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Flashback Hoboken: Fall 2006 (Part 2)

Flashback Hoboken: Fall 2006 {Not done yet!}

A couple weeks ago, we looked back at some businesses that are no longer in Hoboken. This week, we’ll check out some businesses that have gone through some kind of renovation, but still exist in the same capacity more or less. Bring back any memories?

Once a bank, always a bank

Eight years ago, we had a bank called “Washington Mutual.” In business since the 1800′s! Then in 2008, after a 9-day “bank run” they were essentially “forced out” of business. It’s now JP Morgan Chase. If you’re interested in the ridiculously complicated story click here.

Chase Bank 14th Street Hoboken Flashback

Seeing stars

Back in the early 90′s before we moved to Hoboken, “7 Star Pizza” was the go-to place for drunk slices after hitting the bars. Boy, what a dump it was, but the cheesy pizza sure it the spot. In 2006 they renovated and changed the name to “7 Stars.”

7 Star Pizza Hoboken NJ flashback

Duffy – City

Duffy’s was a perfectly good name for an Irish bar. When they renovated I guess traditional Irish-sounding bar names were “trending down,” and the name changed to “Cork City.” Maybe because they wanted to sell drinks other than $1 drafts?

Cork City Hoboken NJ flashback

Still here after all these years

2006 marked the beginning of Teak down by the PATH station. A tribute for them staying alive, I guess!

Teak Hoboken survived

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City drags feet on public health issues

Letter: Hoboken drags feet on public health concerns despite injuries

All the “hot air” and good news that comes out of this administration, but it seems as if quality of life is on decline nonetheless. Hoboken resident Melissa Blanco has been holding the administration to the fire, with barely a tepid response. See what’s going on now (hint: it’s a stinky situation…)

public health garbage issues Hoboken NJ

Warning: Injuries and damages due to poor public health!

You might be interested to know, that while our local public health officials and the non-Zimmer Council minority do recognize the risks and liabilities of our lack of public health compliance, they describe to me that “their hands are tied” without a majority of Council member and Zimmer support.

I have not only put the Council on notice about the increasing risks and the populations of various disease causing animals, but I have also recommended the solution. My first letter was written nine months ago. I have steadily followed up with council appearances and additional letters. As you know, in April, the County stepped in to clear our streets of months of filth – but this was only an interim solution.

Last night, my dog was injured and sprayed by one of the many skunks feasting on the garbage in the streets of Hoboken. I am still dealing with the de-skunking and am concerned for the injuries my dog sustained even though she is up to date on all vaccines.

skunk public health problems hoboken NJ This week, I called each council member. Mr. Bhalla said he would “do his best.” When pressed, he said he would talk to his other Council members. I replied that he needed to do much better, that this was gross negligence since the Council had been put on Notice and there were now injuries. I think we all know, that had this been one of his constituents that voted for Zimmer, that the City would be out with bull horns in the street, quickly cautioning residents and letting property owners know that their garbage must be in cans with tightly closed lids.

When I discussed the matter with our public health official, Fran Sasso, he said his hands were tied if the Council would do nothing. The City’s only response to date has been to cut the garbage collection, appoint additional Zimmer-aligned individuals to boards and suggest that we vote for more of their cohorts.

The City is required by law to provide for adequate public health. Towns with vermin problems, generally, have ordinances requiring garbage cans with sealed lids and furthermore fine those who do not comply. Hoboken, I am told by, tells owners to remove lids and also allows plastic bags openly on curbs. Sanitation is a fairly simple matter to correct, yet our Council instead choses to spend its time on electrical trash cans and bonding for meters to raise revenue in the same residential areas that they do not provide essential services for.

Now with a formal report of actual damages and injuries, we have both the health risk and the additional legal liability for the City ignoring its duties regarding public health.

Sincerely,
Melissa Blanco

Irish Pub for Dummies

Irish Pub for Dummies in Hoboken, NJ (Willie McBride’s)

As long as I can remember, the name of a business establishment on the front of the building always was enough. And for years, Willie McBride’s just said “Willie McBride’s” out front.

And last year – they “refreshed” the bar with a striking coat of black and bright red paint. I thought it looked fine! (left in the photo below). But I recently noticed that they added (in big letters) “Irish Pub” above their name. Why?

Are people so stupid that they have to BE TOLD what the business is? Did a lot of people complain because they thought it was a “Bridal” shop? I guess since we live in a generation where things have to be “spelled out” for the ignoramuses out there, perhaps this is understandable.

Willie McBride's Irish Pub Hoboken NJ

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60 Second Review: McLoone’s

McLoone’s Pier House – Tasteful quality in Hoboken

Tucked away in the northeast corner of Hoboken is a very nice upscale bar restaurant called McLoone’s Pier House (which replaced LUA). And what you’ll find inside is something that hits the mark as “just right” for Hoboken. Not overly pretentious, certainly not “skimpy” and one of the nicest NYC views you can get in town.

McLoone's Pier House Hoboken NJ 60 second review

McLoone’s is spacious and comfortable

For one, the restaurant (which is part of a family-owned group of around 10 locations) is laid out well. The bar is welcoming, and the tables are not too congested. Comfortable seating as well. It doesn’t feel cheap, nor does it feel stuffy.

mcloones pier house bar hoboken NJ

But how’s the food at McLoone’s?

We sampled a selection of their menu items recently – and share photos and our thoughts below.

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Hoboken Week in Review: 10/26/2014

Hoboken Week in Review – October 26, 2014

Hoboken Week in Review October 26 2014 Hoboken411 NJ

Here’s a selection of noteworthy posts on Hoboken411.com for the week ending Sunday, October 26, 2014:

City Happenings & Political Quackery

  • BleakAll that talk from “mayor” Zimmer and parks – and even her old supporters are calling out her failures.
  • Section 8 (blocks long)Amazing the lines for “gimme gimme gimme” government housing.
  • Invasion of the HomelessEstablishments on park benches throughout Hoboken.
  • Bike rudenessBicyclists don’t care if they lock you out of your house.
  • Trick, Treat or DWIDon’t come to Hoboken next week if you plan on driving drunk!
  • HPU HypocrisyWithout you – they go away.

Business & Other Hoboken Updates

Wake-up Quote of the Week:

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Hoboken Photo Leftovers for October 25th

Hoboken photo remains of the week: October 25, 2014

Hoboken Photo Leftovers October 25 2014

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photo 1: Weird to see Crumbs Bake Shop back…
  • Photos 2-5: More “unoriginal” Halloween decorations. Teaching kids the “easy way” is bad parenting.
  • Photo 6: The “Prime” convenience store dynasty expands. This time at Monroe Center they slap the “gourmet” buzz-word on it.

Perfect weekend to spend outside!

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