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July 4, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Pier A Near Sunset View of Lackawanna Terminal

Filed under: Hoboken,Lackawanna,Photo Of The Day,pier A — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 9:25 AM

Hoboken Pier A HDR 6-21-2013

Today, Pier A will be full of people trying to get a spot to view tonight’s fireworks show. Here is a recent photo of Pier A during an outdoor concert near sunset. I am sure it will be much more crowded today and tens of thousands are expected to visit Hoboken. Send you photos you wish to share with readers to theboken@gmail.com and let us know how you want to be credited.

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June 20, 2013

Hoboken Photos of the Day – Lackawanna Terminal Near Sunset

Lackawanna Terminal Hoboken Version 2

Today’s photos are a series of shots I took last night of Hoboken’s Lackawanna Ferry Terminal. I used my Nikon D600 to take the photos and PRO HDR and Photo Toaster on the iPad to process different versions. If you would like to share photos with Hoboken residents and visitors send an email to theboken@gmail.com. I am in no way the best photographer out there and although some have raved about the photos from this site I know there are a lot of creative souls out there that are  better or just different. To see more photos from the Boken go to www.instagram.com/theboken for even more photos of Hoboken, NYC and the Jersey Shore.

Lackawanna Terminal Hoboken Version 1

Lackawanna Terminal Version 3

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January 27, 2013

NJ Transit- Hoboken Terminal Waiting Room Set to Reopen Tuesday January 29 2013

Filed under: Hoboken,Lackawanna,NJ Transit — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 1:20 PM

The latest Post Sandy update from NJ Transit…



Heated waiting area and improved temporary amenities will enhance customer comfort

 Hoboken Train Station With Words

Photo from TheBoken.com archives

NJ TRANSIT recently  announced that the Hoboken Terminal waiting room will reopen on Tuesday, January 29, providing a heated shelter and temporary seating for customers as the agency continues with remediation work to address storm-related flood damage from Hurricane Sandy.

“Storm recovery at Hoboken Terminal has been a time-intensive process, but a critical one in the interest of the health and safety of our customers and employees,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director James Weinstein.  “We are focusing our efforts on making our customers more comfortable, as we simultaneously continue our work to address the unprecedented damage Sandy left in her wake.”

At the height of Hurricane Sandy, Hudson River flooding immersed the entire terminal in at least five feet of water.  When the water receded, six to eight inches of mud and debris were left behind.  Flooding damaged all areas of the main concourse, including the ticket office, customer service office, station operations, transportation operations, vendors and the food court.

Since December 19, 2012, the Hoboken Terminal waiting room has been closed, after NJ TRANSIT Rail Operations and environmental consultants conducted a post-hurricane assessment of the terminal and determined additional remediation work was required to address mold growth.  In response, NJ TRANSIT hired remediation contractors to address mold issues throughout the terminal.
Work to prepare the waiting room for re-opening has included power washing the walls, replacing heaters and heater motors, replacing electrical panels, outlets and wiring, and stripping and sealing the floors.  Remaining work includes cleaning, refinishing and resetting benches and other affected woodwork, to be performed in the near future.

In advance of the Tuesday opening, NJ TRANSIT is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the waiting room is safe for customers until mold remediation work can be completed.  All wooden structures, including the benches, newsstand and shoe shine, will be covered in plastic and sealed, providing a barrier to the mold.  Every opening to peripheral rooms, such as the ticket office and crew quarters, will also be taped and sealed in plastic to prevent mold exposure.  In addition, barricades will be erected as needed.

In order to restore heating to the waiting room, NJ TRANSIT had to procure a temporary boiler and connect it to the terminal’s intricate piping system.  The previous boiler was completely inundated with water during the storm.  Because the boiler is a large, complex unit, it could not be replaced by an “off-the-shelf” unit and took considerable time to procure.

Extensive work is required to address damage in other parts of the terminal.  All tenant space, including the recently constructed food court, needs to be completely gutted and rebuilt and replacing all mold contaminated structure elements.  Similarly, the public restrooms, storage areas and crew quarters—including 550 employee lockers—must be gutted and rebuilt.

To enhance customer comfort while storm recovery work is ongoing, NJ TRANSIT is looking into offering improved interim amenities for customers.  Since Tuesday, January 22, NJ TRANSIT has accommodated customers in Hoboken with idling, heated trains equipped with restrooms for customer use.  In addition, customers will now have access to four rail cars equipped with restrooms that will be parked in the middle of the terminal on Track 8.

“We recognize that our customers have endured a number of challenges in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and want to thank them for their continued patience and understanding,” said Executive Director Weinstein.  “To further hear about our customers’ experiences, next month we are launching another round of ‘We Are Listening’ forums, including one at Hoboken Terminal.”

NJ TRANSIT customers can interact with general managers of operations and senior level staff at the “We Are Listening” forum outside the Hoboken Terminal waiting room on Tuesday, February 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

As soon as the storm ended, NJ TRANSIT personnel, together with the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Navy, and FEMA, responded to the site for the initial assessment of storm damage and to begin making any initial clean-up and repairs.  A significant portion of the clean-up efforts began even before the water receded.

Due to Hoboken Terminal’s historic status, NJ TRANSIT has coordinated with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for remediation work on areas of the terminal that have historic significance.  NJ TRANSIT is also working with the Department of Community of Affairs (DCA) on inspections and permitting.

Hoboken Terminal serves nearly 60,000 people on a typical weekday on commuter rail, light rail, bus, PATH and ferry service.   Approximately 300 trains operate in and out of the terminal on a typical weekday on NJ TRANSIT’s Main, Bergen County, Pascack Valley, Montclair-Boonton and Morris & Essex Lines, as well as Metro-North’s Port Jervis Line.


NJ TRANSIT is the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 261 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines and through Access Link paratransit service. It is the second largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 61 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.

 Link: http://www.njtransit.com/tm/tm_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=PressReleaseTo&PRESS_RELEASE_ID=2834

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October 29, 2012

Video– Hurricane Sandy in Hoboken This Morning

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Below is a short video of the high water and flooding along Hoboken’s Waterfront from Sinatra Park down to the Lackawanna Terminal. This video was shto between 9-10am this morning. The next high tide will be after 8pm tonight….

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October 19, 2012

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Lacakwanna Clock Tower with Filters

Filed under: Hoboken,Lackawanna,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 12:05 PM

Today’s Hoboken Photo of the Day is of the Lacakwanna Clock Tower using heavy filters. As an amateur photographer and editor of the blog I like to do both representational and interpretive photos such as this one. I actually took a mediocre shot and tried to do something interesting using filters from several apps on the iPhone including Tiny Planets for the circular effect.

If you would like to submit your photo of the day for consideration please send the pic and description to theboken@gmail.com and let us know how you would like to be attributed. TheBoken is also on Instagram as theboken and we are trying to build up to 1000 followers soon on an account started just this Spring.

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August 2, 2012

Photo of the Day–Lackawanna Terminal and World Trade Center

Hoboken Lackawanna and World Trade Center HDR

Today’s photo was taken form the HQ of Tisha Creative courtesy of an www.hmag.com party I was invited to to view the Mumford and Son’s concert last night. Here is a photo of two landmark buildings I was able to capture in a single shot before the show began.

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July 11, 2012

Reader Submission–Photo of the Day Lackawanna Terminal and Hoboken Downtown Panoramic

Photo of The Day Brad Miller Lackawanna Panoramic Hoboken

Today’s Photo of the Day Submission is from Brad Miller and is a splendid panoramic shot of the Hoboken Lackawanna Terminal and Hoboken’s downtown waterfront area. Brad had previously sent TheBoken.com some great photos of Hurricane Irene last year. This photo obviously captures Hoboken in more tranquil times.

To submit your photo send an email to theboken@gmail.com and let us know how you want to be attributed.

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June 25, 2012

Photo of the Day – Lackawanna Terminal with Rainbow Colors

Today’s Photo of the Day is of  the Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken with filters and rainbow colors applied from the iPhone.

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May 30, 2012

New Food Vendors Coming to Hoboken Train Terminal Soon

Hoboken Train Terminal Coming Soon

At the Hoboken Train Terminal the following new eateries are coming soon after a renovation which is currently in progress: Sbarro Pizza, Subway, Manchu Wok and Tim Horton’s (coffee). There will also be a new bar and grill called Phoenix Bar and Grill.  As of now the expected completion date is unknown but we will provide an update as they get closer to opening.

Hoboken Train Terminal Coming Soon

Commuters will have new fresh options while waiting for the NJ Transit trains and NY Waterway Ferry.

Hoboken Train Terminal

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Fluent Art Exhibit Recap and Surprise Tour of Immense Second Floor of Lackawanna Terminal

Fluent Art Exhibit Lackawanna Terminal

Last night, TheBoken.com visited the reception for the the Fluent art exhibit that is now a permanent part of the the newly renovated Lackawanna Ferry Terminal. The reception had free popcorn and ice tea as well as a chance to meet the two artists Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel behind the project. About 50-60 in total attended the gathering whihc ran from 7-9pm.

Fluent is a work integrated with both the context and architecture of the newly renovated, historic Hoboken Ferry Terminal. A constellation of related elements is intended to augment the public’s sense of place, focus viewers’ gaze on both the macro- and microscopic aspects of the living river, and reveal the invisible wind currents that surround them.

Suspended from above in each Ferry Slip, a double-ended taper formed of horizontal rings is defined by eight vertical cables with a ‘pananemone’ at its center. Composed of two half discs perpendicular to one another, the instrument is responsive to all winds. Anchoring the gauges at the water’s surface are incremented plummets, sensitive to the river’s ebb and flow. The gauge measures the 5’ rise and fall, its tip visible twice each day at low tide.

An array of stainless steel discs hang from the high ceiling, transforming the air above into a dramatic field of reflection. A series of stainless steel vanes with plummets weave through the flow of discs. Animated by the fluctuating wind, the suspended vanes respond to the shifting air currents with precise, nuanced movement. Articulating the unseen fluid dynamics of the space, Fluent echoes the tidal fluctuations of the Hudson and the flow of commuters moving through the Terminal.

Fluent was fabricated by KC Fabrications, Inc. with engineering by Tectonic. It was commissioned for the Hoboken/NJTransit Terminal by New Jersey Transit Arts, with assistance from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Funding was made possible by the Federal Transportation Administration.

Below are some photos of the artwork:

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Additionally, TheBoken.com got a tour of the immense second floor of the Lackawanna Terminal. This yet to be renovated space will at some point  become a commercially developed area. The shear scale of this space could lend itself to a banquet hall, a roller rink, a bowling alley, a huge farmer’s market or mall just to name a few suggestions. The space is in need of extensive renovation but the potential is there given the size of the space and geographic location. Share your thoughts in the comments below as to how you envision this space being developed.

Here are some exclusive photos from TheBoken.com of the restricted 2nd floor of the Lackawanna Terminal in Hoboken…

Lackawanna Terminal 2nd Floor

Lackawanna Terminal 2nd Floor

Lackawanna Terminal 2nd Floor

Lackawanna Terminal 2nd Floor

Lackawanna Terminal 2nd Floor

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