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Columbus Park Trees Murdered!

Trees murdered at Columbus Park in Hoboken

Wow – take a look at this murder / massacre that took place in Columbus Park.

Why in God’s name would they trash so many trees?

Either they were terminally ill – or someone’s padding some kind of landscaping contract. We’ll never know now! Evidence gone!

Columbus Park Trees Murdered in Hoboken NJ

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Library renovations… again?

Hoboken Public Library Renovations – for what?

Did you notice the Hoboken Public Library is seemingly always under some kind of renovation? A couple people we’ve spoken with don’t quite buy the whole constant library renovations – regardless if it’s a benefit to the community or a “historical” building. Fair questions like this come up:

  • Is some kind of money-funneling going on? Either to contractors or others behind the scenes?
  • Why is this building constantly in need of work? What about work that was done previously? Was it completed satisfactorily?
  • Has anyone ever audited all the expenses, verified work being done, line-item by line-item?

The library seems to get a hefty chuck of public money every year. I’d suspect most people would want proof that it’s not being squandered in some nefarious way.

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Citizen complaints or responsibilities?

If Hoboken had a good government, would citizen complaints be needed?

You’d think that in a city about a square mile, and with a $100 million dollar budget – things would not only get done perfectly, they’d go WAY above and beyond the bare minimum. Pristine streets, no sidewalk rubbish, rock-solid waterfront walkways, and more than enough time left over to spare to lend a helping hand to some of the less fortunate residents (i.e., seniors, disabled, etc.)

But that’s not the case here in Hoboken. Not only can’t they “manage their own house,” but they beg that citizens also lend a hand (for FREE!) by submitting citizen complaint requests, etc.

Even then, I’m hearing that many “citizen complaints” go pretty much ignored or unresolved.

How long has the Hoboken Huddle been over? That concrete platform has remained months after. What were they waiting for, the next NY Super Bowl?

Hoboken Huddle Citizen Complaints

Then another resident was complaining about this ugly, orange “temporary” dog park set up on Hudson Street outside one of the municipal garages (while three of the parks were curiously shut down simultaneously this past winter for “renovations.”) It too, still remains.

Hoboken temporary dog park citizen complaints

Citizens even have to light the fire to keep construction projects plugging along, like the crumbling walkway north of Sinatra Park. So what are the public servants at City Hall doing exactly? Maybe the entire city should be run by volunteers – and not “paid slackers.”

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Game of Thrones {Beer – Price Gouging?}

Game of Thrones Beer from Ommegang a “hot” commodity in Hoboken

Game of Thrones Beer Hoboken NJ price gougingSince we don’t get caught up in the latest “hot” TV series – we had to kind of look into what this “Game of Thrones” on HBO was all about.

You guessed it! A fantasy type show, with characters, explicit sex scenes, yadda, yadda, yadda. And viewership has apparently doubled since the first season (I think close to 7 million viewers now?) So it’s definitely one of the “in things” to talk about at your (real or virtual) water cooler.

Also what we didn’t know was that the Ommegang Brewery, in conjunction with the show – had come out with a “limited edition” Game of Thrones beer, which coincided with the premiere two weeks ago.

Did some Hoboken liquor stores over-charge for Game of Thrones?

Hoboken411 reader Eric clued us into this fact, but more importantly – believed that some kind of beer price-gouging was happening in Hoboken.

“There are 3 different designs for same beer, which I was trying to hunt down. I actually purchased 2 bottles over at Sparrows uptown for $10.99/each even though they had a sign stating ‘Limit one per customer’. Sparrows did not mind this.

Game of Thrones Beer OmmegangWhen I saw that Wine House (the old Price King) was selling Ommegang I went in to see if they had the last design I was looking for. They did and they did not have a sign limiting the amount a person could purchase. So I picked up all 3 bottles and my total was roughly 48.00. I didn’t think anything of it because for some reason i thought I purchased 4 bottles which would have made it 12.00 each. Not a big mark up, another 1.00 over sparrows which I was fine with since they just remodeled and I’m helping out a local store.

I state 48.00 roughly because I never received a receipt nor was I offered one. They have you pay via an ipad and sign your name on the screen but there’s no summary of your order just the total cost. To my surprise afterwards I was actually paying 16.00 a bottle almost a 50% increase over sparrows. When I realized this I went back to the store to let them know of my displease. I informed the sales clerk that it was my mistake that I did not ask for the price of each, his response was that I gave you a total cost. If i received a receipt with an itemized bill I would have known of the price gouge immediately.

He stated they do not accept returns, which i understood as well, but it would have been nice to get a price match or some type of refund if they would not take back the alcohol. Nothing.”

We checked it out. Sparrow did indeed sell it for $10.99. Ok….

Game of Thrones Ommegang Beer Sparrow Hoboken NJ 1099

So was it really price gouging?

Then we went to Wine House – and the price was $12.99 per bottle. Pretty standard for small store not to have the same low “discount price” that a larger outlet like Sparrow (or Super Buy Rite in Jersey City) would sell it for.

Game of Thrones Ommegang Beer Wine House Hoboken NJ 1299

So Eric’s jumbo $48 bill was either a true mistake (on either party’s end) – or Wine House lowered the price a week later since the “exclusivity” of the hot commodity had wore off.

Who knows – but the lessons here are:

  1. Ask for the price (if it isn’t listed).
  2. Pay attention to your total bill (and demand an itemized receipt).
  3. Don’t go to the store drunk and stupefied. Not good for the wallet.

Enjoy your suds!

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Love Locks at Pier C Park

Next concern? Love Locks at Pier C Park in Hoboken

Any of you who aren’t completely oblivious (tapping away on your “smart” phone), will have noticed the recent addition of some padlocks (“love locks”) on the fence over at Pier C Park along the Hudson River Waterfront.

Apparently, this is a “copycat” version of the phenomenon in Paris – at the Pont des Arts bridge (and others). The whole superstition is, that if a couple “locks” the padlock to the fence (along with their names, and other cute scribblings), that their love will last forever.

But this is supposedly causing some concern. Because now the “officials” in Paris have (sort of) decided to leave the locks alone – but some say the weight may lead to structural problems to the bridge.

True or not – our luck in Hoboken would be that if just 3 more locks were added to Pier C Park it would sink. So “lock your love in” at your own risk.

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Hoboken Week in Review: 4/13/2014

Hoboken Week in Review – April 13, 2014

Hoboken Week in Review April 13 2014 NJ

Here’s a selection of noteworthy posts for the week ending (Palm) Sunday, April 13, 2014:

Politics and City Happenings

Updates & Events

Wake-up Quote of the Week:

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