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Hoboken has lured many to its shores with its proximity to Manhattan and then quickly converted the curious into Hoboken loyalists. Hoboken is, of course, a commuter town to New York City, but it also has its own identity and charms. Though only about a square mile big, the city has two major historic claims to fame: It’s the birthplace of both baseball and Frank Sinatra. But Hoboken doesn’t rest on its pop culture laurels, as the city transforms with each generation—in more recent decades, the city produced indie band Yo La Tengo and the late, great rock club Maxwell’s. Even Maxwell’s—which hosted the likes of Bruce Springsteen and Nirvana—was itself an evolution from its original role as a tavern for local Maxwell House Coffee factory workers. Today, the former coffee factory, along with the Lipton Tea warehouse and the Wonder Bread factory, have all been renovated into luxury condominiums.

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Living in Hudson County

The bridges and tunnels connecting New Jersey to New York City have always had a lot of traffic flowing across the river, but now, it’s filled with moving trucks heading into New Jersey. This stretch of cities along the Hudson River—including Jersey City, Hoboken, and Weekhawken—has become an immensely popular destination for people in the New York City area looking for more space at more affordable prices, and yet still enjoying a vibrant metropolitan atmosphere. You’ll not only find the convenience of bigger supermarkets and other suburban amenities out here on New Jersey’s Gold Coast, but the food scene is superlative and the cultural offerings are destination-worthy, including a branch of France’s Centre Pompidou opening soon. The coastal towns are linked together by the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, which offers pedestrians a panoramic view of the Manhattan skyline.