Lackawanna Terminal Ceremony

5/11/2008 Update:

While I was listening to Eddie’s insane guitar riffs at the Van Halen concert this past Friday, a Hoboken411 reader was kind enough to document the clock tower lighting ceremony at Pier A. Here’s their recap:


Lights, Camera, Action!

“It was a cold and rainy evening on Pier A as the long awaited lighting ceremony of the Erie Lackawanna clock tower and ferry terminal got underway. The weather probably kept a lot of people away, but those who did made their way from the NJ Transit train terminal waiting room braving wind and water to the tip of Pier A, where a tent was set up for the festivities. Speakers included Mayor David Roberts, who spoke of the legacy of former NJ Transit Executive Director George Warrington, who spearheaded the terminal rehab, but sadly passed away before he could see the new clock tower rise over Hoboken.

Roberts also alluded to his plan to see “buildings rise above” the train terminal, noting Jersey City Mayor Jerramiah Healy was also at the ceremony. Many people are concerned about what Roberts may have agreed to in exchange for getting the clock tower built. Rumors of buildings 40, 50, and even 70 stories tall over the rail yards have people concerned about what is to come, but for last night people just came to enjoy the lighting ceremony.


NJ Transit Executive Director Richard Sarles also spoke, as did Congressman Albio Sires. City Council members Peter Cammarano, Terry LaBruno, Beth Mason, Ruben Ramos and Michael Russo attended as well, along with retiring county freeholder Maurice Fitzgibbons. When the switch was flipped the Clock Tower and Erie Lackawanna sign came on first, as other lights took a while to warm up. There were smiles all around as the lights came up to full brightness and people enjoyed the view. It really does look spectacular!”


See Previous updates after the jump…

5/8/2008 Update:

2008-2009 may be a shatter all the ribbon-cutting, PR opportunity records in Hoboken.

Activate the clock tower, Hal

Mayor David Roberts and various other politicos such as NJ Governor Jon Corzine, Senator Bob Menendez, Representative Ablio Sires, along with NJ Transit Officials will “plug in” the fully restored Lackawanna Plaza Clock Tower tomorrow night.

At 8pm, just after a couple speeches proclaiming the preservation of Hoboken history, thanking those involved and posing for the cameras (those pics will appear immediately on the Hoboken city website), they’ll do a count-down and the tower will be lit up. Clapping will ensue, along with some milling, chatting and sound bites. Then, everyone will go out and get drunk.

I outlined exactly what will happen, so now you can go about your usual plans. I’ll be at a Van Halen concert, which is most likely much more fun, regardless of how old they are.



Here’s a slick 30-second slide show..

4/3/2008 Update:

Top of tower now complete. More shots later. Thanks, Carl for the pic!


4/1/2008 Update:

Hoboken411 reader Michael sent this cameraphone pic in just as the lookout portion of the Lackawanna Clock Tower was being installed today.

“Tippy Top” going up next.


3/31/2008 Update:

Word from “The Steeple People” putting up the new clock tower is the big crane is due back today (Monday) so it can be in place to move the lookout tower portion up on top of the clock on Tuesday, That will be followed by the raising of the final pieces on Wednesday, weather permitting. Crews worked last week on putting all the newly delivered pieces together in advance of final assembly. The final touches will be put on the clock tower ahead of an official ribbon cutting-type VIP event in May. Hopefully they will turn the clock on sooner than that!

3/25/2008 Update:

The final pieces to the Lackawanna Clock Tower arrived today!

11/12/2007 Update:

As soon as it started, the weather became very inclement, so the “hoisting and positioning” had to stop. They got close, though.


Update: They’re lifting the clock NOW. Police say “Crowd gathering”.

Is this that exciting? It’s not like they’re doing anything cool, like imploding a hotel or something.


This afternoon (weather permitting), the 15-ton clock portion of the tower at Lackawanna plaza is scheduled to be installed. Joy.


Here’s a surreal look at these clock tower segments getting aligned for the upcoming installation. Can’t wait!

When this clock tower is complete, I have to say that my stay in Hoboken is pretty much complete. I can go anywhere in the world now!


6/19/2007 Update:

Here’s some progress shots of the clock tower getting built at the train terminal.

Here’s a little update regarding the renovations over at the Lackawanna Train/Ferry terminal. It’s taking forever, but they’ve made some progress. Up next, the costly clock tower that will beautify it even more.


See some older pictures of the construction below.

From 3/27/2006:

From 7/7/2006:

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Friday, May 9, 2008 11:31 am

I also noticed the 4:20 reference. But what does “flipping the switch” mean? This code phrase is new to me.

Thursday, May 8, 2008 11:35 pm

Was this happening tonight? The irony: at 7:45 pm there was a signal failure in the Hoboken station and all trains from 33rd St were diverted to WTC. Such a pleasure getting home to Hoboken tonight.

Thursday, May 8, 2008 11:43 am

[quote comment=”81913″]Why is there a 4:20 in the clock?[/quote]

Clever stoners, in their incessant pursuit of irony, recognized that the police code for someone smoking MJ can also be used to reference a certain time of the day. To seal the irony, the stoners have made it a preferred time of day to smoke MJ. It has also been adopted in a figurative sense. For example, stoner 1 will ask stoner 2 what time it is and receive a reply of 4:20, whereupon MJ will be smoked immediately. However, the actual time might be something other than 4:20.

/snark off.

Thursday, May 8, 2008 11:33 am

Looking forward to this event! I did hear about this rumor. Why is there a 4:20 in the clock?

[quote comment=”76075″][quote comment=”54035″]It’s impressive, but can be quickly turned into a steaming pile of over-commercialized shenanigans.

I dread to think about what’s going to happen to that incredible old power plant building in Jersey City. My guess:


(Translation: Banana Republic and a Chipotle)[/quote]

What I heard and could be untrue but sounds reasonable the power plant was declared a landmark building and that Trump is going to restore it after he finishes his tower.[/quote]

Thursday, May 8, 2008 11:32 am

Awesome! Now I will be able to tell what time it is when I am walking east on Observer and my left arm’s been chopped off!

That is, until Mayor David Roberts’ buddies build something else to obstruct it.

Enjoy VH, 411, one of my favorite bands. If EVH drinks less than a fifth of Jack it will be a good show. I saw them in 1981 (I was very young but they opened for the Stones and my Dad took us) and they rocked. Saw Van Hagar @ MoR 1988, then at the Borgota in 2003. Liked them each time. I am skeptical of the new bassist but hey, living in Hoboken is like a crash course in nepotism.

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