Cheers and Jeers: Hoboken Construction
[Note: This is a Hoboken411 reader contributed article. There will be one or more “reader articles” a day this week.]
Cheers and Jeers:
Midtown Hoboken New Construction and Renovation
by Realty Genie
Waterfront buildings get a lot of attention, but most of Hoboken lives west of Washington Street. For better or worse, we have to live with a lot of our neighbors’ decisions about building frontage. We can’t appeal to any gods of good taste, but we can rave and rant here on Hoboken411. Following are the best and worst of recent building work between 5th and 8th Streets, from Washington Street back to Clinton Street. These are all my personal opinions regarding only aesthetics from the sidewalk. I have not been in any of these buildings and offer no judgment on the quality of the construction. Being only a genie and not a licensed agent, I will not make any money on their sales or rentals. I only care because I want my neighborhood to look its best.
One cheer goes to these two buildings on Willow Avenue. The one on the right is still under construction and has a realtor’s sign saying the units there are for rent. The larger building is a bit hulking and has a boring cornice (the part at the top just under the roof), but they stuck mainly to brick and stone and didn’t try to be too flashy.
See the rest of the Cheers and some Jeers after the jump!
(Cheers & jeers, continued…)
Two cheers go to this condo conversion renovation on Bloomfield Street. The door at the main entrance is the one element of ugliness. Otherwise, it is a gorgeously restored Victorian brick rowhouse, with beautiful cornices and windows. Special recognition goes to the new decks and the really cute garage doors. (picture #2 in the slide show)
Three cheers go to the newer buildings at either end of the north side of Church Square Park. I’m normally not a fan of French balconies, since they don’t actually allow you to be outside, but they look just right by the park. The flower shop looks great here:
The buildings where the ugly bank and empty parking lot used to be are obviously modern, but they manage very nicely to fit in with the older homes along the park’s edge.
And now for the uglifiers, who look like they’re saying to the neighbors “We are bringing you some class!” when all they are bringing is clash.
One jeer goes to this Willow Terrace home. “My salt box is bigger and newer than your salt box!” When the houses are this close together, it is neither gracious nor graceful to be the first on the block with a new style of roof or window. The house can be redeemed if it ends up with a color scheme that blends in.
Two jeers go to this one-family on Garden. Walking by it is one less reason to love going to work in the morning. Its owner apparently has more money than the owner on Willow Terrace, but shares the same stupid idea of having really kewl windows that are, like, so different from all those other boring windows that everyone else has! I normally do not advocate being a nuisance, but if I had a dog, I would be tempted to bring it by every day to pee on the front staircase, because the owner is peeing on the sensibilities of the rest of the people on the block.
The hands-down worst new construction, though, goes to the Nightmare on Seventh Street. Is it a school building? A techie bordello? The brainchild of a vengeful resident who won the lottery and hates the neighbors? No, no, and oddly enough, no. It is a one-family spec house. The owner-investors have told a local resident that they plan to list this monsterpiece and sell it “for a lot of money.” If only the wizards who thought this one up could dig up Dumbledore so he could cast a spell and make it invisible.
Rate this article! Did Realty Genie do a good job??
Thanks again for the article, Realty Genie!