The Brass Rail Guide to Things to do in Hoboken

Hoboken, the city we call home, was once a small factory town. In the 1970’s, artists and musicians began to call its brownstones and lofts home. The Mile Square is now a tree-lined neighborhood that houses young professionals, families, and old timers that have been here for generations. If you are new in town, you’ll find there are plenty of things to do in Hoboken. There are plenty of cafes, shopping, and art galleries. While most of us work in New York City, it’s Hoboken where we like to play, and our city has plenty to offer. This is our small list of the things we love to do in Hoboken.

The Lackawana train and path station in Hoboken

Things to do in Hoboken

Visit the Birthplace of Frank Sinatra – Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken. This is absolutely the first thing you need to do when you visit. Start off at the Hoboken Historical Museum where you can pick up a self guided walking tour that includes all of Frankie’s history. His birthplace resides at 415 Monroe Street and is marked with a brick arch and a bronze star. Then, you can head over to Francis church (where he was baptized), and all the places he used to sing at before he got big.

One of the best things to do in Hoboken is to people watch at the Brass Rail Restaurant

People watch – grab a seat outside at our place on warm days (or by the window in winter) during lunch (The BR Trio gets you 3 dishes plus a soft drink for $15) and watch Hobokenites walk by. This will soon become your favorite activity.

Go Shopping – Hoboken has tons of fabulous shops for you to discover treasures. Check out Tunes for the best in vinyl, Symposia for book lovers, Aaraa for inexpensive (and beautiful jewelry), and Cheap Maggie’s for the ultimate deal.

The Brass Rail hosts beer and wine events in Hoboken every month

Enjoy Hoboken Nightlife – Hoboken is known for its bars. We’ve got plenty of them, we’ve even been called the “Daytona Beach of New Jersey” because we’ve got so many restaurants and bars. Hoboken was also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the city with the most bars per square mile. We’ve dropped to #2, but when it comes to nightlife, we’ve got plenty of fun to go around. Make sure to stop by and visit us. The Brass Rail has been a Hoboken institution since the turn of the 20th Century. Today, we offer some amazing dinner deals, happy hour specials, and plenty of late night specials. Did we mention an amazing wine and beer list and host tons of events?

Things to do in Hoboken - enjoy the NYC skyline

Enjoy the Best View of Manhattan – After you’ve walked the city, learned about our history, and enjoyed some food and drink at the Brass Rail, head over to the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway, it’s just 3 blocks away. Don’t forget your camera (or smartphone) because the views of Manhattan are simply amazing.

Get Sporty – The mile square has plenty for the sports enthusiast. Grab a bike and explore the city, go kayaking, pick up a basketball game on Church Square Park, or get on your skateboard and take flight.


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