Much Transformed, Jersey City Is Ready to House Super Bowl Teams

via James Barron/The New York Times

The Seattle Seahawks will stay at the Westin Hotel in Jersey City. Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times

JERSEY CITY — In recent years, the Jersey City waterfront, with its sweeping view of Manhattan, has gone from a scruffy ne’er-do-well near the wrong end of a Hudson River tunnel to a gentrifying bedroom community for younger Wall Street commuters, who say it is more convenient than Brooklyn neighborhoods like Williamsburg or Fort Greene, and also more affordable.

It is about to become the bedroom community for a different kind of commuter: football players.

The two teams in Super Bowl XLVIII will be billeted in two of the hotels that have helped remake the skyline of this old manufacturing city — the Seattle Seahawks in the Westin, the Denver Broncos in the Hyatt Regency. And they have demands that Jersey City, for all its new bars and its new residents with money to spend, is not accustomed to.


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