So it’s last Friday morning around 11am…just woke up, still in pj’s and downing our first cup of coffee when the doorbell rang. It was our friends Sista, Liz and LisaMarie. They were heading to Hoboken to shoot and they wanted us to go with them. Couldn’t pass up on that opportunity so off we went and here is what we saw.
Hoboken is a city in New Jersey located across the Hudson River from New York City. The city has a population of 50,000+, and most of them were out on this beautiful spring day. It is part of the greater New York Metropolitan area and contains the Hoboken Terminal.
Trains and ferries connecting New York City to New Jersey arrive here daily bringing commuters into and out of the city and to many points in New Jersey.
Hoboken is also the location of the first recorded baseball game in the United States, and of the Stevens Institute of Technology, one of the oldest technological universities in the United States.
Hoboken was first settled 17th century by the Dutch. During the early 19th century the city was developed by Colonel John Stevens, first as a resort and later as a residential neighborhood. Its waterfront was an integral part of the Port of New York, and home to major industries for most of the 20th century. The character of the city has changed from a blue collar town (Frank Sinatra was born and live here) to one of upscale shops, brownstone houses, bars and gourmet restaurants, condominiums and of course is the home of Carlo’s Bake Shop. But, there are still many remains from that blue collar era.
Hoboken Terminal is one of the major transportation hubs in the NYC area. Coming into and leaving from the Terminal the New Jersey Transit has 9 lines that service the New Jersey area, a lightrail services the local area, the NY Waterway ferry brings commuters into the city and the PATH trains which also travel into New York City. More than 50,000 people use the terminal daily.
The large main waiting room in tiled stained glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany is generally considered one of the finest in the U.S. aesthetically.
A 225-foot (69 m) clock tower was originally built with the terminal over a century ago, but was dismantled in the early 1950s due to structural damage and deterioration from weather damage. A new clock tower, replicating the original, was constructed during the terminal’s centennial year of 2007.
There are still some areas in the terminal that remain in need of repair. I was lucky to not get arrested (I was asked to leave by Port Authority Police 3 times) but I had to check them out.
Cake Boss is a reality TV series set at Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken. The popularity of the show has resulted in increased business for Carlo’s Bake Shop as seen by the long lines in front of the store. Tourists were from all over the country.
Hoboken offers spectacular views of the New York skyline as it sits across the Hudson River opposite lower mid-town Manhattan.