Sinatra Drive to close on Sundays
Asphalt “Park” Project begins June 13th
As a reminder, Sinatra Drive between 4th and 11th Streets will be closed for the first time this year, on Sunday June 13th from 10am to 6pm.
Note that cars will STILL be permitted to drive from their parking spots – out of the designated “we can’t build a real park, so this will suffice” safe zone. However, a 5 MPH speed limit is in effect. Imagine getting a speeding ticket for going 7 MPH? What a loser you’d feel like, right? Haha!
Why build Hoboken parks, when you can play in the street?
Back in the late 90’s – Sinatra Drive in Hoboken used to be closed to vehicular traffic from 6am to 8pm on Sundays during summer months so that “pedestrians could safely journey to the river’s edge” (I suppose sidewalks and crosswalks weren’t good enough?)
Now, the city wants to reinstate that plan in 2010 in order to “afford safe pedestrian access to the Hudson River Waterfront,” adjusting the hours of closure from 10am to 6pm.
While I personally don’t really have a problem with it – considering the utter shortage of open space in the Mile Square, a couple residents think this does more harm than good. One uptown property owner was concerned that southbound traffic on Hudson Street would dramatically increase – endangering the safety of children due to “speeding out of towners looking to cut through Hoboken.” Others felt that the excess traffic from residents returning home from the shore would also be a nightmare in other parts of town.
I imagine once word gets out that the street will be closed, you’d see a lot of families bringing BBQ’s and lawn furniture to setup impromptu street picnics. Also, bikers and roller-bladers might be thrilled. But I wouldn’t recommend parking your car on that street, because undoubtedly frisbees, baseballs and other projectiles are bound to nick cars at some point.
What do you think of the proposed street closure?