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  • Moving to Hoboken? Here Is Everything You Need to Know

    Just moved to Hoboken? Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.

    Since moving to a new town can be overwhelming, and your never-ending to-do list might seem like a lot to handle {TBH, it is} – let us help. Here’s your go-to guide for everything you might need after you get the keys to your new home-sweet-home. This includes the locations of the Hoboken post offices, the DMV, how to get a Hoboken parking pass, your local Social Security office, and more. Read on to get completely up-to-speed on all things in the Mile Square:

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    Parking Passes {Residential + Temporary}

    If there’s any negative at all to living in this incredible city, it’s the parking. Ask any resident and it’s the #1 hot button issue {errr besides flooding and potholes} that can cause headaches and stress – but maybe not if you plan properly.

    First things first, you’ll need temporary no parking signs for moving trucks, deliveries, unloading your car, etc. Double parking is a no-no {and dangerous} so be sure to register and reserve these signs through the parking utility. More info + how to get them, here.

    Once everything is unloaded and Hoboken is officially home, you’ll need a place to park your car {if you have one.} If you have your new license with a change of address sticker and your registration is changed to reflect the move – you’ll be able to apply for a standard parking sticker for residents. If not, a temporary one is the way to go for now, which will dictate you only being able to park on the designated side of the street. {White signs, ya’ll!}

    For visiting guests with cars {like your mom who wants to make sure you’re all set in your new space, or a bestie coming over with champs} you can pick up scratch-off guest hang tags at the Parking Utility, or can pre-arrange for a pass to print and register the vehicle online through the service {once you create an account} here.

    Read More: Hoboken Street Parking Explained 

    Post Office

    Need to forward your mail? Or, mailing out invitations to your housewarming? Luckily, the mile-square city is home to five post office locations {with human help!} and plenty of drop boxes along the side streets, too. Head to 502 Grand Street, 89 River Street {the main location}, 734 Washington Street, 1 Castle Point Terrace, or 57 14th Street for all your Postal Service needs.

    Local MVCs

    If you moved from out of state, you’ll definitely need to head here asap. If from within state you can change your address online, but will still need to know where your local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is when it comes time to renew your license, register a new car, retake an awful license photo, etc. While Hoboken doesn’t have its own DMV, there are a few nearby options to choose from within Hudson County.

    Bayonne: {Agency + Driver Testing} 1347 Kennedy Boulevard & Rte. 440

    Jersey City: {Agency} 438 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307

    North Bergen: {Agency + Driver Testing} 8901 Park Plaza, 90th & Bergenline Avenue, North Bergen, NJ 07047

    Secaucus: {Inspection only} County Avenue & Secaucus Road Secaucus, NJ 07094

    *HG Insider Tip – Bayonne & Jersey City get very busy very fast. {No really, we got there half hour after opening and still waited over an hour.} The MVC website lists Low-volume agencies that might be a better fit for those with limited time.

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    Social Security

    There are tons of engaged and newlywed couples in town. If you’re getting married while living in Hoboken, it’s important to know that we conveniently have our own Social Security office located right next to the PATH! The address is 79 Hudson Street, and it can help you with name changes, retirement, disability benefits, and more.

    Banks

    Hoboken has a shocking number of banks including branches for PNC, BCB Community Bank, Capital One, Pamrapo, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, Bank of America, M&T, PNC, CSBK, and Chase. Chances are, we have the bank you’re already using — and if not be sure to check local offers and mailers for special new account opening perks.

    Furniture

    Once you’re all moved in, it’s time to deck the halls {pardon the pun} and make your new place your own. Luckily, within Hoboken, there is a plethora of shops to choose from that can help you make your new apartment a home. For furniture and décor, be sure to check out the newly opened West Elm, and Battaglia’s, both located uptown on Willow. For smaller items to personalize your space, Washington Street has three gems to browse – Washington General Store (509 Washington), Luna Rosa Home (1218 Washington) and Hudson Paperie (312 Washington).

    Groceries

    The first grocery haul for a new place is serious. From salt and pepper to meats and veggies, you’ll probably need a helping hand {and an Uber!}

    Uptowners can head to Kings on Shipyard Lane, Trader Joes at 1350 Willow {yaasss} or Shoprite on 9th and Madison for all your grocer needs. For Midtown dwellers, ACME is located at 614 and Clinton, while those with a downtown address can easily hit up Aspen Marketplace on 3rd and Washington, Basic Foods {for organic produce} on 2nd and Washington, or Sobseys Produce on 92 Bloomfield Street.

    Or, there’s always a personal favorite – Seamless/Delivery.com/Grubhub, ya’ll.

    Read More: 26 Reasons Hoboken is {the Best} Place to Live 

     

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    Written by:

    Erin is a proud Hobokenite who moved to Hoboken three years ago from Central NJ with her now husband. When she’s not teaching English to middle schoolers in New York City, she can be found running GrandeGifts (www.etsy.com/shop/grandegifts), writing, shopping on Washington, at the barre’ or binging on Bravo. Still basking in that newlywed glow, Erin also adores everything having to do with weddings, Broadway, and Disney (shamelessly).


    3 comments

    • A few things from a 20 yr resident.

      Get a parking spot; the ROI is VAST compared the parking on the street.

      The post forgets about all the farmer’s markets (I didn’t see it, and I double checked, so forgive me if I missed it). We have loads of them, and I happen to think they are all great ways to get goof fresh food and talk to your neighbors.

      Dog parks – we got lots of them, and lots of dogs, I love dogs, so this is a plus to me.

      Park park, like for people – we get more every second it seems, finally, and thankfully.

      Gyms – easier than groceries…I mean this is Jerz, right? HAHAHA!

      Banks – don’t use one, use a CU. I still have the five digit account number that I got when I was 12 at mine online banking, great service, low to zero fees (I looked, and I paid a fee once in 1994), the benefits go on and on. Besides who goes to a bank anymore? That’s just odd.

      And some bad:

      Hoboken has a really poor restaurant scene. Things are poor quality and high priced. This stands in stark comparison to DT JC and increasingly the heights, right above us. There are a million pizza places, bad Italian (have these people ever been to Italy?), and fake Irish bars full of drunk Ho-bro’s (all a tad older than 20 years ago, admittedly) and loads of our of towners. But if you want that, and you want to be forced to watch TV and ignore you company…well you are good. There are a few gems in all seriousness, but this place attracts mediocrity somehow.

      Traffic: you are boxed in during rush with one exit south, one exit north, and 2 (sort of) west. So forget driving during those times. This is especially true if something goes wrong in the tunnels. BUT! If you have to head east, we got ferries and trains for that, so why are you driving anyway! Huh? Ferries have great views!

      I guess that’s my POV on it, we also have a great old architecture esthetic here that is well preserved, even the small houses by the old A&P, I forget the name, but the NYTimes did a great article on them long ago. But the sad truth is that Maxwell Place could have been cool if it used the old amazing brick building like that did at the Tea, CVS, and other adaptive reuse. The worst part is Wash from 14-15 and Hudson 14-15, it looks like a soviet block housing project or some random nameless suburb of Atlanta or DC. So ugly.

      Oh walk up to Castle Point and sit coffee and watch the world go by – boats, people, helicopters, etc…we have the best view there is, no argument. That’s why 20 years later, I stay here: for the morning in the summer when the air is still, and the Hudson is at slack, so in the morning light it is a mirror because it is so still. Or those special evenings when the sun is setting sending orange rays towards Manhattan, and all that glass makes Hoboken glow. Just amazing.

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      • Jen

        Thanks for all the tips! We have tons of posts on these other things — including dog parks and farmers markets, but love your insight 🙂 Thanks for reading and loving Hoboken. Xx

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    • Hopefully the reversal of the 500ft rule will inject some new blood into our dire restaurant scene. I think the northwest side of town has a ton of potential and will hopefully attract some up and coming commercial tenants.

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