There are so many amazing places to live in New Jersey, but one of our trendiest towns just topped a national “best places to live” list. The birthplace of Frank Sinatra and my favorite (almost) NYC borough, there’s a lot to love about Hoboken. It was recently named one of the best places to live in America by the New York Post, beating out cities like Portland, Maine and Nashville, Tennessee who were also on the list.
This mile square city has a fascinating history. The world's first commercial steam ferry began operating here in 1811, transporting travelers to and from Manhattan. John Stevens designed the steam locomotive in the city and it is home to Sybil's Cave. The cave's spring was believed to have magical powers and guests paid to visit; it was immortalized in a novel by Edgar Allan Poe after a tragic murder.
A hub of industry, major companies like Maxwell House, Lipton Tea and Hostess all have roots here. The first officially recorded game of baseball took place in Hoboken in 1846 and the nation's first mechanical engineering college (Steven's Institute of Technology) was founded in the city in 1870.
The dining scene in Hoboken has to be one of the best in the state. You can find almost any cuisine imaginable in this little city. Head to the famous Fiore's Deli for delectable sandwiches, Benny Tudino's for the perfect pie and Carlo's Bakery for incredible desserts. For flavorful ethnic cuisine, try La Isla, Mamoun's Falafel, Cucharamama or Satay Malaysian. For an upscale experience, check out Amanda's, The Cuban or Dino & Harry's Steakhouse, among others. There's something for every palate here.
Home to more bars per square mile than New York City, including one of the coolest bars of them all (Maxwell's Tavern), you'll never be bored here. However, bars are just the beginning. You'll find breweries, galleries, art classes, kayaking, parks, festivals, endless events and the Hoboken Historical Museum.
Washington Street is the epicenter of shopping in Hoboken, but you'll find charming boutiques all over town. Shop new and used clothes, books, beauty products, gifts and much more. You'll love the top-ranked
, with a mix of new and vintage fashions. Another favorite is Symposia, a non-profit bookstore and community center.
Hoboken residents enjoy amazing waterfront views, easy access to Manhattan, special events for every interest, a strong sense of community, walkability and charm. The cost of living is more than 20% less than NYC neighborhoods like Williamsburg and it draws big names like Eli Manning (a resident) and Jennifer Lopez (spotted at Pier C Park), among others. The city is vibrant, lively and everything you'd want in a small city.
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