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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. Put Colgate Clock and other Jersey City attractions into our Jersey City travel route builder tool, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • From the Hudson the clocks looks very nice, in particular when lighted, but when standing next to the clock it is 'just a clock'. Would not recommend a dedicated visit for just the clock, but if you.....  more
    From the Hudson the clocks looks very nice, in particular when lighted, but when standing next to the clock it is 'just a clock'. Would not recommend a dedicated visit for just the clock, but if you.....  more »
  • When I attended Saint Peter's Prep (1964-1968) we all hated the stench that came from the Colgate Palmolive factory. Good riddance. The clock is the only nice thing about that place 
    When I attended Saint Peter's Prep (1964-1968) we all hated the stench that came from the Colgate Palmolive factory. Good riddance. The clock is the only nice thing about that place  more »
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  • Very beautiful landmark. Me and my wife always get some Lamb over Rice and drive right up the block to enjoy the view of the Colgate tower and NYC.
  • Still as beautiful as it was 20 years ago. They've changed the clock a little, I'm just glad to see that they're taking care of it and that it just gets better over the years. This was his first visit there. 🥰

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