Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City

A neighborhood to rival the trendiest Brooklyn artist colony, the Powerhouse Arts District, also known as PAD.


Welcome to Powerhouse Arts District, Jersey City

A cultural hotspot with an industrial vibe and historical beauty.

A neighborhood to rival the trendiest Brooklyn artist colony, the Powerhouse Arts District, also known as PAD, is home to a thriving art and theater community and Insta-worthy loft space. Once home to large industrial operations, PAD was named for a Victorian-era power plant called the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse. The power plant was later renovated into an arts center, and the large, empty building once used for industrial operations soon became studio space for artists. 
Today, the converted warehouses, quaint cobblestone streets, and bustling city life combine like paints on a canvas to create the picture of cool. This hip, edgy neighborhood is a cultural hub offering plenty of art, theater, and creative inspiration. Step aside, Brooklyn - there’s a new neighborhood in town and she’s cooler than ever.
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What to Love

  • Chic buildings with an industrial flair
  • A buzzy, creative vibe
  • Dynamic theater scene
  • Vibrant restaurants and galleries

People and Lifestyle

The Powerhouse Arts District has seen dynamic growth since its early Victorian days and many of its residents are transplants from Brooklyn. Fed up with the hectic pace and expense of living in that ultra-hip borough, the creatively-minded set moved into PAD and turned it into its current iteration as an edgy, stylish enclave. Today artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs call this innovative neighborhood home.

Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping

Live like a local and grab your morning coffee at Hidden Grounds, the java joint that will remember your name and your order. With ingredients sourced from sustainable farms, this coffee house is sure to fuel your creative pursuits. 
With an emphasis on sustainable, responsibly-sourced, organic ingredients, Gaia and Loki vegan restaurant is as passionate about ethical food as it is about taste, and their menu reaps the rewards. With specialties like fried cauliflower and vegan gyros, eating clean has never tasted so good.

Things to Do

In a city this creative, you better believe the events are dynamic, innovative, and hip. Smorgasburg, the largest weekly open-air food market in America, is considered the “Woodstock of Eating” and takes center stage as one of the hottest scenes in town. Take a curated tour, explore artists’ studios, and discover new galleries at the Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, which spans over 100 art events citywide, while the two-day Powerhouse Arts and Wine Fest features art, music, dance, food, and the coolest vendors on the east coast. 
Show off your moves in a hip-hop class, brush up on your ballet, or sit back and enjoy professional dance performances at the Nimbus Arts Center at the Lively. This multi-arts facility includes a 150-seat black box theater, studio and rehearsal space for Nimbus’ Company and School, and plenty of dance classes for all ages.

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