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September 26, 2013

Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival Sunday September 29th 2013 11am to 6pm

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken proudly present the

Hoboken Fall Arts and Music Festival

Sunday September 29, 2013 • 11am to 6pm

Admission is Free • Rain or shine Washington Street between

Observer Highway and 7th Street

Hoboken Arts and Music Festival Crowds

For information, contact Geri Fallo at 201-420-2207. Vendor applications are available. Email requests to: gfallo@hobokennj.org.

Featuring over 300 artists, sculptors, photographers and local crafters, as well as rides, games, face painting, local businesses, non-profits, restaurants, food vendors, and much more.

3 Stages of live music featuring:

The Feelies: the legendary & influential rock band, reunited in 2008 with a highly successful series of concerts (including shows at Battery Park in NYC on July 4th of 2008 with Sonic Youth and at an REM Tribute concert at Carnegie Hall).  The classic Feelies lineup of Glenn Mercer, Bill Million, Dave Weckerman, Brenda Sauter, and Stanley Demeski performed their first shows since 1991.  Formed in Haledon NJ in 1976, The Feelies released 5 albums- including their critically acclaimed & influential debut Crazy Rhythms, which was voted #49 in the top 100 albums of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine and chosen by Spin Magazine as #49 of the best alternative records of all time. The twin-guitar attack of songwriters & founders Glenn Mercer and Bill Million is the infectious sound of the group. Paired with driving drums & percussion, it has left an indelible mark on the landscape of rock and roll.

Speed the Plough: is a multi-generational sextet celebrating their 30th year of making music, going back to their very first show, which was at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. Starting in their earlier incarnation as The Trypes, the group has always explored diverse instrumentation in a rock context, ranging from chamber pop to psychedic to folk rock. The group is marking the release of their career retrospective on Bar-None Records, “The Plough and The Stars.”

Davey & the Trainwreck: After meeting and hanging out in Hoboken for years, this group of old friends got together to play good, solid, and seemingly simple folk rock, reminiscent of Bob Dylan & the Band.  Lead by Hoboken Music Award winning song writer Dave Calamoneri, Davey & the Trainwreck’s motto: Good Music.  Good Friends.  Good Times.

Stuyvesant: Listeners familiar with the ‘90s Hoboken scene will remember singer/guitarist Ralph Malanga from the band Footstone and singer/guitarist Sean Adams and bassist Brian Musikoff from the Jersey City-based Friends, Romans, Countrymen. At the advent of the 2000s, these indie rock veterans teamed up with drummer Pete Martinez (proprietor of Hoboken’s Drum Den) as Stuyvesant, and picked up where they left off with their respective former groups, continuing the pursuit of perfect power riffage, rousing choruses, & impassioned vocals. Stuyvesant’s third full length effort, written & recorded in Hoboken, shall be released in early 2014!

Jack Skuller: 17 year old Jack Skuller is as inspired by the Everly Brothers as he is by the Black Keys. He has toured 12 major cities for RADIO DISNEY. He has performed live on FOX-TV’s Good Day New York and launched his career at 14 with a single on indie label BAR/NONE Records. Jack has appeared in Teen Vogue, New York Post, Time Out New York, J-14, Twist, New York Press and the Examiner.

The NERDS: high-energy stage show that combines rock & comedy, playing all your favorite hits.

Carolina Jug Stompers: Jugband gems, fiddle & mandolin rags, hokum & blues, ancient jazz, & original songs. The jug in the Carolina Jug Stompers is played by Hoboken legend Luke Faust, who’s played with Dave Van Ronk, the Holy Modal Rounders, and Insect Trust.  He’s joined by Ron Cole on fiddle, Randy Johnson on mandolin, and WB Reid on 6-string banjo. Randy Johnson has toured the US & England as a member of the New North Carolina Ramblers, as well as with Pete Peterson & Kellie Allen. Ron Cole has been the maven of hokum fiddle & obscure songs for decades, & most recently has been making music with the Piedmont Rhythm Aces in the Chapel Hill, NC area. WB Reid is the band’s west-coaster, fronting, with Suzy Thompson, the acclaimed Berkeley based 1920s party music band, The Todalo Shakers.

Gene D. Plumber: A Hoboken jewel, Gene plays a mix of standard styles, what he calls Tex-Mex-abilly.

The Deb Stein Authority: Hoboken resident & jazz flutist, Deb Stein brings together an impressive line-up of musicians performing Latin Jazz, Blues & Standards. Featuring Berklee School of Music graduates Alan Chaubert on piano & trumpet, Jim Savitt on guitar, Rob Rolling on bass & Andy O’Neill on drums.

The Fuzzy Lemons: Get ready to jump, wiggle, and shake with The Fuzzy Lemons, the juiciest family-friendly rock band on the scene!  With laugh-out-loud lyrics and memorable melodies, every song tells a story and every show is full of fun, inspiring kids of all ages to dance and sing along with music the whole family will love!

Preschool of Rock: was founded by Michael Napolitano, a longtime member of the Blue Man Group organization and former Music Specialist at the Blue Man Creativity Center in NYC. The school offers a unique music based curriculum for children and their families. Each Preschool of Rock class or show is a roof raising celebration.  Their use of original music, drum circles, guitars, dramatic play, puppets, movement and storytelling captivates audiences.

The Garden Street School Band: Garden Street School of the Performing Arts is owned by longtime local residents Dan and Annie McLoughlin.  Garden Street is the leading school for training in all aspects of the arts including dance, theater, music, and art.  There are classes for all ages, styles, & levels from the complete beginner to the aspiring professional. They start at age 1 through adults, & there is a class for everyone. Garden Street staff is comprised of the most talented artists in the country, from Broadway credits, Grammy nominations & more.

Performance Schedule

Observer Highway Stage

  • noon – Lonesome Prairie Dogs
  • 12:45pm -  Stuyvesant
  • 1:30pm – Jack Skuller
  • 2:15pm  -  Davey and the Trainwreck
  • 3:15pm  – Speed the Plough
  • 4:30pm- The Feelies

3rd Street Stage – children’s area

  • Noon – 12:30pm – Preschool of Rock
  • 12:50pm to 1:20pm – Garden Street School
  • 1:45pm to 2:15pm – Fuzzy Lemons
  • 2:35pm to 3:05pm – Garden Street School
  • 3:30pm to 4:00pm – Fuzzy Lemons
  • 4:30pm to 5:00pm – Preschool of Rock

6th Street Stage

  • 12:30pm - Brody
  • 1:00pm - Gene D. Plumber
  • 2:00pm  - The NERDS
  • 3:15pm - Carolina Jug Stompers
  • 4:00pm - Deb Stein & the Master Class
  • 5:00pm  - Danny Matos y Son Candela Salsa Band


Special features include

  • Fine artists are located between 2nd & 3rd Sts. (both sides), 5th & 6th Sts. (North, East side), and artists from the Monroe Center for the Arts between First & Newark Sts. (North, East side), so if you are an art collector, these are the locations you will want to explore first. Oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc.
  • Children’s activities on 3rd street with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, live performances and much, much more.
  • Crafters display / sell handmade: pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items.
  • Food: Lots of great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as: Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian.

Volunteers Needed
Volunteers are greatly needed to help with vendor setup the morning of the event from 7:00am to 11:00am. Anyone interested in helping should contact Geri Fallo in the Cultural Affairs Office at 201-420-2207 or gfallo@hobokennj.org.

How to Get Here
Located just 3 blocks from all public transportation: PATH, NJ Transit Trains & buses, NY Waterway Ferries & the Hudson Bergen Light Rail. For details, visit: www.hobokennj.org/visit/how-to-get-here

Washington Street between Observer Highway and 7th Street will be closed from 6am to 9pm. During this time, NJ TRANSIT Bus No. 22 (North Bergen-Union City-Hoboken), No. 89 (North Bergen-Hoboken) and No. 126 (Hoboken-New York) will operate on a detour. Customers traveling toward North Bergen and New York will board and alight along Bloomfield Street at customer’s request. Customers traveling toward Hoboken Terminal will board and alight along Willow Avenue at marked bus stop locations.

United Water, The Hoboken Reporter, Capital One Bank, Walgreens, PATH, Port Authority of NY & NJ

Food & Beverage Donated by: Anthony David’s, Lisa’s Deli, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Luca Brasi, Vito’s Italian Deli, Losurdo Brothers Deli/Tony’s Italian Bakery.

Supported in part by a grant from the Department of State, Division of Travel & Tourism, www.visitnj.org

For more information call 201-420-2207 or email gfallo@hobokennj.org
For updates, visit: www.hobokennj.org/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/arts-music-festival

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October 25, 2012

Hoboken Photo of the Day–Empire Coffee and Tea via Instagram

Empire Coffee Instagram

Today’s Hoboken Photo of the Day is of Empire Coffee and Tea via our Instagram account TheBoken. Empire Coffee and Tea is a Boken favorite and is located at 4th and Bloomfield Streets in Hoboken.

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September 28, 2012

Photo of the Day–It’s Fall Now That the Pumpkins are Out

Pumpkins in Hoboken Fall 2012

Today’s Hoboken Photo of the Day features the pumpkins for sale at the former Garden of Eden Supermarket now called Aspen Marketplace on Washington Street. Nothing says fall as arrived in Hoboken like pumpkins for sale or Halloween popup stores.  Note: The leaves were added using a filtering program on the iPhone4.

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September 27, 2012

Pumpkin Painting with Phi Sigma Sigma at Stevens October 7th 12-3pm

Filed under: Hoboken,Stevens Institute — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:10 PM

Pumpkin Painting with Phi Sigma Sigma
Stevens Institute of Technology

What: Pumpkin Painting for Families!
When: Sunday, October 7th, 12-3pm
Where: Hayden Lounge and Schaefer Lawn, Stevens Institute of Technology

Description: Phi Sigma Sigma of Stevens Institute of Technology is embracing the Fall Season with Pumpkin Painting! Come to Schaefer Lawn on Sunday October 7th from 12-3pm to have your little ones create Beautiful Painted Pumpkin Masterpieces! They will have an assortment of Sugar Pumpkins (Basketball size) for only $5 per pumpkin and plenty of paints and brushes  to aid in the creative process! Phi Sigma Sigma loves working with the community and they hope to see you there!

Cost: $5 per pumpkin


  • Schaefer Lawn:  Stevens Campus Entrance on 9th St and Castle Point Terrace, Follow the Drive until you reach the large Howe Center building. From there you walk down the path toward the round Walker gym building and we will be on the lawn that path.
  • Hayden Lounge:  Stevens Campus Entrance on 9th St and Castle Point Terrace, Follow the Drive until you reach the large Howe Center building. From there you walk down the path toward the round Walker gym building and the second building on the left is the Hayden Lounge.

Contact: dzpssfundraising@gmail.com for more information.

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September 13, 2012

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Fall Flowers at Urban Nesters on Washington Street

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day,Washington Street — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 11:35 AM

Today’s Hoboken Photo of the Day is of Fall flowers at Urban Nesters located at 706 Washington Street. The store owners recently added a new planter that includes these flowers and it adds a nice touch to the Urban landscape.

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December 1, 2011

City of Hoboken is distributing free bags for collecting leaves

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 11:10 AM

The City of Hoboken is distributing free paper bags for collecting leaves. Residents and business owners can pick up the bags at the City Garage (Willow Ave & Observer Highway), the Parking Utility in City Hall, the Hoboken Library, and the Fire Station at 1313 Washington Street.

“As the leaves fall and the snow season approaches, we ask for everyone to work together to keep our City clean,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Full leaf bags can be placed on the curb for pickup. If necessary, residents may also call the garage at 201-420-2277 to request that bags be delivered to them or to pick up full bags. Leaves are taken to the Nature’s Choice facility for composting.

Property owners or occupants are reminded that they are responsible for cleaning up the sidewalk in front of their business or residence. When snow falls, they are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow within 6 hours of the completion of a storm.

“I thank all our residents and business owners for working together to keep Hoboken clean and beautiful,” added Mayor Zimmer.

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October 29, 2011

Let’s Make a Hoboken Halloween Playlist!

Filed under: halloween,Hoboken,Music — Tags: , , , , — Mark @ 12:00 PM

Believe it or not, Halloween is here again, Boken readers! The crisp fall weather, the grey days and even darker nights, pumpkin latte’s and other “Harvest Foods”, scary movies, Charlie Brown, what’s not to like? A Halloween tradition at my house that is as important as carving jack-o-lanterns is the creating and enjoyment of the Halloween Playlist. It serves as the spooky soundtrack for all gatherings and activities throughout the season.

Instead of just handing over an already constructed playlist, I examined (or over-examined depending on how you look at it) the inner workings of this music spooktacular and want to hear from you, about your additions to this most sacred of holiday rituals. This way, together, we will build the most perfectly terrifying Hoboken Halloween Playlist.

The Classics

These are the songs that EVERYONE puts on a Halloween playlist. The foundation or low hanging fruit, if you will. Any good set of songs needs to have a base of familiarity and these songs are where to start. Radio and TV have drilled these into our heads as the spookiest of spooky, or at least the ones that are on the station approved list and used during the Halloween cartoon specials. Let’s face it, there’s no Halloween with out Thriller, The Monster Mash or an Alice Cooper song.

  • Thriller, Michael Jackson
  • Monster Mash, Bobby Pickett
  • Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon
  • Welcome To My Nightmare, Alice Cooper
  • Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Spooky, The Classics

The Soundtracks

Some of these can and probably should reside in the “The Classics” section, but in the guise of our examination we’ll bucket them in this manner. These are songs or theme songs or scores from classic Halloween viewing. Movies, classic monster TV shows and holiday cartoon specials dominate this grouping. But there are other ways to go with in this section. Namely, there is some really creepy classical music that has been used in many a horror film, Bartok (The Shining) is probably the most shining example of this (excuse the pun, I just had to).

  • Ghostbusters, Ray Parker Jr.
  • The Headless Horseman Song, Bing Crosby
  • The Addams Family Theme
  • The  Munsters Theme
  • This Is Halloween, Danny Elfman
  • Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title, Danny Elfman
  • Great Pumpkin Waltz, Vince Guaraldi Trio

The Deep Cuts

Everyone who has ever attempted a similar playlist hits the same wall. You pull over the 10 or 12 you absolutely know MUST be on the list. Then, you’re stumped. This is where you really round out and balance the playlist. This is where you can impart some different feeling music into the set. Songs that don’t necessarily SCREAM Halloween, but their inclusion helps pop the more “Halloweeny” feeling songs. These songs can be marginal choices. Songs that have “spooky” words in the title but don’t necessarily have a ghoulish feel. This would include every song in the history of the world that has the words Devil, Witch, Bark, Howl, Evil and the like. The choices below are my personal favorites for rounding out and balancing the list.

  • Nightmare on My Street, DJ Jazzy Jeff  and The Fresh Prince
  • I Put A Spell on You, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  • Psycho Killer, Talking Heads
  • Howling at The Moon (Sha-La-La), The Ramones
  • Season of the Witch, Donovan
  • ZombieWoof, Frank Zappa
  • Evil, Howlin’ Wolf
  • I Ain’t Superstitious, Howlin’ Wolf

So there it is. The world’s most in depth look at a Halloween playlist. I’d feel a little silly posting this if I didn’t have as much fun as I did creating it. So what did I miss? What are your favorite Halloween dirges? Post submissions in the comment section and we’ll assemble The Boken’s first Halloween Playlist. Happy Halloween everyone!

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October 5, 2011

Hoboken Cultural Events for October and November

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,halloween,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 2:20 PM

Here are the latest in Cultural Offerings for the Fall from the City of Hoboken’s Cultural Affairs Division:


Hoboken Pumpkin Painting / Hayride Festival Saturday Oct. 22nd, 11am to 3pm

Pier A Park, First Street and Frank Sinatra Drive.

Featuring lots of great free activities for the whole family including: hay rides, pumpkin painting, pony rides, hay maze, moonwalk, trackless train, Puffy the Dragon, face painting, live performance and so much more.

Ragamuffin Parade & Costume Contest Monday, Oct. 31st

To participate: Line of march setup takes place on Washington Street between 12th and 13th Streets from 3:30pm to 4:00pm;

Parade will feature bands, floats and more. Parade will be followed by a costume contest at the Little League Field on 5th Street & River Terrace. Prizes awarded in five age categories. Wear your Halloween best!

Alice in Wonderland Journey Saturday Oct. 15th, 12:30pm to 4pm

Produced by Tempest Productions. Come follow Alice and the White Rabbit as they journey through Hoboken on their way to the Queen’s Party! Meet up with Alice, make a Madhatter Hat, attend a Tea Party, Rhyme with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, Slay a Jabberwocky and play croquet with the Red Queen!

Space is limited. For tickets, go to brownpapertickets.com or call 800-475-5633, For more information go to: www.tempestproductions.org.

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Hoboken Artists Studio Tour Sat. and Sun. Nov. 5th & 6th, noon to 6pm

Co-sponsored by: The Hoboken Reporter.  Free Citywide Walking Tour of Artists Studios, Galleries and Community Art Exhibitions

Over 100 participating artists. Free Tour Map & Guide available in the Hoboken Reporter the week before the tour or pick one up on the day of the Tour at City Hall, 94 Washington Street. Applications are still available. Email a request to: gfallo@hobokennj.org.

For more information on any of these events  call 201-420-2207 or go online at www.hobokennj.org/departments/human-services/cultural-affairs/


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February 28, 2011

Cake Boss Tumble: Buddy Valastro and Buddies in a Bursted Bubble

Filed under: Cake Boss,Carlo's Bakery — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 12:00 PM

Yesterday, on February 27th in the afternoon The Cake Boss was filming what would be a future winter season promo outside of Carlo’s Bakery in spite of the balmy conditions in the low 50s. They had to use fake snow which consisted of a fluffy cotton carpet-like material as well as some sprinkling of a fake snow-like substance from the second floor.  Key members of Buddy Valastro’s staff got inside a giant snow shaker as part of the promo shoot. What happened next was Buddy leaned  forward and caused the quintet to take a tumble forward which flattened the extra large snow shaker and sent the men to the ground. Fortunately, no one was injured but the incident was for sure a set back on the set. Talk about bursting one’s bubble. Video of the unfortunate fall is below the pictures….

Cake Boss Shoot

Buddy Clause

Buddy in a Bubble

Below is some video from YouTube user C of the promo filming fall. This video shows the guys inside the bubble losing  their center of gravity and toppling over as the onlookers first shriek and then laugh when they realize everyone was all right.

Buddy and the boys take a topple
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