Van Vorst Park, Jersey City

The park, established in 1835 by the Van Vorst family.


Welcome to Van Vorst Park, Jersey City

A lush oasis of stunning architecture, gorgeous green spaces, and dynamic bistros and boutiques.
The historical neighborhood of Van Vorst Park boasts stunning architecture, beautiful Victorian brownstones, a dynamic restaurant scene, and of course, the beloved namesake park. Located on a rectangular city block between York Street, Jersey Avenue, Montgomery Street, and Barrow Street, the park was established in 1835 by the Van Vorst family. It is one of the most impeccably maintained public spaces in Jersey City, and acts as the centerpiece of the neighborhood. The leafy streets are lined with 19th-century row houses, converted factories, spectacular townhomes, beautiful gardens and world-class restaurants that residents of the neighborhood love. 
Named for the prominent Van Vorst family, the first settlement of the area was in the 1630s. The Van Vorst family put down serious roots, with Cornelius Van Vorst, an eighth-generation descendant, serving as the twelfth Jersey City mayor, from 1860 to 1862. You can view Van Vorst Park real estate in the properties slider below. 

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What to Love

  • Sophisticated architecture
  • Vibrant culinary scene
  • Highly walkable
  • Incredible views of Manhattan
  • Lush gardens

History & Heritage

Van Vorst Park, nestled in the heart of Jersey City, boasts a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. Named after the Van Vorst family, one of the original settlers of the area, the neighborhood has witnessed significant transformation over the years. The Van Vorsts were prominent Dutch settlers who played a crucial role in the development of Jersey City.


In the mid-1800s, Van Vorst Township was incorporated, later becoming part of Jersey City in 1851. This period marked the beginning of rapid industrialization and urban development. The neighborhood evolved from a rural area into a bustling urban center, attracting immigrants and workers from diverse backgrounds.


Van Vorst Park itself, the centerpiece of the neighborhood, was established in 1835, making it one of the oldest parks in Jersey City. The park has served as a communal gathering spot for residents, hosting events, markets, and festivals. Significant historical landmarks, such as the Grace Church Van Vorst, built in 1853, add to the neighborhood's historical charm. Over the years, the area has seen waves of gentrification, blending historic brownstones with modern developments, creating a unique architectural landscape.


People and Lifestyle

Van Vorst Park offers residents a sophisticated respite from city life, while still providing plenty to keep them entertained. This lush oasis boasts spectacular views of Manhattan, as well as unparalleled tranquility and historical beauty. Residents cherish the gorgeous green space of Van Vorst Park, not to mention the exquisite culinary scene. The high walkability means most residents leave their cars at home and enjoy easy strolls throughout the scenic neighborhood.

Dining in Van Vorst Park

Van Vorst Park is truly a mecca for global cuisine. The colorful, stylish Frankie serves up Australian eats, with specialties like fluke and citrus crudo, and steak and onion pie, as well as natural wines, and house cocktails, while Latham House specializes in classic American fare with a foodie twist. Brunch here is a local favorite, with stand-out dishes like pecan challah french toast.
Razza is another neighborhood go-to, with a menu of seasonally-inspired cocktails and pizzas, all made with innovative combinations of fresh, local ingredients, like ricotta, hazelnut, and honey. Grab brunch with friends at Kitchen Step, or stop by for dinner and enjoy the vibrant menu of New American dishes, like ricotta gnocchi and burrata mac and cheese.

Things to Do in Van Vorst Park

The center of life in this pretty enclave is, of course, its namesake park. The pristine Van Vorst Park is a dazzling sight of beautiful flowers, a gazebo, playgrounds, dog runs, a community garden, and a sprawling green space for picnics. With a wide variety of exciting events, like a summer film series, Shakespeare in the Park, the Van Vorst Park Farmers' Market, and outdoor yoga, this bucolic gathering place has more than earned its reputation as the center of the city. All summer long Van Vorst Park is home to film, theater, music, and flea market events.

Liberty State Park offers a dramatic view of the Manhattan skyline, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island, as well as grassy fields, miles of pathways, and an outdoor performance area. The Project EATS Festival has been called the best food festival in Jersey, with food trucks, music, cold drinks, cocktails, a picnic area, and every kind of cuisine you can imagine. Not to be outdone, the All About Downtown Street Fair is a premier downtown Jersey City event and features vendors selling handmade items, rides and face painting for the kids, beer gardens, and live music.

Farmers Market in Van Vorst Park

A large farmers market is held year round on Saturdays from 8:00 am to 2:00 PM, adjacent to Grove Path Square. Bring a bag for carrying fruits, vegetables, baked goods, fresh fish, jams, cream, and handcrafted items. The Farmers Market in Van Vorst park is an extremely popular spot for tourists and residents of the community. 

Barrow Mansion

Built in 1837 by Cornelius Van Vorst, the same person who developed Van Vorst Park, Barrow Mansion is another reminder of Jersey City's rich heritage. Barrow Mansion houses a variety of artist performances, wellness classes, and community activities. Each year around 40,000 people visit this stunning landmark.


Van Vorst House

The Van Vorst House is a historic residence built at 531 Palisades Avenue and located in The Heights. Initially built in 1740 – 1742 by descendants of early settler families of the community, Van Vorst House is one of the oldest buildings in Jersey City.


Shopping in Van Vorst Park

Van Vorst Park offers a vibrant shopping scene that caters to diverse tastes and needs. The neighborhood is dotted with an array of boutiques, specialty shops, and grocery stores, providing residents with ample shopping options.


Boutiques and Specialty Shops: Stroll along the charming streets near the park, and you'll find boutique stores offering unique clothing, accessories, and home decor. Local favorites include 'Kanibal & Co.,' known for its eclectic mix of fashion, home goods, and artisanal products, and 'Another Man's Treasure,' a vintage shop that draws shoppers from across the city.


Grocery Stores: For daily essentials, residents frequent 'Key Food,' a well-stocked supermarket offering fresh produce, meats, and pantry staples. Additionally, 'Sprove Market Place' provides a curated selection of gourmet groceries, organic products, and international foods, catering to the diverse culinary preferences of the community.


Malls and Larger Retail Centers: While Van Vorst Park itself is more residential and boutique-oriented, the nearby Newport Centre Mall, just a short drive or light rail ride away, offers a comprehensive shopping experience. This mall features a wide range of national retailers, including Macy's, JCPenney, and Kohl's, alongside various dining options and entertainment facilities.


Parks & Recreation

Van Vorst Park is the green heart of the neighborhood, offering residents a serene oasis amidst the urban landscape. The park spans two acres and features beautifully landscaped gardens, walking paths, and a central gazebo, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and community gatherings.


Local Parks: Beyond Van Vorst Park, residents can enjoy several nearby green spaces. Hamilton Park, another historic park located just a few blocks away, offers tennis courts, playgrounds, and a dog run, providing a variety of recreational activities. Liberty State Park, a larger waterfront park, is also within easy reach, offering stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, picnic areas, and access to the Liberty Science Center.


Recreational Facilities: For fitness enthusiasts, the neighborhood offers several gyms and fitness centers. 'Base,' a popular fitness club, provides state-of-the-art equipment, group classes, and personal training services. Additionally, 'JC Barre Studio' offers specialized barre and pilates classes, catering to those looking for a more focused workout regimen.


Outdoor Activities: Van Vorst Park hosts numerous community events, including farmers' markets, outdoor movie nights, and seasonal festivals. These events foster a strong sense of community and provide opportunities for residents to engage in outdoor activities. The park's well-maintained gardens and open spaces are ideal for picnics, leisurely walks, and social gatherings.


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