4th of July: Hoboken getting ready!

7/4/2009 Evening Update:

411 NOTE: This is probably the last photo update before the big show – if you have fun or unique pictures or videos you’d like to contribute – please feel free to email me at Hoboken411@gmail.com (I spoke with a couple friendly 411 fans with ├╝ber-fancy cameras and lenses that might send in a few).

Almost ready to go!

(See notes below…)


(Note: in no particular order – and not post processed – sorry – too many!)

Crowd creeping in!

Spent the last 2.5 hours checking out the city – Here’s what I witnessed near the “stage” uptown…

  • For one – the southernmost barge is directly across from 14th Street in Hoboken – excellent vantage point!
  • The second barge also has a good view in Hoboken
  • The crowds are calm and peaceful and well-behaved. Not as packed as you might suspect – but there’s over an hour left before the big show.
  • Good police presence – with cooperation from outside communities for ambulatory aid.
  • Some food vendors looked rather upset (the Crab Cake guy had no people!)
  • Most onlookers seemed to be from out of town. My guess is 75% or more.
  • The boats were lined up near 11th Street
  • Elysian Park or the walkway north of the Hudson Tea building might be good alternatives to watch.
  • They’re trying to shut Hudson Street and Washington – but keep letting some cars through to alleviate congestion.
  • Police are now noticing an extreme increase in PATH traffic.
  • Some kids are setting off fireworks already in the NW part of town – Oscar had three heart attacks already.
  • Have a great time and enjoy the show!!

7/4/2009:

First of all – Happy 4th to everyone!

Still Calm in Hoboken

I spent the past couple hours milling around north Hoboken – and below you’ll find my photostream of what I saw – along with my brief observations.

One thing I haven’t been able to confirm yet – and have received conflicting reports – is exactly where the southernmost fireworks barge will be staged – and when. Some have said they move it slightly south (near Maxwell Place) – others still think it’ll be more at the northern border of Hoboken (at the edge of Weehawken). I expect the barges to start going into place in a couple hours – and then we’ll know for sure!


(FYI – I didn’t spend time post-processing these photos, so some may be a bit dark – sorry!)

So what is going on?

Here’s what I learned and saw:

  • For starters, if you listen to the Hoboken411 Live Police and Fire Action Channel – you’ll overhear quite a bit of preparation and communication. Sounds very organized. Good job guys!
  • Hoboken is still quite calm and peaceful. The general consensus amongst various city workers is, that action will really start picking up around 6pm.
  • The food vendors are beginning to setup along Sinatra Drive (a fried calamari truck too!)
  • The first aid squad uptown is manned and ready to go.
  • The Hoboken Cove Boathouse near Maxwell Place has been converted into a temporary Uptown Police Command Center.
  • Eight Port-O-Johnnie’s setup from Maxwell Place north – the remaining 22 south to Pier A Park.
  • Some Hoboken businesses decided to close – others are hoping to capitalize on the added traffic.
  • A whole bunch of newly added hot dog carts dispersed in the area.
  • It was a pleasure to walk down the middle of Sinatra Drive without any traffic!

I’ll do one more “sweep” later in the afternoon to compare the changes!

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13 Comments on "4th of July: Hoboken getting ready!"

chrisvanjura
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chrisvanjura

To the wonderful person who stole the seat off of my bike at 10th and wash on the evening of the 4th … I wish you had sat on the pipe after stealing the seat so that you would have … injured yourself. When you have a minute, please send me a check for $50 … Its probably going to cost me that to replace it. At least you and your type A Tool crew had a good laugh … God Bless America”

strand tramp
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strand tramp

if the police presence is all it take to keep people civil then it worked very well. i hope next st pat’s is as pleasant. anyone notice that none of the parks seemed to have the grass cut? steven’s was a disgrace. elysian was only slightly better. well done hoboken.

emarche
Member

Crowd control was excellent this weekend. Well done, HPD: Police presence definitely worked in keeping people civil. Dare we dream of what might happen if there were regular beat cops in town?

In response to strand tramp who said:
if the police presence is all it take to keep people civil then it worked very well. i hope next st pat’s is as pleasant. anyone notice that none of the parks seemed to have the grass cut? steven’s was a disgrace. elysian was only slightly better. well done hoboken.

Naf
Member

It’s amazing what happens when the right people are placed in charge. Kudos to Mayor Cammarano, Captain Garcia, and Battalion Chief Green.

In response to emarche who said:
Crowd control was excellent this weekend. Well done, HPD: Police presence definitely worked in keeping people civil. Dare we dream of what might happen if there were regular beat cops in town?

NJDevils1087
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NJDevils1087

This day was ridiculous. I’m all for safety and such, but what was with the police state that was Hoboken east of Hudson Street?

I tried to go to my campus and play tennis, chained. I tried to go see if local kids had a game of pickup soccer going at Sinatra, chained.

WHY DO YOU CHAIN A FIELD on 4th of July? It’s like saying “This year there will be no backyard sports on Memorial Day.” That’s really good. I was relegated to trying to get some tennis practice in off the retaining wall of Sinatra holding up the 11th/10th St. Park, and it wasn’t working since a bunch of people kept feeling the need to walk directly in front of me despite a half a street and full wide sidewalk behind.

I wasn’t the only one trying to get some futbol going… saw at least 2 or 3 groups of kids with balls trying to play, all denied by the chain.

Pity we needed to turn the town into an authoritarian state due to some tame fireworks crowds…. highly doubt we received the numbers some were expecting.

mooshu
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mooshu

Love all the photos. But my favorite is the sixth (the one with the seagulls on the pier) :).

Granty
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Granty

No one was there that had any connection into Town Hall, so to speak. Our wonderful governor was not there. Expect that he had his own party at his place at Maxwells and did not need to come and rub elbows with the common folks.

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