Hoboken – The Mile Square City

Hoboken is a city located on the Hudson River Waterfront in New Jersey, its unofficial nickname is the “Mile Square City”, but it actually covers about 1.25 square miles. The city was an integral part of the Port of New York and New Jersey and home to major industries for most of the 20th century. By the late 19th century, shipping lines were using Hoboken as a terminal port, and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad (later the Erie Lackawanna Railroad) developed a railroad terminal at the waterfront, with the present NJ Transit terminal designed by architect Kenneth Murchison constructed in 1907. It is also well known for being the birthplace and hometown of American singer Frank Sinatra, one of the most popular and most influential musical artists of the 20th century, and there are parks and streets located in the city that are named for him. The character of the city has changed from a blue collar town to one of upscale shops and condominiums.

We decided to take a ride over to see the views riverside, as Hoboken is a little less than half an hour from where we live. It was a perfect weather day, only in the 70’s, which for August is pretty cool here in New Jersey. We walked along the river taking in the view of NYC across, and saw the Terminal that was built in 1907, used for the ferries that shuttle commuters and visitors back and forth across the Hudson these days.

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