The Harsimus Branch Embankment is a massive, segmented stone structure that runs for six blocks through Downtown Jersey City parallel to Sixth Street.
Part of the once-mighty Pennsylvania Railroad freightway, the historic Embankment played a key role in shaping the Downtown and in the development of the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Embankment is listed on the State Register of Historic Places, is eligible for the National Register, and is a Jersey City Municipal Landmark.
The Embankment Preservation Coalition is working with the City of Jersey City and others to preserve the structure and its longer right of way for a habitat-oriented linear park, part of the East Coast Greenway Maine-to-Florida trail, and for potential light rail from the Hudson River to Journal Square, or, via the Bergen Arches/Erie Cut, to Secaucus. A grassroots initiative, the project depends on active support from citizens.
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