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America's Greatest Main Streets

America's greatest main streets: Hoboken

Abby Hocking

Hoboken, NJ

When you exit historic Hoboken Terminal, you’re caught between striking views: the steely Manhattan skyline across the Hudson and the small-town charm of Washington Street ahead. It spreads before you with outdoor café tables, old-time lampposts, boutiques, Irish pubs, and a music venue with cred, Maxwell’s. Young families and fresh college grads have flocked to the prewar brick walk-ups, changing the fabric of this once blue-color town (most famous as the birthplace of Frank Sinatra). Washington Street gets feisty at nighttime and has become infamous for hard partying around St. Patrick’s Day.

Worth a Stop: Family-run Carlo’s Bake Shop has been making cannolis and fanciful cakes since 1910. It’s now a household name thanks to the TLC reality show “Cake Boss.”

Kate Appleton

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