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About Hoboken

Welcome to Hoboken. We don’t just work here. We live here. We’re actively involved in Hoboken life.

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An Introduction to Hoboken

Hoboken Block by Block New York Times Video featuring Elizabeth Rakela
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The New York Times featured Hoboken real estate agent Elizabeth Rakela in their Block by Block Introduction to Hoboken.

Hoboken is located in Hudson County, New Jersey. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city’s population was 50,005. Hoboken is part of the New York metropolitan area and is considered by many as the unofficial 6th borough. Hoboken is famous for being the hometown of Frank Sinatra and also the location of the first recorded baseball game in the United States. Many people move to Hoboken because it is a vibrant, diverse city with many parks, restaurants, cultural events in addition to the easy commute to New York City. Many current residents lived in NYC at one time and prefer Hoboken because of its residential feel. Nicknamed “The Mile Square City,” Hoboken truly is a neighborhood and it is common to run into friends and acquaintances while strolling through town.

Hoboken's History

Hoboken was first settled in the 17th century as part of the Pavonia, New Netherland colony. The Dutch acquired the land from Native Americans in 1626. Colonel John Stevens developed the city in the 19th century as a resort destination and later as a residential neighborhood. He developed the first steam ferry that transported Manhattan residents to Elysian Fields where they enjoyed picnics and a stroll along the riverfront. As boating became popular in the mid to late 1800s; Hoboken housed several boat clubs along the waterfront. Hoboken became a township in 1849 (separating from North Bergen Township) and was incorporated as a city in 1855. With the rise of the shipping industry in the late 1800s, Hoboken transformed from a resort area to an important port and later became home to major industries for most of the 20th century such as Lipton Tea and Maxwell House. 

Hoboken's Neighborhoods

Because Hoboken is so small geographically, residents typically refer to neighborhood locations as downtown, midtown and uptown.  The uptown section of Hoboken has experienced significant development over the past ten years as former industrial/warehouse buildings have been converted to condominiums, many with waterfront locations.  Given the numerous modes of public transportation into and throughout Hoboken, many visitors and locals find the town’s housing offerings to be very accessible.  There are so many lovely neighborhoods worth exploring!

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