Low hanging branch epidemic in Hoboken

Some low-hanging branches in Hoboken fixed!

Forgot to post this fabulous update a few weeks back – but the folks over at Maxwell Place most certainly took notice of the “branch-edemic” and quickly corrected the problem along Hudson Street.

From this tall guy in Hoboken: “Thank you!”

Class-action lawsuit from tall Hoboken residents possible

Enough is enough.
9/9/2011:

The city of Hoboken has already exhibited ineptitude with many things over the years, and it’s time to add another one to the list:

Low-hanging branches over pedestrian walkways (that’s sidewalks to the lamen).

What is now a bonafide epidemic in many areas of Hoboken – low hanging branches from trees along streets have become a DAILY HAZARD for any tall person trying to get from point A to point B. It’s dangerous at night (you can damage your eye), frustrating during the day (have to duck countless times), and even WORSE during the rain – when water weighs the branches down AND you have a fuggin umbrella to deal with.

It’s unacceptable, and new CLEAR rules must be put into place by the city – or some serious legal hassles will come their way soon.

Low branches are no joke – it’s a serious problem in Hoboken

For one – on ANY public right of way, not one individual should EVER need to “move out of the way” in any capacity while walking. We live in the city, not the jungle, and just like bridges have minimum height requirements (for trucks, etc.) – sidewalks MUST have the same.

The residential streets are the worst. There has been practically no upkeep to these trees – and over the past couple years (with all the rain & snow) growth has been explosive. The area by Maxwell Place on Hudson St. is only 4′ off the ground in the rain – and pedestrians would have to crawl or walk in the street, which is ludicrous.

Technically – “obstruction and nuisances of ANY KIND” (including tree branches) is a violation of city ordinance 168-9C – and should be reported to the Director of Environmental Services Thomas Atkins. You can call him Monday through Friday 9am to 4pm at (201)420-2049. You can also FAX at (201)222-3830.

The city should be a bit more pro-active, and institute an ordinance that requires that a minimum of 10 feet of sidewalk clearance be maintained at all times (including heavy rain).

At least one property owner does a pretty good job – and that’s Applied Housing. The sidewalks uptown by the Shipyard – are all “within compliance.” (See 4th photo in gallery above).

I’m surprised no tall person in Hoboken hasn’t gone bonkers over this yet – and invested in a good chain saw to take matters into their own hands…

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5 Comments on "Low hanging branch epidemic in Hoboken"

Eaglefire
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Eaglefire

I’m all for the trees and it’s sad whenever a large one is taken down for whatever reason. But I couldn’t agree more about trimming the low branches. Once the tree is a few years old and has grown to a substantial height why not cut the lowest branches. It might even strengthen the upper limbs by giving them more energy to grow
It was nice to see the city planting new trees but why the hell would they use such small specimens? By the time these trees grow tall enough to walk under, at least half will have been destroyed

HOB424
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HOB424

Alot of these trees are not trimmed and kept well. Also, on the low end, some trees have destroyed sidewalks. Leaving little room to get by. There’s 2 in particular, one on 7th and park near the corner on even side (can’t remember the address), the tree competely cut up the sidewalk. Also, one on 12th and park, near the corner, and the tree there has lifted the sidewalk, it’s like a small hill now.

freewheelin
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I was thinking about 7th and Park also. There are a couple of trees in the middle pf the sidewalk on that block (between Park and Garden). You can’t get by if you have a shopping cart or stroller and it’s very easy to trip because the sidewalk is all broken up. But 411 is right, there are many low hanging trees in the city that need to be trimmed. I’m not even that tall and I still have to duck often.[quote comment=”210542″]Alot of these trees are not trimmed and kept well. Also, on the low end, some trees have destroyed sidewalks. Leaving little room to get by. There’s 2 in particular, one on 7th and park near the corner on even side (can’t remember the address), the tree competely cut up the sidewalk. Also, one on 12th and park, near the corner, and the tree there has lifted the sidewalk, it’s like a small hill now.[/quote]

wiskeytango1
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wiskeytango1

424 you are right and wrong in regard to the tree branches..first off the inclement weather had much to do with the low branches. Ever notice walking the shipyard from 14th to piers a b c and see the little brats pulling on the branches while mommies and nannys were pushing the carriages or walking with them? btw to busy on the cell phone to stop the kids. Oh there only kids..with preoccupied moms talking chit on the phones. The illegal nannys dont care as well… in regard to the side streets thats another story but then you have jerkey teen agers doing same…On 13th st the trees are growing out of the concrete and u cannot pass if one is coming your way..Oh of course our leader wants green..Are there any large trees on madison st btn newark and first st> eco lets go green untill we get hit with a limb..can’t have it both ways.. 👿 😆 [quote comment=”210542″]Alot of these trees are not trimmed and kept well. Also, on the low end, some trees have destroyed sidewalks. Leaving little room to get by. There’s 2 in particular, one on 7th and park near the corner on even side (can’t remember the address), the tree competely cut up the sidewalk. Also, one on 12th and park, near the corner, and the tree there has lifted the sidewalk, it’s like a small hill now.[/quote]

HomeTeam
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HomeTeam

Funny you post this today 411 as I was thinking of emailing you about this problem the other day. As someone over 6ft, half my walk to the train is spent ducking(with several back surgeries under my belt this is quite painful) and walking out into the street to get around all the low tree branches(let’s not forget the bamboo plague on First and Jefferson). Coming home late from work is sometimes sketchy because of the poor lighting on many of our streets makes it nearly impossible to see the branches.

Now if we can also get ATMs back up to a normal height…BOA’s ATMs all seem to be about 3ft off the ground forcing tall people to hunch over. I understand the “vertically challenged” need to access them as well, but maybe one for him and one for the normals.

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