With 55,000 people packed into a little over a square mile, Hoboken, New Jersey is the 4th-most densely inhabited city in the United States. Just a short ferry ride from Manhattan, Hoboken has seen its population soar over the past several years, as the once gritty, blue-collar birthplace of baseball, the Bethlehem shipbuilding yards and Frank Sinatra, now finds itself with an increasingly white-collar, younger and well-to-do population.
Earlier this month (November 2017), Hoboken residents elected Ravi Bhalla their new mayor. Bhalla, a two-term Hoboken councilman with the endorsement of retiring mayor Dawn Zimmer, won in a six-way race. Ravi Bhalla joins Eight O’Clock Buzz host Brian Standing by phone.