What’s the vibe like in Jersey City? I’m 31M and contemplating moving there given the spacious luxury apts I can actually afford, recent community investment, and proximity to NYC.

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If you still regularly go out in the city, really think about how you would feel taking the PATH train when it's late at night, you're exhausted, and cabs are >$70. If those late nights are behind you, it could be a great value. You just need to run on the PATH's infrequent schedule past a certain hour.

Also +1 to what was said about your dating life, but that just means you'll have to date people that live in Jersey or those who dgaf about the PATH.

I lived on Grove for two years, but caved to be closer to friends in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

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@AC1 yeah, but... it's Jersey. If you have to optimize where you're going to panhandle, you go where the people are and the people are NOT in Jersey City.

I'm saying this as a person that was born and raised in Jersey. If NYC wasn't next door, I'd still live there.

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There’s good nightlife in jc and Hoboken anyway so no need to always go to nyc.

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The con is, according to numerous threads here, if you’re single, no one in NYC will date you and your friends in NYC won’t visit you.

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Getting friends to come visit is like pulling teeth. Especially if they live in Brooklyn or Queens. Otherwise I loved it. A little less hectic, cheaper, and if you want a car and the ability to leave the area for a day trip or short weekend to the shore or something, its much easier

There’s always Newport mall 😂

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Not sure what you're into, but I find it a much better balance between being completely city where you have no space and being suburban where you drive 10 miles to get anywhere. I'm a block off Grove St, still have a car with deeded parking spot, but am able to walk to restaurants/bars where people actually hang out. The path to Manhattan is shorter than a lot of people I know who commute from Brooklyn.

You can also get more or less city/suburban depending on where you are/how much you want to pay. Closer to waterfront, generally gets more expensive and more like Manhattan, but you can go out to the heights and get a whole house. Just a matter of what you want

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IBM you’re missing out on some of the best food gems in the area

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Living in JC now with SO. We’re both quiet people who don’t go out a lot, so taking the PATH into NYC once every week or two is fine. Otherwise, lots of actually good local restaurants and bars.

One of us is also remote so the big space is great. We planned to save serious money before buying a place next year and JC is great value.

I am not sure I’d move to JC if I was single though. You’d have to be ok taking the PATH more often for dates.

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I live in JC. As long as you're near the PATH, I don't think it's really an inconvenience to get into Manhattan. I would factor in the additional cost of living in NYC...you pay an additional 4% of your salary to city level taxes. For me, that works out to more than $600 a month.

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JC is great especially downtown, exchange place and grove st area - good nightlife - I never was a big fan of Newport though

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Newport sucks

Obviously every person is different but I strongly prefer Brooklyn over JC- but most of my social life revolves around the comedy scene and going to shows / concerts.
Lived in JC for 2 months when I was between places, and it’s just more of a grind to get to manhattan and way harder to get to Littlefield / Barclays / BellHouse etc if that’s at all important to you

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For comedy/ music I would agree. Not a lot happening in JC/Hoboken. But anything happening in Manhattan, is definitely accessible

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They might be underwater right now.....

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That’s Hoboken not JC 😂

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Grove street and exchange place are nice areas to live with newer luxury buildings and restaurants.

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Very lively and diverse area w lot of young professionals!

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My brother and his wife live there! It’s very much so a couples scene rather than a singles scene. They live in a beautiful luxury building with amenities galore while paying the same as me (I live in a two bed in the village).

Pros: great couples scene, restaurants, events, can have a car, mall, easy to get anywhere, affordable

Cons: not the best scene if you’re single, the morning path is like way too crowded (not sure how it is since Covid but it was god awful before), rumors of girls from the city not dating outside of nyc are true

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It’s probably pretty wet

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That’s the whole region. NYC included.

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Also considering a move to JC. What are the recent community investments?

I.e., gentrification

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Buildings are nice but feels a bit like you never left the office. Oh and even Chili’s closed down.

IBM, just feels very « corporate » like buildings right next to other corporate offices and not much around. Good apartments overall just depends what you’re looking for.

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