As important as it is to document vanishing Jersey City, it’s also fun to keep an eye on new things that seem to be altering the landscape or ambience of our ever-evolving city. On one summer Saturday biking around town, a couple of things caught my eye.
One was the gorgeous walkway on the waterfront adjoining Liberty National golf course. The course is super private—only members who pay top dollar for the privilege can set foot on this world-class real estate. But the walkway is open to the public and gives regular folks a chance to get brief glimpses of the course as well as panoramas of the harbor and riverside. It’s an almost perfect synthesis of architecture and nature. On the brick part of the walkway, sweeping metal screens protect walkers, cyclists, and runners from stray golf balls. The wooden section winds through stretches of marshland and local flora, ending at the backside of Port Liberté where there is a protected area for nesting migratory birds. This lovely, serene place is hard to describe in words. See for yourself.
At the other end of the spectrum is a new—maybe not so new by the time this comes out—beer garden called Zeppelin. As big as it is—reportedly it can handle 800 beer loving patrons and their pals—it’s almost hidden in the new complex of condos just west of Gulls Cove Condominiums near the Marin Boulevard light rail stop. From the light rail all you see is a huge fence that looks like an old stockade. When you enter on the Liberty View Drive side (who knew!) you find yourself in a huge room with beautiful wood floors and wood benches and tables. The watchword is simple, nothing to interfere with the beer—which flows from 144 taps—and the conviviality of the clientele. I visited on a Saturday afternoon when this space with its massive flat screen TV and the garden were mobbed. The next day, a sunny Sunday, just the beer garden was busy, its wooden benches, simple fare, and big blue umbrellas giving it a festive summer feel. It was heartening to see such a lively place in the midst of a recession and to see this new face of JC.—Kate Rounds zeppelinhall.com