How Hoboken’s Waterfront came to be
Jim Vance, President of the Fund for a Better Waterfront wanted everyone to know about this lecture at the Hoboken Historical Museum (13th & Hudson) tomorrow afternoon at 4pm.
Getting waterfront parks was NO easy task!
“Many new comers town know nothing of the struggle to bring about our wonderful string of waterfront parks. It’s as if Colonel Stevens bequeathed Pier A Park on being given Hoboken Island shortly after the Revolutionary War. Ron Hine, Executive Director of Fund for a Better Waterfront will be telling the true story Sunday. Here is an invitation I am asking you to post as a public service.”
On the Waterfront: 1989 to 2009
Paving the Way for a Public Park
When: Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 4 p.m.
Where: Hoboken Historical Museum – 1301 Hudson Street
This presentation by Ron Hine, the Executive Director of the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW), is part of the Museum’s lecture series: Up & Down the River, the History of the Hudson, 1609 to 2009.
In the first half of the 19th century, Hoboken was popular with New Yorkers for its recreational waterfront, which included such attractions as a River Walk, Elysian Fields and Sybil’s Cave. But by the late 1800s, Hoboken’s waterfront was transformed into a bustling maritime port, serving passenger ships and, later, cargo vessels, which dominated the water’s edge for most of the 20th century. By 1990, these waterfront industries had virtually disappeared, creating a once-in-a-century opportunity to reclaim the Hudson River waterfront for public recreation.
In a referendum in July 1990, the voters of Hoboken rejected a massive development proposal for Hoboken’s south waterfront, opening the way for the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) to propose a new vision which called for a continuous public park from the Hoboken Train Terminal to the Weehawken Cove, clearly delineated from the upland private development on new, Hoboken-sized blocks. Today, much of this plan has been realized after many successful legal battles to preserve the water’s edge for the public.
This slide-lecture will relate this history, focusing on the past two decades and the tantalizing opportunity to finish the missing links.
I look forward to seeing you this Sunday,
Jim Vance, President FBW