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"Little India" in New Jersey

BALBIR SINGH | September 19, 2023 02:57 PM

NEW JERSEY: A visit to India Square in New Jersey is always facinating. Popularly known as "Little India, " is a commercial and restaurant district in the Journal Square and Marion Section neighborhoods of Jersey City.
According to Wikipedia "the area is home to the highest concentration of Indian Americans in the Western Hemisphere, and is a rapidly growing Indian New Yorker ethnic enclave within the New York Metropolitan Area.
" This area has been home to the largest outdoor Navratri festivities in New Jersey as well as several Hindu temples.This portion of Newark Avenue is lined with grocery stores including Patel Brothers and Subzi Mandi Cash and Carry, electronics vendors, video stores, clothing stores, and restaurants. It is one of the busiest pedestrian areas of this part of the city, often stopping traffic for hours."
According to the 2000 census, there were nearly 13, 000 Indians living in this two-block stretch in Jersey City, up from 3, 000 in 1980, increasing commensurately between 2000 and 2010. As of the 2010 census, over 27, 000 Asian Indians accounted for 10.9% of Jersey City's population, [10] the highest proportion of any major U.S. city. After dark, the businesses light flashing signs and the street crowds continue." according to Wikipedia.

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