One time, in the distant past, the New Jersey Hudson River waterfront was a highly industrialized area. Covered with multiple rail facilities from all the major eastern railroads, docks, numerous manufacturing plants, and other support services.
Over the years, starting around the late 1960s, this shoreline was gradually abandoned as the railroads faded, and industry moved elsewhere. The entire shoreline was essentially left to rot and became an industrial wasteland. Today, this entire area has been redeveloped and is referred to as the “Gold Coast”.
Here is a rare look a the shoreline of NJ along the Hudson in February 1954, from Weehawken or Union City looking south to Jersey City.
Also interesting to note is the west side of Manhattan. Look at all the piers! All gone today.