Marion Section

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Marion Section
Aerial view of the warehouse district in the Marion Section of Jersey City, between the PATH train tracks and the Pulaski Skyway
Aerial view of the warehouse district in the Marion Section of Jersey City, between the PATH train tracks and the Pulaski Skyway
Marion Section is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Marion Section
Marion Section
Marion in Hudson County in New Jersey
Coordinates: 40°44′07″N 74°04′27″W / 40.73528°N 74.07417°W / 40.73528; -74.07417Coordinates: 40°44′07″N 74°04′27″W / 40.73528°N 74.07417°W / 40.73528; -74.07417
CountryUnited States
StateNew Jersey
CityJersey City
Elevation26 ft (8 m)
Area code(s)201
GNIS feature ID878120[1]

Marion is a section of Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States.[2][3]


The Marion Section was laid out in the 1870s and was developed in the early 20th century. The name is speculated to have come from either the old Marion Hotel or the founders of a watch company located near the city line. Marion Junction, an important rail junction in the 19th century is nearby. Originally concentrated with families of Italian ancestry, Marion was planned as a blue- collar residential community to work at Lorillard Tobacco Company, American Can Company, or nearby railroad yards.


Marion Section Jersey City Broadway side street.jpg

To the west of Journal Square and north of Holy Name Cemetery on the West Side, the Marion's two distinct neighborhoods are separated by PATH train tracks. It borders other districts of Riverbend, Croxton and the West Side, and is sometimes considered to include the area along the Hackensack Riverfront, Tonnele Circle, and neighborhood overlapping India Square. Marion is mostly a low-rise residential district that is home to several new housing developments, light manufacturing, restaurants, LaPointe Park and the Marion Branch Public Library. Broadway, U.S. Route 1/9, Sip Avenue and West Side Avenue are the main streets running through the neighborhood. The 1940 Marion Gardens housing project creates the western residential border for the section.[4]

The neighborhood separated by PATH tracks crossed by a pedestrian bridge[5]

Although the PATH train runs through the district, there is no PATH station there.[5] Former mayor, Jerramiah Healy had requested that a PATH stop be built at Broadway and West Side Avenue,[6] supplanting the nearest station at Journal Square. There are a growing number of condos and other housing units being built in the Marion neighborhood and city officials feel a stop on the PATH system will be necessary to unclog the city streets and lessen the commute for residents. Officials feel a station would help to bolster development in the neighborhood, which has fewer cultural attractions than many Jersey City neighborhoods and is without a school.[7] The city entered into an agreement in 2018 that the agency would conduct a feasibility study.[8][9]

The area north of the tracks near the foot of on Newark Avenue and east of Marion Junction is surrounded by manufacturing and warehouse buildings, a few of which have received New Jersey Register of Historic Places designation. Some have been converted to residences or other uses, notably that of the American Can Company.[10][11] The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA)[12] is an exhibition space at Mana Contemporary[13][14] also housed in a former manufacturing building and that is an extension of the fine arts transportation department of Moishe's Moving Systems.[15] The 1,000,000 (one million)-square foot building is also home to dance companies of Shen Wei and Karole Armitage.[16]

The Marion Greenway Park has received funding and eventually will connect to the Hackensack RiverWalk with a 1,300-linear foot extension to Lincoln Park and the East Coast Greenway. The reclaimed brownfield will be transformed to a 32-acre waterfront park including two soccer fields, a drill/practice area, a lawn/fairgrounds, and a mile long jogging/walking path.[17][18][19][20] Portions were once part of the PJP Landfill.[21]

Little Bombay is a neighborhood in the Journal Square and Marion neighborhoods.[22] It is home to the one of the highest concentrations of Asian Indians in the Western Hemisphere[23] and one of at least 24 enclaves characterized as a Little India which have emerged within the New York City Metropolitan Area. Little Bombay is centered by India Square, a two-block stretch of Newark Avenue home to over 13,000 people of Indian origin.[24] As of the 2010 Census, the area had a population of over 27,000, with the majority being of Indian descent.[25] As of the 2010 Census, over 27,000 Asian Indians accounted for 10.9% of Jersey City's population,[26] Jersey City as a whole has Indian-Americans representing more than 10% of the total population, which is the highest proportion found in any major American city.

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  1. ^ a b "Marion". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ Locality Search, State of New Jersey. Accessed February 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "Jersey City's Districts". Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2009-04-01.
  4. ^ "Marion Gardens". Archived from the original on 2009-12-10. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
  5. ^ a b "Marion needs a PATH station". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Newe PATH Station in Jersey City Marion: PATH Trains Hudson Tubes Hudson& Manhattan RR". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  7. ^ Marion PATH Station?, Jersey Journal, May 15, 2006
  8. ^ Fry, Chris (2018-11-20). "Port Authority Could Soon Study Feasibility of Marion PATH Station in Jersey City". Jersey Digs. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  9. ^ Journal, Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey (2018-11-27). "Legal settlement: millions for Jersey City, new home for PATH substation". nj. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  10. ^ Kaysen, Ronda (2016-02-12). "Moving to Jersey City? Join the Club". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-05-27.
  11. ^ "American Can Company to become 202 condos; may see 600 in total". Jersey City Reporter. Archived from the original on 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2008-04-15. ... American Can Company located between Dey Street and St. Paul's Avenue ... The American Can Company was spread over a series of five buildings on St. Paul's Avenue. Only two of the five buildings will be turned into the 202 units right now, although another 398 units may be built in the other three buildings in future phases.
  12. ^ "Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA)". Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  13. ^ "Mana Contemporary". Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  14. ^ Musat, Stephanie (March 31, 2012), New art center focused on Middle East to open in Jersey City
  15. ^ Kozinn, Allan (May 16, 2013). "From Moving Van to Art Complex". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-18.
  16. ^ "'Punk Ballerina' Karole Armitage Finds a New Home at Mana Contemporary". The Jersey City Independent. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  17. ^ Marion Greenway Park
  18. ^ "First Phase of Landfill-to-Park Redevelopment on Hackensack Riverfront Slated to Be Complete This Summer". The Jersey City Independent. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  19. ^ "Jersey City Council voting on final step to make landfill a park". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  20. ^ "Forty Jersey City residents briefed on new 32-acre park to be built on cleaned-up landfill". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  21. ^ "Jersey City park to be built on former PJP landfill site". Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  22. ^ Kiniry, Laura. "Moon Handbooks New Jersey", Avalon Travel Publishing, 2006. pg. 34 ISBN 1-56691-949-5
  23. ^ Laryssa Wirstiuk (April 21, 2014). "Neighborhood Spotlight: Journal Square". Jersey City Independent. Archived from the original on June 30, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  24. ^ "India Square" Archived October 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, accessed May 16, 2018
  25. ^ "City Attracts People From Around the Globe" Archived 2011-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed July 26, 2006.
  26. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data Jersey City, New Jersey". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2018-05-15.

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