Planners Recognize South Hoboken Waterfront as a Great Place in New Jersey

Hoboken, NJ - Tuesday, October 1st, 2013


The City of Hoboken’s South Hoboken Waterfront has been named a Great Place in New Jersey for 2013 by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ). Launched last year, Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary downtowns, streets, neighborhoods and public spaces – four essential components of exceptional communities. The South Hoboken Waterfront is honored in the Great Public Space category. 

APA-NJ officers will recognize this achievement in a presentation to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer and other municipal officials. The presentation ceremony will be held at the Hoboken City Council Meeting on Thursday, October 17, 2013, 7:00 PM at City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ.

The City of Hoboken and APA-NJ invite the public to attend a walking tour of the South Hoboken Waterfront on Friday, October 18, 2013. The tour will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, starting at Pier A Park, 100 Frank Sinatra Drive. Attendees should plan to use mass transit, as parking is very limited.

“I am delighted that the City of Hoboken is receiving this honor,” said Mayor Zimmer. “The waterfront is the treasure of our city and underscores why Hoboken is a great place to live, work, and visit.”

“The City of Hoboken has shown great vision by realizing the enormous opportunity offered by its neglected waterfront properties in need of redevelopment,” said APA-NJ President Charles Latini, Jr., AICP. “This former industrial seaport has been transformed into a remarkable public space with tremendous vitality and world-class skyline views.”

“This year, we are pleased to recognize three Great Downtowns and two Great Public Spaces around New Jersey,” said Linda E. Wills, AICP, APA-NJ Great Places Committee Chair and one of this year’s Great Places in New Jersey judges. “From Montclair Center in the Township of Montclair to Cooper River Park in Camden County, our 2013 Great Places reflect tremendous history, diversity and economic vitality. Great Places are places where people want to be — not only to visit, but to live and work every day. We hope they will inspire other communities to envision, plan and create their own great places and, as a bonus, attract new investments that will strengthen their tax bases.”

Great Places in New Jersey is just one of the ways that APA-NJ will celebrate Community Planning Month in October ( Community Planning Month is designed to recognize and celebrate the many residents, officials, and professionals who contribute to making great communities.
The 2013 designees, listed below, are not ranked. For more information about the designees, the nomination guidelines and how to suggest a Great Place for 2014, please

2013 Great Downtowns
Downtown Freehold in Freehold Borough, Monmouth County
Downtown Westfield in Westfield Town, Union County
Montclair Center in Montclair Township, Essex County

2013 Great Public Spaces
Cooper River Park in Camden County
South Hoboken Waterfront in Hoboken City, Hudson County

The American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter is a not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA-NJ and its parent organization, the American Planning Association (APA), are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. Members of APA help create communities of lasting value and encourage civic leaders, business interests and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives. For more information, visit

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