Viaduct a desination?

Is the 14th St. Viaduct a destination in Hoboken?

Is the 14th Street Viaduct a destination in Hoboken NJThis new so-called “open space” that has been created under the 14th Street Viaduct, while a definite step up from what it was prior – can it even be considered a bonafide “destination?”

Construction workers building that new dog park which is as close to the western border of Hoboken that anything can possibly be – thought it was “a foolish concept,” and wondered once the fanfare of it opening up – will it actually be used. Especially with all the homeless around, and the overall bleak industrial feel of the area.

Some folks assume something is going to happen closer to the Bow Tie Cinemas – but may be disappointed. Apparently it will just remain a big slab of concrete – which will of course be hailed as some kind of “open area.” Sure in the beginning their might be some effort to organize some kind of events, markets, etc. – but the general consensus is that it would be poorly attended and short-lived.

Take a walk up there one day. If you were captured on hidden camera – you’d probably have that quizzical look that says “you’re kidding, right?”

If only the administration was smart enough to approve that totally awesome bowling alley proposal. But alas, they’re probably waiting for some other kind of political payday that’s being discussed in back rooms around the mile square.

I guess time will tell. Perhaps will more residential development (as well as commercial), it may certainly help. But how long that takes, and who will allow the market to decide (and not some pretentious “think tank” of people) remains to be seen.

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8 Comments on "Viaduct a desination?"


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tomtom
1 year 20 days ago

Not in the current state. The area needs life, and the concrete jungle alone is not enough of a draw. It will take 10 years or more to build the surrounding area up enough to make it a destination.

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The Professor
1 year 20 days ago

Well, it probably will be a “destination” for skaters and the same people who leave those plastic baggies all over the other concrete “parks.” Just perhaps not what the planners and politicians were going for.[quote comment=”223594″]Not in the current state. The area needs life, and the concrete jungle alone is not enough of a draw. It will take 10 years or more to build the surrounding area up enough to make it a destination.[/quote]

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ringking
1 year 20 days ago

Personally I would like to see a basketball court, but i can see how that can also bring in some other unwanted aspects. If you look all around the NYC area, how many under the bridge areas have been utilized properly. I can’t think of any aside from bball courts or skatepark.[quote comment=”223596″]Well, it probably will be a “destination” for skaters and the same people who leave those plastic baggies all over the other concrete “parks.” Just perhaps not what the planners and politicians were going for.[/quote]

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joey maxim
1 year 18 days ago

agreed..but…this is not nyc..there is a court across from dearest middle school where they have summer leagues.another court in wallace school yard..another in the momma johnson project area last i looked.Due too the developement boom the less space for parks that have basketball courts etc..we cannot have both…in a mile n quarter square town…not made for the things we want..again i agree.but alas..impossible.sign of the times[quote comment=”223598″]Personally I would like to see a basketball court, but i can see how that can also bring in some other unwanted aspects. If you look all around the NYC area, how many under the bridge areas have been utilized properly. I can’t think of any aside from bball courts or skatepark.[/quote]

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joey maxim
1 year 18 days ago

typo ment to type in DEMAREST MIDDLE SCHOOL SORRY[quote comment=”223604″]agreed..but…this is not nyc..there is a court across from dearest middle school where they have summer leagues.another court in wallace school yard..another in the momma johnson project area last i looked.Due too the developement boom the less space for parks that have basketball courts etc..we cannot have both…in a mile n quarter square town…not made for the things we want..again i agree.but alas..impossible.sign of the times[/quote]

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animal_lover
1 year 19 days ago

Since Ms. Zimmer touted this as a recreational area I expected to see at least some lawn area, shrubs and a park bench or two. She saw fit to publicly criticize the give back park at Shoprite which one can reasonable find comfort, shade, a small lawn and even chess tables with nicely maintained trees, vines and other greenery. I was a bit surprised that anyone could take pride in this area as a place to congregate. I will say the brick layers appear to have done a good job. But it is more of a cobblestone walkway than a place to linger.

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animal_lover
1 year 17 days ago

if they bring in cute farmers market carts and other vendor stalls it could make a cute market place like the Vieux Carrre in the French Quarter.

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tonyp428
1 year 16 days ago

Try not to forget that this is a piece of a larger puzzle. The west side redevelopment goes from 9th street up to the 14th st viaduct. That development has plans for a community center which would close to this space. Also, the HUD grant that Hoboken received for the flood prevention plan calls for a 2-3 block park between 12th and 14th. Unfortunately, all of these things don’t come together at the same time but the development is interconnected.