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Van Vorst Park

Van Vorst Park Historic District
(Boundary Increase)
Van Vorst Park is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Van Vorst Park
Location Roughly bounded by Mercer, Wayne, Montgomery , Grove, Bright, Varick and Monmouth Streets, Jersey City, New Jersey
Area 77 acres (31 ha)
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 84000084[1]
NJRHP # 1540[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 11, 1984
Designated NJRHP August 2, 1978

Van Vorst Park is a neighborhood in the Historic Downtown of Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, centered on a park sharing the same name. The neighborhood is located west of Paulus Hook and Marin Boulevard, north of Grand Street, east of the Turnpike Extension, and south of The Village and Christopher Columbus Drive. Much of it is included in the Van Vorst Park Historical District.[3]

The park was a centerpiece of Van Vorst Township, a township that existed in Hudson County from 1841 to 1851. Van Vorst was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 12, 1841, from portions of Bergen Township. On March 18, 1851, Van Vorst Township was annexed by Jersey City.[4]

The name Van Vorst comes from a prominent family in the area, the first of which arrived in the 1630s as superindentent of the patroonship Pavonia, the earliest European settlement on the west bank of the Hudson River in the province of New Netherland. His homestead at Harsimus, plus others at Communipaw, Paulus Hook, Minakwa, Pamrapo were later incorporated into Bergen. His namesake and eighth generation descendant, Cornelius Van Vorst, was the twelfth Mayor of Jersey City serving from 1860 to 1862.

Like the Harsimus and Hamilton Park to the north and Bergen-Lafayette to the southwest, the neighborhood contains by nineteenth century rowhouses and brownstones.[5] Many streets in the neighborhood bear the names of American Revolution military figures (namely Mercer, Greene, Wayne, Varick and Montgomery). The Grove Street PATH station is located nearby to the north, as is the Jersey Avenue (HBLR station) to the south. It is home to the Jersey City Medical Center, James J. Ferris High School (named for the Jersey City citizne who laid the foundation of the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse with his firm Stillman, Delehanty and Ferris),[6][7] Old Colony Shopping Plaza, and Dixon Mills.

Local Events

The park produces several community events on regular basis. Events include:

  • Films in Van Vorst Park. Every other Wednesday from June through August, the park shows recent and classic films in the "park square" area.
  • Shakespeare in the Park presented by the Hudson Shakespeare Company takes place on the second Friday of each month of the summer as part of their touring season.
  • Farmer's market that takes place each Saturday.


Jersey City Main Library


See also



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ "New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Hudson County".  
  3. ^ *Van Vorst Park Historical District
  4. ^ Snyder, John P. The Story of New Jersey's Civil Boundaries: 1606-1968, Bureau of Geology and Topography; Trenton, New Jersey; 1969. p. 148. Accessed June 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Hamilton Park Neighborhood and Historic District
  7. ^ The Pennsylvania Railroad Harsimus Branch Embankment, Jersey City, NJ)

External links

  • Neighborhood Association Website
  • Van Vorst Park Map
  • Grove Street Shoppers Guide and Neighborhood Map
  • Walking tour of Van Vorst
  • Friends of Van Vorst Park

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