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Pier 13 ups and downs

Pier 13 has a nice design in Hoboken

You gotta hand it to the people running Pier 13 uptown. They’ve evolved quite nicely since the concept was conceived.

From making it a bonafide destination for many residents and visitors, organizing mass food truck events, and generally bringing much life to the waterfront in that area (especially since LUA was closed for several years after the road collapse.)

Additionally – they have a very slick brand identity – and have transformed that otherwise pedestrian pier into something you (might) see over on the other side of the river.

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Odd happenings at Pier 13

One interesting thing took place in late July. On a beautiful summer day with no threat of stormy weather – they announced on their social media timeline that they were “closed due to weather.” (That post has since been removed).

Folks were really upset about it – and sarcastically indicated “yeah, due to the awesome weather…”

It’s been rumored that “mayor” Don Zimmer has been meddling with the affairs of area businesses up here. Wouldn’t surprise us one bit. You know, having your priorities lined up is important!

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River Street Canyon

River Street Canyon in Hoboken

Now that the final piece of the waterfront development downtown south of 4th Street is being constructed (Pearson Education being the major tenant), you get a “cold” feeling which I like to call the “River Street Canyon.”

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With parking garages and drab retail storefronts taking up a good portion of this street it’s hard not to feel suffocated, and have a strong desire to walk that extra block in order to enjoy the waterfront.

However, I noticed something interesting the other day. The mirrored windows on this third waterfront building give you the illusion that it’s transparent. Maybe the architects were onto something there?

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Hoboken Photo Leftovers for August 16th

Hoboken photo remains of the week: August 16, 2014

Hoboken Photo Leftovers August 16 2014

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photo 1: If you like “Costo-like” bakery products and were planning on heading to Old German Bakery this week – burn on you. You have to wait till the 23rd, on vacation till then. Better option? Amish Markets in New Jersey – you will NEVER go back to another bakery again in your life. We mean that!
  • Photo 2: Bareburger is now open, with all their organic, non-GMO goodness. Word on the street? “Life-changing” taste. We’ll find out soon after they work their kinks out.
  • Photo 3: Sort of like a “Linus Blanket” (some of you may be too young to understand), but life without “infrastructure headaches” from PSE&G could be troubling…
  • Photo 4: Ahhh. Nothing like a farmers market, right? Here’s shot of the Thursday uptown venue getting set up. Wonder how King’s feels about that?

Wow the hits keep on coming! Another wicked weekend to enjoy!

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Reverend Jim a Hoboken Icon

Hoboken Icon: Reverend Jim Dillman

Over the many years since Hoboken has transformed from its gritty blue collar past to the culture-less stroller haven it is today, one iconic character that has remained constant is The Reverend Jim Dillman, “Bartender to The Stars” at DC’s Tavern.

Hoboken Icon Reverend Jim Dillman

Originally from Long Island, he’s worked some interesting jobs prior to living here and has more anecdotes than you have change in your pocket. From his days of driving cabs in NYC to working at The Westbury Music Fair in the 1970’s and hanging out with the likes of Henny Youngman, Bob Hope, Cheech & Chong and ELO among others, you can always count on an interesting story from him.

A Hoboken resident since 1981, when he moved here with his band The Objects, Reverend Jim has lived, breathed and experienced the city during it’s hey-day as a burgeoning music and arts scene.

He spent a lot of time both working and performing at the renowned Beaten Path Club, Maxwell’s, Fabian’s and Boo-Boo‘s.

He’s performed in many other bands, including Love Zombies, Roadside Banditos with Joey George, Mad Happy/ Poor Old Souls with Mike Kilmer, The Shames, Candy Jones and Cherry Flip.

He’s also played with Chris Butler (of The Waitresses & Tin Huey fame) in the Legendary Wild Ensemble and the house band for the early 90’s Comedy Central Show Two Drink Minimum hosted by Jake Johannsen.

He currently plays with Hoboken’s own Davey & The Trainwreck. Until recently, he’d been serving the thirsty and faithful patrons at the legendary Louise & Jerry’s Tavern. Mr. Dillman has also worked as a music teacher for the Charter School at both the Demarest and Brandt Schools.

The Reverend has an encyclopedic knowledge of a wide range of music, radio and old movies and is always happy to discuss them. Pay him a visit and you‘ll be sure to hear one of his many eclectic mixes, including “Songs That Make Jim D Cry“, “Spittin‘ On The Hits“, “Early Surly Vols. 1 & 2”, “Music to Braise Parsnips By“ and “Ain‘t No “I” in Meathead“.

He wrote and sang the popular song “Weehawken Woman” with The Roadside Banditos that can occasionally be heard on WFMU 91.1 FM in Jersey City (Listen below -doesn’t he have a great singing voice?)

Jim speaks fluent Chihuahua, is a yellow-belt McGuyver fixer-upper and has often been mistaken for a statue. Hoboken is lucky to still have characters like him in its midst!

Weehawken Woman – The Roadside Banditos

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What are parks for? No ball playing?

No ball playing at Hoboken, NJ parks. What a fun place!

First they cut a ton of trees down in the middle of Columbus Park. If that wasn’t enough – did you know that “no ball playing is allowed” at this lovely park?

I can understand a full 5 x 5 soccer match complete with goals, etc. – but what’s the harm in playing catch? Rules suck. I say grab your mitts and go play catch. Just be sure not to step in a fresh steaming pile of poop.

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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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