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Jersey City: The Real Chilltown (America Through Time) by author and photographer Alex Gulino


Bright lights, big city. No, this is not Chicago or Los Angeles. This is Jersey City, the second largest city in New Jersey. You haven't seen Jersey like this. The twinkle of the string lights downtown, the pop of green growth between the rounded stones of the cobblestone streets, the neon that lights food trucks and pharmacies are just some of the sites of the eclectic city that is Jersey City. Join author and photographer, Alex Gulino, as she photographs "Chilltown" in attempt to capture the essence of the historical yet bustling city. As new skyscrapers are erected, is there still room in this urban landscape for homes that are nearly 300 years old' Can its booming art scene make Jersey City the new Brooklyn' As the past meets the present, come see the people and the visuals of Chilltown and the vibrancy that is the incomparable Jersey City.



Alex Gulino, born in New Jersey, is a photographer, cat mother, and traveler. She is also an Educator with Save Ellis Island. As a tour guide, she leads visitors on 90-minute excursions back in time on tours of the unrestored hospital buildings on Ellis Island’s south side. Ruins and abandonment are the focus of Alex’s photography, and finding and researching her next abandoned building is half the fun. She is always on the hunt for her next adventure.  Graduating college with honors, she studied photography, but eventually majored in English with a focus in theater arts. When Alex is not venturing off in some dilapidated building in the Northeast, she enjoys hiking and beating her friends at Uno.



  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: America Through Time (February 27, 2023)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 6.25 x 0.31 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces

All proceeds from the book go directly to supporting Save Ellis Island's mission to restore the 29 buildings in the Historic Hospital Complex.