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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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  • A landmark visible all the way across the harbor. Really huge when you get right up to it. Spectacular views of lower Manhattan. 
  • You can see this clock fron New York City at night. It's very useful if you want to know if you're tight for your ferry trip back to your hotel in Jersey City. Also a nice color touch to that area, We...  more »
  • From our apartment we saw a strange Setup and had no idea what it was. But on research. It was so the Colgate Clock, you've seen and even after five minutes with the information signs have you got any idea what it is, until we had searched on the internet and thus it is an icon of New Jersey. I may not post links, so Google take on Colgate Clock. If you are in the clock, the water next to the clock is a piece of the Morris Canal, a channel for the transport of coal from 1820 and for that time a progressive wonder. To see more of here is almost nothing but actually also historical monument and might be more interesting than the clock.
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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.