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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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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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Adams Street “parking”

How do you feel about “parking” on Adams Street?

Adams Street parking Hoboken NJHoboken resident Chris lives in the neighborhood near Adams Street, between 5th and 6th. He documented what takes place in regards to “parking” on any given day.

“If you live on Adams St. between 5th and 6th in Hoboken, you’re familiar to frustrating daily double parking that happens everyday at all times in front of Caporrino’s Liquor Store.

However, if you work for the city, or are “connected” in some way, apparently it is legal to double park in the bike lane all day.

But if you are not a friend of the town, you will get the boot.

Below is a gallery of photos he made – with annotations on each one (click the “full screen” button to be able to read them).

Does the fact that Adams Street is the widest play a role?

We’ve said this in the past – that Adams Street is quite possibly the WIDEST street in Hoboken.

Even with double-parked cars – NJ Transit buses and Hoboken fire trucks or ambulances can get by without any trouble. I would think that (other than inconveniencing a blocked in motorist for a few seconds), this “crime” is relatively harmless. And screw the bike lane, the roads were there before the bike lane paint was wasted implemented. If bicyclists can’t maneuver around this simple obstacle, they shouldn’t ride bikes AT ALL. Ever.

But we do think it’s moronic that a car that was not double-parked ended up getting immobilized by the “Hoboken Pickpocketing Underworld.”

Do you think the “tradition” of double parking along the widest street in town should continue?

Tony Boloney – Dark meat chicken offends?

5 Second Review: Tony Boloney’s Pizza (“chicken”)

Tony Boloney's Dark Meat ChickenA departure from our usual “lengthy” 60 second review format, here’s a brief glimpse of the new Tony Boloney’s Pizza from Hoboken resident Michael.

“I ordered Tony Baloney’s tonight and got grilled chicken on a pizza. It was dog food. Please see the picture. Dark meat chicken? Really?”

411′s Take:

  • We don’t eat pizza anymore, but “dark meat” chicken is the best! Most flavorful and tender!
  • Why all the hate for dark meat chicken anyway? Where did that come from? I vaguely recall something similar in my childhood. Is it considered “low class” to some people?
  • From the photo, it appears that there is both white and dark meat (can anyone sing “We are the World?”), which means they might have actually used whole roasted chicken meat. Yeah, that’s a bit more “medieval,” but it’s “Paleo” too (which is “trending” these days). I guess they might have been used to the GMO reconstituted chicken on pizza at places like Sbarro or Domino’s?
  • Not sure why he’s complaining? “Grilled Chicken” can encompass ANY part of a chicken that’s grilled. Why do you feel entitled to only receive the breast?

But I can understand how Michael might have been thrown for a loop. It wasn’t “like everyone else’s pizza,” which can be troubling when you get stuck in a routine. But just a few seconds of observation, you’d probably see that it may have been quality poultry. And just because it had more of a “homemade” feel, doesn’t make it worse.

Then again, we didn’t taste it. If it was “low-end” Restaurant Depot quality chicken, perhaps there’s room for debate.

Would you mind “dark meat chicken” on pizza? Or are YOU a food racist?

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Watch your boxes! (2014 Edition)

Boxes will always be stolen in Hoboken

Living in a multi-unit apartment building has it’s pros and cons. The “mailroom” is one of the cons. So many deliveries ripe for the taking. “Common sense” could solve the problem, but that’s a story for another day. Here’s some info about the current crop of box-nickers in Hoboken.

One thief arrested: Fernando Serrano

Good news, one Fernando Serrano was arrested yesterday. He hails from Union City, NJ. (Thanks 9th St. Light Rail Station for the contribution!)

Don’t worry, he’ll be free again soon – or someone just like him will take the baton.

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Another package thief prowling around Hoboken

There’s another box-thief on the loose – as we received this security-footage montage earlier today.

Recognize him? Call Hoboken Police at (201)420-2100 with anything to help put an end to this horrific loss of material goods.

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Top 5 Recommendations to avoid lobby theft in Hoboken:

  1. Never have deliveries sent to your apartment if you’re typically not home. As a reminder, you can:
    • Befriend a local business (dry cleaner, bodega, etc.) and have your shipments sent there,
    • Use a place like Go Postal that will receive your boxes for a modest fee (and even deliver them when convenient)
  2. Tell your condo to either move or block the mailbox area – or install frosted glass doors outside.
  3. Have your stuff shipped to your work (if you’re not too weak and lazy to use a little effort to carry it home…)
  4. Live in a better building (i.e., with a concierge – but the drawback is that they’ll see you stumble home drunk missing a heel…)
  5. Stop buying so much shit online

Have any suggestions? Click to see Hoboken411′s previous tips for safe shipping!