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June 4, 2013

For Hoboken All’s Well That Maxwell’s by Chris Halleron

This article has been re-posted with permission of the author Chris Halleron who has been writing about Hoboken for many years. His blog is http://chrishalleron.com/. His take on the closing of Maxwell’s coming up on July 31st is below:

For Hoboken All’s Well That Maxwell’s

Maxwell's Hoboken HDR - Live Music

Snotty Brooklynite Hipster: “Y’know, Hoboken is nothing but a homogenized, flavorless suburban enclave full of yuppies and strollers.”

Self-Loathing Yuppie Hobokenite: “Oh yeah? Well we still have Maxwell’s.”

Checkmate. That argument has now been taken off the table.

With the breaking news of its impending demise, I’ll sit here and eulogize Maxwell’s—along with a number of post-post-post collegiate current and former Hoboken residents—because it’s a pretty big blow to the community. In my 15-year Hoboken tenure I’ve seen a lot places come and go—a fair amount of sh!tholes, but a few gems. Maxwell’s is more than a gem, it’s a cornerstone… and now it’s being removed.

It’s not the first major change to hit Hoboken. I imagine the Lenape Indians were equally, if not more pissed off when the Dutch moved in and tore down the first Wigwam. “Ah man—that was Ockanickon’s old joint. We used to have some pretty sweet drum circles down there.” Fact is times change, and places change along with them—sometimes for the better, and sometimes they turn into a Buffalo Wild Wings with a bouncy castle nursery back where the stage used to be.

Over the next few weeks you’ll hear a lot about Maxwell’s being “an institution,” and none of it is hyperbole. With an amazing bar and restaurant, coupled with one of the more intimate venues in the New York Metro Area, Maxwell’s is Hoboken’s mullet—business in front, party in the back. The guestbook includes Sonic Youth, Nirvana, Springsteen, The Pogues, The Feelies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M, and so on. But while these names are all impressive, they arguably play second fiddle to the dining room’s legendary chicken potpie.

Yet like many in Hoboken, Maxwell’s has simply grown weary. The town has become noisy, competitive, pushy or even downright obnoxious—and that’s just the parking situation. As noted by manager and co-owner Todd Abramson in his interview with The Star-Ledger’s Tris McCall, “The culture in Hoboken is driven by TV now. A lot of the bars downtown are fighting with each other for who has the most giant TVs. That’s what Hoboken nightlife has become.”

If you don’t have chicken wings, Bud Light Platinum and wall-to-wall plasma, then you’re simply not going to cut it. Business decisions are made based on market conditions. If the market dictates that cookie-cutter sells, then that’s what you end up with.

And that’s the shame of it all. I can sit here and gripe about it, but it is what it is. Beyond some absurd Schindler’s List notion that, “I could have [drank] more,” there’s not much anyone can do about it. I’m looking down the barrel at 40 and spent last weekend drinking beer in my backyard while my kid chased my dog around. If I’m the Maxwell’s demographic—too old to actually get out and enjoy it, so I sit home and wax nostalgic on the internet, then go to bed—I guess a change may do them good.

Whether Hoboken has outgrown Maxwell’s or Maxwell’s has outgrown Hoboken will be the subject of some debate around here.

Ob-la-di, ob-la-da, as they say. Or perhaps more befitting a New Jersey institution, “It’s a town full of losers and I’m pulling out of here to win…”

Link to original post: http://chrishalleron.com/2013/06/03/for-hoboken-alls-well-that-maxwells/

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June 3, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle – Maxwell’s Hoboken’s Famous Music Venue to Close in July

Filed under: Bars,Hoboken,Live Music,Maxwells,Restaurants — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 9:30 PM

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Maxwell’s Hoboken’s iconic music venue and home to so many musical acts over 30 years will be closing their doors on July 31st, 2013. This time it is not rent but parking and the changing nature of Hoboken that have driven this business decision. According to part owner Todd Abramson is quotes in the Star Ledger article stating:

“The culture in Hoboken is driven by TV now. A lot of the bars downtown are fighting with each other for who has the most giant TVs. That’s what Hoboken nightlife has become.”

Link to Star Ledger article: http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2013/06/maxwells_a_hoboken_rock_instit.html#incart_m-rpt-1

TheBoken’s take: The loss of classic music venues is nothing new to New York City which has lost a number of small music venues over the last ten years. Hoboken’s changing demographics certainly have something to do with it as well as changing tastes (for the worse in my humble opinion). The outpouring of disappointment on this closing is already evident by many long time residents on social media sites. Perhaps there will be a vigil. To me this just solidifies that Hoboken is not as edgy or hip as it used to be. That usually happens after a prolonged period of gentrification and luxury condo development.

 

 

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January 8, 2013

The Tux Shop Leaves Hoboken for Bayonne

Filed under: Closings,Hoboken,Hoboken Businesses,Retail Stores — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 2:55 PM

The Tux Shop Hoboken

The Tux Shop at 341 Bloomfield Street in Hoboken has packed their bags and is moving to 719 Broadway in  Bayonne, NJ. Their number there will be 201-436-5210. They are promising a larger selection and same day service with the move and likely they will have lower rent and more space to provide their services. This is yet another business in Hoboken that has shuffled or moved out of Hoboken in recent months. Here is wishing them well at their new location.

 

The Tux Shop - Hoboken to Bayonne NJ

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December 17, 2012

Energy Kitchen in Hoboken Closed for Repairs or for Good?

Filed under: Hoboken,Restaurants — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 5:30 PM

 Energy Kitchen Hoboken Closes #2 12-17-2012

Energy Kitchen located at 96 Hudson Street in Hoboken appears to have been closed down for renovations or perhaps for good. A source that is a local businessman in the area thinks they closed that location for good. Their website http://energykitchen.com/order no longer displays the Hoboken location but there are still plenty of locations listed in NYC. Seems like they could have been a promising chain in a promising location in Hoboken. Perhaps the ratio of high rent to lack of foot traffic did them in (plus the PATH being closed) despite it being a very busy corner. I hope the source is incorrect and that they are just renovating but I have seen this play out on other closings in Hoboken before.

The  hospitality industry can be a very tough business to survive in Hoboken and there are a lot factors that go into the success of any given food establishment. Perhaps healthy eating is not the best option for a viable food business without a liquor license but I am pretty sure we have enough pizza places. It will be interesting to see what goes in there next.

Energy Kitchen Hoboken Closes 12-17-2012

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November 16, 2012

Anastasia’s Accessories in Hoboken Going Out of Business Sale – 30% off

Anastasia’s Accessories, established in 1989 in Hoboken, N.J is unfortunately going out of business. Hurricane Sandy apparently packed too big of a punch for this Hoboken business that lasted 24 years.Here is their note below…

“We are sad to announce that Anastasia’s Accessories sustained significant damage from Hurricane Sandy.
While we managed to save most of our merchandise, our losses were great. Our front door, some inventory, our counter, cabinets, flooring, supplies, furniture, and fixtures were all destroyed or damaged.

Having only rebuilt a year ago from flooding as a result of Hurricane Irene, this time we have decided not to rebuild.

We have had the extreme pleasure of helping you and your friends and family shop for many beautiful items over 24 years and we are offering you one last chance to do so. We are open for business for just a few weeks to liquidate our inventory and display items. Please visit the store, make your final purchases, talk over old times and help us to celebrate 24 amazing years!”

Below is the going out of business sales flier….

Anastasia’s Accessories

Address: 88 Garden Street Hoboken, NJ 07030

Phone: 201-792-7330

 

 

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July 26, 2012

Bio and Chic Has Closed Its Doors in Hoboken but it’s B2B and Website is Going Strong

Below is an email from Bio and Chic Owner, Phoebe Osman. While her store is closing its brick and mortar presence in Hoboken at 262 First Street she is reporting that they are doing very well with the eCommerce and retail website portions of the business. In addition they have a POS system for sale for any interested upstart businesses that might be coming to Hoboken soon.

Bio and Chic Has Closed Its Doors [But still open for business online!]

Hello All,

I must thank everyone for welcoming us to Hoboken’s business community.  At this time our online and wholesale b2b is growing so fast we have decided to close the doors to our retail store and focus wholly on the b2b side of  things.  It has been our pleasure to experience Hoboken at it’s very best. While we are no longer operating our physical store our website is going strong at www.bioandchic.com and Hoboken residents receive a 20% discount when using the code ‘Hoboken’.

Now that we have closed our doors we have both our POS system and our outdoors standing signboard that we no longer need.  Both have been hardly used and are in like new condition.  If anyone needs a new POS system or knows someone who does, please contact me or Adam here at the store by phone or email for pricing.  The details are listed below and are attached to this email as well.

Take Care Everyone and Happy Selling!

Phoebe Osman

Bio and Chic
201-683-8664

POS System Specs:

  • HP AP5000 All-in-One with Keyboard, Mouse, MSR, Touch Screen Monitor, Receipt Printer, Barcode Scanner, Credit Card Swipe and Cash Drawer
  • On-Site parts replacement
  • An already paid for technical support line
  • Software that includes:  Payment Module, Inventory Management, Back Office, Management Reporting, Customer Database, Time and Attendance and Employee Management

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June 27, 2012

Washington Street Shuffle- The Latest on Hoboken’s Premier Retail Street

Here is a the latest update on the ever shifting business landscape on Washington in Hoboken. By no means is it complete and this week’s focus is below 8th Street….

Artichoke Pizza Court?

Famous Artichoke Pizza is set to open up at 207 Washington Street soon at the former Fresh Pommes Frites site but not without its share of controversy. Artichoke Pizza (http://artichokepizza.com/) is a 4 restaurant chain in NYC that is in no way affiliated with this new store opening in Hoboken. It has been reported in local media that two former employees are opening up this store and insist that their name is different as well as the recipe. Expect to potentially see this hit the courts before the grand opening assuming the owner of Artichoke Pizza in NYC can get on the docket.

Matt and Meera Open a BYOB Restaurant

Matt and Meera, located at 618 Washington Street opened up this week in Hoboken and is an Indian inspired restaurant but not Indian. No food review yet but their menu is below in a link. The interior is nicely done and the menu inexpensive based on solely on price. Hopefully Matt and Meera opening a restaurant has a lot more taste than Zack and Miri Make a Porn (actual movie title). We look forward to trying it ourselves and not some contrived quid quo pro “I will work for food” tasting that in no way reflects what the customers will get based on some megalomaniac’s hater blog of retail coercion. You simply can’t trust that source on anything, even food related.

Matt and Meera Menu Hoboken 6-26-2012

Oh Sweet Serenity! Another Closure on Washington Street

Serenity Boutique, A woman’s and children’s boutique has closed its doors at 736 Washington Street. The world of woman’s clothing store retail is a harsh one with even the venerable Jesse James recently closing as well. Perhaps there is an excess of women’s clothing stores in Hoboken. Then again clothing store Anthology between 7th and 8th on Washington Street seems to consistently do a booming business. Getting the right mix of clothes and the right price point can be difficult. Rent can always be an issue but at the end of the day TheBoken.com believes if  a store can establish the right mix of product at the right prices, it can succeed in Hoboken. Blathering on about parking being the exclusive cause like some other unbalanced blogger in town does is simply is a cop out and shows a lack of business acumen.

TheBoken.com of course is sorry to see this business owner not be able to stay open. Success sometimes comes from failure. Look at Lebron James this year. He had to lose an NBA title before he could win one.

Prudential Realty Moving

A Prudential Move?

Prudential Castle Point Reality is scheduled to move uptown at 626 Washington Street as of July 1st according to their signage.

Prudential Realty Moving to 626 Washington Street

Sprint Store Hoboken

Its a Sprint to Get More Cell Phone Share!

The Sprint Store at 416 Washington Street has signage which usually indicates that the opening could be soon. Yeah, another cell phone store on Washington Street! Yippee!

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A Longtime Business Passes On

Hoboken Antiques located at 511 Washington Street recently had their owner Dora Stern pass on after many years in Hoboken as a business.  Medicine Man Pharmacy is slated to replace this store and perhaps pickup as a mid-town replacement to Barron’s Drug which served the Hoboken community well for many years until they sold off their customer list to Walgreen’s Pharmacy.

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May 5, 2012

First Falafel War Casualty? Ibby’s Apparently Closed at 614 Washington Street in Hoboken

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Great balls of falafel! It appears Ibby’s Falafel is closed at their Hoboken location at 614 Washington Street in Hoboken. The eatery had not even been open a year and the location appears to be shut down. Perhaps there were too many falafel places in Hoboken for them to make a go of it. I thought the owner was very nice and had a good sense for business and produced a good product with nice décor inside.  Mamoun’s, which is down the street still seems to get the business despite the competition due to their reputation and connection to their famous NYC location. This closing will probably only help them a little bit more.  Here is wishing the owner the best of luck whatever he decides to do next.

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April 17, 2012

Hoboken Antiques Moving Out After Long Time Owner Dies

This is a sad day in Hoboken as a long standing store is apparently closing due to a death of its owner. The Store is Hoboken Antiques and it was located at 511 Washington Street and served Hoboken for many years.  Dora Stern, proprietor and owner of Hoboken Antiques, had died on March 6, 2012, at Hoboken University Hospital. She had lived in Hoboken since 1976 and was active in the community and a supporter of the arts.

The photo below is from today sent in by Rory Chadwick who owns a business in town Midtown Authentic, masquerades around town as Hoboken Robin and contributes to this site on occasion.

Belated condolences to the family and best of luck with whatever they  decide to do with this storefront.

 

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April 10, 2012

“The Light is Out at Gaslight”– Bar/Restaurant to Close?

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The Bar and Restaurant Gaslight located at 400 Adams Street in Hoboken posted this message on Facebook yesterday: “The light is officially out at the Gaslight. It was a pleasure” . This reads to TheBoken.com as they are going out of business. TheBoken.com will update this post as we get more information.

 

Gaslight Facebook Kaput

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/gaslight

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