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June 25, 2013

City Of Hoboken Will Appeal Monarch Decision And Continue To Fight Waterfront Development

In rare loss for the City of Hoboken a setback in the Monarch case where Developers want to build a condo on the North Pier outside of Maxwell Place condos in Hoboken. The City of Hoboken plans to appeal…

CITY OF HOBOKEN WILL APPEAL MONARCH DECISION AND CONTINUE TO FIGHT WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT

Hoboken City Hall Closeup HDR

The City of Hoboken is appealing a recent decision regarding Shipyard Associate’s attempts to develop residential buildings on a waterfront pier, known as the Monarch project, in place of promised amenities.

“Defending the City’s interests can require an investment in strong legal representation, but that investment is paying off,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We will continue to defend our interests, and in the case of the Monarch development, continue to fight to hold developers to their promises and protect our waterfront from inappropriate development.”

On Friday, June 21, Superior Court Judge Patrick J. Arre dismissed Hoboken’s complaint which sought a court order to enforce the Developer’s Agreement and compel Shipyard Associates to construct 3 tennis courts and a tennis pavilion on the North Pier. The City filed suit in 2012 in order to enforce the 1997 Developer’s Agreement between Shipyard, the Planning Board and the City that provided for the construction of a multi-phased, mixed use project along the waterfront, including over 1,000 residential units. According to the Agreement, Shipyard agreed to construct the tennis improvements as the last phase of the development.

But in 2012, Shipyard unilaterally decided to abandon the public recreational tennis use and replace it with two 11 story residential buildings, known as the Monarch project, on the pier in front of the Hudson Tea condominiums instead.

Judge Arre concluded that the Development Agreement could not be enforced by the City because it was dependent on the terms of the 1997 Planning Board Resolution. He ruled that a developer could seek to amend a planning board resolution, which, if approved would alter the development agreement.

Last year, the Planning Board denied the application of Shipyard to amend the 1997 Resolution. The Planning Board cited the pending lawsuit filed by the City which asserted that the City’s consent was needed before a change in the project on the North Pier could be considered. The Planning Board denial was without prejudice, pending the conclusion of the City litigation.

Shipyard countered with a lawsuit against the Planning Board, claiming that, under statutory law, an application which is determined to be complete by a planning board, but that is not considered after 120 days, is automatically deemed approved. The lawsuit against the Planning Board to determine the validity of Shipyard’s argument will now proceed. The outcome of that separate litigation will determine whether it will be necessary for Shipyard to proceed with the application to the Planning Board.

The Judge also dismissed Shipyard’s counterclaim which sought damages from the City and alleged that the City breached the Developers Agreement by filing suit and objecting to the Monarch project.  He concluded that the City had a right to object and seek judicial review and did not act in bad faith in challenging the decision to replace the tennis improvements with the new towers.

Shipyard has financially benefited from development of more than 1,000 residential units on Hoboken’s Gold Coast and now seeks to renege on the agreement to provide the public recreation improvements that will benefit the people of Hoboken.

Mayor Zimmer has instructed the City’s special counsel to file a Notice of Appeal of the decision with the Appellate Division, in order to legally enforce the commitment of Shipyard to build the tennis improvements as a key feature of the massive Shipyard project and to prevent inappropriate residential development on the North Pier.

In a related matter, Mayor Zimmer has successfully lobbied for a critical change in proposed State legislation that would have overridden local laws and permitted residential and commercial development on Hoboken’s piers. The sponsors, Senator Sacco and Assemblyman Prieto, listened to Mayor Zimmer’s concerns and agreed to amend the bill to apply only to communities that choose to “opt-in” and authorize such development, something that Hoboken will not do.

In addition, the recent impacts of Superstorm Sandy on the City have demonstrated the need to prevent inappropriate development uses on the City’s piers. Mayor Zimmer will therefore pursue additional legal measures to protect against such development that exposes residents and property to hazards.

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March 9, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day Snowstorm along Hoboken Waterfront–B&W

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day,snow — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 11:15 AM

City of Hoboken Snow Storm Cover Shot Facebook Page theboken dot com

Today’s photo of the day was taken yesterday along Hoboken’s Waterfront walkway during winter storm Saturn. It wasn’t a huge storm in terms of its impact to Hoboken but it did produce a great opportunity to get some snow covered shots of Hoboken. The majority of my shots I took yesterday did not come out due to the wind blowing snow in front of my lens but this one captures the beauty of Mother Nature. I submitted this photo to the City of Hoboken and it is now placed on the City Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Hoboken) with over 700 likes and growing.

City of Hoboken Facebook Headr Screen Shot 3-9-2013

To see more photos from TheBoken.com that don’t necessarily make the website go to our Instagram account at http://instagram.com/theboken. Select photos are also available for print at our Instacanv.as gallery at the link http://instacanv.as/theboken and the prices are quite reasonable.

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January 24, 2013

Zylo 4 Courses For Couples on Valentine’s Day – Special Menu – Reserve Now!

Zylo of Hoboken Valentines Day 2013

Zylo, located at the W Hotel in Hoboken ar 225 River Street is having a special Valentine’s Day from 5-11pm. The Price is $65 per person and there is a seperate pre-fix menu for men and women. To make reservations go to the link: http://www.opentable.com/zylo-restaurant-reservations-hoboken?rid=30739. The menu is shown below….

For more information call (201) 253-2500.

Zylo’s 2013 Valentine’s Day Menu:

FOR HIM

  • FIRST COURSE – Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, Toasted Coriander Ginger – Lemon Oil, Sea Salt
  • SECOND COURSE – Shrimp Risotto, Wild Hedgehog Mushrooms Micro Pea Shoots
  • THIRD COURSE – Surf & Turf Petite Filet with Mayan Shrimp Scampi, Sautéed Rapini
  • FOURTH COURSE  – Chocolate & Hazelnut Torta Apricot Sorbet

FOR HER

  • FIRST COURSE – Lobster “Cobb salad” with Cherry Tomato Avocado, Shaved Fennel & Buttermilk Ranch
  • SECOND COURSE – Squid Ink Linguine, Pan Roasted Bay Scallops Ocean-Herbal Broth
  • THIRD COURSE – Pan Roasted Sea Bass, Cauliflower Puree Wilted Calvo Nero, Warm Caviar Vinaigrette
  • FOURTH COURSE – Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee Fresh Raspberries

Zylo of Hoboken Valentines Day 2013 Menu

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January 22, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Uptown Hoboken Waterfront

Uptown Hoboken Waterfront 1-21-2013

Today’s photo of the day is of Hoboken’s Waterfront uptown by the Hudson Tea Building. You can see Weehawken from this vantage point.

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October 23, 2012

Fund For a Better Waterfront “Parks in Peril” Fundraiser Tuesday November 13, 2012 7pm

Filed under: fundraiser,Hoboken — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 12:20 PM

The Fund for a Better Waterfront and the Eastern Environmental Law Center are hosting a fundraiser at the Hoboken Elks Lodge on November 13th, 2012t. This is a benefit fundraiser to support the important work of these nonprofit organizations. FBW’s vision for a continuous, public waterfront park is once again in peril. The remarkable progress made to date could largely be undone if recent ill-conceived proposals at the Hoboken Rail Yards, Union Dry Dock, Stevens Institute and the Shipyard’s north pier come to pass. This will be a fun-filled event for a serious cause. For more info & to purchase tickets go to this link: More info & to purchase tickets

Shipyard attempts to reverse board denials in court, fights motion to intervene by FBW

The Shipyard Associates have filed complaints in Superior Court challenging the denials of its applications before the Hudson County and the Hoboken Planning Boards. Developers Michael and David Barry have been seeking approvals to build two towers on a Hoboken pier where they had previously agreed to provide open space, including tennis courts, a tennis pavilion and the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway.

On March 7, the City of Hoboken filed a lawsuit to enforce the 1997 developers agreement between the City and Shipyard Associates. In September, the FBW filed a motion to intervene in this case. Superior Court Judge Barry Sarkisian will hear arguments on the motion this Friday, October 26 at 9 a.m. at the Brennen Court House, 583 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, NJ. But a recent letter from the developer to the Judge may force him to step down due to a conflict of interest. Read story.

NJ Transit abandons plans to buy Union Dry Dock for bus parking/ferry refueling

Persistent efforts by Mayor Dawn Zimmer, supported by FBW and neighboring property owners, have paid off. Over the past six months, the Mayor made repeated phone calls and sent letters to NJ Transit Executive Director James Weinstein, NJDOT Commissioner James Simpson and Gov. Chris Christie. On October 17, NJ Transit abandoned its plans to purchase the Union Dry Dock property for use by New York Waterway. Arthur Imperatore, Jr., the owner of the NY Waterway ferry company, sought to move his shuttle bus parking and ferry repair/refueling from Weehawken to this prime Hoboken waterfront site at 901 Sinatra Drive.   Read story.

Keep up with HoBoken FBW in real time @Hoboken_FBW on Twitter

FBW is now tweeting. Learn about planning and urban design issues, people and organizations advocating the best ideas for our cities and the latest on critical development issues on the Hudson River waterfront. Follow Hoboken FBW: @Hoboken_FBW. If you are not on Twitter, not to worry, you can read the Twitter feed on their Facebook page.

Be Generous, Be in Touch,  Be Sociable

Go to the footer on their homepage for quick links so you can be involved with Fund for a Better Waterfront, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Please donate, volunteer, subscribe to this newsletter and “like us” on Facebook. Individual donors and volunteers have been their most important and dependable source of support since we began in 1990.

They believe that successful waterfronts begin with sound planning, time-tested urban design and an understanding that the water’s edge belongs to the public.

Fund for a Better Waterfront

Address: P.O. Box 1965 Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: 201.217.0500
Email: fbw@betterwaterfront.org
Website:www.betterwaterfront.org

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October 2, 2012

Hoboken Mommies launch Family Fun Nights at Pier 13 Wednesday October 3rd 5-8pm

Filed under: Bars,Hoboken,Hoboken Mommies — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 10:45 AM

Hoboken Mommies in launching Family Fun Nights and hopes it will become a monthly event. Tomorrow night October 3rd is their first party at Pier 13 on Hoboken’s waterfront. Read below for details…

Hoboken Mommies launch Family Fun Nights

full of food, music and prizes       


Win prizes, hear kid friendly tunes and have a drink on the waterfront at the first ever Hoboken Mommies Family Fun Night!

The party starts this Wednesday, October 3 from 5-8pm. Hoboken Mommies founder Sarah Himmelbaum said she wants the Family Fun Night to become a monthly event.

“We want families to be able to count on one night every month where they can treat the kids to a fun night out, and where parents can also enjoy a drink and some grown-up conversation,” Himmelbaum said.

The first Family Fun Night will be outdoors at Pier 13, which has plenty of room for kids to play while moms and dads mingle. The kids can paint pumpkins and dance until they drop listening to Preschool of Rock and Polka Dot, and the whole family can pose for a free professional photo with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.

Parents can win raffle prizes including four tickets to see the Wiggles, classes for Local Barre, a gift basket from Salon Caru and cookware from Beaba Food, plus receive gifts from Happy Family Organic Superfoods.

Note: Family Fun Night is free for kids, while each parent can buy a basic pass for $20, which includes a two-hour open bar with beer, wine and sangria, or a VIP pass with an all-inclusive open bar for two hours and two free raffle tickets for $30.

This month Hoboken Mommies will donate a portion of ticket and raffle sales to help the Hoboken Charter School rebuild after a recent fire. There will also be a bin where parents can donate school supplies.

Get your tickets at the door or in advance on the Hoboken Mommies website. Be sure to also like the Hoboken Mommies Facebook page, and stay tuned for updates on the next new Hoboken Mommies event coming this month, Mommies Night Out!

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August 29, 2012

Hoboken Issues Bid for Construction of 1st Phase of 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove

The latest on 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove coming soon to Hoboken ….

HOBOKEN ISSUES BID FOR CONSTRUCTION OF 1ST PHASE OF 1600 PARK AND HOBOKEN COVE

Bid Also Issued for Construction of 9/11 Memorial

 

The City of Hoboken has advertised a bid for the construction of the first phase of 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove. The work will involve the construction of a multi-use field with lighting as well as bleachers and leaning rails along the Park Avenue service road. In addition, the park will feature a rest room, dog run, sliding hill, picnic benches, trees and bike racks. The conceptual master plan for the full park development is available at www.hobokennj.org/1600park.

Hudson County is expected to install a new traffic signal with pedestrian countdown timers at 16th Street and Park Avenue in the fall. For safety reasons, the signal is an essential element prior to the opening of the park. The construction of Hoboken Cove, to the east of 1600 Park will be part of Phase 2 of construction, which is expected to take place in the spring of 2013. Additional phases of work, including the boat house and improvements to the waterfront, will require additional fundraising.

The City also advertised a bid for the construction of the Hoboken 9/11 Memorial. A rendering of the memorial is available at http://www.hobokennj.org/departments/community-development/open-space-acquisition-and-development/9-11-memorial/. Depending on the bid responses received, additional fundraising may be needed.

“I’m very excited to move these projects forward,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank all the community for their input and working to arrive at consensus on these projects, and I thank County Executive DeGise, his Administration, and Freeholder Romano for working with us on the signal at 16th and Park.”

Responses for both bids are due by September 11, 2012.

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July 18, 2012

Photo of the Day – Hoboken WWII Memorial

Hoboken WWII Memorial

Today’s Photo of the Day is of the Hoboken WWII Memorial near Frank Sinatra Park in Hoboken, NJ.

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May 16, 2012

Hoboken Social Sandbox New Member Happy Hour Friday May 18th 8pm at Hoboken Trinity

Hoboken Social Sandbox New Member Happy Hour 

Friday May 18th 8pm at Hoboken Trinity

This Friday, May 18th The Hoboken Social Sandbox is having another New Member Happy Hour at Trinity. Everyone is welcome to attend the event and they  will be having food and drink specials all night long. Look for Mike who will be  wearing a a glow stick so everyone can find him to get a wrist band. The cost is $3 if you RSVP or $5 without an RSVP. If you will be joining them  please be sure to RSVP at:

http://www.hobokensocialsandbox.com/events/63663912/ (link to event)

What: Hoboken Social Sandbox New Member Happy Hour

Where: Trinity Bar Restaurant Lounge 306 Sinatra Drive Hoboken

When:  Friday May 18th at 8pm

Description: When moving to a new town, it can be difficult to make new friends. This is especially true of Hoboken and the Hoboken Social Sandbox (HSS) has new members joining every week. This event is especially for new members who have not yet made a lot of new friends and want to get out and expand their social circle. All members are welcome to come (old and new), but the HSS will be sure  to provide introductions for the new members to help break the ice and get to know one another. You will find that it is a very laid back environment and it is easy to talk to and get to know the other members as everyone is there to meet new people.

The  food and drink specials are:

  • $3 all draft beers
  • $3 Coors Light bottles
  • $5 House wines (pinot grigio, chardonnay, cabernet and merlot)
  • $5 Cosmopolitans and Appletinis
  • $4 well drinks (vodka, gin, rum and tequila)
  • $5 bar menu items/apps (chicken fingers, wings, bar pie, mozz sticks)

Note:  These specials all night long.


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April 27, 2012

More Space Shuttle Photos from a Pro – Anthony Torres

Filed under: Hoboken,photo — Tags: , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:30 PM

Anthony Torres, a professional photographer based in Hoboken, sent in these spectacular photos of the Space Shuttle flyover Hoboken earlier this morning. Here are a few in landscape of the event.

Space Shuttle Photos Hoboken FlyoverSpace Shuttle Photos Hoboken Flyover

Below are some more photos from Anthony Torres in portrait mode. Again, these photos are great and Kudos to Anthony for sharing. From time to time Anthony helps out with our site and we are grateful. For more about Anthony and his studio go to www.astphotos.com.

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