Hoboken Week in Review: 4/26/2015

Hoboken Week in Review – April 26, 2015

Hoboken Week in Review April 26 2015 Hoboken411 NJ

Below are a some posts that crossed Hoboken411′s desk during the week ending Sunday, April 26, 2015:

City Happenings & Political Quackery

  • Observer HighwayHow does reducing capacity improve life in Hoboken?
  • Uber PropagandaTaxi’s claim Uber is unsafe. Pot calling kettle black.
  • Slow down!Hudson St. is a speedway, and some residents clamor for “change.”
  • TrashedWhy people smash stuff for no reason is a mystery.
  • Snakes!Along with the beauty of spring comes squirmy creatures some folks don’t like.

Business & Other Hoboken Updates

  • Vagabond Theatre“Rock Musicals” are now for REAL in Hoboken!
  • Two HeathersGet big props with a huge W Hotel pop-up fashion gallery!
  • Blue Eyes CafeAn odd “debut” when first impressions count.
  • Vivi Bubble TeaSounds quirky – but they have some top-notch stuff going on, including lip-smacking popcorn chicken! Hooray!
  • The Golden CarrotSounds like a raw bar, but in fact it’s a jewelry store!
  • Buddha PressCoffee is nothing without cow’s milk. Once again “religion” gets in the way.
  • Bow Tie CinemasAsk yourself this. Are movies more: (A) Entertaining or (B) Social programming.

Wake-up Quote of the Week:

there are things known and there are things unknown and in between are the doors of perception aldous huxley

Hoboken Photo Leftovers for April 25th

Hoboken photo remains of the week: April 25, 2015

Mother Nature rewarded us with good weather again this weekend. Don’t let it go to waste!

Hoboken Photo Leftovers April 25 2015 NJ Hoboken411

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photos 1-6: In case you missed the Blue Eyes Cafe update – here are some more pics from the big feeding frenzy last weekend.
  • Photo 7: Spring blossoms don’t last very long. Spend some time actually looking at them, smelling them, enjoying them – rather than sending updates to your friends.
  • Photos 8-9: The road work plague continues. Some businesses already received a standing eight-count.
  • Photo 10: City Bistro uptown getting a new look for the spring.
  • Photo 11: The “for rent” sign came down at the former Helmers’ location. Will the next proprietor hit a home run?

Have a great weekend!

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Zimmer has questions to answer

Scribbled Zimmer diary nets nothing

Looks like Hoboken “mayor” don Zimmer’s fabricated diary pretty much led to nothing. I wonder how she can sleep at night?

And the sad thing is – that she needed her “spokesperson” to say “no comment” on her behalf. Some strong “mayor” this city has.



Internal Probe: Zimmer allegations “demonstrably false”

3/27/2014 Update:

Cat laughing at Zimmer allegations in Hoboken NJA report has surface in NJ today that delved into the ridiculous debacle known as “Bridgegate,” which apparently shows that what Governor Chris Christie said pretty much “rang true.”

The report also briefly mentions our fumbling “mayor” Dawn Zimmer and her “Diarygate” fairy tale:

“The authors of the report also questioned a separate account by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who accused the governor’s staff of coercing her into green-lighting a real estate deal in exchange for aid for Superstorm Sandy recovery.

“Our investigation found that Mayor Zimmer’s allegations are, in material respects, demonstrably false,” authors wrote. “They are contradicted by contemporaneous documents, other witnesses’ accounts, and her own prior statements. In sum, the subjective perceptions she may have do not match objective reality, as reflected in the hard evidence uncovered during our investigation.”

This is why news “coverage” of “politics” needs to dramatically go away. “He said, she said” time wasters are the worst. What IS is more important, and WHY.

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My (frugal) Hero

Pat Lamb on frugal gas jockey millionaire

Here’s today’s cartoon and commentary video from Pat Lamb – where he talks about – and interesting story from the paper.

Did you see that frugal millionaire earlier this year? Just pumped gas and bought a few stocks – and had 8 million bucks saved up!

Pat offers advice you should take as well!

60 Second Review: Blue Eyes Cafe

Blue Eyes Cafe – right idea – wrong place, wrong time

For starters, we applaud the ambition of the proprietors of Blue Eyes Cafe down along the waterfront outside Stevens Institute. There is no shame in “trying” to make something work.

However, it’s our belief that the “planets have not aligned” properly – and this endeavor might be in for a rough ride.

In this case, it’s a decrepit and poorly designed piece of “city property.” This space is essentially supposed to be just a “hot dog stand” that temporarily serves snacks during sporting events on that soccer field. It has public bathrooms which are almost ALWAYS populated by wretched homeless individuals. Putting “private” bathrooms inside this place does not change that fact.

In the past, it’s be a variety of venues – none of which have been successful for long. But how does that factor into the future of “Blue Eyes?”

Blue Eyes Hoboken NJ

What is wrong with Blue Eyes Cafe?

Let’s start with their “opening event,” in which they gave “the public” a chance to sample the output of their kitchen.

What did they offer? Basic pasta noodles and pedestrian sauce, as well as under-cooked pizzas which they could hardly keep up with the demand of freeloaders (including “mayor” don Zimmer and her handler husband).

The problem with this “opening bash,” was they didn’t think it through. Not at all. If you’re going to host an event for people to FORM AN OPINION about your business – then you DO IT RIGHT or don’t do it at all! Who plans a big event and offers shoddy products? Do you want to be doomed?

Thin aluminum trays of cheap penne pasta? What does that tell you? Not sure if it was a Pupie Raia party or a new restaurant!

Blue Eyes Cafe Sinatra Pasta Noodles

Blue Eyes Hoboken samples

Wrong time. Wrong place.

For one, there is NOTHING ELSE going on in this waterfront area. Other than a few bars & restaurants, it’s not much of a tourist location (the day-trippers looking to view the NYC skyline for 20 minutes don’t typically hang around). Unless you have a slamming hot restaurant, you have a lot of work ahead of you.

This is nothing like the shores of San Francisco or Chicago (or even South Street Seaport in NYC) where there is a TON of other things to do. Boats. Attractions. Etcetera. The Hoboken waterfront is tepid to say the least.

Our initial prognosis is that Blue Eyes might be able to “ride the wave” of the (long deceased) Frank Sinatra during his epic “100 year birthday anniversary” (for unsuspecting Sinatra glommers), but otherwise “nice try.”

Sub-arctic winds in the winter along with hypodermic needles washing ashore during the summer won’t lead to much. The space is just bad. Cold. Impersonal. Non-inviting. No fault of Blue Eyes owners at all. Just the choice they made. And the food, service and quality does not make this a destination by itself (like places such as Augustino’s). Maybe their marketing message should be “Mention promo code “DOOMED” and receive a FREE WASHED UP TIRE fresh from the shores of the toxic Hudson!”

scenic views of rubbish outside Blue Eyes Cafe Hoboken NJ

Better ideas: Seasonal and convenient

If Blue Eyes Cafe lasts – God bless them. I hope they do.

If they don’t – and someone wants our idea of what WOULD work – read on.

This space, until Hoboken becomes a “bustling waterfront marina filled to the brim with activity and commerce,” needs to change their tune.

One – make it an ICE CREAM and ITALIAN ICE parlor exclusively during spring and summer months. You’ll bang out more sales than you can imagine!

And during winter months – sure, turn it into a PIZZA SLICE PARLOR (or maybe “soup kitchen”) – where people can buy cheap slices for a buck or two – along with beverages, etc. The homeless population alone could keep that place in business (also hot coffee and cocoa – a sure winner with high profit margin). A sit down type restaurant will struggle big time. Even a 7-Eleven type “pop up” would do better than a fancy restaurant.

Lastly – this property should be removed from city control. It ruined the last (somewhat successful business), and it will likely ruin all others that dare try to mingle with a bunch of inept “officials.”

Too bad – in such a “prime” area, it could be so much more.

views from Blue Eyes Cafe Hoboken NJ

RIP: The Find

The Find ruined by Facebook (another one bites the dust)

The Find was one great shopping search engine. It really found great deals out there – especially outside the “big E-tailer” ecosystem. I can’t tell you how many interesting shops I discovered using that search engine. Was truly a valuable resource for many items from everyday products at lower prices, or even better – hard to find items that were in stock. It allowed me to scour the results until I was happy with my choice.

Well – Fakebook acquired them. It’s over. Here’s my translation to their farewell message posted on the webpage.

The Find bites the dust after Fakebook Acquisition

The Find sells out to Fakebook – now useless to everyone (except FB)

For the last nine years, we’ve worked hard to bring you a shopping experience that’s easy, efficient and fun – searching all the stores on the web to find just the right products you’re looking to buy.
That’s right – you worked hard to make a great product!

We are now starting our next chapter by combining forces with Facebook to do even more for consumers. Facebook’s resources and platform give us the opportunity to scale our expertise in product sourcing to the over 1 billion people that use the platform.
Next chapter? Joining forces? Tell us how!

Key members of our team are joining the company and will be working hard to integrate our technology to make the ads you see on Facebook every day better and more relevant to you.
What? Mingling on Fakebook doesn’t mean I’m CONSTANTLY shopping. I guess you’ll snoop through my timeline to “predict” what myself and my friends will waste our money on next, rather than letting us shop when we want to!

Unfortunately, this means we are taking our search engine offline.
Really? No. What it means is that your “search engine” was either considered a threat to Fakebook – or a way for them to add more (faux) value to their hollow company. You guys didn’t really care about making a great “search engine.” When you saw the dollar signs – your “customers” no longer mattered.

Thank you for your loyalty and for making this a fun journey for all of us! TheFind Team.
Thank you for making us rich by using the site and allowing us to become part of Fakebook.

Another reason to delete Facebook.

The Find ruined after facebook fakebook acquisition