Hoboken, home of Frank Sinatra and baseball. The city may seem like a town dwelling in the past, but this gem on the Hudson’s shores still has plenty to offer. Today’s residents are far more interested in keeping the delights of New York’s “sixth borough” a secret. Well sorry, Hobokens, because we’re about to blow the cover. Here’s what you really need to know about life in the Mile Square.
1. You can walk anywhere, but the commute is great, too.
Locals don’t drive in Hoboken. We’ll admit that parking isn’t the greatest, but frankly, there’s no need to. The city is literally a mile square, so everything is within walking distance. Hoboken is even closer to the Big Apple than Brooklyn is. The commute is also a breeze, with PATH trains that will whizz you across the Hudson to 33rd Street in 14 minutes. And it takes just 10 to reach the World Trade Center station. Heading to Wall Street? The New York Waterway ferry takes just 15 minutes to go from Hoboken to Pier 11.
2. It’s a haven for outdoor activity
Live for the outdoors but still want a city on your doorstep? Hoboken has all of the NYC boroughs and the rest of New Jersey beat hands down. There are miles of waterfront to run and cycle along. Those feeling particularly active can even run (or walk) down to Jersey City. Head uptown for the marina, a sailing club and Resilience Paddle Sports for all your kayaking and paddleboarding needs. Don’t forget to head down to Hoboken Cove Boathouse where they offer free kayaking days in the Summer. If you’d rather keep your feet on solid ground, Sinatra Park has a lighted soccer field with sensational views of Manhattan.
3. You’ll find a true taste of Italy (and Cuba)
We hope you like Italian because in Hoboken it’s cooked just like ‘mamma’ made and available everywhere. There is a strong Italian-American community in Hoboken which means proper Italian food is easy to find for a fair price. In fact, you can find a delicious dish of virtually any cuisine. A special shout out has to go to the Cuban sandwiches available at Zafra. When you’ve finished, wash it down with the best coffee in New Jersey at Empire Coffee & Tea.
4. The nightlife is as cool as NYC
Yes, we know that’s a bold statement to make, but we’ve got the facts to back it up. Firstly, there are more bars per capita than NYC. You never have to worry about a crowded tavern again. Secondly, there’s Maxwell’s Tavern. Springsteen shot music videos here, and the venue has played host to every cool American band you can think of — REM, Nirvana, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Smashing Pumpkins to name but a few. Thirdly, you can walk home safely. Need we say anymore?
5. It’s no longer full of twenty-something party animals
Hoboken didn’t enjoy the best of reputations for a while. Late night noise throughout the weekend and streets full of wild twenty-somethings were a thing, but they aren’t anymore. Hoboken’s demographic has changed. Instead of moving out when they were about to start a family, many young professionals have decided to stay. Walk down Washington Street and you’ll see enough strollers to convince you it’s the perfect place for your little ones. Just ask Eli Manning who lives there with his family.