Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey 07030
Hudson County, Hoboken, Downtown Jersey City and Landmarks
It has long been a familiar problem. Hoboken, our city of only one square mile, has for years been bereft of good maps. As young, new faces have appeared on our streets, and as lingering neighbors have come to feel accustomed to the idea of themselves as Hobokenites, we at www.hobokeni.com have been slowly inundated over the years with requests for decent maps of the area. True, Washington Street itself is easy enough: a simple, straight-as-an-arrow 15-block strip extending from Observor Highway and the Jersey City border in the South to Weehawken in the North. But times have been changing, and we've come to realize that we need more than this simple idea of our city. Hoboken has come of age. It can no longer be seen as just one street of businesses and restuarants, nor can it be seen as a simple, isolated community. While many of us may find no need to leave the confines of our square mile, the surrounding area is rapidly developing and offering Hoboken residents more of the things we most desire: strong businesses, fantastic restaurants, comfortable neighborhoods, and enticing culture. As we begin to explore our own and our surrounding communities, we need to have a good picture of the area as a whole, and, specifically, we need to know where we are going.
Nearly one year ago, one of our own, Frank P. Marciano, stumbled upon the opportunity and the inclination to solve this problem. His wife, Judy Marciano, became a realtor. One of the major stumbling blocks she experienced in the early stages of her career move was that not many prospective buyers had a good idea of where things were located in Hudson County with relation to each other. Many were confused as to just how large Jersey City actually is, some didn't know the difference between Jersey City Heights and the rest of the city, and most didn't understand where the cities of Weehawken, North Bergen, West New York, or Guttenberg fit into this picture. So, with a renewed determination, a powerful camera, and some new friends from across the sea, they set out to create some easy-to-read maps of Hudson County.
They met up with Inna and Ilan Danieli of the Jersey City based Link Productions Inc., who have been producing outstanding publications for local, national, and international companies and organizations for the past few years. While Frank and Judy were out and about the county taking pictures from every imaginable angle, Inna was busy with the design of the maps, and Ilan was busy with a battle of his own, trying to make sense out of Frank's ideas in order to narrow them down into one workable scenario. Ilan and Inna learned early on that Frank's ideas we're almost never absolute, but constantly evolving in an attempt to make things better. Frank even kept a wall screen of the maps in his bedroom so that he could think about how to improve them while he fell asleep at night. Countless questions bugged him and the rest of the team. How much detail should be shown in the maps? What major landmarks should be included? Should there be neighborhood labels? Is there any one group for whom the maps are being created, or will they be for everyone in the community? With this kind of constant evolution, it was a chore to make any final decision on the look and feel of the maps, but it was a chore that needed to be done.
Finally, after a few months of hard work, the efforts of Frank, Judy, Inna, and Ilan paid off. And now, the Hoboken and Hudson County communities can reap the benefits. The pictures below are links to the larger versions that Frank, Judy, Inna, and Ilan produced. The first, a view of Hoboken and downtown Jersey City, depicts how these two communities are related to each other (and, indeed, how close they really are). For an interactive version of this map, please visit the website of Frank P. Marciano, attorney at law. The interactive version posted on his site has many links to community websites, historic photographs, commercial establishments, and more, so feel free to explore the map with your mouse... you may find some hidden treasures!
These prints are made possible by the outstanding work of the following: