Hoboken “4-block Radius Syndrome”

Do You Have “4 Block Radius” syndrome in Hoboken?

How often, why, and how far do you venture out?

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Though my work gets me outside of my own neighborhood on a daily basis, I take note that I may be in the minority in that respect. For example: I have friends who live on the far southwestern fringe of town who rarely venture to Washington Street or the parks along the Hudson River; frequently my offers to meet up with friends at a watering hole across town are declined in favor of those spots that are around their own corners; and most people I know admit they eat most at places right down the street. This leads me to conjecture that most of us prefer to operate in our own neighborhood “microcosms,” and perhaps prefer not to venture into the territory even five or six blocks away.

If that is the case, there are a variety of explanations:

  • Laziness:(After a long day there is no time or energy to explore)
  • Risk:(Why walk eight blocks to watch the game when we’re satisfied enough with our sports bar, etc.?)
  • Economics:(Finances during this economic slump are keeping us all closer to home, period!)
  • Social Factors:(It’s nice to see familiar faces and frequent places where people know your name)

How far do you travel in Hoboken?

Assuming one or more of these factors may apply to each of us, the more thought-provoking questions may actually be: Do we ever venture outside of our neighborhood microcosms? And, if so, what is actually worth venturing across the Mile Square for, in your opinion?

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23 Comments on "Hoboken “4-block Radius Syndrome”"


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jc5201
6 years 3 months ago

I definitely suffer from the four block radius syndrome! When I lives on 12th & Washington, I rarely went down town. I’ve been on 1st for 6 years, and now I rarely go uptown.

It could be laziness, but Hoboken has so much to offer that almost any 4 block radius has enough delis, bars, and dry cleaners to make it so we don’t have to travel too far.

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Evelyn
6 years 3 months ago

I don’t think many people like admitting they’re lazy. I broke my dependency on my own 4 block radius recently by finding cheaper alternatives. Now in addition to getting a bit more exercise, I keep note of how much money I’m saving by inconveniencing myself. You’d be surprised to see how much it starts adding up, even if it’s just a dollar or two on beer or wine. If you need motivation, treat it like a christmas club, and use the extra money for something else.

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6 years 3 months ago

I am lazy, I will admit it. I work out 4-5 times a week, I rarely go out during the week, I get home close to 8:00 every night of the week and I don’t want to go up to the stupid Madison so I can stand around with a bunch of douchebags! I like my local, I like the bartenders, I like giving my business to someone I know and respect, and I like knowing that when I arrive early (7-8ish) I am going to be able to sit and have a drink and some conversation w/my SO that… Read more »

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6 years 3 months ago

I totally agree with having places that feel like a second home. Its nice when i walk into our favorite breakfast place to feel like i am seeing an old friend and that warmth we are given is returned with our business. I just think if you have the time (and i know many people don’t) its good practice to get to know your town. In response to kooky kat who said: I am lazy, I will admit it. I work out 4-5 times a week, I rarely go out during the week, I get home close to 8:00 every… Read more »

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6 years 3 months ago

I have lived here for 13-14 (?) years. I know the town pretty well, I WAS young once! I LEAVE my neighborhood to go to work and I walk my dog all around town on the weekend, although, that’s tougher and tougher the later morning it gets because you can’t get through town because of the stroller nazis. You know what the saddest part is? There’s nothing great enough in town anymore to MAKE me want to leave my neighborhood. Augustino’s and Anthony David’s are the only 2 things I can think of off the top of my head. In… Read more »

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6 years 3 months ago

This is an excellent point. There’s really not many GREAT places to go to in Hoboken that make me want to venture outside my “zone”. Most of the restaurants in my area are below average, it’s sad. Thanks for the Taco Truck, it’s now a weekly dinner choice. In response to kooky kat who said: I have lived here for 13-14 (?) years. I know the town pretty well, I WAS young once! I LEAVE my neighborhood to go to work and I walk my dog all around town on the weekend, although, that’s tougher and tougher the later morning… Read more »

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nojokin
6 years 3 months ago

Sticking with a dry cleaner or a tailor that is close to home is good sense.

Not venturing to other bars or restaurants, however, shows a profound lack of curiosity. Such people have little desire to learn anything else and react with rage and righteousness when someone challenges their predisposed beliefs, regarless of how inane or puerile.

Member
6 years 3 months ago

I agree, I don’t venture past 6th street, now that I live on 1st and Willow. Going uptown (i.e. 14th street area) is foreign to me.

I did, however, go to Turning Point last Saturday for the 2nd time. I was driving in my car to Seacacus and found parking right off 14th and Hudson, so I had brunch there.

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6 years 3 months ago

My first 6 years in Hoboken, I never really ventured west of Bloomfield Street. Not until moving west of there did I start frequently places beyond Bloomfield.

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