With Jenni, a friend from St. Thomas and recent transplant to Hoboken. Jenni misses the beach. She’s also a 9 handicap golfer and she’s in the middle of this small picture.
JR is Jenni’s roommate (actually, its the other way around), and is also a recent St. Thomas transplant. I met him once in St. Thomas but after a week I felt like we were old friends. Sometimes you have a connection with people by virtue of living in the same place for a while. St. Thomas is definitely one of those places and the connection goes for both Jenni and JR. JR also has a dog named Mika. He is also does the big brother program which I think is pretty cool.
Jenni and JR are like brother and sister, with the banter to go with it. It’s pretty entertaining.
Everyone told me how easy it would be to get to Manhattan from the Path. And for the most part it was, but the first two days there were some serious delays. I find New Jersey Transit to be confusing in general, and got on the wrong train trying to go to Hoboken early on in the week. When I moved from, I took the bus from Port Authority which is just about the least user friendly experience I’ve encountered. When you buy a ticket you have to know the bus number rather than actually typing in your destination.
Zafra – Pretty tasty Cuban / Latin spot. A lot of restaurants in Hoboken are BYOB, where the B not only stands for beer, but also booze. They’ll mix Sangria, Margheritas, or whatever else you can think of. Zafra came recommended from a co-worker and on Twitter. I took JR and Jenni here.
Taco Truck Store – A successful conversion from truck to store. I was so hungry (and it was so good) I ate most of it before I made it home one night.
Luca Brasi’s – An old school Italian deli. I think I insulted them when I asked if the Cannolis were made in the store. They are, and they were pretty awesome.
Haircuts are a big deal in Hoboken. It’s an upscale affair for the most part, and there is some pretty fierce competition. I called a lot of places in an effort to get my haircut before a wedding in Annapolis. It’s not cheap, $40 – $70, although the salons are quick to point out that haircuts come with a drink and you get a free “touch up” in between two haircuts. Ultimately, I couldn’t get an appointment and instead got a haircut for $12 in Hoboken.
I was walking home one day, exhausted, and maybe a little tired of the project. It’s all about re-framing my perspective though. I walked by a massage place, made sure it was not that kind of massage place, and paid $26 for a 30 minute foot massage. I left there refreshed, relaxed and ready to do this for another 5 months They didn’t have any yelp reviews, so I wrote one.
To music at Maxwell’s, an institution in Hoboken that has had acts such as R.E.M., Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and The Strokes. The wikipedia article is worth a read for some history on the club. Part of the Boss’ “Glory Days” video was shot here.
Over time, Steve’s booking taste, freewheeling personality and respectful treatment towards musicians made Maxwell’s and Hoboken a looked-forward-to stop on many bands’ tours. By making the blue-collar mile-square city with a rough-and-tumble reputation a cultural gathering place, Maxwell’s was instrumental in sparking Hoboken’s first wave of early 1980s gentrification — the artists and musicians.
Tomatoes at the Hoboken tomato festival. Farmer Rich picked out some tomatoes for me to make a cucumber and tomato salad. There were over 40 varieties so I needed the help. I went to Antique bakery for some fresh bread.
To Annapolis, for a beautiful wedding. My friend Jesse and I did a walking tour and I liked this photo at the naval academy of a “plebe” working.
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The Ferry Boat commute to Manhattan
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