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.
Here is a brief video clip of the parade from around 71st Street and 5th Avenue on the East Side…
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.
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.
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.”
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:
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)
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.
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.
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.
Here is a view from Hoboken of the Empire State Building in New York City on a nice sunny day. Once again I used HDR technique to create a nice dynamic range but this time stayed away from making it look painterly on more like a high contrast photograph.
Today’s Photo of the Day shot with an iPhone 4s and no tripod (hence the graininess) is of New York City Downtown at night from the East River. A number of Hoboken commuters see this view every day when they take the ferry home. Now, with it getter darker earlier, there are some great night time views on the way home back to The Boken.