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. A grassroots initiative, the project depends on active support from citizens. Please




Join us in making this vision a reality.

Calendar of Events

  • Monday, May 12, 2014, 7:30-9:00 pm
    Jersey City: Soft Focus, a 40-minute film, Grace Church Van Vorst, 39 Erie Street (entrance on 2nd Street), Jersey City. Sponsored by the Embankment Preservation Coalition and Harsimus Cove Association in honor of National Historic Preservation Month.
  • Saturday, May 17, 2014, 11 am
    The Embankment Preservation Coalition and Harsimus Cove Association invite you to learn about our Downtown's history, centered on the circa 1902 Harsimus Branch Embankment, and the role it can play in our city's future.
  • October 2014
    Embankment Preservation Coalition 2014 Annual Meeting for Members and Supporters. We haven't yet set the date, but it will be in October.

Coalition News

  • February 19, 2014
    A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today affirmed the regulated legal status of the Harsimus Branch and its historic Embankment. The higher court agreed with the September 30, 2013, ruling by the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, that the Harsimus Branch is a rail line subject to Surface Transportation Board (STB) jurisdiction.
  • October 27, 2013
    Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it was fitting that this year's Embankment Preservation Coalition Annual Members Meeting featured a talk on designing our cities for more resiliency against climate change, storm surges, and rising sea levels.
  • October 27, 2013
    Coalition volunteers joined forces to bring our supporters this new web site.