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Jersey City Sights and Landmarks Guide, New Jersey

There are many notable sites to see while you are in Jersey City, New Jersey on vacation.  One of these is the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse, which is an industrial masterpiece of Romanesque revival that was built from 1906 to 1908.  The design was created by John Oakman, an architect and alumnus of Esole des Breaux Arts.  This Powerhouse allowed for the operation of their first subway across the Hudson.  It stopped its operations in 1929, and years later, in 2001, it was put on the Historic Places National Register, following its nomination by the Landmarks Conservancy of Jersey City.

The City Hall of Jersey City was finished in 1896, completed as an imposing marble and granite municipal structure, which was the design of Lewis Broome, who designed Trenton Statehouse as well.  In front of the Hall's entrance is a bronze monument created by Philip Martiny of a Goddess of Victory, seated in a pose.  Even though her shield lies beside her, she continues to keep her hand on her sword, while offering a peace olive branch.

Some other sites to see include the Justice William Brennan Courthouse, which is a building of Beaux-Arts style, giving a glimpse of the storied and rich history of the county, having detailed murals and a stained glass dome; the Liberty State Park, which is just as big as Central Park in New York except that it is less developed; the Colgate Clock; the Liberty Science Center, which is open following an expansion project of 22 months and 109 million dollars; the Jersey City Museum; Lincoln Park; and the Loew's Jersey Theatre, which has a surprisingly detailed and intricate interior.

Walking along the waterfront of the Hudson River is a very popular thing for tourists to do while they visit Jersey City.  During the walk, you can see breathtaking views of New York City and Manhattan.  On clear days, you can see all the way to Midtown Manhattan when standing on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.  Just south to the PATH station, you can stand on a pier extending 250 meters over the Hudson River, and from there you can see fishers, pictures being taken by tourists of the skyline of Manhattan, and people who are playing chess on one of the pier tables.

Another great and very popular thing to do is to take a ferry on a trip to see the Statue of Liberty.  Even though many people who visit this site take the ferries to Lower Manhattan from Battery Park, travelers can take a ferry from Circle Line in Liberty State Park as well to see the statue and Ellis Island.

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