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May 15, 2013

Fund for a Better Waterfront Open House and Video Launch Sunday May 19th 12-6pm

Filed under: Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:20 PM

Here is the latest event from the folks at The Fund for a Better Waterfront in Hoboken. Without their efforts, much of Hoboken’s waterfront would be inaccessible today….

FBW Open House & Video Launch Sunday, May 19, 2013 Noon to 6 pm

Neumann Leathers Building, Fourth Floor

300 Observer Highway, Hoboken, New Jersey

The Fund for a Better Waterfront is requesting Hoboken residents to see their plans for Hoboken and 12′ architectural model of Hoboken’s waterfront. Every hour on the hour, they will present our video, an interview with FBW architect and planner Craig Whitaker who talks about the essential elements of urban design and planning. In the video, Whitaker delineates the steps required to create a successful waterfront.

FBW Craig Whitaker Hoboken

FBW architect/planner Craig Whitaker is featured in new video

that will launch this May 19th at FBW Open House.

Mr. Whitaker is the principal of Craig Whitaker Architects based in NYC. He is the author of Architecture and the American Dream published in 1997. His recent design projects include preparation of a self-sustaining reuse plan for Governor’s Island, NY and a mixed-use plan for the World Trade Center site that restored much of the former street system. For fifteen years, he was the principal architect of Westway in NYC, a multi-billion dollar waterfront project.

In 1990, FBW hired Craig Whitaker to develop a plan for the Hoboken waterfront and has worked closely with Mr. Whitaker since that time. For 18 years beginning in 1988, Mr. Whitaker, as an adjunct professor, taught urban design at the Graduate Planning Program, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. He received his Masters of Architecture from Yale University in 1965.

In the same building, the Hoboken Gallery Walk will take place, also from noon to 6 p.m. Many artists working at the Neumann Leather Building will open up their doors to the public, so you will have an opportunity to see their artwork as well.

For more information about FBW, go to their website: http://betterwaterfront.org/

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April 15, 2013

FBW’s first event in a series on storm mitigation in Hoboken to open on April 18 7-10pm

The Fund for a Better Waterfront is introducing the first of a series of events regarding flood mitigation in Hoboken in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy…

FBW’s first event in a series on storm mitigation to open on April 18

Reception: Thursday, April 18 – 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Exhibit: Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Proto Gallery, 66 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, New Jersey

FBW The Next Storm Hoboken 4-18-2013The Fund for a Better Waterfront is organizing a series of events, The Storm Next Time: Will Hoboken Be Ready?, designed to provide Hoboken’s residents with on-going access to current information on the scope of the problem and the progress we’re making toward creating and implementing cost-effective solutions.

The first event of the series titled, “Defining the Problem” will take place at the Proto Gallery, 66 Willow Avenue in Hoboken. The event opens with a reception and presentation on Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m. Following is a 3-day exhibit running from Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday night, several people will tell their personal stories of how they were impacted by superstorm Sandy. The exhibit will display flood maps that demonstrate the impact of various flooding scenarios on Hoboken. In addition, the gallery will showcase possible prevention and mitigation solutions used to protect low-lying areas around the world.

The exhibit will conclude on Sunday, April 21 with a screening of The Big Uneasy, a film that documents the events that led to the tragic flooding in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The film will be shown at 4:00 p.m.

Super-storm Sandy flooded 70% of Hoboken’s landmass. By the time it reached our shores, it had been downgraded to a tropical storm. Imagine the amount of damage and flooding had Sandy, upon landfall, remained a category 1 or category 2 hurricane or worse.

As Sandy demonstrated, Hoboken is frighteningly vulnerable to significant rain and wind driven storms. We are afflicted with low elevations, antiquated infrastructure and proximity to the sea. Add to that the scientific consensus that climate change will continue to produce rising sea levels and extreme weather events of increasing frequency.

Upcoming events that will be part of this series will focus on solutions in New Orleans, the Netherlands, New York City and elsewhere with panels of the world’s leading experts.

The event, catered by Zafra Kitchens, is free and open to the public. RSVP to attend the reception on Thursday, April 18 at fbw@betterwaterfront.org.

For more information go to www.betterwaterfront.org.


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November 26, 2012

FBW Parks in Peril Fundraiser Tuesday December 11th, 2012 at 7pm

Filed under: fundraiser,Hoboken,Washington Street — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 10:50 AM
The Fund for a Better Waterfront, a Hoboken advocacy group for Parks has announced the new date for their Hoboken’s Waterfront Parks in Peril fundraiser. The revised date is Tuesday December 11 and the event starts at 7pm. Here is their brief note below:
“Please join the Fund for a Better Waterfront and the Eastern Environmental Law Center (EELC) on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 7 PM for our Hoboken’s Waterfront Parks in Perilfundraising event at the Elks Club. FBW with legal representation from EELC has been working overtime to avert a series of proposals that would be disastrous for Hoboken and its waterfront:

  • Shipyard Associates have proposed the Monarch project, two high-rise towers on a pier where they had agreed to create open space. Read more.
  • The owners of Union Dry Dock are selling this prime waterfront site. An attempt by NJ Transit to purchase for shuttle bus parking and ferry repair/refueling has just been thwarted. Read more.
  • The State Assembly is now considering a bill that would exempt Stevens Institute from all local zoning and planning regulations. Read more.
  • And NJ Transit has proposed a series of high-rise towers on several superblocks at the south end of town. Read more.

We can remedy these ill-conceived proposals but need your support to do so. We have invited several speakers and there will, of course, be food, drink and entertainment. This will be a fun-filled event for a serious cause.

This benefit is to support the work of the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) and the Eastern  Environmental Law Center (EELC), originally scheduled for November 13, is now on for Tuesday, December 11. Buy your tickets today.  Members should be receiving our letter/invitation in the mail. Don’t be confused by the old date (new date on outside label) — Hurricane Sandy arrived as the mailing was set to go out. In addition to working on remedies for the next disaster in Hoboken, FBW with legal assistance from EELC has been working overtime to avert a series of disastrous proposals that will impact Hoboken and its waterfront. The event will be held at the Elks Club, 1005 Washington Street, Hoboken beginning at 7 p.m. “
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