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.
What to Love
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, Entertainment, and Shopping
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.
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.
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