Letter: Kindness and disappointment

Community comes together after Sandy in Hoboken, NJ

Hoboken411 reader Chris shares some good and bad events that took place in wake of Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken.

“To get out of my apartment, I walked around to see what was going on with our community. One shot from the corner of 11th & Bloomfield, you can see generous neighbors set up free charging stations so people without power can get back online with their mobile devices.

Others I walked by, people set up free coffee and tea stands, along with bowls of candy for the kids.”

“It looks like one big block party and I think it’s great how it symbolizes the “feeling of community” within Hoboken.” (411 note: I applaud when residents voluntarily offer charging stations – as opposed to those who steal electricity without permission…)

Chris continues…

“On Washington, Amanda’s Restaurant was giving out free food. I didn’t get any but it looked like “spaghetti sandwiches.” What nice people they are!”

Taking advantage of the community in Hoboken?

“On the other side of this, I went to Molfetta Pizzeria to order a large garlic pie. The lady rang me up as $18. I asked her again, how much? Because on Sunday night before the storm, I ordered the same thing which was only $14.50. Now I realize this is only a difference of a few dollars which is nothing to me, but I was more irked by this on principle.”

“You have Amanda’s down the block giving out free food and Molfetta is price gouging customers (repeat customers, mind you). The line was an hour long for Molfetta, and they jacked up their prices. I just can’t believe it was true.

Just wanted to share my disappointment, but also the kindness of others in our community.

Chris

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15 Comments on "Letter: Kindness and disappointment"


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Swaby
3 years 3 months ago

Chris, My Fiance and I did the same thing yesterday, taking a tour of the city after being couped up in or apartment. We too stumbled across Amanda’s and were extremly thankful for their generosity, and made it a point to take note, so that we can come back as patrons when things were back up and running. We have just moved to Hoboken from NY, having lived here only 2 months. I can tell you here and now, after reading your post about Molfetta’s, we will NEVER give them any of our money, I could care less if they… Read more »

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chewy
3 years 3 months ago

Hey Swaby, I agree with you & it’s det’s re-assuring when you see people act humane to each other…after spending a month in Thailand over the summer and seeing how polite the Thai’s treat each other, it made me want to be like them in my everyday life. :)[quote comment=”217795″]Chris,My Fiance and I did the same thing yesterday, taking a tour of the city after being couped up in or apartment. We too stumbled across Amanda’s and were extremly thankful for their generosity, and made it a point to take note, so that we can come back as patrons when… Read more »

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Zumwohhl
3 years 3 months ago

It is not just Molfettas. We were walking by Mamoun’s last night and they were charging $4 for a falafel sandwich that usually costs $2.50. That is a 60% markup. talk about price gouging. Chris, I hope you report on that as well.

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chewy
3 years 3 months ago

Mamoun’s really!?! I usually go there after the gym…NO MORE![quote comment=”217797″]It is not just Molfettas. We were walking by Mamoun’s last night and they were charging $4 for a falafel sandwich that usually costs $2.50. That is a 60% markup. talk about price gouging. Chris, I hope you report on that as well.[/quote]

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ajb1302
3 years 3 months ago

chewy, yes. mamoun’s was price gouging. on thursday they were charging $4 for a falafel sandwich and on friday, they upped it to $5. by saturday, they were back to regular prices but i’m seriously considering not giving them my business ever again. i used to go there weekly. 😐 [quote comment=”217809″]Mamoun’s really!?! I usually go there after the gym…NO MORE![/quote]

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willow
3 years 3 months ago

I have to say this experience has been life changing. The support I saw from local businesses and neighbors has been wonderful. Unfortunately some look to make a profit from others hard times. If it is true that business are gouging I hope that people post and boycott in the future. Owners of symposium book store (allowing people to take books and pay later), Amanda’s generosity is wonderful.

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jeannerizzi
3 years 3 months ago

Thanks for calling attention to all the good people, while it’s nice to know that neighbors will help neighbors I cannot get over my disappointment with the city of Hoboken. We had no clue what was going on the days after the storm and were stuck in our apartment left to fend for ourselves. It’s completely unacceptable and Mayor Zimmer has some answering to do – can’t wait for her re-election to come up so we can get her the hell out. As for the restaurants that were price gouging, I hope this news spreads and people boycott them. It’s… Read more »

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Rosewood Ghosts
3 years 3 months ago

Places that did NOT gouge me… Sassos Deli, Torna Pizza, Yash Liquors, Price King Liquors. Also Elysian Cafe had some tasty sandwiches last night for only $5. There are alot of really good people in our community.

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