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Port Liberte from Liberty State Park.
Jersey City
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-Hamilton Park
-Newport
-Powerhouse
-Van Vorst Park
-Exchange Place
-Paulus Hook
-Harsimus Cove
Greenville
-Port Liberté
The Heights
-Western Slope
Journal Square
-Bergen Square
-McGinley Square
-Marion Section
-India Square
-Five Corners
West Side
-Lincoln Park/West Bergen
-Society Hill
-Hackensack Riverfront

Port Liberté is a neighborhood in Jersey City that used to be one of the many ports on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River. It was filled with industrial buildings until 1980 when developers began to transform the neighborhood into an upscale residential complex. The community is a European style village located along the western side of Upper New York Bay. The community has canals, gardens, playgrounds, and even a restaurant. The neighborhood is home to many luxury condominiums and townhouses that offer views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty. In addition, many of the residences have canals on the back making the village perfect for boating. Many of the canals are also lined with walkways, gardens, and docks. The *Liberty National Golf Course neighbors the development, and Lower Manhattan is about 10 minutes away by the BillyBey Ferry Company.

Port Liberte's NY Waterway terminal at night.

History

Port Liberté was designed by Francois Spoerry, a French architect, who attempted to adapt Mr. Spoerry's concept at Port Grimaud, a waterfront project in Saint-Tropez, France.

Commenced in the 1980s, this European-style mixed-use complex planned for 2,280 residential units, a 245-boat slip marina, 590 canal boat slips, 350-room hotel, a 46,000-square-foot (4,300 m2) office building, retail/commercial spaces recreation facilities, a health club and a yacht club. However, the complexity of the design, the costly canal engineering and the collapse of Wall Street in the late 1980s drove the project to bankruptcy. Only 37 town homes and 363 of the planned residential units are completed. Applied Company based at Hoboken, New Jersey took it over, abandoned the canal plan and completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of construction in early 2000s.

Today, Port Liberte, with the only man-made island in the tri-state area, is a thriving family friendly community with over 200 toddlers roaming the Port Liberte Central Park or the Playground. The residents enjoy the luxury resort lifestyle on the banks of Hudson River and at the edge of the Liberty National Golf Course.

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