U-hauls and massive moving trucks abounded. New neighbors coming to towns like Hoboken and Union City cited a common theme for their choice: Location, location, location.
Hectic Hoboken Hoboken, by far, was the most active square mile in all of Hudson County over the weekend. It seemed there wasn't a four-block stretch in any direction on Saturday without a moving van.
Brandon Fried, a project manager at Citigroup, was in the process of moving to Hoboken from the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
"[It's] basically more space for the same amount of money," he said. "Thirty to 40 percent more space, plus I have family and friends here."
Fried was born in raised in Westchester County, but now hopes to remain in Hoboken with his wife, Sharon, and their dog, Otis.
"There's a lot of energy," he said, "a lot of good places to eat, parks, and the commute to the city is great."
Coming and going Mike J., of Phillipsburg, in South Jersey, was moving into Union City for one reason only: "My job. That's the only reason I came here: work."
Mike works in Human Resources in Manhattan and moved into the area of Dodd and Palisades. "It's close to New York," he said. "That's why I picked it."
Some people were moving on after having spent several years in their Hudson County town. Kevin O'Donnell, a resident of 47th Street in Weehawken for five years, was moving to Long Island with his wife, who is pregnant. Originally from Boston, O'Donnell works at Natexis Bleichroeder, a hedge fund in Manhattan.
"I fell in love with the town almost immediately, but we're about to begin a family, and we just need something bigger," O'Donnell said. "If not for that, I'd stay."
One woman, a local hospital clerk, has resided on Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen for seven years. After serious consideration, she decided to move back to Bayonne, which is where she was born and raised.
Back in Hoboken Back on Hudson Street in Hoboken, a woman named Amber, who works in advertising for the pharmaceutical company Grey Health Care Group, was busy prepping her new apartment with her mother.
A graduate of Fordham University, Amber is originally from Scranton, Pa. Amber first visited Hoboken three and a half years ago directly out of Fordham, but came to know the town through her cousin who lives in New Jersey.
"She was always telling me that there were a lot of young people and that it was really safe," Amber said. "It's 15 minutes away from work. Right when I got here, I loved it immediately."
Across town, Benjamin Fossetta, 26, who works at Andrea Salumeria's Italian Deli in Jersey City Heights, is moving from Seventh and Adams back to Jersey City Heights, where he was born and raised.
Fossetta moved down to Hoboken a year and half ago to room with two of his buddies and experience "the frat life."
His reason for moving: "I needed more space. My girlfriend got tired of walking through my roommates' bedrooms."