Carlo's Bakery or CARLO'S BAKE SHOP was founded in 1910, by Carlo Guastaferro. In 1964 it was purchased by Bartalo "Buddy" Valastro Sr. Bartalo "Buddy" Valastro Jr. currently runs the bakery with help from his La Famiglia - his four older sisters, three brothers-in-law, and other assorted family members and friends.
The Bakery has gained public attention as the setting of the TLC (The Learning Channel) television series "CAKE BOSS".
I love this show, as every week it highlights the every day happenings at the bakery. Buddy gets orders for some pretty amazing cakes. Some are just for birthdays or anniversaries, but some are huge creations, such as buildings and life-size animals. One episode had the staff creating an exact replica of Buddy's wife Lisa, as he wanted to surprise her for her birthday. Customers sometimes ask for specialty cakes and it takes the skill of his workers to figure out how to accomplish making such a cake. Pretty incredible.
Acclaimed 90-voice “New York City Master Chorale” to Perform
Mozart’s Requiem at a “Community Gathering for Peace” in Hoboken
Special Gathering of Local Civic Groups, Schools, and Charities to Offer Readings on Peace
Hoboken, NJ (October 17, 2006) – Our Lady of Grace Church in Hoboken will host a special evening of great music on Sunday, November 5, 2006 featuring the artistically acclaimed 90-voice New York City Master Chorale that will perform Mozart’s Requiem, his most renowned and sublime masterpiece. A unique and inspiring element of this free program, which will begin at 6:00 PM, will be the reading of selected meditations and prayers for peace by representatives of local charities and organizations.
Our Lady of Grace Church is Hoboken's most historic and stunning church and performance space, featuring Gothic-style architecture and perfect acoustics. The sanctuary seats over 1,000 people and is conveniently located in downtown Hoboken – the perfect spot to unite the greater metropolitan community to celebrate peace and transcendent music together.
“We are very excited about our appearance in Hoboken,” said Thea Kano, Artistic Director, New York City Master Chorale. “Our 90-voice chorale which is made up of musicians from the greater New York City area, seeks to broaden public interest in fine choral music by performing a full range of musical styles at the highest level of quality. Founded in 2005, the Chorale also educates the public through a regular program of outreach concerts and workshops for groups that might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about and experience choral music. The concert at Our Lady of Grace is a perfect example of this,” Kano added.
Venue: Our Lady of Grace Church (corner of 4th Street / Willow Ave)
Date: November 5, 2006
Time: 6:00 pm
Contact: 201.659.0369 / 917.930.6106
I did this tour on a beautiful Saturday in June of 2004. I just checked the Hoboken Museum website and it makes no mention of this tour, but I'm not sure if it ever did. It does list several other walking tours through the Mile Square City, but not the Sinatra, so I'm not sure if the guide is still available. It was $1.00 back in 2004.
The guide is easy to follow and states that one should expect to be on the tour for about two hours. Points of interest from Sinatra's early life in Hoboken are outlined on the brochure and their corresponding number is layed on the map of the city. The tour covers much of the southern half of Hoboken. On the your you will see his birthplace at 415 Monroe Street, St. Francis Church where he was baptized on April 2, 1916, the site of his parents bar, Marty O'Briens, sites where he sang as a young man, including the site of the Crystal Ball Room, Tutty's Bar, the Cat's Meow and the rumored place of his singing debut, St. Ann's Church. Many of his former residences are on this tour as well as his schools, the Public Library, which has a small Sinatra section/shrine within. I ended at the Frank Sinatra Memorial Park, which is a beautiful soccer field and park right along the waterfront with an amazing view of Manhattan. It sits on Frank Sinatra Drive (since 1979). The park was dedicated on July 14, 1998 (which is also my birthday) "in memory of Francis ALbert Sinatra, Hoboken's gift to the world."
There's a park on the waterfront side of Sinatra Drive with open space and greenery, and lovely views of Manhattan. On a clear day you can see from the George Washington bridge down to the Verrazano.
This is a park for walking, jogging, a little touch football, with soccer fields on one end (surrounded by high nets so you don't get brained, or lose your ball, depending on which side you're on). There are benches, plenty of grass, and a pavillion for sitting and watching the world go by. Wolfgang Puck Express and other en route refreshments locales make this a wonderful way to spend a family afternoon. Oh, and one of the original outings, Sybil's Cave (opened in 1832!), is down by the soccer fields.
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, 415 Monroe St. to be precise. It is about half a dozen blocks over from the main street and not too difficult to find. Unfortunately the house has long since disappeared and all that marks the site now is a brick arch doorway and this somewhat worn plaque in the sidewalk outside.
Once the Madonna is taken off the boat she is carried down Sinatra Drive, and later taken back to St. Francis Church. On Sinatra Drive there is a festival with food, entertainment, rides, and the great fireworks.
Every year many immigrants from Molfetta, Italy gather in Hoboken to celebrate the feast of the Madonna dei Martiri (our Lady of the Martyrs). The statue is carried out of St. Francis Church following mass in Italian, then there is a procession through the streets of Hoboken. The procession continues down to the waterfront, where the statue is placed on a boat in the Hudson River, simulating the tradition in Italy.
Attention all lovers of train stations, airport terminals, and other such places where people come and go: Go inside the terminal's waiting room, and you will feel like you have taken a step back in time. The photo shows part of the room which has been restored.
Founded in 1870, Stevens is one of the leading technological universities in the country. Stevens is named for a distinguished family who perpetuated a tradition in American engineering, dating back to the early days of the Industrial Revolution. John Stevens, a colonel in the Revolutionary War, purchased from the State of New Jersey in 1784 the land included in the present-day 55-acre campus of the college. Before 1800, Col. Stevens was a pioneer in the development of the steamboat, and by 1825 he had designed the first American-built steam locomotive.
Robert Stevens, one of Col. John Stevens' sons, invented the T-rail, the form of railroad track in use today throughout the World. With his brother, Edwin, Robert built and operated profitably the first commercial railroad in the United States. Edwin, on his own, was active in the design and construction of ironclad vessels for the U.S. Navy. With another brother, John Cox Stevens, who was the first commodore of the New York Yacht Club, Edwin joined in the syndicate that built and raced the yacht "America." In 1851, that vessel defeated all the English contenders to become the first winner of the famed trophy now known as the America's Cup.
The campus has great panoramic views of Manhattan--in fact, most of my wedding pictures were taken here!
The Erie Lackawanna Terminal is a must see. People used to arrive here by ferry, but you will most likely arrive by train or subway. Don't miss the waiting room. With the dark wood benches, huge chandelier, sweeping staircase, you will feel like you're in an old movie. You might hang out just for the heck of it! When you step outside onto the cobblestones, you'll see an old sign that says "Waiting Room", a clock on the sidewalk, and way at the top is the sign reading "Erie Lackawanna". A few steps away is the Hudson River and view of Manhattan.
Built in 1878, Our Lady of Grace Church showcases the Second Gothic Revival style designed by prominent local architect Francis G. Himpler. The defining exterior and interior Gothic features of the church remain essentially intact, including its richly decorated rose window and its highly articulated central portal. The Church is the prominent architectural element overlooking Hoboken's Church Square Park.
Spend some time just hanging out at Frank Sinatra Park (Old Blue Eyes was born in Hoboken, and when he died his music was blasting from windows all over town for a week), located along the Hudson waterfront and starting just outside the PATH station/ferry terminal. This recently built park was built and dedicated to Mr. Sinatra right after his death. Its a nice stretch of green in an area of the world where grass is a rare commodity. And the views of NY across the Hudson are spectacular.
A statue of San Corrado is carried in the procession, along with the canopy for La Madonna. Devotees say prayers along the procession route, sing hymns, and a marching band plays.
A beautiful ending to a wonderful day would be to see the great fireworks on the pier in Hoboken in honor of La Madonna, in the backdrop of the NYC skyline.
I love the old-style reading lamps and the dark wood benches. At night the mood in the terminal resembles an old Bogart movie.