Then & Now: Church of God Mission

7/21/2009:

What a difference a year makes!

Maybe one and two story buildings in Hoboken should be placed on the endangered species list. Even in this economy a one-story building sitting between two five story buildings (one old, and one new) is a ripe development opportunity.

The little Hispanic church (“The Church of God Mission”) that used to be here has moved on and cashed out on it’s old digs.

The developer will replace this “missing tooth” (builder’s planner lingo) in the streetscape with another five story building on Hudson Street (close to 14th). This block has changed a whole lot in the last 20 years. It wasn’t that long ago that the Hoboken Shore Rail Road was running freight cars down this street and there were waterfront industrial ruins where high-rise condos stand today.

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Say a prayer for the poor little fella that went to the Real Estate graveyard in the sky!

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NickAdams
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NickAdams

Nice work Red Haven! Thanks for sharing!

Red Haven
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Red Haven

NickAdams, I think you’ll enjoy the pictures on this website:

http://hbs.railfan.net/

It shows the Hoboken Shore Railroad back in the day. Here’s a shot of Hudson Street:

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The site indicates the trains ran through 1977, with abandonment in 1978. The tracks were around a lot longer, however.

eam144
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Thanks Red – that site is fantastic. I love seeing pictures and reading about old Hoboken.

In response to Red Haven who said:
NickAdams, I think you’ll enjoy the pictures on this website:

http://hbs.railfan.net/

It shows the Hoboken Shore Railroad back in the day. Here’s a shot of Hudson Street:

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The site indicates the trains ran through 1977, with abandonment in 1978. The tracks were around a lot longer, however.

NickAdams
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NickAdams

Not for nothing, but that railroad must have stopped at least 30 years ago and probably a lot longer.

When I lived on the 1100 block of Hudson, back in 1983 and 1984, Hoboken was, in many ways, a cooler place to live. Lower rents, lower taxes, less hordes of people, more free parking, and overall Hoboken had a lot more charm. It’s now a Disneyification of it’s former self. Sure, there have been some improvements, like the opening of the waterfront, ( but then again, try using Pier A park on a summer weekend, it’s packed to the rafters) but do we really need million dollar one bedroom condos and a new population that feels entitled to build more and more playgrounds, and dogruns, chop down 100 year old trees, end 100 year old traditions like the feasts, and thinks progress is a rehabbed bar selling drinks at twice the price as the old place? Oh, and let’s not forget how wonderful it is to have a sushi place on every corner.

And I liked those old ruins. Just saying.

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