Sinatra Drive to close on Sundays

6/11/2010 Update:

Asphalt “Park” Project begins June 13th

As a reminder, Sinatra Drive between 4th and 11th Streets will be closed for the first time this year, on Sunday June 13th from 10am to 6pm.

Note that cars will STILL be permitted to drive from their parking spots – out of the designated “we can’t build a real park, so this will suffice” safe zone. However, a 5 MPH speed limit is in effect. Imagine getting a speeding ticket for going 7 MPH? What a loser you’d feel like, right? Haha!

6/2/2010:

Why build Hoboken parks, when you can play in the street?

Back in the late 90’s – Sinatra Drive in Hoboken used to be closed to vehicular traffic from 6am to 8pm on Sundays during summer months so that “pedestrians could safely journey to the river’s edge” (I suppose sidewalks and crosswalks weren’t good enough?)

Now, the city wants to reinstate that plan in 2010 in order to “afford safe pedestrian access to the Hudson River Waterfront,” adjusting the hours of closure from 10am to 6pm.

While I personally don’t really have a problem with it – considering the utter shortage of open space in the Mile Square, a couple residents think this does more harm than good. One uptown property owner was concerned that southbound traffic on Hudson Street would dramatically increase – endangering the safety of children due to “speeding out of towners looking to cut through Hoboken.” Others felt that the excess traffic from residents returning home from the shore would also be a nightmare in other parts of town.

I imagine once word gets out that the street will be closed, you’d see a lot of families bringing BBQ’s and lawn furniture to setup impromptu street picnics. Also, bikers and roller-bladers might be thrilled. But I wouldn’t recommend parking your car on that street, because undoubtedly frisbees, baseballs and other projectiles are bound to nick cars at some point.

What do you think of the proposed street closure?

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64 Comments on "Sinatra Drive to close on Sundays"

matt1122
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matt1122

What would really be nice is if they made Sinatra Drive a bicycle only route on Sundays but still kept it free of cars and pedestrians.

homeworld
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So now that everybody has had a chance to whine about Sinatra Street being closed to cars and the first instance has come and passed, how horrible was the traffic actually on Sunday?

I was not here so I do not know what the results were and if all of these doom and gloom debbie-downers were right or not.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

A clear success – except of course for a couple of dipwad SUV’s that kept passing at 30 -40 MPH. Mostly runner, bikers and bladers. Made for a much safer environment to do a bit of training.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

animals belong in a field a grassy area in the suberbs or the shore area..unfair to the dogs
that deserve a better area to dwell in..btw the shipyard lease states not over 60lbs.i see water buffalos in those bldgs..you really love your pets buy a home where they can enjoy their enviorment.[quote comment=”193537″]A clear success – except of course for a couple of dipwad SUV’s that kept passing at 30 -40 MPH. Mostly runner, bikers and bladers. Made for a much safer environment to do a bit of training.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

animal lover if you ever got hit with a vehicle going at 40mph it would take a week to take the head light out of your arrrse..jog without the mp 3s and head phones out of your arsses…beside the cell phones…dangerous .[quote comment=”193559″]animals belong in a field a grassy area in the suberbs or the shore area..unfair to the dogs
that deserve a better area to dwell in..btw the shipyard lease states not over 60lbs.i see water buffalos in those bldgs..you really love your pets buy a home where they can enjoy their enviorment.

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animal_lover
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animal_lover

regarding whiskytango1, HOBOKEN411 where in the left field world did this person come from? No one said anything about devices or dogs here. All folks out sunday were sensible except the two nonabiding drivers mentioned. For the record, I would agree w you on the device issue with traffic but the whole premise here is street closure. [quote comment=”193560″]animal lover if you ever got hit with a vehicle going at 40mph it would take a week to take the head light out of your arrrse..jog without the mp 3s and head phones out of your arsses…beside the cell phones…dangerous .

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

animal lover.dont get a knot in your knickers..sinatra drive or just up and down the streets
people cannot hear a vehicle coming behind them..closing sinatra drive would be the only
logical choice to be free of motorists…bikers have to obey the rules as well if their allowed
on sinatra drive..what i aluded to was with the ear phones on mp3s and such one has to still be carefull..just an opinion..enjoy the open space 🙄 [quote comment=”193577″]regarding whiskytango1, HOBOKEN411 where in the left field world did this person come from? No one said anything about devices or dogs here. All folks out sunday were sensible except the two nonabiding drivers mentioned. For the record, I would agree w you on the device issue with traffic but the whole premise here is street closure.

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wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

another good idea..Mayor should close off both ends of Hoboken on Sunday as Russo did during the snow emergency years ago..This purpose would be to make Hoboken one large play area or disneyland for all the entitled reformers…just a large playground. No feast no art music festiival,just dumb ass nonsense..divert all nyc traffic to nyc with the weeawken ferrys..Hey its an idea… Put the fireworks on the east river on the 4th and that ends the chaos problem for the council…It’s getting real chitty with these patronizing ideas to please the dreamers…good idea..what say the forum? :mrgreen: [quote comment=”193590″]animal lover.dont get a knot in your knickers..sinatra drive or just up and down the streets
people cannot hear a vehicle coming behind them..closing sinatra drive would be the only
logical choice to be free of motorists…bikers have to obey the rules as well if their allowed
on sinatra drive..what i aluded to was with the ear phones on mp3s and such one has to still be carefull..just an opinion..enjoy the open space

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plywood
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plywood

Aren’t some roads in Central Park closed on some summer weekend days too? Are comparisons useful in this matter anyway? Does this street closure really significantly inconvenience anyone? No amount of willpower is giving us any more green space in time for this summer.

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

stramge chit..last week a liquor store was visited by a shoplifter,who has been there before..The employers held this guy untill the police arrived 30 minutes later..understand
not the cops fault,but the lack of personal at hand…Imagine if 43 boys girls in blue are laid off??? It could have been worse had not the employees were big enough to contain the shoplifter..The saftey of the civilians customers and police are in the hands of the new admistration.. 🙄

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