The old Harsimus Branch rail line is now a green corridor to the Hudson River waterfront

Nature has created a park on top of the Embankment blocks

A local architect illustrates the concept of a linear park and greenway along the Embankment

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The Harsimus Branch Embankment is a massive, segmented stone structure that runs for six blocks through Downtown Jersey City parallel to Sixth Street.

Part of the once-mighty Pennsylvania Railroad freightway, the historic Embankment played a key role in shaping the Downtown and in the development of the Port of New York and New Jersey. The Embankment is listed on the State Register of Historic Places, is eligible for the National Register, and is a Jersey City Municipal Landmark.

Join Us!

The Embankment Preservation Coalition is working with the City of Jersey City and others to preserve the structure and its longer right of way for a habitat-oriented linear park, part of the East Coast Greenway Maine-to-Florida trail, and for potential light rail from the Hudson River to Journal Square, or, via the Bergen Arches/Erie Cut, to Secaucus.  A grassroots initiative, the project depends on active support from citizens. Please




Join us in making this vision a reality.


The Coalition has published an online comment to the Surface Transportation Board, the federal agency that will decide the future of the historic Harsimus Branch and Embankment. We are asking supporters to sign on. The STB is conducting a review of historic assets that will potentially be adversely affected by its decisions; public opinion is important. Help us save these assets for 21st-century public uses, including rail, trail, and open space!

Calendar of Events

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-3
    This exhibit at Casa Colombo Center for the Arts, 380 Monmouth Street, Jersey City, tells the story of Italian immigration to the Village section of Downtown Jersey City and the growth of the first Italian Roman Catholic parish in New Jersey, Holy Rosary on Sixth Street. Themes explored include the parallel growth of the community, church, and railroads in the Downtown, the effects of local government projects and broader economic and social trends on Village decline, and opportunities for renewed vibrancy.

Coalition News

  • September 13, 2016
    The Embankment Preservation Coalition today placed online a letter to the Surface Transportation Board.Even if you have previously signed a petition to the STB, this one is different and you can sign again. Please click "Read more" to bring you to the link. Lend us your support!
  • May 24, 2016
    The Surface Transportation Board, the federal agency that will decide the future of the Harsimus Branch and its National-Register-eligible Embankment, introduced its historic preservation review process to consulting parties here in Jersey City.
  • May 14, 2016
    In the Skyline Room of the NJCU School of Business, with its stunning views of the Manhattan skyline and the Hudson River - a landscape that could change radically over the next decades - Dr D. James Baker explained climate science to an audience of about 90. Visualizations of data shown suggest that the world has thirty years to stem the rising global temperature or face disastrous consequences.