Colgate Clock (Jersey City)

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Coordinates: 40°42′43.3″N 74°02′02″W / 40.712028°N 74.03389°W / 40.712028; -74.03389


The Colgate Clock is an octagonal clock facing the Hudson River near Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. It has a diameter of 50 feet (15 m).[1] It is currently situated 1,300 feet (400 m) south of where the headquarters of consumer products conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive used to be sited, before it left the area in 1985.


The current Colgate Clock was built in 1924 to replace an earlier clock designed by Colgate engineer Warren Davey, which was constructed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company for Colgate's centennial in 1906. After the current clock's construction, the earlier clock was relocated to a Colgate factory in Clarksville, Indiana.[1][2][3] The Jersey City clock was maintained by John A. Winters from the 1930s until his retirement in 1976.

As of 2005, the Colgate Clock stands on an otherwise empty lot; all of the other buildings in the complex were demolished in 1985 when Colgate left. The lot is located on the Hudson River waterfront and the clock itself is 100 metres (330 ft) south of the Goldman Sachs Tower, the tallest skyscraper in the state of New Jersey. The construction of that building in the early 2000s forced a relocation of the clock southward to its current location. At that time, the size of the Colgate advertisement attached to it was reduced to comply with the Hudson River No Billboard law. As a part of the relocation agreement Goldman Sachs now maintains the clock.

The clock is a mandatory reporting point for flights below Class B airspace in the Hudson River VFR corridor.[4]

In 2013, the clock was refurbished, outfitted with LED lights, and reinstalled on the waterfront near the Goldman-Sachs tower.[5]


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  1. ^ a b Gray, Christopher (July 17, 1988). "The Colgate Clock; Winding Down to a Move for a Jersey City Beacon". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  2. ^ Lyons, Richard D. (July 9, 1989). "Jersey City Landmark; Now It's Time to Move the Colgate Clock". The New York Times. Retrieved November 27, 2010.
  3. ^ Kaulessar, Ricardo (Oct 15, 2007). "The big clock by the river Colgate Clock still an icon in Jersey City". Hudson Reporter. Archived from the original on October 30, 2014. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
  4. ^ "New York Special Flight Rules Area for Flight Below Class B Airspace" (PDF). Schodack Aviation. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
  5. ^ McDonald, Terrence T. "Famed Colgate Clock returning to Jersey City waterfront". Retrieved July 20, 2018.

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