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

11/6/2012:

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?

11 Responses

  1. Toady says:

    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 says:

      toady— manditory evacuation in keansburg ..as per governors orders..be thankfull for
      small things..my 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 says:

        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 ..as per governors orders..be thankfull for small things..my 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]

  2. showme789 says:

    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 us not only move on, but also move out. The scary thing is that damage done during this storm to many of the buildings in town won’t really be felt for a long time to come. Will realtors be forced to tell clients that the condo they are selling was under water? Or that the home they are showing may have suffered structural damage? I would hate to see a new generation move here and have to deal with undisclosed health and safety risks. It’s sad to say, but I’m afraid there will be thousands of condos in town that have just lost their value. Let’s hope FEMA takes a good look at Hoboken and puts a stop to the madness of developing in flood zones.

  3. homeworld says:

    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 to clear debris starting in flooded areas.

  4. briank says:

    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.

  5. krewedetat says:

    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 says:

      krewedetat..be greatfull for small things,,there dumpster diving in staten island to eat tainted thawed out food..be 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 a time..be well stay safe and protect your homes.[quote comment=”218165″]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.[/quote]

  6. homeworld says:

    Does anyone have a reliable Water Damage Restoration Company they can recommend?

  7. Journey says:

    Besides complaining online have any of used the Hoboken311 mobile app to report it?

    I reported trash and furniture on my block. In less than 24 hours, it is gone. Took almost an hour for them to take it all.

    • homeworld says:

      The 311 app is pretty good. Someone responds within 48-hours. That’s better than nothing.[quote comment=”218228″]Besides complaining online have any of used the Hoboken311 mobile app to report it?I reported trash and furniture on my block. In less than 24 hours, it is gone. Took almost an hour for them to take it all.[/quote]

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