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50 Things We’re Thankful for in Hudson County

by Jordan and Joelle Hernandez
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Living in a community as incredible as Hudson County gives thousands of residents and visitors lots to be thankful for. From unmatched city views and green spaces to endless food choices and fun activities, we’ve rounded up a list of things we are grateful for in the community. Read on to find out more.


Great brunch options

Whether guests are looking for a super simple egg dish or a fancy, sit-down meal, Hudson County has endless options in Hoboken, Jersey City, and beyond.

Unmatched views of NYC

Frank Sinatra even agreed, Hudson County is the place to be for looking at the greatest skyline. Check out a waterfront restaurant or walk along the pedestrian path to catch a glimpse.

Diverse food options

Cuisine brings people together and being able to taste the world at home is a true privilege.


Throughout recent years, both Hoboken and Jersey City have been named some of the most walkable cities in the state making grabbing a morning coffee or heading out to dinner very accessible.

Easy access to New York City

With exciting things to do off every PATH stop, getting into NYC is a breeze.

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Appreciation for the arts

All around Hudson County, residents and visitors alike can take in the arts. See a play at Mile Square Theatre, check out over a dozen murals, or take a peek in one of the county’s art galleries.

The generosity of the community

Hudson County loves to give back and show its appreciation for its neighbors. Residents are known to lend a hand at a shelter soup kitchen, donate needed items, or simply share a smile around town.

Friendly small business owners

Home to numerous small businesses, shoppers and diners can count on being greeted by a friendly face.

Dog parks

Hudson County is filled with fun even for furry friends. Dogs can play all day in one of the area’s many parks and owners can build a new community.

Green spaces

Living in a city can sometimes mean sacrificing on lush outdoor space — but not in Hudson County. The many parks and recreational spaces are truly something to be thankful for.

Kid + adult classes

Learning never stops and many businesses make that possible around town. Enroll kids in fun and informative classes to improve motor skills or to learn a new language. Adults can take up a new hobby like pottery or cooking.

The best pizza

We can settle this age-old debate now. New Jersey has the best pizza.

Community resources like public libraries and parks

Being a part of a community that provides valuable resources for its residents is not something to take for granted.

Our first responders

Police officers, firefighters, healthcare professionals, and more, these individuals are the heart of our community as they selflessly ensure our health and safety.

Yummy desserts

No matter what the craving is, there’s a spot around town for it. Cookies, cakes, pies, puddings, ice cream — you name it — there’s likely a spot to buy it.

Farmer’s Markets

Access to fresh, locally sourced produce alongside artisan makers is something to be thankful for all year. With many running weekly, there are always new surprises to enjoy.

Artisan shops

Shopping small keeps our cities running. Thankfully, there are unique shops with all kinds of goodies to purchase.

Bike lanes

Exploring the area by bike with dedicated lanes makes getting around a breeze.

Dedicated city officials

City officials work tirelessly to ensure positive change is being made. They are keeping the best interest of us all top of mind every day as they work for the good of the community.

Summer festivals

Summertime in Hudson County brings out the best in food, drinks, and music. Checking out one of the many festivals is a warm-weather favorite.

Shows at Mile Square Theatre

This local professional theater showcases the brilliant talent right here in the community.

Food trucks

Small businesses come in all shapes and sizes, and food trucks are an extra special kind.

Festive cocktails

The holidays are a time to enjoy all of the treats. Festive cocktails can be found at local bars and restaurants.

Local breweries

Craft beer inspired by local delicacies are fun to enjoy and share with visitors.

Independent bookstores

Reading opens a world of possibilities and local shops allow consumers to support both authors and local business owners.

Workout classes

Keeping fit is even better with friends. Hudson County certainly has its share of workout choices so locals are thankful to find something that matches their fitness level and schedule.

Wellness centers

Staying healthy, both mentally and physically, is important for a life well lived, making wellness centers a necessity around town.

Recreational activities

Creating communities of all kinds is what Hudson County does best. Recreational sports allow people to come together over friendly competition.

Parents’ Groups + Communities

They say it takes a village and parent groups allow for just that. Parents are able to share tips, product suggestions, and offer advice.

Celebrity Sightings

With the proximity to NYC and incredible spots for an unforgettable movie scene, it’s common to spot a celebrity or two. There are also over a dozen reality and competition stars living in Hudson County, so keep an eye out. 

Non-Profit Organizations

The work that local non-profits do is unmatched. They support some of the most vulnerable populations and ensure that all residents are supported.

Friend meet-ups

Catching up with friends is easy to do in an area like Hudson County. The question of ‘what should we do?,’ is never an issue.

Fast delivery service

When ordering food, fast delivery is on everyone’s mind. Thankfully, local spots know the feeling.

The best Mutz

Finding good mozzarella cheese is an art and Hudson County understands the assignment.

Coffee shops

There’s no better taste than that first sip of coffee. Baristas in the area are always mixing up creative concoctions or serving up the traditional cup of joe.

Kid-friendly activities

Getting the kids out of the house and into something fun is easy in Hudson County. Language learning, sports, arts and more — parents can choose what’s best for their home.

Gluten-free + vegan food options

Dietary restrictions can be tricky, but restaurants in the area take careful preparation to ensure the best dining experience for all guests.

Animal shelters

The furry members of our community in need of love and support are cared for by the best. Donations from locals make the experience even better.

Outdoor dining options

Dining al fresco can be hard to come by in a city setting, but not in Hudson County. Waterfront spots and hidden gems alike pair well with a sunny day.

Healthcare professionals

They have been there through the best and worst of times and continue to carry us through. For that, we are forever grateful.

Education professionals

There is no way to ever repay the teachers who selflessly give of their time, talents, and energy to raise the next generation.

Changing seasons

Getting to enjoy different seasons allows for new beginnings (and an excuse to shop at local boutiques for seasonal wardrobes).

Great bagels

Just like pizza, it’s New Jersey or nothing. There may be debate on which spot is the best, but collectively, they all shine.

Remote workspaces

Working from home takes on a new meaning in Hudson County. Beautiful co-working spaces and cafes make it worth leaving the home to work from home.

A county with rich history

Hoboken, Jersey City, + the greater Hudson County have been a part of some of America’s biggest discoveries and milestones.

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Beautiful murals

Art around town is a true treasure and the murals are a unique gift that keeps giving.

Walks along the Hudson

The Hudson River offers spectacular views and sets the scene for a beautiful — and sometimes romantic — walk.

Endless restaurant choices

Eating out can be considered a sport in Hudson County. With what seems like infinite choices, the only question is “What’s for dinner?

Hair salons

The many salons and talented stylists throughout Hudson County always keep everyone’s hair looking its best, no matter the occasion.

Nail salons

Like hair, Hudson County locals always love when their nails are looking their best — thanks to the help of the wide array of nail salons in the area.

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