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Hoboken NJ

Nicknamed the “Mile Square City,” Hoboken packs in an extraordinary amount into a small area, about two square miles. Its population of 50,000 benefit from their proximity to both New York City and Newark, balanced between the two while maintaining a sense of residential calm. Its public schools boast a low student-to-teacher ratio, and private schools such as the K-8 Hoboken Catholic Academy have received blue ribbon honors from the US Department of Education. Hoboken is also home to the Stevens Institute of Technology, and its three schools combine a student population of approximately 6,400. The birthplace of Frank Sinatra, baseball, and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, Hoboken offers something for everyone.


No other city in the United States takes greater advantage of public transportation, with 56% of city residents relying on its convenience. Hoboken is served by six NJ Transit lines terminating in the city, as well as three stations along the Hudson-Bergen light rail, the NY Waterway, and the 24-hour PATH subway system. A bike share program was also established in 2016. The pulse of Hoboken beats along the waterfront with a variety of parks, restaurants, and bars lining the shore. Combining the best of metropolitan access and from city to retreat, Hoboken residents also share an open secret: they have the best view of the Manhattan skyline.


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The hub of Hoboken has long been the train terminal along the waterfront, with as many as 50,000 people traveling through it daily. Frank Sinatra Drive runs along the shoreline, connecting many of Hoboken’s parks. A few blocks west, Washington Street is home to many restaurants, bars, and shops. Local government takes an active hand with the Hoboken Department of Cultural Affairs operating with a mission to promote the arts and support community events throughout the year, from public murals to the Spaghetti Dinner Block Party. Once a humble town of working class families and industrial environs, Hoboken is now also home to luxury condominiums with stunning views of the Hudson, but has never lost its warmth and spirit.

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For the Kids

Families interested in gaining a greater insight into the city’s past will be fascinated by the memorabilia and archives collected at the Hoboken Historical Museum, including a massive 3-foot-by-4-foot ledger containing the names of local men registered for service during World War I. For younger children, My Gym Hoboken organizes fun-filled activities geared to groups ages 6 weeks and up. Kidville also provides science, arts, music, and dance classes for little learners. Urban Jungle Play is true to their name with a jungle-themed indoor playground that welcomes walk ins. For entertainment that will delight the whole family, visit the kid-friendly beer garden at Pier 13 with great views on the waterfront, or head to the annual Hoboken Harvest Festival for a hay maze, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, music, and more. The historical Hoboken Public Library schedules a range of programming for kids and teens, including story-time for budding bookworms and Maker Mondays for science lovers.


Hoboken lays claim as the site of the earliest recorded game of baseball in 1846, and a historical marker at the intersection of Washington and 11th Streets stands where Elysian Fields once did. While the original field has long since disappeared, the nearby Elysian Park is just one of a number of waterfront spaces that can be enjoyed year-round, in addition to the public walkways that trail the shores of the Hudson River. The city’s Recreation Department manages 15 parks and a variety of athletic fields for basketball, football, tennis, soccer, and—of course—baseball. Pier C park features fishing and water play areas as well as a rookery for the birds. For those who want to get onto the water, New York Harbor JetSki provides instruction and organizes daytime and sunset tours. The Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse also offers free kayaking and river trips for more advanced paddlers. When the cold drives the outdoorsy inside, the 25,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing at Gravity Vault keeps the spirit of adventure alive.

Food & Drink

Hoboken NJ & Surrounding Area

Top 10 Restaurants

  • Karma Kafe

  • 731 Reviews

  • Phone: +12016100900

  • $$  Indian

  • Bwè Kafe

  • 287 Reviews

  • Phone: +12016830045

  • $  Coffee & Tea

  • Grand Vin

  • 506 Reviews

  • Phone: +12016227009

  • $$  Wine Bars

  • Ali Baba

  • 329 Reviews

  • Phone: +12016535319

  • $$  Mediterranean

  • Choc O Pain

  • 336 Reviews

  • Phone: +12017105175

  • $$  Bakeries

  • La Casa

  • 255 Reviews

  • Phone: +12016837970

  • $$  Cuban

  • Otto Strada

  • 380 Reviews

  • Phone: +12017928880

  • $$  Italian

  • Elysian Cafe

  • 616 Reviews

  • Phone: +12017985898

  • $$  American (New)


Hoboken’s small acreage includes a surprising number of excellent stores worth a visit from locals and visitors alike, such as Viola Vita, which specializes in Italian leather goods. Explore the city’s numerous thrift stores like Vintage on First, Mint Market, and Revival Vintage Boutique, or inspect luxury second-hand purses at Midtown Authentic. Browse contemporary women’s fashion at Dor L’ Dor, or head to Noellery for a wide selection of jewelry and accessories. Find something for the men at Oran Boutique, or fit the whole family for new running shoes at Fleet Feet. The friendly owners of Urban Consign & Design curate a thoughtful selection of furniture and home decor, and Little City Books will help you stock your shelves with new bestsellers and literary classics alike.


The escape room experiences at both Outin60 and Puzzle Out offer interactive games with exciting themes, from code-breaking to solving an Indiana Jones-style archaeological mystery. Pair Wine Tours caters to local oenophiles with a discovery of the best pours found in Hoboken. For those who prefer sudsy brews, the Pilsener Haus Biergarten has a packed calendar of live entertainment and events, including an Oktoberfest celebration. The Hoboken Comedy Festival, which has been running for nearly a decade, returns at the beginning of each fall bringing the ha-has to Hoboken in celebration of the city’s “entertainment independence.” During the summer Pier A Park hosts Movies Under the Stars on Wednesday nights while live performances are staged on Tuesdays in Shipyard Park for the Family Fun Nights series. Now in its 25th year, the Hoboken Arts and Music Festival brings 200 artists, crafters, food purveyors, and other local businesses as well as three stages of live music to bustling Washington Street. For year-round art exhibits, check out Barsky Gallery’s exhibitions of contemporary artists.


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The settlement of Hoboken dates far back to the Pavonia, New Netherland colony from the seventeenth century. The land on which it sits today, formerly an island, was purchased from the Lenni Lenape by a director of the Dutch West India Company. The city’s name mirrors that of the southern district of Antwerp, and was chosen in the nineteenth century in recognition of its Dutch ties. At that time the city was being further developed as a waterfront resort for New Yorkers by Colonel John Stevens, who later helped establish a street grid and several developments. By the latter part of the nineteenth century Hoboken had been established as a terminal port, and the land-marked NJ Transit hub that sits on the water was built in 1907. Waves of immigrants, from the Germans in the nineteenth century to the Puerto Ricans in the mid twentieth, have left their mark as the city developed. An influx of the young and upwardly mobile in the 1970s and 1980s, while New York City struggled, further contributed to the city’s expansion.


New Jersey residents take great pride in their Italian ancestry, and though many events celebrate that heritage, few have been doing it so long and with as much gusto as the Hoboken Italian Festival. 85 years in and still going strong, the event is held annually on the weekend following Labor Day at Sinatra Park. While delicious Italian cuisine like fried zeppole fuels the festival-goers, the hallmark of the event is the day-long procession of the 800 pound statue of Madonna Dei Martiri, patron saint of sailors, and a reenactment of the blessing of the fleet in the Hudson. Taking place over four days in Hoboken, the penultimate night includes a fireworks extravaganza on the waterfront. And speaking of waterfront, what residents love most about Hoboken is it’s spectacular, phenomenal views of New York City. It’s a one-of-a-kind vantage point that even Brooklyn and Queens can’t surpass.