Protecting Hoboken Homes

1/21/2011:

Hoboken needs more gargoyles to ward off evil!

If you take a walk from point A to point B in Hoboken without staring at your smartphone the whole time – you can see some wonderful and interesting structural features of our historic city. Hoboken411 reader Meredith did, and reports back her findings.

“I had some family come to visit recently, and we took a walking tour in NYC.

The guide mentioned a lot of the gargoyles and architectural monsters incorporated into historical structures. I learned that gargoyles were originally used for drainage, but their purpose evolved over time because people believed they guarded buildings and warded off evil.

Hoboken has some older buildings too (and I never looked very closely at the details before), so for the next few days I tried to snap photographs when I saw a gargoyle or grotesque (or even “guard lion”). Surprisingly, there really aren’t too many in Hoboken. The way things are going here (road collapses, unqualified politicians, police layoffs, etc.), I’m thinking we need to have more guardians on all our buildings and piers!

I also didn’t see any gargoyles on City Hall and laughed that we could use a few there to ward off some of the evil that lurks inside.”

13 Responses

  1. mooshu says:

    God but I need a gargoyle.

    Nice pics.

  2. wiskeytango1 says:

    MOOSHU IN THE CRACKER COUNTRY AKA REDNECK LAND ALL HOME OWNERS HAVE WEAPONS IN THEIR HOMES..i BELIEVE IN tEXAS YOU CAN CARRY AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A PERMIT. I JUST HATE TO BE THE UPS OR FED X GUY..tHE RIGHT TO BARE ARMS IS ALSO TO PROTECT YOUR HOME AND FAMILY..NOW THE LUNK HEADS ARE SHOOTING AT SCHOOL BUSSES…THE PROBITION ERA GANGSTER MOVIES SHOWED DRIVE BYS SHOOTING OTHER GANGSTERS..SAD PART INNOCENT KIDS GOT CAUGHT IN THE CROSS FIRE…GET YOURSELF A GARGOYLE..YOU WILL NEED A PERMIT.. 😛

  3. nacholibre says:

    No Nacho, only Zeul!

  4. mooshu says:

    Nacho, that is hilarious!

    Wisk, I want to own a certain kind of weapon that my husband had been objecting to for quite some time. Recently, however, he changed his mind and said that so long as I get adequate training, I can have one. Can’t wait to train!

    • bmacqueens says:

      Nunchucks? Pole-arm? +3 Vorpal sword?

      (OK, enough nerd-talk. We return you to the usual programming.)[quote comment=”202419″]Nacho, that is hilarious!Wisk, I want to own a certain kind of weapon that my husband had been objecting to for quite some time. Recently, however, he changed his mind and said that so long as I get adequate training, I can have one. Can’t wait to train![/quote]

    • nacholibre says:

      What kind of weapon? Throwing stars? Interesting gender stereotype role reversal. [quote comment=”202419″]Nacho, that is hilarious!Wisk, I want to own a certain kind of weapon that my husband had been objecting to for quite some time. Recently, however, he changed his mind and said that so long as I get adequate training, I can have one. Can’t wait to train![/quote]

      • mooshu says:

        A firearm, a gun.

        Oh, he’s from the ‘burbs, where welcoming neighbors with pie was commonplace. I’m from the inner-city, where drive-by shootings were/perhaps still are commonplace. That should about explain that.[quote comment=”202432″]What kind of weapon? Throwing stars? Interesting gender stereotype role reversal.

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      • bmacqueens says:

        Actually, I grew up in a center city myself and have been burgled here in Hoboken due to a careless roommate. I was having a little fun with you, but obviously, the H411 Humor Detectors are broken, as the Phasers are still set on “attack first, think later.” I strongly believe that the best defense is a good offense … more so than you’d think. I like when I’ve been down to Texas and other gun totin’ places … I find that folks are a heck of a lot more polite when they have a reasonable expectation that someone else in the room can deliver in return.[quote comment=”202442″]A firearm, a gun.Oh, he’s from the ‘burbs, where welcoming neighbors with pie was commonplace. I’m from the inner-city, where drive-by shootings were/perhaps still are commonplace. That should about explain that.

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      • nacholibre says:

        I lived in VA and spent some time in TX for work, both very pro-gun states, and I do not think it is lost on the bad guys that if there is a good chance the common folk are armed, they act different. Of course not all criminals are rational.

        Personally, I enjoy having both the training and means to handle business. [quote comment=”202444″]Actually, I grew up in a center city myself and have been burgled here in Hoboken due to a careless roommate. I was having a little fun with you, but obviously, the H411 Humor Detectors are broken, as the Phasers are still set on “attack first, think later.” I strongly believe that the best defense is a good offense … more so than you’d think. I like when I’ve been down to Texas and other gun totin’ places … I find that folks are a heck of a lot more polite when they have a reasonable expectation that someone else in the room can deliver in return.

        [/quote]

      • mooshu says:

        Heh. I know you were, but so was nacho and he had me at “Zeul!”

        You state “I find that folks are a heck of a lot more polite when they have a reasonable expectation that someone else in the room can deliver in return.”

        I agree.

        [quote comment=”202444″]Actually, I grew up in a center city myself and have been burgled here in Hoboken due to a careless roommate. I was having a little fun with you, but obviously, the H411 Humor Detectors are broken, as the Phasers are still set on “attack first, think later.” I strongly believe that the best defense is a good offense … more so than you’d think. I like when I’ve been down to Texas and other gun totin’ places … I find that folks are a heck of a lot more polite when they have a reasonable expectation that someone else in the room can deliver in return.

        [/quote]

  5. wiskeytango1 says:

    nacno as well what the hell :mrgreen:

  6. wiskeytango1 says:

    queens,a good burglar will be stealthy and never harm you..a hop head may harm you..
    A former councelman from newark once said he would rather be judged by 12 than lowered by six..In is tenure not one woman was harrassed or raped no were there break ins…People could walk the streets without problems…Same as mulberry street in down town nyc..It’s a crazy world.. :)

  7. nacholibre says:

    I forgot to add to make sure you don’t become your own worst enemy: if you have a gun in the house, keep it secure while you’re not home. Otherwise you could find the bad guy now well-armed.

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