"Changing Jersey City: A History in Photographs"


    Changing Jersey City: A History in Photographs. Schiffer Books. Paperback, 144 pages + 350 color images. Authored by Cynthia Harris and Leon Yost with a foreword by JC Landmarks founder John Gomez.


    From the editors:

    "Lusciously illustrated with more than 350 color images, Changing Jersey City: A History in Photographs presents New Jersey’s oldest city with all her hidden quirks and secrets. Urban legends are uncovered and unique views revealed in this irresistibly compelling portrait. Sequential photographs document the ever-changing skyline while personal vignettes portray the lives of pivotal people - from pioneers to politicians - who walked its storied streets. Carefully researched, urban legends become fact - or fiction - through exhaustive reading of dusty files in the expansive New Jersey Room of the Jersey City Free Public Library. Previously unpublished vintage photographs printed from original 4x5-inch negatives juxtapose with modern views of the same locations to convincingly document this vibrant city’s neighborhoods reaching from Downtown to Greenville to Journal Square to the Heights. Written by the New Jersey Room’s manager, Cynthia Harris, and documentary photographer, Leon Yost, with a foreword by JC Landmarks founder, John Gomez, the book is both authoritative and entertaining, filled with hard-to-find facts, compelling photographs, and intriguing Jersey City stories."

    Order with authors Leon Yost at (201) 320-1556, and Cynthia Harris at (732) 221-8406,; or order directly from Schiffer Books >. Also available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

    Read The Jersey Journal Article >

    Read the Q&A with Authors Cynthia Harris and Leon Yost >

    Read the Jersey City Independent Article >

    cynthia harris leon yost

    Above photos by David Jolkovski for The Jersey Journal

Historical Narratives

Walking Tours

  • Bergen Square
  • Light Rail Historical Tour (circa-2000)
  • Lafayette: A Guide to its Legends and Landmarks
  • Historical Heights / Palisades Cliffs
  • hud

    The Jersey City Museum presents Hudson Views Walking Tour

    Date: Saturday, October 17, 2009
    Meeting Place & Time: The Jersey City Museum, 350 Montgomery Street, Jersey City; starts at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at noon.
    Price: $12 per person; museum members $5. Price includes museum admission and paperback architectural styles book.
    Contact: RSVP to Brendan Carrroll at 201-413-0303 x117 or

    Details: Join the Jersey City Museum as historians Leon Yost and John Gomez of JC Landmarks lead a riveting 3-hour neighborhood tour through Van Vorst Park, Paulus Hook, and the changing Jersey City Waterfront. During the tour, they will highlight homes, architectural styles and sites that are connected to the Jersey City Museum's current exhibition, Hudson Views: A Celebration of the River. The exhibition celebrates the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's first exploration of the river that now takes his name.

    The tour will conclude at the museum where participants will have the opportunity to view the exhibition. Tour participants will receive a free paperback copy of Houses in Time: A Walking Tour of Architectural Styles in Van Vorst Park, Jersey City, New Jersey by Herbert J. Githens.

    Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Please reserve prior to Saturday, October 17 by contacting Brendan Carroll, Program Coordinator (contact info listed above). Please come to the front desk upon arrival on the day of the program to confirm reservation. The Jersey City Museum accepts cash, check or credit/debit card.

    jcm hc githens

    More Information About the Hudson Views Walking Tour >

    More Information About the Hudson Views Exhibition >

    Directions to the Jersey City Museum >

    Hudson Views: A Celebration of the River and the accompanying walking tour are supported by the County of Hudson, Thomas A. De Gise, County Executive, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development. Special thanks to William LaRosa, Director, Hudson County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs/Tourism Development.

National Registry Nominations



Back to Top