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Hoboken Week in Review: 4/26/2015

Hoboken Week in Review – April 26, 2015

Hoboken Week in Review April 26 2015 Hoboken411 NJ

Below are a some posts that crossed Hoboken411′s desk during the week ending Sunday, April 26, 2015:

City Happenings & Political Quackery

  • Observer HighwayHow does reducing capacity improve life in Hoboken?
  • Uber PropagandaTaxi’s claim Uber is unsafe. Pot calling kettle black.
  • Slow down!Hudson St. is a speedway, and some residents clamor for “change.”
  • TrashedWhy people smash stuff for no reason is a mystery.
  • Snakes!Along with the beauty of spring comes squirmy creatures some folks don’t like.

Business & Other Hoboken Updates

  • Vagabond Theatre“Rock Musicals” are now for REAL in Hoboken!
  • Two HeathersGet big props with a huge W Hotel pop-up fashion gallery!
  • Blue Eyes CafeAn odd “debut” when first impressions count.
  • Vivi Bubble TeaSounds quirky – but they have some top-notch stuff going on, including lip-smacking popcorn chicken! Hooray!
  • The Golden CarrotSounds like a raw bar, but in fact it’s a jewelry store!
  • Buddha PressCoffee is nothing without cow’s milk. Once again “religion” gets in the way.
  • Bow Tie CinemasAsk yourself this. Are movies more: (A) Entertaining or (B) Social programming.

Wake-up Quote of the Week:

there are things known and there are things unknown and in between are the doors of perception aldous huxley

Hoboken Photo Leftovers for April 25th

Hoboken photo remains of the week: April 25, 2015

Mother Nature rewarded us with good weather again this weekend. Don’t let it go to waste!

Hoboken Photo Leftovers April 25 2015 NJ Hoboken411

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photos 1-6: In case you missed the Blue Eyes Cafe update – here are some more pics from the big feeding frenzy last weekend.
  • Photo 7: Spring blossoms don’t last very long. Spend some time actually looking at them, smelling them, enjoying them – rather than sending updates to your friends.
  • Photos 8-9: The road work plague continues. Some businesses already received a standing eight-count.
  • Photo 10: City Bistro uptown getting a new look for the spring.
  • Photo 11: The “for rent” sign came down at the former Helmers’ location. Will the next proprietor hit a home run?

Have a great weekend!

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My (frugal) Hero

Pat Lamb on frugal gas jockey millionaire

Here’s today’s cartoon and commentary video from Pat Lamb – where he talks about – and interesting story from the paper.

Did you see that frugal millionaire earlier this year? Just pumped gas and bought a few stocks – and had 8 million bucks saved up!

Pat offers advice you should take as well!

60 Second Review: Blue Eyes Cafe

Blue Eyes Cafe – right idea – wrong place, wrong time

For starters, we applaud the ambition of the proprietors of Blue Eyes Cafe down along the waterfront outside Stevens Institute. There is no shame in “trying” to make something work.

However, it’s our belief that the “planets have not aligned” properly – and this endeavor might be in for a rough ride.

In this case, it’s a decrepit and poorly designed piece of “city property.” This space is essentially supposed to be just a “hot dog stand” that temporarily serves snacks during sporting events on that soccer field. It has public bathrooms which are almost ALWAYS populated by wretched homeless individuals. Putting “private” bathrooms inside this place does not change that fact.

In the past, it’s be a variety of venues – none of which have been successful for long. But how does that factor into the future of “Blue Eyes?”

Blue Eyes Hoboken NJ

What is wrong with Blue Eyes Cafe?

Let’s start with their “opening event,” in which they gave “the public” a chance to sample the output of their kitchen.

What did they offer? Basic pasta noodles and pedestrian sauce, as well as under-cooked pizzas which they could hardly keep up with the demand of freeloaders (including “mayor” don Zimmer and her handler husband).

The problem with this “opening bash,” was they didn’t think it through. Not at all. If you’re going to host an event for people to FORM AN OPINION about your business – then you DO IT RIGHT or don’t do it at all! Who plans a big event and offers shoddy products? Do you want to be doomed?

Thin aluminum trays of cheap penne pasta? What does that tell you? Not sure if it was a Pupie Raia party or a new restaurant!

Blue Eyes Cafe Sinatra Pasta Noodles

Blue Eyes Hoboken samples

Wrong time. Wrong place.

For one, there is NOTHING ELSE going on in this waterfront area. Other than a few bars & restaurants, it’s not much of a tourist location (the day-trippers looking to view the NYC skyline for 20 minutes don’t typically hang around). Unless you have a slamming hot restaurant, you have a lot of work ahead of you.

This is nothing like the shores of San Francisco or Chicago (or even South Street Seaport in NYC) where there is a TON of other things to do. Boats. Attractions. Etcetera. The Hoboken waterfront is tepid to say the least.

Our initial prognosis is that Blue Eyes might be able to “ride the wave” of the (long deceased) Frank Sinatra during his epic “100 year birthday anniversary” (for unsuspecting Sinatra glommers), but otherwise “nice try.”

Sub-arctic winds in the winter along with hypodermic needles washing ashore during the summer won’t lead to much. The space is just bad. Cold. Impersonal. Non-inviting. No fault of Blue Eyes owners at all. Just the choice they made. And the food, service and quality does not make this a destination by itself (like places such as Augustino’s). Maybe their marketing message should be “Mention promo code “DOOMED” and receive a FREE WASHED UP TIRE fresh from the shores of the toxic Hudson!”

scenic views of rubbish outside Blue Eyes Cafe Hoboken NJ

Better ideas: Seasonal and convenient

If Blue Eyes Cafe lasts – God bless them. I hope they do.

If they don’t – and someone wants our idea of what WOULD work – read on.

This space, until Hoboken becomes a “bustling waterfront marina filled to the brim with activity and commerce,” needs to change their tune.

One – make it an ICE CREAM and ITALIAN ICE parlor exclusively during spring and summer months. You’ll bang out more sales than you can imagine!

And during winter months – sure, turn it into a PIZZA SLICE PARLOR (or maybe “soup kitchen”) – where people can buy cheap slices for a buck or two – along with beverages, etc. The homeless population alone could keep that place in business (also hot coffee and cocoa – a sure winner with high profit margin). A sit down type restaurant will struggle big time. Even a 7-Eleven type “pop up” would do better than a fancy restaurant.

Lastly – this property should be removed from city control. It ruined the last (somewhat successful business), and it will likely ruin all others that dare try to mingle with a bunch of inept “officials.”

Too bad – in such a “prime” area, it could be so much more.

views from Blue Eyes Cafe Hoboken NJ

60 Second Review: Vivi Bubble Tea

Vivi Bubble Tea in Hoboken, NJ – Interesting to say the least!

We originally thought that Vivi Bubble Tea (117 Washington St.) was an exceedingly ambitious endeavor. Not knowing much about it – our initial feelings were that it was another one of the “revolving door” businesses in Hoboken. After checking it out – they might have actually done something right!

Stopped in the other day and “observed,” as well as sampled a few of their (non “bubble” items). What did we see?

Hoboken 60 Second Review Vivi Bubble Tea

  • The place was clean, well-decorated (with “happy things”), and staffed with a friendly competent crew (all Asian).
  • They had a thorough and informative menu. Tons of choices. Easy to understand.
  • Decent seating and properly maintained.
  • Sample #1: We had the spicy popcorn chicken ($4.25 plus tax). A very good value. Enough for two to share. Dark meat chicken was prevalent (great!)
  • Sample #2: Bought a “six pack” of “Macarons.” Some treat they source from NYC. Expensive ($2.50 a pop). Those that sampled it found them “decadent” and “great to enjoy while eating slowly.” A wide variety of flavors.
  • We visited during a weekday afternoon. Busier than 98% of other Hoboken businesses. The clientele was nearly 100% Asian as well. Amazing how a certain “demographic” flocked like bees to flowers.
  • I doubt a “brawl” will ever happen in this establishment.

Based on what we saw for the 45 minutes we were there – the place will be around for a while (until the “next big thing” lures customers away). You can also see a menu of their offerings here.

Kudos to Vivi Bubble Tea for a properly executed businesses. Everything they did – down to the staff, was well thought out. Much respect!

No Parking Capitol

Hoboken is No Parking Capitol of New Jersey

It doesn’t take a whole lot of time to figure out that per 100 (normally available) parking spaces, Hoboken leads the state, quite possibly the country – in “number of spots removed” on a daily basis.

Whether it’s “Temporary Police Regulations,” or just large-scale (and poorly coordinated) construction projects – what are we missing – 30% of the spots citywide?

It appears to me that there is no cooperation between departments in the city. If there is a long-term road project on one street nearby, shouldn’t “temporary signs” be restricted (unless it’s an emergency?)

I think you can stand in any location in Hoboken and be able to spot a “no parking” sign of some sort. What a pain.

no parking Hoboken NJ

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