Jersey Journal

Before you assume any thing based on the title, this is not about any news magazine..but about my half-knowledge of this place called “Journal Square” and some more interesting findings.  My colleagues at work reside at journal square and obviously, I thought it is one of the city in New Jersey until this weekend. That is a business district and a metro-station stop name in “Jersey City” ..how ignorant!  wonder why would they always mention that- they reside in journal square.. Now, it does not make any sense… is it for you? (More about Journal Square)

I happened to use NJ transit (a privately owned New Jersey transit system that would take you to different cities in NJ) to visit Jersey Heights with friends, an old place where I remember the owner of a home was complaining about “how real-estate value has been depreciated”, true to the fact, the place seems bit dilapidated, constructed around 1950’s with electric wires hanging out, with no laundry facility within home and congested housing with not sufficient space for parking for an independent home!  But it’s decently affordable and closer to NYC with great frequency of NJ transit services  (a bus every 3 minutes means you can imagine the usage), totally worth living there for bit of savings.  Personally, not my choice specially if you are used to living in better areas!

As we walked around exploring the place, there was farmer’s market a block down. With Christmas right around the corner, to my surprise, they were selling  real “Christmas Trees” instead of the so-many-artificial-trees that I see everyday in NYC . Clicked few pictures for you to view them as well.

Farmer's Market

Farmer’s Market

Christmas trees for selection…

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

Do they trim the tree with this?

Do they trim the tree with this?

Some more..

Setting up the tree!

Setting up the tree!

Variety of Christmas collection of trees!

Variety of Christmas collection of trees!

 

 

Then we were off to Jersey City, yes to Journal Square and to an Indian Street on Newark Avenue. The whole street just resembles like an any other street in India, colorful, bright, tad bit dis-organized, bit messy and best place to have great Indian food. Paradise, one of the Indian restaurant on that street specialized in variety of  “Hyderabadi – dum Biryani’s'”, a well known delicacy.. a must to have. I have never tasted anything better than this until now in New York City. If you get a chance to be there, do not miss a chance.

Some more pictures from that street, the picture below indicates a kind of decoration, you usually find in India during Independence day celebration or if there are any political rally’s.

Decoration

Decoration

Newark Avenue in Jersey City, surprisingly the street is clean. I usually do not have a good opinion about cleanliness on Indian streets in United states, they are usually dirty and most of the times they are! May be it’s the rain that caused this clean sweep of the area. Perhaps!

Indian Street

Indian Street

I know, what do you like to do after you are done with meal.. eat sweet pan.. Here you go!, wonder why Narendra Modi’s poster is hanging in there (he is one of the fantastic chief minister of a Gujarath state in India).

Pan Shop

Pan Shop

How to get there from NYC – Penn Station , take PATH to Journal Square, step out and walk to Newark Ave for Great Indian food!

Another interesting fact, I took the literal meaning for “PATH” as path, but it is in fact “Port Authority Trans-Hudson”, this connects NJ and NY via Hudson River..hence the name.  Please correct me if it is not what it is!

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