Aptly named Western Slope is a gently sloping downhill nabe on the west side of the Heights, wedged in between Kennedy Boulevard and Tonnele Ave. It is exploding with housing choices; Victorians, brownstones, condos and apartments mingle together on quiet, narrow streets. It has a laid back but diverse vibe, relaxing parks, public art, and some classic American restaurants.
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Go West?steve L.
Generally Jersey City is being developed in a wave of investment that flows from east to west, so the Western Slope hasn’t seen a ton of it, especially lately. You could check out the Leonard Gordon Park, with its “monumental” sculptures of Buffalo and Bear, because it is a landmark that got its start in the so-called City Beautiful Movement. These grand sculptures didn’t really inspire civic virtue as the movement had claimed, though, and now the area is pretty ramshackle. It may have been really nice once back in the day, but I’m not too sure.
Good BalanceCoco P.
Unlike other neighborhoods in Jersey City that have been “taken over” by different groups (be it developers, yuppies, ethnicities, or whatever), Western Slope still feels like it has a pretty good balance of everything, but it is a little slow on the restaurant and social scene. Also, I’m not sure but it seems like the demographics might be skewed way out to the elderly side of things. Which is fine with me since most grandparents I know don’t carry guns or deal heroin.
The Sparrow Hill neighborhood stretches along Liberty Avenue and offers some cool old-school houses, and really quaint, VERY narrow streets. Parking can be difficult sometimes, but the neighborhood is really quiet and pretty safe. Sometimes you’ll hear a car driving by with loud music, but that’s about it. Despite being further away from things, traffic is usually light here, so the commute isn’t bad at all by car.