Neighborhood in Photos: West Side, Jersey City

West Side is the neighborhood on either side of West Side Avenue, a major street and shopping district, in Jersey City. It is bordered by Marion to the north, Greenville to the south, and Bergen/Lafayette to the east. It is home to Lincoln Park and New Jersey City University and has its own Light Rail station.

It is a shadow of the commercial area it once was. As reported by The Jersey Journal, the Jersey City Economic Development Corp. is funding a $100,000 study that will determine how to attract new businesses and shoppers to the area and whether to create a new Special Improvement District for it.

Jersey City’s small-town feel and “chill” vibe can be felt in the diverse neighborhood. Aesthetically, it is an area where nature, old architecture and grit combine – a true Chilltown hood.

I took these shots for practice with my new (well, secondhand) camera over the course of four days. Some of them aren’t that good, but captured noteworthy things about West Side. If you want to get a complete feel for the neighborhood, you have to see it in person.

The shots are sorted in a rough “path” – starting by Greenville and heading up to Lincoln Park, heading back down Mallory Avenue exploring some side streets, and then trekking to Hudson Mall for a gorgeous sunset.

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About Summer Dawn Hortillosa

Summer Dawn Hortillosa is a journalist specializing in arts and entertainment. Among other things, she is also an award-winning playwright, director, singer-songwriter and actress. Her work has been seen in The Jersey City Independent, The Jersey Journal and other publications.
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