Situated just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, Jersey City is a thriving and steadily gentrifying metropolis with a population of nearly 260,000 - that's up considerably over the past two decades, following a period after World War II when the city fell into decline. A diverse community that's just east of Newark, which has its own Gay Pride festival in July and is the state's largest municipality, Jersey City has become increasing popular with GLBT residents priced out of Manhattan, which is easily reached via 24-hour PATH rapid transit, as well as by ferry and bus (it's also a short drive from New York City via the Holland Tunnel).
The downtown area is steadily developing a nice mix of restaurants and bars, including the mixed gay-straight craft-beer bar, Pint (34 Wayne St., 201-367-1222). The Hudson Pride Connections Center hosts Jersey City Gay Pride - the 16th annual installation of this event takes place in late August, this year on August 27, 2016. As many as 10,000 people are expected to attend.
Jersey City Gay Pride traditionally takes place on Saturday, August 27, on Newark Avenue, in the city's historic downtown area, between Grove Street and Jersey Avenue (not far from City Hall), a short walk south of the Grove Street PATH stop. This free festival includes entertainment, vendors, community organizations, and more.
Jersey City Gay Resources
Downtown Jersey City will be especially busy the evening of Gay Pride - definitely check out the aforementioned gay-popular bar Pint (34 Wayne St., 201-367-1222). OutinJersey.net is a useful LGBT resource on New Jersey - it's the online companion to the monthly newspaper of the same name.
The Hudson County Tourism office can also supply you with plenty of help finding places to stay, eat, and take in the local attractions, like the Liberty Science Center, Ellis Island, and more.