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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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October 23, 2012

Fund For a Better Waterfront “Parks in Peril” Fundraiser Tuesday November 13, 2012 7pm

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

The Fund for a Better Waterfront and the Eastern Environmental Law Center are hosting a fundraiser at the Hoboken Elks Lodge on November 13th, 2012t. This is a benefit fundraiser to support the important work of these nonprofit organizations. FBW’s vision for a continuous, public waterfront park is once again in peril. The remarkable progress made to date could largely be undone if recent ill-conceived proposals at the Hoboken Rail Yards, Union Dry Dock, Stevens Institute and the Shipyard’s north pier come to pass. This will be a fun-filled event for a serious cause. For more info & to purchase tickets go to this link: More info & to purchase tickets

Shipyard attempts to reverse board denials in court, fights motion to intervene by FBW

The Shipyard Associates have filed complaints in Superior Court challenging the denials of its applications before the Hudson County and the Hoboken Planning Boards. Developers Michael and David Barry have been seeking approvals to build two towers on a Hoboken pier where they had previously agreed to provide open space, including tennis courts, a tennis pavilion and the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

On March 7, the City of Hoboken filed a lawsuit to enforce the 1997 developers agreement between the City and Shipyard Associates. In September, the FBW filed a motion to intervene in this case. Superior Court Judge Barry Sarkisian will hear arguments on the motion this Friday, October 26 at 9 a.m. at the Brennen Court House, 583 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, NJ. But a recent letter from the developer to the Judge may force him to step down due to a conflict of interest. Read story.

NJ Transit abandons plans to buy Union Dry Dock for bus parking/ferry refueling

Persistent efforts by Mayor Dawn Zimmer, supported by FBW and neighboring property owners, have paid off. Over the past six months, the Mayor made repeated phone calls and sent letters to NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein, NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson and Gov. Chris Christie. On October 17, NJ Transit abandoned its plans to purchase the Union Dry Dock property for use by New York Waterway. Arthur Imperatore, Jr., the owner of the NY Waterway ferry company, sought to move his shuttle bus parking and ferry repair/refueling from Weehawken to this prime Hoboken waterfront site at 901 Sinatra Drive.   Read story.

Keep up with HoBoken FBW in real time @Hoboken_FBW on Twitter

FBW is now tweeting. Learn about planning and urban design issues, people and organizations advocating the best ideas for our cities and the latest on critical development issues on the Hudson River waterfront. Follow Hoboken FBW: @Hoboken_FBW. If you are not on Twitter, not to worry, you can read the Twitter feed on their Facebook page.

Be Generous, Be in Touch,  Be Sociable

Go to the footer on their homepage for quick links so you can be involved with Fund for a Better Waterfront, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please donate, volunteer, subscribe to this newsletter and “like us” on Facebook. Individual donors and volunteers have been their most important and dependable source of support since we began in 1990.

They believe that successful waterfronts begin with sound planning, time-tested urban design and an understanding that the water’s edge belongs to the public.

Fund for a Better Waterfront

Address: P.O. Box 1965 Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201.217.0500
Email: fbw@betterwaterfront.org

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March 11, 2012

Reminder: Joey Gay Comedy Show at Willie McBride’s March 16th to Support Fund for Better Waterfront

Below is a fundraiser and comedy show to support Fund For a Better Waterfront and their fight against the Monarch Project in North East Hoboken that plans to build a high rise condo building on one of the piers uptown. Many residents who live in the 2nd Ward are very much against it. So is the current administration. Below  are the details…

“The Fund for a Better Waterfront Comedy Fundraiser”

Fund for a Better Waterfront Comedy Fundraiser 3-16-2012Joey Gay Comedian - Willie McBrides HobokenDate: Friday, March 16, 2012

Time: Doors open at 7:30pm / Show starts at 8pm

Where: Willie McBride’s: 616 Grand Street, Hoboken

Tickets: $25 (Includes the comedy show, 2 drinks and live music)

Event Description: Featuring comedian Joey Gay plus local comics.

A native of Brooklyn, Joey Gay is a veteran stand-up comic and actor. Best recognized as a finalist in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Joey is a regular headliner at comedy clubs across the nation. He’s performed on Showtime’s “White Boys in the Hood,” “The Howard Stern Show” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.”

Proceeds to benefit FBW’s effort to defeat the high-rise towers — the Monarch — proposed for a Hoboken pier.

Reserve you tickets today at BrownPaperTickets.com (Link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/224233 )

Producers: Unpainted Emporium Productions, LLC and Soul Joel Productions.

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October 29, 2011

Fund for a Better Waterfront Open House November 5th and 6th 12-6pm

Filed under: Hoboken,Politics — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 2:00 PM

The organization Fund for a Better Waterfront  is inviting Hoboken residents to view their plans for Hoboken’s Waterfront. This citizen’s group has been an advocate for improving Hoboken’s waterfront for decades. For this open house the 12’ by 4’ model of the Hoboken waterfront will be on display. They  will be happy to show you their latest plans and discuss the opportunity to complete critical components of Hoboken’s waterfront park. Read below for more information:

Event: Fund for a Better Waterfront Open House

When: Saturday and Sunday November 5 & 6 Noon to 6 p.m.

Where:  FBW Office Neumann Leather Building –

Address: 5th Floor 300 Observer Hwy Hoboken, NJ

Fund for a Better Waterfront

Artwork by Santiago Cohen

The future of Hoboken’s waterfront and waterfront park will be on display. See the FBW model and our latest waterfront plans. Give them your ideas and help them finish the job.

To learn more, visit their new website: betterwaterfront.org. The planning principles and waterfront plans that have been central to their mission are detailed on these web pages. After visiting them, be sure to take advantage of the Hoboken Artists Studio Tour. Many talented artists are their neighbors in the Neumann Leather Building.

FBW believes that successful waterfronts begin with good urban planning,intelligent design and an understanding that the water’s edge belongs to the public.

Fund for a Better Waterfront plan

Fund for a Better Waterfront 

Address: P.O. Box 1965  Hoboken, NJ 07030

Phone:  201.217.0500

Email: fbw@betterwaterfront.org

Website: betterwaterfront.org

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