Hoboken, New Jersey
In the ancient time, Hoboken was a rustic island of green meadows and trees separated by ponds and marshes at the west. In 1783, the island was named Hoboken by Colonel John Stevens. Widely known as “The Mile Square City”, Hoboken is often called the most walk-able city and the best place to dine in NJ.
Located on the banks of Hudson River, Hoboken has approximately 50 streets, many of which were named after U.S. presidents. From its first registered mention in 1609 by the helmsman of Henry Hudson’s ship “Half Moon”, Hoboken has embraced the Germans, the Dutch, the Asian Indians, the Hispanics and the Italians, among others.
With a diversified transportation system that helped the city being featured in the list of America’s top public transportation cities, Hoboken has become a favored residential and commercial destination. You can move around Hoboken in almost every possible way. It’s no wonder because the city has the highest percentage of transit ridership in the country. Starting from the ferry service provided by NY Waterway and NJ TRANSIT commuter rails to NJ TRANSIT buses (on local and express routes), PATH trains, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and Hoboken HOP shuttle buses, you have a lot to choose from.
This small city spread over an area of slightly more than 5 square kilometers has everything to enchant its visitors. You can visit Hoboken Historical Museum, birthplace of Frank Sinatra at 415 Monroe Street, enjoy free kayaking at Maxwell Place’s Hoboken Cove Boathouse and take a stroll along Washington Street, to name just a few. Sunbathing at Pier A Park with the locals on summer weekends and jogging/walking/riding a bike along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway for taking in the postcard-perfect sights of Manhattan are other activities worth doing. For a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline and Hoboken, you should head straight to the city’s highest point – Castle Point.
Considered amongst NJ’s most popular culinary destinations, Hoboken offers an array of dining options that represent its rich, albeit assorted culture. Food enthusiasts can visit Carlo’s Bake Shop for some fresh cookies, cannoli and other desserts. Washington Street, the main boulevard of the city, boasts of a number of dining and drinking places. Amanda’s (for American classics while enjoying a beautiful time with your loved one), East LA (for Mexican delights), Piccolo’s (for cheese steaks), Lepore’s Homemade Chocolates (for hand crafted chocolates), Leo’s Grandevous (for old fashioned Italian food) and Sushi Lounge (for Japanese fusion cuisine) are some places that can offer a magnificent experience for the food connoisseurs and novices alike. Farmer’s Markets could be ideal for those looking to pick up some fresh local produce.
Despite its small town charm, Hoboken radiates a youthful vibe of a big city that’s worth exploring.
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