Hoboken Ice Cream Trucks

Hoboken Ice Cream Trucks {and pollution}

Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Ice CreamBack in simpler times, neighborhood ice cream trucks were considered a “treat.”

Even I recall the days as a child hearing the bells around the block (yeah, before the electronic jingles), and rushing to my room to find 25 or 35 cents for a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake ice cream bar.

That’s all there was to it. No one even paid any mind to the kind of truck, etc.

Here’s what one Hoboken parent had to say about it:

“I‘m sure these serve a purpose for some, but the Mister Frostee truck that stays running all day on 4th Street by Church Square Park just pours a steady stream of carbon monoxide into a park made for children. There a constant dark cloud over the park. I don’t understand how people can eat outside at Onieal’s. (The place is overrated to begin with, but you’d have to chew on the gas and smoke smell in between each bite of overpriced hamburger.)

I used to hate the ice cream truck because of the constant jingle that I heard from my apartment all summer long, but taking my one-year old to a fume-filled park gave me a new reason to be anti-ice cream truck…”

I suppose with enough public outcry, local governments across the country will rush to “regulate” even summer ice cream trucks, right? (Good luck trying to figure out how to operate a refrigeration unit using a battery, though…)

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7 Comments on "Hoboken Ice Cream Trucks"

Chow
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Chow

Such nonsense. This parent is clearly a bubble wrap parent – she has a 1 year old. Seriously, your kid cannot go on anything other than the small items in the center of the part.

As far as the grump-spinster comments about the part, the group using it uses every square inch of the public space because this is the dominant group. You have been unhappy for so long with this City, moving out should really be considered.

The guy operating Mister Softee is one of the nicest people in the world. I call BS on Briank! I called BS on you 3 years ago when you made the same comment.

briank
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briank

Sure Chow. Because I love to go find random people on the street and make up stories about them. Go to the park on a nice day and you will see the truck in the same spot for hours on end. What about the rest of the fact based argument I made? Does the truck break current laws with its amplified music or not? Why avoid the facts and instead go with some gut instinct that I have a personal feud with an ice cream man? Maybe the fact that this issue has come up again only shows that it’s an ongoing problem for residents who live near the park?

briank
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briank

I used to live on the corner of the park. The Mr Softee would park illegally on the corner and blare the jingle for hours on end. One Mothers Day I was trying to have a nice family dinner and I politely asked him to move along. He cursed me out. Nice guy.
By the way, city’s ordinances say that no amplified music is allowed, only a bell, and that the truck must move along once it serves the last customer in line. So he is breaking multiple laws at once.
Love the commenters who want the “old Hoboken”, but wonder what they would think of me parking my car outside your window, with the engine at a constant 3000RPM rev, and music blaring for hours. That’s somehow quaint? Nice try.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Blare a jingle????? hahahaha

showme789
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showme789

I think there’s a dark cloud over the head of the author of the letter. I walk past the park everyday and have yet to see the dark cloud she sees. The author has no problem looking at fake grass in a park but has a problem with an ice cream truck. People like her should pack up and move out if they don’t like the things that we have enjoyed here for such a long time.Obviously city living isn’t suitable for her.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

It is the tiny group of City admin supporters who want to destroy our City and as Fulop says “make it theirs”. I feel so aweful for the elderly who are marginalized from our parks and sidewalks and for those whom are parks were for 150 plus years of significant cultural and historical meaning. Now this small group dominates and turns our parks and sidewalks into recreational areas where anything goes excluding extreme sports. Those parents and the City turn a blind eye.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

Mr. Softee is a Hoboken institution. You can see him in a painting of Hoboken’s main historical park painted by a local artist. The historical park was destroyed being turned into a Gymboree and I don’t even know how anyone could use the library with all the screaming noise. The truck and our history needs to be returned as soon as we can rid the City of the corrupt administration. O’Neil’s, Mr. Softee and the rest of the community were peaceful and embraced one another.

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