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City is New Jersey’s second largest city, and
although it didn’t always have the tenets of an
alluring area for young families, it’s changed
a great deal in recent years."
City: The New Brooklyn?
There was a time when young
professionals saw greener pastures as a move from a tiny apartment
in Manhattan to a slightly larger apartment in one of Brooklyn’s
sprawling neighborhoods. Proximity to Prospect Park, family-oriented
eateries, and availability of shops and restaurants was the
biggest get for Brooklyn-bound couples looking to start a family.
However, as time has gone on, the prices in Brooklyn have skyrocketed.
Many couples in their thirties and forties find the environment
in Brooklyn to be frustrating. Increasingly, it’s feeling
more and more like a rat race. You work as hard as you can to
get as much space as you can, which in the end, is not enough.
Families are squeezing into small apartments just to be in Brooklyn.
Many people are asking: does it have to be this way? Is Brooklyn
In recent years, quite a few have found their answer -- and
no, Brooklyn does not have to be the end all be all. For many
of those looking for perks such as an up and coming retail area,
a short commute to the city, and beautiful views of the Hudson,
Jersey City has been the answer.
Jersey City is New Jersey’s second largest city, and although
it didn’t always have the tenets of an alluring area for
young families, it’s changed a great deal in recent years.
Jersey City now has many of the same accouterments that Brooklyn
does - from cute cafes to charming bars to farm-to-table eating.
As more families have flocked to Jersey City, so have day care
centers and pediatricians. In a matter of only a few years,
Jersey City has become a great place for families to call home.
Of course, if Jersey City is taking on many qualities of its
New York counterpart, it’s what sets Jersey City apart
from Brooklyn that’s spurring this trend. Rent is, by
comparison, a great deal more affordable than in Brooklyn. Not
only is the month-to-month dollar amount less, but families
find themselves more space in Jersey City to boot.
Commutes, on the other hand, have the opposite effect. For one
recent implant to Jersey City, the daily commute to midtown
Manhattan went from over an hour from Brooklyn to just over
a half hour from Jersey City. Some developments even offer free
shuttle service from home to the PATH train, which many would-be
New Yorkers see as a rather amenable option. Developers are
also building complexes to offer other amenities, such as dog
parks, spas, and on-site gardens.
Despite the uptick in young professionals moving to Jersey City,
the area still has a stigma about it. For many New Yorkers,
the idea of getting to and from Jersey City without the use
of the subways is confusing. The PATH train, although functional
and easy to navigate once one tries, has an air of mystery to
it to New Yorkers who have never used it. Still, as many have
already found and more will in the future, Jersey City has a
lot to it once it’s given a chance.
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About Orly Chen
Chen is a leading
Tenafly real estate agent
in Northern New Jersey
specializing in the Bergen
County area. Her
integrity make Orly
one of the most sought-
after agents in the
Northern New Jersey
real estate market