Introduction to Union City, New Jersey
Union City, New Jersey, in Hudson county, is 3 miles NW of New York, New York. It's one of the most densely populated cities in the country. A large number of middle class New York City residents have relocated to Union City along with immigrants from the Dominican Republic and from Central and South America. The city has a very large Hispanic population.
The eastern portion of the city offers excellent views of the New York City skyline. The municipality is recognized as an Urban Enterprise Zone. Bergenline Avenue is a major retail location. Residents can easily go to New York City to enjoy a variety of activities and watch professional sports events. The city was incorporated in 1925 by combining West Hoboken and Union Hill.
Union City History
The Lenape Indians were the original inhabitants. The Germans established settlements in 1851. The city was home to prominent lace making companies. Union City and West New York were well known for embroidery. The Union City Seal includes the embroidery industry's trademark. At the turn of the 20th century a vast number of Irish and Italian immigrants arrived.
Jobs in the embroidery industry attracted large number of people from Cuba, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Near East. A vast number of Cuban refugees, escaping the regime of Fidel Castro relocated to Union City. In the past, it had the second largest Cuban population in the country after Miami. It had the nickname "Havana on the Hudson." Immigrants are now attracted to the municipality due to it being less expensive than Manhattan.
Union City Attractions
- St. Michael's Monastery Church.
- Park Performing Arts Center.
- Union City's Multi-Arts Festival.
- Cuban Day Parade.
- Celia Cruz Park.
- Old City Hall.
Union City Transportation
The city is served by the nearby Newark Liberty International Airport. New York City is just two miles away by utilizing the Lincoln Tunnel. The New Jersey Turnpike is nearby. The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail provides services. NJ Transit offers bus transportation.