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Bergen Arches
The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy

Bergen Arches/Erie Cut Aerial Photo
Copyright © 2000 Leon Yost
From 1906-10, the Erie Railroad company drove 5,000 feet through Palisades rock, from Palisade Avenue on the east, to Tonnele Avenue on the west, in order to bring passenger service to the Jersey City waterfront. The "Erie Cut," as much as eighty-five feet deep, was punctuated by the Bergen Arches, a series of concrete bridges that supported cross streets overhead. Today the site has returned to nature, with moss and vines covering the bridges and cliff face. It is a serene, pastoral world apart from the busy avenues that cross it.

For a full description with photographs of the Bergen Arches click on the link below:

Bergen Arches
Jersey city Landmarks Conservancy website.


By: Carmela Karnoutsos
Project Administrator: Patrick Shalhoub