Where the Hoboken sidewalk ends…

What’s the deal with this cruddy Hoboken sidewalk?

Hoboken411 reader Katie adds this decrepit area of town to the ongoing list of complaints…

“I’ve been a loyal 411 reader since 2008, and remember reading a number of stories about poor sidewalk conditions throughout Hoboken. From slippery to uneven, unsafe to unsanitary, I’ve got one more sidewalk complaint to add to the list – MISSING!

“There is a vacant lot on River street between 2nd and 3rd that borders the W Hotel on one side.

Of the other three sides of the property, only one has a sidewalk. And I’m not even sure you can really qualify that bumpy lump of asphalt as a sidewalk. Not only is it full of potholes, but it’s littered with beer cans, broken glass, and trash. What’s really concerning is that this stretch of the “sidewalk” doesn’t have any lighting. The poor condition of the sidewalk makes it difficult to navigate in daylight, nevermind in the dark. But that’s not even the biggest problem.

As you’re walking downtown next to the sagging chain link fence of the abandoned lot, there are beer cans, broken glass, and trash everywhere. But here’s the kicker: As you round the corner making a left on 2nd, the sidewalk literally ends.

You now have the option of walking on a narrow dirt path strewn with trash, rocks, concrete barriers, and what appears to be electrical wires. Or, you could walk in the street. The side of the property bordering Sinatra also has no sidewalk, and doesn’t even offer a dirt path. The fence leaves only a few inches of dirt before the curb, forcing pedestrians to walk in the street.

The vacant lot is already an eyesore, but I’m surprised the city hasn’t taken action to at least build proper sidewalks and light the area. Being next to the pier, the area attracts a lot of traffic from walkers, runners, rollerbladers, and cyclists and it should have proper sidewalks. That stretch of Sinatra is also home to many popular restaurants and bars. I’ve left these establishments late at night after a few cocktails and had to cross the street or walk in the street and it makes for an unsafe situation because there is no lighting and cabs fly down that road.

It’s a beautiful area of Hoboken but the conditions surrounding the vacant lot really detract from it. Isn’t there something the city can do in the meantime until the lot is developed?”

Thanks,
Katie

411 Note: The same holds true for the sidewalk near Maxwell Place…

What do you think the city should do (besides paint more bike lanes?)

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13 Comments on "Where the Hoboken sidewalk ends…"


Member
4 years 4 months ago

It’s not the city’s responsibility to build a sidewalk on private property. But if should be their responsibly to make sure the property owner installs a proper temporary sidewalk.

Member
HOBOKENRESIDENT174
4 years 4 months ago

homeworld – not sure why you believe this particular area is private property, but unfortunately you do not have your facts straight. In this case, the CITY is the property owner and is responsible for maintaining their property. If an individual were to be injured as a result of there being no and/or poorly maintained sidewalk, the city can be found liable. There are numerous cases of municipalities in similar situations that set precedent, just a quick google search away.[quote comment=”205382″]It’s not the city’s responsibility to build a sidewalk on private property. But if should be their responsibly to make sure the property owner installs a proper temporary sidewalk.[/quote]

Member
4 years 4 months ago

Not sure where you get your facts, but I just did a quick google search for the property owner:

Block, 231.3, Lot 2
200-218 SINATRA DRIVE

PORT AUTHORITY OF NY NJ
P O BOX 787
HOBOKEN, N J 07030[quote comment=”205386″]homeworld – not sure why you believe this particular area is private property, but unfortunately you do not have your facts straight. In this case, the CITY is the property owner and is responsible for maintaining their property. If an individual were to be injured as a result of there being no and/or poorly maintained sidewalk, the city can be found liable. There are numerous cases of municipalities in similar situations that set precedent, just a quick google search away.

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HOBOKENRESIDENT174
4 years 4 months ago

homeworld – Upon further review it appears that the property in question is in fact a JOINT VENTURE between the city and port authority, so it seems you purposely MISLED us once again. Just because the lot in question is LISTED in Port Authority’s name, does not mean that the city is absolved of responsibility. Its pretty clear that both your agenda, and the city’s, is to deflect your obvious responsibilities and place blame on others – how civic of you, it speaks volumes about the mayor and her staff. Fight it all you want but the onus is on the city, end of story.[quote comment=”205424″]Not sure where you get your facts, but I just did a quick google search for the property owner:Block, 231.3, Lot 2
200-218 SINATRA DRIVEPORT AUTHORITY OF NY NJ
P O BOX 787
HOBOKEN, N J 07030

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Member
cek2010
4 years 4 months ago

Actually, it’s my understanding that the city DOES own that property. Doesn’t that make them responsible to build a sidewalk? [quote comment=”205382″]It’s not the city’s responsibility to build a sidewalk on private property. But if should be their responsibly to make sure the property owner installs a proper temporary sidewalk.[/quote]

Member
4 years 4 months ago

This sidewalk has been like this for YEARS, ridiculous and inexcusable.

Member
mooshu
4 years 4 months ago

That area is a disaster.

I’ve also been seeing more holes around town in general, especially of late, and especially along the corners of newly paved roads. Not little dent-looking holes but HOLES you can peek down into for a foot at least. Makes me wonder if there’s much foundation left to hold up our roads… Seems like we’re eroding away.

Member
4 years 4 months ago

And the front parcel, Block 231.3, Lot 1 201-219 RIVER ST, is also owned by the Port Authority.

If you’re concerned, why not write a letter to them?

Member
4 years 4 months ago

mailing address; The Port Authority of NY &NJ
2225 Park Ave
New York, New York

Phone # 212 435 7000[quote comment=”205425″]And the front parcel, Block 231.3, Lot 1 201-219 RIVER ST, is also owned by the Port Authority.If you’re concerned, why not write a letter to them?[/quote]