Jersey City, New Jersey


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The Lenape people, a collection of tribes later referred to as ‘Delaware Indian,’ once inhabited the area now known as Jersey City.  The first European to visit the area was the explorer Henry Hudson in 1609.  The area was later colonized by the Dutch, and in 1621, the Dutch West India Company was organized in order to oversee the territory.  The area was designated ‘New Netherland’ with headquarters in New Amsterdam.  (Modern day New York City)  In 1664, however, an English fleet took control of the area, annexing the entire province.

The first incarnation of Jersey City appeared as a village around what is now Bergen Square in 1660.  It is the oldest town in what would become the US state of New Jersey.  New Jersey is named after the channel island of ‘Jersey’, which is itself derived either from the Old Norse word ‘earth’ or ‘earl’ or perhaps a personal name, ‘Geirr’s Island’.  The City of Jersey was officially incorporated by an act of the New Jersey State Legislature on January 28th, 1820

Today, according to a 2014 US Census estimate, the population of Jersey City is 262,146 people.  This makes it the second most populous city in the state of New Jersey.  Jersey City is part of the New York metropolitan area, which according to a 2013 US Census estimate, has a population of 23,632,722 people.  This makes the New York metropolitan area the most populous metropolitan area in the United States, and the 12th most populous metropolitan area in the world.

The Jersey City area is home to several notable companies.  These include Verisk Analytics, Lord Abbett, Goya Foods, and Forbes Magazine.  Computershare, ICAP, ADP, and Fidelity Investments also conduct operations in Jersey City.

The world-renowned Statue of Liberty National Monument is located “in Upper New York Bay east of Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey, and southwest of Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan in New York City.”  It is considered an ‘exclave’ of Manhattan but it is located in Jersey City, New Jersey.  The statue, representing Lady Liberty (or Libertas, the Roman goddess) holding a lit torch in one hand and a tabula ansata (which evokes the law) in another, was designed in the neoclassical style by French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi, and given as a gift to the American people by the French people.  It was officially dedicated on October 28th, 1886.

Another well-known attraction in Jersey City is the Colgate Clock, which is an octagonal clock with a diameter of 50 feet (15 m).  The Seth Thomas Clock Company built it in 1924 for Colgate’s centennial in 1906 and it is apparently the largest octagonal clock in the world.  Other Jersey City attractions include the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, one of only five Loew’s Wonder Theatres constructed in the 1920s.  Loew’s Jersey Theatre is also the only one of the five located outside New York City.

Jersey City has also hosted performances of the Hudson Shakespeare Company during the Shakespeare festival of Hudson County since 1992.  The festival includes free Shakespeare productions for each month of the summer in various Jersey City parks such as Hamilton Park, Van Vorst Park, and The Historic Jersey City and Harsimus Cemetery.  This cemetery was established in 1829 and contains 6 acres of land.

Do you own a small business in the Jersey City area?  Are you thinking about it?  These resources might help you:

Apply for a Business License in Jersey City

For Businesses: Jersey City

Hudson County Chamber of Commerce

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