Will Greater NYC's Next Great Gayborhood Be in Jersey City?
By Neal Broverman
A three-phase mega-tower broke ground earlier this year in Jersey City and promises to be a transformative project for the Journal Square neighborhood.
Adjacent to a PATH station, the Journal Squared mixed-use tower is touted as transit-friendly and a great option for those working in New York City. As part of the design, by Hollwich Kushner and Handel Architects, the PATH station area will be redesigned, replacing asphalt with a free-filled plaza and bicycle parking. The stairs to the station are designed like "Spanish steps," according to the architects.
The tower itself will feature 1,840 units, along with retail, restaurants, lobbies, and parking. The project's first phase, a 54-story wing, broke ground in January and should finish in about two years. Two other phases will be built later, with the tallest at 70 stories — expected to be New Jersey's highest residential building and likely viewable from many Manhattan vantage spots.
Other big projects are planned for Journal Square, a neighborhood that has fallen into decline in the past decades. If it all comes together, will we have the new gayborhood for greater NYC? Many people, including LGBTs, have moved to Jersey City to escape New York's oppressively high rents.