What happened to Hoboken snow plowing?

Hoboken “snow plowing” and more…

Yep – almost 50 degrees today – and the Hoboken snow plowing commences. Odd that it’s taking place here on 3rd between Washington & Hudson (aren’t the “snow emergency routes” more important?)

Hoboken NJ Snow Removal February 20 2014

Hoboken “snow re-distribution” is more like it…

It was funny, because they were desperately trying to pile as much snow as possible in the dump trucks, that a ton of it came pouring back into the streets.

You can bet that another half of it fell BACK onto the streets as they took it wherever it was going – while slamming into one of the one million Hoboken potholes. “Re-distribution of snow wealth!” Hooray!

Hoboken will probably try to take credit for the “epic cleanup job” after 85% of it melts by Sunday.

Hoboken NJ Snow Removal Too Little Too Late

Any hit & run witnesses?

Lastly – some black SUV was hit on February 18th – and they’re looking for any eyewitnesses that can help them.

Hoboken NJ Snow Hit and Run sign

Hoboken: Weak effort at snow cleanup

2/18/2014 Update:

Like we mentioned last week – the city used to put in a strong effort at cleaning the streets. Including temporarily moving cars and putting them back. What does Hoboken do in 2014? Shrug their shoulders, give up – and blame people for not moving. While that is partially true (people ought to get off their butts and move their cars), at least Hoboken showed some initiative back in the day. Perhaps the city lawyers nixed the idea.

Gotta love how the city boasts “America’s Most Walkable City…” Tell that to the hundreds of people who slipped and fell on the ice!

Hoboken Americas Most Walkable City NOT when it snows

Here’s what the city sent out this afternoon:

Street cleaning ticketing suspended

“Street cleaning enforcement is suspended until further notice. Unfortunately, because many vehicles remain parked during street cleaning hours, there is insufficient space on most streets to maneuver the payloader needed to clear ice from parking lanes. While the City is not issuing tickets for street cleaning, a payloader and Bobcat are being used to clear open parking spaces, catch basins, and corners where possible in anticipation of a storm forecast for later this week.”

Hoboken snow plowing hits all-time low – can’t manage easy storms?

2/11/2014:

While we have had an unpleasantly cold winter so far – and some regular bouts of moderate snow, it certainly doesn’t rank up there with some of the other years (up to date at least). No massive blizzards or the like.

So why is Hoboken having such an issue with clearing the streets? Worse than I ever recall seeing how mis-managed the city really is.

Hoboken Snow Plowing botched 2014

Back in the day – they’d move your car for you – FREE

Those that have lived in Hoboken long enough, remember the days of previous administrations – where they actually CARED, and made the city more livable.

Did you know that instead of ticketing cars (and not cleaning the streets), Hoboken used to actually SHUT the road down, TEMPORARILY tow cars away from the curb – PLOW the streets (removing snow elsewhere) and they’d actually PUT THE CARS BACK?

It was done as a courtesy.

Streets were clean, cars could park, and visitors would have no problems enjoying the many stores and restaurants the city has to offer. It happened relatively quickly, with the busier streets being taken care of first.

Now? If they can’t make a dime for their own pay raises – they’d rather let the city look like Alaska.

Hoboken Snow Plowing botch job 2014 Dawn Zimmer

10 Responses

  1. showme789 says:

    Wow…a trip down memory lane. I remember back in the 90’s when it seemed like the snow was never going to stop coming. I was caring for my ill grandmother at the time and I recall a knock coming on my door and a city worker asking me if it would be ok if they removed my car in order to remove the snow. I thought the guy was kidding, but he wasn’t. I told him that my car was snowed in and he told me they would gently remove it and put it back as close to the original space as possible. I was amazed at the accuracy of their work. It was one of the reasons that convinced me that when my husband and I were ready, we were moving to Hoboken!!! Yesterday, I got stuck in the ice…again. The city does nothing anymore.
    Thanks for the reminder. It brought back thoughts of professionals being in charge.

    • joey maxim says:

      yeah ,different administration,different PA director..less vehicles 25 yrs ago..Just go with the flow..Pray for summer .and better days..No win situation at this time..[quote comment=”222566″]Wow…a trip down memory lane. I remember back in the 90′s when it seemed like the snow was never going to stop coming. I was caring for my ill grandmother at the time and I recall a knock coming on my door and a city worker asking me if it would be ok if they removed my car in order to remove the snow. I thought the guy was kidding, but he wasn’t. I told him that my car was snowed in and he told me they would gently remove it and put it back as close to the original space as possible. I was amazed at the accuracy of their work. It was one of the reasons that convinced me that when my husband and I were ready, we were moving to Hoboken!!! Yesterday, I got stuck in the ice…again. The city does nothing anymore. Thanks for the reminder. It brought back thoughts of professionals being in charge.[/quote]

      • showme789 says:

        You must have been in a coma. Even the author of this article remembers the snow removal efforts. It wasn’t 25 years ago, it was about 18 years ago and there were almost as many cars and fewer garages. You seem like an angry person, but your anger can’t change the facts.[quote comment=”222582″]yeah ,different administration,different PA director..less vehicles 25 yrs ago..Just go with the flow..Pray for summer .and better days..No win situation at this time..[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        Contrare,I agree with you an the other posters..One time it was a courtesy for car owners an 10 20 years ago isn’t the point. No anger what so ever..There are no givens anymore.just implied that the fact is this is how it is for residents..Again praying for summer is not anger.. Dam that ground hog.[quote comment=”222613″]You must have been in a coma. Even the author of this article remembers the snow removal efforts. It wasn’t 25 years ago, it was about 18 years ago and there were almost as many cars and fewer garages. You seem like an angry person, but your anger can’t change the facts.[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        Forgot to to add that years ago the dpw dumped the snow in the Hudson river..Today the environmental law forbids such.Bottom line been a horrific winter..Once more agree with and the posters.[quote comment=”222616″]Contrare,I agree with you an the other posters..One time it was a courtesy for car owners an 10 20 years ago isn’t the point. No anger what so ever..There are no givens anymore.just implied that the fact is this is how it is for residents..Again praying for summer is not anger.. Dam that ground hog.[/quote]

  2. 2dTour says:

    OK. I’ve lived in Hoboken since 1992, in 4 different apartments, and not once has anyone knocked on every door on a given block to ask the residents, whose cars may or may not be parked on that particular street, if they minded their cars being “gently moved.” Unless you had political connections, your story is horse sh*t.

    Aside from that, why is your ill grandmother relevant to this issue? I’m just curious why you didn’t mention the 13 former heroin addicts whose college tuition you were paying, while you were also feeding 6 abandoned kittens and knitting a warm winter sweater for the homeless vet down the block.

    It’s true that Hoboken used to move snow ELSEWHERE as indicated in 411’s post, but the “elsewhere” was along Observer Highway (which is now taken by parking places because we all need parking for our cars), or in the Hudson which was outlawed for environmental reasons. Of course there are other places they could put the snow now – northwest corner of town, for example – but if they did, all the tea-party-less-government-more-anarchy people on this site who “get it” would bitch about the waste of their tax dollars.

  3. Yuppie1 says:

    Just got an email that said the city is giving up on plowing because there are too many cars parked in the street -but will use a pay loader where it can to dig out snow banks and intersections. Are you kidding me?? Why don’t we give up on taking out the garbage because there’s too much garbage in the street?

    I bet most of those cars haven’t moved in weeks because they’re simply recreational for residents and they have no motivation to move them since the city stopped ticketing. Put them in long term parking and let people that rely on cars every day to use street parking. Move it or tow it like they do in Manhattan. Thank God its getting warm out and this point will be moot soon (at least for this winter).

  4. cegre says:

    My car has been completely stuck on ice on the street for almost 2 weeks now. I’ve called the parking authority, the sanitation department, been transferred to supervisors – all of them are CONFUSED about why I am calling them. They basically said, “it doesn’t matter that your car is stuck, you will not get a ticket”. While I didn’t expect them to show up with ice chippers, I thought they’d at least have some guidance on removing my car so that they can clear the street…

  5. animal_lover says:

    Don’t look now but the number of comments on the Hoboken FB page is getting near the number of voters in town.

  6. showme789 says:

    Dear Diary,
    Yesterday my Director of Soccer started a snow removal program. He called it “Operation 50 Degrees”. That boy is so clever.

    Dawn

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