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Main Street NYC: Grove Street, Jersey City

Friday, June 12, 2009

People who live in downtown Jersey City often refer to it as New York’s unofficial sixth borough. It’s just as close if not closer to Manhattan as the so-called outer boroughs -- five to seven minutes on the PATH train. WNYC’s Jenna Flanagan plugs into Grove Street as part our Main Street series to find out how it’s weathering the recession.

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Even at 98 percent capacity, the Grove Pointe tower still advertises its availability to the neighborhood. Developer and principal Jonathan Kushner says condos start at $375,000 for a one bedroom and can rise into the low $70,000’s, while a studio starts at $1,600 and two bedroom starts at $2,400.

Residents file in and out of the PATH train station at the new Grove Pointe plaza, in front of the massive tower on Grove Street.

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19th century relics that still line Grove Street contrast with their 21st century 30-story neighbor just a few blocks away.

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Shopping, dining and just hanging are popular pastimes on Grove Street.

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Capitalizing on its proximity to Lady Liberty, Jersey City Hall erected this plaque on its front lawn. The statue and Ellis Island can be easily reached from nearby Liberty State Park, also part of Jersey City, although it’s the statue’s rear end that faces the Garden State!

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Beauty comes naturally, even in the basement.

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Comments [5]

Boreta

I work in JC, and wish I could afford to live there! The rent prices are out of reach for a working class person!

Jan. 25 2010 04:11 PM
Packy

I live in Jersey City and I refer to it as the 6th borough! I'm closer to Flatiron than my sister, and she lives in Manhattan! It's way cheaper to live here than it would be in any of the five boroughs...

Jun. 13 2009 12:27 AM
roger

wow, speaking as a jersey city resident, this piece is almost content-free!

i've seen businesses close right and left over the past 3 months. you might have gotten more background from one of the jc blogs or boards.

Jun. 12 2009 05:33 PM
Matt

Grove St. divides Chilltown from Shilltown. West of Grove is Chilltown, East of grove is Shilltown, where the corporate shills have invaded with their grotesque, prefab, corporate garbage.

Jun. 12 2009 11:55 AM
Senor Hapin

Realtors, not residents, refer to JC as the 6th borough; and we have a view of Lady Liberty's backside because we have her back!

Jun. 12 2009 09:38 AM

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