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Ever since I was a kid, II have been visiting Hoboken on a regular basis. My aunt has lived here since before I was born, but it was not until the late 90's that Hoboken really became a place worth visiting. As a child, Hoboken was terribly run down and neglected. But in the late 80's to early 90's, Hoboken began it's rebirth. Today Hoboken is a colorful composite of cultures, each with its festivals, languages, music, businesses and clubs. Hoboken is also home to a large and growing population of individuals identified not by the diverse ethnic tapestry they constitute, but by their education, careers, families and life choices, among them the choice of making Hoboken an enriching part of their lives.
The city of Hoboken was incorporated on March 28th, 1855, about 6 years after it separated from the town of North Bergen (incidentally where I grew up). It's a city rich in history that includes Lenni Lenape indians, early Dutch Settlers, colonialists, a rapid influx of immigrants in the late 19th century, it's significance during World War I, it's role as an industrial and shipping center, and it's many firsts (see below). 150 years later, after much redevelopment (thanks in large part to Hoboken's own, Frank Sinatra) the city is loved by many and is an ideal place to live for people who live in Manhattan. Housing is much more affordable (though still expensive) here and it's just as easy to commute to Manhattan as it is from any of the boroughs. There are countless restaurants, all types of shops, more than adequate public transportation, and an unparalleled view of the New York Skyline.
If you are planning a visit to New York. I strongly encourage you to visit Hoboken as well. At the very least, you'll have an amazing view of Manhattan. If I'm free, I'll join you for a tour.
Here are the Hoboken Firsts or Facts:
Baseball. On June 19, 1846 the first officially recorded, organized game of baseball was played on Hoboken's Elysian Fields. The New York Base Ball Club defeated the Knickerbockers 23-1. Learn more at HobokenBaseball.com. Read a June 8, 2001 New York Times article that chronicles the game's development before and after the famous Hoboken match.
America's First Brewery. On February 5, 1663 Nicholas Varlett obtained from Peter Stuyvesant a patent for the first brewery in America, located on Castle Point.
Zipper. That's right, the zipper was invented in Hoboken and first manufactured by Hoboken's Automatic Hook & Eye Co. For more on the Zipper, check out Museum lecturer Dr. Robert Friedel's book Zipper.
Blimpie. The fast food restaurant Blimpie was started by students from Stevens Institute of Technology, with its first "sub base" on Hoboken's Washington Street.
Clock Towers. The first conversion of industrial space to residential use, a practice known today as adaptive reuse. Located at 300 Adams Street.
The first electrified train was driven by Thomas Edison from Hoboken's DL&W Terminal to Montclair, New Jersey.
Central Air. The first central air cooling system in the United States was housed in Hoboken's DL&W Terminal.
Wireless Phone. The first wireless phone, operable between Hoboken and Manhattan, was situated in Hoboken's DL&W Terminal.
Colonel John Stevens. The inventor of many significant firsts including the first steam ferry and the nation's first steam locomotive. Colonel Stevens also received the first American railroad charter and designed the "T" rail.
Ice Cream Cone... the ice cream cone was invented and patented in Hoboken.
Oreo Cookies...the first Oreo cookie was sold in Hoboken.
Yacht Club...the first yacht club in America was situated in Hoboken
General Food's Maxwell House plant (9th St. - 12th St. and Hudson St.) (closed in the 80's) was at one time the largest coffee plant in the world.
Hoboken's Fugerson Propeller Works made the Titanic's propellers.
- Pros:Neighboring Manhattan, great restaurants, relatively young population.
- Cons:Housing costs are ridiculous!
- In a nutshell:Hoboken is an ideal and somewhat affordable place to live in if you work in Manhattan.
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