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More Reverse Parking in Hoboken

My 9 News also covers reverse angle parking in Hoboken

“My9′s Vice President and Station Manager looks at the latest parking problem to plague the city of Hoboken, New Jersey: Reverse-angle parking. The city put these spots on a busy stretch of Willow Ave forcing drivers to back up between two cars while traffic waits.”

Don’t say we didn’t tell you so!

See our original story from last week below…

Willow Ave. Reverse Parking in Hoboken


For those of us who are still skilled at driving a motor vehicle – how we park is not a concern. Parallel parking (on the left or right), straight in parking, or reverse angle parking does not matter. We know how to operate our cars, and have the physical capabilities (eyes, ears, arms, etc.) to ensure that we never have any issues whatsoever.

However, in today’s “make it so easy for everyone” world – it appears that we no longer hold a level of competence up for the rest of the drivers.

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Is reverse angle parking safer? Present any new issues?

As Hudson County completed the Willow Ave resurfacing between 11th and 13th Streets recently, they implemented a change in how cars park. This was tried up on Madison St. recently too. Apparently “traffic studies” show that parking this way, instead of head-in, is a little bit safer. They might be right, but we just presume it shifts any potential safety hazard to initially parking rather than leaving the spot – but whatever they say is fine with us.

But some residents have already pointed out a few NEW issues to contend with. What do you think?

Is reverse angle parking toxic?

On just one block – we witnessed three cars running for extended periods. People have expressed concerns about carbon monoxide seeping into the apartments the car exhaust pipes face. City puppets, instead of admitting it’s a valid worry – cited already on the books statutes that prohibit “idling.” Just wait until the winter – when people warm their cars for a long time!

Thank God Willow Ave. is a straight shot to the hospital.

Reverse Parking Willow Avenue Hoboken NJ carbon monoxide

Reverse angle parking a threat to pedestrians?

Another resident told us they nearly got struck by a car reversing in. Because there are no “buffer bumpers” other than the curb itself – the new concern is that people aren’t used to judging the distance of the rear of their car. Another well thought-out project in New Jersey.

Take a look at this van, almost occupying half of the sidewalk. But don’t worry – they have a storage room of high-priced lawyers drooling over the future billable hours.

Reverse Parking Willow Avenue Hoboken NJ pedestrian safety

Mix and Match – let’s do it both ways!

I can see this being fun. The newbies out there can’t comprehend how to park in reverse, and still do it the old way. Wonder how many new accidents this arrangement will create?

Reverse Parking Willow Avenue Hoboken NJ wrong way

Maybe this is what politicians mean when they say “change?”

HPU Hypocrisy of the Day – 8/19/2014

Hoboken HPU Hypocrisy of the Day – August 19, 2014

Continuing the “HPU Hypocrisy of the Day” category….

Every day. Day in and day out. Multiple times a day – these HPU “money vans” double park to issue tickets.

Bottom line – YOU get harassed when you double park to pick up your dry cleaning. They just collect money for city coffers. If it were only the other way around!

HPU Hypocrisy money van violates law

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14th Street Viaduct Project

Clumsy installation of traffic lights worry residents

14th Street traffic lights Hoboken NJ WTF momentAs you know, the 14th Street Viaduct project plagued drivers and residents for the past couple years. And with the roadway opening, the last remaining bits underneath are also nearing complete (we recently asked if it would ever be considered a “destination” in Hoboken….)

However – there is another piece of the puzzle that also deserves attention – as uptown resident Allen mentioned:

“As part of the “rehabilitation” of the 14th street viaduct, the county/city was supposed to coordinate the installation of new traffic signals at both 14th & Willow AND 14th & Park.

Clearly the latter has gone horribly awry.

After final installation of new lights nearly over a month ago, the old standard/lights have been repeatedly knocking against each other in rainstorms/wind, and nearly caused multiple pedestrians and vehicles to scramble into traffic for fear of collapse.

I ask this: Why would the county or city put up these lights and then let the OLD lights remain for weeks on end as the stanchions knock into each other?? Isn’t it just a simple computer turn on? These posts must weigh hundreds of pounds, are RIGHT next to each other and could easily kill a motorist or pedestrian!”

Hmm. I guess the answer would be “more legal bills?”

Viaduct construction leads to traffic signal mayhem in Hoboken NJ

Click to see previous Hoboken411 updates regarding the 14th Street Viaduct

HPU Hypocrisy of the Day – 8/15/2014

Hoboken HPU Hypocrisy of the Day – August 15, 2014

Continuing the “HPU Hypocrisy of the Day” category….

Proper notice? Fugghedabout it. Courtesy for unsuspecting drivers? Screw that! Money for city coffers? Bring it on!

That must be the mentality of the Hoboken Parking Utility. Here’s what resident Dimitri had to say about something he witnessed right before last week’s moronic helicopter press conference at Pier A Park:

Last week there was a press conference at Pier A park with the presence of Senator Bob Menendez. I felt this was the only way of getting this out there for the people parked on Sinatra Drive. The press conference was set to start at 11am. Hoboken Parking Utility showed up to First and Sinatra Drive. A female walked from first to second street reading the license plates on the radio as a HPU officer hung up “No Parking” signs on trees and poles just minutes before the conference was set to start. The cars parked on Sinatra between First and Second didn’t have notice and they may have been ticketed and/or booted. The picture attached shows the signs hung up with the HPU officer in the foreground hanging up the others.”

Even if they towed the cars without booting or ticketing – it would still be wrong. These chumps couldn’t have a stupid media whoring session without inconveniencing others? Why not have the conference in “Mayor” Don Zimmer’s bedroom? I’m sure she wouldn’t appreciate the inconvenience of hiding what secrets that room holds. Haha!

HPU Hypocrisy Hoboken NJ signs right before helicopter press conference

If you were ticketed or towed – you might want to fight it…

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Viaduct a desination?

Is the 14th St. Viaduct a destination in Hoboken?

Is the 14th Street Viaduct a destination in Hoboken NJThis new so-called “open space” that has been created under the 14th Street Viaduct, while a definite step up from what it was prior – can it even be considered a bonafide “destination?”

Construction workers building that new dog park which is as close to the western border of Hoboken that anything can possibly be – thought it was “a foolish concept,” and wondered once the fanfare of it opening up – will it actually be used. Especially with all the homeless around, and the overall bleak industrial feel of the area.

Some folks assume something is going to happen closer to the Bow Tie Cinemas – but may be disappointed. Apparently it will just remain a big slab of concrete – which will of course be hailed as some kind of “open area.” Sure in the beginning their might be some effort to organize some kind of events, markets, etc. – but the general consensus is that it would be poorly attended and short-lived.

Take a walk up there one day. If you were captured on hidden camera – you’d probably have that quizzical look that says “you’re kidding, right?”

If only the administration was smart enough to approve that totally awesome bowling alley proposal. But alas, they’re probably waiting for some other kind of political payday that’s being discussed in back rooms around the mile square.

I guess time will tell. Perhaps will more residential development (as well as commercial), it may certainly help. But how long that takes, and who will allow the market to decide (and not some pretentious “think tank” of people) remains to be seen.

Share the Road!

Share the Road signs fledgling in Hoboken

After seeing these countless times, I’m no longer sure who these “share the road” signs were intended for anymore. Is it to remind drivers about the psycho bikers? Or for cyclists who drive recklessly to remember that multi-ton, high speed “mobile devices” can kill them in an instant?

Either way – the signs are now obviously suffering from “urban decay” as this one near the Hoboken High School is marred with stickers and other (intentionally placed) dirt. Most likely some kind of food. Haha!

I still believe that the ROADS were intended primarily for motor vehicles – and instead of clamoring for bike safety – people should just assume the “bike at your own risk” mentality and be done with it.

Share the road sign vandalized in Hoboken NJ

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