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Dog park upgrades?

Were the dog park upgrades necessary in Hoboken?

Other than the occasional depletion of gravel at the handful of Hoboken “pooch parks” – for the most part they were just fine. But these recent dog park upgrades may have been entirely unnecessary (costing hundreds of thousands of dollars). And in fact, many people believe they can be considered downgrades!

The Stevens Park dog run is one good example. The fence may be nicer, but one of the most important “amenities” was the presence of a functional water hose.

This was replaced with a horrible water “fountain,” in which dogs pee on, and could not be used to rinse your dog off in case they got a bit muddy after an extended “rough and tumble” play session. Thanks Hoboken.

But even now – there is NO water pressure in the fountain, and even birds have given up trying to get a drink. Another instance for the “more harm than good” file…

Stevens Park Dog Run Hoboken NJ broken fountain

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Where are the “bike warnings?”

No bike warnings in Hoboken – but dog poop warnings galore!

Every single block in Hoboken has “pick up after your dog” signs – along with a reminder that you can receive a whopping $500 fine.

Should people get fined if they purposely choose not to clean up after their dog? Sure. Does it warrant a half a grand? Absolutely not.

Dog Poop Fine Hoboken NJ 500 dollars

Asshole bikers deserve MORE warning signs and stiffer fines

If Hoboken keeps the asinine $500 fines for dog poop offenders (and doesn’t lower it to something that “fits the crime” – say a $15 penalty), then those entitled bicyclists who ride into oncoming traffic on already narrow and hazardous roads should receive a fine of upwards of $2000 per offense.

Heck, having an open beverage containing alcohol is the same fine – and it’s pretty much a “victimless” crime! So then bikers should receive MORE! Make it $3,000!

IMPORTANT TIP! If you drive in Hoboken be SURE you use a decent DASH CAM at all times. Even if you just drive to Shoprite. Because if you hit one of these dopes going the wrong way and have no hard core evidence, you can BET they will claim you didn’t give them enough room (and probably win because of the pathetic sympathy they undeservedly get.)

Not only will that dash cam accident footage sufficiently “cover your ass,” you’ll have a hilarious video to share with friends that could even go viral on YouTube!

Wrong way no bike warnings Hoboken NJ

Waste Management in Hoboken – Hopeless?

Waste Management: Budget Cuts are “Costing” Hoboken

What do you think of this “Waste Management” editorial by a Hoboken resident? Is it legitimate? Or just blown smoke?

Regardless of your opinion… it is apparent that certain city “features” suffer along with the economy. Wonder what other “essential” city services will fall by the wayside… and more importantly – WHY?

Hoboken NJ Garbage so what waste management do we have

Can the city of Hoboken, NJ hand simple garbage pickup?

Health and Environmental Service Committee of the City of Hoboken:

This morning I noticed several people on the way to work dumping full size garbage bags into the public litter cans along Washington Street. One guy, was even carrying his garbage with one hand while bicycling on the sidewalk! As he passed the public can with his huge bag of garbage, he nonchalantly dropped his load into the corner can.

I have lived in this town many years and never, until now, have I borne witness to this bold behavior. Perplexed, I viewed the Hoboken garbage and recycling pick-up schedule. Careful examination showed that the two day Monday-Tuesday no garbage pick-up stretch was due to cutting out a day of pickup.

For folks who miss the Sunday pick-up, because they are busy on the weekend or have other religious obligations, there is up to five full days of wet garbage build-up before the next pickup. By Monday, the accumulated weekend trash, plus the prospect of living with that garbage – plus three additional days of garbage – until the next garbage pickup raises the risk of resident dumping.

The City of Hoboken’s web site describes the responsibilities of Environmental Services as “orchestrating garbage and recycling collection”. It certainly appears that the conductor of this orchestra has not been provided with the resources to do the job. For this reason, I copy the Finance Committee of the City of Hoboken. I am aware Councilwoman Castellano objected to this cut, providing many sound arguments for why a $100,000 savings on sanitation was not adviseable. Councilman Russo also had several recommendations on cost cutting measures that could be explored given both the budget concerns, complaints regarding the outsourced contract and lack of response to the RFP.

Please consider the Duty of Care owed to the residents of the City of Hoboken for Essential Services. This is not the first time that Hoboken has failed in regard to Environmental Services causing buildup of filth on our streets and attracting a population of rats, opossums and crows. It is a trying position for a constituent to be placed in when Essential Public Health and Safety Services are not provided for.

Please let me know how the Council in conjunction with the City intends to rectify. As I await your reply, I remain,

Healthfully,

Melissa

Does common sense require a warning?

Common Sense Warning Signs along Hoboken waterfront

Not sure you’ve noticed this – but along the Hoboken waterfront are “Warning” signs about the “dangerous currents” from the Hudson River. And along with the big bold WARNING letters are cute symbols saying “No Diving,” “No Swimming,” and “No Sitting.”

Warning dangerous currents sign along Hoboken NJ waterfront is it necessary

Don’t be an idiot is more like it

Anyone with common sense does not need to be reminded of this (probably at the recommendation from the cavalry of attorneys at city hall…)

These were obviously put in place due to the suicide of Andrew Jarzyk this past spring (and how the city got shamed for not having operational video cameras).

However, in the end – these signs will never stop a suicidal person from jumping in and offing themselves. So not sure why they need to ruin the great skyline view with more wasteful visual clutter. Up next? Probably graffiti vandalism on the signs.

Dangerous Currents Warning Hoboken NJ

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More Reverse Parking in Hoboken

Pedestrian struck as car reverses onto sidewalk in Hoboken

We told you already that this reverse-angle parking in Hoboken was a bad idea for several reasons, including the fact that MOST people cannot judge (i.e., “have a good feel for”) the dimensions of the REAR of their car. 99% of the time you’re focused on the FRONT. It’s human nature actually, but by now making it mandatory to expect people to immediately have the skill-set required for backing into parking spots like this is unrealistic. And look what happened today – a pedestrian was “roughed up” by a car that hopped the curb.

Hoboken resident Faith Lauter had this to say: “My friend just fell on Willow and 11th because a car went up on the curb while reverse parking. Her hands and knees are busted as a result!”

Injury caused by reverse angle parking in Hoboken NJ

See what other problems this is causing – including the video by My 9 News below…

My 9 News also covers reverse angle parking in Hoboken

8/22/2014 Update:

“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

8/11/2014:

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?”

Even more waterfront filth

Garbage mountains in Hoboken – blame robotic trash bins?

Earlier today we mentioned that even though countless robotic trash bins that send tweets and text messages pepper the waterfront – there are still many signs of filth.

But have you seen what Pier A Park looks like after a typical Movies Under the Stars showing? People cannot fit their trash into these things, and refuse (food, etc.) piles up – attracting disease-ridden vermin to scavenge for scraps.

If this isn’t a sign of “progress,” I don’t know what is.
/sarc

Waterfront filth welcome to Hoboken postcard

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