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Future Hoboken Lawsuits?

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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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?”

Hoboken sidewalks hazardous for kids?

Hoboken Street Dangers?

As many of you know, lots of “sidewalk work” is taking place all around town, whether it’s traffic light upgrades, or robotic parking meters and intersection improvements.

In some cases, sharp metal wires are exposed, that might lead some kids to want to play with them – and possibly take an eye out or cause a skin puncture and infection.

Watch your kids when near these sloppy work areas!

Crumbling roads lead to ankle breakage

Poor lighting and shoddy roads in Hoboken

Hoboken411 reader Paul talks about an incident that took place last week near 9th & Grand.

Shoddy conditions all around led to his wife snapping her ankle!

“On Thursday night while walking to our car from Holy Thursday church services at about 8:50pm, my wife fell and broke her ankle while stepping off the curb to go to our car. The closest street lamp is at the other end of the block making this area extremely dark and the pavement is broken down to the cobblestones. This happened on the south side of 9th Street just west of Grand. I took following pictures the next day.”

Hoboken positives come from good Samaritans

“On the good side, there was a lady passing by on the other side of the street who came and stood with us until the ambulance came, making sure that my wife was protected from passing traffic as she lay on the street. I did not get her name but we are both very grateful. In addition the three EMS workers from the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corp were professional, courteous and compassionate. We were very impressed.