Hoboken, United States
Preston, 40
Former Yelp Leader, Co-Founder @ Mile Square Labs
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What are the Hoboken spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Hoboken spots that a first-time visitor can't miss is anything on the waterfront (Hudson river w/NYC views) and downtown Washington Street.

Do’s and don’ts in New York: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

You should walk in Hoboken as much as possible. Also check out the Hudson Bike Share stands to bike along the waterfront. Hoboken has a ton of Italian delis, Pizza shops and other great bars and restaurants that are great for families.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I spent nearly 10 years at Yelp and now help start-ups grow and scale their business. Making Hoboken my home base to spend time with my family and achieve my professional aspirations is a dream come true.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Every evening my family and I are out either at a sporting event, dinner, playing at the parks or on the waterfront bike riding. There is a lot to do in Hoboken.

Which Hoboken shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

My wide and kids hit up Big Fun (kids toy store) or the Washington General Store (great shop with custom-designed housewares, jewelry, clothing and more).

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Frank Sinatra, Dave Matthews Band, Bob Marley and Avicci.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Hoboken is like one big neighborhood.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The back of Hoboken is quite a walk and away from the public transportation and water so we don't spend as much time there.

What’s the one place in Hoboken you think is underrated?

The back corner of Hoboken has a great pop-up park with basketball courts, playground, open space for picnics hanging out and there is a Futsal court for soccer fans (sponsored by NY Red Bulls).

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

When I get the chance to go out without the kids, I would take my wife to Anthony David's.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in New York?

Benny Tudunos Pizza is the place to go in Hoboken - they have the largest slice!

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Warm up inside one of the many great coffee shops.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

The Hoboken waterfront is beautiful and always impresses.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Turning Point.

Your perfect night out in New York includes:

Perfect night in Hoboken is a bike ride along the Hudson river up to Weehawken and then back to Hoboken for a nice dinner at one of the many great restaurants.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Most tourists to NYC don't know about Hoboken. I hope they will check it out now.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Malmoun's Falafel Shop on Washington Street.

Tomorrow’s your last day in New York. How do you spend it?

Play soccer at the Sinatra Soccer Field, go for a bike ride along the Hudson river, grab coffee from a great local coffee shop, eat lunch at one of the great Italian Deli's then have a wonderful dinner at one of the great dining spots.

You’re meeting the mayor of Hoboken - what constructive criticism would you give them?

I would tell the Mayor of Hoboken that we need more tech/start-up centric businesses and hubs in Hoboken (this is something I am secretly trying to help the cause in my own spare time as well!).

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