Most Annoying Hoboken Trend

Poll: What is the most annoying Hoboken trend these days?

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31 Responses

  1. 212transplant says:

    No doubt the strollers. Just for the fact that they are clueless about the space they take up, and the snot nosed attitude they have.

    • GingerMan says:

      Around 10 more things could be added to that list.

      Selfishness + obliviousness =

      Rude drivers (don’t stop at red lights, no turn signals, randomly stoping and going while looking for a place to double park or park illegally, talking on cell phone or texting while driving, parking in crosswalks, cutting in line at the right turn onto 1/9 during the morning rush, etc.)

      Rude pedestrians (stroller drivers and their entourage, i.e. husbands, dogs, other children, taking up the entire sidewalk or stopping randomly in the middle of the sidewalk, pedestrians walking into the crosswalk when the light is going from yellow to red and just strolling at a leisurely pace in front of the car that has a green light, talking on cell phone and not paying attention when strolling into the street.)

      Dog owners (not picking up poo, leashes a mile long, taking up the entire sidewalk, failing to keep right on the sidewalk, leaving puddles of piss pretty much everywhere.)[quote comment=”216124″]No doubt the strollers. Just for the fact that they are clueless about the space they take up, and the snot nosed attitude they have.[/quote]

      • OpenEyes says:

        I agree with GingerMan[quote comment=”216127″]Around 10 more things could be added to that list.Selfishness + obliviousness =Rude drivers (don’t stop at red lights, no turn signals, randomly stoping and going while looking for a place to double park or park illegally, talking on cell phone or texting while driving, parking in crosswalks, cutting in line at the right turn onto 1/9 during the morning rush, etc.)Rude pedestrians (stroller drivers and their entourage, i.e. husbands, dogs, other children, taking up the entire sidewalk or stopping randomly in the middle of the sidewalk, pedestrians walking into the crosswalk when the light is going from yellow to red and just strolling at a leisurely pace in front of the car that has a green light, talking on cell phone and not paying attention when strolling into the street.)Dog owners (not picking up poo, leashes a mile long, taking up the entire sidewalk, failing to keep right on the sidewalk, leaving puddles of piss pretty much everywhere.)[/quote]

      • mooshu says:

        I walk on the left side of the sidewalk sometimes, where the curb is. While I don’t have to explain myself, I’ll do so here: I don’t want my pooch taking a dump in the middle of the sidewalk especially because I don’t want humans interrupting my pooch when it’s time to take a dump.

        Don’t like to be disturbed while taking a dump? Then don’t disturb my dog during take-a-dump time. [quote comment=”216127″]Around 10 more things could be added to that list.Selfishness + obliviousness =Rude drivers (don’t stop at red lights, no turn signals, randomly stoping and going while looking for a place to double park or park illegally, talking on cell phone or texting while driving, parking in crosswalks, cutting in line at the right turn onto 1/9 during the morning rush, etc.)Rude pedestrians (stroller drivers and their entourage, i.e. husbands, dogs, other children, taking up the entire sidewalk or stopping randomly in the middle of the sidewalk, pedestrians walking into the crosswalk when the light is going from yellow to red and just strolling at a leisurely pace in front of the car that has a green light, talking on cell phone and not paying attention when strolling into the street.)Dog owners (not picking up poo, leashes a mile long, taking up the entire sidewalk, failing to keep right on the sidewalk, leaving puddles of piss pretty much everywhere.)[/quote]

      • debra says:

        Oh please, once I was walking on the left side and this woman coming towards me didn’t seem to want to move over a bit. She looked at me with horns coming out of her head and said “you’re supposed to be walking on the righthand side of the street”. I looked baffled and asked her where is this law. I mean she was literally irate that I snapped back, she huffed and went on her way. Grant you it does make the flow go smoother, but to actually get mad about it, I say relax people. :roll: [quote comment=”216181″]I walk on the left side of the sidewalk sometimes, where the curb is. While I don’t have to explain myself, I’ll do so here: I don’t want my pooch taking a dump in the middle of the sidewalk especially because I don’t want humans interrupting my pooch when it’s time to take a dump.Don’t like to be disturbed while taking a dump? Then don’t disturb my dog during take-a-dump time.[/quote]

      • mooshu says:

        Hey, works for me. Besides, doesn’t Hoboken WANT for me to curb my dog? I try to not be in anyone’s way. Also, no one really walks along the far left edge of a sidewalk because that’s where the curb is, and you could fall into the street.

        But what I’d suggest here, because I’ve been through similar just without the douchebag-lecture from the other (hah, I dare someone), is pretend you’re staring into space. That seems to get anyone by in this town. Just act like you’re not even paying attention to where you’re going, like all the entitled folks about, and see what happens.

        I’m living proof that people get out of your way if (a) you look as distracted as they do or (b, and this should be a last resort) you appear to be f*cking nuts.

        Good luck.[quote comment=”216185″]Oh please, once I was walking on the left side and this woman coming towards me didn’t seem to want to move over a bit. She looked at me with horns coming out of her head and said “you’re supposed to be walking on the righthand side of the street”. I looked baffled and asked her where is this law. I mean she was literally irate that I snapped back, she huffed and went on her way. Grant you it does make the flow go smoother, but to actually get mad about it, I say relax people. [/quote]

      • debra says:

        Love your style Mooshu. I like the f&&king nuts, will use this one.[quote comment=”216199″]Hey, works for me. Besides, doesn’t Hoboken WANT for me to curb my dog? I try to not be in anyone’s way. Also, no one really walks along the far left edge of a sidewalk because that’s where the curb is, and you could fall into the street.But what I’d suggest here, because I’ve been through similar just without the douchebag-lecture from the other (hah, I dare someone), is pretend you’re staring into space. That seems to get anyone by in this town. Just act like you’re not even paying attention to where you’re going, like all the entitled folks about, and see what happens.I’m living proof that people get out of your way if (a) you look as distracted as they do or (b, and this should be a last resort) you appear to be f*cking nuts.Good luck.[/quote]

      • SoulSoldSeparately says:

        I think GingerMan best captured the essence of Hoboken annoyances. There are two annoyances, in particular, which stand out to me:

        (1) the extensible dog leash which spans the entire width of the sidewalk. I tend to stay to the right side of the sidewalk but, regardless of the side I’m on, I occasionally encounter someone walking his dog on a leash that literally crosses my path to the extent that I have nowhere to walk, short of stepping off the sidewalk into the street. Maybe it’s a matter of principle, but I’m not going to step into the street because someone decided that his dog is more entitled to the sidewalk than pedestrians are.

        (2) people walking while texting…I’ve seen people literally text for several blocks, head down virtually the entire way. On one level, I’m amused, because I wonder what could be so important that he can’t “pull over” to type whatever needs to be communicated. I[quote comment=”216127″]Around 10 more things could be added to that list.Selfishness + obliviousness =Rude drivers (don’t stop at red lights, no turn signals, randomly stoping and going while looking for a place to double park or park illegally, talking on cell phone or texting while driving, parking in crosswalks, cutting in line at the right turn onto 1/9 during the morning rush, etc.)Rude pedestrians (stroller drivers and their entourage, i.e. husbands, dogs, other children, taking up the entire sidewalk or stopping randomly in the middle of the sidewalk, pedestrians walking into the crosswalk when the light is going from yellow to red and just strolling at a leisurely pace in front of the car that has a green light, talking on cell phone and not paying attention when strolling into the street.)Dog owners (not picking up poo, leashes a mile long, taking up the entire sidewalk, failing to keep right on the sidewalk, leaving puddles of piss pretty much everywhere.)[/quote]

      • joey maxim says:

        funny ..saw some ding o ling on hudson st walking to starbucks texing head down and she ran into a parking sign…and her hair got caught in one of those trees along the
        curb…glasses came off ,blue tooth ripped out of her ear..bloody nose to boot..guess she
        never went for the 4.00 coffee..after that..went to riteaid to pick up a few bandaids..i guess stupid is as stupid does…as long as this wingnut was not hurt bad…[quote comment=”216188″]I think GingerMan best captured the essence of Hoboken annoyances. There are two annoyances, in particular, which stand out to me:(1) the extensible dog leash which spans the entire width of the sidewalk. I tend to stay to the right side of the sidewalk but, regardless of the side I’m on, I occasionally encounter someone walking his dog on a leash that literally crosses my path to the extent that I have nowhere to walk, short of stepping off the sidewalk into the street. Maybe it’s a matter of principle, but I’m not going to step into the street because someone decided that his dog is more entitled to the sidewalk than pedestrians are.(2) people walking while texting…I’ve seen people literally text for several blocks, head down virtually the entire way. On one level, I’m amused, because I wonder what could be so important that he can’t “pull over” to type whatever needs to be communicated. I[/quote]

      • mooshu says:

        Funniest text I’ve read all day. Thanks.[quote comment=”216189″]funny ..saw some ding o ling on hudson st walking to starbucks texing head down and she ran into a parking sign…and her hair got caught in one of those trees along the curb…glasses came off ,blue tooth ripped out of her ear..bloody nose to boot..guess she never went for the 4.00 coffee..after that..went to riteaid to pick up a few bandaids..i guess stupid is as stupid does…as long as this wingnut was not hurt bad…[/quote]

  2. Snip119 says:

    2 really annoying things about people with strollers – first of all, don’t stop in the sidewalk dip to hold a conversation or adjust your kid – seniors and injured people who can’t easily maneuver the curbs need the dips too – you’re not the only ones out there. Secondly, if you’re in a place like Kings with limited aisle space, try to pull over to one side so people can squeeze past you. Also, if you’re done checking out, move out of the way so other people can to the checkout. Nobody likes to stand on line waiting while you finish your phone call and arrange your packages.

  3. vivaClinton says:

    I’m going with ghetto cars that play their music EXTREMELY loud as they drive through hoboken with all the windows down. really? you’re so cool.

    • HansBrix says:

      I agree that thumping cars are highly annoying. But is it a trend? I remember when I moved to Hoboken 20 years ago, that urban mating ritual was already firmly established. [quote comment=”216126″]I’m going with ghetto cars that play their music EXTREMELY loud as they drive through hoboken with all the windows down. really? you’re so cool.[/quote]

  4. emarche says:

    Well said, GingerMan. Generalizations about one particular group really aren’t fair: there are some snotty stroller moms, but there are some really fantastic stroller moms; there are some sh*thead dog owners, just as there are some people who take really great care of their pets; there are some solid drivers, just as there are some morons behind the wheel. Singling out groups isn’t the right approach. It’s like asking, “Are all HHA residents thugs and criminals?” Of course they aren’t. There are some really great people in the HHA who are unfairly lumped in with the bad.

    Focus on the real problem: selfish behavior. Too many people in this increasingly crowded town are out to get theirs with little regard for the person standing next to them. That’s why you have pedestrians vs. drivers, BnR’s vs. “yuppies”, etc. Sadly, it’s not limited to Hoboken. It’s a very real, very large problem in this country as well as the world at large.

    “Get out MY way – MY stroller needs the sidewalk”
    “Get your stroller out of MY way – me and my 3 friends want to walk side by side on a sidewalk that can barely accomodate 3 people.”
    “ALL OF YOU GET OUT OF – MY – WAY: I WANT TO RIDE MY DELIVERY BIKE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK!”

    Awful.

    Used to be a fun town.

    • debra says:

      You both are so right on the money. It really comes down to rudeness and being selfish.[quote comment=”216128″]Well said, GingerMan. Generalizations about one particular group really aren’t fair: there are some snotty stroller moms, but there are some really fantastic stroller moms; there are some sh*thead dog owners, just as there are some people who take really great care of their pets; there are some solid drivers, just as there are some morons behind the wheel. Singling out groups isn’t the right approach. It’s like asking, “Are all HHA residents thugs and criminals?” Of course they aren’t. There are some really great people in the HHA who are unfairly lumped in with the bad.Focus on the real problem: selfish behavior. Too many people in this increasingly crowded town are out to get theirs with little regard for the person standing next to them. That’s why you have pedestrians vs. drivers, BnR’s vs. “yuppies”, etc. Sadly, it’s not limited to Hoboken. It’s a very real, very large problem in this country as well as the world at large.“Get out MY way – MY stroller needs the sidewalk” “Get your stroller out of MY way – me and my 3 friends want to walk side by side on a sidewalk that can barely accomodate 3 people.” “ALL OF YOU GET OUT OF – MY – WAY: I WANT TO RIDE MY DELIVERY BIKE DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE SIDEWALK!”Awful.Used to be a fun town.[/quote]

  5. beerzgood says:

    Motorcycles! 😈

  6. debra says:

    (1) It would have to be the boat these new mothers call carriages and their attitude that they invented motherhood. You did not invent motherhood the only thing you invented was the need for these boats to be used on city sidewalks. I remember when you left your carriage outside and took your children in the stores. Had the opportunity of a mother coming into a small store this morning with this huge carriage. There is barely enough room for patrons to be in there let alone this huge carriage. And then she expects people to help her get inside, smh.

    (2)Next would have to be the rude tourists who flock into Hoboken or Carlos and they expect you to move so that they can walk by, they block the sidewalks and streets and take up preciuos parking.

    (3)I would also have to agree with the loud music/base pounding from vehicles. Many cities have a “boom box” law and it is enforced. I guess we have to live on 1st Street to get the same consideration of a “quiet zone”.

  7. Angry Bird says:

    Hoboken is no place to raise a kid, much less send them to school. It surprises me there are so many people pushing strollers around to begin with.

    • mrn122 says:

      How can you make that statement and not immediately feel completely ignorant….Where is an appropriate place to raise a child? I guess NYC is no place to raise a child either??[quote comment=”216134″]Hoboken is no place to raise a kid, much less send them to school. It surprises me there are so many people pushing strollers around to begin with.[/quote]

  8. Snip119 says:

    Another issue is people taking their non-service dogs everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs and own pets myself, however, some people are extremely allergic and don’t expect to go into a store or restaurant and find a pooch in there. Or worse, owners who let the dog jump up on passersby (some people are afraid of dogs). On the flip side is the person who starts petting someone else’s dog without asking the owner first if its ok. Dogs have teeth and some dogs are temperamental and don’t like a stranger startling them.

    I agree with the above commenters that its the overall rudeness and selfish attitudes. Part of the problem is people who buy expensive condos and figure they own the town and everything in it since they can afford to live here and pay taxes. Well, guess what? You’re not the only one paying taxes, and the sun doesn’t revolve around you and only you.

    Its not just Hoboken, its the general attitude nowadays anywhere you go. There is no consideration of anyone else to the point of a a near total loss of civility. Its sad and diminishes the quality of life for all of us. 😥

    • briank says:

      Maybe you should read emarche’s eloquent balanced view on this topic. Everyone who lives in an expensive condo is entitled and causes all the problems? So the town would be Utopia if it were nothing but HHA properties? Rubbish.
      Emarche is correct- its time to stop throwing people we don’t know into buckets. Get out and talk to your neighbors. Enjoy the diversity of town with 80 year old Italian nona’s shuffling down the same block as a young family with (gasp!) a stroller and maybe (double gasp!) a dog who is looking to raise kids in the town just like that 80 year lady did.
      411 seems to obsess over some of this stuff like strollers and makes the problem worse by either implying or outright stating that most mothers are anti-social craven sociopaths.
      Thank you again emarche for your open mind and commentary. [quote comment=”216137″]Another issue is people taking their non-service dogs everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs and own pets myself, however, some people are extremely allergic and don’t expect to go into a store or restaurant and find a pooch in there. Or worse, owners who let the dog jump up on passersby (some people are afraid of dogs). On the flip side is the person who starts petting someone else’s dog without asking the owner first if its ok. Dogs have teeth and some dogs are temperamental and don’t like a stranger startling them.I agree with the above commenters that its the overall rudeness and selfish attitudes. Part of the problem is people who buy expensive condos and figure they own the town and everything in it since they can afford to live here and pay taxes. Well, guess what? You’re not the only one paying taxes, and the sun doesn’t revolve around you and only you.Its not just Hoboken, its the general attitude nowadays anywhere you go. There is no consideration of anyone else to the point of a a near total loss of civility. Its sad and diminishes the quality of life for all of us. [/quote]

    • animal_lover says:

      I don’t want to burst your cynical bubble, but there are many lovely people who are extremely considerate and even kind. I am consistently amazed, as I take more and more of my business to different areas of NJ, at the extraordinary service I receive.

      As for service dogs in stores and restaurants, the service dog’s owner does not have to tag the dog to indicate that their animal is for service.

      A person with severe allergies needs to be aware of the conditions that exist in public places and have advanced accomodations made for them.
      [quote comment=”216137″]Another issue is people taking their non-service dogs everywhere. Don’t get me wrong, I love dogs and own pets myself, however, some people are extremely allergic and don’t expect to go into a store or restaurant and find a pooch in there. Or worse, owners who let the dog jump up on passersby (some people are afraid of dogs). On the flip side is the person who starts petting someone else’s dog without asking the owner first if its ok. Dogs have teeth and some dogs are temperamental and don’t like a stranger startling them.I agree with the above commenters that its the overall rudeness and selfish attitudes. Part of the problem is people who buy expensive condos and figure they own the town and everything in it since they can afford to live here and pay taxes. Well, guess what? You’re not the only one paying taxes, and the sun doesn’t revolve around you and only you.Its not just Hoboken, its the general attitude nowadays anywhere you go. There is no consideration of anyone else to the point of a a near total loss of civility. Its sad and diminishes the quality of life for all of us. [/quote]

  9. LobstaGirl says:

    The most annoying trend is Hoboken itself……What has happened to this once nostalgic place?

    • YouStayCl@ssyHoboken says:

      What do you think was/is nostalgic about Hoboken?[quote comment=”216143″]The most annoying trend is Hoboken itself……What has happened to this once nostalgic place?[/quote]

  10. HansBrix says:

    For me the most troubling trend is the increasing status signaling as Hoboken gains as a preferred nesting ground for over-paid Wall Streeters, and those who strive to appear like, or compete with, them.

    It covers everything from conspicuously expensive strollers (if you didn’t pay $1000 for your stroller you’re not a good mom) to $3000 bottles of wine at The Melting Pot.

    It’s a status war arms race which shows no sign of letting up. I don’t think it makes Hoboken a better place.

  11. gt07030 says:

    Strollers,strollers,strollers without a doubt

  12. animal_lover says:

    And now for the most Troublesome trend – drum roll please – ❗

    PARENTS PUTTING THEIR REGULARLY AND UNWITTINGLY PROGENY AT EXTREME RISK

    • kooky kat says:

      Right, let’s push JR. out into oncomig traffic – can’t you just wait for the light to change? Get out of the damn street morons. [quote comment=”216167″]And now for the most Troublesome trend – drum roll please – PARENTS PUTTING THEIR REGULARLY AND UNWITTINGLY PROGENY AT EXTREME RISK[/quote]

  13. kooky kat says:

    I will tell you what is most annoying to me lately: constantly being accosted by the people on the street usually in front of 4 L’s and/or in front of Foot Locker stopping me EVERY TIME I walk down Washington Street “HIIIIIIII…!” Then when they ask if I have a minute to talk about Gay and Lesbian rights, which, made me stop once because I don’t want to feel like a bigot. Then asking me for a credit card number so I can donate. Um….NO you can’t have my credit card number – but if you want me to sign something I would be more than happy to. Nope, we want your MONEY! Today, it looked like Green Peace, are these people really from where they say they are from?

    I find it extremely annoying and it happens most every.single.day. I am afraid to even walk in that direction! GRRRRR.

    Also, people on the pier walking in the bike lanes. They are also very annoying.

  14. mooshu says:

    Hansbrix is on the money. This bullshit war goes on in social groups (name your poison) as well, and it’s most annoying.

    I’ve reached a point where I just don’t care whose kid or dog is about to be run over because of a lack of common sense. What is so difficult about leashing dogs or not putting your child in harm’s way (active road), I’ll never understand…

    But I also don’t care. If people want to learn the hard way, so be it. Can’t worry about everyone. Sorry, just can’t.

  15. whineanddineinhob says:

    LMAO. Ding o ling has a sister too. Saturday afternoon was coming up from the PATH when this la la 2 people ahead of me, and almost at the top of the stairs, decided to stop dead in her tracks and check her phone for messages or whatever. The guy in front of me rammed into her, me into him, and the girl in back of me ripped the thong thing off my flip flop when I went down. And of course, the woman PA cop went to her assistance and asked if SHE was ok.

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