Founded in 1849, Hoboken is a city in New Jersey of around 55,000, directly across the Hudson River from the West Village and Chelsea. The name meant “land of the tobacco pipe” to the Lenape people, and indeed pleasure remains a major aspect of the city’s reputation, as demonstrated by its slew of destination bars, clubs, and restaurants, and its entire week of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, including a LepreCon (something like SantaCon).
Hoboken is famously the boyhood home of Frank Sinatra, and the location of engineering school Stevens Institute, which sits on a picturesque bluff overlooking the river. But it’s also a politically progressive city headed by Berkeley-educated Sikh mayor Ravi Bhalla, where plastic bags have already been banned, as I discovered when I tried to take home one of the city’s heroes. These humongous sandwiches represent the city’s signature viand, with Italian food still its most common cuisine.
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