Hoboken may be just over a square-mile in size, but it offers a big-city appeal. Strategically positioned on the western banks of the Hudson River, directly across from lower Manhattan, the city boasts beautiful waterside walkways and a quick commute the Big Apple for work or play. Its close proximity to Jersey Shore beaches, the Catskill Mountains and the Lower Hudson Valley make Hoboken popular with a growing young, professional population, and it is generally more affordable than the Big Apple.
Of its approximately 53,000 residents, about 96 percent of HobokenHoboken residents have been cited among the most frequent, and commuters to NYC can either use the rail system or a high-speed ferry.
Due in part to its small size, Hoboken is known as a “walking town” that offers beautiful waterfront paths. The pedestrian-friendly city mixes small-town socializing with big-city cultural offerings, such as the annual Hoboken Italian Festival. Bustling Washington Street is home to unique boutiques, hip restaurants and music venues. Frank Sinatra may be Hoboken’s most famous son—his legacy and love of sweets lives on through the city’s numerous eateries and bars. Carlo’s Bakery, featured on the hit TV show Cake Boss, is located on Washington Street and is a major draw. Hoboken is also home to the Stevens Institute of Technology, one of the oldest technological universities in the U.S.
There are plenty of outdoor activities in Hoboken, including free kayaking down the Hudson River. Pier A Park offers postcard-worthy views of downtown Manhattan and hosts “Movies Under the Stars” every Wednesday night during the summer. The city’s Maxwell Place Park has access to a rocky beach, and Frank Sinatra Park features an outdoor amphitheater in honor of Ol’ Blue Eyes.