Jefferson St. residents miffed

9/7/2009:

Anyone can close a street!

I received a few emails from residents who live on Jefferson Street between Newark and First yesterday – including:

“Can anyone shed any light on why Jefferson Street from Newark to First Street was closed off today, with tow trucks out to clear the block, from noon to 10 pm for what appears to be a private party with live music outside of a bar on the northeast end of the block?”

and

“why in the hell was the whole street of jefferson between 1st and newark closed on sunday from 12pm-10pm for a “block” party that consisted of 10 people? the whole street is empty! people had to move their cars…for what? i’m angry. grrr”

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Well, apparently – anyone can close a street for a block party pretty much any time they want – regardless of how many people attend your block party! You just need to go to city hall, and obtain the proper permit.

I wonder if I could do the same thing on my block? I’ll file the paperwork, get the cars towed – and just sit in the middle of the street on a swivel chair all day and listen to mp3’s.

Maybe the block party permit process needs to be changed? Like getting a petition signed? Say, 25 or more signatures from residents living on that block?

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22 Comments on "Jefferson St. residents miffed"

egonce
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egonce
If you had to live near this place, you’d be ticked off too. This block party just adds to the list of grievances against this bar, which has no respect for Hoboken law or residents. Here is a letter I sent on Friday to Mayor Zimmer and the Secretary of the Alcohol Beverage Commission. I encourage everyone who has problems with this bar to call the police immediately and get the incident documented. Acting Mayor Zimmer and Secretary Hetman, I would like your guidance on how to solve a recurring problem in Southwest Hoboken: The parking, noise and social disturbances caused by Maggie’s Place patrons. The bar is located on Jefferson between 1st and Newark. On a daily basis (except for Monday’s when the bar is closed), patrons of the bar double park on Jefferson Street, blocking the driveways around the bar, including mine. My tenants frequently have=2 0to go into the bar, find the car owners, and ask them to move their vehicles, or ask the police to handle the situation. After working a long day, would you want to have to ask someone (who has been drinking), everyday when you get home, to move his car so that you could park in a parking spot that is legally yours? Or to wait 30min for police to show up before you could park your car? I think not. When police arrive, patrons drive around the block until police leave, then double park their cars again. Police do not ticket… Read more »
fupa
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fupa
word is maggie is friends with some police officers in town. In response to egonce who said: If you had to live near this place, you’d be ticked off too. This block party just adds to the list of grievances against this bar, which has no respect for Hoboken law or residents. Here is a letter I sent on Friday to Mayor Zimmer and the Secretary of the Alcohol Beverage Commission. I encourage everyone who has problems with this bar to call the police immediately and get the incident documented. Acting Mayor Zimmer and Secretary Hetman, I would like your guidance on how to solve a recurring problem in Southwest Hoboken: The parking, noise and social disturbances caused by Maggie’s Place patrons. The bar is located on Jefferson between 1st and Newark. On a daily basis (except for Monday’s when the bar is closed), patrons of the bar double park on Jefferson Street, blocking the driveways around the bar, including mine. My tenants frequently have=2 0to go into the bar, find the car owners, and ask them to move their vehicles, or ask the police to handle the situation. After working a long day, would you want to have to ask someone (who has been drinking), everyday when you get home, to move his car so that you could park in a parking spot that is legally yours? Or to wait 30min for police to show up before you could park your car? I think not. When police arrive, patrons… Read more »
Furey
Member

A bunch of friends did this every year from 1999 until a few years ago… it was the July 4th weekend to hold a “White Trash Bash” on 6th and Adams. We would shut down the block and have a party. We never had the cars towed, however. It’s legal. If you don’t like it…then change the law.

eam144
Member

DCs are you reading this? close 8th Street from Mad to Jeff and get Mike/Pat to spin tunes all day for Octoberfest. Tell Matt to come home for a visit!!!!!

In response to Furey who said:
A bunch of friends did this every year from 1999 until a few years ago… it was the July 4th weekend to hold a “White Trash Bash” on 6th and Adams. We would shut down the block and have a party. We never had the cars towed, however. It’s legal. If you don’t like it…then change the law.

ntableman
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ntableman

I am thinking about it, because I lived on that block for almost 9 years and I think that they have done this before when it was El Cuatro. Perhaps there are a few more people in town than usual and noticed it this year.

I never really minded it as I didnt park on the street and walked where I need to go – we do live in a very small town, why would anyone need to drive? Even Target and A&P were only a short walk away.

Anyway, the real issue with that bar is they always used to double park, block the road, and a couple times had out and out riots. “Hoboken’s Laziest” never did a thing. We used to have to push cars out of the way sometimes.

trueblue11
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trueblue11

why would it matter if it were “Geared toward Hispanics”

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