Paulus Hook - Explore Jersey City's Waterfront Neighborhood

Nestled on the picturesque waterfront of Jersey City, Paulus Hook is a hidden gem that captures the hearts of residents and visitors alike. This vibrant neighborhood boasts a rich history, a thriving community, and a unique blend of old-world charm and modern conveniences. With its cobblestone streets, historic brownstones, and stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Paulus Hook offers a distinct character that sets it apart as one of Jersey City's most coveted neighborhoods. Join us as we embark on a journey to uncover the captivating essence of Paulus Hook, from its historical roots to its contemporary allure, and discover why it's a place worth exploring and calling home.

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The History of Paulus Hook

In 1633, the Dutch West India Company appointed Michael Paulusen as the overseer of the land, thus bestowing the neighborhood with its namesake. Michael's surname, combined with the Dutch term "hoeck," meaning hook or point, birthed the charming enclave we now know as Paulus Hook. This neighborhood holds a special place in history for several reasons. As far back as the 1760s, it gained recognition for its ferry and stagecoach services, largely thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of a local businessman named Cornelius Van Vorst.

Paulus Hook's historical significance extends to its strategic role during the conflict between Britain and the American colonies. Even before the Revolutionary War erupted, General George Washington ordered the construction of a fort at Paulus Hook to guard against potential British attacks from across the Hudson River. Today, this district proudly holds its place on the National Register of Historic Places and the New Jersey Register of Historic Places, preserving its rich heritage.

A Unique Discovery: While strolling through the neighborhood, keep an eye out for remnants of the Cold War era – signs pointing to nuclear fallout shelters, offering a glimpse into the neighborhood's intriguing past.

Paulus Hook in the Modern Day

Present-day Paulus Hook has evolved into a sought-after enclave, particularly cherished by families and couples seeking a tranquil yet welcoming place to call home. Its tree-lined streets are adorned with elegant brownstones and adorned with charming eateries like White Star Bar and Satis Bistro, as well as cozy cafes like sam a.m. Friendly neighbors fill the community, fostering a warm and tight-knit atmosphere. Situated along the waterfront near Liberty Marina, Paulus Hook offers a breathtaking backdrop for leisurely walks on sunny days. Nestled just behind the bustling Grand Street, this core neighborhood is also home to St. Peter's Preparatory High School, adding an educational touch to the area's charm.

Where is Paulus Hook

Where is Paulus Hook?

Paulus Hook is located close to the waterfront nestled along the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey. Situated just one mile across the river from Manhattan, its name derives from the Dutch term "hoeck," signifying a "point of land." This geographical feature was historically identified as an elevated area, encompassing the present-day boundaries of Montgomery, Hudson, Dudley, and Van Vorst Streets.

The heart of the neighborhood revolves around Washington Street, a thoroughfare running both north and south. Paulus Hook's scenic waterfront area graces the basin of the Morris Canal and adjoins a picturesque segment of Liberty State Park. Commuting and leisure options are readily accessible, with the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail featuring a convenient Paulus Hook stop at Essex Street and the Liberty Water Taxi service available at Warren Street. Furthermore, the introduction of the light rail and the development of office buildings along the Hudson Waterfront have spurred the growth of businesses along Morris Street, including a delightful array of restaurants offering outdoor seating and charming neighborhood shops.

Where to Live in Paulus Hook

99 Hudson

Step into an unparalleled living experience. Towering 79 stories high, 99 Hudson redefines luxury living. Discover a range of residences, from studios to penthouses, boasting expansive open layouts, floor-to-ceiling windows, and exquisite finishes, creating homes of unparalleled elegance. Immerse yourself in 65,000 square feet of wellness and entertainment amenities, including a grand triple-height lobby with round-the-clock doorman and hotel-style concierge service. Located along New Jersey's prestigious Gold Coast, 99 Hudson offers convenient access to upscale shopping and dining, with a mere 8-minute train ride to the heart of Manhattan.

77 Hudson

77 Hudson stands as one of Downtown Jersey City's premier waterfront condominium buildings. This remarkable architectural masterpiece, crafted by the renowned Cetra Ruddy, showcases a stunning glass curtain wall and boasts Italian-imported Dada cabinetry, Carrara marble, Portuguese limestone or quartz countertops, and opulent spa-inspired bathrooms adorned with chiseled and Grecian marble. The condominium's innovative design features angled architecture that maximizes the breathtaking views of the Gold Coast through expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Offering the utmost in convenience for commuting to NYC, 77 Hudson provides a mere three-minute PATH ride, a swift five-minute ferry journey, or easy access via the nearby Holland Tunnel.

Gulls Cove

Gulls Cove 1 was constructed in 2008, followed by the completion of Gulls Cove Phase 2 in 2016. Phase 2 introduces residents to a distinctive blend of luxury, convenience, and contemporary design within their modern and stylish living spaces. On the other hand, Phase 1 condos, being the earlier development, may exhibit a more classic charm with slightly less recent renovations. Some residences in both phases showcase graceful oversized windows that flood the interiors with natural light, offering captivating cityscape or harbor vistas.

Places to Visit in Paulus Hook

Places to Visit in Paulus Hook

Morris Canal Park

Morris Canal Park is a noteworthy stop on this captivating historic walking tour, paying homage to the incredible historical significance of the Morris Canal itself. In 1836, this remarkable waterway, primarily utilized for coal transportation, underwent expansion through Jersey City. According to the Canal Society of New Jersey, this canal, recognized as New Jersey's pioneering industrial transportation system, played a pivotal role in fostering commerce and profoundly influencing the economic growth of the northern region of the state. Although the Morris Canal ceased operation in the early 1900s, its enduring legacy continues to remind us of a bygone era and the transformative impact it had on the region's history.

Colgate Soap

The Colgate's Soap and Perfumery Works, originally established in 1806 in New York City, underwent a significant relocation in 1820 when its founder, William Colgate, decided to transfer operations across the Hudson River to the Paulus Hook area of Jersey City. By 1847, Colgate had established a substantial presence in Jersey City, where they manufactured an array of products, including starch, soaps, and perfumes. Although ownership and the Colgate brand underwent changes over the years, it wasn't until 1906, under the name "The Colgate Company," that the company commissioned engineer Warren Day to design and construct the iconic Colgate Clock in commemoration of the company's legacy.

While The Colgate Company bid farewell to Jersey City in 1985, the Colgate Clock continues to grace the Paulus Hook neighborhood. Although it has undergone renovations and slight repositioning over the years, its current location has remained unchanged since the early 1990s. Explore further insights into the history of the Colgate Clock by delving into our research on this iconic landmark.

Battle of Paulus Hook Monument

Standing proudly at the crossroads of Grand and Washington streets is a striking 25-foot granite statue, erected in 1903 to commemorate the valor of the Daughters of the American Revolution who valiantly defended the Paulus Hook Fort. This historic fort bore witness to the Battle of Paulus Hook, a fierce encounter between patriots and the British forces in August 1779.

Where to Eat in Paulus Hook

Where to Eat in Paulus Hook

Paulus Hook boasts an array of exceptional dining and coffee options to satisfy every palate.

  • Light Horse Tavern (199 Washington St.): Experience history with your dinner at the Light Horse Tavern, named after "Light Horse Harry" - defender of Paulus Hook during the Revolutionary War. This rustic establishment dating back to the 1850s serves outstanding food and drinks, including brunch on weekends. Don't miss their weekly dinner specials and refined tavern cuisine.
  • Sam A.M. Café (112 Morris Street): Sam A.M. Cafe is more than just your average coffee shop. With friendly staff and a strong sense of community, they serve up delectable dishes using quality seasonal ingredients. Their winter salad with dates, greens, pumpkin seeds, and chicken is a must-try. Plus, you can bring your own champagne for a mimosa-filled brunch.
  • Vogue Cafe (177 York Street): Newly introduced to Paulus Hook, Vogue Cafe offers a taste of Paris with coffee drinks, sandwiches, baked goods, and cakes. Run by a French couple, this charming spot provides a delightful Parisian bistro experience. Try their quiche or classic croissant for a taste of France.
  • Satis Bistro (212 Washington Street): Satis Bistro is the go-to for a classy night out. Owned by Michael Garcia and Geza Gulas since 2010, it offers a diverse menu, from cheese and charcuterie to homemade gnocchi and hanger steak. The housemade Ricotta Gnocchi is a crowd-pleaser.
  • Honshu (95 Greene St): Looking for unique sushi rolls, lunch appetizers, soups and delicious Japanese food, look no further than Honshu located in the heart of Paulus Hook. 
  • White Star Bar (Multiple Locations): Known for mouthwatering burgers and delectable eats, White Star Bar offers a second location in Jersey City. Try the White Star Pizza or the White Star Burger. The Salmon Burger is also a must-try.
  • Taste of North China (75 Montgomery St.): 

    At Taste of North China, they offer meals of excellent quality and extend a warm invitation to savor their delectable cuisine. The key to their success lies in their commitment to delivering consistently high-quality, great-tasting food with every visit. Taste of North China takes pride in serving its customers authentic Chinese dishes that delight the palate.

Thank you for exploring Paulus Hook with me! If you're planning a move to Jersey City, consider one of the great locations in Paulus Hook or surrounding areas. Contact me at any time or browse all condos for sale and rent below.

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