More parking meter rackets

Parking meter racket continues in Hoboken

Hoboken411 reader Leigh overheard the most ridiculous situation over at the Hoboken Parking Utility (or HPU – which also stands for “Hoboken Pickpocketing Underworld”).

“I was waiting in line at the Parking Authority this morning and I heard a woman discussing her parking ticket with one of the parking supervisors. She said she had a doctor’s appointment at 9am. She tried putting money into the parking meter machine prior to 9am but was not allowed to since parking is free from 9pm-9am. If someone had a meeting from 8am-10am, they are almost guaranteed a ticket unless they are able to come outside and pay the machine at 9. The supervisor said there was nothing he could do about the ticket or the machines. These machines have been in use for over a year. How is this even still an issue?”

So in other words – even if you WANT to pay ahead of time you cannot. Boy, I could hire a $2/hour programmer from overseas to fix this “glitch” in about 15 minutes. That’s just 50 cents. Let’s see how much the city “budgets” for to fix this asinine problem. My guess it’s six figures.

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You can’t make this shit up

Only in Hoboken – You can’t make this shit up!

WTF is this all about? From a distance, it looks like perhaps a motorcycle rider crashed, and landed in a tree. Nope. It’s something else, and there is no doubt you can’t make this shit up!

Hoboken homeless man napping in tree

NAPPING in tree in Hoboken

This afternoon, an “emotionally disturbed person” who happened to be homeless as well, found his way into a tree on the perimeter of the parking lot in the back of the Monroe Center for the Arts.

Yes, as you can see upon further inspection, he in fact found a way to get comfortable within the scrappy branches of a freshly budding tree! Included with his own body, were plastic bags containing his “personal effects.”

You know, I can bet that most homeless people (who aren’t begging for handouts) probably want to be away from the rest of the world as well (at times at least – less harassment). In this spot, he most certainly “had his own space.” Sort of the way people who live in “boxes” in tall structures called “high price condos” feel (with the exception of paper thin Sheetrock and exorbitant property taxes… and running water and flushable toilets…)

But Hoboken PD asked him to come down and move along (he wasn’t charged with a crime – until the control-freak city council decides to introduce an ordinance than bans “public tree relaxation.”)

Thankfully for him, he doesn’t “toss and turn” while sleeping, otherwise he’d be in a Obamacare-funded body-cast!

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Another church turned condo in Hoboken

Hoboken trend continues: Church turned condo on Willow

Continuing the documentation of the Hoboken trend of “church turned condo,” this time at 707 Willow Ave., as the Bethesda Christian Church (Spanish) is getting converted into condo.

Minervini Vandermark Architecture is responsible for the design (rendering below on left).

Again, doesn’t that look kind of weird? If you’re not going to preserve the entire structure, why bother keeping the “mask” on?

It’s not like this church had groundbreaking design to begin with, and it’s VERY FAR from a St. Patrick’s Cathedral that’s for sure.

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Hoboken Mutz Fest 2014

Biancamano’s & Vito’s – Best Hoboken Mutz for 2014

An update and a clarification here. A few weeks ago – we mentioned Vito’s in our weekly photo roundup – as winning the “Best Mutz in Hoboken” contest earlier this year. However, that needs to be cleared up – as there were various categories:

Now if you haven’t eaten lunch yet – what are you going to do now?

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Spring 2014 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Spring 2014 Hoboken Arts & Music Festival: Sunday, May 4th

The first of two Hoboken Arts & Music Festivals in 2014 takes place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Streets on Sunday, May 4th.

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival Sunday May 4 2014

Like the movie Groundhog Day, you can mill around the streets from 11am to 6pm to see hundreds of (mostly) out-of-town vendors selling food, artwork, and myriad of other trinkets and tchotchkes.

Big attractions are typically the zeppoles and fried crab cakes – and of course Cake Boss oglers will be around too. Three music stages also set up. The main stage is south of the CVS downtown, a kiddie stage at 3rd Street, and a secondary stage at the north end of the festival between 6th and 7th Streets.

Some of this year’s featured musical acts include:

Groovy performance from The Black Hollies

One particular act that we’re interested in seeing is The Black Hollies.

Here’s a perfect song for the sheep as they enter their voluntary weekly enslavement called “employment” this morning. Not nearly as gloomy as the title suggests, and sounds like a mashup between trippy 60′s and today.

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Hoboken Week in Review: 4/20/2014

Hoboken Week in Review – April 20, 2014

Hoboken Week in Review April 20 2014 NJ Easter

Here’s a selection of noteworthy posts for the week ending (Easter) Sunday, April 20, 2014:

Politics and City Happenings

  • On deaf earsHoboken “citizen complaints” don’t work unless you’re a political donor.
  • Andrew JarzykWithout a trace.
  • Trees murderedOnly in Hoboken do parks get “de-forested.”
  • Hospital MonopolyDoes anyone else wonder how our “healthcare monolith” is doing so great?

Updates & Events

Wake-up Quote of the Week:

weekends are an employees parole mokokoma

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