Nefarious activity continues at Maxwell Pier
Residents note “decline” of Maxwell Place Pier
Quite a few residents have sent notes in about the obvious decline of the Maxwell Place “Concrete” Pier at 12th Street.
Hoboken411 reader Jennifer spells it out: “Have you walked down the concrete pier lately? It used to be managed by Maxwell Place, but now the city has “taken ownership,” and since they took over, there is garbage everywhere, drugs, beer cans and misfit teens hanging out, screaming past 11pm at night. It’s a nightmare!
I conversed with her a bit more, and noted that the countless times I’ve visited the pier myself, the kids were as rambunctious as you’d expect, but didn’t seem to disturb anyone. She said that she has witnessed one upsetting incident: “There was a same sex couple walking their dog and three teenage boys on bikes harassed them – calling them degrading names. The only time they stopped was because the one gentleman was going to call the police. Prior to the City taken ownership, Maxwell Place had a security guard that monitored that area. He would walk the parameter of the building, park and pier. Now, there is no security at all. I wish HPD would take the initiative to at least do a drive by once in awhile. If it’s a matter of head count and lack of resources, they could put up a sign or something that says the pier is being monitored via video… Something!”
411 Note: HPD does perform “detail checks” of the park daily, but they don’t seem as frequent lately – and it could very well be a head-count situation, as the conditions are evidently slipping!
What are they smoking in Hoboken these days?
No, that isn’t a question directed at Hoboken City Hall – but rather residents who are wondering what’s going on over at the Pier at Maxwell Place uptown.
Several readers pointed out that there are loads of artifacts left behind along the railing on the “concrete pier” at 11th and Sinatra Drive. Little baggies and plastic sleeves.
My first thought is that they’re rolling “blunts” (marijuana inside cheap cigars), but I’m not part of that “scene,” so someone else may know better. I guess it could be worse. At least there aren’t used hypodermic needles!