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Hoboken reserved parking

The end is near – Hoboken reserved parking

Months went by where residents did their part and moved cars to make way for the “cleanup” of snow off city streets. Didn’t happen to an even 5% efficacy level. But most of you already know that.

I found this pile quite hilarious. This toxic snow mound was bad enough with just vehicular exhaust and road grime. And not only was it taking up a valuable parking spot, like a “cherry on top,” the soiled baby diaper makes it the ideal picture which sums up the city’s capabilities.

Hoboken reserved parking for diapers

Letter: Clean Our Filthy Streets

Hoboken resident Melissa chimed in on what amounted to abysmal winter when it came to snow cleanup. “Grade F” and “left behind” is another way to put it.

“To the City Council of Hoboken:

I would like to see a property tax credit for the lack of services in Hoboken.

Residents are having to take it upon themselves to clean their streets that have not been cleared in months. The county has been willing to help when necessary but Zimmer refuses to invoke their assistance. You may want to contact The Mason Civic leave to provide assistance yourself in the cleaning of your ward.

Until we can get some appropriate leadership and adequate services in this town my taxes will continue to be paid in protest.

Yours in Health, Safety and Access,

Melissa”

Note: Remember “mayor” don Zimmer campaigning on transparency and other bullshit? Now she just hides behind press-releases and FAKE diary entries. What a total sham don is.

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Why are red light cameras still there?

Red Light Camera program over; cameras remain – why?

The stupid, Orwellian red light camera pilot program that started in NJ back in 2009, has been “over” since this past December. But why are the cameras still there?

There were no conclusive results that proved “safety” was improved (if anything “rear end” accidents may have increased due to drivers who were frightened to get “caught” by said cameras screeching their brakes on during yellow lights).

But fore sure – the municipalities in New Jersey that used these robotic pick-pockets – made tons of extra money for themselves and their cronies.

However, since they no longer issue tickets, police still say they “track” cars which run red lights. Do you feel comfortable that you might be in some database somewhere? What if they re-institute the program at some point in the future – are they going to “save” those old violations and retroactively send you tickets years later?

I’m sure you’d feel a lot better if they just dismantled them and sold the equipment to cities where this invasive policy still exists.

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(The closest camera to Hoboken is in neighboring Jersey City near the Holland Tunnel Approach)

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What if you get sick after eating out?

What is the proper way to handle restaurant experiences in Hoboken?

Got a “tweet” from a girl who had dinner at Dino & Harry’s last weekend saying “My entire family got food poisoning in Hoboken… #gross!”

I proceeded to ask from what, how, etc. – and she suspected it was from the calamari – and added that “service was awful, horrible!”

But is shaming a restaurant via social media the answer? Was it really “food poisoning” or just “angry they had a douchebag waiter?” Could they have gotten food poisoning earlier?

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How would you handle “bad food” in Hoboken?

It’s quite possible they were served bad fish – it happens in the food service industry. Almost impossible to avoid entirely. In fact, it happens all the time IN YOUR OWN HOME as well!

Would you ever “tweet” that YOUR cooking sucks? Of course not – friends would NEVER come visit again!

You see – I’ve gotten food poisoning in Hoboken as well (several times in the past two years, which were my FIRST bouts in my life, too). You want to know what my solution was?

I don’t frequent those places anymore. But I did NOT publicize our woes. I could have had some food that might have been under-cooked, or mishandled in some way. That is no way indicative of future prospects – and if it was, then natural “market dynamics” would solve the problem. A place that makes every customer ill from food-poisoning wouldn’t last long!

It was my choice not to “risk” going to those places anymore. Am I failing to prevent others from getting sick? Probably not – just the same way I can’t promise that some people won’t get food poisoning from a place I give good reviews for either. I would just rather not talk about those places anymore. My way of handling the problem.

But that twitter girl should have probably gone back to Dino & Harry’s and explained their issues (or even called the same night) instead of asking the social media power-brokers for attention (hello, socialism!)

The shitty thing about social media (Twitter especially) is that people make profound statements (in 140 characters or less), without painting a full picture. No idea what the back story is or was, no idea if they tried rectifying the problem or when it occurred. Did they call the restaurant? Ask for restitution? Why mention bad service? Maybe that was their gripe and they pinned food poisoning to “get back at them?”

And lastly – while we post here what we were “fed” (no pun intended) on social media for this particular instance – this type of complaint really should be done in private.

The restaurant is obviously successful for a reason. They have been doing things right for quite a while. To potentially “harm” them for something that may have been a “fluke” is a bit harsh.

This is exactly why social media and “constant contact” between everyone and their brother is a detriment to society. Not only are people NOT doing constructive and productive things, they’re also “shaping” how others behave – without any real merit. Yes, “social media” can be quite helpful, say in times of emergency – like a flood or weather event – but for shit like this, not so much.

Look at your last 1000 tweets or fakebook updates – Did you really need to mentally process them?

Parking hell to hurt Hoboken

Visiting Hoboken costs money 100% of the time

When you have a vibrant city like Hoboken – you WANT people to visit, have great things to say about it, and encourage them to come back time and time again. Not curse out loud and find better, more accommodating venues. And if you’re the “mayor” of a city like Hoboken, you’re supposed be an ally of small businesses, and help them find ways to attract more customers – not treat their (whatever) customers (they have left) like another revenue stream for luxurious salaries and gold-plated health care packages for yourself and your cronies.

Hoboken has practically become 100% pay to park.

And geez, when members of the clergy feel the need to speak out about this – you know it’s bad, as Father Alex Santora of Our Lady of Grace Church recently did.

Hoboken Parking Hell

Letter: Hoboken parking will only get worse

“Parking in Hoboken is nearly an oxymoron. And it’s about to get worse.

Most towns have meters in their shopping districts. Hoboken will be the first city to expand it all over town. Yes, those ugly, utilitarian pay and park machines will grace every block, even on (residential) Hudson Street. And visitors without permits will be required to shell out not the usual 25 cents but $1 per hour. So when family and friends come to visit, it will cost “mucho dinero.” For houses of worship, it means people have to pay if they drive to church and park on the street. The town will tax people for patronizing our schools’ events and fundraisers.

Hoboken is already not auto friendly with more cars than it can park on the streets because it keeps green-lighting tall buildings without requiring the tenants to park in their garages.

What’s next? Valet parking at the six entrances to the city? Or limiting cars in town only on certain hours?”

Reverend Alex Santora

Stevens garage – 5 years later

Stevens Garage “stuck in the mud” 5 years later

This is one of those situations – where you’re not sure what’s good and what’s bad anymore. On one hand, the Fund for a Better Waterfront certainly deserves credit for some of the amenities along the Hoboken “coastline.” But sometimes, do you think they just meddle too much? This proposed garage over at Stevens didn’t look like such a bad idea.

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But the constant opposition and appeals and involvement some groups do – end up hurting more than helping.

I know some people have “grand visions” for what they think areas like Sinatra Drive should look like – but at what point is private property actually private? Can’t we just move on already?

Look at the garage today – 5 years later. Nothing has changed. “Stuck in the mud.”

Stevens Garage remains unfinished in Hoboken NJ

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No excuse for snow ineptitude

In reverse: No excuse for mishandling Hoboken snow cleanup

They say that practice and repetition (experience) improves people. The more you do something, the better you get at it. But it appears that the $100 million dollars in property tax money residents give to city hall actually impairs their productivity.

There really is no excuse. No major blizzards. No power outages. Just typical “nuisances” that winter regularly brings. What is wrong with this so-called “administration” if they can’t even administer proper snow cleanup? And the majority of people in town have all but lost faith in these clowns – saying things like:

“Let’s wait until April for it to melt itself,” says Hoboken resident cpepe13 who snapped this pile of toxic snow in front of a bus stop, no less.

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In Hoboken’s case – you do NOT get what you pay for, that’s for sure!