New Jersey is home to not one, but two NFL teams claiming to be from New York. And they don't just play here. The Jets and Giants practice facilities are also located in the Garden State. That sort of slight is typical: Anything great in Northern Jersey (pizza, profuse profanity, the Nets) is credited to – or stolen by – New York. Everything crummy ("Jersey Shore," gang violence, pollution) is assumed to be the organic product of fallow ground. Fortunately, the Super Bowl is giving New Jersey the chance to set the record straight.
Here's what the fans, reporters, and half-time performers smart enough to stay in the same state as MetLife Stadium should get up to if they really want to enjoy some local color.
Visit Sinatra's Hometown
Before the popped-collar crowd turned Hoboken into frat row, Frank Sinatra ruled this tough little town – and his legacy lives on. Your first stop should be Dom's Bakery, where the bread is so good Ol' Blue Eyes had it flown to California. After that carbo-load, walk along the water through Frank Sinatra Memorial Park, before ordering a glass of Italian red at Leo's Grandevous – a neighborhood favorite since 1939 with an epic Sinatra jukebox.
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