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Locales of Jersey City




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The Manhattan skyline from the pier of the ferry at Paulus Hook. The Hudson River is approximately one mile wide here. It would have been somewhat wider in 1762, before a great deal of landfill had been added on both banks.

The same, looking slightly more to the southeast. Trinity Church, no longer visible behind rows of skyscrapers, and Fort George would have been the primary landmarks in 1762. It’s very difficult to distinguish the southern tip of Manhattan from Brooklyn beyond it, and Governor’s Island on the right.

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Yes, there is still a Paulus Hook ferry, despite the nearby proximity of the Holland Tunnel and the PATH trains. In 1762, the ferry would have been wind-powered, and would have to suspend operation in the event of too little (or too much).

It would also be suspended for weeks each winter as the river iced up. This terminal is obviously very modern; ferries are coming back to the metropolitan scene as automotive commuting becomes clogged.

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Looking south from the ferry pier, we can see a great deal of very flat land. Prominent is the former Communipaw terminal of the Central Railroad of New Jersey (1889). The bridge in the distance is the Verrazano-Narrows (1964).

Although this is landfill, the natural terrain of the Bergen Neck in 1762 would have been a muddy facsimile. Immediately to the west of the ferry pier, however, is the 42-story Goldman Sachs tower (2004), the tallest building in New Jersey.

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Two hundred yards west of the ferry dock, tiny Paulus Hook Park is the site of a small fort the patriots built in 1776. The fort was promptly overrun by the British, but was the object of a dramatic American raid in 1779.

Located twenty feet above sea level—a high point amid the (then) surrounding marsh and swampy land, this is where we imagine Van Narden’s inn would have been located. Meed’s disreputable tavern would have been right on the waterfront—perhaps where Goldman Sachs is today!  

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As canals, railroads, and highways successively supplanted rivers as the primary commercial conduits to the interior of the continent, Jersey City (incorporated 1820) grew up as a major transportation hub. The former terminus of the Morris Canal is one hundred yards from both Paulus Hook Park and the ferry dock.



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