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January 28, 2014

Update from the City of Hoboken on Superbowl Week

The latest from the City of Hoboken regarding Superbowl week….



Super Bowl 2014 in Hoboken

 The City of Hoboken will host the Hoboken Huddle at Pier A Park on the Hoboken waterfront the week of January 28 to February 2 leading up to Super Bowl XLVIII. The Hoboken Huddle will feature a 12 foot tall illuminated sculpture of the Roman numerals “XLVIII” overlooking the Manhattan skyline. In partnership with the US Curling Association, the Hoboken Huddle will also feature 3 lanes of curling which will be free and open to the public each day from 10am to 10pm. Vendors will include Pizza Vita, Law Coffee, and the official Super Bowl XLVIII Fan Store which will be open daily at the gazebo at the end of Pier A from 10am to 10pm.

No streets will be closed in Hoboken. The only street closure in Jersey City is 6th Street from Washington Boulevard to Marin Boulevard.

The Hoboken Police Department will be enacting a zero tolerance policy on drinking alcoholic beverages in public, public intoxication, public urination, parking and traffic violations, unruly house parties, pop up parties, and unlicensed vendors. For those visiting the Hoboken Huddle on Pier A, all bags will be subject to inspection. Anyone who observes suspicious activity is asked to report it to the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100.

By Friday evening, the taxi stand will be temporarily relocated to the west side of Hudson Street between Observer Highway and Hudson Place.

An Emergency Operations Center will be open in City Hall from noon to midnight on Sunday, February 2. In order to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all, the following No Parking regulations will be in place:

Effective immediately until Monday, February 3 at 2:00am

  • Sinatra Drive from 7th Street to 11th Street (east)
  • Sinatra Drive from 1st Street to 4th Street

From Friday, January 31 at 8:00pm until Monday, February 3 at 2:00am

  • 4th Street (south side) from Washington Street to Willow Avenue
  • River Street (both sides) from Hudson Place to 4th Street
  • Hudson Place (all)
  • Hudson Street (west side) Observer Highway to Newark Street
  • Hudson Street (both sides) 1st Street to 2nd Street

From Saturday, February 1 at 8:00am until Monday, February 3 at 2:00am

  • 1st Street (both sides) from Washington Street to Bloomfield Street
  • Newark Street (north side) from Washington Street to Bloomfield Street
  • Washington Street (west side) from Newark Street to 1st Street
  • Bloomfield Street (east side) from Newark Street to 1st Street


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October 25, 2013

City of Hoboken Update on Sinatra Park and Dog Parks

The latest update from Mayor Zimmer’s office on Hoboken progress with Sinatra Park and renovations to dog runs ….


Sinatra Park Hoboken Arial Veiw 10-24-2013Sinatra Park

The reconstruction of Sinatra Park is nearing completion, with the turf for Sinatra Field being installed this week.

“The turf is down and we will soon be reopening Sinatra Field and connecting a new segment of our waterfront walkway so that we will have a continuous multiuse path from the Jersey City border to the skate park at Castle Point,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Once the installation of the nets and the railings is completed, then the field will be opened up for use.”

The park is being completed under budget, and there are no overtime costs for the completion of this field because the contract included a liquidated damages clause with a $1,500 per day penalty for failure to complete the park by the agreed-upon completion date.

“Thanks to the fine work of our City’s legal team, the contractor has worked hard at their own expense to complete this park as quickly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

Dog Parks

Renovations to the dog parks in Church Square Park, Stevens Park and Elysian Park are underway and will include canopy structures for shade and shelter for inclement weather, new benches, fences, gates, pet waste bag dispensers, and improved dog water fountain. The stone dust surface previously used at dog runs is being replaced with ¾” pea gravel. 

“Thank you to our dog owners for your patience as we complete these important renovations to make sure our City is as dog friendly as possible,” added Mayor Zimmer.

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November 4, 2012

Hoboken Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resource Center Update

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 11:55 AM

Thia is from the City of Hoboken’s website. For more frequent updates go to http://www.hobokennj.org/sandy/

Hoboken Hurricane Sandy Recovery Resource Center

7 POD locations (10am-4pm): Hoboken High School (8th St & Clinton St), 76 Bloomfield St, 1st & Jackson, 220 Adams, 5th & Park, 9th & Jefferson, Fox Hill (13th & Willow). Bring shopping carts, bags, or backpacks to carry supplies back. The A&P, Target Jersey City, downtown CVS, uptown Rite Aid, Kings, Aspen Market, Basic, and other stores are reopening. Food trucks with free meals are at Church Square Park, 3rd St & Washington St, and other locations throughout the city. Elks Club (10th & Washington) is serving hot food.

Disaster Relief (FEMA)
If you suffered damage from Hurricane Sandy, it is absolutely essential that you register for disaster assistance from FEMA. Document (photos, etc) the damage and save receipts.

  • Call: 800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • Online:www.disasterassistance.gov,
  • In person: A FEMA mobile registration center will be at Washington St & Newark St.

Food & Beverage Sales
Establishments must be inspected and cleared for opening prior to establishing operation. Please contact: The Hoboken Health Department, 94 Washington Street, 3rd Floor, Hoboken, NJ 07030. (201) 420-2375. Although you must call for an inspection, we would also prefer that you email the Health Department as well: fsasso@hobokennj.org.

HUMC is open (7am-7pm) as an urgent care center only. CVS (Newark St & Washington St, 9th & Clinton), Walgreens, uptown Rite Aid (13th St & Willow Ave) are open. For emergencies: 911.


  • PSE&G & FEMA are working to restore power as quickly as possible. More than 100 personnel are working in Hoboken. Facilities have extensive water damage, and a lot of equipment has to be replaced before service can be restored. Partial power was restored beginning Thursday evening.PSE&G info center is at Washington & Observer Hwy and also has free charging station, laptops, wifi, and ice.
  • View the crowdsourced Hoboken Power Map (information is unofficial and unconfirmed).
  • View the PSE&G Outage Center

The tap water is safe to drink. Water tanks are available at 1st St & Washington. Bring your own container.

Free ice is available at PSE&G comfort center at Washington St & Observer Hwy.

Emergency Operations Center
Questions? Call: 415-659-6289/7743/7750/4471 & 214-561-0673

Trash pickup has resumed. Damaged furniture can be left at curb. Separate white goods (appliances) into separate pile. They must be recycled. NO electronics. No hazardous waste.

The State has begun gas rationing on Saturday (even/odd days for even/odd last number on license plates). Vanity/all letter plates = odd). Hess on Boulevard East in Weehawken is open.

Observer Hwy & Bloomfield St, Hudson & 4th, 2nd & River. Citibank at 1st & River is open. Restrict ATM visits to daytime hours.


Donate online or by mail to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund.

Need flashlights and batteries, hats, gloves, baby formula, baby food, baby and adult diapers, toiletries, and non-perishable food can be delivered to Hoboken High School (8th & Clinton). NO DONATIONS to City Hall. Please: no water, no glass donations.

The W Hotel will be open on Monday, November 5 at 7pm and is taking reservations as of November 4.

Parking & Driving

  • Municipal garages are open except for 916 Garden Street.
  • Observer Highway will be closed east of Washington Street.

Public Transportation

  • All pedestrian access to Hoboken Terminal is from the waterfront ONLY.
  • The Green Hop will service Hoboken Terminal The Red Hop will service the north ferry terminal.
  • Transit and taxi vehicles only permitted east of Washington Street on Observer Highway and south of Newark Street on Hudson Street.
  • Commencing Monday morning, November 5, NY Waterway will resume normal weekday ferry/bus service on all regular routes. (14th St and Hoboken Terminal). North ferry goes to Midtown/South goes to Lower Manhattan.
  • Detour in Hoboken for Bus Route Nos. 89 and 126. Normal bus service only will resume Monday morning.
  • NJ TRANSIT rail service between Secaucus and Hoboken remains suspended until further notice.
  • Hudson-Bergen Light Rail service remains suspended until further notice due to impacts from Hurricane Sandy. (as of Nov 3, 9pm)
  • Free shuttle (school bus) will run continuously up and down Washington St (9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm).

Hoboken public schools are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

City Employees
Report to work on Monday, November 5, 2012.

Sign up for important information

Important Contact Information

  • Emergencies: 9-1-1
  • Hoboken Police: 201-420-2100
  • Hoboken Fire: 201-420-2007
  • PSE&G: 800-436-7734 (report downed power lines)
  • North Hudson Sewerage Authority Emergency Hotline: 866-689-3970
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August 13, 2012

Family Events in Hoboken This Week from the City of Hoboken

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken present a week of free family-friendly events ….

Hoboken movies under the stars

Tuesday Aug. 14 

7pm to 8pm: Family Fun Night at Shipyard Park

Performance by The Guitar Bar Jr. Allstars

Featuring: Karyn Kuhl, Zeb Gould, Adam McDonough, Efrain Calderon, Boo Riners, Keith Hartel, Tom Costagliola, Dave Lambert, Rene Sevasti, Jenna Morris, Joff Jones, Alan Orth, & Andy Burton

Bring a blanket or low back chair

Wednesday Aug. 15

7pm: Circus Under the Stars at Pier A Park presented by Aerial Acrobat Entertainment: A dazzling variety show filled with high flying acrobatics, clowns & magic. Followed by…

8:15pm: Movies Under the Stars at Pier A Park: A screening of Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Bring a blanket or low back chair

Thursday Aug. 16

7pm to 9pm: Concerts in the Park at Sinatra Park Amphitheatre

Featuring a performance by The Gordys

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July 31, 2012

Emnet Sensor Contract Approved for Hoboken by NHSA- Will Help Monitor Sewer System


Explains City’s Green Initiatives to Address Flooding

On July 19th the North Hudson Sewerage Authority voted to approve a contract with EmNet for sensors throughout Hoboken’s sewer system. The sensors, which the Authority will also deploy in West New York to monitor infiltration into its system, will help provide the data to create a comprehensive plan to address Hoboken’s continued flooding problem as cost effectively and sustainably as possible. In 2010, the City of Hoboken awarded a one year contract to EmNet to install a network of wireless sensors in the sewer system and analyze the data. A report, which analyzed data from storm events prior to the completion of the flood pump, was completed in 2011.

“I want to thank the North Hudson Sewerage Authority for continuing its efforts to solve our City’s long-standing flooding problems,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Together with the EmNet data we collected last year, this new data, which the Authority will share with the City, will provide additional information that will help to facilitate the development of a comprehensive plan that fully incorporates green infrastructure technologies to reduce the rainwater that enters the sewer system and alleviate our flooding problem.”

The sensor technology was first recommended in 2008 by then-Fourth Ward Councilwoman Zimmer thanks to research by a concerned resident, Ed Friedrich.

“Ed was so concerned about the flooding that he did the necessary research on his own and approached me to try and introduce the technology to NHSA,” added Mayor Zimmer. “This is a great example of what can be accomplished when residents get involved to help their community.”

While the NHSA pump on Observer Highway has significantly alleviated the flooding in Southwest Hoboken, it was not expected to eliminate it entirely, and further evaluation is needed to address flooding problems city-wide. The sensors will provide data to the Authority to ensure optimum operation of the pump, as well as providing to Hoboken the basis for developing a city-wide green infrastructure plan.

“Green infrastructure must be an integral part of solving our flooding problem, and the information the Authority will share with the City will help give us the necessary data as we continue the work of creating a green master plan for the City,” said Mayor Zimmer.

Mayor Zimmer thanks the City’s Green Team for helping to raise awareness for these issues and developing legislation to support green initiatives, the Planning Board for its current work on developing a Green Element to the Master Plan, and the Shade Tree Commission for its work on creating a better plan to support healthier trees in Hoboken. In addition, she thanks the Committee for a Green Hoboken for their recently proposed legislation, which is currently under review by the City.

“As we face more frequent, severe storms and rising seas, it is clear that we must continue working hard not only to address our historic flooding problem, but also plan for the future challenges we face from our changing climate,” added Mayor Zimmer.

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July 3, 2012

Information from the City of Hoboken on 4th of July Celebration

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,fireworks,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 4:00 PM

From the City of Hoboken on the upcoming 4th of July Celebration…


The City of Hoboken is expecting to host tens of thousands of guests to view the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks which will take place over the Hudson River this year.

Based on prior years, residents and visitors who drive are advised to expect four hours or more of traffic and delays exiting Hoboken after the fireworks and at least two hour delays to exit municipal parking garages. In addition to delays, the gridlock can create a situation where public safety vehicles cannot effectively respond to emergencies, so the City strongly urges visitors to take mass transit. Options include the PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NY Waterway ferries, or NJ Transit commuter rail or bus.

For additional information, visit: www.hobokennj.org/visit/how-to-get-here. Visitors looking for parking will be directed to municipal garages B (28 2nd St) and D (215 Hudson St).

Visitors are advised that no alcohol, open cooking or barbeques are permitted. Pier C Park will be open only for disabled guests. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 9:20 pm and last approximately a half hour.

Due to the closure of Hudson Place, the west side of Hudson Street from Hudson Place to Observer Highway will be the designated taxi area.

The following streets will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles between 8 am and midnight on July 4th:

  • Sinatra Dr. from 15th St. to 1st St.
  • River St. from Hudson Place (PATH) to 4th St., however between 1st St. and 3rd St, River St will be open for limited access to residents and parking patrons only.

Additionally, no parking will be permitted on the following streets between 8am and midnight on July 4th:

  • Sinatra Dr. from 15th St. to 1st St (no parking as of July 3rd at 8 am)
  • 4th St. from River to Clinton (on the south side of the street)
  • Willow Ave. from 11th St. to 4th St. (on the west side of the street)
  • Hudson Place (by the PATH)
  • Newark Street from Hudson St. to Sinatra Dr.
  • Clinton St. from 7th St. to 8th St.
  • Hudson St. from 14th St. to 2nd St (on the west side of the street)
  • Hudson St from 2nd St. to Observer (both sides)

At 9:00pm, only westbound traffic will be permitted on the 14th Street Viaduct.

The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps will have first aid stations at Pier A Park, Sinatra Park, 8th St. and Sinatra Dr., 12th St. and Sinatra Dr., and 14th St. and Sinatra Dr.

Stevens Announcement Concerning July 4th Campus Closure

The Stevens Institute of Technology campus will be closed to the general public on July 4th from 4pm until midnight.

Due to our current summer weekday programs and the number of guests who will be housed on campus during this period, the campus will be filled to capacity.

Hoboken residents are advised to make alternative plans to view the fireworks from one of the many other Hoboken viewing areas along the waterfront.

Thank you for your understanding and have a safe holiday,

- Chief Tim Griffin
Stevens Institute of Technology Campus Police Department

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June 14, 2012

Public Invited to Police Awards Ceremony Today June 14th 10 AM at Stevens Campus

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 5:00 AM

Public Safety Director John Took is behind this initiative to honor Hoboken Police officers both current and retired for their valor in the line of duty while protecting the citizens of Hoboken. This event is open to the public…

Hoboken City Hall Peak HDR


Mayor Dawn Zimmer is pleased to announce that the Hoboken Police Awards Ceremony will take place on Thursday, June 14th at 10:00 am at the Howe Center located on the Stevens campus.

Over 200 awards, including for acts of commendable service, valor, and bravery which occurred between 2006 and 2011, will be presented to 88 current and retired members of the Hoboken Police Department as well as law enforcement officers from other agencies.

Interested members of the public are invited to join the Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Public Safety Director Jon Tooke and Chief Anthony Falco in recognizing the hard work and dedication of our Police Officers.

The City held the first awards ceremony since the 1990’s in December, 2011 for acts performed between 1996 and 2006. Going forward, an award ceremony will take place on an annual basis.

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May 23, 2012

Public Invited to Hoboken Fire Department Valor Awards Tonight at 5pm in Hoboken City Hall

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 8:25 AM

Public Invited to Hoboken Fire Department Valor Awards

Mayor Dawn Zimmer is pleased to announce that at 5pm on Wednesday, May 23rd, members of the Hoboken Fire Department will be honored during a ceremony for the Fire Department Valor Awards. The ceremony will take place at City Council Chambers in City Hall, 94 Washington Street, and all members of the public are invited to attend. The Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps will be honored for their service as well.

City Hall Peak HDR Mod 4x6

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May 16, 2012

Polka Dot Kicks Off Shipyard Summer Concert Series June 5th at 7pm

Polka Dot at Shipyard in Hoboken 6-5-2012

Children’s Entertainer Ron Albanese aka Polka Dot will be kicking off the Shipyard Concert Series in Hoboken on Tuesday June 5th in Hoboken’s Shipyard Park. This is part of the City of Hoboken’s Concert Series put on by Mayor Zimmer and Geri Fallo of the Division of Cultural Affairs. Ron Albanese has been entertaining kids in Hoboken since 1999. For more information about Ron go to www.RonAlbanese.com or call 201-927-6085. Some of you my know Ron from the yearly Christmas/Holiday Tree lighting in Hoboken where he plays a most energetic elf.

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April 26, 2012

Hoboken Parking Utility Eliminates Wait List at Municipal Garages

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken,Parking — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:14 PM

Here is another accomplishment coming out of City Hall that should benefit some motorists in Hoboken…


Residents can now enjoy instant access to garage parking

The Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) announced today that the well-known waiting lists for parking in municipal garages that have forced Hoboken residents to wait for years at a time to get in have finally been eliminated. The successful sale of Hoboken University Medical Center cleared the way for residents to find relief from the most notorious waiting list of all at Midtown garage.

“When I took this job, I was handed a wait list for garages that in some cases was over 200 people and nearly three years long,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs “After two years of careful management, organizational changes, and creative thinking from my staff, we can proudly say there is no longer a wait for anyone who wants to park in a municipal garage!”

The HPU manages five municipal parking structures. In 2009, four of five parking facilities had extremely long waiting lists while one was “under-parked.” While some garages have availability limited to certain options, everyone who wishes to park in a municipal garage may now do so.

Corrective actions to eliminate the wait lists included eliminating unauthorized/undocumented parking accounts in an early audit of all facilities, standardizing application and wait list procedures, rigorous tracking of occupancy statistics, creation of new options that better meet the needs of customers, clearer documentation about availability, and re-balancing parking to better match supply and demand throughout all facilities.

One of the most important changes to address the mismatch between supply and demand at municipal garages has been the introduction of the “Monthly Limited” parking option for Hoboken residents. This option is designed for residents who commute with their cars to work each day; they enjoy a 30% discount on the standard rate in return for committing to be out of the garage between 10am and 4pm on weekdays. As of March 2012, about 140 residents are signed up for that option.

This year, the HPU plans to upgrade the elevators and stairwells in all garages and address needed structural improvements, pending City Council approval of a bond ordinance.

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