Things Hoboken Needs…

2011 Update: What Hoboken needs!

With thousands upon thousands of new Hoboken411 users since this post was published back in 2009 – I figured it’s a good time to bump this up again. Is Hoboken any closer to getting any more “desired” businesses? Anything new you might have thought of?

I’ve also annotated the original list below – and added new ones to the bottom!

What is Hoboken lacking? Where?

You ever walk around Hoboken – and think “Man, I wish we had one of these ________ around here…?”

So what do you think our city need more (or less) of? I’m thinking primarily from the business standpoint – but feel free to add your own.

The following random list is comprised of my ideas, suggestions from residents I’ve spoken with on the street – and reader emails over the past few weeks. (Please keep political nonsense out of this…)

Boy, Hoboken sure could use:

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  • A midtown diner again! With the two diners on opposite ends of town, leaves midtown sorely lacking.
  • – Nothing yet. Stacks doesn’t count.

  • An uptown ice cream shop! Why are they all downtown?
  • – YES! Applegate Farm coming soon!

  • Enough easily accessible parking to accommodate even the most busy days – even with a few spots to spare. Is urban planning that difficult? Don’t they have college courses that teach sound reasoning?
  • – FAIL. The city will try and coax you out of your car instead.

  • More 24 hour convenience stores – especially uptown. With the exception of a handful of small shops – There’s a barren wasteland north of 8th street to buy simple things like soda, snacks or smokes.
    – Sort of. The “Prime Stop” convenience store opened on Willow… but it’s mediocre.
  • Speaking of 8th Street – Hoboken needs another 24 hour bagel shop – that doesn’t serve sub-standard products and excessive prices (with a side order of snotty attitude.)
    – Nada. Same old bagel places.
  • What about late-night activities that don’t involve alcohol? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a destination that wasn’t primarily focused on booze? I mean we can all enjoy our beers responsibly – perhaps a bowling alley, better performance spaces, even late-night sporting complexes (like Chelsea Piers, etc.) – does Hoboken have to be known mostly as a place to have drinks?
    – Not that I’ve seen.
  • More artist-friendly events. Doesn’t have to be an no-holds-barred “slam bam thank you ma’am” citywide street festival twice a year – but what about smaller “pocket” exhibitions for folks to sell their wares? Perhaps along the waterfront? Maybe near the soccer field? Doesn’t have to be complicated, right?
    – Negative.
  • I’m sure you’ve heard others like: “Taco Bell,” or “a Korean restaurant,” and “Banana Republic” and so on.
    – Well, we did get Korean Chicken and a ton of falafel places.
  • NEW FOR 2011: A better supermarket A Trader Joe’s would be excellent at that old Blockbuster video place – but it might be too small.

Maybe the economy isn’t good enough for more 24 hour places, who knows – with the exorbitant retail rent, I can imagine it being difficult to make money. But how hard is it to make Hoboken a bit more like NYC? Is “development” the only way these businesses could sustain themselves?

What do you think is obviously missing from Hoboken?

160 Responses

  1. xtreme says:

    Hey 411, we actually did get a movie theater. :) You may want to amend the post. I think the Trader Joe’s idea is great though.

  2. jrsygrl90 says:

    Hoboken needs some big box stores, such as Target, Walmart, Home Goods, etc. badly needed are places to buy decorative items, basic household items, ( lamps, beddding) and clothing. You shouldn’t have to travel out of town for these items.

    • sagemike says:

      Box store, really?????? Never.[quote comment=”205601″]Hoboken needs some big box stores, such as Target, Walmart, Home Goods, etc. badly needed are places to buy decorative items, basic household items, ( lamps, beddding) and clothing. You shouldn’t have to travel out of town for these items.[/quote]

    • lhoward222 says:

      Eeek. Good forbid. They’re all in JC or Secaucus. Basic household items … Head to Battaglias on Willow b/t 14th and 15th. Or Target in JC — the dopey light rail takes you there but just as east to walk/then cab home.[quote comment=”205601″]Hoboken needs some big box stores, such as Target, Walmart, Home Goods, etc. badly needed are places to buy decorative items, basic household items, ( lamps, beddding) and clothing. You shouldn’t have to travel out of town for these items.[/quote]

    • homeworld says:

      There’s a Target 1/4 of a mile from the Hoboken border. A big box store like Target would take about about 10% of the land area in Hoboken. [quote comment=”205601″]Hoboken needs some big box stores, such as Target, Walmart, Home Goods, etc. badly needed are places to buy decorative items, basic household items, ( lamps, beddding) and clothing. You shouldn’t have to travel out of town for these items.[/quote]

      • bmacqueens says:

        You can get such basics at Battaglia’s, on Willow @ 16th. They have parking in the back – you approach it from Clinton, behind the car wash, I believe.

        Some of Battaglia’s stuff is expensive, but other stuff is rather reasonable. Not likely to be inexpensive, but also of higher quality than what you find at Walmart.[quote comment=”205616″]There’s a Target 1/4 of a mile from the Hoboken border. A big box store like Target would take about about 10% of the land area in Hoboken.

        [/quote]

      • drangelocunha says:

        Whole foods at former Barnes and Nobles
        Bring in another Barnes and Nobles
        Trader Joe’s at former Blockbuster
        More upscale/trendy NYC style restaurants as Buddakan; Buddhabar; Spice Market; Essex & Beauty, STK; a trendy Hookah lounge
        Some Artsy Fartsy type neighborhood restaurants like ones in Brooklyn
        A Gansevort hotel besides the W hotel with one of the above ground level
        Late night Coffee/Expresso bars with pastries as in Europe
        Market at Lackwana such as Terminal Market in Philly or the Fisherman’s Wharf in Washington D.C. or
        Eataly in NYC
        Public Pool
        Authentic Gelato place like Grom in the village
        More Bakeries
        A good Ramen noodes place
        A portuguese BBQ chicken place
        More Parks in the Northwest
        Hoboken Brewery
        A Chucky Cheese for children
        Yearly Carnaval/ fair
        Mixed use work/ live/ play development in the Northwest industrial section with more housing options (not just buildings) more row homes, buildings with ground retail surrounding a piazza type center where people can relax, go for a walk, people watch.
        Look at these examples
        http://bethesdarow.com/living/
        http://www.rockvilletownsquare.com/about/overview.php

        OR..
        -Transform industrial area in the Northwest to inlcude areas such as The Distillery in Toronto http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com/

        Put some nice retail (not big box) in ground retail of buildings in the the above mentioned work/ live/ play development in the northwest part of hoboken to ease Hoboken taxes such as the following: (Aldo, Guess, Zara, Apple store, Sephora, Kenneth Cole, Bebe, Victoria Secret) Don’t turn this area into a strip mall but just place some nice alternative stores that wont disrupt the local small business on Washington Street.
        [quote comment=”205652″]You can get such basics at Battaglia’s, on Willow @ 16th. They have parking in the back – you approach it from Clinton, behind the car wash, I believe.Some of Battaglia’s stuff is expensive, but other stuff is rather reasonable. Not likely to be inexpensive, but also of higher quality than what you find at Walmart.

        [/quote]

      • HearditallB4 says:

        IMPO, what we need in this small town is less development, more camarardarie (sp), more openness about current deal developments and most of all less namecalling, playing the blame game. It was once a small blue collar family town, I’m not against progress, I’m against the time it takes for the Administration that rule with the iron fist to reveal what citizens should have known all along. Please politics never changes, only the names do. A politician once told me, politicians never lose only their friends do, what a very wise and profound statement. 😕 [quote comment=”205653″]Whole foods at former Barnes and NoblesBring in another Barnes and NoblesTrader Joe’s at former BlockbusterMore upscale/trendy NYC style restaurants as Buddakan; Buddhabar; Spice Market; Essex & Beauty, STK; a trendy Hookah loungeSome Artsy Fartsy type neighborhood restaurants like ones in BrooklynA Gansevort hotel besides the W hotel with one of the above ground levelLate night Coffee/Expresso bars with pastries as in EuropeMarket at Lackwana such as Terminal Market in Philly or the Fisherman’s Wharf in Washington D.C. orEataly in NYCPublic PoolAuthentic Gelato place like Grom in the villageMore BakeriesA good Ramen noodes placeA portuguese BBQ chicken placeMore Parks in the NorthwestHoboken BreweryA Chucky Cheese for childrenYearly Carnaval/ fairMixed use work/ live/ play development in the Northwest industrial section with more housing options (not just buildings) more row homes, buildings with ground retail surrounding a piazza type center where people can relax, go for a walk, people watch.Look at these examplesOR..-Transform industrial area in the Northwest to inlcude areas such as The Distillery in Toronto Put some nice retail (not big box) in ground retail of buildings in the the above mentioned work/ live/ play development in the northwest part of hoboken to ease Hoboken taxes such as the following: (Aldo, Guess, Zara, Apple store, Sephora, Kenneth Cole, Bebe, Victoria Secret) Don’t turn this area into a strip mall but just place some nice alternative stores that wont disrupt the local small business on Washington Street.[/quote]

  3. ana.z says:

    I just moved to Hoboken and perhaps, I haven’t found these places yet, but here’s my wish-list so far:
    1. A decent rotisserie chicken place, preferably with salads too (all of the chicken places I’ve found so far only have fried chicken or wings)
    2. A big supermarket (like Stop & Shop) downtown;
    3. More late-night delivery places, other than pizza (getting home at 10 or after is not fun, especially if you most places are no longer delivering at that hour);
    4. Non-greasy Chinese food (maybe that’s asking too much);
    5. A running track would be nice (Is there one?)
    That’s all I can think of now. In any case, Hoboken still has lots to offer, and if I have to eat pizza at 10 pm, then I guess, so be it.

    • xtreme says:

      1 & 2 I would recommend the A&P in Jersey City just across the boarder if you want to venture out of town.

      3 – there are a few options that are not pizza. Check this site for good late night food. Cluck-U, Stacks, some Chinese places are a few options I can think of off the top of my head.

      5 – There is the track at the High School in midtown (8th & Jefferson???) but I’m not sure if it’s open to the public for running.[quote comment=”205602″]I just moved to Hoboken and perhaps, I haven’t found these places yet, but here’s my wish-list so far:
      1. A decent rotisserie chicken place, preferably with salads too (all of the chicken places I’ve found so far only have fried chicken or wings)
      2. A big supermarket (like Stop & Shop) downtown;
      3. More late-night delivery places, other than pizza (getting home at 10 or after is not fun, especially if you most places are no longer delivering at that hour);
      4. Non-greasy Chinese food (maybe that’s asking too much);
      5. A running track would be nice (Is there one?)
      That’s all I can think of now. In any case, Hoboken still has lots to offer, and if I have to eat pizza at 10 pm, then I guess, so be it.[/quote]

  4. quequen says:

    The only thing that Hoboken needs is somebody to turn off the idiots magnet. every weekend.
    Seriously, I’d love to have small bars and restaurants, like the ones you can find in some neighborhoods in Brooklyn. Something attracting to a different kind of public, not to the loud, primitive type that invade our town Friday and Saturday nights.

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