Your Quick-Start Guide to Hudson County, NJ

Map of Hudson County, NJMost people look for information on places to live from real estate agencies and websites, and both are authoritative sources for real estate values, transactions, and market insight. But, what do you do when you get there?

There’s no better resource for navigating the practical details of moving day than commercial movers. The New Jersey movers who work for Optimum Moving have been all over the NJ Tri-State area and know the ins and outs of every neighborhood. This convenient moving-day guide offers real-world advice on the best places to know if you’re moving to Hudson County, New Jersey.

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Where it’s at.
Hudson County takes up the least amount of land of all the counties in New Jersey at just 46 square miles. It stretches north and south from North Bergen to Bayonne, and from the Passaic River to the Hudson River’s unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline. Whether you want the pop culture energy and ethnic diversity of the city or scenic encounters with nature’s beauty, Hudson County has what you’re looking for in its historic attractions, walkable cities, and well-maintained park system. It’s home to such well-known attractions as:

  • Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ. Home of the New York Red Bulls Major League Soccer (MLS) team, this 25,000 seat arena offers world-class soccer as well as event hosting space.
  • Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, and Liberty State Park in Jersey City, NJ. Go on a picnic or explore a monumental part of our nation’s history.
  • Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken, NJ. Famously known from the TLC network’s hit show Cake Boss, this popular bakery first open its doors on Washington Street in 1910.
  • Hackensack Riverkeeper in Secaucus, NJ. Canoe and kayak, fish, and birdwatch all along the Hackensack River with a variety of programs and events organized by this independent clean-water advocacy group.


All twelve of the cities that make up Hudson County offer plenty of amazing places to eat. Hoboken alone packs a dizzying number of eateries, bakeries, restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, and food markets into one square mile. Take your time finding your favorite spots in the area, and here’s a shortlist of places you need to go now that you’re local.

For the most important meal of the day, check out Tops Diner in Harrison, NJ. Time Out magazine declared this “statewide legend” is the best diner in America. Recommended eats include eggs Benedict, meatloaf dowsed in mushroom gravy, and the Fatty Melt hamburger. When you’re near Jersey City, NJ, stop in to The Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory. Breakfast all day long, and you can get lunch, dinner, and cocktails, too! See what Guy Fieri from Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives eats when he visits this family-owned business

One of the best reasons to move to Hudson County is the people you meet there, which is why you have to hit Zeppelin Hall in Jersey City, NJ. Get out and meet the neighbors at this European-style biergarten with indoor and outdoor spaces for thirty-foot-long community tables. Come to drink craft beer and cocktails and enjoy German and American cuisine in the living room for the neighborhood. While you’re in the area, head over to Leo’s Grandezvous in Hoboken, NJ. Since 1939, everyone who walks in to this landmark Italian restaurant gets “good food and good service.” As authentically Hoboken as Frank Sinatra (who shared a friendship with Leo), this family-owned business serves a memorable dining experience just for you.

Need gas and more?

There are many gas stations along Route 440 in Bayonne, Route 9 from Union City to North Bergen, and especially on Route 78 going into and coming out of the Holland Tunnel. Many more can be found with these gas station finders:

If you break down or need auto repair services, here’s a short list to get you started:

Advanced Towing, in Jersey City, NJ, guarantees a tow truck to arrive anywhere in the New York Metro area within 30-45 minutes. AAA authorized, 24-hour service will get you to your destination or bring your vehicle back to their own repair shop. C&C Auto Repair and Towing, in Union City, NJ, offers 24-hour towing and repairs on foreign and domestic vehicles in Hudson County. This family-own business provides free consultations and shuttle service to pick you up and drop you off.

Hardware and home repair

Even if you’re renting or had the luxury to renovate before moving in, there’s always going to be something to fix or upgrade . . . it’s a home! Fortunately, there are a lot of options for home improvement in Hudson County.

There’s a Lowe’s in the Bayonne Crossing shopping center, Jersey City, and North Bergen. If those don’t work for you, here’s the store finder  for a complete list. Home Depot has locations in North Bergen, Secaucus, and Jersey City. Those too far away? Try this handy store finder.

If you don’t need a big box store but do need to walk and use public transportation to get there, Ace Hardware is typically a good option, and there are stores in Hoboken, Jersey City, and Bayonne. Also, True Value has locations in Jersey City, Guttenberg, and Hoboken.

At the end of the day . . . go relax

Take a break from unpacking and get in 9-holes at Skyway Golf Course at Lincoln Park West. This public golf course is lined with “colorful fescue, magnificent dunes, and rolling fairways,” and offers spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline.

Now that you’re a local, get your Hudson County Resident Card and book tee times ahead of non-card holders and receive a preferred rate.

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