1. Jersey Citians Are Filled To The Brim With Jersey Pride

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One of the most important things to know about Jersey City is that Jersey Citians have some of the strongest state pride. Maybe it’s the proximity to NYC and the constant need to distinguish themselves from “New Yorkers”—but Jersey Citians are loud and proud when it comes to their home state.

2. The Statue of Liberty Is Really Property of Jersey City

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New York can brag about how great they are all they want, and while they may be able to claim legal jurisdiction over the State of Liberty, this iconic American statue is actually property of Jersey City! That’s right, it’s located in Jersey City waters. So for anyone doubting the awesomeness of Jersey City, let ‘em know that they’re actually hating on America.

3. Jersey City Is The Best Place To Go To A Diner In The World

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Everyone knows that the best place to get pancakes (or a pile of burgers) at 2 a.m. is any diner in Jersey City. This city has the best diners in all of Jersey (and probably the world). Don’t believe me? Head to White Mana Diner and order the bacon cheeseburger with a side of cheese fries.

4. There’s No Better Place To View The Manhattan Skyline Than in Jersey City

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New York City gets a lot of hype—and we can see why. But with its congestion and overpriced rent, it can get a bit crazy over there. In Jersey City, however, you can get the best views of Manhattan, at half the price.

5. And What Better Way To See It Than A Picnic At Liberty Park

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Speaking of views of Manhattan: There’s absolutely no better place to view the iconic city skyline than at Jersey City’s Liberty Park. Liberty Park is great for biking, walking, going for a picnic, or simply watching the clouds roll by. It’s a gorgeous, grassy oasis for all Jersey Citians.

6. You Also Get The Best Views Of Macy’s Fourth Of July Fireworks In Jersey City

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Without a doubt, Jersey City has the best views of Macy’s famous Fourth of July fireworks. This award-winning fireworks show shouldn’t be missed, but who wants to go into NYC and deal with all of the 4th of July traffic and congestion? For Jersey Citians, there’s no need. From Liberty Park, you can see it all.

7. The Fish Tacos At Taqueria Downtown Will Blow Your Taste Buds Away

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It’s no secret that Jersey City has some amazing Mexican food. There are so many awesome, authentic Mexican restaurants in this city, that it’s hard to choose just one to highlight, but Taqueria Downtown has, by far, the best tacos in the city. The fish tacos are amazing. And don’t forget the margaritas! Yum.

8. Joining The Staten Islander Rivalry Is Kind Of A Requirement To Living Here

30 Things You Need To Know About Jersey City Before You Move There State Islanders have ruined the reputation of this state, and since Jersey Citians are some of the proudest New Jerseyans, they’re also the most annoyed by Staten Island—like how they somehow convinced the world we’re all fist-pumping, spray tanned, jerks who pronounced the state “Joisey.”

10. Does Something Look Familiar? You Probably Saw In An Episode Of “The Sopranos”

30 Things You Need To Know About Jersey City Before You Move There Locations all over this city were used as sets to film “The Sopranos.” Meaning that they needed a lot of extras. And who better to hire than Jersey Citians themselves? Pretty much everyone you know will have been an extra in “The Sopranos” at least once. And being able to recognize places on show that are in your neighborhood is definitely a point of pride for Jersey Citians. Pro Tip: One of the “spookiest” sets for “The Sopranos” was in Historic Jersey City a the Harsimus Cemetery on Newark Avenue.

11. Most Of Your Friends Will Be Named Tony, Joeys, or Anthony Joseph

Jersey City is filled with Italian Americans and, so the Italian culture in Jersey City is strong. 30 Things You Need To Know About Jersey City Before You Move There Don’t believe me? Run out into the streets and yell the name, “Tony,” as loud as you can. A guaranteed 10 people will turn around and answer you. So great ready to eat a lot of (delicious) lasagna and hear a lot of “Va Fa Napoli!”

12. Park Tavern’s Burgers Are Out Of This World Delicious

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The Park Tavern on West Side Avenue is home to the best burger in Jersey City, and one of the best burgers in the entire state. Their bacon cheeseburger is heavenly. Not in the mood for a burger? Try their Taylor Ham Grilled Cheese. Yeah, it’s just as amazing as it sounds.

13. Oh, Yeah. Taylor Ham…

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Park Tavern isn’t the only place that knows what to do with Taylor Ham. Pretty much everywhere and anywhere you go in Jersey City can make something wonderful with the already delicious Taylor Ham. Want a Taylor Ham, Egg, and Cheese with salt, pepper and ketchup? Head to Wonder Bagels on Jersey Ave and be prepared to taste the best thing you’ll ever eat!

14. Jersey City Has The Best Dive Bars In Jersey

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This is just true. Jersey Citians know how to dive bar with greasy food, jukeboxes, sketchy lighting and all. Don’t believe me? Try Lucky 7 for some fried pickles, some great jukebox music, and the best on-tap beers around.

15. And An Arcade Bar Like You Would Not Believe

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Barcade has 30-plus classic arcade games (Gauntlet! What!) and a ton of delicious craft-beers. This place just knows how to come up with some amazing combinations. As if classic arcade games and alcohol wasn’t amazing enough, try their Nutella and bacon crostini with your pint. You won’t regret it.

16. Don’t Miss The Jersey City Street Fair

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The Jersey City Street Fair is packed fun things to do: dozens of area businesses participate in the fair and there are always great vendors, food trucks, and amazing live music at Grove Street PATH. Plus, over 70 artists participate in the fair to display and sell their art and handmade crafts. By far one of the best events Jersey City has to offer. Oh, and did I mention, the fair is home to the best funnel cake you’ll taste in your life.

17. Jersey City Has The Best Pizza In America

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Forget New York and Chicago, the best pizza in the U.S. exists right here in Jersey City. The slices are humongous, cheesy, gooey, thin crust, and downright delicious. It’s the epitome of what pizza should be. Head to Rustique Pizza for the best slice in Jersey City.

18. Jersey City Is Crowded…And Loving It

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So, yeah, Jersey City is pretty populated. In fact, it’s one of the most populated cities in the country and has approximately 17,000 people per square mile. And while some people may not like congestion, Jersey Citians are proud of it. Living in such close proximity with such a variety of people, representing all different cultures (Over 50 perecent of Jersey Citians list a language other than English as their first language!) makes this city one of the most interesting, eclectic places to live in the country.

19. So How Do You Avoid The Traffic In This Crowded City? Get A Bike!

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Jersey City is a great city for bike riding. It recently became the starting point of one of the longest national bike paths in the U.S., which now runs from Jersey City all the way to Florida! Don’t feel like buying a bike? You can always rent one hassle-free from Grove Street Bicycles. This is one sure-fire way to avoid city traffic!

20. Grove PATH Plaza Has The Freshest Produce

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Grove PATH Plaza is home to one of the best Farmer’s Markets in Jersey. You can get all of your fresh produce at Grove PATH, which features various NJ vendors and local Jersey City vendors as well. People love to come here to pay homage to local farmers—and also sample some of the sweetest corn, juiciest tomatoes, and most amazing cranberries you’ll ever taste.

21. Applesauce Doughnuts At Sam’s A.M. Will Change Your Life

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Sam’s A.M. is the best place to get brunch in the city—they get all of their ingredients from local farmers, butchers, and bakers (like produce from Gove PATH!) which is part of what makes all of their food to die for, like their chicken and waffles with cranberry syrup. But their applesauce doughnuts are the real winner! You can’t just eat one of these, so be sure to order at least a dozen.

22. Jersey City Has So Much Art It Looks Like One Giant Masterpiece

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Jersey City is home to some incredibly beautiful street art, with huge painted murals on the sidewalks, walls, and buildings of this city. You can’t take a step without seeing some amazing local graffiti art and street art. It’s on every corner of this colorful city, so get used to living amidst the local art.

23. Zeppelin Hall Biergarten Is Like Beer’s Garden Of Eden

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Zeppelin Hall Biergarten in Jersey City has over 144 beers on tap and can fit up to 800 people! Plus, you can get a $5 flight every Tuesday. For the indecisive beer drinkers who want to try everything, make this your Tuesday night ritual!

24. Watch A Movie In A Theater Fit For A King

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Head to Journal Square, where you can check out a movie or play at Loew’s Theater, a beautiful old movie theater that’s literally a palace. You’ll feel transported into the past during this unique movie-going experience.

25. Get Ready To Root For Some NY Teams—Which Are Really Just Confused New Jersey Teams

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Jersey City has always been a fan of all things New York when it comes to rooting for their sports teams. Besides, MetLife stadium, where the Jets and the Giants play all of their home games, is actually in New Jersey! Basically, Jersey Citians feel a sense of ownership over these NY teams. The question in Jersey City isn’t: “Do you root for NY sports teams?” It’s: “Which ones do you root for?”

26. Get Ready To Crave Kimichi Fries And Crepes From Kraverie

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Only in such a diverse city can you get French/Mexican/Korean fusion! And Kraverie is just one of the many examples of restaurants that blend cultures through food—it’s a Korean creperie, for goodness sake! Try the Kimichi cheese fries (which you’ll crave for the rest of eternity!) or the Korean cheesesteak.

27. Get Your Groove On All Summer At Groove On Grove

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Jersey City summers are great for a lot of reasons, but one of them is definitely the Groove on Grove every Wednesday in the months of June, July, and August. And did I mention this is a free weekly music series? It features a ton of live music, performances and is sponsored by great local businesses and restaurants that participate in the event. So dance the night away (while eating delicious local food) every Wednesday, all summer.

28. Jersey City Is Hauntingly Interesting

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Jersey City is filled with some awesome urban legends that keep Jersey Citians, young and old, up at night. Like St. Joseph’s Church, where the legend holds that you can see two eyes in the tower every night—aka the Cat’s Eyes of St. Joseph. There is also the Lady in White at the New Jersey Terminal and the haunting of Bergen Tunnel—aka Dead Man’s Tunnel. So, if you’re obsessed with the paranormal, Jersey City is the place for you to become a real-life ghostbuster!

29. The Liberty Science Center Is Awesome On So Many Levels

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Not only is this the perfect place to learn all you need to know about nanoscience, but this is also the perfect place to see every movie, ever. The IMAX theater is the largest dome theater in the country. It’s an 88-foot screen and has 400 seats. Meaning? There’s no better place to see a movie than Jersey City.

30. Be Transported Into The Past At The Old Train Station At Liberty State Park

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For some reason, there’s just something about this old train station that’s downright enchanting, even if it is abandoned. The architecture is beautiful, with gorgeous views of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. While the interior of the terminal has been renovated, many of the old signage has been retained and the way the tracks have become overgrown with weeds and greenery makes for a really spectacular blast into the past. There isn’t one person in Jersey City who hasn’t roamed the abandoned tracks—an industrial relic—at least once in their lives. What do you love about living in Jersey City? Leave a comment and let us know!