Located in Jersey City southwest of Downtown and just south of Journal Square, the neighborhood is accessible via the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and New Jersey Transit buses. Both less bustling and definitely up-and-coming, Bergen-Lafayette is very residential. The neighborhood was named for the original Bergen, New Netherland, settlement of the 17th century and the Marquis de Lafayette, a Frenchman who fought in the Revolutionary War and was close friends with George Washington. The spirit of Bergen-Lafayette persists in its wealth of historic architecture, including row houses, 19th century Victorians, brownstones, and pre-war apartment buildings plus newer converted industrial spaces. Main streets — Bergen, Monticello, and Garfield Avenues — are alive with corner stores and small shops. Low rents and some of Jersey City’s biggest and best green spaces like Berry Lane Park are just a few reasons off-the-beaten-path Bergen-Lafayette is on the up and up.