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Annual Hudson River Ice Show

Hudson River Ice Show (now a regular occurrence)

If I remember correctly – the “Hudson River Ice Show” was not a regular annual happening. Heck, years seemed to transpire in-between extended periods of massive ice chunks like the ones we see every winter now.

Who can possibly still talk about “global warming” (or climate change, or whatever they call it in 2015)?

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Constant Contact (2015)

(Too Much) Constant Contact?

Just a brief editorial about the state of communication in today’s day and age. And I’d like to chime in about what I call (and is commonly known as) “constant contact.”

What did people do just 50 years ago? (That’d be 1965 for those that are wondering). What was the “mindset” for people going about their way back in those times?

People did things. With no “digital entertainment” options available 50 years ago, most people actually did tangible things. Whether they were reading (much diminished today) or physical work (fixing stuff, exploring the world, personally meeting up with others, etc.), time was spent in much different ways.

Less (remote) talking – more alone time (or face to face). Back in the day, people either talked face to face, or via LANDLINE telephone (or “pay phone” in cases urgent in nature). Things that happened were very much physical – and mental (via contemplation, study).

Memory and physical artifacts. When you talk to a person a generation or two beyond yours – you might sense a different way of recollecting life. Yep. The old-fashioned way: via memory and story-telling. That is nearly absent in today’s world. And instead of digital photos – physical photos, or even drawings or poems documented an important occasion worth remembering.

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Hey! Why is “too much contact” bad? Doesn’t it make life better?

This is a good question. Much like many new modern “conveniences,” those in favor will tout the “benefits” of our new found ways of disseminating information. But they will never discuss the detriments that come along with them. (Or at least think for more than one second about it).

On occasion, I’ll browse a stupid “feed” of tweets that have a common similarity. And I’ll notice things like:

  • Someone mentioning it’s “cold” in Hoboken. Really? Did you need to just say “Brrr?” Yeah so? It’s like me telling the world I just had diarrhea squirts. Not necessary. We know it’s cold.
  • A stupid sports “tweet” like – “He should have caught that…” (really? Does “the world” need to know that you’re dissatisfied that some over-paid “actor” didn’t catch a ball? Pathetic!)
  • Yet another “selfie.” One thing that should absolutely just “go away” on it’s own – are selfie photos. Truly believe they are THE most pathetic examples of human life on earth.

My point is – that all this “fluff” flying around is NOT beneficial to society. It doesn’t provide philosophical perspective. No critical thinking. No deep contemplation. 99% of what you see is meant for “instant” reaction. Anything worth “deep thought” is really not that at all. It usually has “social” connection – and in no way will be “thought about later.”

We’ve received many emails from readers who “get” what we’re talking about. But how many don’t get it? You reach who you reach, and that’s about it. Others will hopefully follow in due time. It’s up to them.

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Living at the W Hotel in Hoboken

W Hotel Residence in Hoboken – worth the money?

Living in one of the residences at the W Hotel in Hoboken is not only expensive (~$2 million+), but also quite hard to do, considering how infrequently one comes on the market.

Local Realtor Kristin Ehrgott of Avenue Residential recently featured a “rare” unit for sale at the W Hoboken.

What I found most compelling was, that despite the “high” maintenance cost ($1400 per month, but includes ridiculously insane amount of “amenities”), was the low annual property tax rate ($9,000 thanks to tax abatements).

While $2.2 million bucks for a 1,900 square foot 2 bed 3 bath is certainly over-priced – maybe the perfect NYC views somehow make up for it?

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Owning a W Hoboken Residence

The comfort and romance of staying in a luxury hotel heightens any travel experience- but, unfortunately, all such adventures must eventually come to an end. But what if they didn’t have to? What if you could always enjoy the convenience and charm of staying in a luxury hotel, without having to worry about check-out times, or the noise of a rowdy bachelorette party down the hall?

Designed by Gwathmey Siegel & Associates and owned/developed by Ironstate Development, The W Hoboken Hotel at 225 River St in Hoboken, NJ has 26 floors in all. Floors 18-26 are home to the 40 private residences (for the most part, there are 4 residences per floor), while the rest of the building is designated as the famed W Hoboken Hotel, with 225 rooms and an incredible wealth of amenities.

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Crossing the street

Too dumb? Crossing the street now requires instructions!

Man, have you seen some of the crosswalks in Hoboken? They now have multiple step “instruction manuals” for crossing the street! As if clear symbols and decades of experience is not enough? They need to give you a “refresher” prior to engaging in that simple task?

I just wonder what led to this in today’s day and age.

  1. Legal bullshit. Justifying gobs of lawyers working for cities now? Plus the litigious nature of every idiot that gets hit by a car? Are they just “covering their bases?”
  2. Or are people just plain stupid these days, that they actually NEED an explanation for everything?

While I’m inclined to say “both,” my money is on the lawyers.

Crossing the street instructions Hoboken NJ

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Jar Goods – Local Gravy

Jar Goods – Tasty sauce in a jar (local too!)

John Vitelli from Jar Goods is out to dispel the myth that great tomato sauce can’t come from a jar (like Hoboken Farms sauce has already done!)

Jar Goods is Hoboken, NJ based, but “Classic Red” has Jersey City roots. The recipe is that of my fathers, who, over a period of 50 years, perfected it at famed Jersey City restaurant Jule’s. After soaking up his knowledge and receiving his blessing, Jar Goods got underway with the goal of making meal preparation easier for the busy but discerning home cook.

Classic Red is made in small batches with simple, fresh ingredients. It’s a versatile, gourmet sauce of rich, complex flavor. Classic Red is also gluten-free, vegan, all-natural and made with non-GMO tomatoes. To date Classic Red is available in over 90 retailers across 8 states, including 20 Whole Foods.

Jar Goods Classic Red Sauce Hoboken NJ

Does Jar Goods make the grade?

We recently paired Jar Goods Classic Red sauce with our staple dinner dish: Low Carb Chicken Parm. How did it taste?

At first – I tasted the sauce out of the jar, uncooked – and thought it might have been a bit bitter, but after heating it up on the stovetop first – the taste mellowed out quite nicely.

The carb content is a bit on the high side (12g per 1/2 cup), but it is to be expected, because of the added sugar (although not too sweet). But the taste was fantastic – and on par with our favorite Hoboken Farms Sauce.

This sauce isn’t as “chunky” as others, so it would be a preference choice based on your mood. Just the right amount of salt, too.

Give Jar Goods a shot, and support a local business in the process!

PS: Low Carb Chicken Parm is easy. Just substitute bread crumbs with either almond flour, or even better, crushed pork skins (Pork Clouds are our current favorite). Brown each side on the pan (in either ghee or butter), then bake at 350 for maybe 30 minutes (adjust to thickness of chicken breast). Viola!

Jar Goods Classic Red Sauce Chicken Parm Hoboken NJ

Mismanaged Parking in Hoboken

Mismanaged Parking (and lack thereof) in Hoboken, NJ

We get it. In regards to the antiquated “infrastructure” that lays beneath our roads and sidewalks – there comes a time in which cars should be removed in order to facilitate necessary work. Such as water mains, gas lines, and sewerage outlets. It’s a way of life in the city.

mismanaged parking restrictions Hoboken NJ

But the crime syndicate known as the Hoboken Parking Utility is just so bad at managing parking arrangements in town – it’s sickening.

Like the photo above – entire blocks were restricted for parking. Signs plastering every vertical surface. HPU robbing residents ticketing and towing cars to make way for…. (drum roll)

Work that did NOT happen. Nada. Zilch. Nothing. Not one minute of work took place, and was not going to for the rest of the day.

What should be happening is continual updates between the city and whomever is doing the work (PSE&G, United Water, etc.) If at 11am, it is determined that NO work will be done – the city should REMOVE those restrictions (and the signs) to allow residents to park again, and for local businesses to benefit from the nearby parking spaces. Even half a day of “recovered” parking is GOLD.

But will they ever strive to improve? Nah, because they already received money for the permits – as well as for the summonses issued. Why in God’s name would they want to make your life easier? Ha!

Here’s an HPU guy killing rain forests one “no parking” sign at a time. Give him a promotion!

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