5.0 out of 10

Journal Square

40.7333161142506 -74.0620927317899
Great for
  • Public Transport
  • Cost of Living
  • Neighborly Spirit
  • Safe & Sound
  • Eating Out
Not great for
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Medical Facilities
  • Nightlife
  • Pest Free
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists


3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 1/5

"A decent area but still has a long way to go!"

Journal Square has a bit of charm to it; if you are a fan of exploring other cultures there are plenty of restaurants and shops to visit. I live in the center of "little india", a section of newark ave made up of indian restaurants and specialty stores, and have been living here for over a year. The people are friendly once they get to know you. I gained a few extra pounds our first couple of weeks here because neighbors insisted on sending us delicious baked goods! There is a gym and two yoga studios nearby, a theater that hosts a film festival once a year, a church with a daily flea market, a farmers market during the spring and summer, lots of grocery stores featuring fresh produce, and several indian festivals throught the year. And being a few blocks from the path station is definitely a plus! The area is relatively safe, just practice common sense.

Well, that being said, why am I looking to leave? For starters, the traffic can get quite terrible. Finding parking during the evenings and weekend can be difficult at times. On street parking itself is a gamble, people cannot park here! I’ve lost count of the number of scrapes and bumps my bf’s car has sustained. There is no social scene; we typically go downtown or into the city. There are no parks nearby. The streets tend to get very messy. And yes some of these places have a pest issue, but do a thorough once-over should you find a suitable place.

The area is ok for some people, especially if your a daily commuter. But for me it's quickly becoming a place I'd rather just visit once in awhile.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Students

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