Maxwell Place Pier update

6/8/2010 Update:

Old news resurfaces at Washington Times…

Blame iPhones and other technology, because some folks have attention spans two minutes long.

The Washington Times “picked up” on the facts that Hoboken411 had well over three years ago (in the Maxwell Place Archives) – that Toll Brothers DID NOT have to fully pay for the waterfront amenities at Maxwell Place, because of Federal Grant monies they received.

I guess “taxpayers footing the bill” is hot news these days, regardless of how long you already knew about it…

6/26/2009 Update:

The newest section of Hoboken’s waterfront opens tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am.

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Will this be the last ribbon-cutting?

“Maxwell Place Park, a five-acre waterfront open space, will open to the public with an official ceremony officiated by Mayor David Roberts and project principals at 11 am, Saturday, June 27th.

“This park was made possible by a public-private partnership and illustrates Hoboken’s commitment to the creation of open, public space along our majestic waterfront,” said Mayor Roberts. “This park is a key element to our promise to create nearly 20 new acres of public parks and recreational facilities.”

The two-acre final phase includes the waterfront walkway and a 570 foot pier. Previous phases have included open lawns, a toddler and pre-teen play area, a boat house and sand beach and two dog runs.

Maxwell Place Park is a result of a developer agreement between the City and project builder, Toll Brothers, to construct a public park and walkway on the site of the former Maxwell House Coffee plant.
Toll Brothers deeded the waterfront parcel to the City for use as open, public space. The waterfront walkway, which links existing sections to the north and south, was funded through federal DOT grants secured by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires.

Both Menendez and Sires have been committed to the goal of a continuous public walkway from Bayonne to Edgewater along the Hudson River.”

See original “sneak peek” photo after the jump…

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

Hoboken Photo of the Day – 6/3/2009

Despite the numerous “No Trespassing” signs peppered along the chain-link fence surrounding the new pier at Maxwell Place – many residents interpreted the many unimpeded openings to the pier as “Now Open for Business,” (including me and the Hoboken411 mascot Oscar!)

A few people I spoke with agreed… perhaps the pier isn’t done yet, but the general consensus was “too much concrete” and “that’s it?”

Regardless, I’m happy this new pier is essentially ready for business – as Hoboken’s “Premier” waterfront location gets better by the month!

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24 Responses

  1. emarche says:

    This is a great looking pier – I’m curious about the structure on the pier…the overhang. Looks like something more than just a shade/rain protection provider.

    • Biffy B For Mayor says:

      perhaps a wine bar?

      In response to emarche who said:

      This is a great looking pier – I’m curious about the structure on the pier…the overhang. Looks like something more than just a shade/rain protection provider.

    • elainetyger says:

      They could put a solar energy collector up there.

      In response to emarche who said:

      This is a great looking pier – I’m curious about the structure on the pier…the overhang. Looks like something more than just a shade/rain protection provider.

    • DRoss says:

      Taco Bell!

      In response to emarche who said:

      This is a great looking pier – I’m curious about the structure on the pier…the overhang. Looks like something more than just a shade/rain protection provider.

  2. emarche says:

    If (and that’s a huge if) they could set up an outdoor bar on one of those piers…that’d be fun.

  3. Blucheez says:

    What are the big concrete slabs cemented along the walkway? They’re just dying a coat of wax an a skateboard to grid along them.

    • homeworld says:

      I know… They’re asking for trouble with those.

      The metal structure on the pier confuses me, as well…

      In response to Blucheez who said:

      What are the big concrete slabs cemented along the walkway? They’re just dying a coat of wax an a skateboard to grid along them.

  4. mooshu says:

    Yay– fresh pup territory!

    (Nice photo.)

    • HansBrix says:

      Based on what I see around the Shipyard I’d say it’s more like fresh poop territory.

      I scolded a guy the other night who was walking away from Rover’s fresh deposit. He just sniffed, turned his nose up, and walked on.

      In response to mooshu who said:

      Yay– fresh pup territory!

      (Nice photo.)

      • strand tramp says:

        hans is exactly right. i walk along this area and it is a mine field of dog sh1t. i watch as dog owners waltz there animils thru the landscape at the shipyard, right in front of the “no pets” sign. i have personally asks dog owners to pick up the fresh pile they just left on the side walk and have always been met with the exact same response as Hans experienced. there are too many dogs iin this town. there are too many selfish m-f’r owners in this town. there is too much dog sh1t on the streets of this town. the town needs to make owning a dog a LOT more expensive in order to reduce the number of dogs. triple the annual license fees. start issuing tickets for dog sh1t…at least $500 dollars.
        when the numbers of dogs is reduced then the extreme amount of dog sh1t will be reduced.

        In response to HansBrix who said:

        Based on what I see around the Shipyard I’d say it’s more like fresh poop territory.

        I scolded a guy the other night who was walking away from Rover’s fresh deposit. He just sniffed, turned his nose up, and walked on.

      • sassy lassie says:

        HB and st, i can’t even believe your complaints about a little dog poop when you are living in a town with a huge number of known contaminated sites designated by the NJDEP and trash strewn about everywhere by drunken weekend revelers. these greater issues don’t wash away with a heavy rain, like a little turd does.

        In response to strand tramp who said:

        hans is exactly right. i walk along this area and it is a mine field of dog sh1t. i watch as dog owners waltz there animils thru the landscape at the shipyard, right in front of the “no pets” sign. i have personally asks dog owners to pick up the fresh pile they just left on the side walk and have always been met with the exact same response as Hans experienced. there are too many dogs iin this town. there are too many selfish m-f’r owners in this town. there is too much dog sh1t on the streets of this town. the town needs to make owning a dog a LOT more expensive in order to reduce the number of dogs. triple the annual license fees. start issuing tickets for dog sh1t…at least $500 dollars.
        when the numbers of dogs is reduced then the extreme amount of dog sh1t will be reduced.

      • oceanbloo says:

        That’s the thing. It’s not a “little dog poop.” Around the Shipyard there is a ton of it. You can’t just casually walk – you have to actively watch your feet to make sure you don’t step in it.

        I don’t understand people who crap all over their own town and then try to justify it.

        In response to sassy lassie who said:

        HB and st, i can’t even believe your complaints about a little dog poop when you are living in a town with a huge number of known contaminated sites designated by the NJDEP and trash strewn about everywhere by drunken weekend revelers. these greater issues don’t wash away with a heavy rain, like a little turd does.

  5. mooshu says:

    HansBrix, stop whining and get yourself a slingshot.

    • HansBrix says:

      Had an awesome Wrist Rocket when I was 12. I hurled pebbles, fire crackers, and even grasshoppers.

      Thanks to my deadly aim I nailed, I mean NAILED, my parents’ driveway light. Dead center.

      Too bad I was aiming for the curb.

      In response to mooshu who said:

      HansBrix, stop whining and get yourself a slingshot.

      • mooshu says:

        If only you’d hurled dog poop nuggets.

        Imagine where you’d be now.

        In response to HansBrix who said:

        Had an awesome Wrist Rocket when I was 12. I hurled pebbles, fire crackers, and even grasshoppers.

        Thanks to my deadly aim I nailed, I mean NAILED, my parents’ driveway light. Dead center.

        Too bad I was aiming for the curb.

      • Mango-Tango says:

        I had a lot of fun as a kid shooting people with grapes.

        In response to HansBrix who said:

        Had an awesome Wrist Rocket when I was 12. I hurled pebbles, fire crackers, and even grasshoppers.

        Thanks to my deadly aim I nailed, I mean NAILED, my parents’ driveway light. Dead center.

        Too bad I was aiming for the curb.

      • escaped68 says:

        I still have my old faithful wristrocket and have used on the wildlife that raids my garbage.

        In response to HansBrix who said:

        Had an awesome Wrist Rocket when I was 12. I hurled pebbles, fire crackers, and even grasshoppers.

        Thanks to my deadly aim I nailed, I mean NAILED, my parents’ driveway light. Dead center.

        Too bad I was aiming for the curb.

  6. spoon says:

    Can someone say CONCRETE. talking about being cheap with the finishes. Brick pavers and some grass and plants would have been nice there.

    When people see Maxwell Place they see luxury but i see a lot of concrete, asphalt and stone. big conrete wall, weird ass conrete tree planters, concrete sidewalks, asphalt road, lots of big rocks along the water and beach, big new conrete slab of a park, big conrete slab pier.

    • chicagofinance says:

      spoon: dead-on

      What a sinfully stupid set of decisions that just screams….cheap Toll crap. On a comfortable sunny Labor Day weekend, the concrete field combined with all the concrete and glass on the building turn the place into a solar energy array.

      All you need to know about how stinking hot it is there, for the first time in my life I actually saw a welcome mat dried to crisp. It was on the ground in front of the ONE ground floor unit sold. I looked like a fried pork rind 😛

      In response to spoon who said:

      Can someone say CONCRETE. talking about being cheap with the finishes. Brick pavers and some grass and plants would have been nice there.

      When people see Maxwell Place they see luxury but i see a lot of concrete, asphalt and stone. big conrete wall, weird ass conrete tree planters, concrete sidewalks, asphalt road, lots of big rocks along the water and beach, big new conrete slab of a park, big conrete slab pier.

  7. truth1 says:

    Rover’s owners are to blame…too bad they don’t stick around to sniff it. Consideration for others is totally absent…enforcement of difficult proportions….they should be video taped by fixed cameras and by authorzed enforcers and when charged and found guily, large fines and community service in picking up the poop. I wonder how many of them are voters?

  8. homeworld says:

    What’s the point of that triangular sliver of arborvitaes that encompasses nearly half of the pier? What a waste of space!

  9. bmacqueens says:

    Usually I bitch and moan on this website, but I can’t help but look at that pier and think …

    Rollerblade hockey. Play with a big kids’ ball so that it doesn’t go through the fence. If you run into a lamp post, that’s a body check from a big “enforcer” on the ice.

    Yeah. That could be good.

  10. homeworld says:

    Geeze. Could they find a lower resolution photo?

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