Hoboken, NJ: Five cool things to do in the city

Wanna hang in Hoboken? We share the rockin’ reasons to hop over the Hudson.
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See this year’s updated list of the best things to do in Hoboken

We won't lie, we were gutted when legendary Hoboken, NJ, spot Maxwell'sshut its doors last year; the club was a home base for New Jersey faves Yo La Tengo and the Feelies. While the closing was a big loss for a city known for its frat-tasticnightlife, Hoboken still has a bunch of sweet options for culture-lovers, drinkers, strollers and shoppers alike. Bring on the Jersey gems!

RECOMMENDED: See the essential guide to Hoboken, NJ

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Drink at a dive bar

Finding a watering hole here that isn’t packed to the gills with muscle-bound Jersey Shore wanna-bes (or their female counterparts) isn’t the easiest task. Fortunately, DC’s (505 8th St between Jefferson and Madison Sts; 201-792-5550, dcstavern.com) is exactly the kind of tiny, knickknack-adorned, off-the-main-drag place that can make you forget about that whole scene. Order a brew, pop some money into the rock- and punk-fueled jukebox (arguably the best in Hoboken), wait your turn for a game of pool and bask in the
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Stroll in the park and gawk at NYC’s skyline

Pier A Park offers breathtaking, postcardworthy views of downtown Manhattan and hosts “Movies Under the Stars” on Wednesday nights (9pm in June and July, 8–8:15pm in August; through Aug 21); up next is last year’s big winner, Argo (Wed 17). Maxwell Place Park (Sinatra Dr North at 11th St), also a prime waterfront location, has access to a rocky beach (no swimming allowed, though—as if you needed a reminder not to take a dip in the Hudson). And scenic Frank Sinatra Park features an outdoor amphitheater and is named after Hoboken’s favorite son, Ol’ Blue Eyes himself.
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Grab a slice

Benny Tudino’s (622 Washington St between 6th and 7th Sts; 201-792-4132, bennytudinos.com) calls itself “Home of the Largest Slice,” and you’ll hear no argument from us. A no-nonsense neighborhood mainstay since 1968, it specializes in gargantuan, 32-inch pies ($24) and ridiculously big regular slices ($3) that give you a lot of solid bang—maybe not the best bites, but still—for your buck.
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Dig for vinyl

Audiophiles, take note: Tunes’s 1,700-square-foot digs (225 Washington St between 2nd and 3rd Sts; 201-653-3355, tunesonline.net) has had a vast selection of used and new CDs, DVDs and LPs—not to mention sweet rockist offerings like concert posters—since the ’90s.

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Expand your literary horizons

Symposia (510 Washington St between 5th and 6th Sts; 201-963-0909, symposia.us) is a nonprofit used bookstore with a homey, relaxed atmosphere and a 4,000-book-strong collection. The whole catalog was accrued through donations, and the shop was only able to open for business thanks to a tax break from Hoboken’s former mayor David Roberts. Symposia also frequently hosts an array of open-to-the-public cultural events, from book signings and potlucks to Thursday-night guitar circles.

Get a meal in Jersey City

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The best Jersey City restaurants and bars

Jersey City’s dine-and-drink scene is growing—and growing fast—gaining gastro cred thanks to the likes of Dale Talde (Pork Slope, Thistle Hill Tavern), Kevin Pemoulie and the team behind the not-so-secret West Village speakeasy the Garret, who are launching some of the coolest places in New Jersey. Get ready: Serious eats like these will make you a PATH regular.

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Good Move

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Bold flavors take center stage at this Greenpoint joint serving everything from tacos to rice bowls to craft cocktails. Let’s start with a drink: You might go for a signature cocktail like the First Things First with mezcal, Jägermeister, coffee and agave or the Sorry Dave with pineapple rum, chile liqueur, lime, mango, banana and bitters (both $12). Snack on tacos filled with al pastor and ancho salsa ($9 for two, $13 for three) and fried shrimp with cumin-preserved lemon aioli ($10 for two, $14.50 for three) or go for something heartier, like chicken tinga nachos ($14) or a burrito filled with kimchi, seared mushrooms, steak, rice and ginger-soy aioli ($13). Stop by at brunch to try the breakfast burrito ($13) or breakfast taco ($9) with a mezcal Bloody Mary ($12).

Venue says Because tacos, cocktails, and mezcal are always a Good Move

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