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Shooting

Armed robberies are nothing new – but a shooting?

Word on the street is that a young urban professional was robbed at gunpoint last night in the area of 8th & Madison Street (near Shoprite). The little details we received indicated they may have been shot in the leg.

Street robberies have happened countless times in Hoboken – with some kind of “weapon” being brandished. Which is why it’s always best to travel in groups, and to avoid seedier areas in the wee hours of the night.

But if this is true – what can one do to prevent situations like this outside of complete avoidance? (Or closing the light rail station after 9pm).

Should more ordinary citizens apply for conceal carry permits? My guess is that if more of the (responsible) population was armed (and the thugs knew it), then these types of incidents would never happen.

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Useful Idiot Protest

File Under “Lost:” Useful Idiot Protest at Pearson in Hoboken

Useful Idiot Protest in Hoboken NJ Pearson EducationNo matter what the cause – you can always find at least some people supporting it. They can be for sensible reasons (like reducing the size of gov’t), or other “trendy” progressive hot-button topics like humpback whales or “equal rights” for some very small sub-set of society. For the latter, those people are commonly referred to as “useful idiots,” because most often they’re recruited to help “raise awareness” for some unfair thing or group, without realizing they’re furthering someone else’s agenda (or wealth). There was one such “Useful Idiot Protest” around of the Pearson Education building downtown last week.

Pearson is a very large multi-national “educational” company, publishing books under dozens of labels (like Penguin, Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley and scores of others), along with aiding various government entities to create their educational programs. They like to present their company goal as helping people “learn” (while making a massive profit from it evidently).

But some folks are unhappy that a company becomes so big that it begins to pull some weight in the world. Like the $100 million in tax breaks that helped persuade them to move their HQ from Upper Saddle River, NJ over here to Hoboken (as well as in NY.) Some folks found that “unfair.”

Signs like “Better Choices for New Jersey,” and a doozy like – “How Pearson STOLE Education!” WTF does that mean? These folks love to pick on big companies – but they have zero idea about the history of “education” in the world. Peel back a few layers and understand the origin of it all (by digging in websites like schoolsucksproject.com to get an idea), then you’ll see why these folks have sadly been recruited to “bark up the wrong tree.”

One thing common with most of these meager protests – is that there’s always some peculiar soul in attendance. Like this ambiguous “person.” I can’t tell if they’re a boy or a girl. These are usually prime targets numero uno for the protest organizers. Like shooting fish in a barrel. Folks like this are often seen on Washington Street with clipboards talking about ozone, transgenders and recycling. Can’t you connect the dots already?

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DRINK!

People flock to Hoboken for “St. Paddy’s Day” because…

Since “mayor” don Zimmer killed the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hoboken (which took place the first Saturday of March), many business owners took it upon themselves to hang on to the tradition – and to the hopes of a profit payday. This so-called “holiday” is most often the most profitable day of the year for the bars. Can you drink to that?

But not all businesses “thrive” on this day, as the owners of Imago Salon in Hoboken said earlier today: “Puking, pissing, crying, screaming and causing traffic jams and keeping my customers away. All by 2pm! Great!”

What I find fascinating is that this event – which is essentially now a purely “manufactured holiday,” still manages to sucker people in. We support capitalism, but still like examining the thought-process of the “customers.”

Look at all these toolbags that voluntarily waited on line to get into what amounts to just a “room” that they drink over-priced alcohol in. All normal, sane people ask the same question: “Why?!?”

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How is Hoboken St. Paddy’s Day more “fun?”

Here’s what I have trouble understanding. How are the most CROWDED days for partying considered fun? New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl Sunday, and Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day are days that I would totally AVOID going to a crowded establishment. Why? Because we don’t get pleasure from that.

Can you figure out a reason why anyone would subject themselves to those conditions? How is it more fun? Is it the “hookup” potential? Or the chance to pay a $2,000 fine for absolutely nothing? Date rape?

Do people now embark on such retarded endeavors so they have something to “talk about” on their social networks? Does it bring anyone joy and enlightenment?

I also find it a great case study for a psychology or marketing class. Because a group of people decided that they will market an event like this – and they coaxed people into attending. Wearing green. Cheap plastic top hats made in China. And all the drawbacks associated with coming to town on a day like this (parking, police, fights, vomit, thousands of idiotic zombies). I can understand how they can get away with longtime traditions like religious holidays (Christmas) or national celebrations (like July 4), but a complete non-event like this? What is the payback for attendees? Do they have “lifelong memories” they can cherish forever?

Can anyone guess the average IQ of the group of people waiting online at any given point in time (without using Google?)

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Been there done that {Hoboken St. Paddy’s Day}

One last thing. A lot of people were asking why we haven’t done a live police blotter this year – as we’ve done in years past (Even Howard Stern read us on the air several times).

Well, because since the “official” parade was nixed by the bitch in charge (for the time being), we noticed that the outlandish incidents have dwindled considerably. This is honestly considered a “win” for homeowners and non-alcohol serving establishments, but quite “boring” for people like us. Without Port-O-John’s getting toppled or girls passing out half-naked every five minutes – this is just like any warm summer Friday night in Hoboken.

Although, you can listen to the Live Hoboken411 Police Channel 24 hours a day here. We’ve had tens of thousands of listeners already today – and it gives you the “fly on the wall” perspective of what’s happening in town – and how much effort it takes for our Police, Fire and Ambulance crews to “babysit” the drunken revelers.

I guess it boils down to people over-drinking doesn’t become truly interesting until it’s done on the grandest of scales. A “moderate” night of stupidity is sort of like a 5/10 girl. Not much to write home about.

City garages not safe!

City garages not safe in Hoboken NJ – Rims nicked again!

Whenever we see some car vandalized or burglarized in Hoboken (or ticketed by the HPU) – we typically suggest that better alternatives are privately-owned parking facilities. Why is that? Because Hoboken city garages are NOT safe!

Take a look at this nice Jeep SUV who had not one, not two, but all four rims stolen this past weekend (on Hudson between 2nd & 3rd).

What kind of security do they have at those garages anyway?

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918 Willow Fire

Fire at 918 Willow trashes building, deli

Late last night, an electrical fire started on the 2nd floor of 918 Willow Avenue. It reached “3 alarm” status as firefighters from Hoboken and Jersey City knocked the blaze down, which crept in the walls, and caused significant damage to the building. D’s Soul Full Cafe (former Bagel Smashery – Josh & Ive’s) on the ground floor, while not damaged by fire – took a significant hit with smoke and water – and will be closed until further notice.

15 people were displaced, but no significant injuries were reported.

What a shoddy start to the new year! But big props to the emergency personnel who prevented further destruction.

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Helmers Restaurant

Helmers’ Restaurant in Hoboken to close at end of 2014

One of Hoboken’s oldest establishments around – Helmers’ Restaurant – is expected to close for good, on December 31, 2014.

While this may come as a shock and make some people sad, others we spoke with were surprised it took this long. Since the fire of 2006, many say the place “was not the same” when it came to food, beer choices, etc. Who knows the real reason – but regardless of what kind of business you have – you need to “love” what you’re doing for the positive results to materialize.

And besides that, the faltering economy, and bigger, brighter “Euro-style” places like Pilsener Haus & Biergarten providing that “ethnic” like atmosphere may certainly have played a role.

Other people we spoke with said the place has already been rented ($15,500 per month! $186k a year!). Apparently, the place will be “gutted” and the new owners will put a “dance floor” in? Not sure where they did their market research, but that doesn’t sound right. But you never know, maybe that style venue is just what Hoboken is lacking. We’ll see in 2015!

Nice knowing you, Helmers’!

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