• Did You Know….

    Whenever I meet someone when I’m out of town or on vacation and I tell them I’m from Jersey, it’s very rarely received with anything other than the stink-eye, and quickly followed up with, “So, do you know Snooki?”

    I always try my best to set the record straight, but I’ve quickly realized that there really isn’t much about New Jersey that I actually know. I blame it on the fact that I was born and raised a million miles away in Montana, but that’s no excuse because TECHNICALLY I’ve lived here about 6 years.

    With that being said, I decided to head on down to the Hoboken Public Library and spend a day researching some fun facts about Hoboken and the rest of the Garden State. Just kidding. I did a quick Google search…but nonetheless, I was presently surprised by a few things I came across and thought I would share a few of the Jersey-mazing (or is it Jermazing?) things I found.

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    1. New Jersey’s first brewery was built in Hoboken in 1641.

    2. In the 1870’s, the first saltwater taffy in the world was produced down at the Jersey shore.

    3. Alexander Cartwright’s Knickerbocker Club played an intrasquad game at Elysian Fields in Hoboken, and was recorded on June 19th, 1846 as the first ever official baseball game. (Everything I researched said it was 1846, despite the year on the photograph showing 1864.)

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    4. Monopoly (yes, the popular board game played all over the world) named the streets on the playing board after actual streets in Atlantic City.

    5. The first professional basketball game was played in Trenton in 1896.

    6. It’s the only state where you can leave off the “New”, and it still sounds cool. Take that, Hampshire!

    7. We are home to BOTH of New York’s professional football teams, the Giants and the JETS. I’ve always called it the New Jersey Jets…and just ignored all the scowls.

    8. The “Buddy Christ” statue from Kevin Smith’s movie “Dogma” is housed in Jay and Silent Bob’s Comic Book store in Red Bank.

    9. Some famous NJ Natives include David Copperfield, Lou Costello, Jerry Lewis, Jack Nicholson, Jon Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, Paul Simon, Yogi Berra, Buzz Aldrin, Aaron Burr, Betsy Ross, Harriet Tubman, Judy Blume, Woodrow Wilson, Walt Whitman, Thomas Edison, Kelly Ripa, Maryl Streep, and Hoboken’s very own Frank Sinatra.

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    10. “The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, spanning NJ from Bay Head to Atlantic City, is the largest shoreline nature preserve on the East Coast. It covers 47,000 acres, and 80% of it is salt marsh, which rivals only tropical rain forests as one of the most biologically productive habitats on earth.”-NJEHA.org (Definitely motivation to be less wasteful!)

    11. We have the most diners in the world and are commonly referred to as the Diner Capital of the world.

    12. Hoboken is home to Sybill’s Cave, named after a young woman named Mary Cecilia Rogers who’s body was found near the cave in 1841. The event inspired the novella “The Mystery of Mary Roget” written by Edgar Allan Poe, who was also living in Hoboken at the time.

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    13. In 1884, a young Milton S. Hershey learned the art of candy making while serving as apprentice at Day’s Restaurant in Morristown. He of course later went on to start the world-famous Hershey chocolate candy empire. Don’t forget to thank New Jersey every time you enjoy that Hershey’s Kiss.

    14. New Jersey is the world leader in blueberry and cranberry production.

    15. The first ferry service in the U.S. operated between Hoboken and Manhattan in 1811.

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    16. Do you enjoy watching movies? In 1893, the world’s first film production studio, the Black Maria, was completed by Thomas Edison in West Orange.

    17. The light bulb, phonograph and motion picture projector were all invented by Thomas Edison in Menlo Park.

    18. NJ’s Pulaski Skyway, from Jersey City to Newark, was the first skyway ever built. Let’s hope they used quality construction materials, because I take the Pulaski Skyway everyday to and from work!

    19. The first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden in 1933.

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    20. Hoboken is the most fabulous city in all of New Jersey. That’s a fact.

    If you are feeling really ambitious, you might want to get your hands on a fun book called “100 Hoboken Firsts” by Jim Hans or visit Thirteen.org for “A Walk Through Hoboken”. Fun stuff for all you history buffs!


    Robyn is a HobokenGirl.com contributor and is the host of the Single Girl Series.

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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of HobokenGirl.com. She started the site to discover the wealth of fun things happening in Hoboken and Jersey City and surrounding Hudson County areas. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event or #HobokenGirlHelps volunteer project, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog Pierre + rescue pup Finn, or watching some really bad {but oh-so-good} reality TV and ordering takeout with her husband.

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    • More Hoboken stuff: The zipper invented in Hoboken, 1st city to let a girl play little league on a boys team. 1st blimpies, Multi academy award winning movie “On the waterfront” filmed in Hoboken. Jimmy Roselli. At one time Hoboken had more bars per square mile than any other city. Steven Foster. etc… Oh. what about all our great olymbians this summer from New Jersey, that’s noteworthy talk, snook that!


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