Hoboken ‘Hoods

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.

hoboken-ward-map-and-polling-locations-hoboken411-2.gifSome 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.


59 Responses

  1. hobokenmartinez says:

    i don’t know. my whole life we’ve always just said ‘by.’ he lives by church towers or by stevens or by 4th st park. agreed though, that things evolve over time. we used to call the block of 8th & park (by brandt) ‘little india’ because of the huge indian population. now it sounds dumb b/c there’s no indians left there.

    it is a pretty small city. i think up-, down-, and midtown and westside are sufficient.

  2. ron mexico says:

    Sorry 411 but “steves map” is much better. I would however expand Uptown south 2 blocks, and have midtown include church square. Also Presidents row should go all the way west from patterson to 2nd.

  3. cityofcin says:

    this town is 1 square mile…it’s either uptown or downtown. period. carrying on about this is stupid useless information.

  4. chicagofinance says:

    As far as I know, the area around the PATH was always called the “Bermuda Triangle” and was forfeited to NJ’s Finest [visitors from the ‘burbs – not cops] from Thursday evening to Sunday AM.

    Uptown, the Shipyard is called the Shipyard and everything Toll touches is called Hoboken Cove, except Maxwell. Maxwell is going to be so big that you will call it Maxwell.

    I think UPTOWN in the future will include areas:
    1. Hoboken Cove – all the Toll buildings, plus 1600 Park Avenue
    2. Shipyard
    3. Maxwell
    4. Everything else north of 11th and East of Willow

    Everything West of Willow is The Northwest.

  5. jscirish27 says:

    Maybe LoBlo for lower Bloomfield. Little Ireland for 1st Street. WaMi for Washington Midtown . . . this could be great fun. Because the town is so small I think that micro-neighboorhoods are more appropriate then bigger blocks. Of course none of this will ever catch on, but it is fun (if not slight pretentious as we on Upper Park Avenue like to say). It would probably be more practical to name the neighborhoods by their local bars as everyone seems to know where they are. CheeBo for Cheesy Bistro uptown and CheeTA for Cheesy TA downtown. I obviously have far too much time on my hands today . . . :)

  6. shoegirl says:

    [quote comment=”29437″]Ok, I agree that neighborhoods develop their own names over time are the one’s that we’ll remember, and will mean somehting. However that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun with it and try to get something started.

    Currently, evreyone refers to where they live by street crossing (ie. I live at 1st and Park).

    To Start, 14 sections is way too many. We should narrow it down to 5 or 6.

    Bloomfield does NOT deserve its own neighborhood.

    Washington does, but everyone already just refers to it as Washington and ______. If you were to name it, you’d have to take something like West New York’s “Miracle Mile”, which is just terrible.

    Since ethnicities aren’t really going to be a good way to divide, and streets are already the standard, here is what I suggest.

    Steve’s Map [/quote]

    I like this one… But, I don’t want to tell people that I live in the Midrift of Hoboken… And I don’t know what to make of the land of milk and honey…

  7. shoegirl says:

    [quote comment=”29466″]I’d like to re-name my block “Dog Crap Alley”. Pick up the s**t !![/quote]

    You must live on First….

  8. hobokentownie says:

    I think each hood should be identified by the Italian Man sitting in the Wife-Beater T-Shirt in front of an open garage door smoking a cigar. There should be one per Hood.

  9. rabbiferret says:

    I appreciate all of the positive comments regarding my map, and thoughts.

    To answer shoegirl (46), The Old Testament refers to Israel as the Land of Milk and Honey. This metaphor suggests comfort, sweetness, and peace.

    Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms names it as an imaginary place where there is more than enough of everything.

    Finding it ironic enough yet?

    Admittedly, midrift might not be the best name for a neighborhood, but you can’t deny how appropriate it is.

    Ironic, as neither israel, nor

  10. jc1305us says:

    I think this is hysterical….coming up with cute nicknames for a city that is ONE SQ MILE!! You have waaaay too much time on your hands if this isn’t a goof. Stop trying to be NYC, Repeat after me: WE ARE NOT NYC. WE ARE JERSEY. Keep repeating that till you decide to stop trying to come up with annoying “neighborhood” names. :roll:

  11. hoboken411 says:

    [quote comment=”29622″]I think this is hysterical….coming up with cute nicknames for a city that is ONE SQ MILE!! You have waaaay too much time on your hands if this isn’t a goof. [/quote]

    I think it’s a good way to talk about an area. Many sections of town have their own unique characteristics, and associated problems that concern area residents.

    When you go to the doctor with a pain in your shoulder, do you say “upper half” when he asks you where it hurts?

    1.3 square miles or not, I think it still applies. Hoboken could learn a lot from NYC, why not?

  12. homeworld says:

    [quote comment=”29622″]I think this is hysterical….coming up with cute nicknames for a city that is ONE SQ MILE!! You have waaaay too much time on your hands if this isn’t a goof. Stop trying to be NYC, Repeat after me: WE ARE NOT NYC. WE ARE JERSEY. Keep repeating that till you decide to stop trying to come up with annoying “neighborhood” names. :roll:[/quote]

    NYC isn’t the only place in the world with neighborhood names. Hoboken already has them.

    Ever hear of Castle Point?

  13. Springtime says:

    For those of us in the west, how about naming us according to the closest Italian “social club.” These places blow my mind.

  14. Tama Murden says:

    Re 51., 411: You know, I’m one of your biggest fans….BUT, again, we’re not NYC & never will be & don’t need to try to be. To extend your metaphor, if I have a pain in my shoulder, I point to the spot when talking w/the doctor. I don’t struggle to redefine anatomical terms.

  15. hoboken411 says:

    The main reason for this wasn’t solely to come up with “cute names”, but rather try and figure out a way to segment the different neighborhoods so that I can create a placeholder for them on Hoboken411, then residents in that area have a place to discuss their “little neck of the woods”…

    It can also help current or potentially new residents find out what that ‘hood is like (for real).

    Those realty sites often paint such a perfectly rendered picture of the surroundings, but some individuals want to know what it’s *actually* like.

    Dunno. If it really is a stupid idea, then I’ll move on to the next project.

    Can’t say I didn’t try, right?

  16. SarahC says:

    Folks, we’re not dividing up the Soviet Union here. No one’s putting up barbed wire and separating you from your family over this. it’s supposed to be fun – you do remember FUN, don’t you?? If not, head on over to the Rant Corner and flog yourself until you do.

    Personally, I like the idea of having a spot for different areas. That way not everyone has to sift through area-specific question/comments. For example, if I want to ask “rabbiferret” what the hell was up with that “Fun Bus” in our neighborhood the other night, the rest of you don’t have to look at it.

    Now LIGHTEN UP! 👿

  17. eshorts16 says:

    I don’t think Hi-Rise East works. It should be ShipMax.

  18. rabbiferret says:

    What was up with that Fun Bus?

    Also, do I know you Sarah?

  19. SarahC says:

    Fun Bus scared me. Looked like the beginning of a horror movie: “They THOUGHT it was a bus full of fun… until it turned into the ride from HELL”. Something like that.

    Anyhoo, you don’t know me but I assumed from your comments that you were in my ‘hood. :)

    See, if we all had our own online 411 ‘hoods, we could meet our neighbors! (You don’t really expect us to leave our internet connections to meet them in person, do you? 8O).

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