Sylvan Parking on Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken, NJ

Leonard Weiss, owner of the Sylvan Parking garage in Hoboken – where many cars suffered an ill-fated demise – offers his commentary about the whole tragic event:

“On this memorable day, the Northeastern cities and ocean front sites were hit by the worst catastrophic weather to ever strike New Jersey and New York.

Although the ocean front communities received the brunt of the damage to homes and businesses, practically no city in Eastern New Jersey was spared.

Our own community of Hoboken probably suffered more damage than any other city in our state.”

“Fortunately, our Governor rolled up his sleeves and showed us why we are lucky as to have him governing NJ. His actions and help in reassuring the residents that he was going to do everything possible to come to the aid of those stricken by Hurricane Sandy, went a long way to calming most people. He has shown all of us that he is capable of dealing with a crisis of this magnitude.

Besides the residents of Hoboken, the business community suffered enormous damages. Very few people in Hoboken were spared.

As the operator of two garages in the city, we along with most of our customers have had to deal with many problems, affecting our business and our customer’s vehicles.

Over 3,000 automobiles, many parked in other garages, and many in streets or parking lots, were severely damaged by flooding, many beyond repair.

The weather forecasts were not too helpful. They forecast how strong Sandy was going to be and how much damage it would cause, but they never, except after we experienced the enormous flooding that hit us, that Hoboken would be so severely clobbered by the storm.”

“I am not sure how much any of us could have done had we been forewarned, but perhaps some steps might have been taken to lessen some of the damage.

As the operator of two garages, one on Marshall Street and one on Jefferson Street, we along with about 100 of our customers were the victims of an Act of God.

On Sunday, the day before we were struck, we were inundated with cars seeking to get off the streets. We took as many cars in as the garages would hold, believing that we were doing a public service; not as some people have implied, with profit as our motive.

We are a company that has been in business for over 50 years and have a sterling reputation. Unlike some gas stations we would never think of gouging anyone. The additional cars have caused us; not to make any money, but have resulted in substantial losses.

In our garage on Marshall Street we had our entire revenue control system destroyed, which will cost us well over $100,000 to replace. We also will require many additional employees to operate the garage as a valet rather then a self-parking operation. That is very costly.

In any event this entire disaster has been a terrible experience for just about every one living or working in Hoboken.
We are coping as best as we can, and with the understanding and cooperation of everyone we will, along with the rest of Hoboken, get back to where we were before Sandy struck.”

Leonard Weiss

Hoboken garage moves cars to known flood zones


Note: The original post has been edited to make corrections.

Oh boy – this sounds like a pretty shady thing to do. One parking garage in town apparently moved cars around before hurricane Sandy – to locations in the structure that are known to flood. WTF is up with that?

Were YOU affected at the Sylvan parking garage at 800 Jefferson Street?

100 cars wrecked at Sylvan Parking in Hoboken, NJ

“We had lost our new car in the storm due to flooding at the Sylvan parking garage on Jefferson. About 100 other cars were destroyed.

I have been a monthly garage tenant for 7 years. The attendants assured me that the car was on the second floor out of harms way. To my understanding another parking attendant had said they were no longer taking daily parking in order position the current amount of cars in the garage upstairs out of harms way. However a neighbor had mentioned from another attendant that when the owner had come by he instructed them to continue to take more daily cars in. So basically cars that were secured upstairs had been shuffled to the basement to accommodate more volume. This is infuriating, I wonder if Hoboken411 can post something about this to see if others affected in that garage want to research going after the garage company for damages? Although the adjuster was as fair as possible with us we will still be out about $10,000.

Any ideas on how I could rally the other monthly holders that read your site?”