Washington Street Receives Prestigious Award

Hoboken’s unique and lovely Washington Street has received an award from the American Planning Association (APA) for its Great Places in America: Streets award for excellence in planning.  To receive this award the criteria was based upon communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. With that in mind it was easy for Hoboken’s Washington Street to quickly rise to the top.

Washington Street is known for its uniqueness with incredible historic storefronts lining the street with the backdrop of the Hudson River and New York City skyline.  There is something for everyone with the many amazing restaurants, lounges, shops, and boutiques you can find on Washington Street.

With the current modern look and feel of Washington Street, it is difficult to believe that it once was a major warehouse and shipping port in the 1960’s.  During that period Hoboken suffered a major economic crisis with the introduction of containerized cargo, and the warehouses in Hoboken became obsolete along with business on Washington Street.

During the 1980’s, young urban professionals from Manhattan, discovered Washington Street and kept its storefronts open. Along with this new trend, real estate values began skyrocketing and in some cases residents were being priced out of their homes. To prevent this, in 1988 Hoboken’s city council approved an ordinance requiring affordable housing in Hoboken, including units along Washington Street.

In 1981, Hoboken worked to keep the historic feel of Washington Street by creating a downtown historic district. This included building height restrictions, streetscape improvements and the 19th century-style lamp posts and street clocks.

There are many great places and activities that you can find along Washington Street during any given day. Whether you are a visitor or a resident of Hoboken, I am sure you will enjoy, Carlo’s Bake Shop, 95 Washington St., it is the setting for TLC Network television show Cake Boss featuring pastry chef Buddy Valestro; or one of the many special events throughout the year including St. Patrick’s Day Parade, semi-annual Arts Festival and St. Ann’s Feast, an Italian tradition in Hoboken also celebrating 100th anniversary in 2010.  All of this and more takes place on Hoboken’s Washington Street.

For more information on living in a progressive city like Hoboken, where they’re always coming up with new ways of making the city a better place to live, contact Eddie Perez, Broker-REALTOR, CDPE. Eddie’s market  includes Hoboken, Jersey City, Weehawken and Union City. Eddie can also be reached by phone at 201-344-2886.

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