Once a common feature of the 19th century, cobblestone streets are a rarity in today’s Jersey City. Six cobblestone streets remain in Jersey City: Holland Street; Manning Avenue; 17th Street Viaduct; High Street; Audrey Zapp Drive; and Provost Street.
The preservation of Holland Street, the jewel of Jersey City’s cobblestone streets, was one of the Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy’s earlier successes. Jersey City Heights neighborhood groups and JC Landmarks beat back a proposal by City Council President Tom DeGise to pave Holland Street and open it to automobile traffic.
In 2001, JC Landmarks received a commitment from Mayor Glenn Cunningham that the city would not pave any of the city’s cobblestone streets. The city government broke this promise by paving a portion of Provost Street in November 2003. City officials pledged to restore the cobblestone street. That promise has gone unfulfilled.