Stevens Waterfront Walkway Update

11/10/2010 Update:

Path to nowhere almost done!

A photo update to the Stevens Institute of Technology portion of the Hoboken waterfront walkway.

The 850-foot path is nearly complete, along with a dedicated fishing pier that juts out 250 feet from the northeast corner of Sinatra Park.

The last remaining part(s) to this puzzle are for the city of Hoboken to repair the condemned portions of the waterfront to the north and south. When asked if they thought this would be completed by summer 2001, a Stevens Engineer on the scene laughed, saying “highly doubtful, we have the winter coming up, and no construction will take place.”

I think it’d be possible to open up the walkway and still keep the collapsed sections secure, albeit a smaller area. But we’ll see if that happens. Just like Pier C Park, another great waterfront attraction we can admire from afar.


7/26/2010 Update:

Coming together, but connected to nowhere

The waterfront path connection project that Stevens Institute manages is coming along nicely.

Unfortunately, it’ll be a while before the entire walkway will open – as both sides of they city’s portion of the walkway are collapsed.

Hoboken Path to nowhere stevens waterfront walkway - Stevens Waterfront Walkway Update

6/9/2010 Update:

Nice progress being made (not run by Hoboken, of course)

As you can see from the photos below – quick progress on the waterfront walkway connection that Stevens Institute took charge of. Shame other parts of our city (besides bike lanes) can’t use this as a model example of how things get done.

3/11/2010 Update:

Progress being made on (Stevens) walkway

While the city scratches their collective heads about fixing our crumbling walkway – Stevens Institute is hard at work quickly taking steps to complete their piece to the Hoboken Waterfront puzzle. Progress is being made before our eyes – demolition, cranes and other apparatus is in full gear in between the Gazebo and the crumbling Sinatra Park!

1/28/2010 EXCLUSIVE:

Stevens Toilet Tower “Big John” gone!

Stevens Tower Big John toilet tower removed Hoboken NJ - Stevens Waterfront Walkway Update

Work begins to connect waterfront walkway

Work began today to start construction of a connecting waterfront pathway between (collapsing) Sinatra Field and the (collapsing) Gazebo at Castle Point along Sinatra Drive in Hoboken. Part of this construction involved removing the 5 story “toilet tower” better know to insiders as “Big John,” which was built for studying plumbing and toilet design.

While the city gets dizzy running around in circles to nowhere, Stevens just plugged ahead and has started their project for a basic waterfront walkway anyway. A Stevens representative said they expect this 880 foot walkway project to move expeditiously, and be complete by July 15th, 2010 (plus or minus a few weeks).

Stevens Tower Big John toilet tower removed Hoboken NJ 2 - Stevens Waterfront Walkway Update

Will it be nice?

The State of New Jersey requires a 30-foot walkway along the Hudson from Bayonne to the GW bridge. What it looks like is up to the owner of the property and the municipality. Quality varies widely.

Hoboken’s walkway from Fourth Street south is the best of the best with trees, a substantial railing, etc. the way it should be. That is largely because of The Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) and extensive citizen input. The walkway at Maxwell Place is a barren concrete slab. LeFrak’s bridge to Jersey City and the walkway south of there is also bland, boring and uninspirational.

Under the Roberts administration, Stevens put together a bare minimum design, of course Fred Bado signed off on it and got the State to waive a public hearing.

Fund For a Better Waterfront and the public were left out of the process. I suppose that’s the way things are in Hoboken and Hudson County!

Stevens Tower Big John toilet tower removed Hoboken NJ 3 - Stevens Waterfront Walkway Update

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Thursday, November 11, 2010 5:43 am

Fantastic historical archive and timeline of events regarding this project and area.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:28 pm

The irony is ridiculous. All those years of complaining about how this part of the walkway was unfinished. Now it’s almost done but won’t be accessible because the city is taking years to fix what fell in.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 1:21 pm

“When asked if they thought this would be completed by summer 2001…”

Sadly, there was more of a walkway open to the public back in 2001.

Monday, July 26, 2010 4:09 pm

You gotta love Zimmer’s bull shi… today about money being secured soon through Sen. Lautneberg. This mayor and her team of pr politcal consultants will stop at nothing to spin the public. One day, someday, funding will come and we’ll get it fixed. How about, get it done now, mayor! You hired a grant finding firm to the tune of thousands of taxpayer dollars. How is that working out?

No pool for more than half the summer (laughing stock of the county), no soccer field, no Pier C, parks falling apart meanwhile you want more park space, pathetic.

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Monday, July 26, 2010 4:03 pm

Unless my eyes are playing tricks on me, bikers, skateboarders, bladers, and baby joggers are all going to be toast on this hairpin turn! Still, got to give ’em credit for at least building the thing…

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