Hoboken Auto Deals from Empire: August 2014

Empire Auto Deals in Hoboken for August 2014:

Empire Auto Leasing & Sales, located at 101 Park Ave., is Hoboken’s only new car sales and leasing office. Below is a sample of some of the deals they’re offering this month – which are always better than you’d get at a dealer.

Empire Auto monthly car deals Hoboken NJ August 2014

2015 Audi A3

  • Term: 36 months with 10,000 miles per year (other mileage and car options available) leased through Audi Financial.
  • Price: $339 per month NO MONEY DOWN.
  • Total due at signing: First month payment, Audi Acquisition Fee, DMV & Dealer Doc Fees and your local taxes.

Audi A3 Lease Hoboken NJ 339 monthly Empire Auto

2014 Mercedes Benz E350

  • Term: 27 months with 12,000 miles per year (other mileage and car options available) leased through Mercedes Benz Financial Services.
  • Price: $559 per month NO MONEY DOWN.
  • Total due at signing: First month payment, Mercedes Acquisition Fee, DMV & Dealer Doc Fees and your local taxes.

Mercedes E350 Lease Hoboken NJ 559 monthly Empire Auto

Call (201)434-2277 for more information and check Empire’s Facebook Page for updated specials throughout the month.

Take your kids to NYC free!

NY Waterway in Hoboken offers free ferry rides for kids

Thinking of heading to the “Big Apple” with the family, but dread the thought of traffic, tolls and parking? Well did you know that NY Waterway is offering free ferry rides for kids 12 and under all summer long (till September 1st)?

Not only is the ferry the “civilized commute,” it also offers your family a much more interesting way to get to the city. Although it lasts less than 10 minutes – the ferry has always been our choice!

Take note that this “kids ride free” promotion is only available from the uptown Hoboken ferry slip, and is limited to two kids per paying adult. Have fun!

Kids ride the ferry free NY Waterway Hoboken NJ

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Hoboken Movie Lineup: 8/1/2014

Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times Hoboken NJ

Bow Tie Cinemas Hoboken NJ Movie TimesOpening today at Bow Tie Cinemas is Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel’s latest sci-fi action-hero movie.

“An action-packed, epic space adventure, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.”

The movie has received overwhelmingly positive reviews – with practically everyone enjoying the entire production beginning to end. From cutting edge special effects, edgy humor and (gasp) deep character development. I have to say it doesn’t look bad at all. We’ll put this on our used Blu-Ray list once it’s released!

Hoboken Movie Trailer: Guardians of the Galaxy

(Current Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times in Hoboken, NJ below.)

Easy shopping in Hoboken!

Free parking makes for easy shopping in Hoboken, NJ

As a reminder – It’s nice to know that Hoboken has some places that you can shop at if you need to drive your car. Whether it’s heavy bags you need to schlep, inclement or unpleasant weather or just slothiness, it can definitely be done if the need presents itself.

One thing that people might want to know about – is that even though the Shipyard shopping “district” uptown (with convenient Sparrow for booze, Rite Aid for meds, and Kings for over-priced groceries) has a relatively small parking area (with maybe 15-20 spots) – you can still park FOR FREE for up to two hours in the adjacent Little Man parking garage at 12th and Shipyard Lane.

And with that two hours, you can even visit some shops on Washington Street, hit the post office, go to the bank. Very useful “one stop shopping.”

Free parking makes for easy shopping in Hoboken NJ

Other convenient places with parking in Hoboken

Some other convenient places to park in Hoboken are:

Or, you can attempt street parking – and risk giving your hard earned money to the city and raise your blood pressure at the same time!

NJ Move Over Law

Stick it to ya: NJ Move Over Law

In case you didn’t know, the New Jersey Move Over Law has been in effect statewide for well over five years.

What they want you to believe this law is for – is to “protect law enforcement officers” (and other “emergency personnel,” i.e., tow trucks, etc.)

You can see the entire state statute in full after the break.

NJ Move Over Law for safety or for money

How many of you see validity in NJ Move Over Law?

But there is a reason why we bring this up today – more than five years later. Mainly, since I have found the perfect cell phone (Blackberry Z30), we have been able to run 99% of the Android apps out there – one of which includes the WAZE app (“crowdsourced” map / GPS). Our favorite feature is the “police” reports and road hazards (roadkill is a fun one!)

However, it struck me as odd that there were ENDLESS reports of “vehicle stopped on shoulder ahead.”

Like I can’t see that myself? Why do I need a stupid smartphone to tell me about something that isn’t on the road? Took me a while to “get it,” but then I understood why. It’s this stupid “Move Over Law.” My suspicion is that they include such a “road condition” for the sole purpose of abiding by that “move over law” just in case a cop or tow truck is there.

Isn’t that what shoulders on the side of the road are for?

You know, decades ago – when brilliant “highway engineers” laid out the roads in this country, SHOULDERS were designed exactly for this purpose.

To be able to pull over on the side of the road safely. It’s CLEARLY not a lane of travel. So why after all this time has it been decreed that it’s no longer safe?

NJ Move Over Law shoulders are now irrelevant

But the NJ Move Over Law is next to impossible to enforce

The “fines” (theft) for this relatively recently decreed law are between $100 and $500 per “offense.” And if you read the “conditions” of said law – they’re kind of hard to enforce.

“If a lane change would be impossible, prohibited, or unsafe, reduce your speed to under the posted speed limit..” (wording condensed for simplicity).

Now this is what strikes me as asinine – and a good example for “politicians” to slow the fuck down when it comes to belting out laws faster than welfare babies.

How is this law expected to be “enforced?” For one – I can understand “prohibited” (i.e., a solid white line on the road), or “impossible” (one lane of traffic), but “unsafe?” A feeling of safety is SUBJECTIVE. How can they prove that in court?

Secondly – this has to be proven by video-based recording (with radar evidence). About the only situation this new “move over law” might apply is if someone is speeding in the slow lane AND was recorded with video and radar evidence.

In other words – another way to increase speeding fines without actually changing that speeding law. Just add a NEW law!

“In the name of safety,” and millions in revenue

See – we all take “risks” when we travel at a high rate of speed. It should part of a disclaimer that says “by entering said roadway, you understand the risks of traveling at such a rate of speed, and therefore will not hold anyone else responsible for injuries sustained by accident. This includes “law enforcement officers” entering the same risky roadways.”

Naturally – our common law should provide for instances where deliberate acts of malice (if able to be proven) should be treated criminally. But otherwise, “life is a highway (full of hazards).”

Do you see the nonsense in these new laws? Or are you properly obedient?

Click to see the full NJ Move Over Law Statute…

8-10-12 Paterson Avenue

Dangling carrot: 8-10-12 Paterson Avenue in Hoboken, NJ

Wow, for at least the last six or seven years, all sorts of “dangling carrots” have been tossed around in regards to the Southwest portion of Hoboken. From new residents getting promised parks “any day now,” back in 2007, and still to this day in 2014 – with a property owner touting this “approved” project at 8-10-12 Paterson Avenue.

This is the site of the doomed J&D Provisions deli.

A developer (with an apparently already approved building design) is touting these three existing lots “directly across” from “the already approved family-friendly Hoboken Park.” This building would have space for 12 “luxury” condos ranging from 1100 to 2200 sq. ft.

8-10-12 Paterson Hoboken NJ

Problem with “family friendly park” is that it’s all just “talk”

No parks in Hoboken NJ all talkSee, for starters, I know people can be “hopeful” that a park will be built, but the land has not been paid for yet. And money has not been allocated to even build the (less than) one-acre “park.” So at this point with no “shovels in the ground,” it’s still just a parking lot.

Furthermore – even if it DOES get built in this decade, it is slated to be the equivalent of a pedestrian plaza where area workers *might* have lunch at on nice days. You can barely house a hot dog vendor in a space that small. Would any parents risk crossing the highway to have their toddler play on a tiny patch of grass soaked with dog urine? Can you possibly even “make a day” of eating a hot dog and playing horseshoes?

And what about those two properties that refuse to move? How hilarious is that? Boy, those two ugly abodes would get an instant landscaping upgrade!

Lastly – even though they’re about to start replacing old wooden sewers under the adjacent street – that is barely scratching the surface of any real flood mitigation that is required in that area. If the planets aligned perfectly – you’d still end up paying $25 million for a patch of grass no different than the joke of a park uptown in the Shoprite parking lot.

Translation: Don’t hold your breath. At least not under “Mayor” Don Zimmer’s administration.