What kind of sidewalk is this?


Slate sidewalk on Hudson St. is treacherous and illogical

Hoboken411 has received quite a few complaints about the pedestrian sidewalk on the east side of Hudson Street between 4th and 5th Streets.

This stretch of sidewalk is made of slate – and is quite possibly the worst possible material to use in an urban environment. It’s a weak material that degrades over time, and is one of the most slippery surfaces in wet or frozen weather.

In this particular instance – the entire length is uneven, with large gaps peppered throughout. I’m suspecting the complaint tally has risen partially due to the A.D.D. / distracted Hobokenite who’s playing with their technological devices, but that’s just a hunch. The sidewalk is a sad excuse for a safe passageway nonetheless.

Wonder how many injuries will have to take place before something’s done about it?

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Monday, June 21, 2010 11:05 pm

If you trip and fall, you better call Saul. For the breaking bad fans , they’ll understand what I just said 🙂

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010 1:13 am

I tripped and fell and my shoes my fell off! I can’t see so good!!! [quote comment=”193867″]If you trip and fall, you better call Saul. For the breaking bad fans , they’ll understand what I just said [/quote]

Monday, June 21, 2010 7:10 pm

Slate is a beautiful material for sidewalks, and very durable, but it has to be laid down carefully if it’s going to get heavy use because it is a naturally uneven surface.

The last time Church Square Park got a complete overhaul (around 12-14 years ago) the city had planned to remove all the slate from the perimeter sidewalks and replace it with concrete. There was a public uproar, and the city reconsidered the plan. They lifted the slate and placed in back with the slate slabs surrounded with concrete. It looks like it was done right because I don’t believe it has needed any major work since. The fact that there are no large trees near the sidewalk (even fewer now!) does help.

I’ll admit it is slippery in the winter.

Monday, June 21, 2010 5:41 pm

Slate is so beautiful. Little by little, though, all the slate sidewalks are disappearing from Hoboken, I guess because people don’t want to maintain them.

Monday, June 21, 2010 3:36 pm

There is an old picture of the same slate sidewalk perhaps from the late 1800’s including the Civil War Soldiers monument. A quick internet search was dedicated in Hoboken’s Hudson Square Park (since renamed Stevens Park in 1955) on May 30, 1888. The sidewalk is probably that old and tree roots and shifting have made the stones too uneven to walk safely. Time to pull them up and relay the bed underneath and put the stones back down or pour some concrete instead. Add in a few million to next years budget for the contract! 😯

Monday, June 21, 2010 3:25 pm

What kind of sidewalk is this? The worst kind. This is one slate you shouldn’t run on!

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