Instead of the usual Sunday brunch post today, I decided to share with you one of my recent Sunday Funday outings. Lately I’ve been cooking/volunteering and relaxing on Saturdays and then Sundays are reserved for an outing. I’ve realized this summer I am happiest around water and love a good New York Skyline so often my Sundays have included that combination.
Here’s a couple snapshots from my summer (which is sadly winding down). I’ve gone everywhere from Red Hook to Coney Island to Ellis Island to Governor’s Island to Roosevelt Island. As you can see, I love a good island! Some I’ve ventured to with friends and some alone but all in all, this has been one of the best summers I’ve had in a long time… summers are meant for adventures and exploring and New York is the perfect place to do that!
But anyway, one of my favorite Sunday outings has been to Hoboken. It’s close enough to New York, but far enough that you feel like you’ve escaped from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Plus, here are a few fun Hoboken facts (which is a sentence I never thought I’d utter).
– Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken. While the house no longer stands, a brick arch and bronze star in the sidewalk at 415 Monroe Street mark the location.
– It was the birthplace of the zipper. #themoreyouknow
– The first recorded game of baseball took place here in 1846.
Jump on the path which costs about $2 each way and get off at the Hoboken stop. Walk about 3 blocks down to the water and Frank Sintra Drive and there you’ll find Hoboken’s waterfront that extends down all the way to the Weehawken Cove. Here you’ll find piers which boast huge green spaces perfect for picnics or sunbathing, and even playgrounds, and a huge soccer field.
Walking along the waterfront (stopping here and there for pictures or to relax etc) and up into Stevens Institute of Technology where’s you’ll find Caste Lookout Point, the highest point in Hoboken. Castle Point is a great spot to snap some shots of the view or even chill out with a book for a bit — and really any of the places along the waterfront are perfect for this.
After Castle Point, continue down back to Frank Sinatra Drive. You’ll pass the Hoboken World War II Memorial and there’s another lovely pier this way called Maxwell Place Park — again, sit and chill out for your heart’s content.
After you’ve gotten enough of skyline views and crisp maritime breezes, head over to Washington Street, which is the main drag in Hoboken. There’s a ton of fun shops, cool places to eat and people watching to be done here, but I recommend a little pizza, cheap books and ice cream!
A couple blocks down you’ll find Benny Tudino’s, a great little pizzeria. Grab a slice or two… and beware since these slices are the biggest I’ve ever seen. They’re the size of a small child practically!
A block away is Symposia Community Bookstore. This place is amazing — a non bookstore with the goal of making books and reading inviting and accessible to all. I love a good bookstore and I found everything from foodie books I’ve had my eye on to books I found have never picked up before. I couldn’t recommend this place more!
And finally, after snacking on pizza and perusing shelves, my last stop of the day was Rita’s Italian Ice. I love this place and there’s not many locations in Manhattan. Their “Gelati” are cheap and HUGE with flavored water ice (the mango is awesome) layered behind vanilla custard. YUM!
And that’s it folks — an outing in Hoboken. Whether you’re a tourist or a long time New York resident, I highly recommend a trip across the river to Hoboken. It’s a quaint little community with great views of New York with a bustling summer atmosphere!