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Colgate Clock, Jersey City

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The Colgate Clock is an octagonal clock facing the Hudson River near Exchange Place in Jersey City, New Jersey. It has a diameter of 50ft. It is currently situated 400m south of where the headquarters of consumer products conglomerate Colgate-Palmolive used to be sited, before it left the area in 1985.The current Colgate Clock was built in 1924 to replace an earlier clock designed by Colgate engineer Warren Davey, which was constructed by the Seth Thomas Clock Company for Colgate's centennial in 1906. After the current clock's construction, the earlier clock was relocated to a Colgate factory in Clarksville, Indiana. The Jersey City clock was maintained by John A. Winters from the 1930s until his retirement in 1976.As of 2005, the Colgate Clock stands on an otherwise empty lot; all of the other buildings in the complex were demolished in 1985 when Colgate left. The lot is located on the Hudson River waterfront and the clock itself is 100m south of the Goldman Sachs Tower, the tallest skyscraper in the state of New Jersey. The construction of that building in the early 2000s forced a relocation of the clock southward to its current location. At that time, the size of the Colgate advertisement attached to it was reduced to comply with the Hudson River No Billboard law. As a part of the relocation agreement Goldman Sachs now maintains the clock.The clock is a mandatory reporting point for flights below Class B airspace in the Hudson River VFR corridor.
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  • Worth the walk over there, is simple but has a very pretty sight, even I can see the statue of liberty.
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  • Large clock which was formerly placed on the Colgate in Jersey City factory. She's not really very nice, but it's a symbol of the city that the majority of travellers see from New York. It's too bad she's bad value, all at the end of the walk on the edge of the water with a site of building around. However, the view of New York is really beautiful and I suspect most people will see the clock by browsing this way or one that runs along the marina, as this isn't a destination either. To see if you go already there.
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  • I remember the view of the clock from the NY side ... and the days of Colgate and even the smell of coffee roasting on the Jersey City waterfront. Today its a magnificent skyline filled with Goldman a...  more »
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  • Awesome spot to view NYC. There's place to set and grass area.
  • Very cool. Overlooking the city
  • This is a real historic clock tower you will see from NYC. This used to be one crappy symbol of ghetto Jersey City. However, since the new land development has occured since 2005, the clock tower got its own renovation. Now the time is pretty accurate and in it of itself is a piece of old reminder of Jersey City that stands proudly at the tip of Goldman Sachs building.
  • Fantastic spot to grab lunch. The history of this spot has largely been forgotten. Everybody's gaze is focused on NYC of course, but this clock is beside the current tallest building in NJ and also sits beside the entrance/exit to the old Morris Canal which used to connect Philipsburg, NJ (Delaware River) with Jersey City (Hudson River).
  • By night a quit area with a good view onto manhattan.