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Guaranteed Parking?

How to get an (almost) guaranteed parking spot in Hoboken

You ever take a weekend trip out of town, and spent almost as much time driving around Hoboken looking for parking as you did getting home? That sucks, especially if you’re tired. But what if there was a way to get (almost) guaranteed parking?

Has anyone ever tried “reserving” their own spot using the “Temporary Police Regulation” moving signs?

Head down to city hall. Say you’re expecting a complex delivery or something. I think the signs cost $20 (for two – for four hours. I think they doubled the price in the last year or so, fuckers). You just order them a week or so in advance, and try to “guesstimate” your arrival time back to Hoboken. (If you can’t hone in on a four-hour window – just buy eight.)

Note that while the city says the signs can only be sold for commercial vehicles, and not personal vehicles – how in the world would they be able to enforce that?

All you need to do when you arrive back home to your nice empty parking space (provided some asshole didn’t park there anyway) is park your car – and rip the signs down.

How would they know? Plus, the city would be stupid to stop a scheme like this if it became popular, because in the end, it’s still people giving the city cash money for a stupid paper sign.

(Try this at your own risk – Hoboken411 not responsible for your actions).

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City drags feet on public health issues

Letter: Hoboken drags feet on public health concerns despite injuries

All the “hot air” and good news that comes out of this administration, but it seems as if quality of life is on decline nonetheless. Hoboken resident Melissa Blanco has been holding the administration to the fire, with barely a tepid response. See what’s going on now (hint: it’s a stinky situation…)

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Warning: Injuries and damages due to poor public health!

You might be interested to know, that while our local public health officials and the non-Zimmer Council minority do recognize the risks and liabilities of our lack of public health compliance, they describe to me that “their hands are tied” without a majority of Council member and Zimmer support.

I have not only put the Council on notice about the increasing risks and the populations of various disease causing animals, but I have also recommended the solution. My first letter was written nine months ago. I have steadily followed up with council appearances and additional letters. As you know, in April, the County stepped in to clear our streets of months of filth – but this was only an interim solution.

Last night, my dog was injured and sprayed by one of the many skunks feasting on the garbage in the streets of Hoboken. I am still dealing with the de-skunking and am concerned for the injuries my dog sustained even though she is up to date on all vaccines.

skunk public health problems hoboken NJ This week, I called each council member. Mr. Bhalla said he would “do his best.” When pressed, he said he would talk to his other Council members. I replied that he needed to do much better, that this was gross negligence since the Council had been put on Notice and there were now injuries. I think we all know, that had this been one of his constituents that voted for Zimmer, that the City would be out with bull horns in the street, quickly cautioning residents and letting property owners know that their garbage must be in cans with tightly closed lids.

When I discussed the matter with our public health official, Fran Sasso, he said his hands were tied if the Council would do nothing. The City’s only response to date has been to cut the garbage collection, appoint additional Zimmer-aligned individuals to boards and suggest that we vote for more of their cohorts.

The City is required by law to provide for adequate public health. Towns with vermin problems, generally, have ordinances requiring garbage cans with sealed lids and furthermore fine those who do not comply. Hoboken, I am told by, tells owners to remove lids and also allows plastic bags openly on curbs. Sanitation is a fairly simple matter to correct, yet our Council instead choses to spend its time on electrical trash cans and bonding for meters to raise revenue in the same residential areas that they do not provide essential services for.

Now with a formal report of actual damages and injuries, we have both the health risk and the additional legal liability for the City ignoring its duties regarding public health.

Melissa Blanco

Solar Trash Fraud?

Robotic Solar Trash Fraud in Hoboken?

Hoboken Big Belly Solar Trash FraudWhen the city of Hoboken unveiled dozens of those unsightly robotic trash bins all over the place – they were hailed as the next big step in municipal garbage maintenance. But what they appear to be is nothing more than solar trash fraud.

These extremely costly solar-powered bins were supposed to “save” property taxpayer money and city employee time – by COMPACTING the trash (less frequent pickups) and then “communicating” with the city when they were ready to be emptied (increased efficiency).

Well, as evidenced below – they do NOT compact anything. Not one item in either the recycling bins or the regular bins were crushed at all. We’ve never seen a crushed bag of refuse. Not once.

So either the city got ripped off (or a friendly contractor got a nice payday) for a product that does not do what was promised – or these things are just broken and should be fixed for free. If I were the city, I’d demand a full refund and put the “old-fashioned” garbage cans in like we always had.

Milking “Supercow Sandy” to death!

When will the Sandy-related reminders STOP in Hoboken once and for all?

Oh boy…

  • In a nutshell: The city is inviting “members of the community” for a “special flag-raising ceremony” (also called a Superstorm Sandy 2 year anniversary commemoration event”) over at City Hall on Wednesday, October 29th at 1pm.
  • Who: “mayor” don Zimmer, some weather spokesperson, civil service workers (cops, firemen), and “local artists.”
  • What else: A flag is being “donated” from a member of the military which was flown on a B1 Bomber in Afghanistan in 2012 “in recognition” of all the city endured during the “devastation” of the rain storm. The city will also show off a new “high water vehicle” and other toy trucks they bought with property-taxpayer money, one of which will be “repainted with designs by local children.”

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Doing the job you signed up for is not enough these days

This so-called event is an utter (udder) waste of time, money and energy. Let’s break down some reasons why.

[1] If you’re going to put the effort into making a “commemoration event,” then why do it in the middle of the afternoon on a weekday? Is that an insult to the majority of people who might have been affected by the temporary setback two years ago? (Yeah, who cares about them – as long as we get some kind of “positive media coverage”)

[2] So we’re getting a military flag from a squadron on a vague mission that we had no say in, in a country that hadn’t attacked us, and that relates to “Superstorm Sandy” how exactly? Oh, I get it. Sounds “patriotic.” Right! (Okay, I have a pair of red, white and blue boxer shorts I can donate in commemoration as well. We’ve been through a lot together, and that will be in recognition of all “the shit” (literally) Hoboken has gone through…)

[3] Pulling attendees out of thin air. I mean it seems like they’re scraping the barrel here in order to satisfy all the requirements to make it an “official” event. (“Let’s pick some random NOAA scientist to attend. That will give us credibility!”)

[4] And to top it all off – no event is ever complete “without the poor children!” (Seems like children are the least fortunate of the bunch these days. They’re either used as political footballs, or stage props for other attention-seeking publicity stunts like this. When will they get it?)

Perhaps this is why they wanted to hold it when the least amount of people can attend?

In the end… what do you do?

Sandy was a weather event. Sure it was on a more distant end of the “weather phenomenon bell-curve,” but milking the rare and unfortunate event is long beyond tiring.

People ought to keep in the back of their minds that there are risks we knowingly take daily (like driving our cars or crossing the street with headphones on), and other risks we either forget about (or choose to ignore), like living in a known flood zone, or in areas close to major bodies of water, (or active volcanoes for that matter).

Again, I feel bad for anyone that suffers when the wrath of Mother Nature shows up. But we do what people do, get back up and forge ahead. No one needs help remembering this type of stuff.

It’s just too bad that we can’t decide on our own when and how to remember it. What if some people don’t want to be constantly reminded?

Hoboken: Bleak Landscape Plan

Waterfront Advocacy Group calls out “mayor” Zimmer as parks FAILURE

Well – it took long enough, but the waterfront advocacy group we mentioned earlier (The Fund For a Better Waterfront) finally “grew a pair,” and publicly acknowledged that our “mayor” Don Zimmer has FAILED – and has essentially provided a “BLEAK LANDSCAPE” for the property tax-paying residents of the Mile Square City. Read the article below from Ron Hine of FBW. Sad, but true…

Bleak Landscape Plan Hoboken NJ Zimmer

FBW condemns “mayor” Don Zimmer on parks “plan”

“When Zimmer became “mayor” in 2009 (and since being an elected politician in 2007), she promised to be a strong advocate for creating public open space. Yet, after five years as “mayor,” (and over seven years in public office in Hoboken), her administration has made little progress (next to none).

The southwest parks plan will yield less than an acre once (if) the court rules on an (exorbitant) price for that parcel condemned by the City. The administration’s negotiations to acquire the former industrial site in northwest Hoboken has dragged on for years without definitive resolution. As the population of Hoboken continues to swell and attract many families with children of all ages, the need for new open, safe, public spaces is more pressing than ever (as if our clueless “mayor” can even recognize that).

On September 15th, the City of Hoboken “unveiled” alternate proposals for the central waterfront from Fourth to Eleventh Streets. This project, titled “Frank Sinatra Drive Visioning and Concept Plan Design,” fails to even mention opportunities to create over six acres of new parkland east of Sinatra Drive at the water’s edge. Two key sites could provide the final connections for Hoboken’s waterfront park, thus making it continuous from the Hoboken Train Terminal to the Weehawken border.

The success of Hoboken’s waterfront to date can be measured by the fact that we have created an unquestionably public space — that is, a public park — along the water’s edge, available to people from all walks of life, for generations to come. This is in stark contrast to other municipalities along the Hudson River waterfront that have accepted the 30-foot state mandated walkway as the standard. To the north, this walkway often abuts private enclaves and in Jersey City it runs adjacent to high rise towers, with no clear separation between the public and private spaces.

For decades, FBW has proposed the concept of a continuous public park at the water’s edge. In Hoboken, most of this park has been built, including Pier A Park, Pier C Park, the promenade from Newark to Fourth Streets, Sinatra Park, Castle Point Park and Maxwell Place Park. These new public spaces have more than doubled the amount of Hoboken’s parkland.

The public input provided for the Sinatra Drive project overwhelmingly favors more open space similar to the stellar model provided at the South Waterfront. The good news is that Hoboken’s past success financing and developing the waterfront parks should provide the inspiration to complete the goal of a continuous, public waterfront park. This will require some complex negotiations and long-term planning, but it is certainly doable.

Abject Failure at Sinatra Park {missing trees}

Bleak landscape in Hoboken NJ thanks to zimmerEarlier this year, the “mayor” cut the ribbon for the newly rebuilt walkway and soccer field at Sinatra Park. This portion of the walkway includes a mere dozen small, ornamental trees that will provide no shade during the heat of summer. (This walkway connects to another segment of the waterfront walkway to the north on Stevens Institute property supported on piles over the Hudson River that is completely barren of any vegetation.)

The City of Hoboken is now poised to further extend this bleak landscape plan in its current redesign for Sinatra Drive. The September 15 presentation showed a paltry 18 trees along “The Point” (north of the Stevens Institute waterfront parking lot and south of Union Dry Dock).

The City’s recent and current plans stand in stark contrast to the hundreds of trees at Hoboken’s South Waterfront. Most are London Plane trees that form a lush canopy over the waterfront promenade, the bike path and Sinatra Drive.

“Bleak” is what you asked for when you voted for the current puppet “mayor.”

FBW Annual Fundrasier

Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) Fundraiser

If you had to “thank” any particular entity for the way the Hoboken waterfront looks today – it wouldn’t be any politician. It would be the Fund for a Better Waterfront. Their efforts over the past couple decades has “saved” Hoboken from becoming worse than it is already. Just imagine the already dismal parks and open-space situation with even less “green.” Yeah, it could have been that bad.

The 501(c)(3) non-profit organization is holding their annual fundraiser tonight at the Hoboken Elks Lodge.

Fund for a better waterfront fundraiser Hoboken NJ

Connect the Waterfront

Join us for an evening of music, dancing, entertainment, fine food & drink, all for a great cause! Emily Turonis and her quintet will provide the music, and Col. John Stevens, creator of the original plan for Hoboken in 1804, will make a special appearance. Enjoy a silent auction of harbor cruises, fine wine, a signed football jersey from Eli Manning & more.

FBW will present its annual Riparian Award to honor Craig Whitaker for his special contribution to the Hudson River waterfront. Zafra Restaurant will cater the event with its Little Latin Dishes.

Your support is critical to the ultimate success of Hoboken’s waterfront. Tickets are available online for $75 and at the door for $85.