By ianmac47 on Wednesday, April 6th, 2022 at 8:23 pm
Jersey City’s WORD Bookstore relocated from Newark Avenue to Hamilton Square.
The bookstore posted a virtual tour to instagram showing off the new digs.
The new location is a corner space overlooking Hamilton Park in the redeveloped Hamilton Square building.
According to the Instagram post, WORD is fully moved into their new location overlooking the tennis courts at Hamilton Park in a former food market location.
The store is stocked, although there are still boxes of books to unpack, and more displays are planned.
The building was formerly a working hospital and redeveloped by the Silvermans over the last fifteen years.
St. Francis Hospital spanned the width of the park between 9th and 8th Street, but closed in 2002.
The corner along 9th Street and McWilliams is new construction, but the main tower and portions of the building alone Erie Street were rehabbed from the old hospital. The original hospital dates to 1864 when it was founded by Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.
The redevelopment of the property has restored Pavonia Avenue as a pedestrian thoroughfare. Since the original redevelopment began, new construction includes the Park Francis at 235 Pavonia Ave and the building branded as Swift & Co at 220 9th Street.
WORD Bookstore has a loyal following in the literary community in part because it holds regular book events including signings, author conversations, and similar events.
When the Jersey City location first opened, the store included a cafe with coffee service. That ended some time ago, and the new location will also not serve coffee.
At the moment, the first event at the new location will be on April 21st to celebrate National Poetry month and debuting a new poetry reading series, Jersey City Reads Poems. The reading will feature José Olivarez, Ben Purkert, Cortney Lamar Charleston, and host Sara Munjack.
WORD was previously located at 123 Newark Avenue, and the first location is still located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.