Lately I have been spending about 80% of my time in Jersey City/Hoboken area. This is a huge change of pace for me as I used to spend 80% of my time in NYC. It’s been a welcomed adjustment and brought new appreciation to the garden state.
You may have preconception about New Jersey, I know I did. I assumed it would be loud, obnoxious and far away from NYC full of guidos/guidettes (thank you Jersey shore) or families similar to the housewives.
The reality is that I do get to live in a quiet neighborhood with an easy commute to NYC and as a renter my taxes are not insane. I live in the Jersey City– Waterfront neighborhood in a small nook that has found a new life over the past decade.
I get to enjoy suburban amenities in a somewhat urban setting. For instance, I love that I don’t need a car to live here. Transportation to the mall and food shopping is easily accessible through the light rail, walking or even the Path train. We do have a town square, a few parks and plenty of farmer’s market.
Because I am spending less time in NYC a few things I have noticed in my relationships. One is my NYC friends are willing to come and visit me in my neighborhood. I just needed to ask.
Whenever I go to the city, I make sure to set sometime with friends whether is to meetup for lunch, coffee or hanging out. It makes going to the city with an added incentive.
Finally, I have made new friends on my side of the river. This includes from attending local area meetups and taking barre classes in Hoboken. I noticed more and more, I am building a support system nearby which is a great plus!
Hoboken Boutique Crawl
Last night I ask my friend (former Pace colleague) to meet me for drinks and to participate in the Hoboken Boutique crawl. We had a great time going from store to store, checking out accessories and looking for gift ideas.
There were about 14 stores participating and a Boutique Truck full of goodies. My favorite barre studio offered a free class pass for participating in the crawl (best incentive ever- at least for me).
Few Random Facts:
- I lived in Brooklyn (Bensonhurst area) for 2 years prior to moving to my current apartment in Jersey City. My commuting time to/from work was 45 minutes to 1 hour. At the time I used to work in NYU (downtown). My commute time shifted to 20 minutes door to door when I worked downtown and 35 minutes when I worked in Midtown East.
- I discovered Jersey City on a whim as I was searching for a nicer Target. I quickly discovered that there was a mall and other places that you are more likely to find in the suburbs.
- I found my apartment through Craigslist. I live in a 2 floor apartment with w/d (something you rarely see in a NYC apartment), huge kitchen with dishwasher, view to the Statue of Liberty and plenty of closet space. My rent is stable and not insanely expensive at all. It was one of those manifestation gifts.
- I have lived here for 4 years before making my first non-roommate related friend in the neighborhood. This is quickly changing as Sandy made it very clear that I also need a support system in this side of the river.
Thank you for reading a more “this is where I live” personal post! Please leave a comment if you are interested in learning more about my neighborhood or about NYC.
Finally have a great Fall weekend. I know I am looking forward to a PSL date tonight with my “cupcake” mentor.