A Sunny Day in Bro-boken...Hoboken
The thing I find so amazing about my home state of New Jersey is that I am always discovering and re-discovering new places right under my nose. One Sunday I got to rediscover the awesome city of Hoboken and see what NJ urban life is all about.
If you remember a few months back, my brother packed up and moved north...on the turnpike up to Hoboken. Since move in day I've just been too busy with wedding stuff and he's been so busy adjusting to life on his own that there hasn't been a good time for me to stop by for a visit. We finally made it work a few weeks back and my mom joined Nick and I as we trekked up to Hoboken.
Hoboken is literally on the doorstep of NYC which makes for high rents and amazing views. It wasn't somewhere my parents took me as a kid (we'd bypass it and head straight for the city) but it has the same sort of urban flavor but with an Italian twist. Of course, you may or may not be familiar with Hoboken culture from TLC's Cake Boss. Naturally we cruised by but there is so much more to this little city. There are cute boutiques, amazing restaurants, and, if you happen to be in the mood, a great bar scene. If you're not from Jersey you probably aren't aware of the rowdiness associated with a Hoboken St. Patty's Day and you probably never will with new regulations in place but it's quite a party. Even though I never had the money or the desire to live in Hoboken, it's a great place for 20-somethings to have fun.
My only regrets from that Sunday in Hoboken were I wish I took more pictures and had more time. There are just so many places to explore, great restaurants to eat at, and interesting things to see. My favorite part was going down to the waterfront. Hoboken has a spectacular view of Manhattan and the day was so crystal clear we could almost see the taxis zooming through the city streets. I'm insanely jealous of people who call Hoboken home (including my brother!) because of their beautiful waterfront parks and city streets without all the traffic.
After a mini photo shoot and more exploring down on Washington Street, we headed back towards my brother's area. While down near the waterfront there are a lot of shops and apartment buildings and hustle, he lives a few blocks away in a much quieter section with old schools converted into apartments and really old and overpriced apartments like his. What I love the most about where he lives is The Stewed Cow Saloon. It's the perfect "cowboy" bar with delicious food and beer in mason jars. I love when we bring "the South" up to Jersey.
This is the first but definitely not my last post about Hoboken. I feel like I've only scratched the surface and my brother's locked down to live there for another nine months or so. Any recommendations for future visits?