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.
I 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??”