Dangerous Hoboken Street Objects
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!