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4th of July Festival Notice

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The City of Hoboken is expecting to host tens of thousands of guests to view the Macy�s 4th of July Fireworks which will take place over the Hudson River this year.

Based on prior years, residents and visitors who drive are advised to expect four hours or more of traffic and delays exiting Hoboken after the fireworks and at least two hour delays to exit municipal parking garages. In addition to delays, the gridlock can create a situation where public safety vehicles cannot effectively respond to emergencies, so�the City strongly urges visitors to take mass transit. Options include the PATH, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NY Waterway ferries, or NJ Transit commuter rail or bus. For additional information, visit:http://www.hobokennj.org/visit/how-to-get-here/. Visitors looking for parking will be directed to municipal garages B and D on 2nd and Hudson St, respectively.

Visitors are advised that no alcohol, open cooking or barbeques are permitted. Pier C Park will be closed due to safety concerns, as requested by Chief Falco. The fireworks display will begin at 9:20 pm and last approximately a half hour. The rain date is July 5th.

Due to the closure of Hudson Place, Vezzetti Way (along Observer Highway) from Washington St. to Willow Ave. will be the designated taxi area with no public parking after 8 am.

The following streets will be closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles between 8 am and midnight on July 4th:

Sinatra Dr. from 15th St. to 1st St.

River St. from Hudson Place (PATH) to 4th St., however between 1st St. and 3rd St, River St will be open for limited access to residents and parking patrons only.

Additionally, no parking will be permitted on the following streets between 8am and midnight on July 4th:

Sinatra Dr. from 15th St. to 1st St (no parking as of July 3rd at 8 am)

4th St. from River to Clinton (on the south side of the street)

Willow Ave. from 11th St. to 4th St. (on the west side of the street)

Hudson place (by the PATH)

Newark Street from Hudson St. to Sinatra Dr.

Clinton St. from 7th St. to 8th St.

Hudson St. from 14th St. to Observer Hwy. (on the west side of the street)

Residents & Visitors Invited to Hoboken Fit & Fun Day – Saturday, June 18

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Hoboken Fit & Fun day is a day of free fitness activities for all ages�along Hoboken�s waterfront and will take place on Saturday, June 18 from 10am to 3pm. Sinatra Drive between 1st and 11th Streets will be closed to traffic and open for cyclists and pedestrians. Free fitness activities will take place along Sinatra Drive, Pier A Park and Sinatra Park. Vendors will have free fitness and wellness-related information and samples.

Highlights include�
NJ Devils Street team portable rink for pick-up games for ages 7 to 14
NY Red Bulls soccer fun for children
5K run/walk along waterfront by Hoboken Elysianettes
Pilates for adults with Dana Chau, New York Sports Club
Bike safety instruction for adults and children by Hudson TMA
Zumba class by Club H

7th Inning Stretch at Mile Square Theatre

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Instead of the ballpark, go to the theatre for some baseball this weekend. Mile Square Theatre presents 7th Inning Stretch, its annual festival of seven 10-minute original plays about baseball penned by �major league�, heavy-hitting playwrights. It�s 70 minutes of fast-moving theatre. Tickets available at www.milesquaretheatre.org or at the door. Times: 8 PM, Friday and Saturday; 2 PM on Sunday. Tickets: $25 and $15, Friday and Sunday. $50 on Saturday, which includes the Triple Play Party after the performance with food and beverages from Hoboken restaurants. Tickets for students and seniors: $15. 720 Monroe, 2nd floor.

Construction To Begin On Phase II of Hudson Place Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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Construction for Phase II of Hudson Place pedestrian safety improvements are scheduled to begin on Monday, June 20th. Planned improvements include further expansion of the sidewalk adjacent to the PATH entrance, the installation of additional bike racks, replacement of the sidewalk adjacent to the taxi stand, and installation of a curb bump-out on the north-east corner of Hudson Place and River Street. During construction, the taxi stand will be relocated to north side of Hudson Place.

Residents Invited to Pedestrian Safety Community Meeting

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Residents are invited to attend a community meeting to discuss pedestrian safety and traffic calming concerns. Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs will host the meeting on Monday, June 20th at 7pm in the basement floor conference room of City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Extra Session Added for Art in the Park

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Art in the Park is a 6 week creative arts program for toddlers, ages 4 & under. Limited space is still available for the Friday sessions, and an additional session was added for Wednesday afternoons in Elysian Park. Cost for each 6 week session is $25 for residents. Each session will be open to 60 children. Child must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Dress child in messy clothes as clay or paints may stain clothes.

Session 1: Wednesdays in Elysian Park – Hudson St. bet. 10th & 11th Sts.
June 15, 22, 19, July 6, 13, 20; 1pm to 3pm

Session 2: Fridays in Jackson Street Park – Jackson St. bet. 1st and Newark Sts.
June 17, 24, July 8, 15, 22, 29; 10am to noon

Registration Fee per 6 week session:�$25 for Hoboken Residents; $35 Non-Residents.

You can register online at�http://www.hobokennj.org/register.
With additional support provided by Hartshorn Portraiture. In Case of Rain, rain location will be announced. For more information contact 201-420-2207

Hoboken Fire Museum Now Open On Weekends

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Thanks to the Hoboken Historical Museum which is providing staff, the Hoboken Fire Department Museum, located at 213 Bloomfield St., is now open from noon to 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Fire Department Museum is housed in a historic building that served as a firehouse from 1881 to 1891 and later as a firemen’s meeting hall. It features a restored vintage 1932 fire engine and display cases of full of helmets, tools and other fire equipment. Photos and records of the fire department’s history are on display as well. Kids are welcome free of charge; adults are asked for a $2 donation to help support the Museum’s upkeep and operations.

Shop Hoboken – June 11 & 12 (Free Shuttle Service)

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“Shop Hoboken” is a two day event to encourage residents to support local retailers. Nearly 40 participating retailers throughout Hoboken will offer various specials on Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th.�The City will be providing complimentary shuttle service on both Shop Hoboken days. Click here for more information on Shop Hoboken, including a map of the free shuttle route.

“Our independent retailers create a unique identity for our city and are an important part of what makes Hoboken so vibrant,” said Mayor Zimmer. “The diverse mix of shops makes us a destination that attracts tourists from throughout the region and drives our local economy. I encourage residents to support our local merchants, especially during these challenging economic times, so we can preserve Hoboken’s distinct character and charm.”

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter For June

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The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for June is now available. Click here to view the newsletter.

Update on “Monarch at Shipyard”

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An application was submitted by Shipyard Associates to build two 11-story towers on the pier in front of the Hudson Tea Building.

The Zimmer Administration took the following actions in response to the application:

The DEP responded and noted that the application is incomplete and contains several deficiencies. Click here to view the letter from the DEP.