The articles for this issue had already been written when Hurricane Sandy ripped through Hoboken and neighboring towns. All other stories pale next to story of the suffering this furious storm caused family, friends, and fellow citizens in Hudson County and throughout the state. Our thoughts are with those people.
Our office on 14th Street lost power for more than a week, which put us behind schedule—not a big deal when you consider the havoc wreaked by this devastating “super storm.” It does explain why we were late publishing the magazine and are offering you this winter edition instead of our usual fall/winter issue.
Thank you, readers, for the great response to our debut issue. A couple of you sent in story ideas, and those stories appear in this magazine. One of them is about groups that help folks meet new Hobokenites—whether you’re single or all partnered up. The other was from a Zumba fanatic, who wanted us to enlighten readers on that particular exercise craze. Consider it done.
At our launch party, we met a stay-at-home dad, cradling his baby, which got us thinking about that segment of Hoboken society. Meet our guys on the daddy track.
Our town is filled with celebs who think that living on this side of the river is just glitzy enough. One of them is filmmaker Carlos Saldanha. Check out Arlene Phalon Baldassari’s profile of the guy who directed the Ice Age movies.
In this issue’s “West Side Story” segment, we penetrate the private world of Italian social clubs. These friendly gathering places are ground zero for men from the old country who proudly call Hoboken home.
Everybody knows the Cake Boss. But what about Buddy’s sisters? Writer Lana Rose Diaz gets the inside scoop on siblings who run businesses in the Mile Square.
There’s much more in this issue. The days are getting colder. Curl up with 07030 in front of the fire and read about streetscapes, science, pastors, iron-pumpers, and more.—07030