Newport on Tuesday unveiled the latest open space on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, Lighthouse Point — an iconic attraction for Jersey City residents to enjoy.
Newport is a vibrant and diverse community in Jersey City where the LeFrak and Simon families transformed the former Erie Railroad, docks, industrial factories and warehouses into one of the most successful planned communities in the world. The new waterfront walkway adds 12,000 square feet of new public space.
Newport consists of homes for more than 12,000 people, 5 million square feet of Class A office space and, now, a beautiful and vibrant open area that centers around a 50-foot tall blue and white lighthouse beckoning all to gather, play and reflect.
The lighthouse is the most recent Newport public space amenity, opening on the heels of the eight-story tall “Water’s Soul” sculpture two years ago. In addition to the lighthouse and walkway, the new public space includes a lawn for picnics, activities like cornhole, and Adirondack chairs for relaxing.
“Being able to enjoy a walk along the Hudson River is a major benefit to living in Jersey City,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. “Newport has done good work around the importance of providing amenities for all Jersey City residents to use, with Lighthouse Point being the latest addition. It’s an important contribution to the city’s fabric.”
To date, Newport has built many acres of public space along the Hudson River, including 1.1 miles of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.
“The opening of this space is yet another example of Newport’s commitment to the people of Jersey City. This is a place for people to gather, enjoy and take in the views that are inextricably linked to this neighborhood,” Jeremy Farrell, managing director at Newport, said. “As with Water’s Soul, these open spaces serve to affirm that community is at the heart of everything Newport does.”
Jersey City Ward E Councilman James Solomon is “thrilled to witness the grand opening of Lighthouse Point in Newport.”
Solomon said: “Green spaces play a significant role in fostering a vibrant and healthy Jersey City. Thank you to all who made this public space possible for everyone in Jersey City.”