Hoboken & Jersey CityCity Guide

The appeal of northern Jersey towns like Hoboken and Jersey City is no secret — residents are here for the proximity to New York City without the Manhattan price tag. As more people make the move to the other side of the Hudson River, these two towns continue to emerge as vibrant communities, both of which frequently top “Best Cities for Millennials” lists.

Local Perspectives

Get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in Hoboken and Jersey City, as told by locals.

Local Perspectives

archetype Ali Maffucci

Founder and CEO of Inspiralized

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City guide: Moving to Hoboken & Jersey City - Ali Maffucci - 150x150Time spent in Jersey City

I have been here since January of 2013.

Why Jersey City?

I used to live in Hoboken, and then Hurricane Sandy happened in 2012 and I had some issues with my apartment. I was training for a marathon at the time and went on a run, and I had to get 14 miles in, so I ran through Jersey City. I thought it had a great vibe — it seemed very up and coming, and I liked the architecture. I just remember running through it and thinking it was a really unique place.

Best neighborhood, IMO

I’m biased because I live in Paulus Hook. It’s super close to the city, and that’s the main reason why we live here. I live on the Hudson River and there’s a ferry that brings you right downtown. It’s a really nice location with great views and cute restaurants.

Transportation is easy

Transportation is either the ferry or the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson service). A lot of people, when they take the PATH instead of the subway, are so impressed by how clean and much less crowded it is. You can take the PATH right into Manhattan. They just opened a new World Trade Center PATH line, so it’s even easier and more accessible to get to the city.

City guide: Moving to Hoboken & Jersey City - Jogger

Hoboken and Jersey City are both a quick PATH ride across the Hudson river from Manhattan.


The rental market

The thing with Jersey City is that you can find it all. There are variously priced apartments, and you get so much more for the money compared to New York. People are always blown away by the square footage and the amenities. Right now there are a lot of rental buildings, but not a lot of construction on condo buildings. There’s nothing to buy, so that’s a little tough if you’re looking to invest.

Surprises about Jersey City

I didn’t realize how quickly Jersey City was going to grow. When I moved here, there were only maybe four restaurants on Newark Ave, and now there are restaurants along the whole avenue — it’s now dubbed restaurant row. Whenever I go on a run I see how much is popping up. And also how much of a community it is; Jersey City has so much pride.

Restaurant scene

I find that Jersey City’s food scene is so much better than Hoboken’s, and it’s starting to rival New York’s. Talde is a restaurant that was started by New York City chefs, and Dullboy, a bar and restaurant, was rated on Esquire’s lists of best bars in the U.S.

Local Perspectives

archetype Jeremie Feuer

Account Manager at Vitaquest International

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City guide: Moving to Hoboken & Jersey City - Jeremie 150x150Time spent in Hoboken

About a year and a half — my roommates and I just re-signed our lease for a second year.

Why Hoboken?

I grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey, and after being home from school for about a year it was time to move out. My roommate and I were looking for a place, and New York City was an option, but he works in the city and I work in New Jersey, so Hoboken made sense. And in Hoboken, you spend a little less and get so much more space.

Best neighborhood, IMO

I don’t know if I’m just biased, but I do really enjoy the area where we live. We’re in uptown on 11th and Hudson, just one street off the main street and one street from the water. Because we’re located uptown, we get a vibe that is more family-oriented; it’s a little quieter and there’s not so much of a late-night scene — that’s more in the area of 1st to 6th streets. Uptown is more homey and more of a neighborhood: You see families with strollers and people out walking their dogs.

It’s easy to get around

Hoboken is two square miles. It’s not that big of a commute from uptown to downtown, so to walk to anywhere, even downtown, is about 12 minutes. From our apartment down to the PATH train is an easy walk. The PATH has a couple of stops in New York City, including Christopher Street, 9th, 14th, 23rd, and then 33rd Street. My roommate works pretty close to one of those stops, so it’s really convenient for him to get to work.

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Liberty State Park in Jersey City.


After work to-do list

In the summer there’s definitely a big happy hour scene. There’s a bar called Pier 13 open in the summer that is actually a pier that extends out over the river; on some weekends they have live music. Most bars in Hoboken have happy hours, and there are a lot of rooftop venues. There are so many young adults in Hoboken that when you get home from work, if you go to any bar, there are going to be people there. You may be packed in like sardines, but if you pick a spot that’s off Washington Street, you can actually have a conversation.

Surprises about Hoboken

There are a lot of activities offered or different groups that you can join, which I think is pretty cool. There’s a great, organized flag football league that my roommate and I joined and a kickball league — I really enjoyed being a part of that, playing and socializing after work. I also didn’t realize there are so many different restaurants. Every type of food you want, you can find it here — from hole-in-the-walls to a really nice restaurant you would take a date to.

Text by Emily Yates