Before waterfront development in Hoboken

[Reminiscing Hoboken411’s Five Year Anniversary…]

Then and Now: Downtown Hoboken Waterfront

Many newcomers don’t remember that the downtown waterfront area in Hoboken used to be a barren wasteland! I remember River Street like that!

Take a look at this awesome shot – I think the shot was from the 90’s… My! You almost don’t recognize it!

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What’s missing?

Well, we have:

We often take for granted how Hoboken has improved over the past 20 years. However, I wish better urban planners were involved – as our infrastructure, parking and traffic really blow now.

This is the closest shot I could find… If I tried taking a duplicate shot from the Marine View Plaza – it’d be all blocked by buildings anyway!

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29 Comments on "Before waterfront development in Hoboken"

Lawyer
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Lawyer

Miss the WTC in the background.

bmacqueens
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Agree. It’s hard to believe how massive they were until you see the old pictures. “Old” pictures. Sigh. It’s hard to explain to the kids what used to be there.[quote comment=”205854″]Miss the WTC in the background.[/quote]

R_Fulton
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R_Fulton

I actually took this photo. It is from 1997 & I took it from Marineview Plaza facing south

bmoc04
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bmoc04

[quote comment=”151863″]in the bottom pic is Marine view towers…is that a round pool on top of the parking garage? the City owns the parking garage…does that mean there is a city pool up there?[/quote]
Yes, in theory. But you should know that the politicians in town feel that the city, public works, and public funds are always and only used for their own private dealings :mrgreen:

andynnj
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andynnj

I like it better before all those crap buildings went up. Looks kinda peaceful.

Tiger
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Tiger

[quote comment=”151884″]I think this shot is from the late 1990s. I have pictures I took from the mid-1990s that still show the warehouses along the water behind the USDA building.[/quote]
You are right, it looked that was up to the late 90s. I started at Stevens in 1998, I distinctly remember Hoboken waterfront looking like that from Castle Point.

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