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“Gotta walk The Waterfront (Exchange Place)”

Ranked #3 of 48 things to do in Jersey City
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 3 May 2014

The Waterfront (at Exchange Place-PATH station) remains without any doubt my all-time favorite place to hang out, take in the world, or re-discover the quiet, calm solitary walks can achieve. It's probably one of the safest spots in metro NYC. Port Authority's presence seems constant morning, afternoon, and even very late at night.

But logistic basic stuff first:
1. It's totally free. And again, the spot I prefer over all others is on the boardwalk at Exchange Place and Jersey City's HBLR stop. Common sense, for sure, it's still an urban area...but I've been visiting for years as a NYC-lover & much more since re-locating to Jersey City Aug-2013.
2. Why? What is there to do? Answer # 1: BEST VIEW OF NYC's skyline, especially lower Manhattan's newbie VERY tall-drinks of sky, shimmering glass, & chrome. Trust me...It's virtually impossible to appreciate the wonder of it all once you're across the Hudson in the City. (You know: not able to see the forest because of all the big trees.) Don't forget to take your digital cam and/or FULLY charged smartphone! And plan to spend some time trying to capture the perfect shot of the water, sky, and human element combined! If weather is mild, it's hard to be disappointed whether its day or night on your visit. Answer #2: absolutely a NOTHING thereto do if you choose or observe the best spectacle of all--people watch! Or withdraw within your inner world with the lull of the water lapping the shore. It's always calming whether it's busy with the afternoon rush or quiet Sunday afternoon.
3. Key stuff to spot: WTC One inspires me every time I gaze at it in equal measures of awe & reflection on what was...what never changed... and what may yet become. Don't forget to take panorama shots because the Midtown fave blgs including the most recognizable NY golden oldie-ESB & more. Look south towards Staten Isl & Brooklyn and there's the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in the distance. Gotta appreciate that from a distance. The old-timers say it's the only man made structure in NYC visible from parts of ALL 5 boroughs. Remember that for Jeopardy, ok.
4. Mix it up with your transportation and catch a ferry ride at nearby Paulus Hook, still scheduled for operation between Manhattan and JC for another year at least.

Please remember to fully charge mobile devices before sightseeing here. Public access to AC outlets nearly impossible...and essential map apps gorge on mobile phone's battery supply.

Nobody asked for an essay but it's my fave...yada-yada... You know.

5  Thank John L
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

It was a very moving memorial one that we can all relate to. Security is high there so be prepared to be screened as boarding a plane. My children are 10 and 8 and they enjoyed it, but didn't understand exactly what it meant, afterwards we talked to them and then they understood why the memorial was there in those two spots. The designers made this memorial very moving. I can't wait to actually see the museum when it is completed.

1  Thank mjmetzler
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

I always make it a point to visit the Downtown Jersey City waterfront each time I'm in the city to get some of the best views of the downtown Manhattan and the World Trade Center complex. The views at dusk are some of the best! Another option is the waterfront promenade behind Newport Mall, very close if you alight at the Pavonia/Newport Path Station.

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

There are several places on the Jersey City water front to view the New York City Sky line. My suggestion for one of the best viewing spots is right at the waterfront by the Exchange Place Path Train station. From this location, you get the best view of the newly completed Freedom tower. I don't think you can get a few as good as this one from anywhere else on the NJ side, and best of all its free! You can start off your trip to NYC here to as you can easily hop on the path train at Exchange place an be in Lower Manhattan in a matter of minutes.

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Reviewed 3 November 2013

It was awesome, but a little hard to find due to the on going construction. If you get your tickets on line ahead of time, it will save you a long wait in the ticket line. Make sure you follow the on line instructions though. The confirmation page WILL NOT serve as your ticket!

1  Thank dgx2
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