Central Avenue (Hudson Palisades)

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There are plans to extend the avenue between Newark and Hoboken Avenues along the right-of-way of the former Hoboken Elevated, the trestle of which has been demolished.

Central Avenue in Jersey City Heights is the main commercial thoroughfare for that section of Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, and is designated County Route 663 for 1.60-mile (2.57 km) of its length. It runs just north of Newark Avenue near Five Corners to Paterson Plank Road near Transfer Station. The avenue continues north through Union City without the county route designation to 35th Street (CR 674[1]), two blocks north of Hackensack Plank Road.[2]

Central Avenue was the "Main Street" of Hudson City, one of the municipalities which elected to join Jersey City in a referendum held in 1863. The avenue begins at what had been the southern border of the town that is now near the county seat of Hudson County and the historic Hudson County Courthouse. Traveling north it almost immediately passes over three man-made ravines, or "cuts" through the part of the Hudson Palisades called Bergen Hill. The now-unused Bergen Arches and the single track Long Dock Tunnel were created for railroads, while The Depressed Highway[3] (the bridge over which was replaced in 2017)[4] was created to allow traffic to by-pass local roads while travelling between the Holland Tunnel and the Pulaski Skyway.[5] In July 2012, the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders passed a resolution to extend the avenue between Hoboken Avenue and Newark Avenue[6][7] The work would be done in conjunction with the replacement of the Hudson County Administration Building with a new courthouse. Land for the new building had been acquired by the end of 2017. In September 2018, allocations for design of the site were made construction planned for 2020.[8]

On entering the Heights, it becomes residential for a few blocks, as it passes the Jersey City Reservoir #3 and Pershing Field. Thereafter it becomes a local shopping street.[9] Businesses, retail and food shops are mostly located in three and four story buildings, many built in the late 19th and early 20th century. It again becomes more residential as it approaches the city line in Washington Park.[citation needed]

The trajectory of the avenue is adjusted by a short "dog-leg turn" to the west along Paterson Plank Road and resumes in what was formerly West Hoboken and is now a section of Union City. It is a broad residential street of multiple family houses and low and mid-rise apartment buildings. At 18th Street, the avenue is once again "interrupted", this time at the grounds of the former Monastery and Church of Saint Michael the Archangel. It continues on the other side and soon thereafter passes over the Lincoln Tunnel Approach and Helix. Central Avenue ends two blocks north of the 32nd Street section of the Hackensack Plank Road near the Holy Family Church complex, which includes the Park Theater, just west of Bergenline Avenue.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

County Route 663 marker

County Route 663
Central Avenue
Route information
Length1.60 mi[10] (2.57 km)
Major junctions
South endHudson County 644.svg CR 644 in Jersey City
 Ellipse sign 139.svg NJ 139 in Jersey City
North endHudson County 681.svg CR 681 in Jersey City
Highway system
CR 662CR 664


  1. ^ "Hudson County 674 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2009-08-25.
  2. ^ Hudson County New Jersey Street Map. Hagstrom Map Company, Inc. 2008. ISBN 0-88097-763-9.
  3. ^ Strunsky, Steve (October 25, 2010). "Holland Tunnel commuters face 5 years of added delays". NJ.com
  4. ^ http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2017/05/central_avenue_bridge_reopens.html
  5. ^ Karnoutsos, Carmela; Shalhoub, Patrick (2007). "General Casimir Pulaski Memorial Skyway". Jersey City Past and Present. New Jersey City University. Archived from the original on 2010-10-01. Retrieved October 1, 2010.
  6. ^ Machcinski, Anthony J. (August 11, 2012). "Hudson Freeholders want to extend Jersey City's Central Avenue near courthouse ". NJ.com
  7. ^ Machcinski, Anthony J (October 23, 2012). "Set on extending Central Avenue in Jersey City, freeholders plan to take action to acquire property". The Jersey Journal. NJ.com. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
  8. ^ https://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2018/09/project_to_build_new_hudson_county_justice_complex.html
  9. ^ "For Visitors: Shopping". The Official Jersey City Web Site. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
  10. ^ "Hudson County 663 straight line diagram" (PDF). New Jersey Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2009-08-02.

Coordinates: 40°44′17″N 74°03′14″W / 40.738°N 74.054°W / 40.738; -74.054

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