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June 19, 2013

FEMA Releases Updates to Preliminary Flood Work Maps Which Includes Hoboken

Attention Hoboken residents and prospective buyers. FEMA has recently updated their preliminary flood maps for four counties in the New Jersey area and this includes Hudson County of which Hoboken is a part of. FEMA released this statement on June 17, 2013:

FEMA Releases Preliminary Work Maps

for Four New Jersey Counties

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency is releasing preliminary work maps for four New Jersey counties heavily impacted by Superstorm Sandy – Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic.

The preliminary work maps for those counties will replace the Advisory Base Flood Elevation maps because they reflect a more precise modeling analysis of current flood hazards, including wave analysis, and a more detailed study of other specific conditions that could affect flood risk.

FEMA is working closely with New Jersey’s local and state officials to provide the most accurate updated flood risk information to those individuals who need it as they make decisions about rebuilding their homes.

Revision of these maps is an ongoing process leading to the final Flood Insurance Rate Maps. The final maps will incorporate previous data and add more details about specific flood risk conditions in communities throughout the state, with a priority placed on those in coastal areas facing the highest risk.

Before Superstorm Sandy struck, FEMA was in the process of updating flood hazard maps for
the New Jersey coast.

Soon after Sandy, FEMA released Advisory Base Flood Elevations which incorporated much of
the information contained in the study already under way.

Because Sandy had reshaped the coastline, not all the earlier information was applicable. The Advisory Base Flood Elevations represented the best information available at the time, and served as a guide for those who wanted to rebuild as soon as possible.

Additional information about the coastal mapping efforts and Hurricane Sandy recovery can be found on the Region 2 Coastal Analysis Mapping website: http://www.region2coastal.com.

At one point Hoboken and surrounding areas had been categorized as having much it in a category V Flood Zone which would have substantially  increased flood insurance rates. It appears that some amount of political pressure was applied to reduce the number of areas in category V flood zones including the interior of Hoboken. A quick look at the map and just about everything West of Washington Street is in a flood zone which is consistent with what happened during Hurricane Sandy. ” – End of FEMA release

The revised maps are based on a 100-year storm (i.e. a storm with a 1% chance of occurring each year), are only the latest iteration in the agency’s ongoing process of creating final Flood Insurance Rate Maps. This is something to be mindful of when purchasing a brownstone or condo in Hoboken.

Hoboken FEMA Updated Flood Map

Link to updated FEMA maps: http://fema.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=2f0a884bfb434d76af8c15c26541a545

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June 6, 2013

Hudson County Budget Meeting at City Hall Tonight – Hoboken County taxes up 10% – Voice your concerns

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 1:55 PM

Hudson County Budget Proposed 5-7-2013 #2

Tonight, The Hudson County Board of Freeholders is hosting one of their budget meetings for the presentation of the 2013 County Budget. At the behest of Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken and the mayor’s of Weehawken and Secaucus the meeting is being held at Hoboken City Council Chambers to allow local residents to voice their concerns. Coming in at a whopping half a billion dollars, the County Budget is a leviathan of which Hoboken pays the greatest share per resident. According to the 2010 census, Hoboken with a population of 50,005 is only 7.9% of the populations but with a tax burden of over $50 million dollars Hoboken pays at least 17% percent of all of Hudson County tax burden and perhaps even more after the latest $5 million increase from last year. When you factor in the fact that Hoboken sees no where near that tax levy back in services the wide disparity between taxes and services is even more apparent.

Department heads for the Sheriff’s Department, Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office,  Hudson County Corrections Department and the Office of Emergency Management will present their budgets at tonight’s  meeting, which is scheduled for a start time for 6 p.m.Hudson County Budget Proposed 5-7-2013

The link to the proposed budget is below…..


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April 11, 2013

Consider Being an Advocate For Hudson County Children – Next CASA Information Session April 16

Foster Children - Hudson County CASA 4-16-2013

Hudson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains volunteers to advocate for foster children in the court system.

Please consider becoming a volunteer to change the course of a child’s life, many of them in Hoboken. Information sessions are held monthly at the Hudson County Administration building room 400: the next one will be Tuesday, April 16th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 The Hudson County Administration Building is located at 595 Newark Avenue in Jersey City.

Parking is available in the lot behind the Administration Building on Pavonia Avenue. This “Employee Parking Only” lot is available to HCCASA volunteers after 5 pm. Please enter the Administration Building using the side entrance off Central Avenue.

For more details, go to: www.hudsoncountycasa.org

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February 4, 2013

Court Approves Appointment of James Doyle to Fill City Council Vacancy

Filed under: City Of Hoboken News,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 3:25 PM

Below is an update on the nuisance lawsuit filed on behalf of the City Council minority to block or stall the appointment of James Doyle to the vacated City Council seat left open by Carol Marsh’s vacancy in the autumn of 2012. Hudson County Judge Judge Bariso has ruled that James Doyle appointment was legal and he should be instated immediately.

Editorial Comment: This ends a 4-4 deadlock that had possibly hampered the passage of many resolutions in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and its recovery. It is the opinion of this editor that the actions of the City Council minority had no place in Hoboken, especially after the disaster of Hurricane Sandy. It is quite possible that their gamesmanship has hampered Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts in Hoboken. Finally, justice prevails.




Last Friday, Hudson County Assignment Judge Peter Bariso ruled that the vote held on January 16th appointing Jim Doyle to the Hoboken City Council was valid, despite the abstentions cast by Councilwoman Beth Mason and Councilman Michael Russo.

Judge Bariso summed up his ruling as follows:

“This court cannot countenance the notion that the Municipal Vacancy Law was intended to encourage gamesmanship. Council members should not be permitted to undermine the deliberative process and trump the intent of the legislature.”

Mayor Dawn Zimmer welcomed Judge Bariso’s decision, saying: “It is unfortunate that the City of Hoboken has incurred tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees to fill a routine City Council vacancy. I welcome Mr. Doyle to the City Council and trust the members of the City Council will do the same.”

“We have real work to do in our City,” added Mayor Zimmer. “Once Jim Doyle is sworn in, we will have our full complement of 9 council people, and the 4-4 Council deadlock will be broken. It is time for the end of the gamesmanship and for the full Council to work with my administration to rebuild our City in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.”

The City Council voted on the issue of appointing Mr. Doyle twice in October, immediately after the vacancy occurred as a result of the resignation of Councilwoman Carol Marsh.

Each time, the appointment received four affirmative votes plus the vote of Mayor Zimmer who is permitted by State law to cast the deciding vote in case of a tie.

At the first vote, Councilwoman Mason was absent and Councilman Russo abstained. At the second vote the roles were reversed, with Councilman Russo absent and Councilwoman Mason abstaining. Each time Councilmembers Castellano and Occhipinti voted no.

As a result of a lawsuit brought by Ms. Mason, Mr. Russo, Ms. Castellano and Mr. Occhipinti attempting to block Mr. Doyle’s appointment, three separate Court hearings were held. These members of the Council minority argued they had the right to block the appointment, and had in fact done so, by using absences and abstentions instead of “no” votes, thus averting a tie vote. Unless all four of the Council minority attended the meeting and actually voted “no”, they asserted there could not be a tie, and the Mayor could not cast the deciding vote, as permitted by New Jersey’s Municipal Vacancy Law.

At the first hearing, Judge Bariso ruled that the failure of first Mrs. Mason and then Mr. Russo to attend the October meetings had successfully prevented a tie vote and that the failure of these Councilmembers to attend the meetings and vote had indeed caused Mr. Doyle’s initial appointment to be invalid.

At the second hearing, Judge Bariso ruled that the Council minority could not permanently block an appointment by failing to attend council meetings and ordered the full Council, including all four members of the Council minority, to attend another meeting and vote on the appointment. That meeting was finally held on January 16, after an appeal brought by the four Councilmembers was denied.

On January 16, for the third time, four affirmative votes plus Mayor Zimmer’s vote were cast in favor of appointing Mr. Doyle. Having been compelled by Judge Bariso’s Order to attend and vote, Ms. Mason and Mr. Russo abstained, and Ms. Castellano and Mr. Occhipinti once again voted no.

At last Friday’s third and final hearing, Judge Bariso ruled Ms. Mason and Mr. Russo’s abstentions were effectively “no” votes, creating a 4-4 tie, and permitting the Mayor to cast the deciding vote, as she had attempted to do back in October when the issue was first considered.

Thus, Judge Bariso ruled Mr. Doyle had been legally appointed at the first and only meeting attended by all Councilmembers where Mr. Doyle’s appointment was considered.

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January 28, 2013

Hudson Restaurant Week Runs from January 28 – February 8,2013

Hudson Restaurant Week Logo 2013

Hudson Restaurant Week is a bi-annual culinary celebration that promotes Hudson County as a premier dining destination in New Jersey during slow times of the year: January and July. It was created by Get Out Hudson magazine in 2005 through conversations with local restaurants. The event and magazine were created by young female entrepreneur, Tamara Remedios. For this year the Winter installment runs from January 28th through February 8th, 2013. For more information go to http://www.hudsonrestaurantweek.com/index.htm. Profiles of each participating restaurant are available on the site.

Here are the participating restaurants from Hoboken for Hudson Restaurant Week….

  • 3 Forty Grill
  • Elysian Cafe
  • Amanda’s Restaurant
  • Fig Tree
  • San Giuseppe
  • Brass Rail
  • Sushi Lounge
  • City Bistro
  • Madison, The
  • Trinity
  • West Five Supper Club
  • Wicked Wolf Tavern
  • Court Street Restaurant
  • Zylo
  • Dino & Harry’s

For a full list of participating restaurants go to: http://www.hudsonrestaurantweek.com/restaurantsAZ.htm

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January 3, 2013

Hoboken Museum Reopens Sunday, Jan 27 2013 with New Main Gallery Exhibit 2-5pm

Filed under: art show,Hoboken,Hoboken Museum — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 9:15 AM

Here are some upcoming shows/art exhibits at the Hoboken Museum for early 2013….

Hoboken Museum Reopens Sunday, Jan 27, with New Main Gallery Exhibit,

Mapping the Territory: Hudson County in Maps, 1840 – 2013

Upper Gallery Also Reopens with Meadowlands,

A Wetlands Survival Story: Paintings by Thomas Yezerski

Most of us use maps to learn how to get to where we need to go, but maps can also tell us a lot about where we have been and how we arrived at our destination. Maps can convey as much about a region as any unearthed artifact. For instance, an 1860 map of Hoboken shows boardwalks crisscrossing the undeveloped “meadows” in the western half of the city, where roads still called by their traditional names, Paterson Plank and Hackensack Plank, now run.

Hudson County Map 1873 - Hoboken Museum

Maps are a form of universal communication, providing information not just about where people lived, but how they lived. In an exhibit titled Mapping the Territory: Hudson County in Maps, 1840 – 2013, the Hoboken Historical Museum uses maps to examine the development of the County from a group of small, agricultural townships to one of the most densely populated, as well as industrialized, counties in the state. The exhibit opens Sunday, Jan. 27, with a free public reception from 2 – 5 p.m.

The exhibit features maps of all varieties: topographical, infrastructure, transportation, sea-level and birds-eye views, from both the Museum’s own collections and borrowed from local libraries and historical organizations, including the Hudson County Archives in the Jersey City Public Library, along with digital versions. These maps show how the region evolved geographically from forests, marshes and towering granite cliffs populated by Native Americans; to farms, settlements and villages built and inhabited by the Dutch, followed by the British and the newly independent Americans; and ultimately into the diverse, vibrant communities we live in today.

At the time of Hudson County’s incorporation in 1840, it was primarily a sleepy agricultural area, thickly forested, with only a few settlements scattered around. The population totaled just over 9,000. In addition to farming, residents made their living from the bounty of the rivers and, in the case of enterprising Col. John Stevens, from developing his estate in Hoboken as a popular resort for New Yorkers, where clubs competed in cricket, boating and the loosely organized game of base ball, among other pursuits. Col. Stevens and his sons hastened the increasing industrialization of the area with their experiments and investments in railroads and steam-powered ferry services.

Following the Civil War, the County experienced a growth spurt. Each decade’s census from 1840 – 1870 would show that its population had more than doubled. Its original boundaries encompassed 46 square miles, which would grow by 75% before reaching present-day definitions in 1925. Its original borders stretched from the Hudson River on the east to the Passaic River on the west, down to the southern end of Constable Hook/Bergen Point to the northern border with Bergen County. Along the way, towns and cities within its borders would merge and separate as citizens voted to incorporate or join other jurisdictions.

Each of the 12 municipalities will be represented by maps in the exhibit, along with a brief background on the communities. A new computerized whiteboard will allow visitors to interact with digital versions of the maps on display, as well as view other maps and sketches too numerous to physically exhibit. Representatives from each of the municipalities will be invited to give talks about what makes their communities special, from the architecture, food, and cultural activities, to historic points of interest.

The schedule of talks will be announced by email and on the Museum website. The exhibit, which runs through Sunday, June 30, is made possible through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission, Applied Companies, and John Wiley & Sons.

Dragonfly Yez Hoboken Museum

“Dragonfly,” a watercolor and ink painting for the book “Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story,”

(2011, Farrar Straus Giroux) by author and artist Thomas Yezerski.

Meadowlands: Thomas Yezerski

For Tom Yezerski, all roads seemed to lead to the Meadowlands. Literally.

As a recent transplant to New Jersey from Allentown, Pa., Yezerski moved to Rutherford 14 years ago seeking a reasonably affordable community close enough to New York City for him to pursue his dream of becoming an established children’s book artist and author. As so many newcomers discover, the dizzying array of the area’s highway signage conspired to lead him astray, and more often than not, he found himself driving into this vast wilderness with the reputation as the source of what made New Jersey the butt of many jokes in Pennsylvania.

A nature-lover, Yezerski found his curiosity piqued, so he did some research into the history of the Meadowlands and visited the nature center at the heart of it, and soon hatched a project that became his fourth work as a writer and artist of children’s books, Meadowlands, A Wetlands Survival Story, published in 2011 by Farrar Straus Giroux. The Museum is pleased to present an exhibit of the original watercolor and ink paintings that comprise the book, with an opening reception on Sunday, Jan. 27, from 2 – 5 p.m. The show will be on view in the Upper Gallery until March 10, and the artist will visit the Museum on Feb. 10 at 4 p.m. to give a talk on Meadowlands ecology and getting the book published.

Ten years in the making, the book plunged Yezerski into research not only about the history of the place, but the biodiversity of the species that once teemed in the tidal marshlands and are now returning, after a concerted effort by federal, state, and local authorities and environmental activist groups. His book details in images and text—simple enough for elementary school readers but complex enough to suit the enormous scale—the fascinating story of the return to health of this natural treasure at the western edge of Hudson County.

Yezerski wrote Meadowlands and sketched the drawings while living in Rutherford, but painted the final art after moving to Hoboken. He currently lives in Hoboken on Garden Street, with his wife, and says they both enjoy hiking and canoeing through “the Meadows” and excursions with the Hackensack Riverkeepers organization.

Yezerski’s first work as a professional artist came in creating prints for children’s clothing. Eager to return to illustration, he started writing and illustrating his own book, about his Polish and Irish immigrant grandparents, a Romeo-and-Juliet love story set in the coal-mining country of eastern Pennsylvania. That story became his first published book, Together in Pinecone Patch, in 1998. Subsequent picture books Queen of the World and A Full Hand also depict family members as comic or historic characters. He has also illustrated 10 other books for other authors. The New York Times listed Meadowlands in its Notable Children’s Books of 2011, and the New York Public Library listed it among its Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011. It earned an inaugural Cook Prize Honor from Bankstreet College.

Yezerski took his first art lessons while in the third grade, riding his bike to an artist’s studio every Saturday morning to copy greeting cards in chalk pastel. During high school, he studied drawing and color theory at The Barnstone Studios, in Coplay, Pa. Yezerski earned his B.F.A. in Illustration in 1991, at Syracuse University.

The exhibit is supported by a block grant from the State/County Partnership program for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.


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October 24, 2012

Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Happy Hour Fundraiser at Marty O’Briens Tonight 6-8pm

Please join Hudson County CASA for a Happy Hour on Wednesday night October 24th, 2012 tonight at Marty O’Brien’s in Hoboken from 6 to 8 pm. Some terrific people will be acting as “celebrity bartenders” and donating their tips to CASA. Come and meet Mayor Dawn Zimmer,  Councilman Jim Doyle and local civic leaders Jim Kocis, Sandi Reinardy and Erin Bellissimo, and other public dignitaries. There will be “Cassatinis” as well as drink specials. If you needed a good excuse to enjoy a cocktail, this is one! Marty O’Brien’s is at 94 Bloomfield Street, right behind City Hall.”

About Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA):

Hudson County CASA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children in foster care. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services are made available to children while helping move them toward safe and permanent homes. Children in Hudson County are among the poorest in the state and are the most diverse population of children in New Jersey. Children here have few resources and services, making the advocacy of CASA volunteers critical to their lives. It is CASA’s mission to help these children grow up in safe, permanent environment that enables them to become productive, happy adults. Our volunteers work tirelessly to give a voice to children in need.

Learn more about CASA’s success:

  • Last year CASA served 174 children.
  • 48 children found safe and permanent homes with 12 adoptions, 26 reunifications, and 13 placements with legal guardians.
  • CASA Volunteers donated 3,371 hours of their time last year.
  • CASA Volunteers advocate by making recommendations to the judges of the Hudson County Family Court. Last year 80% of CASA’s recommendations were converted into court orders, making an immediate impact on the lives of the children served.
  • Hudson County has the lowest median income of families with children in the state.
  • 3% of all children in Hudson County live in poverty while only 1,490 of all children in New Jersey find themselves in such dire straits.
  • In FY12 it cost CASA $2,231 per year to support a child with a CASA volunteer.

To learn more visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org

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October 17, 2012

Hoboken Awarded $850,000 in Grants for Elysian And Stevens Parks

Very good news for Hoboken residents and taxpayers that like their parks updated and well maintained and also seeing those changes not result in an increased tax levy…


Residents Invited to Elysian Park Planning Community Meeting & City Hall Neighborhood Sustainability Workshop

The City of Hoboken has won $600,000 in Green Acres funding for improvements to Elysian Park and a $250,000 County Open Space grant for Stevens Park.

“I look forward to working with the community to develop a plan for improving Elysian Park and thank DEP Commissioner Martin and Green Acres for this funding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thanks to County Executive DeGise and our Freeholders, we will also be able to resurface our Little League Field at Stevens Park. We’re proud of the progress we’re making during the Year of the Parks to create new park space and upgrade our existing parks.”

To date, renovations and repairs have been completed on Jackson Street Park, Jefferson Park, Legion Park, Madison Street Park, the waterfront skate park, and Mama Johnson Field. Construction will begin within weeks on Church Square Park and Sinatra Park, and later this fall on 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove. The City is also in the process of acquiring land for a Southwest Park.

Elysian Park Planning Community Meeting

A community meeting will be held on October 30 at the Hoboken Historical Museum to solicit input from the public on improvements to Elysian Park. Residents are invited to attend any time between 7pm and 9pm.

In addition to attending the community meeting, residents can also submit their feedback via an online survey available at www.hobokennj.org/elysianpark.

City Hall Sustainability Workshop

The community is also invited to a City Hall Neighborhood Sustainability Workshop to be held on Saturday, October 20 at City Hall starting at 12:30pm.

The Rutgers Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability (CUES) and Mayor Dawn Zimmer are hosting a community workshop regarding improving the environmental sustainability of the block surrounding City Hall. Based on suggestions and input from Hoboken residents, the Rutgers Department of Landscape Architecture design team will develop green infrastructure options to be considered for implementation on this block. The expectation is to later adopt this approach on other city blocks with the help of various local groups.

Workshop Schedule

  • 12:30pm: Welcome by Mayor Zimmer and introduction to the sustainability challenge
  • 1:30pm: Work session in small groups moderated by Rutgers Graduate Students in Landscape Architecture
  • 3:30pm: Closing discussion, sharing ideas
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July 27, 2012

14th Street Viaduct Detour for Westbound Traffic Starting Around August 13th 9am -3pm for Ten Weeks!

First the Good news, the 14th Strete Viaduct is being rebuilt, The bad news is you will have a detour coming soon to Hoboken uptown. Below is some important information for those who drive in the Northern section of town. This detour is set to take place near August 13th , 2012 and will effect the area around the 14th Street Viaduct which is being rebuilt due to previous structural deficiencies……



On or about August 13, 2012 and lasting for approximately 10 weeks, traffic on the 14th Street Viaduct will be closed in the west-bound direction from 9am to 3pm. East-bound traffic will remain open.

The contract for construction of the viaduct called for the complete closure of the viaduct at night to install 50 beams that average 120 feet long. This work is not noise-free, but was expected to be done at night in August and September to reduce daytime traffic delays.

After further consideration, the contractor indicated that they can leave one lane open on the viaduct if they were permitted to work during the day. The hours of lane closure would be from 9am to 3pm to avoid peak period traffic. Traffic congestion is still expected, but the benefit of the daytime detour is to not disturb area residents at night from the noise. Mayor Zimmer is thankful to Hudson County for working to find an alternative to nighttime construction.

There is no additional cost or time involved with the detour change. Sheriffs will be stationed at each end of the viaduct and would, as necessary, allow emergency vehicles through. The century-old Viaduct will be completely replaced as part of a $45 million dollar infrastructure upgrade of this section of Northwest Hoboken overseen by the County.

14th Street Viaduct Traffic Detour– Daytime (9AM to 3PM) – Eastbound open/Westbound closed

Westbound Traffic Detour Description:

Southern Detour:

  • From Viaduct to Willow Avenue (South)
  • Right to Newark Street
  • Right to Observer Highway
  • Right to Paterson Avenue
  • Straight to Paterson Plank Road
  • Straight to Viaduct approach

Northern Detour:

  • From Viaduct to Willow Avenue (North)
  • Left to 19th Street
  • Right to Hackensack Plank Road
  • Left to Palisade Avenue
  • Left to Paterson Plank Road
  • Left to Viaduct approach


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January 13, 2012

Hudson Restaurant Week January 23- February 3 2012

Hudson Restaurant Week is a bi-annual culinary celebration that promotes Hudson County as a premier dining destination in New Jersey during slow times of the year: January and July. It was created by Get Out Hudson magazine in 2005 through conversations with local restaurants. The event and magazine were created by young female entrepreneur, Tamara Remedios. Here is the Hoboken lineup for Winter 2012….

  • Hudson Restaurant Week logo3Forty Grill
  • Amanda’s
  • Brass Rail
  • Clinton Social
  • Dino & Harry’s
  • Elysian Cafe
  • Gaslight
  • Madison
  • Oddfellows
  • The Quays
  • Trinity
  • West Five Supper Club
  • Wicked Wolf
  • Zylo

For more information go to http://www.hudsonrestaurantweek.com/index.htm or to find even more restaurants outside of Hoboken.

Zylo Steakhouse Hoboken

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