"HOBOKEN - BIRTHPLACE OF OLE BLUE EYES" Top 5 Page for this destination Hoboken by LoriPori

Hoboken Travel Guide: 70 reviews and 142 photos


Saturday, May 4, 2013
The city of HOBOKEN is part of the New York Metropolitan Area and lies on the west bank of the Hudson River.
In my research of Hoboken, I found a few interesting tidbits, that I would like to share.
When the U.S. entered World War I, Hoboken became the major point of embarkation and more than 3 million soldiers passed through the city.
The first officially recorded game of baseball took place in Hoboken in 1846.
Development of the Holland Tunnel (completed in 1927) and the Lincoln Tunnel (completed in 1937) allowed easier vehicular travel between New Jersey and New York City.
In October, 2013, Hurricane Sandy caused widespread flooding in Hoboken, with half the city flooded.
Elia Kazan's 1954 film "On the Waterfront" was shot in Hoboken.
Frank Sinatra - Ole Blue Eyes - was born in Hoboken.
Carlo's Bake Shop, which is the setting for the reality television show "CAKE
BOSS" is a local tourist attraction.
Washington Street is Hoboken's main thoroughfare.
Although Hoboken is only one square mile in size, it boasts many hip restaurants, cool bars and funky shops. Also has many wonderful brownstone building that make the city unique and desirable to live in.
Even tho, we had a short time here, I was very impressed with Hoboken.


Designated as one of 10 Great Streets for 2010, WASHINGTON STREET , the main commercial corridor, has preserved its historic character and is Hoboken's historic hub of community activity, with its unique shops, outdoor cafe's , restaurants and street fairs. 19th -century style lamp-posts, street clocks and wooden benches, contribute to the streets' charm.
Our bus group had one hour to spend in Hoboken and since Carlo's Bakery had an hour waiting line, I opted to just stroll up and down this unique street. The majestic City Hall is also on this street.


Located at 94 Washington Street between First & Newark, the HOBOKEN CITY HALL was designed by Francis George Himpler and was built in 1883.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 1, 1976. The building is a second empire structure, modified to a Beaux Art Classical design.

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  • Last visit to Hoboken: May 2013
  • Intro Updated May 8, 2013
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  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    So this is where the film 'On the waterfront' was shot!

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Aug 26, 2013 at 4:30 AM

      Hoboken was a very nice little town. Thanks for stopping by Don.

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Good choice to walk up and down Washington Street instead of standing in a long line! It looks like a lovely street!

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      Jun 8, 2013 at 4:01 AM

      Thanks for visiting my little Hoboken page. It really was a lovely little town with lots of cute shops and restaurants.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2013 at 4:06 AM

    I've been to New York a number of times but never detoured to see Hoboken. That looks like a lovely main street to wander along :-)

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      May 19, 2013 at 4:25 AM

      Hoboken actually is in New Jersey, across from the Hudson River. It seems many New Yorkers live in this tony little town as it's cheaper here than New York - and not so crazy busy. Thanks for stopping by Sarah.

  • starship's Profile Photo
    May 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    In my many years of living in NJ, I have yet to visit Hoboken! Thanks for sharing!!

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      May 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

      Tho we only spent about an hour there, I really liked Hoboken. Very classy little town. Thanks for stopping by.

  • ATLC's Profile Photo
    May 8, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    Interesting. You do know that Van Hoboken is a family originating from Rotterdam where they were one of the largest and richest shipping companies in The Netherlands back in the 18t/19th century with their own VOC ships. Hoboken was also the family estate in Rotterdam which now houses various museums, the academic medical centre Erasmus Ziekenhuis and other important landmarks of Rotterdam.

    • LoriPori's Profile Photo
      May 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Thank you for this info. Very interesting indeed. I really enjoyed our short time in Hoboken.

    • ATLC's Profile Photo
      May 8, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Many many neighbourhoods in New York are named by the Dutch... Brooklyn, Harlem, Hoboken, Staten Island...


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