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Home on the Hilltop

The neighborhood of Hilltop in Jersey City enjoys panoramic views of Manhattan and Hudson County from its perch atop the sandstone cliffs of the New Jersey Palisades at their southernmost point.

Hilltop is primarily a residential area located directly east of Journal Square and approximately two aerial miles west of Manhattan.  It is home to both lifelong residents and newer transplants, and is arguably one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the greater New York City metropolitan area.

A variety of homes populate the area, from brownstone-style townhouses over a hundred years old to newer apartment dwellings.

Some Hilltop properties boast enviable views of the Manhattan skyline, some sit cheek-by-jowl with bustling storefronts, while still others are tucked away in quiet corners of the community.  Gardening is popular and a number of residents enjoy private planting spaces that provide sanctuary from the urban hubbub.

Visit the links in the left navigation bar of this site to obtain information on Hilltop organizations and to read spotlight articles on neighborhood issues, home and gardening tips, resident-owned businesses and other topics of interest.
 


About Jersey City

Incorporated in 1820, Jersey City has a rich history dating back to early European settlers in the 1600s and, of course, Native American tribes before that.  While a vibrant city in its own right, Jersey City has also functioned for many decades as a cost effective living alternative for commuters working in Manhattan.  It has become so integrated with the metropolitan New York area that Jersey City is often referred to as the "sixth borough" of New York City.  After 9/11, when many Wall Street firms moved some of their operations to the Jersey City waterfront (casually referred to as Wall Street West), more Jersey City residents are now living and working in the same area.  This helps residents to save money on commuting costs, income taxes, and even sales tax (over 80% of retail establishments in Jersey City charge only 3% sales tax).

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About Hilltop

Hilltop anchors the eastern edge of Journal Square, which is home to the Jersey Journal newspaper building and the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) commuter train and bus transportation hub.  Its primary commercial through-streets are Newark and Pavonia Avenues, between Summit and Palisade.  The neighborhood extends north to State Highway and south to the area known as the Island.

Hilltop's commercial area along Newark Ave boasts a variety of locally-famous food establishments, among them the Philippine Bread House, Moloney's Meats, Larry & Joe's Pizza and more.  It is an easy trek to nearby Newport and the waterfront for many other options as well, not to mention the quick commute to Manhattan, the cuisine capital of the world.

The Hilltop area is home to several centers of worship, among them, St. Joseph's Roman Catholic, St Demetrios Greek Orthodox, St Paul's Evangelical Lutheran‎ and the Swaminarayan World Organization‎ (Hindu).  More churches and places of worship are within walking distance or a short drive from Hilltop, in the communities nearby.

Schools include St. Joseph's Middle School and Dickinson High School.

One intriguing residential section of Hilltop is an area known as "the Island."  This tiny enclave occupies the southern end of Chestnut Ave, and has the most suburban atmosphere in the Hilltop area.  The Island is a settlement sprouting from the top of a stand-alone chunk of rock, an isolated portion of (and the southern tip end of) the New Jersey Palisades cliffs.  The area is only two streets wide, and its only access road is Chestnut Ave.  It rises above the PATH train tracks that run from Journal Square to the tunnels headed towards New York.  In the early part of the 20th century, when the trains from New Jersey to New York ran on steam, the Island was used as a roundabout of sorts.  The trains would steam around and around the circle of rock, gathering up speed to head down into the tunnels.  Once electricity replaced steam, the trains no longer chugged around the Island before their city runs, but the area retains its quaint name and historic reputation.


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Hilltop Neighborhood Boundaries

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The Gardens of Hilltop

 

     

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