As its population reaches 67,000, Hudson County's township of Union City is fast becoming an attractive alternative for those who work and play in Manhattan.
Bordered on the south by Jersey City, on the north by West New York, on the west by North Bergen, and on the east by Weekhawken, Union City may not often be talked about in the same sense as Gold Coast towns like Jersey City and Hoboken, but residents say their town offers a similar quality of life, and some would argue even better convenience to the city.
"It's still close to Manhattan," says Bob De Ruggiero, president of Union City's Robert De Ruggiero Realtors. "It doesn't have a waterfront, but it does have a lot of new construction going on and prices relatively cheaper compared to downtown Jersey City or Hoboken. It could be as much as a $500 to $700 a square-foot difference."
"Union City is growing, with lots of positive changes," says Charleen Martinelli, a broker with Coldwell Banker. "Young families are able to stay, instead of having to run to the suburbs. It's an urban lifestyle that is very popular with young people."
Union City was originally inhabited by the Lenni Lenape tribe, but was later settled by the Germans in 1685, when they moved across the Hudson River from New York in search of affordable land and open space.