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November 5, 2013

Photo of the Day- Pier 11 Sunset in New York City

Filed under: New York City,Photo Of The Day — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 7:55 AM

Pier 11 Sunset HDR 10-28-2013

One of the great things about Hoboken is the ease of commute to New York City. This time of year is great as I can catch some wonderful sunsets on the way back to Hoboken from the NY Waterway ferry.

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July 5, 2013

Video – New York City Fireworks Display from Hoboken New Jersey 7-4-2013

NYC Fireworks from Hoboken 7-4-2013

Below is video highlights from last night’s 4th of July Fireworks festivities in New York City sponsored by Macy’s and shot from Hoboken’s Pier 14. The view was perfect and although Hoboken was crowced the evening seemed to go on without major incident. More photos to come as they get processed.

Video New York City Fireworks 7/4/2013 Macy’s shot from Hoboken NJ:

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Photo of the Day – Fireboat Display Before New York City Macy’s Firework Show

NYC Fireboat Before NYC 4th of July Fireworks shot from Hoboken NJ HDR 7-4-2013

TheBoken.com had a prime spot yesterday for the Macy’s fireworks show. This photo is from before the fireworks and happens every year with the NYC FD fireboat putting on a red white and blue water cannon display.

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June 10, 2013

Video – New York City Puerto Rican Parade Highlights 6-9-2013

Filed under: New York City,parade — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 11:50 AM

Yesterday was TheBoken.com editor’s birthday. Thanks to all who wished me well on my journey to getting older. It was also the date of the annual NYC Puerto Rican Parade. For those in Hoboken who were trying to get to the Upper East Side and noticed that traffic was backed up, this parade was likely the reason. The NYPD had a number of roads besides 5th Avenue blocked off as well as substantial portions of Central Park. The weather was hot and humid but did not deter revelers along the parade route from enjoying this festive occasion.

NYC Puerto Rican Parade June 9 2013
Here is a brief video clip of the parade from around 71st Street and 5th Avenue on the East Side…

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Photo of the Day – New York City Grand Central Terminal

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This photo of the iconic Grand central Terminal was taken yesterday. It is hard to believe that this national treasure was once slated for demolition. Thankfully due to the acts of prominent citizens like Jackie Kennedy and others this national landmark was saved and this building continues to provide a real function as well as a sense of awe.

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May 29, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day–Downtown NYC from Maxwell Place

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Hoboken has great views of New York City. This photos was taken on Sunday during one of the nicest days in recent memory. The view of the Freedom Tower and Downtown New York City is simply beautiful. The value of of an open waterfront is priceless and that is why so many Hoboken residents before have fought hard to keep it that way.

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May 21, 2013

NYC Report Shows that Bike Lanes are Very Good for Retail Business – What About Hoboken?

NYC recently released a report that shows bike lanes reduce traffic accidents and improve retail sales to boot. This recently released report has been shared on major news sites like the Wall Street Journal and blog sites as well. Mayor Dawn Zimmer of Hoboken  is known for championing bike lanes for their greenness and pedestrian safety but who knew 5 years ago that there would be potentially substantial retail benefits as well? Now the argument for bike lanes could be extended to the fact that they are good for commerce as well.  Still, Hoboken is not NYC but some of these principles could possibly be applied to Hoboken in future planning where they make sense.

The Mayor has put forth a plan to completely redo Washington Street incorporating some of these aspects. In her State of the City Address on February 13th, 2013 The Mayor remarked “Washington Street is our main street, it represents the core of our city, and it is key to our economic and social vitality. But it’s also in need of a major upgrade. This year we hope to complete a redesign process with the community so that we can secure more grants for renovations.”

Link to State of the City Address: http://boken.it/3df

The Mayor followed through and put her Washington Street Redesign up for vote on the City Council. However, the obstructionist City Council Minority consisting of Occhipinti, Mason, Russo and Castellano defeated the bond to do the study. Without a study the City of Hoboken would not be eligible for substantial grants that could cut the cost of repaving and redesigning Washington Street for the 21st Century.

Here are some of the study’s findings:

NYC Bike Report 8-9th Avenues

First protected bicycle lane in the US – 8th and 9th Avenues (Manhattan):

  • 35% decrease in injuries to all street users (8th Ave)
  • 58% decrease in injuries to all street users (9th Ave)
  • Up to 49% increase in retail sales (Locally-basedbusinesses on 9th Ave from 23rd to 31st Sts., compared to 3% borough-wide)

NYC Bike Report Union Square North

Expanding an iconic space – Union Square North (Manhattan):

  • Speeding decreased by16%, while median speeds increased by 14%
  • injury crashes fell by 26%
  • 49% fewer commercial vacancies (compared to 5% more borough-wide)
  • 74% of users prefer the new configuration

These are just a few examples from the report. Share your thoughts in the comments below as to whether or not such concepts could improve the overall quality of life in Hoboken. Below is the full report for your perusal.

Link to NYC Report: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/downloads/pdf/2012-10-measuring-the-street.pdf

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May 15, 2013

Photo of the Day–Downtown NYC in Spring from Hudson River

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This recent photo is of Downtown NYC taken recently from the New York Waterway ferry heading back to Hoboken. This uses HDR but attempts to be more photo realistic.

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April 26, 2013

Photo of the Day–World Trade Center from Hoboken NY Waterway Ferry

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Today’s photo of the day is a snapshot taken yesterday of the World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower which now has its spire installed and most of the windows installed. The Twin Towers will always have a visual imprint in the minds of New Yorkers as well as the many commuters from New Jersey who remember those impressive buildings. The Freedom Tower now near completion will create a new focal point for downtown New York City. This photo is an HDR but utilizes a filter that makes it photo realistic. Below are mosaic and oil-ified versions of original photo.

World Trade Center Photo HDR 4-25-2013 smaller mosaic

World Trade Center Photo HDR 4-25-2013 Smaller oil painting

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April 9, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day- Norwegian Cruise Ship on the Hudson River

Hudson River Cruise Ship Hoboken HDR 4-7-2013 smaller

Today’s Hoboken photo of the day captures a Norwegian cruise ship passing by Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken, NJ this weekend. This is an HDR photo but more photorealistic than artistic in terms of the tone mapping and processing.

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