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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?

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?

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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?

Filling that space with new land is:

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QotD: A new Hoboken slogan?

[Reminiscing Hoboken411's Five Year Anniversary...]

Does Hoboken qualify for new city slogans since 2009?

Bumping this entertaining post from 2009 – and wondering if Hoboken can sneak some new city slogans into the mix, such as:

  • “Black is the new transparency!”
  • “Pothole, Sinkhole and Bike Lane Capital of the World!”
  • “Heaven, Hypocrisy or Hoboken!”
  • “Where Oscar Rulez!”

Can you add any?

Hoboken QotD: Is it time for a new city slogan?

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Like a broken record, we’ve heard the phrases “Birthplace of Baseball” and “The Mile Square” a million times – along with “Frank Sinatra,” “Gold Coast,” and the “6th Borough” as well.

Some easy (yet snarky) alternatives could be:

  • “Corruption Capital of the World!”
  • “Most flooding per square mile!”
  • “Want to get “Dweked?” Come to Hoboken!”
  • “Every day seems like election day!”

QotD: If you were put in charge of creating a new slogan for the city of Hoboken – what would it be?

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Blockbuster Hoboken: Doomed

2/12/2011 Update:

Blockbuster begins Hoboken phase out

We all already know that Blockbuster Video is closing their Hoboken location (amongst many others).

They recently started the inventory clearance, and hung this massive banner on the storefront. I just found it very funny that they had to clarify that it was “this location only.”

See previous Blockbuster history after the jump…

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Band rehearsal spaces in Hoboken?

9/29/2009:

In the final Hoboken411 Reader Mail segment this morning – Jesse wonders about band rehearsal spaces in town. Can anyone help him?

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Any places in Hoboken – or is it all condos now?

“As a musician approaching 40 yrs old, I can remember back in the day when Hoboken had an awesome music scene. The city was also much rougher around the edges to say the least, and more space was available in general at lower prices. I am wondering what happened to rehearsal spaces in this town, do they still exist?

I am sure there are plenty of musicians here, do they all go in to the city to rehearse?”

Too bad Jesse doesn’t live near Baltimore, MD – they have businesses that offer secure rehearsal spaces for cheap! Anything similar at the Monroe Center or Neumann Leathers site? (A good business idea for those enterprising enough…)

QotD: Banning a user?

9/25/2009:

Party Pooper?

hoboken411-stand-tramp-banned-poll-2The vast majority of daily Hoboken411 readers absorb the articles but do not post in the comments section. Many also read the comments, but don’t log in and directly participate. It’s similar to how many people read the New York Times but don’t write letters to the editor. A couple readers have told me they don’t want to post because they don’t want to be in the line of long-time commenter strand tramp’s continuous fire. Frequent commenters complain of how strand tramp brings unnecessary cruelty into every thread. Others say they find strand tramp to be offensive but amusing.

Many say strand tramp has jumped the shark.

This week I got an unprecedented number of complaints and flags about strand tramp. I was forced to remove a comment or two that blatantly ran afoul of the community post rules. Strand tramp has been warned several times before. The nastiness that oozes from every post has grown tiresome to many 411 readers. Strand tramp has also (in the estimate of readers) been racist. Yesterday strand tramp was in “rare form,” calling other commenters names like idiot, dipsh1t, moron and limey, among many others.

The question is, do YOU think strand tramp should be banned, once and for all?

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Have a happy weekend (strand tramp) and everyone else!