What would you miss about Hoboken?

Livability: What keeps you here? What would you miss about Hoboken?

This past weekend, we attended a friends “goodbye gathering,” as they were taking the family and moving out of Hoboken at the end of the month. As residents for many years, tons of questions came up during the party – and it morphed into a Q&A forum about what they liked about Hoboken, why they chose it, their new location – and things they might “miss” about the infamous Mile Square city. The opinions in the group varied tremendously.

What would you miss about hoboken nj if you left

Pros and cons with every place you live, right?

Newer residents (and those with no kids) seemed to still be “in love” with what Hoboken has to offer, while others (and those with bigger families) were sort of “at the end of their ropes” or longing for more (real) space and competent governance.

As expected, most people appreciated the “conveniences” that a city like Hoboken has to offer. Transportation, nightlife, relative safety, friends. And almost everyone agreed that city living can be tight at times, lack of park space and groaned that politics and taxes (compared to what is delivered by City Hall) are incongruous. Schools? Well that debate is a bit too lengthy to elaborate here – and don’t really apply to those without kids. However…

This particular couple, when asked “What would you miss about Hoboken (the city itself)” actually said “nothing.”

“You can’t have the mentality that physically attaches you to places you live. We feel that embracing our new home is time better spent. Most everything is replaceable.”

Wow, right? But I suppose if you have certain bars, groups of friends or favorite restaurants and delis – those aren’t always easy to replicate. And most people’s jobs (and even relationships) dictate where they can live.

But what would you seriously miss about Hoboken – if you could have a similar living arrangement elsewhere?

6 Responses

  1. kidrock4050 says:

    For a mid twenties guy, I would miss the NYC skyline and the great waterfront, and proximity to NYC. I always catch myself staring at the skyline, along with the other visitors, families, and friends that visit Hoboken on a daily basis.

    I would definitely miss the good food and local flavor. I tend to find my favorite places are mostly off Washington St – Like Fiore’s, Lisa’s Deli, Dozzino’s, Three A’s, Johnny Pepperoni, Court Street, and many others. I’m sure I’m missing some. For someone my age, many of my friends live here and I’ve met a ton of people in the few years I have lived here. It all depends on what stage you are in life and your personality.

    Some things I wouldn’t miss – Parking, pricey rent, not a ton of space, and pretty much that whole three block radius near the PATH on Friday and Saturday nights.

  2. whewwhewwhew says:

    I would miss Hoboken411 the most

  3. hudson says:

    I moved out of Hoboken 7 months ago after living there for 18 years. I have two kids but went all the way to the end of 4th grade with the older one. Here is what I miss the most, TAKE OUT! I also miss the skyline and the shorter commute. The space, the gorgeous seaons (didn’t realize how much I was really missing in Hoboken) a backyard, sporting activities and facilities (multiple fields/parks, tennis courts, pool clubs etc), the SCHOOLS, not having to deal with Lincoln/Holland tunnel traffic everytime you come back from somewhere, a driveway (no $300 monthly parking) are just some of the things I love about leaving Hoboken.

  4. The Professor says:

    I would miss our house. But as for Hoboken itself, there is not much I would miss. The food is varied and very good, that I will admit, but the most memorable and delicious meals have had have been cooked at home by my favorite chef.

  5. Frankie says:

    The cornucopia of young ladies in yoga pants. Minus the not so fit ones. 😆

  6. ntableman says:

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I moved here in the late 90’s and loved it, but have to admit that I have not been in a shop on Washington St in years, and most of the places to eat are packed with TV’s and not particularly elegant. I used to find Leo’s quirky, now it is just gross (the difference? having spent time in Italy and eaten real Italian food…). I don’t know…it is more crowded than ever, hard to find a seat on the 126 sometimes, etc…no one in any position of power seems to care about the need for more infrastructure, or the problem pandering to cars is causing – from hit and runs to double parking to over entitled rich people blocking access with their fancy Italian sports cars. Most of my friends from “back then” have long moved away.

    But, I love walking my dog each morning and seeing the sun come up over manhattan, how I can walk in a park along the water for miles, most things I need are a few blocks away. And Red Lion is a welcome change in the neighborhood. And, while NJT and PANYNJ are so inept it makes me fume at the mouth, most of the time it is pretty easy to get anywhere via transit – as long as you know the right method for the right time of day. People are generally pretty friendly, which is a plus over NYC.

    I just wish someone out there would actually be a leader and try to make good change for us while not trying to be a thief. We get trapped in here like rats because of the two tunnels, but NJT keep cutting services via rail and the PANYNJ is more interested in the WTC than much to do with improving our situation. Or, why have those properties at the north end of town been allowed to be fallow for so long, or the large vacant lot on 15/14 and Wash/Hudson that is paved over and could be a park or something useful for the neighborhood. I know it is not possible, but I’d love to see a “propose something useful, or we are taking it” rule for these properties.

    And, my largest pipe dream? Close Washington to cars, have small trolleys go up and down, and create a large pedestrian zone like so many cities have. It would improve the quality of life immeasurably.

    That all said, I know that you can love and hate everywhere…and I often think, with all the things I dislike about Hoboken, where else would I live? Chicago’s pretty nice :)

Leave a Reply