2021 was jam-packed with happenings – from big news stories to fun festivals and everything in between. The Hoboken Girl team did our best to keep up with the latest while highlighting unique and remarkable people and businesses in between. Every year, we like to reflect on the most popular articles from the last 12 months – thanks to our amazing readers! Read on to discover our top ten most-read articles of 2021.
#1 Massive Sculpture Debuts Along Jersey City Waterfront
If you’ve been near the Jersey City waterfront of late, you may have noticed a giant sculpture being assembled – it’s kind of hard to miss. The 80 feet tall sculpture in question is called Water’s Soul created by internationally famous artist Jaume Plensa. Read more here.
#2 What’s the NJ Real ID? Plus What You Need to Know About Obtaining One and If It’s Compliant
The new New Jersey driver’s license/ID is called the NJ Real ID and starting October 1, 2021, every New Jersey resident will need one in order to fly anywhere in the U.S. Read more here.
#3 Sturgeon Spotted Along Hoboken Waterfront
(Photo credit: @erin.m.norton)
In June, Hoboken residents spotted something fishy while walking along the Hudson. A large scaly creature broke the surface of the river, sunning itself close to shore just long enough for interested locals to snap a shot – turns out, it was a Sturgeon. Read more here.
#4 Hoboken’s Beloved St. Ann’s Festival is Back for the Season
One of Hoboken’s oldest — and tastiest — traditions returned this year: the St. Ann’s Festival, back for its 111th year in Hoboken. Read more here.
#5 The Best of Hoboken + Jersey City 2021 Guide Finalists Announced
The finalists for the Best of Hoboken + Jersey City 2021 Guide were chosen — thanks to our readers’ nominations! We would like to thank everyone for nominating the local businesses and people to receive the recognition that they deserve. See here for the list of winners.
#6 Hoboken Dog’s Mysterious Disappearance Has Tragic Ending
A Hoboken pup is missing and it was later discovered that the dog sitter who was initially booked online, had stolen the pup. Tragically, the dog was tracked down and taken to the vet by the owners but he didn’t make it in the end. Read more here.
#7 Historic Chambord Building in Hoboken Explodes in the Night, 2 Bodies Found
(Photo credit: Diana, Owner of Revival Vintage)
On the morning of December 20th, the City of Hoboken’s Office of Emergency Management sent out an alert asking people to avoid the southwest area of Hoboken due to an active fire at 38 Jackson Street. We learned since then that there were two fatal victims and many of the businesses located in that building lost everything. Read more about the initial news here and the updates here.
#8 Lanternfly Bugs Come to Hoboken: Here’s What to Do If You See One
In August, there was a sudden appearance and influx of lanternfly bugs — which are invasive planthopper bug that is detrimental to plants and our ecosystem. This insect has the potential to greatly impact agricultural crops and hardwood trees. The City announced to be on the lookout for them and kill them on-site. Read more here.
#9 The Best Hoboken Restaurants to Take Your Parents to Eat
(Photo credit: @anthonydavids_)
When family comes to town, it’s important to show them a great time and of course, great food. With the endless amount of dining options available in Hoboken, it won’t be hard to impress mom, dad, siblings, or even grandma and grandpa. We rounded up the best spots to take them. Read more here.
#10 The Coolest Outdoor Dining Setups in Hoboken + Jersey City
Hoboken and Jersey City restaurants have really stepped up the creative game to ensure that residents have only the best options. There are so many options to choose from — but no need to feel overwhelmed. We’ve curated a list of our favorites and the most unique for you to enjoy. Read more here.