Some of Hoboken’s Firsts


Baseball. On June 19, 1846 the first officially recorded, organized game of baseball was played on Hoboken’s Elysian Fields. The New York Base Ball Club defeated the Knickerbockers 23-1. Learn more at Read a June 8, 2001 New York Times article that chronicles the game’s development before and after the famous Hoboken match.

America’s First Brewery. On February 5, 1663 Nicholas Varlett obtained from Peter Stuyvesant a patent for the first brewery in America, located on Castle Point.

Zipper. That’s right, the zipper was invented in Hoboken and first manufactured by Hoboken’s Automatic Hook & Eye Co. For more on the Zipper, check out Museum lecturer Dr. Robert Friedel’s book Zipper.

Blimpie. The fast food restaurant Blimpie was started by students from Stevens Institute of Technology, with its first “sub base” on Hoboken’s Washington Street.

Clock Towers. The first conversion of industrial space to residential use, a practice known today as adaptive reuse. Located at 300 Adams Street.

The first electrified train was driven by Thomas Edison from Hoboken’s DL&W Terminal to Montclair, New Jersey.

Central Air. The first central air cooling system in the United States was housed in Hoboken’s DL&W Terminal.

Wireless Phone. The first wireless phone, operable between Hoboken and Manhattan, was situated in Hoboken’s DL&W Terminal.

Colonel John Stevens. The inventor of many significant firsts including the first steam ferry and the nation’s first steam locomotive. Colonel Stevens also received the first American railroad charter. View the Museum’s Steven’s Family Digital Exhibit for more on the influential Stevens family.


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