Reader Photo: Top Hat Cyclist!

7/30/2010:

Hoboken has unique characters for sure!

One interesting aspect of living in Hoboken, NJ – and in such a densely populated area – is that we tend to have our fair share of “city characters.”

From Biking Batman (who’s identity I prefer to keep anonymous for obvious reasons), to Dancing Chuey, to our various outlandish homeless men (like Randy) – there’s always something interesting to see as you traverse the streets and sidewalks of the city.

Today, Hoboken411 reader Dana shares her opinion about “Top Hat Guy” (I haven’t coined a phrase yet for him):

“Though I see this cyclist from time to time (uptown and downtown) I never have the opportunity to snap a quick photo. Traffic on Washington street was moving slowly today (because of all the double-parkers) so I had a chance to ask this cyclist to pose for a quick photo before we had to drive on. He was more than pleased to do so, and seemed like a happy enough guy.

I’m sure a lot of others recognize him, but has anyone else noticed the details of his appearance? The bike itself is very cool and original – painted yellow and in super condition, but the cyclist himself impresses me more. Over the past few years, I’ve seen him biking with very nice Italian leather shoes or even a propeller hat, and I find it nice that he is so well-dressed (and as I learned today) so friendly.”

Who is your favorite character in Hoboken?

Leave a Reply

6 Comments on "Reader Photo: Top Hat Cyclist!"

animal_lover
Member
animal_lover

At least he rides with the traffic and his bike is clearly visible

NotBornButRaised
Member
NotBornButRaised

Due to his longevity, I’ll say Bobby aka Jesus Christ. I’ve lived here since 1985 when I was a young kid, and I remember seeing him around since then. He used to come around 8th and Park a lot, which is where I used to hang out most of the time. I still see him every once in a while by A&P. He’s always been quiet and peaceful.

I remember some other characters too that I don’t see anymore. There was this alcoholic guy who lived at 8th and Park. We called him Chickens for some reason. He always used to roof our tennis balls.

There was Henry who walked around with the shoe-shining kit.

There was a homeless guy who we called Hoboken, because if you said “Hoboken”, he’d turn around and scream “Hoboken!” no matter how far away he was. Rumor had it if you said “Jersey City”, he would try to fight you.

When this town wasn’t as desirable a destination as it is now, there were definitely more “city characters” around. And I’m sure those who have lived here longer can tell you about times when there were even more characters around.

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz
This isn’t Bobby. I saw Bobby about a week ago. He was on Washington Street. I was coming home from work. Bobby is in his late 40s. My late boyfriend went to school with him. I’m not sure if I recall ever seeing this guy. I remember Henry the shine guy. I hadn’t seen him for a very long time. I’ve started seeing him around alot again. He sometimes comes in to Empire Coffee. He doesn’t have his shine box any longer. He came in Empire once and said he retired. I wondered from what. Henry was and is always a nice guy. [quote comment=”195266″]Due to his longevity, I’ll say Bobby aka Jesus Christ. I’ve lived here since 1985 when I was a young kid, and I remember seeing him around since then. He used to come around 8th and Park a lot, which is where I used to hang out most of the time. I still see him every once in a while by A&P. He’s always been quiet and peaceful. I remember some other characters too that I don’t see anymore. There was this alcoholic guy who lived at 8th and Park. We called him Chickens for some reason. He always used to roof our tennis balls.There was Henry who walked around with the shoe-shining kit. There was a homeless guy who we called Hoboken, because if you said “Hoboken”, he’d turn around and scream “Hoboken!” no matter how far away he was. Rumor had it if you… Read more »
NotBornButRaised
Member
NotBornButRaised

You misunderstood. I know this isn’t Bobby. I was just answering H411’s question at the bottom of the post: Who is your favorite character in Hoboken? I’ve never seen this guy on the bike either. It’s good to know Henry is back around. Henry, or Hen-dog, was always cool.[quote comment=”195267″]This isn’t Bobby. I saw Bobby about a week ago. He was on Washington Street. I was coming home from work. Bobby is in his late 40s. My late boyfriend went to school with him. I’m not sure if I recall ever seeing this guy. I remember Henry the shine guy. I hadn’t seen him for a very long time. I’ve started seeing him around alot again. He sometimes comes in to Empire Coffee. He doesn’t have his shine box any longer. He came in Empire once and said he retired. I wondered from what. Henry was and is always a nice guy.

[/quote]

pawzclawz
Member
pawzclawz

“I see said the blindman” It helps to read throughly. I did not notice the question at the end of the article. [quote comment=”195273″]You misunderstood. I know this isn’t Bobby. I was just answering H411’s question at the bottom of the post: Who is your favorite character in Hoboken? I’ve never seen this guy on the bike either. It’s good to know Henry is back around. Henry, or Hen-dog, was always cool.[/quote]

BigTime
Member
BigTime

I want a yellow bike![quote comment=”195275″]“I see said the blindman” It helps to read throughly. I did not notice the question at the end of the article.

[/quote]

wpDiscuz