A Hoboken411 reader reminded me that it’s time we “Officially” and collectively came up with new classifications for our neighborhoods. She was looking at some real estate, and wanted a place to ask readers specifically about that “neighborhood” +/- a few blocks. There is no real place to discuss what happens exactly in your neck of the woods!
Sure, we have basic names now, such as “Uptown”, “Downtown”, “Midtown”, “Projects”, etc. But we don’t have any cool names like NYC does. SoHo, LES, UWS, The Village, TriBeCa, and so on.
Some people may say “Use the Ward Maps and associated districts”, but I’m not so sure that’ll work. As you can see, it doesn’t geographically make total sense.
It’s a tough job to do, so I figured I’d get the ball started and we can discuss what the neighborhood boundaries should be, and their associated names.
Once that is accomplished, I will create a section for EACH newly formed ‘Hood, and we can post comments on, etc.
Some points to keep in mind when we discuss:
- My initial “concept” was 16 ‘hoods. I slapped a quick Google Map to get us started. At first, I thought it might be good to list every BLOCK. But if we start to have too many, then it’ll become burdensome to remember and hard to track. Not as simple as Up/Down/Mid, but comprehensive enough to be able to differentiate it from another area. “Just Right”, as they would say…
- How should Bars/Restaurants factor into this, if at all? What about age, demographics, families, etc?
- Certain buildings and areas are often called by their name. SkyClub, HTB, Church Towers, 77 Park, etc. But they should still be included as part of the ‘hood.
- Some streets I felt needed their own tag. Such as Washington and Bloomfield (and possibly Hudson). I may be the only one that thinks that. If so, let me know.
- Had some trouble coming up with ideas for the East side / River side.. any suggestions?
- As we collectively “agree” on each neighborhood, I’ll update the Google Map accordingly
So if someone asks you where you live or what your favorite area of town is, what would you like to call it?
Here’s the link to the full-size Google Map.