Living in the Jersey City--The Heights Western Slope neighborhood of Northern New Jersey


Western Slope apartments are located within this much-coveted sub-community of the Jersey City Heights, itself a neighborhood within the larger municipality of Jersey City proper. Called Western Slope because of its geographic landscape—the neighborhood sits upon the "cuesta", or gradual, sloping decline, of the New Jersey Palisades.

 

Western Slope is located, obviously, on the western edge of the Jersey City Heights, and is usually considered to be bordered to the north by the convergence of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Secaucus Road, and Paterson Plank Road (and the neighborhood known as Transfer Station); to the east by John F. Kennedy Boulevard (and The Heights); to the south by Beach Street, near the Divided Highway (also known as the Pulaski Skyway); and to the west by Tonnele Avenue, or United States Route 1/9, overlooking Croxton and the Meadowlands.

 

Apartments are mostly available within the predominant Jersey City Heights housing stock, those two- and three-family homes on small lots, as well as the low-rise apartment buildings scattered throughout the neighborhood. Residents of Western Slope rental apartments often point to the relative quiet and lack of congestion in their sub-community, as opposed to The Heights proper. Many of streets in the Western Slope are so narrow, able to fit only a single car width, with not much room to spare on either side, which discourages traffic and speeding of any sort, adding to the relative sense of peace in the neighborhood. 

 

Western Slope residents enjoy the New Jersey Transit bus lines for their commute to work (though many people here seem to use private cars to get the office, despite frequent complaints about the difficulty in finding a parking space), which can take you just about anywhere within the Jersey City/Hoboken area, as well as into New York City's Port Authority Terminal, in Times Square.

 

Tonnele Avenue is the neighborhood's most heavily commercial street, with chain stores and restaurants, gas stations, motels, and, notably, the landmark White Mana Diner, which was opened for the 1939 World's Fair as an "Introduction to Fast Food" and is today coltishly famous for its burgers. Another landmark of the Western Slope is the Leonard Gordon Park, near Manhattan Avenue and home to Solon Hannibal Borglum's (by the way, the younger brother of Gutzon, who sculpted Mount Rushmore) oversized, 1907 sculpture, Buffalo and Bears.


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