Any given weekend in Hoboken
[This post is part of the “A Love Affair with Hoboken” series written by resident Lara Kaplan Hanson…]
Any Given Saturday or Sunday?
The New York Jets won their first playoff game!! It was hard to watch Folk take that last kick when (most Jets fans would agree) he should have been traded halfway through the season. As the ball sailed through the goal posts from Folk’s off-centered starting point, everyone cheered, high-fived, and laughed in utter disbelief. The Jets, a fourth quarter team, had taken us to the wire many times this season, and Saturday night was no different.
The Turtle Club’s dark wooded interior suddenly lit up with our elation. Dave and Ted, my newly acquainted friends, though not Jets fans, cheered on our behalf. That is one thing I like about being a New York – New Jerseyite, we pull for each other to win. In the playoffs, most Mets fans cheer for the Yankees, just the way most Giants fans are cheering on the Jets. And, if the role were reversed, with opposite teams in the playoffs, vice versa would be true.
Of course there are still the hater holdouts, but all in all the fans of these teams, and the people in these states, are family. We pull for each other’s teams, we help each other up in times of need, make fun of each other when necessary, and hold up our drinks in times of celebration.
When I try to explain this to people in California, they are baffled. They seem stunted by this impression that “new yorkers are mean” and “new jersey people, crazy.” I still remember the silence over the phone line when I first told my family last fourth of the July I was moving to New Jersey.
“YOU WHAT? WHY?”
I tried to convince them Hoboken seemed like a great place to live, but they were doubtful. It was the same silence that echoed in my family’s dining room when I told my mom I would be going to college at Fordham in the Bronx.
Californians have a jaded perspective of the east, as I think some easterners do about the west. While, I do believe that stereotypes exist for a reason, and that not all stereotypes are false, I do think all encompassing assumptions are not accurate. Yes, there are some funny looking orange people wandering Jersey, and fist fights I have witnessed on subways in New York, but despite appearances this place is more often kind, and generous, than given credit for.
This morning when I noticed the kitchen faucet leaking in my apartment, one of my neighbors lent me tools for the fix and offered to help. Everyday on the PATH I see people give up their seats to the elderly, pregnant women, and people with oversized bags. At the bar, a solider in uniform is offered a drink, the dropped glove is always returned, and almost everyone says thank you to the bus driver as they depart the 126 bus. These are little items in the grand scheme of this big world, but these random acts of kindness speak to the quality of people here and the character of this town.
I know the sky will not always be blue, nor the world without fault… there are days when I curse the snow and trip on the ice, but I’d say generally Hoboken is a pleasant little corner of the universe….
Especially when the Jets win!
Pizza Pit Stop: Rome Pizza
On a side note, stopped by Rome Pizza for my first new taste of the New Year. Rome sits directly across from the PATH, an easy place to stop for a bite after work, but it is not your average pizza joint. Having just opened this past summer, the decor is modern with freshly painted walls, electric guitars, pictures giving nod to famous musicians, and chic hanging lights.
Despite its newness, when you sit down on the high bar stools, and meet the young friendly owner, Scott, you feel right at home. He recommend the pasta pizza, which I tried for the first time. Something my traditional palate would never have thought to order. I was pleasantly surprised how much I liked it, and how filling this slice was. Unable to finish the last bite, I headed home for a movie date with my friend Jason, watching my favorite movie from middle school, Grosse Pointe Blank. If you are ever in the mood for a 90’s dark comedy with John Cusack, I highly recommend it.
Well, Happy New Year again, and everyone try to swing by their place of worship and say a prayer for the Jets this week!!!