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, and a bedroom community for young, mostly twenty-something professionals who work across the river in New York City.
Newark Liberty International Airport is the closest of metro New York three major airports. To get to downtown Hoboken take any New Jersey Transit train headed for New York to Secaucus Junction and change there to a train headed for Hoboken Terminal. During rush hour, some trains run directly to Hoboken from Newark Airport Station.
- 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, take that. When you get out of the tunnel, make the first right turn. You will soon find yourself in downtown Hoboken.
The terminus station 1 Hoboken Terminal is a major transportation hub for regional and commuter rail, mostly operated by New Jersey Transit. Connections with Amtrak can be made in Pennsylvania Station in Newark or New York Pennsylvania Station.
Train lines serving Hoboken:
- 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)
From New Jersey, go to Journal Square, or Grove Street and pick up a 33rd St. New York-bound PATH train and transfer to a Hoboken-bound PATH train at Newport. From Newark's Pennsylvania Station, and Harrison take a World Trade Center bound train to Exchange place and transfer to a Hoboken bound train. Newport and Exchange Place have trains bound for Hoboken.
From Manhattan in New York City, pick up a Hoboken-bound PATH train at 33rd & 6th Ave., 23rd & 6th Ave., 14th & 6th Ave., 9th & 6th Ave., Christopher St. & Hudson St., or the World Trade Center station.
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.
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 Secaucus - 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
- 5 to Lincoln Harbor or Jersey City (on Washington Street)
- 144 to Staten Island (limited service)
Walk! It is incredibly hard to find parking in Hoboken. Some places to find parking are Sinatra Drive by the Hudson River, or any street named after a president (besides Washington). The city-run parking garages on Hudson Street and elsewhere are also a good option if you're worried about getting booted. The parking garages generally range from $3-5 an hour and prices jump up if you leave the car over night. Some of the parking garages are also either for Hoboken residents or available in monthly payments only so, read the signs and ask people at the parking garages to double check.
Besides walking, the Hudson Bike Share allows users to ride bikes and between bike stations in Hoboken and other towns nearby. The Frank Sinatra Park and the Hudson River Walkway are examples of nice places to bike. It is very important to mention that the system is not compatible with Jersey City's Citibike system. However, three HBS stations are planned in Jersey City to make the lives of residents and tourists who use the bike-sharing system easier.
If you must park, read the signs on the street. Make sure that you ARE allowed to park where you're leaving your car. Most streets have one side reserved for Hoboken Residents, that are marked clearly with a green background and white letters. These are Resident Only parking sides and you must have a resident permit to park theres. Street cleaning restrictions are in effect as well as a time limit of 4 hours for non-residents - after that, you should move your car.
Finding a parking spot is so hard in Hoboken that they sell parking spaces for up to $40,000.
- With a great assortment of prewar buildings (having great architectural features), 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 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 Verrazano Narrows Bridges. In the summer months around 5-6PM, one can often see huge cruise ships sailing by on their way out to sea en route to Bermuda and Canada. If you are an early riser (or up very late) the views of sunrise silhouetting the city from Pier A is unforgettable. It is also the perfect place to view the “Tribute in Light” (if they continue to do it) remembering the anniversary of September 11. Hoboken lost more of its residents in September 11th 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 4th of July are two of the biggest holidays pulling in enormous 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. Patricks day. Every year they hold a city parade where mass amounts of people gather and wandering down main roads to stop at all the bars.
- 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. Occasionally campus security can be a bit skittish so be prepared to be sent on your way by flashing lights and a siren even if you are doing nothing more than admiring the view.
- Frank Sinatra's birth place is on Monroe Street (near 4th St)
- If you are a baseball fan, the site of the first baseball game is commemorated on a plaque at the intersection of 11th and Washington, right next to Helmers restaurant.
- Of course, the gritty Marlon Brando film, On The Waterfront, was filmed in Hoboken. The parks on 4th & park and 11th & Hudson both were used as locations and can be easily recognized from the film even in their modern state. “I coulda’ been a contender....“
- Walk down Washington Street, there are many shops and restaurants here.
- Visit Maxwell's, it's a great bar/restaurant and music venue.
- Stop in Tunes and buy some music, a nice little music shop.
- Walk/jog/rollerblade along the Hudson River.
- Visit Pier A Park (1st Street and Sinatra Drive) for spectacular views of Downtown Manhattan. A small area of this park is dedicated to the ~25 residents of Hoboken who were killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
- If you ride skateboards or rollerblades, there is a small skatepark along the Hudson River (with spectacular Manhattan views) about 1 mile north of the PATH station.
- 1 Sri Thai, 234 Bloomfield St (3rd and Bloomfield), ☎ . Thai restaurant
- 2 Illuzion, 337 Washington St (Corner of 4th and Washington), ☎ . Sushi restaurant.
- Try the Chicken at Precious (Chinese food restaurant) on 5th and Washington Street.
- Get a toasted bagel with cream cheese sometime after midnight at Bagels on the Hudson at Washington and 8th.
- The 7 Star Pizza on 4th and Garden streets serves slices that are as big or bigger than Benny Tudino's but they're thin crust.
- 4 La Isla Restaurant Downtown, 104 Washington St, ☎ . Cuban restaurant. Great food, and it's BYOB, so your favorite bottle of wine for dinner.
- 5 Karma Cafe, 505 Washington St, ☎ . Indian
- 6 Marie's Bakery, 138 Park Ave #1, ☎ . Here its all about the bread! This little almost hidden bakery makes loaves and loaves of fresh bread in their brick oven daily. They are mostly known as a wholesale bakery but welcome guests daily to stop by the shop and purchase breads. They offer a wide variety of breads including rolls, baguettes, foccaccia, and pizza dough, and specialize is stuffed breads.
- 7 Benny Tudino's Pizzeria, 622 Washington street, ☎ . M-Sa 11AM-1AM; Su noon-midnight. Known as the "Home of the largest slice". Zagat rated for best pizza in NJ. The slices here are not only large but also feature that thick-style NY pizza. Benny Tudio's also has classic Italian dishes as well. Nothing really over $15.
- 8 Fiore's Deli, 414 Adams Street, ☎ . This old-school Italian deli is most recognized for their homemade Mozzarella cheese. Their other popular item is only sold on Thursdays - roast beef on "mutz". Fiore's takes orders as well and is willing to ship their deli products anywhere- call 888-513-6699 to place orders Prices vary greatly - call or stop by the deli.
- 9 Carlo's Bakery, 95 Washington Street, ☎ . M-Sa 7AM-7:30PM; Su 7AM-5:30PM. A bakery located in Hoboken. Carlo's has become very popular and famous due to the show Cake Boss on TLC. The bakery focuses on specialties such as wedding and birthday cakes, but is busy almost every morning with crowds lining up for their freshly made pastries and cookies. Prices vary greatly so you will have to stop by the bakery. Prices vary depending on your selection.
- 10 Malibu Diner, 257 14th Street, ☎ . Open 24 hours. A great old-fashioned diner located in the heart of Hoboken. Serving that comfort diner food from Breakfast - Dinner. Most crowded late at night since its one of the only food restaurants open 24/7 in Hoboken. There is free parking for guests in the on-site parking lot. Sandwiches/burgers up to $12, mains $10-20, desserts around $3.
- 11 Vito's Italian Deli, 806 Washington Street, ☎ . M 8AM-5PM, Tu-F 8AM-7PM, Sa 8AM-5PM, Su 9AM-3PM. Fully stocked Italian deli which makes sandwiches to order. Vito's is also known for its homemade Mozzarella cheese. Sandwiches $8-11.
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 New Jersey. There is a huge range of lounges and bars in a very compact area.
Many Hoboken restaurants do not have liquor licenses so they allow you to BYO wine and beer with no corkage fee. This can save you a considerable sum since a good bottle of wine can be purchased at nearby bottle shops for less than $10!
If you are looking for old school Hoboken, guys in hard hats, Aerosmith on the jukebox, and cheap draft beer, Wilton House on 1st just a few blocks from the PATH is a good place to start.
There are dozens of bars within a few minutes walk of the PATH station catering to every taste in boozing. Gay, straight, cover bands, pick up, meat market, stuffy, seedy, trendy, you name it.
Happy hours at many Hoboken establishments are a good deal. So if you want to get a buzz on the cheap, show up before 7PM or 8PM.
- Mikie Squared (formerly called Dippers) Located on the west side of Washington between 6th and 7th Streets.
- Uptown: Lua at Sinatra Drive North near 14th Street is a cool spot for drinks or Latin inspired food with spectacular views of the Empire State Building and midtown Manhattan.
- Bar Nine, 333 Washington Street, ☎ . An upscale restaurant by day (serving brunch and dinner) and lounge by night. But if you go for their happy hours you can get cocktails for as little as 25 cents on certain nights! Every weekend you can find a DJ spinning hip hop, rap, and house music. Plus there is no cover charge at the door of the bar. The lounge is 3 floors full of comfy couches and dance floors. Cocktails range in 10-14 dollars and food entrees are 5-15 dollars.
Incredibly, Hoboken has just one major hotel, and it is expensive (starting at $209 per night). Of course if you are hammered from a night of hitting the pubs, sleep on the train! Otherwise, head back to Route 3 by the Lincoln Tunnel approach for an assortment of fleabag motor inns, or go into the riverfront area of Jersey City just south of Hoboken for higher class accommodations like the Hyatt, Courtyard, etc.
- 1 W Hoboken, 225 River St, ☎ . Upscale and expensive, but with great views of Hudson river and close to the train and ferry terminal.
Take the PATH (subway), Bus #126 or the Lincoln or Holland Tunnels (car) to New York City.
NJ Railways has numerous lines departing from Hoboken Terminal to places all over NJ and connecting to Newark Station, where you can connect to Amtrak and Newark Airport.
|Routes through Hoboken|
|Ridgewood ← Secaucus ←||N S||→ END|
|Dover ← Newark ←||W E||→ END|
|Spring Valley ← Secaucus ←||N S||→ END|
|END ←||N S||→ Jersey City → Bayonne|
|North Bergen ← Weehawken ←||N S||→ END|
|North Bergen ← Weehawken ←||N S||→ Jersey City → END|
|END ←||SW NE||→ Greenwich Village, Manhattan → Theater District, Manhattan|
|END ←||NW SE||→ Jersey City → Financial District, Manhattan|