Rebuilding in Hoboken

Areas in Hoboken hazardous as garbage piles up after Sandy

If you’re out and about today in Hoboken – I highly recommend you take a walk by Park Avenue between 6th and 8th Streets. While not the only area where damage was done, this is an example of what appears to be a major issue looming in town.

When typical gut-renovations happen in Hoboken – contractors normally order a giant dumpster to safely offload the building materials. But in the case of Hurricane Sandyentire blocks are being repaired and restored at the same time!

With no obvious rules or regulations in place to maintain order – it’s a “contractor free for all,” where sidewalks are almost impassable, we have a ripe breeding ground for vermin – and carting this refuse out without damaging the cars will be a next to impossible task.

Now that this problem is plainly obvious – when can we expect a plan from the city to minimize this threat to public safety?

Travel safely, Hoboken!

Damage is sadly obvious in Hoboken after Hurricane Sandy


Some areas in town made out OK after Hurricane Sandy – minimal damage, and even no power outages.

Other areas suffered some problems – but recovered rather quickly.

Then, there are the spots in the deeply flooded areas that endured the worst in Hoboken. While not nearly as bad as some New Jersey shore towns (where neighborhoods were essentially erased off the map), they indeed got the worst in the mile square.

Took a walk yesterday around the west end of town – and it was depressing taking photo after photo of the recovery effort. Massive piles of garbage, often exceeding five feet in height lined the sidewalks as residents cleaned out their basements. See the Hoboken411 photo gallery here – with photo captions below. All in all however, Hoboken residents did a fantastic job holding it together!

Photos: Hoboken, NJ cleans up after Sandy

  • Photo 1: A typical trash mound. Be patient with pickups! The trucks fill up faster than usual!
  • Photo 2: Tree service taking branches away from power lines near Hoboken High School.
  • Photos 3, 4: A downed tree and a help station near a Hoboken Housing Project.
  • Photos 5, 6, 7, 8: The growing garbage was indicative of substantial damage in nearby apartments.
  • Photos 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16: The area around the ShopRite Supermarket. They received some of the most substantial damage in town. Bet you Kim Kardashian doesn’t give a crap.
  • Photos 17, 18: Downed trees and cars wrecked even in garages of cookie-cutter condos near the ShopRite.
  • Photo 19: Wonder if the Willie McBride’s limo was wrecked too?
  • Photos 21, 22, 23, 24, 25: When Hoboken411 realized it became ad nauseum.
  • Photo 26: Some good news, the USPS had a mobile truck to help residents. However, several customers were upset they didn’t have money orders. Who doesn’t have a checking account these days?

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11 Comments on "Rebuilding in Hoboken"

3 years 2 months ago

Two CaliCarts on Park Ave collecting bottles and cardboard – ignoring the piles of garbage and household debris -hours before high winds may make it dangerous projectiles. I’ve now seen it all !!

Guess it is recycling day !!

joey maxim
3 years 2 months ago

toady— manditory evacuation in keansburg per governors thankfull for
small friends there are f###d up big time..Now want to see if they have a
friend in ALL STATE GICO STATE FARM ETC..On tv an air view of the lbi shore area looks like the two japanese citys bombed in 1945..Keep the faith.[quote comment=”217998″]Two CaliCarts on Park Ave collecting bottles and cardboard – ignoring the piles of garbage and household debris -hours before high winds may make it dangerous projectiles. I’ve now seen it all !!Guess it is recycling day !![/quote]

joey maxim
3 years 2 months ago

word has it there is looting in keansburg…cristie has alleged to have ordered evacutaion in that town..folks keep in mind Hoboken was forwarned a week prior..some could not leave and some felt if they got through irene,they were safe..toss of the die..The key is no matter if bnr or new commers ,so many worked together to assist each other..btw its such a pity to see mattresses and furniture on the curbs of many condos and apts.It sucks but we shall move on..Your all great people regardless which side you take. bless you all..[quote comment=”218002″]toady— manditory evacuation in keansburg per… Read more »

3 years 2 months ago

Looking back at the last two weeks, I find myself wondering if Hoboken, the gem on the Hudson is finally losing it’s luster. Flooding is not new to this town, albeit never to the extent we saw on 10/29, but when you think about it, anytime there is a bad coastal storm we could go through this again and again. How much can people take before they realize that Hoboken really is an over-priced, low-lying dangerous place? I feel for all of us and I hope we can all move on soon. It wouldn’t surprise me though if many of… Read more »

3 years 2 months ago

This is what other towns are telling their residents: Regular household trash and recyclables will continue to be handled by the town on regularly scheduled days. Storm debris, yard waste, bulk waste, construction debris and white metal (appliances) will be picked up at the curb line and must be kept separate from household waste in order to qualify for FEMA reimbursement. Items on private property will not be taken. White metal appliances including those with Freon (refrigerators) must be separated from all other waste in accordance with DEP regulations. Township Public Works crews will be out seven days a week… Read more »

3 years 2 months ago

Flooded residents-
I didn’t want to put this on Craigslist but if you lost your apartment/possessions in the flood, I have a full set of Wharfedale home theater speakers to donate. Two fronts, center, rears still in the box.
I know people have bigger worries right now but I didn’t want to try to sell when I know one of my neighbors could use these.
Don’t want to post my info but maybe you could email through 411. Please be honest.

3 years 2 months ago

Where are the dumpsters?! Why doesn’t the city provide dumpsters for this stuff?! I believe most of it is being handled by residents themselves or small contractors. Time is of the essence, and city hall is not stepping up to deal with this issue.

joey maxim
3 years 2 months ago greatfull for small things,,there dumpster diving in staten island to eat tainted thawed out on guard for predators who come to you with pseng an cable tv tags…or what ever.. protect yourself and family..Next to the shore area Hoboken got hit the hardest…Hoboken is not the utopia so many dreamers thought..shame on the real estate scum that scored on the nieave home owners.. west side is and always will be a disaster area… a friend called and said hoboken is cold and dark and had to wait a few days untill he could bury his mother…one day at… Read more »