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July 17, 2013

Why Hoboken needs more trees! And how to get them planted

Filed under: Hoboken — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 4:35 PM

Why Hoboken needs more trees! And how to get them planted….

This message was sent from the Committee for a Green Hoboken….

Committee for Green Hoboken Trees

Walking around Hoboken the past week’s heat wave, shade has been on all of our minds, so we decided to take some temperature measurements. The attached infrared camera scans show a typical 25 F temperature difference between the same sidewalk in direct sun versus shaded by a tree. Planting trees gives makes walking around the city much more tolerable, why also lowering summer cooling costs.

A typical street tree installation costs approximately $200 and takes only a few hours. Hobokenites can download a free permit application here:

If you’d like to have a tree planted on your block, please contact the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission: (201) 420-2015 or jtricarico@hobokennj.org

The QLC’s Committee for a Green Hoboken’s website is http://www.qlchoboken.org

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June 6, 2013

City of Hoboken – Discounted Parking Available Due to Flash Flood Watch

Here is the latest update from the City of Hoboken due to the possibility of flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea….



Hoboken Storm Flood ZonesThe remnants of Tropical Storm Andrea are currently forecast to reach our area on Friday. The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. Rainfall rates could reach between 1 and 2 inches per hour and total up to 4 inches or more.

The City of Hoboken is taking preparations including activating the Office of Emergency Management and Community Emergency Response Team and coordinating with North Hudson Sewerage Authority. Barricades will be pre-positioned to close streets as necessary.

Residents are advised to closely monitor the storm and make appropriate preparations, including moving their vehicles from flood-prone streets. Although the exact timing and intensity of the storm is not known, if heavy rain beyond the capacity of Hoboken’s flood pump occurs during high tide, flooding is expected.

Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing reduced rate parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River Streets) and Garage D (215 Hudson Street) beginning Friday, June 7 at 8am through noon on Saturday, June 8th for $5 for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard.

In addition, various privately-operated parking garages are available including:

  • Central Parking (50 Bloomfield St)
  • Central Parking (77 Park Ave)
  • Central Parking Systems (1 Washington St)
  • Central Parking Systems (50 Bloomfield St)
  • Propark America (1125 Maxwell Ln)
  • Propark America (1450 Bloomfield St)
  • Sylvan Parking (800 Jefferson St)
  • Sylvan Sky Garage LLC (125 Marshall St)
  • Sylvan Sky Garage (700 1st St)
  • SJP Garage (111 River St)
  • Newport Mall Parking Garages – Main/West Garage, North Garage, South Garage (49 Mall Drive West, Jersey City)

Residents who have a Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit are reminded that overnight parking from 8pm to 8am is available every day in Municipal Garages B, D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) for $5.

A map of flood-prone areas and additional information is available on the City website: www.hobokennj.org/flooding.

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Tropical Storm Andrea Could Cause Flash Flooding in Hoboken Through Saturday

NWS Precipitation Forecast June 6-9 2013 East Coast - Tropical Storm Andrea

Hoboken could see heavy rainfall and flash flooding until this Saturday as the result of Tropical storm Andrea which is currently located near Florida. The storm is predicted to dump at least several inches in the area and thus the flash flood warnings throughout New Jersey and the Metro New York area. Below is the forecast for Hoboken as of 3:50pm and the flash flood warnings from the National Weather Service….


  • Thursday Night: Rain, mainly after 10pm. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 61. East wind around 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
  • Friday Daytime: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 71. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
  • Friday Night: Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 63. North wind 11 to 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible.
  • Saturday Daytime: A chance of showers before noon, then a slight chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northwest wind around 6 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Saturday Night: A slight chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Chance of precipitation is 20%.


For Portions Of Southern Connecticut… Northeast New Jersey And Southeast New York…Including The Following Areas…In Southern Connecticut…Northern Fairfield…Northern Middlesex…Northern New Haven…Northern New London…Southern Fairfield…Southern Middlesex… Southern New Haven And Southern New London. In Northeast New Jersey…Eastern Bergen…Eastern Essex…Eastern Passaic… Eastern Union…Hudson…Western Bergen…Western Essex… Western Passaic And Western Union. In Southeast New York… Bronx…Kings (Brooklyn)…New York Manhattan)…Northeastern Suffolk…Northern Nassau…Northern Queens…Northern Westchester…Northwestern Suffolk…Orange…Putnam… Richmond (Staten Island)…Rockland…Southeastern Suffolk… Southern Nassau…Southern Queens…Southern Westchester And Southwestern Suffolk.

* From Friday Morning Through Saturday Afternoon.

* The Remnants Of Tropical System Andrea…Combined With A System Moving In From The West Will Bring Widespread Rain Across The Tri State Area Beginning Late Tonight And Lasting Until Saturday. Rainfall Amounts Between 2 And 4 Inches Are Forecasted…With The Heaviest Rain Expected Friday Afternoon Through Early Saturday Morning. Maximum Hourly Rates Could Reach Between 1 And 2 Inches.

* These Rainfall Amounts Could Lead To Flash Flooding Of Urban And Poor Drainage Areas…As Well As Small Stream Flash Flooding. Main Stream Rivers Should Remain Within Their Banks. It Should Be Stressed That While We Are Expecting A Prolonged Period Of Rainfall…The Main Concern During This Time Period Will Be Flashy Responses Across The Urban Areas And Small Streams.


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April 6, 2013

Hoboken Spring – Will it Ever Truly Arrive? – Outdoor Café Spaces Remain Empty Due to Cold

Filed under: Hoboken,Restaurants,Weather — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 11:05 PM

Mikie Squared Outdoor Seating Hoboken

As of April 1st, Hoboken allows outdoor seating for any restaurant and bar that has the permits for it. However, given this year’s cold spring to date much of the outdoor seating remains unused except for a few hearty folks. Once the weather does warm up Hoboken’s main streets should be buzzing with the outdoor café feel that make it one of New Jersey’s tourist destination spots, especially on weekends. In order to help Hoboken recover from Hurricane Sandy it would have been nice for these businesses to get a bit of a break but instead the cold continues. Mother Nature has been most unkind to Hoboken in the last three years with Snowmageddon 2010, Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012.

What ever happened to that prediction from Punxsutawney Phil on February 2nd that said spring was only 6 weeks away since he did not see his shadow? Some have remarked online that this groundhog should be sued for false advertising. In fact an Ohio based prosecutor Mike Gmoser has done just that, sued the allegedly lying Punxsutawney Phil for “misrepresenting an early spring.” This should not be taking too seriously though. Read more here: http://www.metro.us/newyork/news/national/2013/03/22/lawyer-sues-groundhog-punxsutawney-phil-seeks-death-penalty-for-being-dirty-liar/. All joking aside, I do think the death penalty for the fury rodent is a bit harsh. Where is Bob Barker when you need him?

The truth is long term weather forecasting isn’t reliable due to the complexities of weather and our current ability to model it effectively. So putting stock in a rodent as the harbinger of Spring should not surprise anyone when the forecast runs afoul. Perhaps monkeys shooting darts might be just as reliable. Anyway, here is hoping for a chnage in the weather soon. Hoboken’s diners could sure use it and Hoboken 411 is getting fatigued from blaming Mayor Zimmer for it. Even political mercenaries have their limits. Before you know Summer will be here. It time for Mother Nature to give us a break. Anyone up for a pagan weather dance?

Its Greek to Me Outdoor Seating Hoboken

Ayame Outdoor Seating Hoboken

Robonji Outdoor Seating Hoboken

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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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February 10, 2013

Hoboken Photo of the Day – Hudson Street Post Winter Storm Nemo

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day,Weather — Tags: , , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:45 PM

Hudson Street Hoboken Post Nemo 2013

This photo taken yesterday on Hudson Street highlights the beauty of a good winter storm in Hoboken.

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February 8, 2013

Winter Storm Nemo Live Blog – Hoboken

Filed under: Hoboken,Weather — Tags: , , , , , , , — TheBoken @ 12:15 PM

Winter Storm Nemo Live Blog - TheBoken NJ News Commons

For the latest updates on the winter storm Nemo, come back to www.TheBoken.com for the live storm blog courtesy of NJ News Commons. Send your pics to TheBoken@gmail.com if you would like to share your storm photos.

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Hoboken Photo of the Day– Snowmageddon December 26, 2010

Filed under: Hoboken,Photo Of The Day,snow — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 11:35 AM

Snowboken Winter 2010

With winter storm Nemo underway today’s photo of the day looks back to Snowpacolypse which was a storm that dumped about 2 feet in the area on December 26th, 2010. Hopefully Nemo won’t be that bad but forecasts still indicate one heck of a storm.

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February 7, 2013

PSE&G Tips and Preparation for Nor’easter Nemo Forecasted to hit Hoboken Area

Filed under: Hoboken,PSEG,Weather — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 6:05 PM

Here is an update from PSE&G on the upcoming Snow Storm forecasted to hi the City of Hoboken and surrounding area tomorrow:

PSE&G Prepares for Nor’easter


Additional crews and equipment on hand to restore service

As part of their ongoing efforts to keep customers informed during severe weather events, PSE&G is providing the following information:

PSE&G is closely monitoring the track of the approaching nor’easter and is making emergency preparations should the storm bring heavy snow and strong winds to our service territory. At this time, the storm is expected to begin impacting New Jersey on Friday and continue through Saturday, with the full brunt of the storm hitting the area on Friday night.

In anticipation of the storm, PSE&G is taking the following steps to ensure that it is ready to respond to what may be widespread power outages:

  • Ensuring that all available personnel are ready to respond beginning Friday
  • Arranging for contractors, including tree crews, to assist the utility’s own skilled workforce
  • Ensuring that additional supplies, such as poles, transformers and other pole-top equipment, are on hand
  • Ensuring that all vehicles are fueled and ready to go
  • Testing generators at utility locations
  • Coordinating with county and municipal emergency management personnel to inform them of outages and expedite restoration efforts

Snow, by itself, does not pose a serious problem for utilities, but heavy snow, icing and strong winds can increase the possibility of downed wires and associated power outages. Cars striking utility poles can also cause wires to come down. In addition, cold weather can affect the number of calls received from customers with insufficient or no heat.

Depending on the severity of the storm, response times for both electric and gas emergency services may be longer than usual. PSE&G asks for our customers’ patience and cooperation as we work to safely restore service as quickly as possible.

To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSE&G’s Customer Service line at 1-800-436-7734 (1-800-436-PSEG) . PSE&G uses an automated system to handle customer calls as efficiently as possible. Customers who get an automated response when calling PSE&G are encouraged to use it, as it is designed to route their calls to the right destination quickly. The system also provides the option to speak directly to a customer service representative. If you have specific information regarding damage to wires, transformers or poles, we ask that you speak with a representative to provide that information.

Customers with a handheld device, or who are at an alternate location with power, can also report power outages and view the status of their outage by logging in to My Account at pseg.com.

General outage activity throughout our service territory is available online at www.pseg.com/outagecenter and updates are posted on pseg.com during severe weather. In addition, if outages are widespread, PSE&G will activate its Twitter page to keep the public informed about restoration progress. Sign up as a follower at http://twitter.com/psegdelivers to monitor restoration progress.

This storm clearly has the potential to interrupt service, and customers should prepare for the possibility of long outages. PSE&G offers the following tips:

Accumulation of ice and heavy snow may weigh down power lines and as a result cause power lines to come down. Downed wires may appear dead but should always be considered “live.” STAY AWAY FROM ALL DOWNED LINES. Do not approach or drive over a downed line and do not touch anything that it might be in contact with. Parents are urged to check for downed wires in areas where their children might play and to remind the children to stay far away from any wires. If a wire falls on a vehicle, passengers should stay in the vehicle until help arrives. To report a downed wire, call 1-800-436-PSEG and tell PSE&G the nearest cross street.

Individuals who rely on electricity to operate life-sustaining electronic equipment, such as a respirator or dialysis machine, should pre-register with PSE&G to receive priority attention in the event of an outage. To request the service, call PSE&G at 1-800-436-PSEG. They should also inform their rescue squads and fire departments of their needs, in case of emergency. Even though customers with life-sustaining equipment who have registered with PSE&G will receive priority attention during outages, they should also have emergency back-up equipment on hand, since immediate restoration cannot be guaranteed.

First check your neighborhood. If you are the only one without power, check your fuse box for tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses. If that’s not the problem, look outside at the wire between your house and the utility pole. If it is down, report it immediately to PSE&G.

Mother Nature can be unpredictable. It’s wise to have an emergency kit on hand year round. Here are some things to include:

  • A battery powered radio.
  • A corded telephone. (Cordless phones will not work if the power is out.)
  • Flashlights and extra fresh batteries.
  • A first-aid kit.
  • Bottled water and an adequate supply of non-perishable food.
  • A non-electric can opener.
  • Matches and candles with holders.
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags.
  • A list of emergency phone numbers, including PSE&G’s Customer Service line: 1-800-436-PSEG. Call this number to report power outages or downed wires.
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November 7, 2012

It’s Snowing in Hoboken – Snow, Sleet and Rain Expected Today and Tomorrow

Filed under: Hoboken,Weather — Tags: , — TheBoken @ 12:10 PM

It has just starting to rain in Hoboken. This time the storm is expected to be a mix of snow, sleet and rain and with high winds. The good news is little accumulation is expected. The bad news is it is cold and damp and there are many people without heat due to all the flooding damaging boilers and HVAC units due Hurricane Sandy. Here is the forecast from the National Weather Service as of 12:05pm today:

This Afternoon: Rain and snow. High near 40. Windy, with a north wind around 26 mph, with gusts as high as 55 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Tonight: Rain and sleet before 5am, then sleet, possibly mixed with rain and snow. Low around 34. Windy, with a north wind 21 to 29 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Thursday: Rain and snow likely before 2pm, then a chance of rain. Cloudy, with a high near 44. Breezy, with a north wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
Thursday Night: Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 35. Northwest wind 15 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph.

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