What happens when you can’t (or don’t want to) go to yet another one of the infamous Mayor Roberts ribbon-cutting ceremonies?
Call on the reliable all-purpose Mr. Davey Ribbon-Cutting Cutout. Great for all occasions! (click link to see all the fun uses!)
Anyway, the little park next to Harborside Lofts (aka 1500 Park) is now open, much to the delight of hyper kiddies and lazy stroller moms (and nannies).
Good news today, but with Hoboken’s luck, it’ll make news again some time in the future. What do you think it’ll be?
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It’s been quite a while (2006) since any updates to the Harborside Lofts post took place.
However, several readers have been complaining about the “park” over at the new Toll Brothers development on 15th Street uptown. Apparently many “north Hoboken” kids are crying because they can’t use this park.
Some folks think that the park is being used as political leverage, and it’s just waiting for “optimum ribbon cutting timing.”
What’s the deal with the park?
Here’s a small sample of the many emails that have been received…
- “I am writing in connection with the little park at 15th Street between Park St. and the “Harborside” building, which is the new apt. building next to the Tea Buildings. It is little more than two jungle gyms and a covered gazebo. That park has been assembled and waiting for action since the snow was flying, and yet the place is still locked up, for no apparent reason. Do you have any idea why it’s still locked up?”
- “I have a 2 yr old who rattles the fence every day and asks when he can go inside and he is growing weary of mummy telling him “the men are still building it” when he can clearly see the men are all done building it!”
- “I am a resident at Harborside Lofts and it is really frustrating for my daughter to look out her bedroom window at this beautiful playground that she can’t play in!”
Here we have the previously hideous eyesore shell of a building located at 1500 Garden Street finally being converted into something more useful. The Harborside Lofts. Prices range from about $500k for a 700sq foot studio to over $1MM for a 3000sq foot 3br. With $80k down, plus taxes and maintenance you can have a studio for about $3400 per month. I think that may even include heat/AC and internet access! But hey, it’s out of my range, but for those that can afford it, more power to you!
Personally, I’ve always had concerns with Toll Brothers misleading advertising and inaccurate information produced on their websites.
See some analysis regarding this property and other Toll Bros. related information below:
For starters, I checked the floorplans, and these seem like standard apartments, regardless of “amenities.” Why they call them lofts is beyond me, unless I’ve missed something? A studio is a studio, and a 3 bedroom has 3 bedrooms. Aren’t lofts just giant open spaces?
Secondly, look at the image above. Can that be further from the truth?
1. 85 foot trees in Hoboken? What is this? Redwood National Forest?
2. Last time I checked, this was NOT the view from this building (see aerial photos below.)
3. More 80+ foot trees. Sure seems like it’s in the middle of nature here.
Here’s the views from other vantage points:
It is near water, but only an murky inlet from the Hudson. Your view there would be of Weehawken and the Park Ave. bridge.
Looking eastward, the north and northeast units will have somewhat of a view, but the other units will get blocked by the taller Hudson Tea Building.
Why they’re allowed to mis-market their properties is beyond me.
Also, on their commercial property website, they have a “map of the area“. While it’s improved slightly from the last time I saw it, there are location errors on the map. You’d think that a mega-developer would at least know the area they’re building in a little better? Can you find the mistakes?
They also list the median income for a 3-mile radius of Hoboken at $445,821!! Whoa!
I’m not against “luxury” buildings per se, as long as our city doesn’t become over-developed, pushing our infrastructure over the limit.