Hoboken Firsts: What {Originated} Here

Although our little city is only about a mile in size, it is filled with so much history! For Hoboken’s 150th anniversary, a special edition of 150 Years of Hoboken: Anniversary Journal was published. After checking it out, I discovered so much more history than just the basics everyone knows (like Frank Sinatra, Maxwell’s Coffee, and the shipyards)! Check out all the firsts and what originated here in Hoboken, according to the journal!





The first game was played at Elysian Fields on June 19th, 1846.

Yacht Club

On July 15th, 1846 the first Yacht Club was introduced. It was located at a clubhouse on Hudson & 10th St.


The first kindergarten class in the U.S. took place at Hoboken Academy on 5th St. It opened on February 11, 1861.


The first brewery was brought to us by Aert T. Van Putten, also the first European to build a house in Hoboken.


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Students of Stevens I.T. created the first “sub base” on Washington St & the corner of 7th St in 1964.

Elevated Cable Railway

From Hoboken to Jersey City ran the world’s largest wrought iron structure in 1884. It was then torn down in 1950.


The first Oreo was sold in tin boxes in Hoboken on March 6th, 1912. It has since grown into the #1 cookie!

Ice Cream Cones

They were invented and patented by Italo Marchichy in 1902.

Central Air

Resident, Alfred Wolff, invented central air in the early 20th century.

Bubble Wrap

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Stevens Alumnus, Alfred W. Fielding invented bubble wrap in 1957.

Catholic Hospital

St. Mary’s is the First Catholic Hospital of NJ. It’s also the oldest continuously run hospital in the state.

Wireless Phones

They were operable between Hoboken and Manhattan.

Personal Computers

The first PC was used at Stevens in 1982.

Catholic School

Our Lady of Grace Grammar School opened in September of 1864.



The first Yale v. Princeton face off took place on November 30, 1876. The field was rented.


The first gum went on sale in a Hoboken drugstore in February of 1871.


The zipper was invented and manufactured by Hoboken’s Automatic Hook & Eye Co. in the late 19th Century.

Soft Ice Cream

At 726 Washington, the first soft ice cream was served in the mid 20th century.

Electric Train

The train was driven by Thomas Edison from Hoboken’s DL&W Terminal to Montclair in 1930.

Stevens College

The first college of technology in the U.S. opened in 1870.

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Written by Rachel Willson

When she’s not throwing elbows to get a seat on the PATH first (but failing 9 out of 10 times), Rachel can be found at brunch with a pitcher of mimosas in front of her. Originally from Upstate New York, Rachel moved to Hoboken a little over a year ago when she started working for an ad agency in Manhattan. Being still somewhat new to the area, Rachel makes it her goal to try every restaurant and bar at least once. In her free time when Scandal isn’t being binged watched, Rachel is typically finding joy in things out of her budget, speaking fluently in sarcasm, and crawling her way down Washington St. because yesterday was leg day.