• A DIY North Hudson County Waterfront Walkway {or Bike} Tour

    If there’s one overarching theme to the changing landscape of Hudson County, it’s that this area is growing. People in NYC and elsewhere are realizing that it’s possible to get a cozy, hometown feel — with easy access to the city. While Hoboken and Jersey City are essentially the 6th and 7th boroughs, the areas north of Hoboken — aka Weehawken, West New York and the like, are the latest up-and-coming areas of Hudson County, and new construction is going up like hotcakes, especially along the Hudson River waterfront promenade. As soon as the weather gets warm, you should explore, so  read on to see where we stopped on our North Hudson County waterfront walkway tour {and get out there to view them for yourself for some seriously ‘grammable skyline pics, of course}:

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    How To Get There:

    light rail steps weehawken west new york

    Weehawken and West New York are accessible by the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, with stops at Lincoln Harbor and the Port Imperial Ferry Terminal. You can alternatively hop on the NJ Transit bus — the number 23 runs on the weekdays, and will drop you off at Boulevard East, “up the hill” from the waterfront level, but the views up there are incredible {arguably just as good as the ones along the waterfront}. There are steps leading down to the waterfront level all along Boulevard East if you’re looking for a workout. If you have a Hudson Bike Share membership, you’re in luck — there are docks and bikes aplenty up and down the river.

    Stop #1: Weehawken Cove/Lincoln Harbor

    lincoln harbor sunset weehawken

    The first distinctive area one runs into when walking from Uptown Hoboken is the Lincoln Harbor/Weehawken Cove area. Nestled right near the Lincoln Tunnel entrance, this area boasts some good spots for a good steak or burger {if that’s your thing}. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Jack Austin’s, Houlihan’s, and The Chart House {right on the water, with breathtaking city views} are a few of the eateries in this area.

    There’s also a small ferry terminal in this area that will take you into NYC {if… the Port Authority isn’t your thing}. Going for a run/walk/skate? Check out the Weehawken Waterfront Park’s oh-so cushy outdoor track, and, season-permitting, you might even see Stevens’ sports teams, from tennis to track and field, gettin’ their practice on.

    READ: Lutz Eats at the Waterfront Biergarten in Jersey City

    Continuing North: Henley Place, Molos and a 9-11 Memorial

    911-memorial

    Walk North away from Lincoln Harbor, and you’ll run into some lustworthy townhouses. The views from these homes are to die for, and there are plenty of benches along the way for sitting and admiring it all. Continue farther north, and you’ll bump into Molos, another great events space with some fantastic Greek and Mediterranean food {truuust}. You’ll also peep a few of the many new high-rise condos and rental buildings under construction.

    Continue North along the walkway, and you’ll see the Weehawken 9-11 memorial. Featuring two steel beams that once made up part of the World Trade Center’s entranceway, the memorial pays tribute to the Weehawken residents who died on that day, and sits on the site where victims were ferried over from Lower Manhattan to receive medical attention.

    Stop #3: Port Imperial Ferry Terminal

    robongi ferry terminal port imperial

    The Port Imperial Ferry Terminal is the way for many commuters and day-trippers to get into NYC. A one-way fare across the river is pricier than the bus {either 9 or 13 dollars, depending on where you’re going}, but the ferry here will drop you off in 2 convenient locations in Lower Manhattan, and one location in Midtown on W. 39th St. Also, #viewsfordays.

    The terminal itself is clean and airy, and if you’re up for some good sushi, check out Robongi in the terminal {and depending on the time of day, you can catch some sweet jazzy live music and choice happy hour deals}. There’s also a Dunkin Donuts, a brand new massage and laser spa, and a new early learning center for kids. Watch this space, though: construction is happening fast and furiously, so it’s only a matter of time before more unique businesses land here.

    See More: Places to Bring Your Hoboken Visitors {Where to Eat, Drink, and Go}

    Final Stop: Riverwalk Terrace

    pipeline riverwalk terrace

    Farther North, you’ll bump into Riverwalk Terrace, the largest collection of shops, restaurants and services along the waterfront. Some great local eats include Lusso and Son Cubano {the latter is right on the water, so yes, you’ll have a lot of those views of NYC while munching on your ceviche}. And afterwards, you can grab a mani-pedi at Floris Nail and Spa.

    Keep walking north, and other than running into more fabulous condos and parks, you’ll run into The Pipeline, a unique metal walkway in West New York, sitting above an overflow pipe. It juts out so far into the Hudson River, you’d swear you could swim the rest of the way {but you really shouldn’t .. we def don’t recommend that}.

    What’s your favorite waterfront walkway? Share with us in the comments! 

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    Written by:

    Joy is a proud North Hudson County-ite. Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Joy lives in West New York with her husband and her cat, Wrigley, and loves to find great bargains, excellent fitness and wellness options, transit hacks, and, of course, great coffee shops and restaurants in the 'hood. But Joy has a soft spot for Hoboken, since that's where she met her now-husband, at a house party on St. Patrick's Day, and she takes the light rail to the Mile Square as much as she can! Joy also loves listening to disco while running along the Port Imperial waterfront, binge-watching British baking shows and documentaries on the Royal family, singing with her choir in Greenwich Village, or taking a yoga or spinning class.


    One comment

    • Yes! I just recently found this great running route and can’t get enough of it. Sometimes I run as far as I can north before ubering back to hoboken lmao.

      The only thing I would add is that if you take the big stairs to go “up the hill” there is also an abundance of different memorials and statues up there to check out! It’s easy to get both a history and nature lesson in one shot.

      Overall beautiful views and cool spots galore, and certainly allows you to get you out of the Hoboken “bubble”

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