Archived Posts from "'Hoboken Then and Now'"

Columbus Park over the years

Columbus Park in Hoboken now the bare minimum

Columbus Park in Hoboken has been around for a long time (since the late 1800′s). And boy, has it gone through some changes.

In the early 1900′s – this quaint park actually had a nice pond in the middle. Where park-dwellers could enjoy the breeze, read a nice book, and reflect on life.

Columbus Park Hoboken NJ early 1900s

It likely became too difficult to maintain something like a pond. Most water-based structures have a limited life, and require frequent upkeep and rehabilitation. So they turned it into a courtyard at some point. Even as little as a few years ago, this courtyard was enveloped in plush shrubbery and landscaping, and offered some quiet escape from sirens and wailing kids.

Columbus park hoboken NJ thick foliage

But then they even removed the shrubbery last spring (to stop those pesky kids from selling dime bags of pot) – and now this area is essentially a barren space, void of any kind of serenity of days past. With all this talk of “green” this and “eco” that, you’d think that they’d want to preserve all the natural beauty they can. Hopefully one day it can be restored.

At this point, they might as well get rid of the depression in the middle too. Just fill with dirt, and lay some grass down. Why have all those steps and railing to maintain?

columbus park barren hoboken nj

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Hoboken Then and Now: 9th and Hudson

9th & Hudson in Hoboken – “Then and Now”

Interesting development over at the northeast corner of 9th and Hudson Streets. This area is widely known as one of the most affluent and historically preserved areas in town. With spectacular brownstones, and better elevation thanks to the cliff that is home to Stevens Institute, it’s definitely the “Beverly Hills” of Hoboken – and never floods.

But this one corner had an odd anomaly, as you can see in this photo below. This “castle” like corner property had what appeared to be an “attachment” that was clearly out of tune with the rest of the neighborhood. Not sure if this was an extension of the corner property or just a plain “fugly” self contained unit.

9th and Hudson Hoboken NJ then

And now – it appears to be getting a complete re-built, and from the shape of the footprint, will be a “carbon copy” of the corner property it abuts. Nice neighborhood improvement!

I believe one Hoboken411 commenter had expressed “outrage” about this current construction project, but I’m sure if he sees these before and after photos, he’d change his perspective.

We’ll check back on this project as it progresses.

9th and Hudson Hoboken NJ now 2013

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