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”"


Member
5 years 10 months ago

Most of my days are busy here in Hoboken. When not I walk to path,
or the new route to Jersey City, or Burlington, or anywhere here.
It is not laziness, it is being busy, (with) family and friends!

After work, dinner for family/friends visit who live here, or I visit them. Rarely get out of town except to the Mall (Newport)
or Bergenline Avenue for shopping. NO CAR….bus it everywhere, but
mostly walk.

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oceanbloo
5 years 10 months ago

I live uptown, and do get around town. I like the variety as much as I enjoy my local favorites (like Ganache).

I do remember the first time I ventured into the Shipyard area (lived downtown at the time). It was actually a bit surprising – this is in Hoboken? – and that was well before Maxwell Place, the Sovereign, etc.

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hobposer
5 years 10 months ago

i love leaving 5th st to go to path area or to uptown new fave City Bistro and Hudson Tavern. Beats drinking myself alone into a stupor

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mooshu
5 years 10 months ago

I love leaving my 4th street comfort zone for places that are several blocks away, like Turning Point. Love to walk, unless the weather is real crap and I’ve had a long day.

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pawzclawz
5 years 10 months ago

I walk from The Path home to 13th & Garden everynight. I walked my tenant’s dog on 1st & Park on Saturday morning. Then on my way home. I stopped at The Turning Point for the very first time. I only got a cup of coffee to go. It is a great little place. The food looked awesome. I will make a point of breakfast or brunch there soon.

In response to mooshu who said:
I love leaving my 4th street comfort zone for places that are several blocks away, like Turning Point. Love to walk, unless the weather is real crap and I’ve had a long day.

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mooshu
5 years 10 months ago

Yeah. I find myself walking from one end of town to the other a couple of times a day. I walk dogs, too :). It always feels great when I come home afterward, but the last thing I want to do on, say, a Nor’Easter day like last Thursday is walk back up to City Bistro. Why, when I’m lucky enough to have a nice cluster of decent restaurants in my ‘hood.

In response to pawzclawz who said:
I walk from The Path home to 13th & Garden everynight. I walked my tenant’s dog on 1st & Park on Saturday morning. Then on my way home. I stopped at The Turning Point for the very first time. I only got a cup of coffee to go. It is a great little place. The food looked awesome. I will make a point of breakfast or brunch there soon.

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elainetyger
5 years 10 months ago

If you walk more than 4 blocks, you have to make sure you don’t eat or drink so much that it’s hard to walk back.