Posted by: Hoboken411 on December 6th at 07:11 am
Are solar trash bins just garbage overkill? Who thought this out?
Oh boy – yesterday, new solar trash receptacles were installed at Pier A Park. Talk about lavishly spending your already excessive tax money on crazy contraptions like this is proof we have a government that needs to go. Like yesterday. Hoboken411 received quite a few emails about this already and resident Paul was the most vocal about it.
Letter: Hoboken ignores details to usher low bidder out of town
Paul writes: “It seems like the City’s trash can vendor is getting an early Christmas present as the city has begun installing trash cans every 25 feet down the length of pier A park. Since there is a correlation between what the city spends and what the vendor makes we seem to have gotten expensive solar powered trash cans rather than the metal baskets that are used in the remainder of the city.
As we learned with the custom designed playground equipment that was flown in from Germany for Church Square Park, money is no object and the ordinary simply will not meet the city’s price point. (Ordinary stuff is not expensive enough).
Recycling is a great idea but much of the plastic that goes into the recycling bins in the park will probably be plastic bags and plastic wrappers.
The city’s recycling vendor does not take bags or wrappers. In fact, the vendor charges the city a fine based on the weight of all the bags and wrappers that people put into the recycling bins. The city went to “single stream recycling” to get rid of Gary Giordano at Galaxy Recycling who was the lowest bidder for the contract but does not have the special equipment to sort co-mingled single stream recyclables. They do not care if less of what you put out on the curb actually gets recycled and they don’t care if the total cost (cost with the fines) is higher than Galaxy.
Running the city is all about details and these guys have no interest in details.”
Prediction: Solar trash bins in Hoboken will be huge failure
Paul also mentioned a very valid point, that the bins (which cost upwards of $10,000 per pair of “solar compactors”) are supposed to hold FIVE times the amount of a similar can without the solar doo-hickey.
Which is supposed to mean that you need SUBSTANTIALLY LESS of them. So what the city should explain in full detail is WHY there are so many MORE cans now than ever!? The entire park is filled to the brim with them! How attractive! Did the vendor hand an “envelope” under the table to Mayor Zimmer for this excessive purchase? Inquiring minds want to know.
Some other observations:
- The solar vendor claims these contraptions are practically maintenance-free, needing “only oil” once per year. Why don’t you try and sell us a bridge too?
- What will certainly happen is that these things will break (mark my words) and require years of ongoing expenses to the property taxpayers.
- And what about vandalism? Didn’t think about that did you? What if someone spray paints the solar panel? Smashes them with bricks? Another added cost. They’ll end up in a recycling pile like R2D2 did in Star Wars.
- Those metal mesh bins were just fine. Cheap, easily maintained, and replaceable for a minimal cost (what, $20 a can?) Imagine how many the city could have received for the 100′s of thousands they spent on the high-tech bins?
Bottom line – the city is circling the drain. You just haven’t realized it yet. That time will come.
Posted by: Hoboken411 on December 6th at 05:55 am
Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times Hoboken NJ
Some lucky movie-goers got to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug yesterday at midnight, a week before wide theatrical release. The rest of you are stuck with the same flicks as last week, with the exception of Out of the Furnace, starring Christian Bale and Woody Harrelson.
“A gripping and gritty drama about family, fate, circumstance, and justice. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) has a rough life: he works a dead-end blue collar job at the local steel mill by day, and cares for his terminally ill father by night. When Russell’s brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) returns home from serving time in Iraq, he gets lured into one of the most ruthless crime rings in the Northeast and mysteriously disappears. The police fail to crack the case, so – with nothing left to lose – Russell takes matters into his own hands, putting his life on the line to seek justice for his brother.”
Simple minded critics panned the movie, while those who can see the merits of good acting found the performances by Harrelson & Bale to be Oscar worthy. Definitely not a “feel good” movie, but one worth seeing for the dramatic effect alone.
Hoboken Movie Trailer: Out of the Furnace
Hoboken Movie Times for Monday, December 9th
(Current Bow Tie Cinemas Movie Times in Hoboken, NJ below.)
Posted by: Hoboken411 on December 5th at 04:11 pm
Hoboken has views of a foggy Hudson River
Due to strong temperature disparities, foggy conditions enveloped the state today – causing dense fog in some areas, and this cool condition on the foggy Hudson river earlier this morning.
Also – did you see that rare fog in the Grand Canyon the other day? Very surreal.
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Posted by: Hoboken411 on December 5th at 01:57 pm
Hoboken Vintage Shopping Extravaganza – December 7th
The owner of Vagabondia Vintage & Handmade (who had a pop-up shop in Hoboken last season), is teaming up with Mackey Blue this coming Saturday, December 7th for a special vintage shopping holiday extravaganza!
It’s an all-day event, with special sales, refreshments and raffles for free prizes. Definitely a unique event in Hoboken which will focus on all things vintage, antique, and handmade.
Additionally – it will be yet another opportunity to support local businesses in town. And wouldn’t you want to be the one known for giving the best “one of a kind” gift this year?
Takes place on 12th Street between Washington Streets and Bloomfield Streets. See the event page here. Have fun rummaging!
Posted by: Hoboken411 on December 5th at 10:55 am
A’Putia Pastry Cafe – Quaint & Tasty!
Today’s Hoboken 60 Second Review is for A’Putia Pastry Cafe over at 200 Monroe Street and we say: A must!
This tiny spot at the corner of 2nd Street is unassuming from the outside, as well as in. From what I recall, it’s a new retail installation as well.
Here’s a snippit of why owner Giacomo d’Alessandro decided to open up: “After having spent time in the U.S, and in particular in the New York City area and having tasted cannoli pastries produced locally, decided it was time to introduce the true taste of Sicilian cannoli into the country.” (Which means they suck in the U.S.!)
The menu is has just a few items on it, but that’s okay. Take a look inside below:
Geniune Italian Cannoli at A’Putia Pastry Cafe in Hoboken
The two things we sampled were “home runs” in our opinion. For one, the Cannoli is imported from Italy. And I have to say that I have never ever liked cannolis around here. Something about the custard made me gag. However, this cannoli changed my mind 100% Crunchy, not overly sweet, but perfect all around. Worth going off low-carb to reward yourself!
And next were the “Mezzaluna” quiches. We tried the ham & cheese as well as the tomato & blue cheese. Both were savory & fresh. The bonus was that they came with a super green salad on the side – perfectly dressed. A nice light lunch (under $7).
We recommend you give A’Putia a shot. You’ll be surprised! Up next for us is a nice espresso or cappucino. Can’t wait!
Posted by: Hoboken411 on December 5th at 09:38 am
Honda Accord has rims stolen on Jefferson
According to a resident, this grey Honda Accord often parks in the area of Jefferson Street between 3rd and 4th Streets.
Well, this morning – the car definitely isn’t going anywhere except via tow truck, as the rims were stolen and the car was left on cinder blocks.
If Frank Sinatra were still alive today – he’d “remix” his famous “New York, New York” song to include the verse “Start spreading the parts, thanks to less cops, I want my rims back, Hobo-ken, New Jerz!”