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Jersey City Past and Present Image Gallery

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North Baptist Church

Newark Avenue

Newark Avenue

Pacific Avenue

Paterson Plank Road

Hotel Plaza

Jersey City Athletic Club

Hancock House

Bergen & Fairmount Avenues

Christ Hospital

Columbia Hall

Hudson County Court House

Danforth Avenue

Lincoln Park

Hudson (now JFK) Boulevard

Elevated Trolley Trestle

Journal Square

Dixon Pencil Factory

Dixon Pencil Factory

Hasbrouck Institute

About This Site

Jersey City:  Past and Present
Website Project
New Jersey City University

The Jersey City: Past and Present website is a digital project of New Jersey City University (NJCU).  Its goal is to inform viewers, in words and images, about Jersey City, bringing together the community and the university's Internet technology services.

The overall purpose of the project is to produce an encyclopedia-like resource about the history of Jersey City for use by a wide audience of scholars, librarians, teachers, students and the general public with an interest in the city's history.   Students and teachers may use the comprehensive electronic resource to bring the city's "past and present" into the classroom via the Internet.

Jersey City, New Jersey's second largest city, ranks among the early permanent colonial settlements in North America along with Jamestown, Plymouth and New Amsterdam.  It thereby draws upon more than over 350 years of history as a leading contributor to the founding of the American northeast region that the project demonstrates through its essays.

In the course of its development, the website project has forged relationships with local institutions, government agencies, and community groups.  The content and images are drawn heavily on the resources of the Jersey City Free Public Library and the Joan D. Lovero Collection in the New Jersey Room-- a unique repository for contemporary and historical information about Jersey City and Hudson County.  It has also benefited from collaboration with the following Jersey City institutions: the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, Inc., the Jersey City Museum, and the Jersey City Central Railroad Terminal at Liberty State Park.

The project has been supported by several award granting programs:  Separately Budgeted Research grants from NJCU and from the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program, Title V, Higher Education Act.  In 2003, it received a Special Projects Grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of Cultural Affairs in the Department of State. These grants assisted with the research, writing and technical development of the p­­roject.

In 2004, the web site was awarded the Owen J. Grundy Prize in history from the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, Inc.  The following year, it received a "certificate of commendation" from the American Association for State and Local History.

We invite our viewing guests to discover the history and development of the dynamic urban center that is Jersey City.

  • Do you know that New Jersey's oldest continuous school site is located in Jersey City?
  • Do you know that the Underground Railroad passed through Jersey City?
  • Do you know that Mayor Frank Hague is listed among the nation's most powerful political bosses?
  • Do you know that the Jersey City Railroad Terminal (low located within Liberty State Park) was the port of entry for millions of immigrants who were processed at Ellis Island?

To discover the history of this unique city on the Hudson River's west bank, scan the web site's index of over 200 entries.  Discover the many and varied people, events and developments responsible for its rich history. The entries are linked to an e-chronology, providing an overview of Jersey City from its colonial settlement to recent waterfront redevelopment into the twenty-first century.

Project Administrator: Patrick Shalhoub, MA, MLS, is the Head of the Periodicals and Government Documents Department of the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library at New Jersey City University. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and his graduate degrees from New York University and Rutgers University. Mr. Shalhoub is the author of Images of America: Jersey City (Arcadia, 1995). He has worked in the New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library as well as in the Library/Learning Resources Center of the Hudson County Community College. Mr. Shalhoub is a member of the American Library Association and the New Jersey Library Association.

Historical Researcher: Carmela A. Karnoutsos, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of New Jersey City University, is an alumna of the university and received her graduate degrees from New York University. Dr. Karnoutsos is the author of New Jersey Women: A History of Their Status, Roles and Images (New Jersey Historical Commission, 1997) and an associate editor of Past and Promise: Lives of New Jersey Women (Scarecrow Press, 1990). She and Mr. Shalhoub are co-authors of a history of the university, From Greenhouse to Campus: The Foundations of New Jersey City University (2010 New Jersey City University). A charter member and former trustee of the Bayonne Historical Society, Inc., Dr. Karnoutsos served on the Bayonne Community Museum Board of Trustees and presently serves on the Bayonne Historic Preservation Commission.

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The content and images of the Jersey City: Past and Present Web-Site Project are intended for information, education and noncommercial purposes only. They are offered as information for the site's users and may not be reproduced in any form without the express permission of the Jersey City: Past and Present Web-Site Project.

The Jersey City: Past and Present Web-Site Project retains all rights, including copyright, for its content and images. Copyright and other proprietary rights may be held by entities other than, or in addition to, the Jersey City: Past and Present Web-Site Project, including the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City Public Library and photographer Aurora Selvaggio. Please contact Ms. Selvaggio directly regarding the purchase and reproduction of her photographs. Her website is:

Users of the web site must note the author and source(s) of the entries and images as would a researcher document printed materials and must include either URL or Users may not modify the site content or remove any copyright or trademark found on the web-sites pages or entries.

Although the Jersey City: Past and Present Web-Site Project has made every effort to ensure the accuracy, validity, completeness and timeliness of its content, the Jersey City: Past and Project Web-Site Project will not be held responsible for typographical, mechanical errors or unintentional misinformation. Some of the entries are works in progress and the content and images may undergo change as the project continues. The Jersey City: Past and Present Web-Site Project is not responsible for the content linked through its server address to sites located on the greater World Wide Web.

Neither the Jersey City: Past and Present Web-Site Project nor our third-party providers shall be liable to the user for any loss or damage of any nature arising from any inaccuracies in the content or from the users reliance on the information.

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