Harrison, New Jersey, is a suburb of Newark. The Hudson County community has a population of approximately 14,000. Residents enjoy quick access to New York City via PATH train and to three major international airports.
Harrison Township was established in 1840, and it was named after Pres. William Henry Harrison who was elected in that year. Pres. William Howard Taft, while campaigning for re-election, coined Harrison's motto, "The Beehive of Industry." The slogan is still in use today. Harrison, with its expansive waterfront and rail lines, was ideally suited to trade and manufacturing. Edison Lamp Works, RCA, Otis Elevator and Crucible Steel were just some of the major companies that established operations in Harrison.
The importance of Harrison industry was highlighted during World War II when commuting workers would more than quintuple the population by day. In the subsequent decades, Harrison transitioned to offering more service sector jobs, and the residential areas expanded.
Parks and Recreation
Those that invest in Harrison real estate will enjoy the various state parks in the area that offer a wonderful respite from urban life. In fact, there are several state parks within 20 miles of Harrison. One is Liberty State Park
in Jersey City. The Hudson River location is popular for kayaking, thanks to the free kayak launch site. Rollerbladers, hikers and runners will all find paths suitable to their respective activities. The 36-acre salt marsh here is a haven for wildlife and the people that enjoy it. The park is bisected by a two-mile paved promenade. From Liberty State Park, one can take a ferry to two very famous national landmarks, Ellis Island and the Statute of Liberty.
Attractions and Activities
Harrison is the home of Red Bull Arena
, an ultra-modern soccer stadium along the Passaic River that opened in 2010. The $200 million facility can seat up to 25,000 spectators. Above the natural grass field there is a translucent, European-style roof.
Those with Harrison NJ homes are only a short distance away from many events
in Newark. In March, the St. Patrick's Day Parade is well attended. The Newark People Festival is held in June, and the Newark Black Film Festival runs from June into July. The Sarah Vaughn Jazz Festival in November is attended by some that have real estate in Harrison.
A good Harrison real estate agent can locate Harrison NJ real estate that will meet the needs of the prospective Harrison home buyer. Although some homes for sale in Harrison date to the mid-20th century, some residential Harrison real estate has just been built in the last couple of years. Young families in search of starter homes will find appropriate options here in Harrison. A professional Harrison realtor can review the current Harrison homes for sale to help you determine which Harrison properties might be ideal in terms of your personal needs.