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10 Interactive Photos Show the Dramatic Transformation of Jersey City’s Skyline

Jersey City Skyline Changes

Jersey City has come a long way in recent years. Its unprecedented population growth is giving Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop new reasons to hope that his town will overtake Newark as the state’s largest city in the near future. Most of the city, however, keeps at least one eye on New York City across the Hudson River.

In addition to trendy neighborhoods, plenty of shops and eateries, and a bustling downtown, one of the city’s biggest attractions is its location within walking distance of transportation to NYC jobs. The demand for that convenient housing has ignited an explosion in amenity-rich apartments and condominiums in Jersey City, with an influx of new residents priced out of Manhattan and Brooklyn rushing in to find a more affordable place to call home.

Care to see what the recent construction frenzy has brought to Jersey City? With the help of Google Street View we can crane our necks and look up to admire these new buildings that line the historic waterfront.

On each image, click on the arrow and slide it across to see how Jersey City’s skyline has changed over the last 8 years.

1. Marbella II – The Waterfront

Year built: 2015

This twin to the 39-story Marabella, once the neighborhood’s tallest residential tower, is stuffed with amenities: a 1,700-square foot club room, a dog run, and a yoga studio for starters. Located at 401 Washington Boulevard, the 38 stories and 311 units envelop a self-contained lifestyle. Relax and enjoy views of Manhattan from an enclosed top-floor terrace overlooking the Hudson River.

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2. The One – The Waterfront/ Powerhouse Arts District

Year built: 2015

Luxury apartment living is the watchword for this 35-story residential tower at 110 First Street. Many of the 439 units look over New York City. A media theater room screens the hottest entertainment and a roof deck boasts a swimming pool surrounded by cabanas, barbecue grills, and fire pits. The 24-hour attended lobby with cold storage allows grocery delivery at any hour. A light rail stop is located immediately outside the building, and residents are a short walk from Jersey City’s Grove Street, Pavonia/Newport, and Exchange Place PATH stations.

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3. Monaco South/North – The Waterfront

Year built: 2011

These matching towers were built as New Jersey’s tallest residential buildings – 50 stories each. Every floor in the Monaco at 475 Washington Boulevard is restricted to seven luxury rental spaces. Residents take advantage of round-the-clock concierge service to handle any and all resident needs. Manhattan is viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows.

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4. Crystal Point Condos – The Waterfront

Year built: 2009

The floor-to-ceiling glass walls of this 42-floor tower bring a crystalline visage to Jersey City’s Gold Coast. Unparalleled views include the New York Harbor, Hudson River, and entrancing lights of lower Manhattan. Natural light illuminates Italian Pedini wood and glass cabinetry and wide-plank maple floors. Every unit contains cutting-edge SMART home technology.

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5. 225 Grand – The Waterfront /Liberty Harbor North – Check availability

Year built: 2011

This 348-unit apartment building at 225 Grand Street is a keystone of the redevelopment of 80 acres in the Liberty Harbor North neighborhood. Right next door to the 15-story complex is the Marin Boulevard Light Rail Station. Renters receive 24-hour door service, a fitness center, a billiards room, and a rooftop swimming pool.

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6. Hudson Greene East Tower / West Tower – The Waterfront

Year built: 2009/2010

The New York-based architectural firm of John Cetra and Nancy Rudd ornamented the Jersey City shoreline with these blue-tinged residential towers that soar 500 feet above the street. The East Tower (77 Hudson Street) and the West Tower (70 Greene Street) comprise one of the largest mixed-use developments in New Jersey. The 10-story car garage has space for 1,000 vehicles.

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7. The Morgan at Provost Square and 70 Columbus – Powerhouse Arts District – Check availability

Year built: 2015

The Morgan at 160 Morgan Street came online in 2015 as the first in a trio of buildings that include a performing arts center that will seat 550 and a ground-level pedestrian shopping plaza. 70 Columbus is the first of a 1.2-million square foot two-tower mixed use property. Manhattan is just a short rail ride away.

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8. Aquablu and Stevens Cooperative School Newport Campus – Newport – Check availability

Year built: 2009

Once the railyards of the the Erie Railroad’s Pavonia Terminal, Newport began in 1986 as a $10 billion investment to redevelop 600 acres with shops, residences and entertainment facilities. Aquablu at 110 River Drive is a luxury apartment building outfitted with contemporary spacious floor plans and sweeping views of Manhattan and the Hudson River waterfront.

Positioned directly on the waterfront and in the heart of the Newport area, Stevens Cooperative School’s Newport campus serves Kindergarten – 8th grade students.

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9. Cast Iron Lofts I and II – Soho West

Year built: 2013

The industrial-inspired motif of the 27-story Cast Iron Lofts at 837 Jersey Avenue was so successful it spawned a second property at 300 Coles street. The loft-style residences with soaring 10-foot ceilings feature some of the largest floor plans in Jersey City. Many units look across the Statue of Liberty to Tribeca in Manhattan.

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10. Warren at York – Paulus Hook

Year built: 2014

Nestled among the neighboring high-rises and historic structures of Paulus Hook, the “urban rustic” charm of this 11-story boutique apartment building filled up almost immediately when it opened for lease at 120 York Street in 2014. The brick exterior mimics the iconic brownstones that populate the tree-lined streets. This is green-conscious and pet-friendly living space. The impressive Hudson Greene towers are visible in the distance.

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Ama Otet

Ama Otet is an online content developer and creative writer for RENTCafé. She loves all things real estate and strives to live beautifully, one green step at a time. You can connect with Ama on Twitter or via email.

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