The New York Times’ Ronda Kaysen looks across the Hudson. Destination: Jersey City.
“As Manhattan becomes increasingly more densely populated, people are migrating to the next stop,” said Michael J. DeMarco, the president of Mack-Cali Realty, which is building 6,000 residential units near the Jersey City waterfront, including M2 at Marbella, a 311-unit rental opening this month. “Now they’re looking across the water and saying, ‘Isn’t that a lot closer than Bushwick or Williamsburg?’ ”
Countless restaurants are now downtown. Whole Foods Market plans to open near the Grove Street PATH station in 2020. “Everywhere you look around, there is something new happening,” said Nicole Sorgentoni, 33, a jewelry buyer for Loft who pays $2,320 a month for a one-bedroom in 70 Columbus, a luxury rental downtown.
Steven M. Fulop, the 39-year-old mayor, said of the city, “We’ve kind of hit our stride.” He and his fiancée, Jaclyn Thompson, are renovating a Victorian rowhouse that they bought last summer in the Heights.