Hoboken No Jokin`
Hoboken no Jokin’: phrase from an average movie
but has a longer history in Hoboken…
Many of you may have heard the phrase “Hoboken, No Jokin'” a bit more frequently as of late. Not sure where you’d hear it more – on the streets of Hoboken, or on the web, in social networks like Twitter or Facebook.
But you might want to know where this phrase comes from, right?
Well – you’re hearing it now more – especially if you were one of the people that saw Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. The 2008 movie, which starred Michael Cera and Kat Dennings – was targeted at a younger audience (one of those “high school” flicks). One scene in the beginning of the movie – where the lead characters Nick and Norah are getting to know each other and where they live in New Jersey – Nick confirms with Norah that she’s from “Englewood, up to no good,” and when he proclaims he’s from Hoboken, Norah responds “Hoboken, no jokin! Whaaaaa?”
However, this phrase “Hoboken, no jokin'” was actually used in the late 70’s, early 80’s – back when artists started flocking to the Mile Square (and not being threatened or kicked out).
One such artist was Paul Divone – who was known for his painted plywood sculptures that were attached high on telephone poles throughout town (see picture).
One such sign on the corner of Washington and Observer Highway had a few “bohemian” looking characters on them – and a speech bubble that said “Welcome to Hoboken, no jokin’.”
That sign along with most others have disintegrated and rotted away. You may still see remnants around if you look hard enough.
Anyway – here’s that scene from Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist:
PS – if you’re wondering why that couple is in his car making out – it’s because he has a yellow Yugo, and everyone on the streets of NYC thought he was a cabbie…