• Your Celebrity Guide to the Mile Square

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    It may be just a mile, but there’s plenty of celebrity packed into the Mile Square City we know as Hoboken. As the birthplace of baseball and Frank Sinatra, it’s already home to two of the world’s wonders, but that’s just where the list begins. Here’s HobokenGirl’s celebrity guide to New York City’s neighbor. Remember—even if you’re a native, it’s never too late to start sightseeing.

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    1. ‘Ol Blue Eyes’ Birthplace  

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    Sure, he may have turned his back on Hoboken, but Frank Sinatra will always have this town on his birth certificate. Though the house he was born in has since burned down, you can always visit the plaque honoring him outside 415 Monroe Street {above}.

    2. Kim Kardashian’s Nail Salon {but like, not really}  

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    Once upon a time, the reality star was engaged to basketball pro Kris Humphries, who lived in Hoboken. While visiting her man, the two stopped in the town’s Modern Nails & Spa for dual mani-pedis. While the marriage didn’t last, Modern Nails is still standing on 728 Washington Street. {And we kind of hate ourselves for calling it *her* nail salon…but you get the gist}.

    3. Carlo’s Claim to Fame  

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    Before he became a household name on TLC, Buddy Valastro was just a Hoboken guy who ran one of the town’s Italian bakeries. Though there are currently a handful of locations spanning the country, you can spot the first brick-and-mortar Carlo’s Bakery on 95 Washington Street—with a line out the door and wrapped around the block.

     

    4. Eli Manning’s Championship-Worthy Pad

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    While he ultimately put his house on the market and moved away, the pro quarterback once lived in an apartment with his wife and three daughters at the Hudson Tea building at 1500 Hudson Street. The waterfront condo boasted three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a two-time Superbowl MVP owner. Not too shabby! PS: It’s being sold for $5.2 mil if interested and have a little extra cash lying around…

    5. Natalie Morales’ NBC Commute Started Here  

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    She’s since packed her bags and moved to the West Coast to co-host Access Hollywood, but when Morales was at the helm of Today’s morning coverage, she would travel through the Lincoln Tunnel from—you guessed it—Hoboken. The journalist lived with her husband and two sons at 1234 Garden Street, a five bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom, multi-million dollar Hoboken palace brownstone.

    6. Bruce Springsteen’s Inspiration  

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    If you’re not visiting Maxwell’s Tavern for the food, the booze or the live music, step in for the history. The small bar, restaurant and music club at 1039 Washington Street once hosted the likes of Nirvana, the Hot Chili Peppers and Bruce Springsteen. The Boss even filmed his music video for “Glory Days” inside the tavern.

    7. Beyonce’s Trusted Studio  

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    Tucked away on 931 Madison Street is Water Music Recording Studio, a space that has churned out top tracks from Beyonce, Cyndi Lauper, Shakira, U2, Blondie and many more. If you ever find the sudden urge to make the next big hit, this is your spot — yep, right across from Shoprite.

     

    See More: That Time Justin Timberlake Performed at Maxwell’s Tavern

    Those are just a few of the big names that have graced the mile square’s presence. Have some to add to our list?

    Comment below with your tips!


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.


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