities along the Atlantic Coast from Florida to Maine. The city also has dedicated bike lanes that run throughout the area.