Dangerous Hoboken Street Objects

7/26/2010:

Nasty refuse on Hoboken streets a danger to pets, kids

Hoboken resident Jared recently became a dog owner – and has been more “in tune” with what lies on our streets and sidewalks. He spotted something disturbing yesterday, and sent an email to the Mayor and city officials:

“Since I became a dog owner a few months ago I have become more conscious of the lack of cleanliness of the streets of Hoboken. I’m not saying that the streets are filled with trash, I’m referring to the dangerous objects that often encircle the trees, benches, public garbage cans and corners of our city.

This morning while walking my dog I was witness to an incident that I just can’t simply ignore.

At approximately 10:30 am on Sunday, July 25th I saw a street cleaning team consisting of two workers and a rolling trash can cleaning the sidewalks around the corner of 8th and Washington. After circling the block with my dog and coming back across the same corner I noticed a hypodermic needle under the public bench. I have seen these every so often on the streets, and accept that it is an unfortunate reality of living in an urban environment. However, knowing that a street cleaning crew passed no more than a foot from the needle just a few minutes prior really set me off. What would happen if a child was playing nearby or a dog got stuck while sniffing around? It is for these reasons that I must send this letter and the pictures I took.

Note: I did not have proper materials with which to dispose of the needle, but did call the Police (didn’t know who else to call) in order to make sure no one gets hurt.

I’m looking forward to hearing how the situation is remedied.”

Cops arrive quickly, more suspicious trash spotted later

Jared added in a subsequent email – that Hoboken Police responded quickly to his concerned, and arrived less than 15 minutes later to dispose of the needle.

Coincidentally – after reading Jared’s email at the Elysian Park dog run yesterday – I spotted a suspicious used bag of “CDS” near the trash receptacle. Most likely marijuana which is essentially harmless, but who knows what really could have been inside.

Seems like drug-users are taking to the streets of Hoboken to get high, caring less what others think of the mess they leave behind!

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4 Comments on "Dangerous Hoboken Street Objects"

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

I’m not surprised to see the needle there. The number of drug abusing homeless guys roaming Hoboken has gone way up this year. Something needs to be done before one of these guys goes berzerk.

dav74id
Member
dav74id

The bag is, frankley, harmless regardless of what was in it.

The needle is down-right scary.

emarche
Member

Congrats on your new four-legged friend. Here’s hoping that you take your new appreciation for the ‘lack of cleanliness of the streets of Hoboken” and be sure to clean up after your new pal. Because for every single baggie or needle that you come across, there’s about 15,000 piles of dog crap. And that’s just disgusting.

mtjh13
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mtjh13

I agree with the fact that the streets of Hoboken are disgusting. Has anyone ever walked on Washington in the morning. There is pizza plates, cans, flying papers etc all over the sidewalks, and yes I do notice because I am walking my dog (which I do clean up after). The city needs to do something about this on going problem. Maybe we can get the guy who waters the sidewalk in front of city hall every morning to expand his services (not really sure why my taxes goes to watering a sidewalk). Washington Street and First looks like a ghetto in the morning. It is obvious a good portion of the littering is coming from drunk groups so how about charging each bar a clean up service charge every month that we can then hire people to clean up the streets. It gets one more person off of unemployment and makes for a cleaner living.[quote comment=”195043″]Congrats on your new four-legged friend. Here’s hoping that you take your new appreciation for the ‘lack of cleanliness of the streets of Hoboken” and be sure to clean up after your new pal. Because for every single baggie or needle that you come across, there’s about 15,000 piles of dog crap. And that’s just disgusting.[/quote]

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