Hoboken, New Jersey is a small city of just a square mile on the Hudson River in Hudson County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hoboken was home to an estimated 39,853 residents in 2006. The city’s close proximity to Manhattan transformed what was once a drab, industrial waterfront city into bedroom community filled with gourmet shops and luxury condominiums for professionals who work across the river in New York City. Hoboken lies on the west bank of the Hudson River between Weehawken and Union City to the north and Jersey City, the county seat, to the south and west. Jersey City is directly across the Hudson River from Manhattan, New York City.
Frank Sinatra was Hoboken’s most famous resident, and the singer is honored with Frank Sinatra Park and Frank Sinatra Drive in the city. The Hoboken Historical Museum sells “Hoboken: The Sinatra Tour,” a map of a 23-stop self-guided walking tour through the city’s streets. More recently, notoriety has been given to Cake Boss, also known as Carlo’s Bakery in downtown Hoboken.
Hoboken is a densely populated, urban city with a wide variety of transportation options. The Hoboken Terminal, located at the city’s southeastern corner, is an important transportation hub within the region’s public transit system. Traffic congestion is common, but parking is one of the biggest challenges in Hoboken. Hoboken is used by area commuters as a short cut to the Lincoln Tunnel in Weehawken and the Holland Tunnel in Jersey City. There are only ten locations where motor vehicles can enter or exit Hoboken. Six of these are at the south end of the city and four exits in the north end, with none in the middle. This traffic puts a strain on Hoboken’s more than a century-old street system. The city is fully developed and very little expansion is possible to ease the severe traffic congestion.
According to the National Highway Safety Administration, twenty-two people were fatally injured in vehicle crashes in Hudson County during 2009. Three fatalities occurred as the result of vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers, and twelve pedestrians were killed as a result of vehicle accidents. Hoboken car accidents happen at an alarming rate. When a severe personal injury or death occurs as a result of a Hoboken car accident, the victim’s family also suffers, with emotional and economic burdens that may last for years afterward.
The Hoboken University Medical Center is an acute-care hospital with a new state-of-the-art Emergency Department capable of treating any acute medical problems, trauma, psychiatric disorders and personal injuries befalling Hoboken residents or visitors. Other Hoboken emergency services include the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the Hoboken Fire Department and the Hoboken Police Department.
The structure of New Jersey’s court system is among the most simple in the nation. The state has only the following types of courts: Municipal courts, Tax Court, state Superior Court, which includes the trial courts, an Appellate Division and the New Jersey Supreme Court. The Hoboken Municipal Court is located at 100 Newark St., Hoboken, NJ 07030. The trial court in Hudson County sits at the Hudson County Administration Building, 595 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306. Both criminal and civil cases are heard at the trial court level. Typical civil cases involve contracts, personal injury, automobile accidents, employment and discrimination cases. Being located on the Hudson River, Hoboken has also seen its fair share of boating accidents – many involving alcohol.
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