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July 4, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Pier A Near Sunset View of Lackawanna Terminal

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Hoboken Pier A HDR 6-21-2013

Today, Pier A will be full of people trying to get a spot to view tonight’s fireworks show. Here is a recent photo of Pier A during an outdoor concert near sunset. I am sure it will be much more crowded today and tens of thousands are expected to visit Hoboken. Send you photos you wish to share with readers to theboken@gmail.com and let us know how you want to be credited.

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February 18, 2013

NJ Transit Community Meeting at Elks Lodge Thursday February 21 at 7pm on Hoboken Terminal and Rail Yard Plans

LCOR/NJ Transit will be holding a community meeting Thursday, February 21 at 7pm, at the Elks in Hoboken regarding the Hoboken Terminal & Rail Yard.Crossing at HT NJT Hoboken #1Following Sandy, LCOR/NJ Transit had taken time to reevaluate how this project can potentially help protect Hoboken from future weather-related events, and this meeting will highlight some of their findings. The purpose of this community meeting is to discuss how, at no cost to the city, the Hoboken Terminal & Rail Yard project can aid the city in weather related improvements and to seek additional public feedback to supplement responses from previous outreach efforts. Crossing at HT NJT Hoboken #2

The Fund for a Better Waterfront has reviewed the proposal and had these comments on the plan:

The gateway to Hoboken, an underutilized rail yard on the city’s southern border, is ripe for change and a grand opportunity for us. Unfortunately, the competing plans now being put forth by the City and New Jersey Transit are fundamentally flawed. We are particularly disappointed with the plan proposed for the City by its consultant Wallace Roberts and Todd (WRT).

No new streets. The first and most basic step in a redevelopment plan is laying out the streets. New York City adopted the Commissioners Plan of 1811, which platted streets; streets which guided development, but which were not built upon for a century. In 1804, Col. John Stevens hired surveyor Charles Loss to create a plan for Hoboken’s streets, blocks and lots, laying the framework for future development. It designated Hoboken’s first parks. The Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan by WRT proposes new residential and commercial buildings on a “super block,” neither delineated nor described. New streets, streets that can be mapped — the public rights-of-way — are absent.

No new parks. Although the WRT plan gives considerable lip service to public open space, there are no provisions for public parks. Rather, “mini-plazas” serve as front or side yards to private development. Left to private developers, many examples show these areas fail as truly public spaces. In Hoboken, the “park” at Newark and Garden Streets is inaccessible to the public despite promises to the contrary. The triangular park directly south and adjacent to Maxwell Place has been under dispute since it opened. As an example, across the river, the 1969 plaza bonus program in New York City — an attempt to create “public” space on private property — is seen as a failure.

Hoboken’s South Waterfront Redevelopment Plan included over 10 acres of new public park: Pier A, Pier C and the promenade from Newark to Fourth Streets. The WRT Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan adds none. Warrington Plaza has always been a public area despite New Jersey Transit’s recent use of the area for parking. Hudson Place is currently a public right-of-way. Green roofs don’t count as open space.

Failure to echo Hoboken’s urban character. Buildings in Hoboken, as in other dense urban areas, hug the front lot line in continuous rows. Front doors face the street. The WRT plan orients most of the buildings perpendicular to Observer Highway with an odd array of setbacks. Observer Highway, the widest street in Hoboken, should look to exemplary models for how it can be developed. The Grand Concourse in the Bronx comes to mind. Central Park West and Park Avenue in New York City are also models. It is difficult to think of a successful boulevard where buildings on one side face the street, and those on the other side are perpendicular to the street.

There are many other deficiencies with this plan. Closing Hudson Place will be the death knell of retail shops on that street. The performing art center is just window-dressing unless there is a developer in hand ready to build such a facility. The same applies to other proposed uses – the market will dictate what gets built. Without expertly crafted design guidelines, the architecture is likely to disappoint.

The 1995 South Hoboken Waterfront Redevelopment required the Port Authority to invest tens of millions of dollars to build parks, a new street system and other infrastructure. It is an acclaimed success. The Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan includes no such investment that would benefit the public. Unless the plan is altered in some fundamental ways, this will be an opportunity squandered.

Go to this link for the FBW comments on the NJT Plan: http://betterwaterfront.org/?page_id=1909

Editor’s Note: This is the NJT Authority making a pitch to Hoboken Residents. They have made several visionary renderings for this project in the past. The latest round included substantial commercial and residential development but just a vision and not a real redevelopment plan. An actual detailed redevelopment plan was proposed the City of Hoboken Planning Board and is being reviewed by the City Council of Hoboken that has less density, especially residential.

To see the City of Hoboken’s plan go here:

http://www.hobokennj.org/docs/communitydev/Hoboken-Yard-Redevelopment-Plan-Sept-2012-Draft.pdf

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November 19, 2012

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Lackawanna Clock Tower Seen Through a Tree HDR

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Lackawanna Clock Tower HDR

Today’s photo of the day is of the Lackawanna Clock tower shot in HDR and processed using Photomatrix. It was taken yesterday before Joe Biden concluded his visit to the Train Terminal and PATH and greeted the crowds waiting to catch a glimpse of him.

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More Photos of Joe Biden Visiting Hoboken Yesterday

Filed under: Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 10:30 AM

Hoboken resident and photographer Mike Petzinger was gracious enough to share his photos of Joe Biden’s visit to Hoboken yesterday. The closeup photos came out great so thanks to Mike for sharing with Theboken’s readers. Mike is looking for more local opportunities and is available at mpetzinger@gmail.com.

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November 18, 2012

VP Joe Biden Visits Hoboken Today – Brief Recap

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Joe Biden in Hoboken NJ November 18 2012

United States Vice President Joe Biden visited the Hoboken Terminal today as well as the efforts to restore the Hoboken PATH Station ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. He spoke at the Hoboken Terminal today along with dignitaries such as Senator Robert Menendez and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer on the need to focus on rebuilding New Jersey’s Transit infrastructure. Below is a photo of his conference at Hoboken Ferry Terminal.

Joe Biden at Hoboken Terminal 11-18-2012 – From City of Hoboken Twitter

After touring the facilities Joe greeted residents outside the terminal and then proceeded up Washington Street where he made several surprise visits. No, the stops did not include the Cake Boss. Instead Joe Biden stopped by Benny Tudinos to get a slice according to Hoboken music act Hello Radio. He then traveled up to Hudson Tavern to get a beer according to Twitter reports. Hoboken residents were generally happy to see such a high level official visit Hoboken especially when our PATH train is still not operational in Hoboken.

Video of Joe Biden Motorcade Hoboken Washington Street 11-18-2:

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August 29, 2012

Hoboken Photo of the Day Lackawanna Terminal Tiny Planet

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Lackawanna Tiny Planet Hoboken Instagram

Today’s Hoboken Photo of the Day is of the Lackawanna Terminal using iPhone application Tiny Planets for a cool circular effect. Other filtering programs were used as well on the iPhone.

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August 14, 2012

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Lackawanna Terminal Wood Filter

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Today’s Photo of the Day in Hoboken is a photo of the Lackawanna Terminal filtered to make like it is etched on wood. I think it is a pretty cool effect with Fall just around the corner.

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August 2, 2012

Photo of the Day–Lackawanna Terminal and World Trade Center

Hoboken Lackawanna and World Trade Center HDR

Today’s photo was taken form the HQ of Tisha Creative courtesy of an www.hmag.com party I was invited to to view the Mumford and Son’s concert last night. Here is a photo of two landmark buildings I was able to capture in a single shot before the show began.

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August 1, 2012

Photo of the Day – Hoboken Train Station Tracks in Words

For today’s photo of the day, I thought I would try something different. I took a photo of the train tracks at Hoboken’s terminal and used an app on the iPhone to create this photo using several key words. This is just another type of visual expression. Expect a few more of these where appropriate.

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July 11, 2012

Reader Submission–Photo of the Day Lackawanna Terminal and Hoboken Downtown Panoramic

Photo of The Day Brad Miller Lackawanna Panoramic Hoboken

Today’s Photo of the Day Submission is from Brad Miller and is a splendid panoramic shot of the Hoboken Lackawanna Terminal and Hoboken’s downtown waterfront area. Brad had previously sent TheBoken.com some great photos of Hurricane Irene last year. This photo obviously captures Hoboken in more tranquil times.

To submit your photo send an email to theboken@gmail.com and let us know how you want to be attributed.

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