A new local history book reveals the intriguing characters and everyday
citizens who have made Hoboken’s history legendary. Legendary Locals of
Hoboken shares the stories of unique individuals and groups, past and
present, who have had a lasting impact on the community throughout its
Vintage images coupled with facts and anecdotes culled by local author
Alan Skontra reveal the fascinating history of legendary locals in Hoboken.
Set just yards across the Hudson from Manhattan, this once-pastoral parcel
of land has become a dense, bustling city in and of itself, and few square
miles anywhere can claim to have given the world more.
“I want people living [in Hoboken] now to understand its history, because it
informs where they live today, and by extension, who they are,” said author
Alan Skontra. The book covers both town greats and unsung heroes like
Joseph “Biggie” Yaccarino, founder of Biggie’s Clam Bar which has been a
successful, family operation since 1946; Hetty Green, the heiress to a
whaling fortune who was dubbed the “Witch of Wall Street” for her shrewd
investing strategies; and Thomas Wiggins, a man who was born blind and
into slavery but who went on to became a nationally celebrated musician.
Skontra is excited to share the new book with locals. “I think that this is a
very unique, clever, industrious and interesting city, and I want people to be
proud of that,” he said.
The book will be available at events, area bookstores, independent retailers,
online retailers, and through the publisher at www.legendarylocals.com or
Legendary Locals is an imprint of Arcadia Publishing, the nation’s leading
publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Discover more
than 8,500 books on the heritage of America’s people and places.
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