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Hoboken Shade Tree Commission To Give Away 2,000 Small Trees

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The Hoboken Shade Tree Commission will be giving away 2,000 small trees (seedlings and saplings) to Hoboken residents. The trees are suitable for backyards and large pots but are currently too small as street trees.

The trees will be available for pickup on Saturday, May 7th from 9am to noon at the Hoboken Public Works Garage located on Willow Avenue between Observer Highway and Newark Street.

The following tree species are available:

• Norway Spruce
• Kousa Dogwood
• White Pine
• Black Walnut
• Red Maple
• Swamp White Oak
• White Oak
• Persimmon
• Sugar Maple
• Black Oak

PSE&G to Begin Milling and Paving Repair Work

PSE&G will begin the third phase of milling and paving work to repair trenches created during the installation of new gas mains as part of the Energy Strong program. The Energy Strong project replaced 31,000 linear feet of low pressure old cast iron mains in or near flood areas with new plastic pipe which operate at a higher pressure that prevents water from entering mains, increasing the reliability of gas service. A fourth phase of milling and paving will take place in the near future.

Parking will be prohibited on both sides of the street during milling and paving. Milling is scheduled to take place Monday, May 9th through Wednesday, May 11th, weather permitting, on the following streets:

Monday, May 9th
• Garden St (6th St – 9th St)
• 9th St (Garden St – Clinton St)

Tuesday, May 10th
• Park Ave (6th St – 11th St)

Wednesday, May 11th
• Grand St (5th St – 6th St)
• Clinton St (6th St – 7th St)
• 7th St (Clinton St – Garden St)
• Both ends of Willow Terrace beyond cobblestone

Paving is scheduled to take place from Thursday, May 12th through Monday, May 16th, weather permitting, on the following streets:

Thursday, May 12th
• Park Ave (6th St – 11th St) – weather permitting

Friday, May 13th
• Garden St (6th St – 9th St)
• 9th St (Garden St – Clinton St)

Monday, May 16th
• Grand St (5th St – 6th St)
• Clinton St (6th St -7th St)
• 7th St (Clinton St – Garden St)
• Both ends of Willow Terrace beyond cobblestone

Please note that the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Suez Repairing Broken Main at 1200 Grand Street

Crews from Suez Water are making repairs at a broken 8″ main on Grand Street between 12th Street and 13th Street. Customers at 1200 Grand Street will be without service until repairs are complete. The estimated time to complete repairs is approximately 4 to 6 hours.

Arts & Music Festival TO BE RESCHEDULED

Please note that due to the forecast for poor weather, the Arts & Music Festival will be rescheduled, in coordination with headliner Leon Russell, to a new date to be announced:

Hoboken Nears Final Agreement For 2 Acre Resiliency Park at 7th St & Jackson St

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As early as June 1st, the Hoboken City Council will consider voting on a redevelopment agreement, amended redevelopment plan, and financial agreement for a PILOT related to a Bijou Properties project at 7th Street and Jackson Street within the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The project will include the creation of 2 acres of public open space with more than 250,000 gallons of underground stormwater detention and infiltration as well as a multi-use public gymnasium.

“This project will bring two acres of much-needed open space to western Hoboken while making our city more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The outdoor amphitheater and plaza for events and seasonal markets will create a vibrant gathering space that will also support the artists and small businesses in the adjacent Monroe Center.”

The Administration and City Council Community Development Subcommittee have worked closely together to negotiate a project that is financially feasible while providing several public amenities. The public benefits from the project including land acquisition and remediation, flood prevention infrastructure, and construction of the public park/plaza and gymnasium with stormwater system are valued at over $26 million. The agreement requires that the remediation and development of the public park area south of 7th Street and construction of the gymnasium be completed first.

Elements of the project include:

  • Construction and conveyance of amenities to the City of Hoboken for recreation and open space, including:
    • Approximately 1 acre public park consisting of an open grass area in the manner of a “Quadrangle” on a college campus; public seating area; and children’s play area, including age appropriate play equipment set on a rubberized safety surface with modern fencing;
    • Approximately 1 acre public plaza including step seating, with a tilted lawn panel for relaxing and passive gatherings, and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets;
    • A 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium with a classic field house design;
  • Significant stormwater detention under the public park and plaza areas to help address the flooding issues in the area;
  • Improvements to 7th Street utilizing Belgian block-style accents and a tabled roadway to create visual continuity between the properties to the north and south of the street, to encourage vehicle calming in the area, and enhance the sense of community that is intended;
  • Extensive soil and groundwater remediation;
  • Construction of a mixed-use residential and commercial structure; ranging heights of structure with a maximum of 14 stories and a maximum 60 ft. base;
    • 424 rental residential units, including 42 (i.e. 10%) on-site affordable housing units to be deed restricted for a minimum 40 year period;
    • Between 23,700 and 33,000 sq. ft. of retail space;
    • 415 on-site parking spaces for residential, commercial and transient uses
    • 75 parking spaces to be made available on a shared-parking, non-reserved basis for use by tenants of Monroe Center

Additional project documents are available on the City website:

Mayor Zimmers Announces Open Office Hours

Mayor Dawn Zimmer will hold open office hours at various locations around Hoboken on the following dates. No appointment is necessary.

Monday, May 2, 2016
5:00pm-7:00pm
Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson Street

Monday, June 6, 2016
5:00pm-7:00pm
Wallace School
1100 Willow Avenue

Monday, July 18, 2016
5:00pm-7:00pm
Hoboken City Hall
94 Washington Street

Hoboken Police Department to Hold 3rd “Coffee With a Cop” Meeting


The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the third “coffee with a cop” meeting on Monday, May 16th from 9:00am to 10:30am at the Hoboken Hot House at 200 Monroe Street.

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties.

In attendance at the meeting will be Chief Ken Ferrante, Investigations Bureau Captain Charles Campbell, Traffic Commander Lieutenant John Petrosino, Schools Supervisor Sergeant John Rodriguez, and Detective Michael Miranda, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilman Jim Doyle.

Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level in an informal setting. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.

Mayor Zimmer & Hoboken Green Team Congratulate Storm Drain Mural Winners

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On Earth Day, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Councilman Jim Doyle and the Hoboken Green Team congratulated the first place winners from Hoboken High School and Wallace Elementary School in the Earth Day storm drain mural contest. Students from seven Hoboken schools participated in the contest, which was initiated by the Hoboken Green Team to raise awareness of the causes of water pollution and the effects of storm drain contamination.

“There is no better way to celebrate Earth Day than to congratulate the outstanding students who used their artistic creativity to remind people to keep the streets and areas around the drains free from litter,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Our City became a much brighter, colorful, and cleaner place thanks to their educational paintings on local storm drains. Thank you to all students, teachers and Green Team members for participating in this creative contest to help protect our local environment!”

Over twenty storm drains across the City were painted by students. The winners were chosen by the Hoboken Green Team, including Jeffrey Train and Elizabeth Balladeres, who coordinated the projects with all seven schools and the Hoboken Public Schools Green Team, led by Chris Della Fave. The Hoboken Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to raise funds for the Hoboken Public Schools, donated supplies to some of the participating schools, including non-toxic eco-friendly paint.

Additional schools participating in the storm drain mural contest included Hoboken Charter School, Connors Elementary School, Calabro Elementary School, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, and The Hudson School.

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On Earth Day Weekend, Hoboken Pilots Temporary Connection in Waterfront Walkway Gap

Sinatra Drive Runners

Beginning on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, and throughout the rest of the weekend, the City of Hoboken will temporarily complete the largest remaining gap in the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway adjacent to Union Dry Dock with a protected multiuse path. The path along Sinatra Drive will begin near the skate park and extend to the intersection with Sinatra Drive North for use by pedestrians and bicyclists, similar to most of the existing waterfront walkway.

In addition, Hudson Bike Share will offer a “Ride for Earth, Ride for Free” day on Saturday, April 23rd. After registering for a free account at hudsonbikeshare.com or through the nextbike mobile app, riders will be able to take an unlimited number of free 30 minute rides all day. Upon registration, a debit or credit card will be required in case of overages or bicycle damage. A $1 deposit to confirm validity of the card will be available for future purchases or refunded if unused in the first two weeks.

Bike Hoboken, Don’t Sit Home, and Hudson Bike Share are partnering for a group ride on Saturday, April 23rd to take advantage of Hudson Bike Share’s “Ride for Earth, Ride for Free” day and the completed waterfront path. For event information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/825261290911378.

The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is envisioned as a continuous 18.5 mile multiuse waterfront corridor from Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge. Major sections of the walkway in Hoboken have been completed in recent years including the connection at Weehawken Cove, the reconstruction of Sinatra Park, and a segment adjacent to the Stevens Institute of Technology lot. The last major uncompleted segment in Hoboken is along a section of industrial waterfront owned by Union Dry Dock. In this area, a very narrow sidewalk is shared by thousands of people who enjoy the waterfront.

The temporary multiuse path will occupy the parking lane on the east side of Sinatra Drive from the skate park to Sinatra Drive North and will be delineated with barricades and cones.

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Free Blood Lead Screening for Children at Hoboken Multi-Service Center

Free blood lead screening will be provided on April 21st and 28th from 9:00am to 11:00am and 12:00pm to 2:00pm in the community room of the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street) for children under the age of 18, at-risk pregnant women, and adults involved in the renovation, remediation, demolition and/or other Superstorm Sandy recovery activities.

A copy of the blood lead screening results will be provided to each individual or the child’s parent or legal guardian. In addition to the results, educational materials will be provided and discussed which will include but are not limited to the following:

• The effects of lead poisoning
• Prevention of lead poisoning
• Nutritional guidelines
• Lead exposure in cosmetics, cultural remedies, toys, and cookware
• Common household conditions that may contain lead hazards
• Lead Poisoning Testing Schedule

The screening is being conducted by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the City of Hoboken and the office of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro. The Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services has a Memorandum of Understanding for the cities in Hudson County to provide Case Management for the County and has been appointed by the New Jersey Department of Health to provide testing for the County. Funding is provided by the Social Service Block Grant Supplemental for Superstorm Sandy Recovery.

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