Happy Veteran's Day!
EXIT 14B I-95s To: Jersey City, Hoboken, New Jersey
In 1918, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month... the Guns fell silent ending World War One. So this is now celebrated as Veterans’ Day. Hoboken and Jersey City were once the major disembarkation docks for a million Yankee Doe Boys who went to fight World War One in Europe.
Jersey City is the second-most populous city in New Jersey, after Newark. As of 2014 Jersey City's Census-estimated population was 262,000 with the largest population increase of any municipality in New Jersey since 2010 representing an increase of almost 7% in 5 years. This bears testament to growing attraction of Jersey City as an appendage of immediate neighbor Manhattan.
Insinuating itself into New York City, Jersey City is commonly called the "Sixth Borough" albeit one from a different state. Its proximity has increased its gentrification with Wall Streeters both as a residential neighborhood and as a corporate Back Office. Recently Goldman Sachs occupied a large Jersey City Skyscraper just across the Hudson from their main Headquarters on Wall Street.
In 1911, The Hudson Tubes opened, expediting passengers to take the train to Manhattan as an alternative to the slower ferry system. Between Jersey City and Hoboken is where in 1920 they laid the Holland Tunnel a direct conduit to Manhattan's financial District.
Jersey City and Hoboken, New Jersey were dock and manufacturing towns for much of the 19th and 20th centuries. Colgate Toothpaste and Clorox both started here. And Ticonderoga-Dixon pencils too...
Much like New York City, Jersey City, New Jersey has always been a destination for new immigrants. In its heyday after World War One, German, Irish, Polish, and Italian immigrants found work along the docks in trade and shipping services. One famous Italian from Hoboken, was Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.
As an act of sabotage on American ammunition supplies by German agents, the huge Black Tom explosion occurred in 1916 helping to prevent war materials from being used by the Allies in World War One. German spies ignited stored munitions leveling several blocks. While there were only 2 casualties, the Black Tom explosion was heard as far away as Trenton, New Jersey and Greenwich, Connecticut.
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