Bergen Section, Jersey City
The Bergen Section of Jersey City, New Jersey is the neighborhood on either side of Kennedy Boulevard between Saint Peter's College/ McGinley Square and Communipaw Avenue in the Bergen-Lafayette section of the city. The name Bergen, used throughout Hudson County, is taken from the original Bergen, New Netherland settlement at Bergen Square.
While there was discussion of building a county long road as early as the 1870s, the Boulevard was officially opened in 1896. In the early automobile age it became part of the route of the Lincoln Highway and one of the busiest roads in the state. Bergen Avenue is a major north-south thoroughfare in the city running south from Journal Square along the ridge of the diminishing Hudson Palisades known as Bergen Hill. Monticello Avenue, which takes its name from mid 19th "suburban" development, is a shopping district lined with many turn-of-the-century buildings with storefronts being brought back into use. As its name suggests West Bergen overlaps this neighborhood.
The section retains much of the character that at one time made it the premiere 20th century residential district of the city. A variety of architectural styles can be found along the Boulevard, Bergen Avenue, and sidestreets including 19th-century rowhouses, Victorian and Edwardian mansions. Many of the multi-family buildings were built during the period of expansive growth in the 1920s and 1930s in pre-war and Art Deco style. including The Hague, residence of one of the city's best-known mayor, Frank Hague. Among the many landmarks in the area are the Fairmount Apartments, Temple Beth-El, and the former Jersey City YMCA. Lincoln the Mystic, a statue of a seated Abraham Lincoln by James Earle Fraser is situated at the entrance to the park which bears the president's name. and is one of the Hudson County's largest public green spaces.
Bus service is available along the each of the north-south corridors in the section:
- Monticello:NJT 87 south bound to Greenville and northbound to Journal Square and Hudson Place (Hoboken)
- Bergen Avenue local southbound to Greenville and northbound to Journal Square
- Boulevard:R&T 10/99s, 99X southbound to Bayonne and northbound to Journal Square with continuing service to Jersey City Heights and Port Authority Bus Terminal
- West Side Avenue: A&C bus southbound to Droyer's Point and Hudson Mall and north bound to Journal Square.
- Crosstown service along West Side Avenue and Montgomery Street to McGinley Square and Exchange Place
- "The old and the New - The Opposition and the Proposed Route". New York Times. August 12, 1873. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
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- "OPENING THE BOULEVARD.; Wheelmen Parade Along Hudson County's New Driveway". The New York Times. November 29, 1895.
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- 1860 Map
- JC Shoppring Districts
- Lynch, Kevin (June 1960). Images of the City. MIT. p. 26. ISBN 978-0-262-62001-7.
- "Lincoln Park". The Historical Marker Database. Retrieved 2011-10-06.
- "Jersey City Project, Apartments for Bergen section will cost $750,000". The New York Times. Retrieved March 26, 2010.
- 2600 Kennedy Boulevard
- NJCU JC A to Z:Divine Fairmount
- James, George (January 24, 1999). "JERSEYANA; For 134 Years, Jersey City Puts Politics Aside and Honors Lincoln". The New York Times.
- Lincoln Park
- http://travel.sulekha.com/jersey-city-attractions.htm#Lincoln Park
- NJT bus 87 schedule
- Routes 10/99S schedule