My Neighborhood – Hoboken, New Jersey

Written by Peta Arthurson

See why moving to Hoboken was a winner with former AWNY Vice President Peta Arthurson.


My husband and I stumbled upon the neighborhood of Hoboken and at first we completely freaked out. We had never planned on moving to NEW JERSEY!!! That’s a whole different state, and train system! But, if you read along with me you will see why I think its been our best neighborhood so far!

Upon recently expanding my family to include our new baby girl Matilda, my husband and I knew we wanted a little more space at but with affordable rent, and non- negotiable outdoor space for our dog (there was no way could I walk him at night in the dead of winter with a newborn if my hubby was away for work!) And of course we wanted all of this without moving to Westchester or some other upstate NY or Long Island location. I’m pleased to report we found it in Hoboken, New Jersey, just a short distance from Manhattan.


Peta, husband Shane and baby Matilda on Matilda’s first Snow Day – Dec 2016


Where is Hoboken?

Hoboken, New Jersey is right across the Hudson river and is bordered by Weehawken to the North and Jersey City to the South & West. The streets are on a grid similar to Manhattan with the cross streets being numbered from 1st (downtown) to 14th (uptown) and some president’s names like Washington, Adams, Madison, Monroe.

Transport in Hoboken

Hoboken is essentially in line with Houston and 23rd streets of Manhattan and getting into the city is quick and easy. The PATH train runs regularly from 33rd street to Hoboken and the ferry runs to 42nd and World Trade Center. In fact, if you work downtown, the ferry takes only 5 minutes. There are also buses, with NJ Transit operating between the Hoboken Bus Terminal and Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan. We also have a light rail system connecting Jersey City to Weehawken and beyond.

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Playing Tour Guide in NYC – 3-day Itinerary


Written by Peta Arthurson

As an expat living in New York City, playing tour guide is one of the things I have come to know I will do many times a year when a friend or a family member comes to visit. Having had around 10 batches of visitors over the last 2 and a half years, I’ve put my guide hat on many times! If you have a friend in town for 3 days, you want to show them as much as possible to make sure they not only fit it all in, but have a great time and a lasting memory of New York, here is my definitive guide to NYC! Its jam packed, and get ready for a lot of walking!

Day 1 – Downtown

For spectacular Manhattan and midtown views, catch the East River Ferry from 34th Street Midtown (or LIC Queens or Brooklyn!) to DUMBO. After you get off the ferry, grab an ice cream and walk on up to the Brooklyn Bridge and over into the city. Stop for the obligatory selfie on the bridge but watch you don’t get hit by a cyclist! When you get into downtown, you will be near city hall and the NYC court houses. Here you can have your Law and Order moment on the courthouse steps.

From here, walk on over to the World Trade Center. With a heavy heart, you can visit the museum and fountains.

Walk downtown on Broadway to Wall Street to see the Stock Exchange and the George Washington monument and around to Bowling Green (on Broadway) to see the Wall Street Bull. Near the bull, enjoy the architecture of the Natural Museum of the American Indian with statues to powerhouses of the world. The exterior features forty-four columns, each decorated with a head of Mercury, the Roman god of commerce. On the buildings huge entrance pedestals are four large sculptures—seated female figures representing America, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

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