Wednesday, July 14, 2010

More Classic JC

You can see the old Jersey City Medical Center from the elevated highway as you cruise in from the NJ Turnpike to the Holland Tunnel.

"It looks like Gotham City," the Other Marie would muse back in the late 80s. She went over in her car once and checked the art deco development out.

"It's a hospital," she declared.

Specifically, it was a Mayor Hague/WPA project from the Great Depression, with hulking towers that desperately needed infrastructure modernizing.

The hospital moved downtown in 2004 and the cool old Gotham City-like towers were converted to condos. Results have been mixed—the economy already had trouble supporting the number of new condo developments.

But the diner across the street? It hasn't changed.

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