Five Corners, Jersey City

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Newark Ave on left; Summit Ave on right
Hudson County Courthouse
Five Corners Branch Library
Philippine grocery

Five Corners is at the intersection of Summit Avenue, Newark Avenue and Hoboken Avenue in Jersey City, New Jersey and is a northeastern part of the larger Journal Square district.[1] The name is often used to refer to the neighborhood radiating from the crossing, just south of Bergen Arches and The Divided Highway.

In the 19th century, the area was Cross Roads, being the site where the Newark Plank Road would split before descending to either Hoboken or Paulus Hook, while Summit Avenue would travel north thorough Bergen Woods or south through Bergen Square to Communipaw.[2]

Five Corners is where the county seat of Hudson County is located. The Hudson County Courthouse is at Newark and Baldwin Avenues.40°43′53″N 74°3′29″W / 40.73139°N 74.05806°W / 40.73139; -74.05806 (Hudson County Courthouse). The Hudson County Administration Building, at 595 Newark Avenue, is home to many county agencies and departments. The Five Corners Branch of the Jersey City Public Library is sited on the intersection itself. The (originally) Jersey City High School, now William L. Dickinson High School, at 2 Palisade Avenue 40°43′48″N 74°3′16″W / 40.73000°N 74.05444°W / 40.73000; -74.05444 is nearby.

The Journal Square Transportation Center, providing PATH and bus service is just south of the intersection on Summit Avenue. India Square is located just west along Newark Avenue at Kennedy Boulevard. The many stores around the intersection create a Little Manila including one of the first Filipino American groceries, Phil-Am Food Mart (now known as Phil-Am Merchandising and Casa Victoria) and The Filipino Channel. A popular bakery chain in the Philippines, Red Ribbon, opened its first store on the East Coast in 2006 on Summit Avenue

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  1. ^ Hudson County New Jersey Street Map. Hagstrom Map Company, Inc. 2008. ISBN 0-88097-763-9. 
  2. ^ United States Coast Guard Survey:New York Bay and Harbor and Environs, Washington, D.C., 1844-45