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Pier C Park in disrepair

Pier C Park breaks again in Hoboken

A little over six months ago – Pier C Park needed some hefty repairs to the complicated “infrastructure.” (see that update after the jump…)

Well, it appears that the work wasn’t good enough and pipes sprung a leak once again, thus closing down the kiddie areas.

The question at hand is – why doesn’t the city get warranties on work performed by contractors? You know each one of these “repairs” comes with a nice fat bill that you’ll be the one that ends up paying.

And again, this was just one of the reasons why I felt that any new “park” that comes to town should be as simple as possible – which would allow it to be maintained for years in the future with the lowest potential costs.

Pier C Park broken again in Hoboken NJ

Shoddily built parks Hoboken NJ

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Top 5 Blizzard Don’ts

Top 5 Blizzard Don’ts in Hoboken

top 5 blizzard don'ts in Hoboken NJOkay – it’s winter.

This is just like any heavy rain storm – except that it’s frozen precipitation. And that means it will accumulate above the ground and cause an impedance to anyone who is a “challenged walker.” Yes, that is what snow is! Amazing, eh?

It’s fairly elemental.

But when it’s frozen and “accumulates,” it’s a bit different than water – which other than flooding, eventually drains away quite rapidly compared with the many weeks (if not months) we’ll see this snow on the ground. Turning brown. Becoming annoying. “Please make it go away… Looking forward to summer…. “

When we get FEET of snow – it presents a whole slew of problems, which are usually transportation oriented.

So what are the Top 5 things you should avoid during a blizzard?

Number 5: Please postpone medical emergencies

Number 5 Blizzard Don'ts in Hoboken NJAt the height of the blizzard late tonight – medical vehicles and apparatus will have a super-tough time traversing city streets. That could mean the difference between life and death!

So if you can – please avoid (or postpone if possible) the following medical emergencies:

  • Heart attack or stroke. (Stay off carbs, eat lots of veggies, keep blood sugar low, avoid strenuous activities).
  • Child birth / labor. (If you’re close to your due date – either try to push it out NOW – or figure out a way to keep the baby in the sack till the weather clears).
  • Profuse bleeding. (Any tricky home projects or drunken bar fights should be put off till the storm clears).
  • Broken bones. (While not as bad as some other emergencies – try not elevating your body to more than 12″ off the ground. And if out and about, ensure your shoes have proper traction).
  • Panic Attacks. (There is nothing to worry about at all. Everything is fine. It will be spring in less that 3 months!)

ambulance hoboken blizzard medical emergency january 2015

Number 4: Try not to start any fires!

Number 4 Blizzard Don'ts in Hoboken NJAny kind of row-house fire in Hoboken at the height of the blizzard, will practically ensure that an entire block burns down. Just because the snow is heavy and wet does not mean that it will aid in any way in preventing such a disaster.

So in order to reduce your risk (and guilt) for starting an epic fire for the history books:

  • Do not use candles if you’re a known drunk or narcoleptic.
  • Shut your circuit breaker if your house is known to be non-code compliant.
  • Playing “fire bomb beer pong” not a bright idea during the storm.
  • More than 11 iPhone chargers in a power strip just to keep your facebook stream alive is just not worth it.
  • Deep-frying a frozen turkey inside your studio apartment in wood-frame house can wait.
  • Firing up the hibachi grill on your fire escape. Just don’t do it. In other words, don’t be an asshole!

dont start fires in Hoboken NJ during blizzard

Click to see the Top 3 Blizzard Don’ts in Hoboken!

Why the PATH was saved

(The real reason) Why the PATH was saved!

You certainly recall that “non-story” about how “officials” were threatening to let the PATH service “nap” for a few hours a day, right? All that “backlash” and chitter chatter over something that never happened.

And of course, the bobbleheads politicians love conjecture and finger-pointing – again, over nothing substantial at all. Some even went as far as to indirectly “take credit” for whatever didn’t happen. Ha!

But we know the REAL answer why you still have 24 hour PATH service.

Yep. This piece of scribbled graffiti along Willow Ave. in Hoboken: “Save PATH overnite servce” scared the pants off those at the Port Authority.

Save PATH overnite service Hoboken NJ

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Psychopathic tree plantings!

Who plants trees in front of stop signs? Hoboken does.

We told you yesterday about all the trees being planted this winter in Hoboken. However, it gets worse.

1st & Willow is one of the busiest (and dangerous) intersections downtown. Pedestrians, double-parked cars, split second timing necessary. And they planted a frickin’ tree directly in front of a stop sign here? What the Hell?

If this tree survives through the spring – it will completely block the stop sign once it blooms. Who allowed this to happen?

Attention lawyers! Please keep an eye out for this intersection. The minute ANYONE gets hurt because a car ran through – you have a SLAM DUNK CASE against the city (who gives away money for lawsuit settlements like it’s Halloween!)

Hoboken trees planted in front of stop sign near 1st and willow

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Hoboken trees {in the winter}

Hoboken trees planted in the middle of winter

The other day – trucks with dozens of trees were swirling around Hoboken. To plant them. It was so cold that the union guys from Local 138 had to use hammers and crowbars to dig the holes to plant them! Who does this in the winter?

hoboken trees delivered in winter

Contractors don’t care if trees die – they get more work!

Hoboken411 reader Paul saw this as well and noted that “This is the same with lawyers – who do work that create problems that they get paid to fix!”

He continued: “If the contractor puts in trees and they die the contractor makes money replacing them. Nobody is really held responsible for anything. Ideally the contract should be to put living trees in specific holes in the sidewalk and make certain that tree remains alive for 3 years.”

I guess since Hoboken is “Tree City USA” they can plant ‘em all year!

We’ll see how long these trees last – and “follow the money” once they have to be replaced!

Hoboken trees planted in middle of winter

Hoboken City Council Meeting 1/21/2015

Hoboken City Council Meeting of January 21, 2015

Inspect Hoboken City Council meeting documents below – and click here at 7:00pm to watch live video stream.

A relatively tame council meeting on tap for tonight… other than the usual millions of dollars worth of “outsourced” legal contracts, other boring stuff include property tax refunds, a less-than-acre park that was supposed to be six, and platinum health benefits for city employees (how nice is that?)

Hoboken City Council Meeting January 21 NJ

Hoboken City Council Documents for January 21, 2015

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