Known as both the "Havana on the Hudson" and the "Embroidery Capital of the United States," New Jersey's Union City has a curious mix of cultural influences. A wave of Cuban immigration after the Cuban Revolution, as well as separate waves of Hispanic and European immigration, have all contributed the city's unique character. Nowadays, Union City is known for its Hispanic flair and religious history.
Steeped in religious tradition, the city is home to The Blue Chapel, the first monastery ever dedicated to the recitation of the Perpetual Rosary. Crowds flock to Union City every year to see the country's longest-running passion play, so if you're trying to find cheap hotels in Union City, it's best to start looking early. It's also home to a notable landmark on the National Register of Historic Places: The Monastery and Church of Saint Michael the Archangel, as it was originally known, houses the remains of Saint Benedict. It was once the largest Roman Catholic church in Hudson County, but the architecturally striking building is now the Hudson Presbyterian Church. Union City also has two Carnegie Libraries founded by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie, as well as the Celia Cruz Park, which was dedicated to Cuban-American salsa singer Celia Cruz at the city's hugely popular annual Cuban Day Parade in 2004. The park features a sidewalk star in the celebrity's honor, and a mural depicting her career.
Of course, Union City has some seriously amazing Cuban food. But the whole downtown area is filled with great dining, from Italian food to Turkish treats. Park Avenue and Bergenline Avenue in particular are lined with delicious eateries and other amenities like Union City hotels.
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