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Waste Management in Hoboken – Hopeless?

Waste Management: Budget Cuts are “Costing” Hoboken

What do you think of this “Waste Management” editorial by a Hoboken resident? Is it legitimate? Or just blown smoke?

Regardless of your opinion… it is apparent that certain city “features” suffer along with the economy. Wonder what other “essential” city services will fall by the wayside… and more importantly – WHY?

Hoboken NJ Garbage so what waste management do we have

Can the city of Hoboken, NJ hand simple garbage pickup?

Health and Environmental Service Committee of the City of Hoboken:

This morning I noticed several people on the way to work dumping full size garbage bags into the public litter cans along Washington Street. One guy, was even carrying his garbage with one hand while bicycling on the sidewalk! As he passed the public can with his huge bag of garbage, he nonchalantly dropped his load into the corner can.

I have lived in this town many years and never, until now, have I borne witness to this bold behavior. Perplexed, I viewed the Hoboken garbage and recycling pick-up schedule. Careful examination showed that the two day Monday-Tuesday no garbage pick-up stretch was due to cutting out a day of pickup.

For folks who miss the Sunday pick-up, because they are busy on the weekend or have other religious obligations, there is up to five full days of wet garbage build-up before the next pickup. By Monday, the accumulated weekend trash, plus the prospect of living with that garbage – plus three additional days of garbage – until the next garbage pickup raises the risk of resident dumping.

The City of Hoboken’s web site describes the responsibilities of Environmental Services as “orchestrating garbage and recycling collection”. It certainly appears that the conductor of this orchestra has not been provided with the resources to do the job. For this reason, I copy the Finance Committee of the City of Hoboken. I am aware Councilwoman Castellano objected to this cut, providing many sound arguments for why a $100,000 savings on sanitation was not adviseable. Councilman Russo also had several recommendations on cost cutting measures that could be explored given both the budget concerns, complaints regarding the outsourced contract and lack of response to the RFP.

Please consider the Duty of Care owed to the residents of the City of Hoboken for Essential Services. This is not the first time that Hoboken has failed in regard to Environmental Services causing buildup of filth on our streets and attracting a population of rats, opossums and crows. It is a trying position for a constituent to be placed in when Essential Public Health and Safety Services are not provided for.

Please let me know how the Council in conjunction with the City intends to rectify. As I await your reply, I remain,



Even more waterfront filth

Garbage mountains in Hoboken – blame robotic trash bins?

Earlier today we mentioned that even though countless robotic trash bins that send tweets and text messages pepper the waterfront – there are still many signs of filth.

But have you seen what Pier A Park looks like after a typical Movies Under the Stars showing? People cannot fit their trash into these things, and refuse (food, etc.) piles up – attracting disease-ridden vermin to scavenge for scraps.

If this isn’t a sign of “progress,” I don’t know what is.

Waterfront filth welcome to Hoboken postcard

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Hopeless and living in luxury?

What is luxury in Hoboken?

You ever wonder if the word “luxury” is abused in the Real Estate industry to the point where it should be ignored? I mean a stainless steel appliance no longer applies as “luxury” anymore – as pretty much 95% of all appliances sold at big box stores are of that variety. Heck to the rest of the world, running water, electricity and heat are MAJOR luxuries! But I digress…

One Hoboken resident who lives near 6th Street and Jackson Streets and paying close to $50,000 a year for rent – shares what she feels are some troubling circumstances that regularly happen in her neighborhood – including some recent gunshots!

What is living in luxury at the juliana in Hoboken NJ

Hoboken Resident: Hopeless and living in luxury on Jackson Street

“Does anyone know about the gunshots at Jackson and 6th this past Sunday at 4AM?

Lots of people running from projects past the Juliana towards the NJ Light Rail tracks. More shots were heard, a total of about four. After the fracas, the police were sweeping the area around The Juliana looking for a weapon.

No one ever reports on what is going on back here but there is constant yelling, fighting and false alarms every night into the early morning hours. We are paying very high rents, $4,000 a month!

Hopeless and living in luxury on 6th and Jackson”

How you would rectify this situation if you were in a “position of power” in Hoboken? (i.e., police, city hall?)

Hoboken Projects living in luxury

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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Enhanced Safety?

Enhanced safety measures at uptown Hoboken ferry terminal

is enhanced safety at Hoboken NJ ferry terminal necessaryThis summer, the uptown ferry terminal was “upgraded” with some new “enhanced safety” features. Including a motorized gate, strobe light and beeping bell – which go into motion each time the ferry arrives and departs.

Many nearby residents weren’t too happy with these implements – complaining that the “industrial” gate could be a “hazard” to kids, and the strobe light was “blinding,” and the annunciator was “deafening.”

We checked it out, and it didn’t seem too imposing (see brief video clip below) – however, we don’t know what if feels like to hear or see it 50 times or more a day (and well into the night). And more recently – the “beeping” has apparently been tamed down or stopped completely.

However, this brings up a more important question. Why so much security and safety anyway?

The pier and boarding ramp were fine before – are people afraid that, God forbid – that a kid might run out there because he’s curious? Or someone who had too much to drink at Pier 13 will go stumbling out there?

Perhaps those “risks” of living in particular area should remain instead of pampering everyone to the point where no accidents happen. Don’t you need to make mistakes along the way in life?

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Maxwell Place hates bikes?

WTF File: Maxwell Place hates bikes on their property

Maxwell Place Hates Bikes cuts locks from visitors to local businessesDespite having “street level retail” open to the public, Maxwell Place apparently does NOT want anyone but residents to park bicycles on their property! And I thought this town was filled with “forward thinking” people… the hits keep coming!

Here’s what Christina had to say about her unfortunate incident from the other day:

“The other day I rode my bike to Maxwell Place to go to Local Barre Core Fitness for an hour. When I came out my bike was gone, it was locked around a tree in the front. I went into the concierge front desk and asked if anyone saw someone steal a bike outside. It was an expensive bike and I was really upset. I found out that the management office cut my bike lock because no bikes can be parked anywhere on Maxwell Place property. I was given back my bike with a business card to the management office. I called the next morning to find out that the condo board members voted “no bikes can be parked on any part of the property.” Since when? How come there aren’t any signs?”

411 Take: Boy if Maxwell Place is so “selective” with who can park bikes on their exclusive property – then how come they haven’t banned non-residents from using the shops there? You make the lowly “visitors” park by Kings or Starbucks and have to (God-forbid) walk an extra block or two?

And who are these condo-owners on the board anyway? I guess when you drive around in $150k Benzes just to pick up your dry-cleaning – I suppose you might be apt to look down on those “peasant” modes of transport as “cheapening” your superficial superior existence.

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