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A Walk Through Hoboken with David Hartman and Historian Barry Lewis
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David Hartman and historian Barry Lewis serve as your guides on a walking tour of the "Mile-Square City".


he next time you enjoy a Tootsie Roll, savor an ice cream cone or use a zipper, think Hoboken, birthplace of these and other pleasures.

Hoboken, NJ, the "Mile-Square City" on the Hudson, famous for native son Frank Sinatra and long the target of jokes, is the next stop in Thirteen/WNET New York's highly popular series of "video walking tours," which highlight fascinating neighborhoods throughout Thirteen's viewing area. A WALK THROUGH HOBOKEN WITH DAVID HARTMAN AND HISTORIAN BARRY LEWIS traces the story of Hoboken from the Dutch governor's acquisition of the commercially viable land the Lenni Lenape Indians through today. Along the way, Hartman and Lewis examine the legacy of Colonel John Stevens, a visionary inventor and entrepreneur who in 1820 turned this wild, marshy waterfront into a resort for New York weekenders. They trace its rise through World War I as a major hub of shipping and transportation and they glimpse at Hoboken's industrial heyday, when giants from Bethlehem Steel to Hostess Cakes set up shop in the thriving city.

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Hoboken was a point of departure for many soldiers shipping out to Europe during World War I.
Strolling through the streets and alleys where the film ON THE WATERFRONT was shot in 1954, Hartman and Lewis are transported to post-war Hoboken -- gritty, down and out and still reeling from the decline of industry and commerce. They observe how the city again capitalized on its "location, location, location" during Manhattan's severe housing shortage in the 1970s: with its stock of still-intact Beaux Arts, Victorian, and Gothic gems being converted into living spaces, offices, and shops, Hoboken reinvented itself as an affordable alternative. It was the precursor to the architectural renovation trend that revitalized urban areas across the country.

A WALK THROUGH HOBOKEN marks Hartman and Lewis' eighth Walking Tours program since the series launched in 1998 with A WALK DOWN 42ND ST., followed by explorations of Broadway, Harlem, Brooklyn, Greenwich Village, and Central Park. Last year, the team crossed the Hudson River for the first time for A WALK THROUGH NEWARK. The series is one of the most popular in Thirteen's local programming line-up.

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