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General public slow to wake up in Hoboken re: useless sidewalk ramps

Over four years ago (in 2010) Hoboken411 immediately pointed out how useless and in-fact dangerous those stupid sidewalk ramps are. They make it SLIPPY not GRIPPY! We’ve mentioned this countless times.

But Hoboken resident Amy, now in 2015 is saying something eerily similar to what we said here long before:

“While walking on the corner of 11th & Park, I slipped and fell. The ground was wet from the rain, and I was walking at a brisk pace. I stepped on one of those plastic ramp covers, slipped and fell. A friend of mine also had a similar experience. These slipping hazards are all over the neighborhood! I now avoid walking over them entirely. Who installed these things?

We would be better off WITHOUT them. No functional purpose.”

See the problem is “now that it has been brought to the public’s attention” as Amy said – means that you no longer can claim ignorance or surprise if you fall again. It’s up to the individual to use common sense and avoid these things until the city does get successfully sued and removes them. This PSA video might help you:

Slippery steps ahead with inappropriate walking surfaces


Providing a path for the public to walk on shouldn’t be rocket science.

The premise is simple: Make sure it’s clear, level and easy & safe to walk on in most conditions, including rain & snow. Most concrete sidewalks and paved streets meet this criteria. However, some of the “add-ons” in Hoboken actually are detrimental, and create some dangerous conditions.

  • The rubber crosswalk mats
  • The new crosswalk paint

As you saw earlier in the week – the reason rubber/silicone ice cube trays are great, is because they’re slippery. They do not, however, make for a good walking surface, regardless of the “bumps” and texture on them. You can easily slip and sustain injury on these rubber mats that are installed throughout the city.

I recommend that all of these rubber mats either get removed entirely, or replaced with more sensible solutions like the textured bricks that are installed in other areas. They have traction and grip – unlike the rubber versions.

Slippery Slate and Paint too

You know during the paving frenzy earlier this year, Thermo-plastic paint (see video) was applied to create bright, reflective crosswalks around town. The problem with these wide, smooth markings is – that they too are a slip & fall waiting to happen. Whatever abrasive content that was added to the paint to create traction wears off quickly. I’d suggest anyone who slips and falls in places like these to contact a lawyer immediately and seek restitution.

One other bad idea in Hoboken is residents who have slate sidewalks in front of their homes. While pretty & stylish, these aren’t necessarily ideal walking surfaces either, and get extremely slippery much faster in cold weather than other sidewalks made of concrete or brick. A moratorium should be enacted to prevent any future installation of sidewalks like these. Do what you want on private property, but public walking areas don’t need this silly material.

Some may say that I’m nit-picking, or to just “not walk on them.” Well, I do avoid the slippery areas because I have common sense. But others aren’t so lucky, and I wanted to put these observations on public record so we have something to refer back to once people wake up.

Report your slippery accidents waiting to happen here!

9th & Willow is a dangerous intersection

Vehicles run stop sign at 9th & Willow in Hoboken constantly

Earlier this afternoon, there was a “big accident” over at the intersection of 9th Street and Willow Avenue. A truck crashed into two parked cars, destroyed the front steps of a building, and wrecked a really nice refuse can holder.

Apparently, some witnesses think the construction truck ran the stop sign which led to the collision.

So – Hoboken or Hudson County “officials” should probably wake up and do something about this corner before someone gets killed here. I believe we’ve suggested speed humps in the past – but I recall something about emergency vehicles prohibiting them, but I could be wrong.

A blinking red light for southbound traffic on Willow might be the best option, with a blinking yellow light for 9th Street traffic. Let’s see if that happens.

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What would you miss about Hoboken?

Livability: What keeps you here? What would you miss about Hoboken?

This past weekend, we attended a friends “goodbye gathering,” as they were taking the family and moving out of Hoboken at the end of the month. As residents for many years, tons of questions came up during the party – and it morphed into a Q&A forum about what they liked about Hoboken, why they chose it, their new location – and things they might “miss” about the infamous Mile Square city. The opinions in the group varied tremendously.

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Pros and cons with every place you live, right?

Newer residents (and those with no kids) seemed to still be “in love” with what Hoboken has to offer, while others (and those with bigger families) were sort of “at the end of their ropes” or longing for more (real) space and competent governance.

As expected, most people appreciated the “conveniences” that a city like Hoboken has to offer. Transportation, nightlife, relative safety, friends. And almost everyone agreed that city living can be tight at times, lack of park space and groaned that politics and taxes (compared to what is delivered by City Hall) are incongruous. Schools? Well that debate is a bit too lengthy to elaborate here – and don’t really apply to those without kids. However…

This particular couple, when asked “What would you miss about Hoboken (the city itself)” actually said “nothing.”

“You can’t have the mentality that physically attaches you to places you live. We feel that embracing our new home is time better spent. Most everything is replaceable.”

Wow, right? But I suppose if you have certain bars, groups of friends or favorite restaurants and delis – those aren’t always easy to replicate. And most people’s jobs (and even relationships) dictate where they can live.

But what would you seriously miss about Hoboken – if you could have a similar living arrangement elsewhere?

Rebuilding in Hoboken

Areas in Hoboken hazardous as garbage piles up after Sandy

If you’re out and about today in Hoboken – I highly recommend you take a walk by Park Avenue between 6th and 8th Streets. While not the only area where damage was done, this is an example of what appears to be a major issue looming in town.

When typical gut-renovations happen in Hoboken – contractors normally order a giant dumpster to safely offload the building materials. But in the case of Hurricane Sandyentire blocks are being repaired and restored at the same time!

With no obvious rules or regulations in place to maintain order – it’s a “contractor free for all,” where sidewalks are almost impassable, we have a ripe breeding ground for vermin – and carting this refuse out without damaging the cars will be a next to impossible task.

Now that this problem is plainly obvious – when can we expect a plan from the city to minimize this threat to public safety?

Travel safely, Hoboken!

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Slippery chemicals near Hoboken car washes

Should car washes be allowed to make sidewalks slippery?

Received a letter from Hoboken411 reader Amanda, who felt the need to express her displeasure about conditions near the Hoboken Car Wash downtown.

Letter: Car wash makes for slippery steps in Hoboken

“Each time I walk by the Hoboken Car Wash on Observer Highway, I’m forced to deal with the wet section of sidewalk that is covered in slick car detailing chemicals.

And getting it off your shoes is not as easy as you think, and can cause you to slip on other smooth surfaces later or your gas and brake pedals in your car.

Are they even allowed to do this on a public thoroughfare?”

QotD: Expanding Hoboken?

What is wrong with this concept?

I still think that back when I introduced this concept of “expanding” Hoboken into the Hudson River like they did over in Battery Park was a missed opportunity for our city. While we clamor over lame parks and open space, parking, etc – this doesn’t seem like a far-fetched idea – and can bring many good things to our city. I guess we’ll have to wait until more capable, forward-thinking individuals are running the show around here.

What purpose does that cove serve exactly?

Hoboken’s own Battery Park?

Was speaking to a business owner in town the other day – and he said he had “the perfect plan” for Hoboken. Here’s a rough outline of what he suggested (to the best of my recollection):

  1. The Hoboken Cove/Inlet by the uptown bridges is a waste – and goes largely unused.
  2. Construction companies would PAY Hoboken to dump their raw material landfill there.
  3. Get Federal Grant monies to build/construct the land.
  4. Generate Revenue: Demolish and sell the High School – and the Football Field (approx $50 million).
  5. Move H.S. and field to the new location – along with many other fields, courts and open space.

A whole neighborhood in Manhattan was built in the exact same manner – why not Hoboken?

QotD: What do you think of this concept?

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