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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Hoboken, a great little city

I was in Hoboken, NJ, yesterday. Whenever I come up north, I make it a point to visit. It's just one train ride away from New York City, right under the Hudson River on the PATH train, one stop from Greenwich Village. While it's part of New York City, it's a whole world away. Even the trains are spotless and so are the stations, look at that floor. People saunter off the train at the stop, they don't rush to be the first one off like on the New York subways. I like to compare these little towns I come across, to Coconut Grove. It's interesting how they are similar but many times quite different.


And every street has a beautiful view. It's right on the water's edge, and unlike here in Miami and Coconut Grove, the water is unblocked, that's a great thing about New York and New Jersey, the water views are available for everyone.
I spoke about Riverhead, Long Island, recently and Hoboken is similar. Both towns remind me so much of Coconut Grove. Hoboken is very small, it's only one square mile, but it is it's own city with it's own mayor, city council, etc. It's right next to Jersey City and in the last 10 years or so, that whole section of Jersey across from lower Manhattan has been built up. Where it was sort of a gap tooth skyline, now it is one big swath from Jersey City up to Hoboken. But I do like that they kept a lot of the history. New Jersey as a state has more saved history than many places. That is downtown Manhattan from the Hoboken side of the Hudson River.

Manhattan is so close, you can almost reach out and touch it. But in Hoboken, it is quiet and less hectic. It's not hectic at all, in fact.


There are large parks on the water that face Manhattan.
You can get three daily New Jersey newspapers in Hoboken with dozens of comic strips in each one (New York has many local newspapers, too).
The streets are clean and quaint. They have everything we have but just more preserved history. There are local restaurants but there is a Jimmy John's sub shop, just like us. There's CVS, Walgreens and even a Spirit Costume shop on the main street.
The police station reminds me of Mayberry for some reason.
At left is City Hall; at right is Starbucks in this cool building.
 The Lakawanna Ferry building greets you as you arrive in Hoboken. For years I would see this structure from the piers in Greenwich Village wondering what it was all about.
For such a small city, it's quite a transportation hub, the ferry building houses not only the ferry, but the subway to and from Manhattan and trains that go out into New Jersey land.
If it wasn't for the cold winters, I would love to live here. Hoboken Grapevine, or Hoboken Herald, how does that sound?

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great to see your pictures and brought back memories. I grew up in Hoboken and now live in the Grove. It's a wonderful area that went through the same gentrification that Grovites complain about today. 30 years ago Hoboken was a real dump and parts of it on the west side still are a bit rough. What you see now and in those pictures are the benefits of that relatively recent development..

October 07, 2015 8:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"They have everything we have but just more preserved history".

Exactly. The Grove also has a bit of History left, only since 1825, though: Coconut Grove is the oldest modern continuously inhabited neighborhood of Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
(Peacock Hotel, Barnacle, Women's Club..)

But we're losing a lot of it fast, already lost 98.57% of the open waterfront. This town in Jersey seems to be doing a much better job. Don't see any despicable Concrete Park benches or Malls by their waterfront.

October 07, 2015 9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"For such a small city, it's quite a transportation hub".

The difference is that they are a small, independent city. Not annexed to Miami Dade or New York City, like the Grove is. They can utilize their own taxes best way they see fit, and wisely, with local representatives that can be held accountable.

Example: instead of spending 3 Million US$ on that spanking new Sailor's Club House monstrosity there, that will only be occasionally visited by a scarce minority of people in the sailing community.. What if they had spent those Three Million Dollars for everyone, on Transportation?

There's your popular, much needed Free Coconut Grove Trolley, paid for till 2050 or more.

Or, what if those 3 Million had been spent on our Historical Coconut Grove Theater renovation, for everyone to be proud of and enjoy?

October 07, 2015 9:35 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

So what if people argue ??? it's a forum...

October 07, 2015 9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suscribe the second and third comment. Excellent perspective!

October 07, 2015 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whow, medium income male $101.000.00, female $69,000.00, 56% usage of public transportation. And a lot of devastation during hurricane Sandy. Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken. Waterfront is beautiful, but I love & enjoy our Biscayne Bay.

October 07, 2015 3:00 PM  
Blogger reid prevatt said...

We still have waterfront views and I doubt # 2 knows what the layout was back in 1900. Fact is nobody lived here. It was hot mosquitoes transportation etc. The Barnacle was there and probably blocking the bay view with the hammock in front of it. Fact is not much has changed in 50 years(views) yet some just bitch and bitch. My suggestion join and volunteer at the Barnacle and when you want to get drunk, take your booze to the third floor of the dock master bldg. Also get off your ass and park for free and walk the outer loop from Kennedy Park to the Barnacle which will set you back a buck or two. Magical I say

October 07, 2015 3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We still have waterfront views":

Walk, bike or better yet drive the 5 miles of waterfront the Grove once had, (precisely from the Circle Plaza (Gables) to the toll Plaza, KB. Tell me where you have open water views.

98.57% gone, as I accurately estimated.

Reid, let's meet at the next half marathon, see how you do, after you complete the above task. After 11 years living and doing triathlons around here, I know every corner, Pops. I bet you're the one with the huge beer belly..

October 07, 2015 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not much has changed in 50 years..." Yeah, the Fresh Market, Grove Isle, the tall Marinas, high rises, and all of the waterfront construction dates back to the Civil War. Give or take a Century or 2. Lay off the booze, or whatever you're actually taking.

October 07, 2015 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Prevatt said not much has changed in 50 years related to the view i.e., there were mangroves, i.e., you can't see through trees!
We in the Grove have three major parks to view Biscayne Bay, with no Mangroves, so you get a great view. Plus you have Rickenbacker, another great view. Plus we have the Southeastern portion of Key Biscayne to see as far as the eye can see. Plus, Mr. Prevatt has anything other than a beer-belly, plus he used his name and anon 4:39 & 4:44 failed to identify themselves.
Coconut Grove is a great village, has great views of Biscayne Bay and nothing a few Gadflies can say can reverse reality. Get off your couch, take a walk, and enjoy a thriving community and what our taxes have provided. Jobie Steppe

October 07, 2015 5:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Hoboken is full of buildings, and you do not like buildings in the Grove!

October 07, 2015 10:07 PM  

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