Thursday, July 24, 2008
Hudson Street in Hoboken
July 24, 2008
I noticed from the first that Hudson Street is a pretty impressive address. It's where Frank Sinatra moved his mother when he made it big and before she moved away from Hoboken altogether to Fort Lee. It's where the mayor of Hoboken lives. It is scenic and elegant, and my address, which is not exactly either, is at least convenient and on Hudson Street. The scene above is hardly a block from where my building is. It's on the left side, perhaps about where the Empire Theater once stood.The house I live in is in the middle of this picture, right behind the tree. Yes, there are trees in Hoboken, and they make it special.This is the building I have my eye on in case they have an apartment available when I start looking in earnest in October. It's a building that's been there since the 1880's, once having the really big apartments of that era. Since that time, they have been divided into smaller, more compact units. I keep thinking if I lived in that building I would always be aware that I was living is a section of what used to be a real apartment. But the front apartments with the bay windows, retain an old-time elegance (like me). I hope I get one.
It's a pleasure to stroll up and down Hudson, noting the many lions at the front of the houses, catching a glimpse of an antique crystal chandelier in the front hall from time to time, and getting a feel for Hoboken's heritage. If you're lucky you might snag a third-floor walkup with a lousy bathroom and no intercom to connect you to the front door and be able to tell people you live on Hudson Street. That happened to me last October.