Homeless public bathing in Hoboken

Hoboken homeless public bathing at Pier A Park

Hoboken411 received several emails about a trend that happens each summer down near Pier A Park. In particular, the water fountain at the west end of the park. Apparently, there is a lot of homeless public bathing going on in that area.

Now the question is – is that right or wrong? Are you offended?

Homeless bathing at Pier A Park in Hoboken NJ 1

What would you do about homeless public bathing in Hoboken?

Some parents were indeed offended that their children would have to witness people who are “down and out,” and disliked having to explain to their kids about the situation at hand. While another parent I spoke with personally said it was a good learning experience for the children.

But in reality – did the guy in the photos here actually do anything wrong? It’s not illegal for men to be topless at the park. Nor is it illegal for people to play or enter the confines of the water fountain area (kids do it all the time). It boils down to whether it’s legal to apply soap to your body and “shower” in public. I doubt if they already allow toddlers with soiled diapers to enter this area then this fella is entitled to lather up and rinse.

What are your thoughts?

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8 Comments on "Homeless public bathing in Hoboken"

TJD
Member

This is the same fountain that has a sign next to it explaining that it is not intended for bathing. H411, you still have that picture of the sign I sent you a year or so ago?

The fountain uses recycled water – I don’t know why anyone would want to go in it.

Swaby
Member
Swaby

I don’t think that anyone would argue that the situation is not ideal for EITHER party involved. But as its been said in a couple of earlier post, this is a great opportunity for parents to talk to their children and use as a learning tool. Talk to them, and help them understand how they should be thankful for what they have. And we as adults, should take a moment to be thankful for what it is we have as well.

End of the day, I’m sure its a lot tougher on the individual who has to bath at a public park, then those who have to walk past them.

kooky kat
Member

It’s probably safer to bathe in there than our homes, considering the amount of water main breaks.

HansBrix
Member
HansBrix

Doing a google image search of “bathing in the ganges” is all you need to do to put this in perspective.

Shayyho
Member
Shayyho

I give this man props for being “down and out” and still trying to keep up with his hygiene. Would you rather explain to your children why the person you just passed in the park smells like urine/feces? Or explain about the man who is showering in the fountain?

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