Free Meter Parking through Jan. 1st

Wow! Free meter parking in Hoboken, NJ this holiday!

Attention Hoboken residents and visitors! Come on down, and enjoy our lovely city without the pain of robotic parking meters!

Now until 12:01am on January 2nd – all metered parking spots will be free and unenforceable! Do some shopping! Have a meal! Enjoy our waterfront views!

(Note that you should still adhere to regulations in other areas of the city.)

Finally, parking allowances for Hoboken residents and visitors

Ever since Hurricane Sandy blasted through Hoboken – business has been, let’s say, a bit “off.”

With the PATH train out of commission for almost two months, and all the grim coverage in Hoboken as “the muddy city under water,” many local shops took a huge financial hit as many customers could not get here or just stayed away. Christmas shopping this year is way down (also the economy, but that’s another story).

Back in November, Council members Theresa Castellano, Michael Russo, Beth Mason and Tim Occhipinti proposed to make December a free parking month for the city, to encourage visitors to come spend their money at local shops. All they got was resistance from the Zimmer administration – who were frightened that the lack of parking revenue would put a crimp on future pay-raises for themselves and their cronies. As a result, legislation got hung up until this past Wednesday, when a scaled-back resolution allowing free meter parking from 12/20/2012 through 1/1/2013 barely passed.

Opposing the free meter parking was Jen Giattino – who’s family has ownership in Connecticut-based chain restaurant Wicked Wolf. Giattino was also one of the creators of the Lunch Truck legislation which chased MANY of your favorite tasty and affordable mobile food options out of Hoboken, and to other cities. A definite conflict of interest, and a blatant abuse of a so-called “elected” position to serve the public.

Also opposing the resolution was a-large Councilman Dave Mello, who has been known to lose his cool at meetings, and has very ill-tempered feelings towards the born & raised who have long made Hoboken special. Sometimes the immaturity of these people is quite embarrassing for our city. But what can you do other than vote ’em out or hope they step down when they get bored with their job.

Enjoy your free metered parking spots this Christmas and New Years!

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4 Comments on "Free Meter Parking through Jan. 1st"

3 years 10 months ago

I wonder if there is still a 2-hour parking limit at the meters. Or can someone park their car in front of one and leave it there until next week?

3 years 10 months ago

I wonder if a non-resident would get a boot for staying in a metered spot for over 4 hours…

3 years 10 months ago

Is the citywide 4 hour parking limit still in effect?