Marion is a section of Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States.
The Marion Section was laid out in the 1870s and was developed in the early 20th century. The name came from old Marion Hotel or the founders of a watch company located near city line. Originally concentrated with families of Italian ancestry, Marion was planned as a blue- collar residential community to work at Lorillard Tobacco Company, American Can Company, or nearby railroad yards.
To the west of Journal Square and north of Holy Name Cemetery on the West Side, the Marion's two distinct neighborhoods are separated by PATH train tracks. It borders other districts of Riverbend, Croxton and the West Side, and is sometimes considered to include the area along the Hackensack Riverfront, Tonnele Circle, and neighborhood overlapping India Square. Marion is mostly a low-rise residential district that is home to several new housing developments, light manufacturing, restaurants, LaPointe Park and the Marion Branch Public Library. Broadway, U.S. Route 1/9, Sip Avenue and West Side Avenue are the main streets running through the neighborhood. The 1940 Marion Gardens housing Project creates the western residential border for the section.
Although the PATH train runs through the district, there is no PATH station there. Former mayor, Jerramiah Healy had requested that a PATH stop be built at Broadway and West Side Avenue, supplanting the nearest station at Journal Square. There are a growing number of condos and other housing units being built in the Marion neighborhood and city officials feel a stop on the PATH system will be necessary to unclog the city streets and lessen the commute for residents. Officials feel a station would help to bolster development in the neighborhood, which has fewer cultural attractions than many Jersey City neighborhoods and is without a school.
Public School #23 operates on Romaine Avenue.
The area near the foot of on Newark Avenue is the site of Marion Junction, an important rail junction in the 19th century. The area is surrounded by manufacturing and warehouse buildings, a few of which have received New Jersey Register of Historic Places designation. Some have been converted to residences or other uses, notably that of the American Can Company. The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) is an exhibition space at Mana Contemporary also housed in a former manufacturing building and that is an extension of the fine arts transportation department of Moishe's Moving Systems. The 1,000,000 (one million)-square foot building is also home to dance companies of Shen Wei and Karole Armitage.
The Marion Greenway Park has received funding and eventually will connect to the Hackensack RiverWalk with a 1,300-linear foot extension to Lincoln Park and the East Coast Greenway. The reclaimed brownfield will be transformed to a 32-acre waterfront park including two soccer fields, a drill/practice area, a lawn/fairgrounds, and a mile long jogging/walking path. Portions were once part of the PJP Landfill.
Little Bombay is a neighborhood in the Journal Square and Marion neighborhoods. It is home to the highest concentration of Asian Indians in the Western Hemisphere and one of at least 24 enclaves characterized as a Little India which have emerged within the New York City Metropolitan Area. Little Bombay is centered by India Square, a two-block stretch of Newark Avenue home to over 13,000 people of Indian origin. As of the 2010 Census, the area had a population of over 27,000, with the majority being of Indian descent. As of the 2010 Census, over 27,000 Asian Indians accounted for 10.9% of Jersey City's population, Jersey City as a whole has Indian-Americans representing more than 10% of the total population, which is the highest proportion found in any major American city.
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