The best Viewing Spots in the Heights Section of Jersey City NJ

Jersey City Heights, also known as The Heights, is a neighborhood nestled so high on the steep cliffs of the New Jersey Palisades that it takes a 100-foot brick and glass elevator to reach the 9th Street-Congress Street Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Station. The rail station itself is technically in Hoboken rather than Jersey City. Not surprisingly, the view from the upper station at Congress Street and Paterson Plank Road is one of the best in The Heights.

From the Hudson River, the New Jersey Palisades rise nearly vertically between 350 and 550 feet, with thin rows of trees clinging precariously to narrow ledges. On the western side, the cuesta slope is much more gradual, falling gently toward the Meadowlands marshes.

Some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River, including the Empire State Building, can be had from nearby Riverview-Fiske Park. In fact, almost anywhere along Ogden or Palisade Avenues, which run parallel to the eastern edge of the New Jersey Palisades, offers breathtaking views of Manhattan all the way from upper Manhattan right down to the Verrazano Narrows Bridge. The Van Vorst Farmhouse, the oldest building in Jersey City which dates all the way back to 1742, can be found on Palisade Avenue.

Many of the houses and apartment buildings in the residential areas of The Heights are low-rise multistory to take advantage of the view. Older Victorian and Edwardian mansions line Central Avenue (CR 501), the main commercial thoroughfare of The Heights, as well as Summit Avenue and Sherman Place, one of the most beautiful streets in Jersey City. This historic area is also home to many Jersey City restaurants and small shops, as well as two of the best pizzerias in Jersey City.

Between Central and Summit Avenues is Pershing Field Park, the heart of The Heights. From ice skating in the winter to basketball and tennis courts, children’s play equipment, and even carnivals during the summer, Pershing Field Park is a popular year-round destination for Jersey City families.

Sunset views toward the Meadowlands marshes can be found along the Western Slope cuesta. This area is light commercial and industrial, with several gas stations and motels, in contrast to the residential areas along the east cliff. Tonnele Avenue, also known as U.S. Route 1/9, leads straight to the Holland and Lincoln tunnels.

The Palisades of the Hudson, the New York extension of the New Jersey Palisades and part of the same geological structure, are listed among New York’s Natural National Landmarks by the National Park Service.