Car Sharing done right

Zip Car sharing is the way to go in Hoboken

Recently, the Zip Car sharing program added some more cars here in Hoboken, at the uptown parking garage at 15th & Bloomfield Streets.

I believe that this is the ONLY way car sharing should be done – in private parking garages. As you know, the Hertz 24/7 car sharing rental program just takes away street parking from residents (and they don’t get ticketed for street cleaning either!)

Why our city had to go in and meddle with the already difficult parking situation in town still gets me. Their pie in the sky dream that 1000′s of residents would give up their vehicles to buy into the transportation collective obviously did not work out too well.

Any of you planning a day trip in the near future should keep this in mind when you make your car rental decisions.

Zip Car Sharing Hoboken NJ

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Quality of Street Festivals

NJ Street Festivals vary widely!

Hoboken Arts and Music Street FestivalIf you’ve been around here long enough, the twice annual Hoboken Arts & Music Street Festivals may tend to become “been there, done that” material.

And certainly compared to the diverse festivals that happen often in NYC, they might leave a bit to be desired.

However – after attending the NJ Festival of Ballooning last weekend – it is evident that one can get a little spoiled, because afterward, we had a renewed level of respect for our local street festival.

We had never been to the NJ Festival of Ballooning before and wanted to check it out.

Not reading too much into it – we assumed it’d be along the same lines as the Hoboken festival, but only bigger and with eye-catching hot air balloons to be mesmerized by.

Well, while Hoboken has TONS of original arts and crafts from area vendors and craftspeople, we were quite let down at the balloon festival. Most vendor tents were pitching commercial items. Car insurance, mattresses, hot tubs, automobiles, artificially-flavored beverages, etc. While there was a sprinkling of “collectibles” including balloon-themed t-shirts, some jewelry, etc. – it severely paled in comparison to the Hoboken Arts & Music Festivals.

It appeared that folks pretty much came out exclusively to see the balloon ascensions – and to wait on line forever for fried oreos, french fries and chicken fingers.

But the balloon spectacle was impressive, and you were able to walk around with your $7 cans of beer which was nice – but that’s about all the “high points” (pun intended) about this festival (other than it was very well organized).

So long live the Hoboken Arts & Music Festivals – and get out and support the local artisans this fall!

More Hoboken Condos on the way

Hoboken condos squeezed in at 2nd & Harrison

A bunch of people were curious as to what is being squeezed into the (not occupied by SkyClub) corner of 2nd & Harrison Streets. Yep, easy one: More Hoboken condos!

So the details are as follows:

A six-story residential building, along with more ground-level retail space to fill (wonder if “Prime Time” convenience stores will put yet another store to sell artificially-flavored beverages in plastic bottles.)

In addition to the 18 units being built, there will be 16 parking spaces to (barely) absorb the added population to this neighborhood.

Wonder how this little plot of land wasn’t included in the original SkyClub plan. My guess would be that the owner didn’t want to sell his plot – and held out for better opportunity.

Hoboken Condos 2nd Harrison Street

Legal Beans – Gone

Legal Beans closes “brick and mortar” in Hoboken, NJ {still delivers}

Well, it looks like being on the “doomed corner” of Newark & Garden finally did it in for Legal Beans, who closed shop for good – even after successfully re-opening after Hurricane Sandy – and expanding into the tasty BBQ business.

Note that Legal Beans has locations in Jersey City – and will continue servicing Hoboken with food delivery.

I think the only business that might be able to survive on this drenched corner would be a place like the Hoboken Dive Center.

Legal Beans Hoboken NJ BBQ doomed - Copy

legal beans closed in Hoboken NJ - Copy

Description: Cafe serving Coffee and espresso drinks, American cuisine, BBQ, baked goods, breakfast For rent. But you can still order delivery to Hoboken from Jersey City. (Every day but Tuesday).
Address: 86 Garden St., Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 533-8484

Click to see “what used to be…”

Louise & Jerry’s

Louise & Jerry’s in Hoboken, NJ renovates

Louise & Jerry’s is one of the last remaining “dive bars” in Hoboken. Now they’re under renovation.

Owner Anthony Romano hopes to re-open quickly, but expect this to take until mid- to late-August at least.

Hopefully it remains a dive bar and doesn’t turn into a tool-magnet.

Louise Jerrys Hoboken NJ renovation

Louise Jerrys Hoboken NJ interior renovation

Description: Bar with Juke Box, Pool Table
Address: 329 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 656-9698

Click to see how it looked back in 2006…

Blo It Out Lounge

Blo It Out Lounge coming to 1212 Washington Street

BLO IT OUT LOUNGE COMING SOON HOBOKEN NJHere we go again. This is certainly one of the current trends here in Hoboken. Blo It Out Lounge (or Blo-it-out Lounge) is coming to the old Jonathan Marx Optician spot at 1212 Washington Street.

I can say this is the current trend with accuracy because last year this time – there were NO “blow out” establishments in Hoboken. This will make the THIRD one in less than a year. The Blowout Zone, and Up and Out are the other two that recently opened.

I guess it’s hard to argue with a trend if people are willing to pay for the services. They’re just filling a niche.

Hmmm. Wonder what other aspects of the “laziness of modern humans” we can financially take advantage of next? Tooth brushing? Sex?

Blo It Out Lounge Hoboken NJ coming soon 1212 Washington Street

Description: Hair blowout. Braids. Makeup. All sorts of other “physical” things for your appearance.
Address: 1212 Washington St., Hoboken, NJ 0730
Phone: TBD
Email: TBD
Online: TBD