Hoboken, New Jersey – a small city that is also known as the Mile Square City. Unlike New York, New Jersey is more suburban and peaceful. Many people who live here take the PATH train into Manhattan to either work or shop.
People who visit Hoboken tend to visit the various bars at night or to relax at Frank Sinatra Park. I only spent half a day here since the area was rather small but was able to visit a great gym and visit a famous bakery that was featured on Food Network.
- Hoboken is a small city so you really only need a day here if you are visiting. It’s best to combine this trip with New York since it’s less than a 30-minute train ride into Hoboken from NYC Penn Station.
- You can get a great view of Manhattan and the Hudson River a few blocks away from Hoboken Terminal.
- Being a small city, everything is easy to get to by foot.
- If you’re in Hoboken at night, check out any of the bars to meet and mingle with the locals.
Places to Visit as a Tourist
What is there to do in Hoboken?
- Frank Sinatra Park
- Hoboken Waterfront Walkway
- Hoboken Historical Museum
- Water Ski, Jet Ski, or Paddleboard
- Tip for “Mat Surfing” is to always call or contact the school ahead of time to see if you are even allowed to take a drop-in class or come by for an open mat session.
After training at Marcelo Garcia’s Academy in New York (http://bjjbug.net/2016/11/12/travel-manhattan-new-york/), I jumped onto the PATH train to enter Hoboken, New Jersey.
Prior to coming here, I contacted Hoboken Jiu Jitsu via their Facebook page and was able to get in touch with Rich Van Houten (http://hobokenbjj.com/). He told I was more than welcome to come by.
The Jiu Jitsu Academy is actually located inside a UFC Gym. At first I was worried I wouldn’t be able to attend since I’m not a UFC Gym member but Rich assured me I can just drop by.
I came on a Sunday and was able to take the drill class at 11:30 A.M. As I walked in, I was greeted by Rich who was very welcoming. We sat for a bit and chatted about his gym, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and where I’ve been so far on my journey. As students entered he introduced me to each one.
The class was small (with only 5 of us) but I was able to learn a lot from Rich. Since the class was smaller, I was able to pick up all the small details of everything Rich taught. I always enjoy these smaller classes since you’re able to get more attention. Of all the schools I’ve visited so far, I’d have to say that Rich’s school is one of the ones that I’ve learned the most from during my travels.
I was partnered with Alex and spent the whole hour drilling and learning new techniques. Which included some leg drag guard passing drills, X-guard drills, and an X-guard sweep. Rich and Alex were very helpful and pointed out all the small details of every move.
Definitely recommended if you’re in the area!
Since I was here for a short minute, I didn’t get to try much but here are the ones the locals recommended:
- Carlo’s Bakery (From the TV Show Cake Boss)
- Fiore Deli of Hoboken
- Mamoun’s Falafel
- La Isla Cuban Restaurant
- The Cuban Restaurant and Bar
- Café Matt & Meera
- Johnny Pepperoni
Hoboken is a nice small city to visit to getaway from the busy lifestyle of New York City. Definitely a trip that you would want to combine with something else such as New York, Newark, Jersey Shore, etc. I had a great time here even though it was short. Would revisit if I find myself in Manhattan again.
Hoboken, New Jersey – November 2016
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