Reader Mail: Jackson St. Beach Party

Today’s controversial reader mail comes from an anonymous reader who shares their observations about the goings on in the Hoboken Projects during the Summer.

They express concern about how certain things are happening in that area of town that would certainly result in summonses being issued elsewhere, and wonders how the City allows this to happen without major incident. I’m curious to know myself if the new 4th Ward Councilwoman is going to even consider what this reader wrote.

“Great news party people! There’s a party going on and you didn’t even know it. It’s happening on Jackson Street between 3rd and 6th every day of the week. It seems that the Hoboken Police have turned a blind to open container and gambling laws.

hoboken-beer-in-bag.jpgI have the privilege of walking from the 2nd Street Light Rail Station to my condo every evening after work. To get the full effect of my fairly new neighborhood, I stroll along Jackson Street until I hit 4th. Everyday I see all kinds of people gathering around talking, laughing, and swigging away on their 24oz Colt 45’s that are tucked into those ill fitting small brown paper bags. Man, life must be good back there. One night, a full blown dice game was going on right against the wall that runs along the sidewalk in front of the federal funded housing units. For a moment I thought I was in the movie Boyz in the Hood, stacks of bills in one hand and a beer in the other. Boy, I was tempted to get into the action.

I have a great idea. Let’s take this party to Washington Street. Why buy $7 dollar draft beers at the bars when you can drink 24oz Milwaukee Best cans for $1.50 (advertised at the liquor store located on Jackson St)!! It would be like St. Patrick’s Day everyday of the week.

Seriously, why are laws enforced in one area of Hoboken and not in others? What would the reaction be from the Hoboken Police if people were walking along Washington Street with open containers?? I’ll tell you, they would be arrested on the spot and ticketed.

I took a chance on buying a condo on Monroe St and I pay the city taxes and I expect the police to do their jobs. We all assume much of the crime from Hoboken resonates from the Housing projects and not enforcing basic quality of life issues is just sending the wrong message; “Hey, do want you as long as it’s not in my neighborhood.”

Does anyone know where I can buy those little brown bags??”

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63 Comments on "Reader Mail: Jackson St. Beach Party"

kiki
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kiki

I take umbrage with this one. Before there were hundreds of condos built there. Most of Hoboken was like this. It was so bad no one really went to Hoboken. Then it started to become a neighborhood again! The kind of neighborhood where everyone knew everyone (even those who lived in the housing projects) and there was a mutual respect for each others lifestyle. Now you can’t even live there unless you make a six figure salary and walk around with a stick up your butt. Next time you take a chance on a condo, investigate the neighborhood a little more! You see some people don’t have $7 dollars to spend on a beer, and while you live in your yuppie bubble most of us are struggling to make ends meet. Have they ever bothered you? Have they ever tried to mug you? Have they ever started a fight with you? I doubt it!

beanny007
Member
beanny007

Uh.., I’m sorry. But I think the cops have bigger fish to fry down there.

If you are truly concerned, maybe you should talk to them and find out their problems 💡

Colonblow
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Colonblow

[quote comment=”34373″]I’m also bothered by the Us Vs Them I’m seeing. [/quote]

Thank you for pointing that out FAP. Very true.

FAP
Member
I’m also bothered by the Us Vs Them I’m seeing. Maybe we can get back to the core of the original letter. The author of the letter is right there are two different standards in Hoboken. But it’s not a Housing authority/yuppie divide it’s one standard for the connected one for everyone else. I’ve said it before the newer and younger residents of Hoboken get screwed all the time and guess what, it’s our own fault. The powers that be know they can screw us with little or no repercussions because we don’t vote or show up to council meetings. They pay no price for screwing us. Say what you will about people in the housing authority but they are organized and vote. If the skyclub had a strong tenants association and if every resident voted in municipal elections they’d have the mayor and council beating a path to their door and tripping over themselves to “help” skyclub residents. The same goes for any other group. Right or wrong if you are organized and involved you get treated better. A perfect example is the thousand dollar fines on St Pats day. The council had a number of option before it including fees for bar owners. That was until the bar owners showed up in force and suddenly it only the house parties that were a problem. And while I saw a number of people post on Hoboken411 and other sites complaining that the fines were too extreme I don’t recall… Read more »
manolo
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manolo

it would be better if the jackson street residents would post on here too so we get a balanced view.

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