Hoboken is a city in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States. The city is part of the New York metropolitan area and contains Hoboken Terminal, a major transportation hub for the region. Hoboken is also the location of the first recorded game of baseball and of the Stevens Institute of Technology, one of the oldest technological universities in the United States.
Hoboken was first settled as part of the Pavonia, New Netherland colony in the 17th century. During the early 19th century the city was developed by Colonel John Stevens, first as a resort and later as a residential neighborhood. It became a township in 1849 and was incorporated as a city in 1855. Its waterfront was an integral part of the Port of New York and New Jersey and home to major industries for most of the 20th century. The character of the city has changed from a blue collar town to one of upscale shops and condominiums. Hoboken is part of the New Jersey Gold Coast.
The four parks were originally laid out within city street grid in the 19th century were Church Square Park, Columbus Park, Elysian Park and Stevens Park. Four other parks that were developed later but fit into the street pattern are Gateway Park, Jackson Street Park, Legion Park and Madison Park. Hoboken has many annual events. There are also numerous festivals such as the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, Feast of Saint Anthony’s, Saint Ann’s Feast and the Hoboken Italian Festival. Hoboken is home to the Macy’s Parade Studio, which houses many of the floats for the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Hoboken’s public schools are operated by Hoboken Public Schools, and serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Hoboken High School was the 187th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide.