St. Ann’s Fest makes life tough for some

7/22/2010:

Festival great for some; not for others…

Many residents and visitors enjoy the annual St. Ann’s Festival in Hoboken – to eat the food, shop the wares, have some drinks and dance to the music.

However, others – like Hoboken411 reader tluskie – who live near the festival (and may not want to attend each and every night) – cannot enjoy a peaceful night at home. He said the music was so loud in his apartment, that he shot a video to share:

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52 Comments on "St. Ann’s Fest makes life tough for some"

charmed45
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charmed45
Good Day, Yes, the Feast of St. Ann is over for this year. And the parties involved will now get started for next year. I was there for a couple of nights, the entertainment was great this year. There were no “fireworks” for St. Ann when she arrived “home”. That to me was “sad”. She always came home to a “grand” welcome…Oh well, that is progress be it good or bad, in the eyes of the beholder. To all who think that this feast should be moved, I am so sorry…but I disagree. Many reasons come to mind, but one sticks out above all others.. ….this is her “home” too… She has lived here longer than you, or me and that gives her certain rights. Like they say in legal terms…she is “grandfathered in”. You are wasting your energy on being angry … why not think of something to be happy about. To the person who stated “Washington Avenue” – It is actually “Washington St” … Unless they have changed it, and if so, I apologize. I will agree with the person about the clown, he was not nice and I hope that they do not ask him back. About the white powdered sugar on the street, guess it would not have been that bad had it not rained. I do know personally that they try to clean up after each nite. Did you try one, they were “out of this world”…. About the “food waste” down the sewers, that… Read more »
xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

I don’t live far from St. Ann’s, but the festival noise doesn’t bother me at all. The music is a pleasure. I agree that stupid dunk tank clown is annoying. I’d be pissed if I lived close enough to hear it. It’s just rude.

getz76
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getz76

In reference to fawn’s post above, I was at the festival yesterday at around 6p. The food waste is disgusting. So is the white river of semi-dissolved powdered sugar near the zeppole tent.

The feast seems the same. Not much too it, most people seem to enjoy themselves and their neighbors. Average age probably somewhere in the mid-50s if you exclude the really young kids.

We were there in-between bands. I have done sound reinforcement work and I have played on plenty of stages… the whole set-up is completely overkill for that spot. There are about 3-times the amount of gear needed for a festival this size. It leads to louder bands and louder people screaming at each other to hear. Honestly, rigging that size would be appropriate for a stage at the end of Pier A with a lawn full of people.

eam144
Member

Re: food waste. The vendors pour their grease into the sewers – it is nasty. I live right by the feast and have to say that I ran out and got a gelato yesterday. Kind of convenient 🙂 I am around the corner from the music so that does not affect me (luckily).
[quote comment=”195067″]In reference to fawn’s post above, I was at the festival yesterday at around 6p. The food waste is disgusting. So is the white river of semi-dissolved powdered sugar near the zeppole tent. The feast seems the same. Not much too it, most people seem to enjoy themselves and their neighbors. Average age probably somewhere in the mid-50s if you exclude the really young kids. We were there in-between bands. I have done sound reinforcement work and I have played on plenty of stages… the whole set-up is completely overkill for that spot. There are about 3-times the amount of gear needed for a festival this size. It leads to louder bands and louder people screaming at each other to hear. Honestly, rigging that size would be appropriate for a stage at the end of Pier A with a lawn full of people.[/quote]

Stabone130
Member

“The festival has been here longer than the residents complaining” is a silly statement – – just because “thats the way its always been” doesn’t make it right. I’ve learned to deal with the noise, shut roads, trash, people eating on my steps, dunk-tank clowns out my kitchen window screaming into microphones —– the only thing that aggravates me is that it runs until 11pm. I wake up for work at 5:30am. So during the feast I get terrible sleep so people can listen to loud music, eat unhealthy food and get drunk. No sure why they can’t cut it off at 9pm or 10pm at the latest. At least during the week.

fawn leibowitz
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fawn leibowitz

I agree… The crowds, limited access to my building, food waste, etc. are all somewhat manageable– but the noise is what kills it. The organizers need to cut off the “concert” by 9:30 the latest. [quote comment=”195051″]“The festival has been here longer than the residents complaining” is a silly statement – – just because “thats the way its always been” doesn’t make it right. I’ve learned to deal with the noise, shut roads, trash, people eating on my steps, dunk-tank clowns out my kitchen window screaming into microphones —– the only thing that aggravates me is that it runs until 11pm. I wake up for work at 5:30am. So during the feast I get terrible sleep so people can listen to loud music, eat unhealthy food and get drunk. No sure why they can’t cut it off at 9pm or 10pm at the latest. At least during the week.[/quote]

ShhhDontTell
Member

Now there’s a good idea. Cut it off at 10 at least. 11PM is too late.

I saw the video of the clown. I can see where that would get annoying. [quote comment=”195051″]“The festival has been here longer than the residents complaining” is a silly statement – – just because “thats the way its always been” doesn’t make it right. I’ve learned to deal with the noise, shut roads, trash, people eating on my steps, dunk-tank clowns out my kitchen window screaming into microphones —– the only thing that aggravates me is that it runs until 11pm. I wake up for work at 5:30am. So during the feast I get terrible sleep so people can listen to loud music, eat unhealthy food and get drunk. No sure why they can’t cut it off at 9pm or 10pm at the latest. At least during the week.[/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I was there last night. That clown was a nasty bastard that deserved to get dunked consistently.[quote comment=”195062″]Now there’s a good idea. Cut it off at 10 at least. 11PM is too late. I saw the video of the clown. I can see where that would get annoying. [/quote]

fawn leibowitz
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fawn leibowitz

Hi – I hope people are still checking this thread. I wanted to know from the people that are being affected by this… Has anyone called Town Hall, the police, or the church? I’ve called all three and they’ve all come back and pretty much told me I was the only one that they heard from. Also, I’m willing to organize any formal effort to have the “feast” moved to the waterfront in the future or at the very least drastically downgraded. Anyone willing to not just complain but do something about it??

charleyblueeyes
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charleyblueeyes

Formal effort ?
You sound like a miserable person…
Why not start by writing to the Vatican and work yourself down ?
Here’s what you need to do:
Chug down a few Jack Daniels and then take home with you the first guy that winks at you………Ged rid of your frustrations, if you know what I mean……!!![quote comment=”195041″]Hi – I hope people are still checking this thread. I wanted to know from the people that are being affected by this… Has anyone called Town Hall, the police, or the church? I’ve called all three and they’ve all come back and pretty much told me I was the only one that they heard from. Also, I’m willing to organize any formal effort to have the “feast” moved to the waterfront in the future or at the very least drastically downgraded. Anyone willing to not just complain but do something about it??[/quote]

ShhhDontTell
Member

Town Hall? 🙄 That’s a dead giveaway. Like Washington Avenue.

So let’s see. You want people to make calls to City Hall. Tie up the people with phone calls? And you think this will ultimately get the feast moved to the waterfront?

People live near the waterfront, too.

Doesn’t matter as long as it’s not in your back yard?

Self-centered much? Get over it.

[quote comment=”195041″]Hi – I hope people are still checking this thread. I wanted to know from the people that are being affected by this… Has anyone called Town Hall, the police, or the church? I’ve called all three and they’ve all come back and pretty much told me I was the only one that they heard from. Also, I’m willing to organize any formal effort to have the “feast” moved to the waterfront in the future or at the very least drastically downgraded. Anyone willing to not just complain but do something about it??[/quote]

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