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November 1, 2011

Photo of the Day- Windows Still Taped Post Irene on Hudson Street?

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 4:40 PM

Hudson Street Taped Windows 6th Street 11-1-2011

Today’s photo of the day is of windows on the corner of Hudson and 6th Street in Hoboken that are still taped up after Hurricane Irene. Isn’t it time that the tape was removed or are the renters/owners waiting until hurricane season is really over?

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September 13, 2011

Hurricane Irene Emergency Food Stamp Assistance and Help for Hoboken Shelter

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 2:55 PM

The City of Hoboken has this message on food stamps and helping the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. If you have any friends or relatives that might need assistance please help spread the word…



Disaster Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (DSNAP) Food Stamps

The Hudson County Division of Welfare will be at the Multi-Service Center (2nd St & Grand St) on Wednesday, September 14 to meet with Hoboken residents to distribute Disaster Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (DSNAP) Food Stamps (9:00 am-12:00 pm A-L and 1:00 pm-3:30 pm M-Z).

New Jersey residents who are not currently SNAP/Food Stamp recipients and suffered hurricane-related losses may apply for Disaster SNAP (DSNAP)/Food Stamp benefits. This program is not for existing recipients of food stamps. This a one-time payment on an ATM-like card that can be used at grocery stores for certain food purchases.

Applicants must bring their photo identification, proof of income, & proof of Hoboken residency. For income eligibility information, visit: For more information visit or call the Hudson County Welfare Office: 201-420-3000.

Request for Assistance for Hoboken Shelter

The Hoboken Shelter is very short on toilet paper, cups, paper plates and napkins. Residents may bring donated items to the shelter, 300 Bloomfield Street, from 9am to 9pm on weekdays and 3pm-9pm on weekends.

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September 6, 2011

Hoboken Residents and Businesses May Apply for Federal Assistance

Here is the latest information from the City of Hoboken for residents and businesses to apply for Federal Assistance for disaster related losses not covered by Insurance.


Residents and businesses in Hoboken and Hudson County who have disaster-related losses not covered by insurance can apply now for federal disaster assistance

Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 1-800-462-7585 directly. Specialists are available seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, until further notice. Help in other languages is available.

Affected residents and businesses are advised to document the damage to their homes or businesses with photos or video and to keep a list of items that have been damaged or destroyed.

Federal assistance may include temporary housing, repair, replacement or other needs such as Disaster Unemployment Assistance, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

 When applying, residents will need: 

  • Their Social Security number.
  • Current and pre-disaster address.
  • A telephone number where they can be contacted.
  • Insurance information.
  • Total household annual income
  • A routing and account number from their bank (only necessary if they want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into their bank account) (Lookup your bank routing number.)
  • A description of losses that were caused by the disaster.

As an alternative to applying online or by phone, the nearest FEMA Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Paterson Museum, 2 Market Street, Paterson, NJ and is open 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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September 4, 2011

Hudson County (and Hoboken) to get FEMA Assistance for Hurricane Irene

Filed under: Hoboken,Hurricane Irene — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 5:20 PM

This was just published by the State of NJ Governor’s Office this afternoon:

Governor Chris Christie Announces Federal Disaster Aid Has Been Approved for All 21 New Jersey Counties

Chris ChristieIndividual Assistance Approved for Burlington, Hudson, Mercer, Ocean and Union counties, making New Jerseyans in all 21 counties eligible for direct relief

Trenton, NJ – Governor Chris Christie today announced that the federal government has approved New Jersey’s request for disaster assistance for New Jerseyans impacted by Hurricane Irene in all 21 counties. Individual and public assistance were approved for Burlington, Hudson [includes Hoboken], Ocean and Union counties, and individual assistance was approved for Mercer county, following the public assistance eligibility granted yesterday. Every New Jersey county has now been approved for both individual and public assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

New Jersey residents and small businesses in all 21 counties are now eligible to apply for different types of federal assistance, including temporary housing, repair, replacement or other needs such as Disaster Unemployment Assistance, and Small Business Administration disaster loans.

Public assistance eligibility for all 21 counties allows state, eligible local governments, and certain nonprofit organizations to apply for federal funding on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Hurricane Irene.

Irene WeatherSurvivors of Hurricane Irene in every New Jersey county who suffered damage should apply for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency – even if they have insurance or aren’t sure they are eligible.

Register by phone at 800-621-FEMA (3362) or TTY 800-462-7585 for those with hearing or speech impairments. Specialists are standing by at the toll-free numbers seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time, until further notice.

Help in other languages is available. Or you can register online at can also apply through a web-enabled mobile device or smartphone by visiting and following the link to “apply online for federal assistance.”

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September 3, 2011

Hoboken Photos of the Day- More Post Hurricane Irene Boating

Filed under: Hoboken,Hurricane Irene,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 9:00 AM

Ian Rowing

This photo was sent in by reader Ian of himself rowing in a kayak in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene last week in Hoboken. Notice how he is trying to stay within the white lines of the bike lane as if that makes a difference. Perhaps someone should tell Ian the rules on bike lanes were written for bikes not boats! Just kidding. It is nice to see someone after ”Hoboken Floodageddon 2011” trying to maintain some semblance of order amidst the chaos the storm created. Ian should be commended. Next time there is a big flood he should feel free to go where he wants but he will need to watch out for speeding SUVs.

This next photo sent in by reader Josh is another one of Eric the “Canoeist” Kurta and his girlfriend. He is perhaps the most photographed boater in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

Eric Rowing from Josh

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September 2, 2011

City of Hoboken Information on Disaster Relief for Hudson County

The City of Hoboken is tyng to get FEMA funding for Hurricane Irene in order to pay for some of the oevrtime spent this weekend:


The City of Hoboken Office of Emergency Management advises residents and businesses who were impacted by Hurricane Irene to document all damages and repair costs and save all receipts.

The federal government is still in the process of making damage assessments in New Jersey. This includes aerial surveys and door-to-door evaluations. The Zimmer Administration is advocating strongly, along with federal elected representatives, for a major disaster designation to allow affected individuals in Hudson County to be eligible for federal assistance. Representatives from FEMA will be in Hudson County this weekend to assess the damage. The Zimmer Administration is working with Hudson County and advocating as strongly as possible that federal officials visit Hoboken. Residents or businesses who were impacted and wish to make their homes or businesses available for potential visits by FEMA may provide their name, address, and contact information to OEM Coordinator Joel Mestre by emailing (preferred) or calling 201-852-5446.

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Adopt your Hurricane Irene Foster Pet – Liberty Humane Society

Filed under: jersey City,Liberty Humane — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 10:30 AM

Here is a note from the folks at Liberty Humane in Jersey City in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene:

Adopt your Hurricane Irene foster pet for a suggested donation of only $50 for dogs and $25 for cats. These funds will be applied to our hurricane relief effort. If your foster animal is not yet spayed/neutered, we ask that you please chip in to help with surgery costs. Call 201.547.4147 x1003 or if interested.

If you want to help defray the costs for cleanup and supplies at the animal shelter, please chip in here:


Liberty Humane Society adds:

“It is going to take us a few days to clean and prepare the facility to accept back all of the animals who were sent out to temporary foster. We will be organizing the return of hurricane foster animals in shifts, starting with facilities/rescues who took large groups of dogs on Wednesday, and individuals who took dogs and cats on Thursday or Friday. Thank you so much for your patience. If you have any questions or need to reach someone regarding your foster animal, please contact directly.”

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August 30, 2011

Reader Poll: Which Locally Owned Hoboken Website Gave Best Irene Coverage?

Filed under: Hoboken — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:40 PM

The local media did a pretty comprehensive job of covering Hoboken during Hurricane Irene. Traditional new sites such as, and all had frequent updates throughout the storm to keep residents informed. In particular Claire Moses of Hoboken Patch and Ray Smith should be commended for not only covering the news but also helping the City evacuate the shelter and pitching in as well according to the Boken’s sources.

In addition to the traditional media two other local websites also provided coverage of Irene in Hoboken, this site and the infamous

This poll asks a simple question, which of these two websites provided the most thorough or best coverage of Hurricane Irene as it pertained to Hoboken. Remember folks, online polls are not scientific and this is Hudson County; vote early vote often. This is just for your amusement and perhaps a tad bit of Schadenfreude from this sometimes snarky editor.  

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More Hoboken Hurricane Irene Videos

Filed under: Hoboken,Hurricane Irene,Video — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 3:00 PM

More Hoboken Hurricane Irene Videos are now on YouTube. Here are some that TheBoken has selected for your viewing convenience:

This video is from worldwideviral and covers the Shoprite area in Hoboken post Irene:

This video is from LimeProductions77 and covers the downtown area South West in Hoboken:

Randolfe WickerAnd finally, saving the most thorough for last, this 25 minute video from the colorful Randolfe Wicker who has done videos about Hoboken before.

BTW: TheBoken loves his furry boots in the water while he tries to assess all of the flood damage.

Randolfe Wicker’s YouTube channel is:


Here is his intro to the video:

“Hurricanes can actually be fun, provided that they fail to live up to expectations, cause little real damage, just a lot of inconvenience.

I went exploring Hoboken only to find most things quickly returning to normal. However, there were the hurricane parties, hometown folks running around with their cameras & people letting their dogs swim in streets filled with water instead of walking them as usual.

The SUV crowd were roaring through water almost two feet deep & size-challenged small cars tried to part the waters with sheer speed. Sandbags blocked cellar stairs but all sorts of sump pumps were running everywhere.

Firemen were escorting little old ladies from local shelters back to their houses. Little kids played in the water. Older kids rode bicycles through it.

Yuppies paddled their way to higher dry land in inflatable boats they’d bought for just that purpose. Others showed off their solar powered & hand-cranked radio-flashlight combos.

A few residents blamed everything on the Mayor instead of Mother Nature. A brand new motorcycle barely showed through the top of water. It was some day & this video shares that moment.”

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Mayor Zimmer Thanks the Hoboken Community for Response to Irene

The latest from Hoboken City Hall…


 “I want to say thank you to everyone,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While the flooding was not as severe as we had expected, this was a major storm, and everyone worked together to ensure that no one was seriously hurt in Hoboken. Most importantly, I thank the community for heeding the calls to evacuate, going to shelters, being prepared, and moving thousands of cars off the street. By being proactive together as a community, we helped protect the lives of residents.”

 “The flooding is over, the state of emergency has been lifted, power has been restored almost everywhere and the cleanup effort will continue this week,” added Mayor Zimmer. “Over the next few days and weeks, we will be providing updates on the cleanup effort and the potential for assistance from FEMA. As a community, we worked together to weather a very significant storm, and there are so many people who deserve our thanks and recognition for their efforts including the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments, Office of Emergency Management, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Environmental Services, Parking Utility, my directors and staff, Stevens Institute of Technology and Stevens volunteers, Hoboken University Medical Center, North Hudson Sewerage Authority, PSE&G, Red Cross, Senator Stack and his OEM/CERT, Mayors Gonnelli, Turner and Roque, Hudson County, the State of New Jersey, Governor Christie and his team, and the NJ National Guard for all that they have done.”

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