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Jersey City: The Powerhouse Arts District History

Kensho furnished rentals are located in the comfortable, accommodating, and hip neighborhood of Jersey City, New Jersey. We’re drawn to the nostalgic, industrial chic vibe that Jersey City creates, stemming from the unique history of this small neighborhood known as the Powerhouse Arts District (otherwise referred to as “PAD”).

Powerhouse Arts District JC map

In the early 1800s this area was populated with manufacturing businesses. Some of the biggest businesses in the area set up shop here from the era spanning from post Civil War into the Great Depression. These include businesses like Manischewitz Kosher Foods, The Continental Screw, American Screw Companies, and The Lorillard lumber yard and box factory. Juan Ribon Machine Shop was known to repair all of the trains that came in and out of the city for the shipping industry. Deep historical roots of the hardworking city culture that the area is known for began just in this very neighborhood!

Powerhouse arts district sign downtown shot

Flash forward to the 1990s and 2000s, spaces for artists to live and work began to popularize here, defining much of the aesthetic that it carries today. New high rise buildings have started to populate the skyline in this Jersey City area, with many offering up the quintessential loft-style apartment living that many desire (including many of our Kensho listings).

Lorillard warehouse

Currently the Powerhouse Arts District encompasses about a dozen blocks of the neighborhood stretching from The Waterfront/Second Street to the north, Exchange Place/Washington Street to the east, Paulus Hook/Steuben Street to the south, and Downtown Jersey City/Marin Boulevard to the west.

Many find this vibe and area so appealing because it encapsulates what people love so deeply about New York City, however here in the Powerhouse Arts District, you’ll find many similarities in culture without feeling so cramped. You’ll find the rich textures of exposed, weathered brick and industrial features throughout many renovated buildings here, which people seek.

Enjoy easy access to all that the hip and urban Jersey City has to offer while also a conveniently located to all that Manhattan and Midtown, New York, has to offer. Enjoy the walking path throughout Jersey City to take in a breath of fresh air outside in this urban, residential area. Hop on a ferry to get to NYC, or take the PATH train line for a quick trip downtown.