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The community of Paulus Hook—and, therefore, the availability and price of Paulus Hook apartments—has followed a similar narrative arc as many of its Jersey City neighbors in recent years. Paulus Hook, like much of Jersey City, the second largest city in New Jersey behind only Newark, was known mostly for its industry and its international port during much of the last century, and companies such as the Colgate Corporation, as well as various chemical and paint manufacturers owning much of the land. In the 1970s, '80s and beyond. However, as industry shut down and manufacturing moved elsewhere—and following a wave of demolition—Paulus Hook saw the beginnings of its current resurgence and rebirth as a vibrant residential community, first with the creation of the Brownstone Movement, which fought to protect many of the neighborhood's historic structures, and then with the (continuing) construction and development of primarily low-rise contemporary housing on formerly industrial land. Paulus Hook is located in the southeastern section of Jersey City, a neighborhood that today is considered to have boundaries of Montgomery Street to the north; Exchange Place to the east; Essex Street (and Morris Canal Little Basin) to the south; and Warren Street to the west. Some would say that apartments in Paulus Hook are actually part of Exchange Place, and there certainly is a sub-community feel to the area, but there is also a very specific history and character to the Paulus Hook neighborhood. While Exchange Place is primarily office buildings and high-rise luxury residential buildings, Paulus Hook is decidely low-rise and filled with brownstones and townhomes, as well as some newer 4-5 story apartment buildings. What Paulus Hook residents do share with their Exchange Place counterparts include ready access to the fabulous redevelopment of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, which includes a broad promenade perfect for strolling, jogging, and biking that extends from Bayonne, through Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken, and all the way up into Edgewater. Residents of Paulus Hook apartments have several convenient commuting options, depending on the location of their employment. For those who work in Jersey City—for example, in the tallest building in all of New Jersey, the Goldman Sachs Tower in next-door Exchange Place—walking is an obvious choice, as well as the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, which has a stop in Paulus Hook at Essex Street. The Liberty Water Taxi, with a pier on Warren Street, is a popular choice with Paulus Hook apartment denizens who commute into Manhattan, as is the PATH Train stop at the end of Montgomery Street and Plaza Three.

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