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Hoboken Photo Leftovers for March 28th

Hoboken photo remains of the week: March 28, 2015

Hoboken Photo Leftovers March 28 2015

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photo 1: How many people, while waiting on line for the “rat race” really contemplate their options in life? Or are they just “comfortably numb?”
  • Photo 2: This guy enjoyed the tranquil scene at Pier C Park, until a flock of seagulls crashed the session.
  • Photo 3: The American Legion post downtown finally back online after Hurricane Sandy. They could use an exterior refresh, though.
  • Photo 4: I’m always curious about projects like the Cast Iron Lofts over in neighboring Jersey City. Guess the “Gold Coast” is desirable enough!

There’s a whole world out there if you’re not glued to the circus called TV!

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Flashback Hoboken: 96 months ago

Memories from 96 months ago – Flashback Hoboken

Here’s this week’s entry for the Flashback Hoboken time capsule category – and after perusing the Hoboken411 photo depository – found some more interesting tidbits to reflect upon.

St. Paddy’s used to be festive

The annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Hoboken used to be a vibrant citywide event. Take a look at how packed the streets were. Wall to wall people who are happy and festive!

Today, it’s just a somber demonstration of losers waiting on line like lab rats in some kind of psychotic experiment!

Over!

Hoboken Saint Patricks Day Crowds in better days

W Hotel – A big deal

The now sorta well-known W Hotel along the waterfront was barely under construction. It had gone through some rough patches with the “Chandelier Room” club attracting low-lives from Staten Island to snort coke and fight over worthless pigs. It’s calmed down a lot since, and seems to be “in tune” with the rest of the community now.

W Hotel Hoboken Under Construction

Helmers after the fire

Hoboken’s only German restaurant Helmers’ hadn’t yet opened after the fire pretty much devastated the whole building. Now, 8 years later – Helmers’ is gone anyway.

Helmers Hoboken after fire 2007

Two Words: “Baby Tracks”

With baby tracks, who needs focus groups in Hoboken?

[Part of the Two Words photo series on Hoboken411...]

Focus groups are sometimes necessary for certain markets to ascertain potential viability (those peeps at Poor Cat Designs obviously didn’t do that).

But sometimes you really don’t need much more than your own two eyes to see. Whether it’s soiled baby diapers on every street corner – or “baby tracks” from the thousands of strollers around town – most child-based stores will do quite well in the near term. Heck the guy that opened up the art store on Willow did the right thing!

What other signs of a good market do you see just by looking around Hoboken?

baby tracks in Hoboken NJ

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Sacred street space

How rare are parking spots in Hoboken?

Finding a parking spot in Hoboken. Depending on when, ranges from easy to next to impossible.

On weekdays, you can almost always find a spot somewhere close to your destination, and if you’re crafty enough to know where the street sweepers are – it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

At night and during the weekend, it gets progressively harder. I forget the numbers, but there are something like 3 times the parking permits issued compared to the actual number of spots physically available. So when people get home from work combined with visitors – it’s definitely a battle. Those criminal 2 hour meters don’t help one bit.

Anyway – I spotted this odd arrangement of traffic cones the other day. Looked almost like a ceremonial burial plot for “parking that once was” in Hoboken. Or maybe someone thought they could reserve their own spot by “cordoning off” the area. But it was neither – just a PSE&G job happening nearby.

But we might as well stick a fork in reasonable parking in town, as it will NEVER improve. Not today, not tomorrow, not ever.

parking spot rest in peace hoboken nj

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Uphill Battle in Hoboken

Business ain’t easy in the Mile Square City

Unless you have a reality TV show in Hoboken, drawing patrons to your business takes a lot of hard work. And everything from botched snow plowing, insane road closures, and a completely anti-business local “government” can stifle your efforts right out of the gate.

But the hits keep coming (literally) in Hoboken, as area business over on Harrison Street downtown had to deal with another roadblock to cashflow earlier today. A minivan crashed into a telephone pole, knocked it down, and completely just drove away from the scene (and their responsibility for the damage).

While Harrison Street was closed to through-traffic, businesses remained open, including the hot used clothing shop Revival Vintage. So if you intended on visiting any businesses in that area, don’t be deterred by the draconian parking regulations or the fact that you might have to actually walk a block or two extra!

downed telephone pole Hoboken NJ Harrison Street revival vintage

downed telephone pole Hoboken NJ Harrison Street

Hoboken Photo Leftovers for March 21st

Hoboken photo remains of the week: March 21, 2015

Hoboken Photo Leftovers March 21 2015

In the Hoboken Photo Leftovers gallery below:

  • Photo 1: Winter (literally) clung on as the first day of spring brought snowy conditions to the Mile Square.
  • Photos 2-6: Road work crippled the city for the umpteenth week in a row. Businesses are feeling the impact.
  • Photos 7: Poor Cat Designs followed the blueprint for improper market research in Hoboken. For rent (again).

Bet you can’t last the whole day without turning your TV on.

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