Since moving to a new city like Hoboken can be overwhelming, and your never-ending to-do list might seem like a lot to handle, let us help. For anyone feeling exhausted after the combination of packing boxes, moving trucks, arranging parking, and more, we’ve got you covered with your go-to guide for everything you might need after you get the keys to your new Hoboken home-sweet-home. This includes the locations of the Hoboken post offices, the DMV, how to get a Hoboken parking pass, your local Social Security office, and more. Read on to get completely up-to-speed on all things in the Mile Square to help get you settled in your new Hoboken home.
Before + After You Move: Parking Passes (Residential + Temporary)
If there’s any negative at all to living in this incredible city, it’s the parking. Ask any resident and it’s the #1 hot button issue that can cause headaches and stress — but maybe not if you plan properly, and this online parking in Hoboken resource is going to be your friend.
First things first, you’ll need temporary ‘no parking’ signs for moving trucks, deliveries, unloading your car, etc. Double parking is a no-no (and dangerous), so be sure to register and reserve these signs through the parking utility. You can click here to learn more about reserving these signs. The City usually recommends getting 3 no parking signs per moving truck — just be sure to take the signs down after the moving window is over to avoid a fine.
Once you’re here + settled, you’ll need to know the way the streets are broken down. Many Hoboken streets have one side that is restricted to “Resident Permit Parking Only” with a green sign/white letters. The other side of the street is for “Permit Parking Only” with a white sign and green letters. Other streets in commercial areas have metered parking with strict 2-hour limits— though be warned, street cleaning and temporary/emergency regulations must always be followed regardless of what the signs say. HPU enforces these rules with license plate recognition technology, so be sure you know if you’re allowed to park where you’re parking. Guests are allowed to park in the “permit parking only” if they pay for parking through the Parkmobile app or at a pay station so long as it’s under 4 hours. Otherwise, you’ll need a resident permit to display on your car.
If you have a car you’re looking to park, you’ll have to have your new license with a change of address sticker and be sure your registration is changed to reflect the move. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to apply for a standard parking sticker for residents. If not, a temporary one is the way to go for now, which will dictate you only being able to park on the designated side of the street.
Read More: Hoboken Street Parking Explained
Need to forward your mail? Or mailing out invitations to your housewarming? Luckily, the Mile Square city is home to four post office locations and plenty of drop boxes along the side streets, too. Head to 502 Grand Street, 89 River Street (the main location), 734 Washington Street, or 57 14th Street for all your Postal Service needs.
If you moved from out of state, you’ll definitely need to head here ASAP. If from within the state, you can change your address online, but will still need to know where your local Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) is when it comes time to renew your license, register a new car, retake an awful license photo, etc. While Hoboken doesn’t have its own location, there are a few nearby options to choose from within Hudson County.
Bayonne: Agency + Driver Testing, 1347 John F. Kennedy Boulevard & Rte. 440
Jersey City: Agency, 438 Summit Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07307
North Bergen: Agency + Driver Testing, 8901 Park Plaza, 90th & Bergenline Avenue, North Bergen, NJ 07047
Secaucus: Inspection only, County Avenue & Secaucus Road Secaucus, NJ 07094
*HG Insider Tip – Bayonne and Jersey City get very busy very fast. (No really, we got there a half an hour after opening and still waited over an hour.) The MVC website lists Low-volume agencies that might be a better fit for those with limited time.
There are tons of engaged and newlywed couples in town. If you’re getting married while living in Hoboken, it’s important to know that we conveniently have our own Social Security office located right next to the PATH! The address is 79 Hudson Street, and the staff can help you with name changes, retirement, disability benefits, and more.
Hoboken has a large number of banks including branches for PNC, BCB Community Bank, Haven Savings Bank, Capital One, Investors Bank, Wells Fargo, TD Bank, Bank of America, M&T, CSBK, Sandanter, Citi Bank, Provident Bank, and Chase. Chances are, we have the bank you’re already using — and if not, be sure to check local offers and mailers for special new account opening perks.
Once you’re all moved in, it’s time to deck the halls and make your new place your own. Luckily, within Hoboken, there are a plethora of shops to choose from that can help you make your new apartment a home.
For furniture and décor, be sure to check out West Elm, located uptown. For smaller items to personalize your space, Washington Street has some gems to browse – Washington General Store at 509 Washington, Luna Rosa Home at 1218 Washington, Creative Interiors at 1332 Bernard McFeeley Shipyard Lane, and UNJUMBOLD at 257 1st Street.
The first grocery haul for a new place is serious. From salt and pepper to meats and veggies, you’ll probably need a helping hand (and an Uber!).
Uptowners can head to Kings on Shipyard Lane, Trader Joes at 1350 Willow, or ShopRite on 9th and Madison for all your grocer needs. For Midtown dwellers, ACME is located at 614 Clinton Street, while those with a downtown address can hit up Aspen Marketplace at 226 Washington Street, Basic Foods for organic produce at 204 Washington Street, or Sobseys Produce on 92 Bloomfield Street. Sprove Market Place is also coming downtown soon. There’s also a Whole Foods nearby in Weehawken.
Get insider tips from our Facebook Insiders Group
For any insider tips or any questions you have, definitely join our Hoboken and Jersey City Facebook Insiders group. Whether you’re looking for some local info or have a question of your own, the FB group is a great place to share information + connect with other residents.
Get rid of old stuff with Hudson County Freecycle
Finally, now that you’re all settled into your new home, we’re sure that there are a few things you’re looking to get rid of to make room for new finds. Luckily, Freecycle has you covered. Join the Hudson County group to start getting rid of things.
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