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About Van Vorst Park

The charming Van Vorst Park neighborhood showcases beautiful Victorian brownstones, a vibrant dining scene and the beloved park bearing its name. Nestled within a Downtown Jersey CIty block bordered by York Street, Jersey Avenue, Montgomery Street and Barrow Street, the park was founded in 1835 by the Van Vorst family. It stands out as one of Jersey City's meticulously tended public spaces and serves as the hub of the community. The tree lined streets are lined with 19th century row houses, repurposed factories, elegant townhouses, delightful gardens and top notch restaurants that locals hold dear.

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Van Vorst Park History

Honoring the esteemed Van Vorst family legacy, this area was first inhabited in the 1630s. The Van Vorst lineage deeply rooted itself in the neighborhood's fabric, with Cornelius Van Vorst—descended from eight generations—serving as Jersey City's twelfth mayor from 1860 to 1862. 

In 1835, Cornelius Van Vorst granted a 1.8 acre portion of his property, establishing what we now know as Van Vorst Park. The park underwent formal landscaping by Peter Henderson in 1851, sparking a surge in urban growth. The vicinity surrounding Van Vorst Park quickly changed with the addition of elegant townhouses and row houses, mirroring the progress of Hamilton Park to the north.

Prior to the arrival of European settlers, the Lenape Indians thrived in this area by fishing and utilizing the natural resources of the land. The region boasted a rich ecosystem of marshes and meadows thanks to its unique climate and fertile soil.

The Van Vorst family rose to prominence as landowners in the 1600s, with Cornelius Van Vorst acquiring extensive land stretching from the Hudson River to Bergen Hill by 1698. The landscape underwent a significant transformation from rural to urban during the 1840s due to advancements like railroads and industrialization. Streams and marshlands were replaced by streets and elaborate structures.

Between 1835 and 1870, Van Vorst Park's surroundings rapidly evolved from untouched land into a vibrant urban community. The structures that now border the park mostly date back to the mid 1800s, serving as a testament to this metamorphosis. Jersey City experienced growth driven by industry and rail networks, resulting in notable increases in population and advancements in urban infrastructure. Van Vorst Park stands as a precious piece of history, showcasing Jersey City's past grandeur and its continuous urban revival.

Why Choose Van Vorst Park?

Van Vorst Park provides residents with a sophisticated retreat from city life, while still offering plenty of entertainment in the heart of Jersey City. Residents enjoy amazing views of Manhattan, coupled with great entertainment and historical charm. Residents appreciate the beautiful green space of Van Vorst Park and the exquisite culinary scene. The neighborhood's high walkability means most residents leave their cars at home, enjoying easy strolls throughout the scenic area.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Van Vorst Park is a haven for global cuisine. Frankie, a colorful and stylish spot, serves Australian dishes like fluke and citrus crudo, and steak and onion pie, alongside natural wines and house cocktails. 

Razza, a neighborhood staple, offers seasonally-inspired cocktails and pizzas made with fresh, local ingredients like ricotta, hazelnut, and honey. Kitchen Step is perfect for brunch with friends or dinner, featuring a vibrant menu of New American dishes like ricotta gnocchi and burrata mac and cheese.

Things to Do in Van Vorst Park

The heart of this charming enclave is its namesake park. Van Vorst Park features beautiful flowers, a gazebo, playgrounds, dog runs, a community garden, and a vast green space for picnics. The park hosts a variety of events, such as a summer film series, Shakespeare in the Park, the Van Vorst Park Farmers' Market, and outdoor yoga. Throughout the summer, the park is alive with film, theater, music, and flea market events.

Liberty State Park offers dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, along with grassy fields, miles of pathways, and an outdoor performance area. The Project EATS Festival, deemed the best food festival in Jersey, features food trucks, music, cold drinks, cocktails, and a picnic area. The All About Downtown Street Fair, a premier Jersey City event, includes vendors selling handmade items, rides and face painting for kids, beer gardens, and live music.

Built in 1837 by Cornelius Van Vorst, who developed Van Vorst Park, Barrow Mansion is a reminder of Jersey City's rich heritage. It hosts a variety of artist performances, wellness classes, and community activities. Each year, about 40,000 people visit this stunning landmark.

The Van Vorst House, located at 531 Palisades Avenue in The Heights, is a historic residence built between 1740 and 1742 by descendants of the community's early settler families. It stands as one of the oldest buildings in Jersey City.

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