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For young professionals and families over the past two decades or so, apartments in Hoboken have become an increasingly attractive option to living in New York City. Located just across the Hudson River from the Manhattan neighborhoods of Chelsea and the West Village, the city of Hoboken, New Jersey, is bordered to the north by Weehawken and Union City, to the east by the Hudson River, and to the south and west by Jersey City. To learn more about Hoboken's location, and transportation options, check out our page, "Where is Hoboken?" Hoboken apartments are available in all sorts of buildings these days, from lovely old renovated brownstones and pre-war walk-ups to contemporary luxury towers right on the Hudson River with all of the expected amenities—health and fitness club, concierge, on-site parking, etc.—plus spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. It's little wonder that Hoboken apartments are such a draw these days, with even transplanted Manhattanites picking up and moving across the Hudson. Residents of Hoboken often enjoy quicker, less stressful commutes to certain areas of Manhattan than their New York City counterparts, either via the PATH train, which has numerous stops in the West Village, Chelsea, and the Garment District & Herald Square, or by ferry, which on nice days can turn a routine trip to or from the office into something that feels more like a sight-seeing journey. Hoboken apartment dwellers also point to the convenience and manageability of living in a relatively small city. Hoboken takes up approximately one square mile of New Jersey real estate, so just about everything is within walking distance of everything else. But in Hoboken's case, small definitely doesn't mean lacking in variety and energy. On the main commercial strips (especially Washington Street)—Hoboken residents can choose from restaurants serving all manner of food, and bars serving all manner of customers, as well as numerous local shops (chain stores are still few and far between). The restaurant scene is huge... at last count there were 150+ in this small city. Local mainstays (and some would say iconic NJ restaurants) include the Brass Rail Restaurant, Arthur's Tavern (for steaks), Clam Broth House (since 1899!), Oddfellows Rest (cajun cuisine), East LA (southwestern & Mexican), Bangkok City, and India on the Hudson. In addition, Hoboken is home to one of the areas absolute best venues to see live music, the legendary Maxwell's which has been attracting indie acts since all the way back in 1978. The recently opened multiplex movie theater has 5 screens of the latest from Hollywood, as well as special screenings. Hoboken apartments are also near several parks (17 at last count) and plenty of green space, with local favorites led by the marvelous Pier A Park, a huge expanse of lawn (plus a grove of trees) built on a pier that juts right on the water—again, with stunning views of the Manhattan skyline—that's perfect for picnicking and sunbathing. The park totals 5 acres and has a half-mile of walkways. Movies are shown on the lawn during the summer and draw a nice crowd. Pier C Park is unique in that a.) it's an asymmetrical park on a pier (from the air it looks a bit like an amoeba), and b.) it's like an island in the river. A winding walkway connects the park to the waterfront. This unique park has a promenade, a rookery (for birds), a fishing pier, playground, and a water play area. There's nothing else like it in the area. The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is also a local favorite, used by Hoboken residents for biking, jogging, or strolling along the water. It actually connects several parks, including Pier A, Pier C, Sinatra Park (with a soccer field, and a small amphitheater that hosts outdoor concerts), Stevens Park (with a Little League field), and the Castle Point Skate Park. The newly developed (formerly industrial) northern end of Hoboken has Shipyard Park (14th Street Pier), Maxwell Place Park, and Harborside Park. The Castle Point Skate Park (complete with two halfpipes, ramps and more) is popular with teens and young adults. The Hoboken Cove Boathouse even offers kayaking opportunities on the Hudson, from two locations in the Mile Square CIty. Church Square Park (with basketball, a dog run, gazebo that hosts concerts, and 6 playgrounds) and Columbus Square (with tennis, basketball and a playground) are two of the older (though well maintained) parks. Other parks awar from the waterfront include Jefferson Park, Legion Park, Madison Street Park, and Jackson Street Park. And, of course, there's Elysian Park, with a dog run, ball courts, and playground, notable mostly because it's the last remnant of Elysian Fields, where, on June 19, 1846, the first officially recorded organized baseball game was played. In addition, scenes from "On the Waterfront" with Marlon Brando were shot here (and at other locations in Hoboken, including Church Square Park).

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