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?