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West Side Jersey City apartments, as well as homes in the Lincoln Park area, are located in the southwest corner of that city, which is this second largest in the state of New Jersey behind only Newark, and is made up of of several distinct communities on either side of West Side Avenue. West Side rental apartments tend to be available in the area's predominate form of housing, the multi-family, attached dwelling with two to four units within. However, certain streets contain a large number of solid, pre-war apartment buildings. Jersey City's West Side / Lincoln Park neighborhood is generally considered to be bordered to the north by the Pulaski Skyway and Newark Avenue (also called County Road 644); to the east by John F. Kennedy Boulevard (and the neighborhood of McGinley Square); to the south by Communipaw Avenue (and West Bergen); and to the west by US 1 and the waterway beyond. Residents of West Side, Jersey City, apartments have easy access to several public transportation options, including the New Jersey Transit Bus Lines which go to Journal Square and New York's Port Authority. Parts of the neighborhood are within walking distance of the PATH Train into Midtown and Downtown Manhattan, for those who commute into work in Manhattan. In a recent study undergone by New Jersey's Rutgers University, West Side citizens reported that were generally satisfied with the accessibility of basic services and shopping options in their community, but expressed discontent with the quality and variety of the area's restaurants, cafes and other eateries. That same report also stated that Jersey City West Side apartments were, by and large, part of a building stock that is good condition, and that there were many indications that homeowners were willing and able to invest in their properties. Lincoln Park lies at the heart of Jersey City's West Side, and it is the municipality's second largest—at 273 acres--and most elaborately designed public green space. Though much of that acreage is dedicated to a marshy and undeveloped area known as Glendale Woods, Lincoln Park has plenty of athletic and recreational facilities for West Side apartment dwellers and Jersey City residents as a whole. These include lots of playing fields and ball courts, playgrounds, pathways for running and biking, open lawns for picnicking and sunbathing and relaxing, a golf range, tennis courts and an outdoor track. The streets leading to Lincoln Park are lined with an unusually eclectic mixture of Victorian and Edwardian mansions as well as pre-war and Art Deco apartment buildings. The main entrance features a statue of Abraham Lincoln, sculpted by James Earle Fraser, and is entitled "Lincoln the Mystic.". Beyond the scupture is a 53' fountain, and further still into the park you come upon Edgewater Pond. The park also contains a statue dedicated to soldiers from Jersey City who died in "The War of the Rebellion," and in 2011 the park became the home of an 18' statue commemorating the victims and survivors of the Great Irish Famine. The park is also home to the Casino in the Park restaurant (formerly a tennis center), popular for banquets.

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