Hoboken Stroller Sidewalk Blockage – uh oh

Snow impediments mean nothing to strollers…

Okay, we’ve already mentioned that the stroller blockage around 12th & Washington was bad enough on “regular” days, but how about “snow days?”

They do not give a crap. The strollers are worth more than gold dipped in batter and deep-fried. No matter now much snow falls, the strollers MUST be within inches of the toddler that was transported in them.

Before – barely two people could cross in opposite directions. Now? Barely ONE person can walk without slipping on ice (or messing up fancy shoes).

At what point does “political correctness” get discarded for “common sense?”

Stroller blockage in Hoboken NJ 12th Washington

Hoboken stroller congestion makes the news

1/3/2014 Update:

CBS 2 News was recently inspired by Hoboken411 for some “filler material” during one of their broadcasts. They picked the fun & exciting story about entitled moms & nannies who bombard the world with strollers!

Hoboken Stroller Sidewalk Blockage: “Look the other way…”

12/18/2013:

Just like yesterday’s “Baby Strollers Gone Viral” post – here’s another disturbing trend here in town – Hoboken Stroller Sidewalk Blockage.

You see, I’m not picking on families with strollers (kids or not), but rather the self-important people who don’t consider others – especially when living in cramped city quarters.

This mom probably said “I’m going to lock my stroller in the most convenient way TO ME, screw everyone else!”

Sadly – this is the mentality more and more people are embracing these days: The ME, ME, ME attitude.

Frankly, I’m trying to do my part to equalize this horrible trend. By holding doors more often, driving slower and more courteously, and saying “good morning, good afternoon, and good evening” to more and more people I encounter on the sidewalks. Except for the last part. I can barely make eye-contact with anyone anymore, since they’re digitally absorbed in kitten .GIFS or other nonsensical trivia on their social networks. Oh well.

But don’t you think this person was just selfish and unwilling to see that they left a sliver of sidewalk to walk by? What if another pedestrian was pushing a double-stroller?

Hoboken Stroller Sidewalk Blockage

33 Responses

  1. Adam_C says:

    I’m capable of walking around these strollers, but the disturbing part is the sense of entitlement they have. Fuck everyone else, I am too lazy and weak to bring the stroller up the stairs, so I’ll let pedestrians fend for themselves mentality. This will only multiply over time as more young parents get this fuck you attitude. I think a pedestrian has every right to smash their property with a sledgehammer because it’s blocking the right of way. One day someone will be angry enough.

  2. jonsie says:

    Careful, you know once you give birth, the world is supposed to revolve around you because you’ve become the most important thing in the universe. Nothing else matters. Tread lightly my friend.

  3. BokenMike says:

    She should have her wheels stolen. Street justice.

  4. animal_lover says:

    I have seen orange tags for removal of bicycles.Any object obstructing the path of pedestrians should be issued a fine and removed by the city. Some of the worst offenders are the bicycles attached to the outside of a fence because you don’t see the handle bars jutting out before it is too late.

  5. HansBrix says:

    I’ve said this before so sorry for repeating, but it’s been my observation that once females of any species have their own hatchlings to consider they can become viciously selfish.

    It’s evolutionary psychology.

    OT: while logging in again to post this comment, I was treated to this stunningly suggestive ad for “League of Angels” featuring an anime-style animated and “realistic” (well sorta) web cartoon of a scantily clad bouncy tiddie “angel” (I guess). I’m not complaining, mind you, I just did a double-take.

  6. HobNJ says:

    Just today while walking home, two ladies coming at me from the opposite direction were both pushing double strollers and walking side-by-side. Therefore they were talking up the entire sidewalk. Instead of one slowing down and getting behind one another, they both continued as they were. Thus, I had to step onto the pile of snow and let them pass before I could continue walking.

    The sense of entitlement is very apparent with young families nowadays. I firmly believe that they grew up in an age where their parents cuddled so much that they don’t understand the true meaning of respect nor right from wrong. So they only care about “me, myself, and I”. The older generation who were really punished (read: beat with a belt, ladle, etc.) when they were children for doing something wrong grew up to understand real respect and are more considerate of others.

    • HobokenNative says:

      exactly…[quote comment=”222230″]Just today while walking home, two ladies coming at me from the opposite direction were both pushing double strollers and walking side-by-side. Therefore they were talking up the entire sidewalk. Instead of one slowing down and getting behind one another, they both continued as they were. Thus, I had to step onto the pile of snow and let them pass before I could continue walking.The sense of entitlement is very apparent with young families nowadays. I firmly believe that they grew up in an age where their parents cuddled so much that they don’t understand the true meaning of respect nor right from wrong. So they only care about “me, myself, and I”. The older generation who were really punished (read: beat with a belt, ladle, etc.) when they were children for doing something wrong grew up to understand real respect and are more considerate of others.[/quote]

  7. irishhobo says:

    Many of the Hoboken parents I have encountered have a major sense of entitlement.

    • YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

      There may be a scientific reason behind that…

      “As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases.” —Paul Piff

      http://blog.ted.com/2013/12/20/6-studies-of-money-and-the-mind/
      [quote comment=”222235″]Many of the Hoboken parents I have encountered have a major sense of entitlement.[/quote]

      • HansBrix says:

        OT again but that theory goes a long way to explain the obsession of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Chas Shumer et al with flooding the US labor market with cheap foreign workers in an era of high unemployment. No wage is too low that it can’t be pushed lower, apparently. “Profits for me but none for thee, peasant.”

        [quote comment=”222241″]There may be a scientific reason behind that…“As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases.” —Paul Piff[/quote]

      • YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

        You might get a laugh if you look at Finding #4 in the Ted link.
        [quote comment=”222242″]OT again but that theory goes a long way to explain the obsession of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Chas Shumer et al with flooding the US labor market with cheap foreign workers in an era of high unemployment. No wage is too low that it can’t be pushed lower, apparently. “Profits for me but none for thee, peasant.”[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        You have a good point..Guess it’s about upbringing -and respect for parents. who are the end result of spoiled young moms n dads..CONDESCENDING…to say the least..On the other hand a couple on 11th st aka stroller parents,were helpful to many during the storm sandy.in many ways…More to life than to sweat unimportant issues..Merry Christmas. 😛 [quote comment=”222241″]There may be a scientific reason behind that…“As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases.” —Paul Piff[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        Joey Joey Joey. Apparently the news stations feel that this oddity was interesting enough to devout time too. They interviewed enough people to show the credible point. I guess you answered the question of why Hoboken does not enforce safety on the sidewalks. It is people like you who try to dismiss the issue as unimportant. And of course if it is unimportant to an important and interesting person as yourself then it must be really unimportant. Hope you’re the next one who is bowled over on the sidewalk by a bicycle or stroller brigade.[quote comment=”222246″]You have a good point..Guess it’s about upbringing -and respect for parents. who are the end result of spoiled young moms n dads..CONDESCENDING…to say the least..On the other hand a couple on 11th st aka stroller parents,were helpful to many during the storm sandy.in many ways…More to life than to sweat unimportant issues..Merry Christmas. [/quote]

      • briank says:

        This is a load of crap. I work in an industry in which I encounter everyone in Hudson county from poor uneducated welfare Medicaid people of all races, to old school Polish and Italian blue collar types, to the apparently hated on this site white Hoboken yuppies, to old school Cubans who grew up in West New York who now drive $150,000 cars. I can say that people’s demeanor, attitudes, manners, and etiquette vary with no relation to income at all. There are obnoxious rich douchebags, and there are low class (literally and figuratively) dirt bags who have never learned any etiquette because their mom was a 14 year old who had not yet even learned herself. I always love the know it alls on here who paint with the broadest brush ever. But the again, this is what we now have with the anonymous Internet age of self selecting/ self reinforcing “news” and blogs- read what you already believe and hear everyone agree with you. [quote comment=”222241″]There may be a scientific reason behind that…“As a person’s levels of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement, of deservingness, and their ideology of self-interest increases.” —Paul Piff[/quote]

      • YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

        If stroller congestion is due to parent ‘entitlement’ as the post implies, and if that is something unique to our town, then maybe this PhD from Berkeley has found something relevant in his studies…is all I’m saying. (did you read the report?)
        [quote comment=”222368″]This is a load of crap. I work in an industry in which I encounter everyone in Hudson county from poor uneducated welfare Medicaid people of all races, to old school Polish and Italian blue collar types, to the apparently hated on this site white Hoboken yuppies, to old school Cubans who grew up in West New York who now drive $150,000 cars. I can say that people’s demeanor, attitudes, manners, and etiquette vary with no relation to income at all. There are obnoxious rich douchebags, and there are low class (literally and figuratively) dirt bags who have never learned any etiquette because their mom was a 14 year old who had not yet even learned herself. I always love the know it alls on here who paint with the broadest brush ever. But the again, this is what we now have with the anonymous Internet age of self selecting/ self reinforcing “news” and blogs- read what you already believe and hear everyone agree with you.[/quote]

  8. showme789 says:

    This is just another example of how rude and arrogant the town has become. Rude mommies, spoiled brats and whining daddies…I’m telling you, a day on Washington St. and I long for days gone by. Here’s hoping that the reval sends them all packing to Montclair.

  9. LobstaGirl says:

    First the sledge hammer will make it’s appearance and then the HBCP ( Hoboken Baby Carriage Patrol ) will issue a citation for Selfishness, Stupidity and of course a minimum ticket of $75 will be issued……court date optional as we already know that YOU are the MOST important person & the ONLY busy person in the town so you will not show up in either case……However, you may opt for the BYOB ( bring you own baby ) to the nearest watering hole for some educational tips free of charge and your cell phone is a requirement.

  10. animal_lover says:

    This city w the strollers alone could make a great series like Dilbert. Another follow-up could be the stroller Mom “having it all” – pictured with the sad faced dog tied up on the children’s playground fence while the kids play. Or the stroller Mom – “gone Columbine” using her stroller as a weapon to force her way through Starbucks.

    This news really highlights the ridiculousness of the living situation in Hoboken. Really shines the light on the La La Land image the Mayor attempts to present.

  11. hobokennjusa says:

    I do not know this bloger nor have I read his post until today when this article was posted in my fb by a mother. She and a few of her mommy friends are not happy that their right to park their strollers by the sidewalks was being critized. I am a mother too…..My friend’s teenage child is in wheelchairs, it is very inconvenience and impossible for the child and people in wheechairs to manuever around your strollers. Your own convenience does not justify. Please remove your strollers, bikes and big objects from the sidewalks.

    • animal_lover says:

      HNJUSA, unfortunately one comment on a blog will do little. I spoke to a number of council people on this and they say no one complains about the lack of sidewalk safety. I have written letters to no avail. Please when you write them send it certified because they will just claim that “there is a problem receiving emails” or they did not get it in regular mail. Best yet it goes as a matter of public record if you share your letter in public forum at a City Council meeting. Let me know if you do I w
      will stand in support of you and speak also on sidewalk safety of getting the bicycles off the sidewalks. [quote comment=”222311″]I do not know this bloger nor have I read his post until today when this article was posted in my fb by a mother. She and a few of her mommy friends are not happy that their right to park their strollers by the sidewalks was being critized. I am a mother too…..My friend’s teenage child is in wheelchairs, it is very inconvenience and impossible for the child and people in wheechairs to manuever around your strollers. Your own convenience does not justify. Please remove your strollers, bikes and big objects from the sidewalks.[/quote]

  12. cegre says:

    This is also common in most apartment buildings here in Hoboken. At least three residents on the floor of my building consistently leave strollers in the hallway for the rest of us to maneuver around. I can’t understand why anyone would block the hallway with personal belongings – and this includes bikes, boots, umbrellas, and trash too! A little common sense and courtesy shouldn’t be this hard!

    • animal_lover says:

      cegre, I certainly see your point but what is discussed here is public safety a condo is a private entity. For enforcement purposes the City is responsible on our sidewalks. It a much more egregious offense to block a public right of way than a private one.[quote comment=”222312″]This is also common in most apartment buildings here in Hoboken. At least three residents on the floor of my building consistently leave strollers in the hallway for the rest of us to maneuver around. I can’t understand why anyone would block the hallway with personal belongings – and this includes bikes, boots, umbrellas, and trash too! A little common sense and courtesy shouldn’t be this hard![/quote]

  13. CapnJonConnors says:

    I know everyone here hates the herd of entitled stroller nazis in town, but really, now you’re complaining about them chaining strollers up outside as well? So, since we don’t want them to bring strollers into restaurants and stores in town… and now we don’t want them to leave the strollers outside when they go into the stores… what exactly are parents of young kids supposed to do? (“never take kids out of the house” is not an acceptable answer)….

    • animal_lover says:

      Just like blocking some highway access to change your tire is acceptable, so is parking outside when you run an errand. If it does not interfere in the flow of the public right of way there is no issue.[quote comment=”222321″]I know everyone here hates the herd of entitled stroller nazis in town, but really, now you’re complaining about them chaining strollers up outside as well? So, since we don’t want them to bring strollers into restaurants and stores in town… and now we don’t want them to leave the strollers outside when they go into the stores… what exactly are parents of young kids supposed to do? (“never take kids out of the house” is not an acceptable answer)….[/quote]

  14. animal_lover says:

    It does not matter the reason they block your passage. The rite of passage is primary. I think it would be better to ask for some space to pass. I am starting to try this. It is awkward but jumping aside only reinforces the problem.

    • animal_lover says:

      excuse me, “right of passage” not rite.[quote comment=”222342″]It does not matter the reason they block your passage. The rite of passage is primary. I think it would be better to ask for some space to pass. I am starting to try this. It is awkward but jumping aside only reinforces the problem.[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        hey watch out the stoller mom dosent throw a crappy diaper at you with all little brown turds lol[quote comment=”222343″]excuse me, “right of passage” not rite.[/quote]

      • animal_lover says:

        Figuratively, they have already. Here’s the misguided attitude of Hoboken Mommy group regarding creating their own rules that are clearly against public policy :

        “Either “majority rules,” or “those who pay the bills, make the rules.” While it is the invasion, they are not the majority or do they “pay the bills”. It is they you are having their lifestyle subsidized by the majority.
        [quote comment=”222364″]hey watch out the stoller mom dosent throw a crappy diaper at you with all little brown turds lol[/quote]

  15. beyondee7 says:

    I’m assuming these are for kids at Hoboken Children Academy – if so, Hoboken Children Academy really should have made sure the sidewalk was fully clear to accommodate the strollers & pedestrians!

  16. AMG1055 says:

    I saw this last week too. How can you get a double stroller past this without walking into the street, or turning around and walking a block back? Has to be some kind of code / public safety violation.

    • animal_lover says:

      AMG, re public safety:

      Here is the response to my reporting the issue to David Mello. “I’ll try to take a look at the area myself, as soon as possible. Of course, we want all of our City sidewalks to be passable. Therefore, if stroller parking is impeding passage, it will be addressed.”

      He never responded that it is not an issue nor addressed the issue. Our City. Our Tax Dollars. Who holds these public servants accountable?[quote comment=”222648″]I saw this last week too. How can you get a double stroller past this without walking into the street, or turning around and walking a block back? Has to be some kind of code / public safety violation.[/quote]

  17. iforgotmymantra says:

    Anyone else with a stroller, or elderly person with a grocery cart, does not matter to these people! Amazing, how could anyone be so blatantly entitled?

  18. whineanddineinhob says:

    A week ago we seen Dave “marsh” Mello and his family taking the PATH train uptown.
    He practically couldn’t get on the train with his family due to the HORRIBLE train conditions on the weekends where the train entering Hoboken arrives with passengers from Journal Square and Newark already onboard. It would of also been nice if he addressed this issue as a councilman regarding Hoboken PATH passengers, but then again, this puppet isn’t a very good neighbor either.

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