Mangia Hoboken – Food Tour That’s Italian

For those of us with friends and family just across the Hudson, it’s often proven difficult to lure our rivals across the water on how charming our “small town” really can be.

A new guided food tour sponsored by Hoboken Tours called “Mangia Hoboken” is serving a tasty remedy. Offered Saturdays, the tour salute’s the food and culture of Hoboken exploring the Italian food establishments that have been in business for decades.

Beginning at the PATH station and running about three hours, it’s a nice way to introduce the town to your uppity friends who think the world solely exists between the boundaries of Manhattan Battery Park South and the Harlem River north. It crosses some of the splashy sites like the “Cake Boss” of cable TV fame, Antique Bakery and the birthplace of Frank Sinatra along with the more traditionally favored local staples like Fiore’s, Lisa’s and the oversized slices at Benny Tudinos among others. Read More...


The Law of Unintended Consequences

A baffling statement from the usually mild mannered Councilman Peter Cunningham has da horsey shaking his head in disbelief.

With the onset of a real New York summer, we were looking forward to doing a leisurely feature on a Hoboken walking tour, ( and enjoying the dog days of summer, before this bomb landed on our doorstep over at Hoboken Now:

Although we love a good joust now and then as much as anyone, one has to wonder about the thought process (some would say sanity) of Councilman Peter Cunningham. Perhaps the heat has affected the usual measured voice we have grown use to in the City Council. Read More...


Beisbol been very, very good to me

Does Hoboken need a field of dreams? City Council woman Beth Mason thinks so and has come out in favor of a minor league baseball stadium in the northwest corner. When first announced, it appeared to be nothing but a fanciful idea to perhaps drive attention to the last undeveloped part of town in the quiet political season of summer after an election.

But the practicalities of such an idea never seemed feasible. Althought da horsey does love baseball both for its majesty as a game and its historical ties to American and Hoboken culture, there are several aspects to the idea that are far less than appealing. But first, let’s deal with the practical. Councilwoman Mason is highlighting a meeting this week on this area. Will this be part of a more detailed plan on said idea? We’re not sure and rather than speculate or seek to answer it, we think it’s best to communicate the meeting and let folks attend, listen and offer their own perspectives:
The Hoboken

Quality of Life Coalition

will host a community meeting

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

St. Matthews Parish Hall

8th & Hudson (entrance on 8th Street)


Help for the Emergency Services Workers

Efforts in the recovery from Saturday’s air disaster over the Hudson continue and Councilwoman Beth Mason released a statement today asking for additional support as the workers apparently went through 20 cases of water yesterday alone.

If you want to assist with “donations of water, Gatorade, and/or ice” as her statement suggests, you can do so at the entrance to Frank Sinatra Drive between 11th and 12th Streets.

We’re told the area along Sinatra Drive between 4th and 12th also remains restricted, but we don’t know for how much longer. Read More...


Grist for the Mill

No matter how you slice it, 40,000 people just isn’t enough to stop the small town rumor mill. Hoboken has more rumors flying around than many remote towns in Alaska where one oddball teacher started a rumor of the Palin’s marriage heading to divorce. Picked up by the national media, this sent stroller mom’s across the country into a tizzy. No matter your politics, or what married men say, there is no greater fantasy of married men than Sarah Palin. She looks great, handles all the shopping/cooking and is even known to go out and bag the vittles herself. One suspects that a woman that can not only make dinner but hunt it is about as low maintenance as a girl gets. Read More...


Hoboken’s Restaurant Row

With the new Piri Piri BBQ restaurant about to make its big debut on Washington, and even as other local stores shutter their doors, the Mile Square City can now make a claim to having an official Restaurant Row on Washington between 5th and 6th. Granted they are all not the same caliber but the variety is certainly impressive if you exclude the multiple sushi options. (Signature Kitchen has a mean sushi chef but Leo at Wild Ginger still rocks too.) With the doors opening at Piri Piri, that brings an even dozen on the street. But if you want to subtract East LA, I wouldn’t complain. Does anyone from Hoboken eat there when its competitors (Baja, Charritos) trounce it into well, powder? Read More...


Disaster over the Hudson

Today around 12 noon a helicopter collided with a small plane over the Hudson River. As many have seen on the news earlier, emergency services is now in recovery mode for nine lost souls. Five passengers on the helicopter are reported to be Italian tourists.

Sympathy to the families on this horrific loss. Add them in your prayers, as the families will certainly appreciate it. More photos available on the top right link.


No negative light on Hoboken. Capeesh?

Word around town is that Pulitzer Prize winner, Jimmy Breslin now 80 is patrolling our streets looking for stories on NJ corruption. He made an appearance at the Jersey City protest earlier this week. Breslin arrives just days after the passing of “On the Waterfront” screenwriter Budd Schulberg. Schulberg had just visited Hoboken last week for a reading of his famous Hoboken based movie.

Now who would Breslin speak to for background on his book in Hoboken? Well how could he not speak to say Mike Russo, Hoboken City Council representative and someone who might know something.

Jimmy Breslin: So Mr. Russo, your father Anthony, former mayor had some run ins with the law.

Mike Russo: My family doesn’t know nuthin about dat. And if we did, it would shed a negative light on Hoboken.

JB: So you aren’t denying that your father was a party to the culture of corruption in New Jersey? Read More...