Union City is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. Located just behind Hoboken and Weehawken, Union City does not have direct access to the waterfront, but the distinct elevation provides panoramic views of the Manhattan Skyline.
Besides the waves of Cubans that Union City has attracted over the years, earning it the nickname Havana on the Hudson, the city has also been home to Hudson County’s burlesque and vaudeville scene. Harry Houdini and Fred Astaire both performed in the city, and the comedy team of George Burns and Gracie Allen met at a Union City vaudeville theater in the early 1920s. More recently, a growing wave of young professionals are discovering this cliff-top Hudson County city as a reasonably priced option along New Jersey’s Gold Coast, particularly in comparison to the two waterfront communities it sits above, Hoboken and Weehawken.
Much of the development is happening in the eastern and southern parts of the city bordering desirable Hoboken and Jersey City Heights, where factories are being converted to residences and new low-rise buildings are going up, with some offering unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. Despite its compact size, Union City boasts a number of parks, three with water features, including Firefighter’s Memorial Park on Palisade Avenue, which has an Olympic-size pool. Washington Park, where the city borders Jersey City Heights, has a dog run, tennis and basketball courts and baseball fields.
The NJ Transit 123 buses make five stops in Union City, with travel times of between 10 and 30 minutes to the Port Authority in New York. Other options include traveling to Hoboken or Jersey City to catch the PATH train or hopping on the ferry from Hoboken.