JERSEY CITY, NJ - Envisioned for years as a possible park-like setting similar to New York City’s High Line, the Sixth Street Embankment -- an abandoned freight rail line in Jersey City – may become part of a larger network extending into Essex County as part of the state’s Greenway program.
The Hudson County Freeholders are supporting the effort that could generate a pathway of walking and bicycle trails, and gardens that could create the bi-county elevated park. Earlier this year, a New York City-based architect unveiled a vision for what could become Jersey City’s version of the High Line.
The new design called the “Jersey City Arts Line,” would provide green space along most of those six blocks, providing much needed park space in a densely developed part of the city. The larger vision, according to several published accounts, would cost about $65 million and cover a 9-mile stretch of abandoned railways in both Hudson and Essex counties.
Designed by James J. Ferris, the elevated rail line was erected between 1901 and 1905, the stone structure spanning six blocks between Marin Boulevard and Brunswick Street.
A relic of Jersey City’s industrial past, the embankment supported the Harsimus Branch of a Pennsylvania Railroad freight line that carried goods to and from the waterfront from 1902 through the 1970s. Conrail ceased to use the railway in 1996.
Mayor Steven Fulop, who has been pushing for the use of the embankment for a park for years, said he supports the project “We are going to push for it, and it is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the region,” Fulop said.