• The History Behind Hoboken’s Honorary Street Names

    Whether you drive, walk, bike, or run, if you’ve traveled along the streets of Hoboken, you’re bound to have noticed at least one honorary street corner — but, what do they mean and who are they for? We walked around town, did some research, and are sharing the history of these Mile Square street names with you.

    We have streets named for local citizens of note and long-standing businesses in Hoboken:

    Father Michael Guglielmelli Way {3rd and Jefferson}

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    This corner was named after Father Michael Guglielmelli of St. Francis Church. Father Michael passed away in a tragic car accident recently, but his name will live on forever on 3rd and Jefferson.

    Piazza Monte San Giacomo {6th and Adams}

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    Anyone who’s even visited Hoboken knows about the famous St. Ann’s Italian Festival — but did you know that the founders of the festival {+ original members of the Monte San Giacomo Social Club} also have a street named after them?

    Cal & Sons Corner Est. 1956 {Newark and Harrison}

    Named for the legendary Hoboken institution, Cal’s Hot Dog Stand — wave the next time you drive by!

    Gustoso’s Bread Way {4th and Adams}

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    Named for the famous Gustoso’s Bread Bakery, which served Hoboken for over seven decades.

    Giovanni D’Italia Cobblers Corner {7th and Garden}

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    Vinchenzo Perrupato and Giovanni D’Italia Footwear have been in Hoboken for 5 decades.

    READ: Hoboken #TBT: The Willow Terrace

    Biggie’s Way {4th and Madison}

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    Named for the infamous Biggies Clam Bar, near their {original} location on Madison Street which is now closed.

    John Muller Way {10th and Washington}

    Dedicated to John Muller and Muller Insurance, one of the longest running family-owned businesses in Hoboken {since 1906!}

    Carlo’s Bakery Way {Newark and Washington}

    Named after the famous Carlo’s Bakery on 95 Washington Street.

    Dorothy Buoncuore’s Corner {12th and Willow}

    Dorothy Buoncuore was a school crossing guard in Hoboken for decades.

    Aggie’s Way {7th and Madison}

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    Agnes Forino – another crossing guard and fixture in the community who served the Hoboken community for over four decades!

    There are also a fair few streets named for former politicians in the Mile Square City:

    Vezzetti Way {Parallel to Observer Highway}

    Named for former Hoboken Mayor Thomas Vezzetti

    Bernard McFeeley Lane {Between Hudson and Sinatra}

    Named for former Hoboken Mayor Bernard McFeely

    Louis DePascale Constitution Court {at the Shipyard}

    Named for former Hoboken Mayor Louis DePascale

    Walter Barry Independence Court {at the Shipyard}

    Dedicated to Walter Berry, founder of Applied Housing

    Andrew Amato’s Way {1st and Adams}

    Andrew Amato was a former {and notably very animated} Hoboken City Councilman who passed away in 2010.

    For more information, and to see a map of these honorary streets {and more}, check out this map created by Hoboken Historical Museum’s own Rand Hoppe.

    See More: Hoboken #TBT: How Hoboken Got Its Name

    Have you noticed any honorary street names around Hoboken? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to tag us on social media @hobokengirlblog or #hobokengirl. Happy exploring!

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    Written by:

    Arielle, a lifelong Jersey girl, has been “the crafty friend” for as long as anyone can remember. She is always working on something, whether it be a knitting project, a homemade card, or a delicious dinner - because why buy when you can DIY? When she’s not creating something new, Arielle can be found down the shore with her husband, laughing way too hard at her own jokes, reading whatever historical books she can get her hands on, or enjoying a beer or a bourbon with friends!


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