Newcomers Guide to Hoboken

Newcomers guide to Hoboken

Are you new to Hoboken? Whether you moved across the county, the state, or the country, being new to an area may come with some challenges. I love Hoboken and have lived here for over 2 decades, so let me help you acclimate to this great city and give you some inside details about how to get involved, what to know and you can be a local in no time. 

How to Get Around

How to Get Around

A lot of people in Hoboken don't own cars because getting from place to place is fairly easy. If you want to head into Manhattan, there are numerous transportation options that we'll get into below.

Hoboken, often referred to as the Mile Square City, is a bustling and vibrant urban hub located just across the Hudson River from Manhattan. This picturesque New Jersey city is known for its historic charm, lively community, and its proximity to New York City. Navigating Hoboken is a breeze, thanks to its various transportation options that cater to both residents and visitors alike.

PATH Train:

One of the most popular and convenient modes of transportation in Hoboken is the PATH train. The Hoboken PATH station, located near the city's waterfront at the Hoboken Terminal, provides easy access to Manhattan and other parts of New Jersey. Commuters and residents can hop on the PATH train to reach destinations like the World Trade Center, Midtown Manhattan, and Newark in a matter of minutes. The ability to take the path to the WTC or on the 33rd St line to Christopher St, 9th St, 14th St, 23rd St, or 33rd St, is a main reason why so many people who work in the city decide to live in Hoboken.

Hoboken New Jersey real estate Hoboken Path Station - Michael Kotler Hoboken Realtor

Hudson-Bergen Light Rail:

The Hudson-Bergen Light Rail is another reliable option for traveling within Hoboken and to nearby cities like Jersey City, Bayonne, and beyond. It offers a cost-effective and efficient way to explore the region, with several stops in Hoboken. A lot of people who live on the west side of town, in buildings such as 800 Jackson, 830 Monroe, and The Sky Club, chose those buildings and areas because they can easily hop on the light rail and quickly be at Hoboken Terminal, and then take the ferry or Path into Manhattan.

Hoboken Ferry Service:

Hoboken boasts a picturesque waterfront along the Hudson River, and ferry service is a delightful way to commute while enjoying scenic views. Hoboken Terminal is a transportation hub with ferry access to Manhattan, making it an attractive option for both commuters and tourists looking for a unique and picturesque journey across the river. There's also a ferry at 14th St, and many residents of uptown Hoboken (especially NEHO) chose to live there b/c of the easy access to the Ferry (and bus for that matter).

Hoboken Bus Services:

Hoboken is well-connected by bus services, making it easy to get around within the city and travel to neighboring areas. NJ Transit buses, as well as local shuttles, provide convenient transportation options. The 126 bus runs up and down Washington St, so getting into the city (to Port Authority) for work or fun is pretty darn easy. During the weekday morning and evening rush hours, the bus also runs up Clinton St (morning) and down Willow Ave (evening). It's also easy to get around town via the bus... for example.. if you live in a building like The Hudson Tea Buildings and want to get down to 1st and Washington or to the Path, you can hop on any bus at 14th and Washington outside The Madison and be downtown quickly.

Hoboken New Jersey real estate Hoboken Terminal Bus - Michael Kotler Hoboken Realtor

Walking and Biking:

Hoboken's compact size and pedestrian-friendly layout make it an ideal city for walking and biking. Many residents choose to walk or bike to work and run errands, taking advantage of the city's well-maintained sidewalks and bike lanes. Bike-sharing programs also offer an accessible option for short trips. There are Citi Bike stations located throughout the city. Hoboken used to have scooters... they did a trial run with Lime.. however, some aggressive people were scooting where they shouldn't scoot, and the program was shut down. Bummer!!

Car Rentals and Ride-Sharing:

While Hoboken is a city that encourages alternative transportation methods, car rentals and ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft are readily available for those who prefer or need to travel by car. However, parking can be a challenge in Hoboken, so it's often more convenient to rely on other transportation options.

Hoboken Terminal:

Hoboken Terminal is a historic transportation hub that serves as a gateway to the city. It offers not only PATH and ferry services but also NJ Transit commuter rail lines, including the NJ Transit Main Line and North Jersey Coast Line, which connect Hoboken to various destinations in New Jersey.

Locals' Tips:

Hoboken residents are known for their savvy commuting strategies. Many take advantage of the PATH train to reach New York City's employment centers, such as the Financial District, while others prefer the ferry for its picturesque route and relative tranquility. Heck, I even tell people to take the (NY Waterway) ferry on a nice day even if they don't need to go anywhere... it's so, so beautiful! Oh, and many residents choose to use a combination of transportation options to fit their daily needs, often walking or biking for short trips within the city.

Hoboken New Jersey real estate waterfront luxury condos view of NYC Michael Kotler Hoboken Realtor

How to Meet People

If you're new to an area, getting to know people can be scary, especially for introverts, but it's not impossible. There are many ways to meet people but it also depends on what you like to do. If you don't drink, you probably won't be visiting the local bars to find friends. Whatever you like to do, hobbys, interests, etc.. you can find like-minded individuals to hang out with. Here are some great options and suggestions for meeting new people.

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Your Own HOA:

Hoboken is known for its condo buildings so you probably have a homeowner's association or condo association that you can either join or just show up for the meetings and meet people in your own buildings. Obviously, you have the same interest in living quarters so that's a great way to strike up a conversation. Plus, being on the board can offer you more chances to find friends and people you may see on a regular basis anyway. 

Bars and Pubs:

  • Texas Arizona or Green Rock: These bars are known for their friendly bartenders who are more than happy to strike up a conversation. It's a great place to socialize and have a drink.
  • Mulligan's: This Irish bar attracts a crowd typically in the age range of 26 to 35 and beyond. It's an excellent spot for those looking to meet people with a shared interest in a relaxed atmosphere. Mulligans is a huge soccer bar, if footie is your thing.
  • The Shannon: On weekends, The Shannon is a popular hotspot, especially for those in their 20s to early 30s. It's an ideal place to become a regular, is close to the Path, and is close to other bars like those above.

Social Sports and Activities:

  • Facebook Hoboken Golf Group: Joining local social groups, like the Hoboken Golf group on Facebook, can be a great way to meet people who share your interests.
  • Zog Sports: Participating in Zog Sports leagues, including kickball, offers a fun and active way to connect with others through team sports.
  • Dart and Pool Leagues: Consider joining dart leagues or pool leagues in Hoboken. These leagues often host regular meetups at local bars, providing an opportunity to make new friends.

Fitness and Health Communities:

  • Crossfit Hoboken: Joining Crossfit Hoboken can be an excellent way to meet people while staying fit. The community often organizes social gatherings at local pubs, allowing members to bond outside of the gym.
  • Fitness Enthusiasts: Hoboken's fitness scene is vibrant, and you're likely to encounter many health-conscious individuals. It's a great place to connect with people who share your passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Book Clubs and Educational Courses

  • Engage in the Performing Arts:

If you have a flair for singing, dancing, playing music, or acting, check if your new town has a vibrant performing arts scene. You might want to audition for the community musical, become a part of an improv troupe, attend local jam nights, or even sign up for ballet lessons. These creative avenues provide an excellent opportunity to connect with fellow residents who share your passion for the arts.

  • Learn a New Language:

If you've ever contemplated learning a new language, your new town might be the perfect place to start. Language courses and clubs not only help you acquire a new skill but also offer a social platform. Learning a language naturally involves conversation and social interactions, making it an ideal way to meet people, especially if you've relocated to a foreign country.

Book clubs provide a relaxed setting for avid readers to regularly come together. What sets them apart is that the conversation topic is predetermined—books! This eliminates awkward pauses or small talk and ensures meaningful discussions. Book clubs are a fantastic way to make new friends who share your love for literature and to foster connections in a welcoming environment.

These social avenues offer a diverse range of opportunities to meet new people in Hoboken. Whether you're looking for a casual chat at a neighborhood bar or seeking connections through shared interests and activities, Hoboken has something to offer for everyone.

Where Newcomers and Locals Go

The Hoboken Girl is one of the top publications in our area that has just about everything you'd want to know about Hoboken. It's sort of like Patch but this online magazine is all about Hoboken, news, local events, things to do and even jobs.

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The Hoboken Boys and Girls Club

Helping out at the Boys and Girls Club for just a few hours a week can make a huge difference. Many kids are left to find their own recreational activities after school and on the weekends, and the Hoboken Boys and Girls Club works to steer them in the right direction. Volunteering your efforts can affect the life and future of a child. Volunteers with interests in athletics, the arts, technology, and any other special skills are always needed. To apply, complete an application at 123 Jefferson Street in Hoboken!

The Hoboken Shelter

The Hoboken Shelter serves the Hoboken community by providing meals to the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and supporting those in search of a home. Over 200 meals are served and over 50 people are housed on a daily basis, which requires volunteer help! Besides food and warmth, the shelter also provides case management, counseling, job training, workshops, and more. Volunteers are needed to serve dinner daily, lunch on Fridays, make and deliver resident sandwiches, sort clothing donations, and collect supplies. They also accept donations of food that you can drop off at 3rd and Bloomfield St {where they’re located} at any time. Visit for more information

Animal Shelters Near Hoboken

  • Secaucus Animal Shelter: Located in Secaucus, NJ, this shelter welcomes both cats and dogs. Volunteers can participate in animal socialization, temporary housing through the Foster Program, and assist with community fairs, events, and fundraisers. Contact them at Website, Email, or Phone: 201-348-3213.
  • Bergen County Animal Shelter + Adoption Center: Serving Bergen and Hudson counties since 1979, this shelter in Teterboro, NJ, offers a Dog and Cat Volunteer Program. Volunteers help socialize, train, and assist the shelter daily from noon to 4:45 PM. No prior experience is required, and training is provided. Contact them at Website, Email, or Phone: 201-229-4600.
  • Animal Welfare Association: Located in Voorhees, NJ, AWA offers volunteer opportunities including community outreach, on-site animal socialization, administrative duties, and participation in large events. Learn more and apply at their Website or Email: [email protected]. Phone: 856-424-2288 ext. 119.
  • Next Chance Rescue: A passionate rescue organization that offers various volunteering opportunities. Whether it's an hour a day or a day per month, volunteers can assist with day-to-day efforts, special events, or creative fields. They also provide fostering opportunities and welcome corporate sponsorship. Apply on their Website.

Hoboken Family Alliance

The Hoboken Family Alliance is a volunteer-driven organization that helps Hoboken families connect with one another through family-oriented events and activities. Volunteers are needed by the alliance to help plan and organize community events, including Summer Food Drives, Backpack, Pajama + Toy Drives for those in need. Also, Hoboken Family Alliance {HFA} would like volunteers to contribute to the newsletter and website! Visit or email [email protected] to volunteer or for more information.

Hoboken Historical Museum and Cultural Center

The Hoboken Historical Museum and Cultural Center is a nonprofit organization supported by local fundraising, serving to further the understanding and exploration of Hoboken history, architecture, culture, and beyond. The museum preserves and collects cultural artifacts in addition to oral histories about the city and their effects on the world. The small staff of volunteers manages fundraising events that help to fund the museum’s educational exhibits. Volunteering includes event setup, registering participants, greeting visitors, selling merchandise, and more. Call 201-656-2240 for more information.

Hoboken University Medical Center

There are tons of opportunities to volunteer your time at the Hoboken University Medical Center. Volunteers work to assist hospital professionals and are closely matched based on their preferences to assist in multiple areas of service, including patient services, at the information desk, the wound center, the medical library, thrift and gift shops, and beyond. Though challenging, this volunteer opportunity is far more rewarding and inspiring to others. Volunteers are required to be between the ages of 14-90 and must have a strong desire and commitment to help those in need. To begin your application, click here or call 201-418-1000 for more information.

Meeting new people in a new place can be scary but not impossible if you know where to look. Have more questions or if you'd like more tips on Hoboken homes for sale and Hoboken condos, please don't hesitate to reach out! 

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