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Understand[edit]

Hoboken is a small city on the Hudson River in northeastern New Jersey. Once known only as the birthplace of baseball and crooner Frank Sinatra and the site of Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken has become a party town, rich in bars and clubs.

Hoboken was first settled as part of the Pavonia, New Netherland colony in the 17th century. During the early 19th century the city was developed by Colonel John Stevens, first as a resort and later as a residential neighborhood to house those affiliated with what was then Stevens College. It became a township in 1849 and was incorporated as a city in 1855. Its waterfront was an integral part of the Port of New York and New Jersey and home to many heavy industries for most of the 20th century and also served as a major port of embarkation for soldiers during both world wars. The character of the city has changed since then from a blue collar town to an upscale oasis for young professional people.

Get In[edit]

By Plane[edit]

Newark Liberty International Airport is the closest of the three major airports that serve the New York Metropolitan area; the other two being LaGuardia International Airport and Kennedy International Airport. To get to downtown Hoboken from Newark Liberty, connect to the Newark Airport NJ Rail station by way of the skytrain that runs through each of the airport’s terminals. Board any New Jersey Transit train headed for New York to Seacaucus Junction and switch there to a train headed for Hoboken Terminal. During high volume hours, some trains run directly to Hoboken from the Newark Airport Station.

By Car[edit]

  • From New Jersey: Take Route 3 East (Garden State Parkway exit 153, Turnpike exit 16E) to Route 495 East and exit on the "Last exit in New Jersey"; then turn right at the bottom of the hill.
  • From New York: Tune into 1010 WINS on the AM radio dial to see whether the wait to get into New Jersey is shorter at the Lincoln Tunnel or the Holland Tunnel. If you're in Midtown or the wait is much shorter at the Lincoln Tunnel, take that. Keep right, and follow the signs for Hoboken. If you're downtown or the wait is much shorter at the Holland Tunnel, then take that. When you get out of the tunnel, make the first right turn. You will soon find yourself in downtown Hoboken. Alternatively, you could take the George Washington Bridge and, once across, follow signs for Route 3 East and proceed as directed above.

By Rail[edit]

At Newark Pennsylvania Station or New York Pennsylvania Station, you can switch from Amtrak rail service to NJ Rail service or vice versa. NJ Rail offers connections to Hoboken by way of the following:

  • Main Line
  • Bergen County Line
  • Pascack Valley Line
  • Morristown Line and Gladstone Branch of the Morris and Essex Lines
  • Montclair-Boonton Line
  • North Jersey Coast Line (limited service)
  • Raritan Valley Line (limited service)


"PATH Train"

From New Jersey, go to Newark's Pennsylvania Station, Harrison Station, Journal Square Station, Newport Station, Grove Street Station or Exchange Place and pick up a New York-bound PATH train (marked either 33rd Street or World Trade Center) and transfer to a Hoboken-bound PATH train (green line) at your first opportunity. Easy to decipher maps of the system are aboard every train.

From New York City, pick up a Hoboken-bound PATH train at 33rd & 6th Avenue, 23rd & 6th Avenue, 14th & 6th Avenue, 9th & 6th Avenue, Christopher Street & Hudson Street, or the World Trade Center stations.


Hudson-Bergen Light Rail

Hoboken Terminal is the terminus for two of the three Hudson-Bergen Light Rail services. The Hoboken Terminal-Tonnelle Avenue service to North Bergen and the 22nd Street-Hoboken Terminal service to Bayonne (including Bayonne Flyer service) both operate from the south end of the terminal concourse. The West Side Avenue-Tonnelle Avenue service bypasses Hoboken Terminal, requiring passengers from stations on the West Side Branch to transfer at stations between Pavonia-Newport and Liberty State Park.

By Ferry[edit]

NY Waterway/Billy Bey Ferry

Passengers can connect to ferries traveling between Hoboken and Midtown Manhattan (West 39th Street), the World Financial Center or Pier 11.

By Bus[edit]

From NJ: NJ Transit Buses serve Hoboken Terminal:

  • 22 to North Bergen via Bergenline Avenue
  • 23 to North Bergen (limited service)
  • 64 to Lakewood (limited service)
  • 68 to Old Bridge (limited service)
  • 85 to Seacaucus - Harmon Meadow - Mill Creek
  • 87 to Jersey City (Gates Avenue) via Journal Square
  • 89 to North Bergen via Park Avenue
  • 126 to Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan via Lincoln Tunnel
  • 181 to George Washington Bridge Bus Terminal

Coach USA

  • 5 to Lincoln Harbor or Jersey City (on Washington Street)
  • 144 to Staten Island (limited service)

Get Around[edit]

The best way to navigate Hoboken is by foot; since it is such a small place—just one square mile in area—it is very possible to see everything the town has to offer without bringing your car.

Hoboken is famous for its horrible parking situation; so if you opt to visit with a car rather than making use of the many public transportation options available to you, be very mindful of the many parking restrictions throughout the city and make use of the parking garages on Hudson Street.

A recent addition to the streets of Hoboken, bike lanes now crisscross the town—enabling visitors to bike around Hoboken’s treacherous, visually obstructed corners.

There are also a large number of taxis that usually congregate outside the train station that will take you anywhere you want to go in the city.

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With a great assortment of prewar buildings (having great architectural features) and conspicuous lack of many corporate establishments, Hoboken is a great place to wander on foot.

The end of Pier A, which is just north of the historic Hoboken Terminal (complete with Tiffany stain-glass windows) containing the NJ Railway and PATH station, offers great views of New York City. On a clear day, the incredible panorama visible from the end of the pier stretches between the George Washington and Verazano Narrows Bridges. In the summer months around 5PM-6PM, one may often see huge cruise ships sailing by on their way out to sea en route to Bermuda and Canada. If you are an early bird, or night owl, the views of sunrise silhouetting the city from Pier A is unforgettable. It is also the perfect place to view the “Tribute in Light”, by remembering the anniversary of the victims of September 11. Hoboken lost more of its residents on September 11 than any city other than New York. A memorial grove and flame shaped memorial is set up on Pier A to remember their sacrifice. There are various parks spanning the waterfront from Pier A all the way up to 15th Street. Maxwell Park is the newest addition on Sinatra Drive.

Join in Holiday celebrations in Hoboken. The city is full of people and celebrations when the holidays come around. New Years and the 4th of July are two of the biggest holidays pulling in an enormous number of crowds. The crowds gather for the numerous number of bars in Hoboken and to watch the beautiful fireworks show over the water. The fireworks are set off in the city but spectacular views of the fireworks can be seen from Hoboken, especially Pier A (mentioned above). Another huge holiday celebrated in Hoboken is St. Patrick's day. Every year they hold a city parade where mass amounts of people gather and wander down the main roads to stop at all the bars for a drink or two.

Castle Point on Hudson also offers a great view of New York City (day or night) directly across the Hudson. It is located on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology. One day a year, usually around Christmas, the campus is closed to the general public so the school can assert its property rights. Take in a stunning view of Hoboken and the Manhattan skyline from Castle Point Lookout on the Stevens campus—the highest point in Hoboken.

Depending on the weather, spend a day at Pier A Park; considered one of the nation’s "Top 10 Urban Parks" by the Urban Land Institute.

Visit the birthplace of Frank Sinatra. A brick arch and bronze star in the sidewalk at 415 Monroe Street marks the location of Sinatra's birthplace; although the original building no longer stands. Learn about Hoboken’s favorite son with the "Frank Sinatra Self-Guided Walking Tour", provided at the Hoboken Historical Museum or you can use the map provided online.

If you are a baseball fan, the site of the first recorded baseball game is commemorated on a plaque at the intersection of 11th and Washington Street, right next to Helmers Restaurant.

In terms of contemporary art, the gritty and amazing Brando film, "On The Waterfront" was filmed in Hoboken. The parks on 4th & Park Street and 11th & Hudson Street both were used as locations and can be easily recognized from the film even in their modern state.

Do[edit][add listing]

Walk down Washington Street: it's the most vibrant section of the city and there are many shops and restaurants here.

Catch a show at Maxwell’s: an alternative live music venue which has featured R.E.M., Nirvana, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Offspring, and many more notorious bands.

You could also stop into Tunes: a small record and music shop located on 225 Washington Street.

Walk, jog, or rollerblade along the Hudson River; of which the small city is adjacent.

Visit Pier A Park on (1st & Sinatra Drive) for spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan and to pay respects to the victims of September 11. A small area of this park is dedicated to the 25 residents of Hoboken who were taken in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

For skateboarders, there is a small skate-park along the Hudson River about one mile north of the PATH station with spectacular Manhattan views.

Take in Hoboken’s art scene with open studio days and live music, theater and film screenings at the Monroe Center for the Arts. Productions by the Mile Square Theatre.

Catch a new movie release at Clearview Cinema’s; a cinema featuring a new state-of-the-art theater.

Kayak for free in the Hudson River and explore Hoboken all from the water.

Pick up some local fresh produce at Hoboken’s two Farmers Markets starting in June and all through October: Tuesdays (3PM-7:30PM) at Washington & Newark Street; Thursdays (3PM-7:30PM) at 13th & Hudson Street.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Hoboken has a variety of notorious restaurants; some of which include Cuban, Mexican, Middle Eastern, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Thai and much more. Since there are so many options to choose from, you may find grabbing a bite to eat a bit difficult. Whatever it may be that you're in the mood for, rest assured you will find it in Hoboken. Being such a dense and busy city, you may experience waits at restaurants but it's definitely worth it. Many restaurants in the area are also BYOB, as they don't have liquor licenses.

  • The Cuban Restaurant and Bar, 333 Washington St., (201) 795-9899. M-W 4PM-10PM, Th-F 4PM-11PM, Sa 11AM-12PM, Su 11AM-10PM. You'll love the great cultural atmosphere at The Cuban. The ambiance throughout the restaurant including the bar is perfect. You'll enjoy a great dinner or drink in a cultural setting. The Churrasco and Pollo Criollo are signature dishes and will have you so satisfied.
  • Amanda's, 908 Washington St., (201) 798-0101. M-Th 5PM-10PM, F 5PM-11PM, Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-9PM. Zagat Guide placed Amanda's on their list of the state's "Most Popular Restaurants" and amongst others with a romantic setting. Don't forget to taste the famous Creamy Polenta! The selection of wines offered at dinner are also phenomenal and for $16/person, you really can't go wrong.
  • Trattoria Saporito, 328 Washington St., (201) 533-1801. M-F 12PM-10:30PM, Sa 2PM-11PM, Su 2PM-10PM. Indulge yourself in a rich Italian dinner at Trattoria. The Gnocchi, and the Papperdelle are popular signature dishes. No reservations, so plan accordingly as seating is first come, first serve. Their homemade pasta is delicious, as it's also very popular amongst locals.
  • Mamoun's Falafel Restaurant, 502 Washington St., (201) 656-0310. M-W 10AM-2AM, Th-Sa 10AM-5AM, Su 10AM-1AM. If you're looking for something Middle Eastern, you won't go wrong at Mamoun's. They offer a variety of signature Lebanese cuisine like Falafel, Tabouleh, Shawarma, Hummus, and Kabob's. Mamoun's in Hoboken is one of their five establishments, as they are located all over the East coast.
  • Fiore's Deli, 414 Adams St., (201) 659-1655. M-Sa 8AM-6PM. This true Italian sandwich shop has been known for its fresh smoked mozzarella since 1913; not to mention the variety of fresh bread choices. Great for a quick lunch!
  • La Isla Restaurant, 104 Washington St., (201) 659-8197. M-Sa 7AM-10PM, Su 10AM-9PM. If you're looking for another Cuban atmosphere, La Isla is the place to be. La Isla is almost always packed, so expect to wait a bit in line. The Cuban is a must-try! Great, authentic Cuban food.
  • Grimaldi's, 411 Washington St., (201) 792-0010. M-Su 11:30AM-11PM. If you're looking for a bomb pizza place, go to Grimaldi's. Brick oven heaven with an amazing quality of cheese and sauce. Authentic Italian pizza at its finest!
  • Illuzion Sushi, 337 Washington St., (201) 418-8833. Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F-Sa 11AM-11:30PM. Looking for a great sushi spot? Look no more! Illuzion is known for it's extremely fresh sushi and fresh seafoods. Offers some of the most unique rolls! Take out and delivery are available in a jiffy.
  • Karma Cafe, 505 Washington St., (201) 610-0900. M-F 12PM-3PM, M-Th 5PM-10:30PM, F-Su 5PM-11:30PM, Sa-Su 12PM-4PM. If you're in the mood for Indian bistro, look no further. Zagat rated Karma as one of "The Best Indians" in all of Hoboken. Karma Cafe has such a chill atmosphere; walls plastered with intricate woodcarvings and decorations that make you feel like a part of the culture. Their menu has so many things to choose from, especially if you're a vegetarian.
  • Biggie's Clam Bar, 318 Madison St., (201) 656-2161. M-Sa 11AM-10PM, Su 11AM-9PM. If you're looking for amazing seafood and a great place to watch the game, Biggie's is the place. Established back in 1946 and no doubt continues to be one of Hoboken's great iconic seafood places. Biggie's is known to have the freshest clams in town, so be sure not to miss out on that. The Seafood Combo is also delicious and inexpensive.
  • Arthur's Tavern, 237 Washington St., (201) 656-5009. M-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 12PM-10PM. For more than 20 years, Arthur's has been serving up great food for cheap prices. From their famous Delmonico Ribeye sirloins to their amazing all-American burgers, you really can't go wrong at Arthur's. Nothing beats a fresh American burger straight off the grill.
  • Court Street Restaurant and Bar, 61 Sixth St., (201) 795-4515. M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su 11AM-10PM. Looking for a perfect date spot? Wine and dine at Court Street as they have been around since 1981. They have received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since the year 2000. It's bistro tables and dimmed lighting makes the setting very romantic, to say the least. Order the Bancino Franchisee and you won't be disappointed.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Hoboken has occasionally been called "Bartown", which is a well deserved nickname since it has more liquor licenses per capita than any other town in all of New Jersey. There is a huge range of lounges and bars in such a compact area. With such a wide variety of bars, Hoboken has something for every type of traveler.

  • Bahama Mamas, 215 Washington Street, (201) 217-1642. OPEN Thursday-Saturday. If your looking for an upbeat bar to let loose and dance the night away, this is the place. Bahama Mamas is the staple bar in Hoboken. It is well known for its vibrant atmosphere and youthful crowd. Unlike the other bars and lounges in Hoboken, which tend to be a more relaxing and social atmosphere, Bahama Mamas is all about loud rap/hip hop music and dancing. Almost always packed - especially the dance floors. -> Reminder: there are cover fees at the door to enter <-
  • The Cage, 32 Newark Street, (201) 216-1766. 7 days a week. Hoboken's ONE AND ONLY GAY BAR! Re-opened as a Cuban-inspired restaurant and bar.
  • McSwiggans, 110 1st Street, (201) 798-6700. McSwiggans is a twist on your traditional Irish Pub. Inspired by it's celtic roots, it also offers a sports bar with all the excitement of a night club on weekends and holidays (St. Patricks Day). With a $5 all-you-can-eat menu and daily drink specials, McSwiggans is a great bar to drink and watch the game on their huge flat screens.
  • Maxwell's, 1039 Washington Street, (201) 798-0406. Closed Mondays. If you want to listen to some great live bands and have a few drinks, Maxwell's is the bar for you. It is a small venue creating an intimate and casual atmosphere. There is a select menu of bar foods but nothing fancy. This bar is a music enthusiast's paradise.
  • Wilton House, 58 Newark Street, (201) 656-9635. This is a must as Hoboken's pre-game spot offers cheap drinks all day, every day. Wilton House is the definition of your local dive bar with quirky regulars. There is always a great assortment of people all mingling together at the bar. Stop in for a sure good time with an assortment of interesting people.
  • Carpe Diem, 1405 Grand Street, (201) 792-0050. Offering karaoke, dancing, a light menu, patio and a full bar, Carpe Diem is a great place to get together with your closest friends and have a great night. The bar is always busy and the music is always playing. If you are looking for a great night out without anything too crazy, this is the spot to do it.
  • The Brass Rail, 135 Washington Street, (201) 659-7074. This is a modern classic. The perfect fusion of "Old City Charmand Modern Cosmopolitan Chic". Whether you're in search of a funky, energetic bar or an intimate experience in the upstairs dining room, The Brass Rail offers it all.
  • 1 Republik, 221 Washington Street, (201) 850-1282. A upbeat pub during the day and nightclub at night, 1 Republik offers great food and lively atmosphere. Recently opened, it is one of the newest pubs to hit Hoboken but is consistently receiving great reviews from locals and travelers alike.
  • The Chandelier Room, 225 River Street, (201) 235-2520. Hoboken's most upscale cocktail and martini lounge. Nominated for "Cocktail Lounge of the Year", The Chandelier Room offers a wide array of special events and signature cocktails in a high-energy atmosphere. Located at the W Hoboken Hotel & Residences, it's designed to satisfy the most elite of New York City; this lounge will not disappoint.
  • Room 84, 841 Washington Street, (201) 420-1112. Hoboken's favorite night club. Offering an Open Bar option, this is definitely a place you go to party. Having multiple DJ's, four illuminated bars, dance floors, and VIP areas, this is the place you want to celebrate and break loose.
  • The West 5 Supper Club, 505 Madison Street, (201) 792-2244. Hoboken's premier night club offering a unique atmosphere for the more sophisticated party animal. Modeled after many of the clubs in New York City, this is a place to party while mingling with the best of Hoboken but still maintaining the upbeat dance club environment. This is a unique night spot and receives rave reviews from all those who visit.

Get Out[edit]

East[edit]

New York City and all it has to offer is just across the river, only a quick car, train, bus ride or even walk away. A good way to transition between the two destinations would be to catch a ferry from Hoboken to Battery Park and from there, take a tour of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island or the New York Holocaust Memorial or the 9/11 Memorial; all of which are well within walking distance of the ferry terminal.

North[edit]

The Hudson River Valley is beautiful to drive through or see by way of boat tour especially during the fall. Further north in the Adirondacks are beautiful ski resorts and camping sites.

West[edit]

Just half of an hour away are historical sites in Morris County, like Jockey Hollow, that also boast magnificent foliage during the fall.

South[edit]

An hour and a half drive south of Hoboken, by way of the Garden State Parkway, are the New Jersey staple beach destinations of Point Pleasant, Long Beach Island and Seaside Heights.

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