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Hoboken Fun Facts


What do you know about the town we refer to as “the mile square”? Nestled right across the Hudson River from the greatest city in the world, Hoboken has had its fair share of history. From baseball to Frank Sinatra, below are a few fun facts about Hoboken that you may, or may not know about its origin:

  • Hoboken was originally an island, surrounded by the Hudson River on the east and tidal lands at the foot of the New Jersey Palisades on the west
  • In 1643 Hendrick Van Vorst settled upon Castle Point where he built a house and a brewery, North America’s first
  • In the 19th Century, Colonel John Stevens developed the waterfront as a resort for people from Manhattan to get out of the city. Stevens Institute of Technology was founded in 1870 becoming the nation’s first college of mechanical engineering
  • The first officially recorded game of baseball took place in Hoboken in 1846 between Knickerbocker Club and New York Nine at Elysian Fields
  • During the 1950s, the Hoboken economy was driven by Todd Shipyards, Maxwell House, Lipton Tea, Hostess and Bethlehem Steel and companies with big plants were not inclined to invest in huge infrastructure elsewhere. Unions were powerful and the pay was good.
  • Elia Kazan’s 1954 film On the Waterfront was shot in Hoboken
  • Frank Sinatra was born and raised here in Hoboken
  • Super Bowl Champion quarterback Eli Manning lived in Hoboken in the original Lipton Tea Factory, now called the Hudson Tea Condo Building where the building was converted to condos in the late 1990s
  • For 43 years the floats for the Macy’s Day Parade were stored in North Hoboken, in a former Tootsie Roll factory
  • Bruce Springsteen, Nirvana, The Black Keys & many others have played in Hoboken at Maxwells Tavern

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