Midtown Parking Garage not safe!

Who’s taking care of the Midtown Garage in Hoboken?

Since that sexual assault at the Midtown Garage earlier this month – Hoboken police have added this location to their regular “detail checks.”

Officers patrolling the building have repeatedly reported that some the stairwells are in disrepair. Like broken lights that caused potentially dangerous pitch-black areas, filthy urine stench and even stolen fire extinguishers. They said that they’ve notified HPU, who is responsible for this location, but HPU just pointed the finger at the company they hired to manage the complex.

Hoboken411 checked it out yesterday and confirmed the broken lights and missing equipment. We didn’t get assaulted, though – because we were armed with eight paws, two tails and lots of sharp teeth.

Woman attacked at Hoboken parking garage near HUMC

9/14/2012:

Last week – a woman was attacked in the midtown parking garage next to Hoboken University Medical Center. Why you didn’t hear about this anywhere else is because the city does NOT want you to know – and is afraid of any bad reputation the city hospital gets, and the lack of control they have over homeless, and inadequate security in place at that garage. Read on for more…

Attempted rape at Hoboken midtown parking garage

One Hoboken411 reader with knowledge of this event said:

“There was an attempted rape in the south stairwell of the midtown parking garage last week. A nurse who works at the hospital finished her shift at 3PM in the afternoon and she was attacked by a homeless man.

This homeless man, who may or may not be mentally unstable is said to be living inside the garage. The homeless man choked and attempted to rape this nurse but luckily she was able to get away unharmed. The Hoboken Police have a detective looking into the matter.

As a female Hoboken resident who pays to park in the midtown garage I think it’s important that the word gets out about this so that people are aware of the situation. There are no signs in the garage for people to be alert etc. and I think that patrons of the garage have a right to know what’s going on, especially the women.”

Let’s see what the city does to keep their own garages safe.

12 Responses

  1. BokenMike says:

    Thank God she was able to get away. You would not think something like that would happening at 3pm.

    The reader suggested “a sign in the garage for people to be alert.” Do you really think that would solve anything?

  2. ktbc says:

    What?? This is HORRIBLE!!! WTF. I park in that garage as well. I need to hear a little more from the Hoboken Police and the management of the garage, other than a detective is “looking into it”. What more is being done to ensure the safety of those who park there?? Is anyone patrolling the garage regularly?? Have regular/monthly customers been notified that there is an f’ing rapist on the loose in the garage?? Also, if he is “said to be living inside the garage”, shouldn’t he be relatively easy to locate and apprehend? WTF.

  3. HomeTeam says:

    Apparently city hall will be distributing a pamphlet called “Avoid Rape, Buy A Bike.”

  4. Craig-D says:

    I park in this garage as well. The elevators always smell like urine, so it’s no surprise that there are homeless people living there, though I’ve never seen them. I always just thought it was just the weekend drunken visitors peeing in there, so I stand corrected. As for security, there is none. They don’t even have manned ticket booths anymore. The lone staff for the garage 24/7 is someone sitting in the office – and they never leave it. The facility was once managed for the city by Central Parking, but I believe another management company has taken over. I would think the management company is responsible for security, but good luck with that. They won’t even clean the place. This is what happens when you award contracts to the lowest bidder – you get what you pay for.

    No woman should be walking alone in a poorly-lit, unpopulated parking garage like this one at any time of day. Ask a male friend or colleague to escort you to your car. At the very least, be aware of your surroundings and have something at the ready to defend yourself with. Even your car key is an effective weapon if it finds its way into an assailant’s eye.

  5. mooshu says:

    Knowing that the city doesn’t want us to know should give us residents all the reason in the world to fight for knowledge and awareness here…

    It’s kinda hard to do that when City Hall is busy creating a family-only town. But not impossible.

  6. Mama Luke says:

    It was not an attempted rape from what I hear. Duh if the guy was living there he would have been arrested by now.

  7. joey maxim says:

    if the garages are under the authority of the hpu shouldn’t be a problem to assign a few
    workers to cover the garages … as well as PD to make spot checks during the evening.

  8. Gloria says:

    Ever see the types that need medical care at the hospital? And their associated friends?

    • showme789 says:

      Gee,Gloria, why don’t you explain the “type” you see there. Do they not quite measure up to your standards? Maybe they’re poor, down on their luck types? Could they be people with too many kids? Perhaps they’re just not as white as you? Please, go ahead, let’s see what “type” they are. I’d love to know whether or not I can pass your test and seek medical attention in town.[quote comment=”217183″]Ever see the types that need medical care at the hospital? And their associated friends?[/quote]

      • whineanddineinhob says:

        The first “types” and their “associated friends” that came to me when reading Gloria’s response were the drunks who flock to this town every day and especially on weekends, and not at all what you’re referring to.[quote comment=”217188″]Gee,Gloria, why don’t you explain the “type” you see there. Do they not quite measure up to your standards? Maybe they’re poor, down on their luck types? Could they be people with too many kids? Perhaps they’re just not as white as you? Please, go ahead, let’s see what “type” they are. I’d love to know whether or not I can pass your test and seek medical attention in town.[/quote]

      • HomeTeam says:

        I’ve always found that the first one to throw the “You’re Racist!” card is usually the one who is compensating for their own prejudices. [quote comment=”217188″]Gee,Gloria, why don’t you explain the “type” you see there. Do they not quite measure up to your standards? Maybe they’re poor, down on their luck types? Could they be people with too many kids? Perhaps they’re just not as white as you? Please, go ahead, let’s see what “type” they are. I’d love to know whether or not I can pass your test and seek medical attention in town.[/quote]

  9. MidnightRacer says:

    @ showme789, show me where Gloria brought up race… wait that was you

    @ HUMC, where are the security cameras at the least, what is your liability for negligence?

    As the adage goes, the police are just minutes away when seconds count. Carry and conceal.

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