Welcome to Hoboken!
With a personality much larger than it’s “Mile Square” image, Hoboken, NJ is nestled along the Hudson River below the Palisades. Its evolution from a manufacturing and shipping port to the exclusive urban village it has become is a true American success story. Home to over 50,000 residents, Hoboken hosts a cross-section of communities in a compact, pedestrian-friendly atmosphere.
There’s a legendary working-class tradition in Hoboken, and it’s still alive in its neighborhoods. It’s the birthplace of baseball, Frank Sinatra, the zipper and the Blimpie submarine sandwich. The Maxwell Place community takes its name from the coffee factory that once stood there; the Hudson Tea condominium was for decades a Lipton Tea factory. The city’s docks, at one time among the busiest on the east coast, have given way to recreational piers and an esplanade that offers million-dollar views of the Manhattan skyline.
Though much has changed in the past 25 years, Hoboken retains its hard-working bustle. During rush hours, thousands of commuters pass through the iconic Lackawanna terminal into Manhattan. On Washington Street and beyond, a thriving commercial district comprised mostly of locally-owned boutiques, shops and eateries. Live music, sailing on the Hudson, house tours, arts and cultural festivals — from sun-up to beyond sun-down, there’s something interesting going on in Hoboken, and it’s drawn a dedicated new generation of residents to carry on its dynamic tradition.
As home to Stevens Institute of Technology, the city has a college-town feel. And with its reputation as a mecca for cutting-edge music and spirited nightlife, Hoboken definitely has a youthful bounce to its step. Still, there are a sizable number of young families making their homes in the long established brownstone neighborhoods and newer developments that have re-defined the Hoboken lifestyle.
And Hobokenites know great food. You’ll find the best ‘mozz in the world right on Washington St. Restaurants and cafes dot the city, and run the full range from upscale dining to midnight nosh – in flavors ranging the cultural gamut. And the bakeries . . . you’ll discover a favorite. It’s a town with a healthy appetite, for food and for life.
Welcome to Jersey City!
A place of endless diversity, Jersey City, NJ is the state’s second largest city, with nearly 250,000 residents clustered in about 21 square miles. It traces a long history to 1609, when Henry Hudson landed the Half Moon on the waterfront near what is now Newport. In over 400 years, the city has continued to discover itself, and continues to draw residents from far and away to its eclectic, cosmopolitan neighborhoods.
First and foremost, it’s a city of neighborhoods, each with its own verve and vibe. Many have changed over the years while still retaining the wide range of architectural styles that evolved over time. In the past two decades, the tony Historic Downtown Districts, including Van Vorst, Hamilton Park and Paulus Hook, have garnered the most attention. A new generation of residents, drawn from the suburbs and NYC, have re-claimed classic brownstones, re-purposed century-old factories and prompted new construction developments to handle the increased demand for living space. Also located here is the ever-popular Newport and Harborside waterfront communities, with their gleaming luxury hi-rise condo and rental communities and super-easy access to the PATH.
But there’s much more to the Sixth Borough than downtown. The Heights, perched atop the southern-most portion of the NJ Palisade ridge, has become the favored neighborhood for the dynamic artist community and those seeking excellent value. The Central Avenue shopping district provides the classic feel of a mom-and-pop commercial row. At the center of the Heights are Pershing Field and the Reservoir, a 13-acre natural wonder originally constructed in 1871. South of the Heights lies Journal Square, the transportation hub for Jersey City, with its lively cultural enclaves – “Little India” and the city’s Filipino communities are centered here. Excellent small-scale restaurants abound in this bustling neighborhood. Bergen Hill, Greenville and the Marion neighborhoods all have their special charms, architecture and atmosphere.
Surprising to some is the fact that for all its urban density, Jersey City is also a city of green space. On its southern edge of the city along the Hudson River lies Liberty State Park, a gateway to the New York Harbor and launching point for ferries to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. This immense oasis, comprising more than 1,200 acres in the middle of a heavily populated metropolitan area, offers numerous opportunities for outdoor activities. from hiking and biking to crabbing and fishing. all within an amazing view of the lower Manhattan skyline. On the western edge of the City, near the 150-acre Lincoln Park, the Hackensack Riverwalk is a work-in-progress, eventually culminating in a greenway along the River linking Bayonne and Jersey City to the Secaucus meadowlands and beyond.. Between the rivers are more than 20 parks and countless squares, playgrounds and public access areas, large and small. Residents here have made a concerted effort to renew, protect and expand public green space.
Everywhere in the city, fine restaurants cater to a sophisticated, cosmopolitan palate. There is a lively nightlife in most parts of the City, ranging from sleek hotel clubs on the waterfront to neighborhood social clubs. Local theater and music infuse the neighborhoods with native talent, and the arts scene is vibrant and as diverse as the City itself.
Welcome to Weehawken!
Though it’s the site of the infamous duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton in 1804, Weehawken, NJ is actually a very mild-mannered town with a distinctly suburban feel. Located mostly on a bluff and bordered by Hoboken, Jersey City and West New York, Weehawken recently commemorated 150 years of its incorporation, though its roots go back to the 17th century. Its iconic Gothic revival water tower, constructed in 1883, anchors the town and provides a visible landmark for miles around.
Its population of about 13,000 residents is spread across three districts: The exclusive Kingswood Bluff neighborhood with its classic19th and 20th century architecture; the main section, bordered by Kennedy Blvd. on the west, includes a small but comprehensive commercial district and mostly two- and three-family detached homes and low-rise condos. and Lincoln Harbor, located on the waterfront adjacent to Weehawken Cove, is comprised of contemporary, upscale condominiums, modern office buildings housing international corporations, and dining and retail establishments.
Weehawken celebrates its place in history. Former home to an vast array of notable Americans, from Daniel Webster to Fred Astaire to Thelonius Monk, the town had long been a haven of relief for wealthy Manhattanites during the summertime. Earlier in its history, the high bluff was utilized by General Washington’s troops to keep track of British troop movement, and General Lafayette held his headquarters in one of Weehawken’s early mansions at Kingswood Bluff. Ferries have been running from Weehawken almost non-stop since the 1700s, and transportation continues to be a strong draw for its residents.
Aside from its rich history, Weehawken is perhaps most notable for two distinct features: the Lincoln Tunnel, which opened in 1937 , and the million-dollar views of Manhattan viewed atop its steep bluff, along the winding Blvd. East. The sunlit walkway along the Boulevard is a favorite spot for tourists and residents.. There you’ll find a boulder said to be from the long-gone ledge where Burr and Hamilton years ago – the perfect spot to snap some photos and feel the breeze off the Hudson River.