Hobokenpix: Garden St. Cobblestone

2/24/2009:

[Continuing the ORIGINAL Hoboken411 “Photo of the Day” series…]

Hoboken Photo of the Day – 2/23/2009

I took the following photo the other day at the corner of 14th and Garden Streets. The skilled workers at Hufnagel Landcaping were installing beautiful cobblestone pavers outside the new Garden Street Lofts Building.

Speaking of Garden Street Lofts, check out this featured article from the NY Daily News about the “Green” LEED-Certified condo, where developer Larry Bijou said “Originally, I just wanted to restore old buildings and add character to these streets. Hoboken is a young city with very intelligent, future-minded people. An investment in green is an investment in their future. They know that and so do we.”

That area has come along quite nicely, I might add. Great to see it finally nearing completion. Now if an Apple Store decides to move there in this economy is another thing…

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12 Comments on "Hobokenpix: Garden St. Cobblestone"

emarche
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[quote comment=”138838″][quote comment=”138816″][quote comment=”138629″]bring back cobblestones![/quote]

I agree. That would save the city from constantly spending money by resurfacing the roads over and over. And besides if there is a water main break, all they have to do it lift out the cobblestones to fix the pipe(s) and then replace them. Much more efficient and would put a stop to continuous contracts to cronies of the City Hall crowd.[/quote]
Does any body no how much cobblestones cost?. I am friends with val Hufnagel and that project cost more then $30,000 dollars vS $8000 for blacktop. Cobblestones for the most part are durable but are a nightmare to repair . When time is of the essence when a water main breaks it would take 3 times as long and 4 times the man power to lift up and repair thus undermining our infrastructure due to water saturation. Snow plowing is also a nightmare and forget about salting because salt will heath and crack the mortar joints creating more maintenance I love the look of cobblestones and would want them used all over town but realistically do you think they are cost effective in a town who had a 47% tax increase?[/quote]

I say we pave our streets with the skulls of losers from Jersey City, Bayonne and Weehawken – who’s with me?

TACOMA
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TACOMA

[quote comment=”138816″][quote comment=”138629″]bring back cobblestones![/quote]

I agree. That would save the city from constantly spending money by resurfacing the roads over and over. And besides if there is a water main break, all they have to do it lift out the cobblestones to fix the pipe(s) and then replace them. Much more efficient and would put a stop to continuous contracts to cronies of the City Hall crowd.[/quote]
Does any body no how much cobblestones cost?. I am friends with val Hufnagel and that project cost more then $30,000 dollars vS $8000 for blacktop. Cobblestones for the most part are durable but are a nightmare to repair . When time is of the essence when a water main breaks it would take 3 times as long and 4 times the man power to lift up and repair thus undermining our infrastructure due to water saturation. Snow plowing is also a nightmare and forget about salting because salt will heath and crack the mortar joints creating more maintenance I love the look of cobblestones and would want them used all over town but realistically do you think they are cost effective in a town who had a 47% tax increase?

moproteus
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moproteus

[quote comment=”138629″]bring back cobblestones![/quote]

I agree. That would save the city from constantly spending money by resurfacing the roads over and over. And besides if there is a water main break, all they have to do it lift out the cobblestones to fix the pipe(s) and then replace them. Much more efficient and would put a stop to continuous contracts to cronies of the City Hall crowd.

moproteus
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moproteus

[quote comment=”138605″]Kudos to him, I read about this and I think this guy is smart, I hope his project is a success and I’m glad that he went out of his way to pay tribute to the historical value of this location; he really didn’t have to.[/quote]

Don’t give the guy too much credit. Yes he was quoted as saying in the Daily News article: “Originally, I just wanted to restore old buildings and add character to these streets. Hoboken is a young city with very intelligent, future-minded people. An investment in green is an investment in their future. They know that and so do we.” but he recently sold (last fall) the old buildings that he owned on 15th and 16th between Willow and Park Streets to a huge developer who is looking to building skyscrapers on the parcels. Anyone who lives in the Garden Street Lofts just got screwed with their light and air and views. Just last week the city passed as a resolution to study the area to determine if it could be a redevelopment area. And you know where that always ends up: They will say, of course it should be a redevelopment area with PILOTS no less. This guy picked the Rockefeller Group to do the high rise damage.

ntableman
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ntableman

I live in this building and the level of attention paid to the details is impressive. I have not seen workmanship like this in a while. Even joints, well cut miters, things are level, high quality and because of the lack of VOCs and other compounds the place doesn’t smell like a chemical plant. There are many measures of quality but one I will mention is my punch list, is was almost nonexistent, while my last place was pages (I wont mention the name, but that guys apartments are not holding up well).

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