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Hoboken is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey. Hoboken was first settled as part of the Pavonia, New Netherland colony in the 17th century. During the early 19th century the city was developed by Colonel John Stevens, first as a resort and later as a residential neighborhood. Originally part of Bergen Townshipand later North Bergen Township, it became a separate township in 1849 and was incorporated as a city in 1855. Hoboken is the location of the first recorded game of baseball and of the Stevens Institute of Technology, one of the oldest technological universities in the United States.
Located on the Hudson Waterfront, the city was an integral part of the Port of New York and New Jersey and home to major industries for most of the 20th century. It is also well known for being the birthplace and hometown of American singer Frank Sinatra, one of the most popular and most influential musical artists of the 20th century, and there are parks and streets located in the city that are named for him. The character of the city has changed from a blue collar town to one of upscale shops and condominiums.
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Living in Hoboken
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city had a total area of 2.011 square miles (5.208 km2), including 1.275 square miles (3.303 km2) of land and 0.736 square miles (1.905 km2) of water (36.58%).
Hoboken lies on the west bank of the Hudson River between Weehawken and Union City to the north and Jersey City (the county seat) to the south and west. Directly across the Hudson River are the Manhattan, New York City neighborhoods of West Village and Chelsea.
Hoboken has 48 streets laid out in a grid. Many north-south streets were named for United States presidents (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Harrison), though Clinton Street likely honors 19th century politician DeWitt Clinton. The numbered streets running east-west start two blocks north of Observer Highway with First Street, with the grid ending close to the city line with 16th near Weehawken Coveand the city. Neighborhoods in Hoboken often have vague definitions making Downtown, Midtown, and Uptown subjective. Castle Point (or Stevens Point), The Projects, Hoboken Terminal, and Hudson Tea are distinct enclaves at the city’s periphery. As it transforms from its previous industrial use to a residential district, the “Northwest” is a name being used for that part of the city.
Hoboken’s ZIP code is 07030 and its area code is 201.
The first centrally air-conditioned public space in the United States was demonstrated at Hoboken Terminal. The first Blimpie restaurant opened in 1964 at the corner of Seventh and Washington Streets. Today, Hoboken is home to one of the headquarters of publisher John Wiley & Sons, which moved from Manhattan in 2002.
According to the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Hoboken’s unemployment rate as of 2014 was 3.3%, compared to a 6.5% in Hudson County as a whole.
A 2014 study showed that Stevens Institute of Technology contributed $117 million to Hoboken’s economy in 2014, reflecting the university’s nearly $100 million payroll for salaries and wages, as well as other goods and services acquired, construction and off-campus spending by students and visitors. The university is responsible for 1,285 full-time jobs
Since 1992, the Hudson Shakespeare Company has been the resident Shakespeare Festival of Hudson County performing a free Shakespeare production for each month of the summer. Since 1998, the group has performed “Shakespeare Mondays” at Frank Sinatra Park (410 Frank Sinatra Drive) as part of their annual Shakespeare in the Park tour.
Annual cultural events
Hoboken has many annual events such as the Frank Sinatra Idol Contest, Hoboken Comedy Festival, Hoboken House Tour, Hoboken International Film Festival,Hoboken Studio Tour, Hoboken Arts and Music Festival, Hoboken (Secret) Garden Tour and Movies Under the Stars. The Hoboken Farmer’s Market occurs every Tuesday, June through October. There are also numerous festivals such as the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade,Feast of Saint Anthony’s, Saint Ann’s Feast and the Hoboken Italian Festival.
Hoboken is home to the Macy’s Parade Studio, which houses many of the floats for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
The four parks were originally laid out within city street grid in the 19th century were Church Square Park, Columbus Park, Elysian Park and Stevens Park. Four other parks that were developed later but fit into the street pattern are Gateway Park, Jackson Street Park, Legion Park and Madison Park.
The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is a state-mandated master plan to connect the municipalities from the Bayonne Bridge to the George Washington Bridge creating an 18-mile (29 km)-long urban linear park and provide contiguous unhindered access to the water’s edge. By law, any development on the waterfront must provide a public promenade with a minimum width of 30 feet (9.1 m). To date, completed segments in Hoboken and the new parks and renovated piers that abut them are at Hoboken Terminal, Pier A, the promenade and bike path from Newark to 5th Streets, Frank Sinatra Park, Castle Point Park, Sinatra Drive to 12th to 14th Streets, New York Waterway Pier, 14th Street Pier, and 14th Street north to southern side of Weehawken Cove. Other segments of river-front held privately are not required to build a walkway until the land is re-developed.
The Hoboken Parks Initiative is a municipal plan to create more public open spaces in the city using a variety of financing schemes including contributions from and zoning trade-offs with private developers, New Jersey State Green Acres funds, and other government grants. It is source of controversy with various civic groups and the city government. Among the proposed projects, the only one to that has yet materialized is at Maxwell Place, whose developer is obligated to build a public promenade on the river. The parks that are planned to be built are Hoboken Island, Pier C, 1600 Park Avenue, Hoboken Cove, 16th Street Pier, Green Belt Walkway and Upper West Side Park.
Hoboken has the highest public transportation use of any city in the United States, with 56% of working residents using public transportation for commuting purposes each day. Hoboken Terminal, located at the city’s southeastern corner, is a national historic landmark originally built in 1907 by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The terminal is the origination/destination point for several modes of transportation and an important hub within the NY/NJ metropolitan region’s public transit system.
Partly due to car sharing services, the number of residents parking on Hoboken streets decreased from 2010 to 2015.Hudson Bike Share, a bicycle sharing system operated by nextbike, opened in 2016.
NJ Transit’s Main Line, Bergen County Line, Pascack Valley Line, Montclair-Boonton Line, Morris and Essex Lines and Meadowlands Rail Line terminate at the Hoboken Terminal.
The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, another NJ Transit subsidiary, has three stations in Hoboken–Hoboken Terminal, 2nd Street and 9th Street-Congress Street.
PATH, a 24-hour subway system operated by the Port Authority, operates from Hoboken Terminal to 33rd Street Manhattan, World Trade Center, Journal Square and Newark Penn Station.
NY Waterway ferry service makes Hudson River crossings from Hoboken Terminal and 14th Street to Battery Park City Ferry Terminal, Wall Street-Pier 11 and the West Midtown Ferry Terminal in Manhattan.
New Jersey Transit buses 22, 22X, 23, 64, 68, 85, 87, 89, and 126 terminate at Hudson Place/Hoboken Terminal. Taxi service is available for a flat fare within city limits and negotiated fare for other destinations. Zipcar is located downtown at the Center Parking Garage on Park Avenue, between Newark Street and Observer Highway.
The 14th Street and Wing Viaductsconnect Hoboken, Jersey City Heightsand North Hudson.
Roads and highways
As of May 2010, the city had a total of 31.79 miles (51.16 km) of roadways, of which 26.71 miles (42.99 km) were maintained by the municipality and 5.08 miles (8.18 km) by Hudson County.
The 14th Street Viaduct connects Hoboken to Paterson Plank Road in Jersey City Heights. Two highway tunnels that connect New Jersey to New York are located close to Hoboken. The Lincoln Tunnel is north of the city in Weehawken. The Holland Tunnel is south of the city in downtown Jersey City.
Hoboken has no airports. Airports which serve Hoboken are operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. These airports are Newark Liberty International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy Airport.
Hoboken High School
Hoboken’s public schools are operated by Hoboken Public Schools, and serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The district is one of 31 former Abbott districts statewide, which are now referred to as “SDA Districts” based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the district and its five schools had an enrollment of 2,575 students and 188.5 classroom teachers (on an FTEbasis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.7:1. Schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) are Joseph F. Brandt Primary School(285 students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten) Salvatore R. Calabro Elementary School (121 students; grades K-6) Thomas G. Connors Elementary School (222; K-6) Wallace Elementary School(602; K-6) and Hoboken Middle School/ Hoboken High School (658; 7-12). Hoboken High School was the 187th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine’s September 2010 cover story on the state’s “Top Public High Schools”, after being ranked 139th in 2008 out of 316 schools.
In addition, Hoboken has three charter schools, which are schools that receive public funds yet operate independently of the Hoboken Public Schools under charters granted by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education. Elysian Charter School serves students in grades K-8, Hoboken Charter School in grades K–12 and Hoboken Dual Language Charter School in grades K-8.
The Castle Gatehouse at Stevens Institute of Technology
Private schools in Hoboken include The Hudson School, All Saint’s Episcopal Day School, Mustard Seed School and Stevens Cooperative School. Hoboken Catholic Academy, a K-8 school operated by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, was one of eight private schools recognized in 2017 as an Exemplary High Performing School by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program of the United States Department of Education.
Stevens Institute of Technology, which was founded in 1870, is located in the Castle Point section of Hoboken The university is composed of three schools and one college; the Charles V. Schaefer Jr. School of Engineering and Science, School of Business, School of Systems and Enterprises and the College of Arts and Letters. Total enrollment is more than 6,400 undergraduate and graduate students across all schools. Stevens is also home to three national research centers of excellence and joint research programs focusing on healthcare, energy, finance, defense, STEM education and coastal stability.
Hoboken is located within the New York media market; most of its daily papers available for sale or delivery. Local, county, and regional news is covered by The Jersey Journal, a daily newspaper long based in nearby Jersey City and now based in Secaucus. The Journal, along with other sister newspapers, operates NJ.com, which includes the blog Hoboken Now. The Hoboken Reporter is part of The Hudson Reporter group of local weeklies. Other weeklies, the River View Observer and the Spanish-language El Especialito also cover local news, as does The Stute, the campus newspaper at Stevens Institute of Technology. Magazines that cover Hoboken include the lifestyle magazine hMAG, which launched in 2009 and The Digest, which covers local restaurants and events.
The production company for the 2009 film Assassination of a High School President was based in Hoboken.
The city has been the home of several filming locations. A wedding scene from the 1997 film Picture Perfect, starring Jennifer Aniston, was filmed at the Elks Club at 1005 Washington Street.] Elia Kazan’s 1954 film On the Waterfront was shot in Hoboken. Hoboken is home to Carlo’s Bake Shop, which is featured in the TLC reality show Cake Boss. The popularity of the show has resulted in increased business for Carlo’s Bake Shop, and increased tourism to the Hoboken area, resulting in both positive and negative reaction from local residents and businesses.
The fourth season of A&E’s Parking Wars, which documents the lives and duties of parking enforcement personnel, was filmed in Hoboken, in addition to its usual venues of Detroit and Philadelphia. The ABC Primetime magazine What Would You Do? has filmed multiple episodes of their social experiments in Hoboken’s shops and restaurants.
The 1989 television series Dream Street was set and shot in Hoboken.
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