India Square
People of Indian origin have achieved a high demographic profile in metropolitan areas worldwide, including India Square, located near the Journal Square neighborhood in the heart of Bombay, Jersey City, New Jersey, US,[1] home to the highest concentration of Asian Indians in the Western Hemisphere[2] and one of at least 24 enclaves characterized as a Little India which have emerged within the New York City Metropolitan Area, with the largest metropolitan Indian population outside Asia, as large-scale immigration from India continues into New York.[3][4][5][6]

India Square, also known as "Little India," is a commercial and restaurant district in the Journal Square and Marion Section neighborhoods of Jersey City, New Jersey, US.

Location

The area is home to the highest concentration of Indian Americans in the Western Hemisphere,[2] and is a rapidly growing Indian New Yorker ethnic enclave within the New York Metropolitan Area.[1][2] The neighborhood is centered on Newark Avenue, between Tonnele Avenue and JFK Boulevard, and is considered to be part of the larger Journal Square District. This area has been home to the largest outdoor Navratri festivities in New Jersey as well as several Hindu temples.[7] This portion of Newark Avenue is lined with grocery stores including Patel Brothers and Subzi Mandi Cash & Carry,[8] electronics vendors, video stores, clothing stores, and restaurants, and is one of the busiest pedestrian areas of this part of the city, often stopping traffic for hours. According to the 2000 census, there were nearly 13,000 Indians living in this two-block stretch in Jersey City, up from 3,000 in 1980, increasing commensurately between 2000 and 2010.[9] As of the 2010 census, over 27,000 Asian Indians accounted for 10.9% of Jersey City's population,[10] the highest proportion of any major U.S. city. After dark, the businesses light flashing signs and the street crowds continue.

Although India Square continues to represent the heart of Little India in Jersey City, situated between Tonnele Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Little India itself as of 2019 has been expanding further eastward along Newark Avenue, through Jersey City's Little Manila, to Summit Avenue and the Five Corners neighborhood.

Artwork

In 2023, a decorative archway sign at the entrance to Indian Square was installed to mark the area.[11] A large white Bengal tiger street mural also adorns the area.[12]

Events and festivals

An annual, color-filled spring Holi festival has taken place in Jersey City since 1992, centered upon India Square and attracting significant participation and international media attention.[13][14]

See also

Other named ethnic enclaves in Northeastern New Jersey include:

References

  1. ^ a b Kiniry, Laura. "Moon Handbooks New Jersey", Avalon Travel Publishing, 2006. pg. 34 ISBN 1-56691-949-5
  2. ^ a b c Laryssa Wirstiuk (April 21, 2014). "Neighborhood Spotlight: Journal Square". Jersey City Independent. Archived from the original on June 30, 2018. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "Yearbook of Immigration Statistics: 2013 Supplemental Table 2". U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Yearbook of Immigration Statistics: 2012 Supplemental Table 2". U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Yearbook of Immigration Statistics: 2011 Supplemental Table 2". U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  6. ^ "Yearbook of Immigration Statistics: 2010 Supplemental Table 2". Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved May 11, 2015.
  7. ^ "India Square" Archived October 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, accessed July 26, 2006
  8. ^ Cruz, Vanessa; Pope, Gennarose; Rambay Fernandez, Adriana; Wright, E. Assata (September 9, 2012). "Tired of the same food?" The Union City Reporter. pp 1, 8, and 11.
  9. ^ "City Attracts People From Around the Globe" Archived 2011-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed July 26, 2006.
  10. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data Jersey City, New Jersey". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
  11. ^ "Jersey City's Little India Set to Shine". Retrieved August 13, 2023.
  12. ^ Digs, Jersey (May 22, 2016). "Weekend Walks: A Photographic Tour of India Square".
  13. ^ .Rogoza, Rafael (March 30, 2013). "Thousands of colorful revelers partake in 21st Annual Phagwah Parade in Jersey City". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved March 30, 2013.
  14. ^ Matthew Speiser (March 29, 2015). "Colorful Holi Hai festival in Jersey City celebrates rites of spring". The Jersey Journal. Retrieved March 29, 2015.

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