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Car Sharing done right

Zip Car sharing is the way to go in Hoboken

Recently, the Zip Car sharing program added some more cars here in Hoboken, at the uptown parking garage at 15th & Bloomfield Streets.

I believe that this is the ONLY way car sharing should be done – in private parking garages. As you know, the Hertz 24/7 car sharing rental program just takes away street parking from residents (and they don’t get ticketed for street cleaning either!)

Why our city had to go in and meddle with the already difficult parking situation in town still gets me. Their pie in the sky dream that 1000′s of residents would give up their vehicles to buy into the transportation collective obviously did not work out too well.

Any of you planning a day trip in the near future should keep this in mind when you make your car rental decisions.

Zip Car Sharing Hoboken NJ

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The art of Pawel Kuczynski

Brilliant art from Pawel Kuczynski

Pawel Kuczynski may not be a “local” artist – but he is one of those rare, special people who’s art should be appreciated across the world. Brilliant, thought-provoking pieces that are a byproduct of our times. Not for those who are “victims,” however. Wouldn’t make sense to those people…

One of my favorites (called “Disable”) is perfect for anyone who drives in circles around a parking lot to find the “closest spot,” or those who spend 30 or 60 minutes “working out” at a gym, only to spend the rest of their time dormant on the couch “catching up with the DVR.”

You can buy his photos (with or without frame, canvas, etc.) at Pictorem for a very reasonable price. See a few more noteworthy ones after the jump.

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Found Dog reunited with owner!

Update: Found Weimeraner reunited with owner in Hoboken

That was fast! The person who was missing their Weimeraner saw the post on Hoboken411 and was reunited with their dog today! Success!

Found Dog {Weimeraner} Please help locate owner(s)

7/23/2014:

Found Dog Hoboken NJVery strange “found dog” incident – a purebred too! You’d think there would be an “APB” out for a dog like this – but nothing as of yet!

A young Weimeraner was found on Washington around First Street in Hoboken on July 21st. No collar or microchip, and so far no leads on an owner.

But the dog looks very well cared for (just under a year old).

Contact Cornerstone Pets at 201-653-4644 or info@cornerstonepets.com if you have any information.

Hoboken ain’t snobby

Some list calls Hoboken a snobby city

I hate these new “top 10″ lists that pop up all over the internet. Especially when they try to rank cities across the country – and most likely have NEVER visited them. This is an example of data on a spreadsheet not translating whatsoever into real world observations and experiences.

So a sham of a website called Movoto published a stupid list called The 10 Snobbiest Small Cities in America.


Here’s what they tell uneducated readers about Hoboken:

“Locals here definitely are world-wise and well off. For starters, this place had the ninth highest household income on our list, with a startling average of over $100,000 per household. Hoboken also had the seventh highest percentage of population with at least a college degree. True, there were fewer private schools here, but there were other stats to keep this place elite.

The performing arts and art galleries here both ranked in the top 30, and there were few non-fast food restaurants here for those who can’t stand not to have filet mignon with every meal. If you’re more into the art culture, you can always hobnob in Hoboken at the Barsky Gallery.”

Hoboken411′s take:

  • “For starters,” rankings in general are meaningless.
  • “Performing Arts?” We have a very small performing arts representation here in Hoboken. It’s a joke. Same with art galleries. Sure a few here and there – but I cannot see how we’d even make a blip on any map of the “arts.”
  • $100k household income? That is barely considered middle-class these days.
  • If there’s one thing they got right – was showing a stroller in the picture. That factor, if considered alone – would make Hoboken the #1 snobbiest city on planet earth.

Go talk to some of the old school B ‘n’ R’s here in town. Doubt you’ll see any snobs around.

“Sandy Money”

WTF is “Sandy Money” anyway?

The trend these days seems to be “Gimme Gimme Gimme” – but how come no one asks “from where?”

This is in reference to the so-called “news” and people who follow the so-called “news.”

All this talk about “Hurricane Sandy money” – billions here – millions here – who got what, they got more, they got less, what about us? Where is OUR share?

The almost socialist fabric woven through the whole story is sickening. Politicians like Zimmer “point fingers,” and so on…

Has anyone taken a “big picture” perspective?

Sandy Money Hurricane New Jersey

Government “programs” are bullshit to begin with

For one – the size and scope of this whole “grant” process was way too big and complex for anyone to handle “fairly,” especially when inept organizations like (any) government body are involved . They have rating scales, charts, and all sorts of “models” to try and make it “fair,” but without a doubt will fail in some way, shape or form. Someone will get the short end of the stick. ALWAYS. Either due to insufficient rating systems, human error, what have you.

It’s easy to “examine” or analyze a bloated and poorly run operation after the fact (like WYNC and others did – why didn’t they “investigate” it CONCURRENTLY AS IT WAS HAPPENING? Or demand to see the “rating charts” that were going to be used to “divvy up” funds before the numbers were released? Why always the “Monday Morning Quarterback” mentality?)

But way WAY more importantly – take a look at all these stories and political “sound bites,” and if you were paying attention – you’d notice the BIGGEST, MOST CRUCIAL aspect missing.

Who is eventually “paying for it?”

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. UNVOLUNTARILY

Sandy Money is taxpayers money

Hey idiots – it’s YOUR money they’re “fighting over…”

It bugs me to NO END that the “battle” for money or funding is like a SHARK FEEDING FRENZY. But none of these stories ever FOCUS on who’s money it is or was. They act as if this “magic money” is owed to others. No one at your water cooler at the office mentioned this. Why?

All levels of government are funded by TAXES from ordinary people.

How can any municipality “demand” money from the state? Is it written contractually anywhere?
How can any states “demand” money from the federal government? The “superstorm” was nobodies fault!

The fact is that all these publicly-funded-puppets are “in the spotlight” essentially “fighting” over what was once YOUR money.

Shouldn’t you find that INSULTING? “Allegations about Mitigation Money!” What the fuck is “mitigation money” anyway? What happened to taking care of YOURSELF?

Shit, politicians, instead of being bold, finger-pointing entitled snobs – perhaps they should be HUMBLE that the PUBLIC is paying their salaries! Especially with PLATINUM health insurance and other exorbitant “benefits!”

They throw numbers around like “$50 billion” as if it’s chump change that grows on trees. Did you know if they just “returned” the money back to the people they stole it from – it would equate to $5,500 for every man woman and child in NJ? That certainly would help the local economy!

I don’t know. But reading these stories makes me shake my head.

If there is any “LAW” that should be enacted – it should be for the media. There should be a REQUISITE REMINDER at the beginning AND end of EVERY story that talks about “disbursement” of money from the government – that all of that came from someone else.

Because people forget way too easily.

Marketing Mentality

Hoboken & Beyond – Do you believe the “Marketing Mentality?”

Marketing mentality Hoboken NJ Running Company Happy FeetI’ve noticed a very curious trend when it comes to “marketing mentality” in Hoboken and pretty much the rest of the world. Something has changed. And quite substantially as well!

It’s long been said (since the grandfather of marketing Edward Bernays) that “emotion sells” anything 100x better than actual merits. Which is why you see dopey idiots and hot chicks on “Light Beer” commercials, smiling happy people on Jewelry commercials, and “perfect lives” on any other consumer goods commercial. It’s all psychological.

However, while the ignorant “masses” are suckers – there are still many of us “critical thinkers” left in the mix. A dwindling number for sure, but still enough to make a difference.

So I saw this sign at NJ Running Company (127 Washington Street) the other day that read “Happy Feet (in the store) – Sad Feet (not in the store.)”

You know what my first thought was when I saw that? “Happy Wallet (not in the store) – Sad Wallet (in the store buying shit I don’t need.)”

As you can see, while this is a simple sandwich board sign which typically has ultra-low “returns,” it still played on people’s emotions. And I can BET that at least a few (unsuspecting) consumers probably bid farewell to some of their (leftover) hard earned cash. Psychological marketing “wins!”

Are you influenced by marketing like that?

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