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I got an email from a woman near my hometown, Richboro. It reads:

Hi Sean, I came across your blog while researching Hoboken. Firstly,
thanks so much for all the very useful information. I am actually
moving to the NYC area from Holland, PA - not far from Richboro. I am
debating NYC or Hoboken.041107.jpg
I was hoping you could answer a few questions
for me, since I don't know anyone there. I'd greatly apprectiate it!
Thanks so much!

1. I know PATH runs all night, but is it safe to take it at 3 a.m.?
2. Is Hoboken safe overall?
3. What is the best website you think to find a 1 bedroom place in Hoboken?
4. Would you recommend any other NJ suburbs to consider for an easy
daily commute into midtown Manhattan?

Thanks so much, Sean!

First I will start by saying, thank you for the kind words. Far too often in the world of the internet people enjoy being negative towards each other.

I'll break down your questions, and answer them based on my experiences.
Q: I know PATH runs all night, but is it safe to take it at 3 a.m.?
A: Like any major city, you have to be more careful on the PATH, or any subway, late at night or in the morning. On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays it isn't uncommon to have loads of yuppies riding the trains back from NYC to Hoboken. I'd say it was safe enough, but if you are out with a few girlfriends, i'd just get a yellow cab at that time, have everyone pony up $10 each and get a taxi home. If taking a PATH at 3 a.m. is work-related, due to a graveyard shift or something, I would say that even I would feel uncomfortable if a sister or girlfriend was taking at 3 a.m. every night on a PATH. That's just me.

Q: Is Hoboken safe overall?
A: It is an urban area, and has much more crime than Holland, PA. I'd probably say it has a similar crime level to Roxborough or Manayunk. If your read my story about how I was almost mugged, i'm the only person I know who ever got jumped by thugs in town. Then again my house was also broken into about 2 years back, too. That happens more often than you think in this town, so get renter's insurance. Make sure whatever place you move into has proper security. Even with those two events, I still feel that Hoboken is a safe town, but it has crime, like New York.

Q: What is the best website you think to find a 1 bedroom place in Hoboken?
A: Easily Hobokeni.com has the best listings for apartment rentals or apartment shares. Yahoo! Real Estate has nice listings from our local real estate office, if you want to work with them. I recommend the agent I used, Steve Miller, of Century 21 and owner of Hobokenhomes.com.

Q: Would you recommend any other NJ suburbs to consider for an easy
daily commute into midtown Manhattan?
A: I think it depends on your social situation. If you are young (22-36), single and/or in a new relationship (read: don't have kids), I recommend Hoboken. Certainly you can raise the rug rats here, but I wouldn't want to. I'd rather be in the suburbs, myself. If you can afford it, try to buy near Princeton Junction. They have express trains that take about an 50 minutes to get into 42nd street. You pay a bit more to live in Hoboken, but I think it is worth it. I couldn't imagine myself in the suburbs as a single guy.

Good luck, let me know how everything goes! I'm sure some of my commenters have something to say about your questions, too...

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