Hoboken Menorah Lighting & Other Hanukkah Events

The Annual Grand Menorah Lighting
Sunday, December 21st
Doors open 3:40pm
4:00pm: The return of the Small Wonder Puppet Theater with ‘The Chanukah Story’ and a brand new show! Fun music; pizza will be served.
5:00pm – Grand Menorah lighting outside City Hall, 94 Washington Street
Sufganiyot (donuts), Levivot (Latkes), dreidels, and wild glow in the dark glasses.
Sponsored by Chabad Hoboken and United Synagogue of Hoboken

Information on additional Hanukkah-related events are available at

City Moves Forward on New Pump to Alleviate Flooding in Western Hoboken

Flooding at 9th St and Madison St
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Hoboken City Council voted unanimously to fund the construction of Hoboken’s second flood pump. The 40 million gallon per day H-5 wet weather pump station with emergency generator will alleviate flooding in western Hoboken, including the area around ShopRite.

“This flood pump is part of the ‘Discharge’ component of the comprehensive ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ strategy to make Hoboken more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank members of the community and all City Council members for their support for this project. While the City implements the Delay, Store and Discharge elements of the plan through pumps, rain gardens, green roofs, and new parks designed to absorb and hold stormwater, we look forward to working with the State to create coastal defense by implementing the ‘Resist’ strategy with the $230 million won through the Rebuild by Design competition.”

The pump, along with a pilot City Hall green infrastructure project featuring large cisterns and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff, will be financed by an $11.9 million low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust which includes 19% principal forgiveness. Read the rest of this entry »

Hoboken Police Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Holiday Campaign

Starting the weekend of December 19th and continuing into the new year, the Hoboken Police Department will be conducting it’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday campaign.

The goal of the program is to reduce citizen involvement/injury due to D.W.I. related collisions through this holiday season. Through implementation of this and similar events, the Hoboken Police Department hopes to significantly reduce accidents, injuries and property damage throughout our city.

The Hoboken Police Department is committed to working hand in hand with the citizens of Hoboken to provide a safe environment for the motoring public. Please remember the following tips:

    • Don’t risk it. If you plan to drive, don’t drink.

Choose a sober designated driver before partying.
Take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a friend to drive you home if you didn’t plan in advance.
Spend the night where the activity is being held.
Report impaired drivers to the Hoboken Police 201-420-2100.

For more information contact the Hoboken Police Traffic Bureau at (201) 420-5109.

Hoboken Tree Lighting Ceremony Rescheduled Due to Weather

The Hoboken City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony originally scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th has been rescheduled to Monday, December 15th due to the forecast for inclement weather. The event will take place starting at 5:00pm outside in front of Hoboken City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Local school children & performers will sing favorite Christmas songs with Host & MC, Elvis the Elf along with a special appearance by Santa Claus.

Hoboken City Council to Hold Special Meeting to Solicit Additional Public Input on Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan

The Hoboken City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00pm to provide members of the public with an additional opportunity to provide comments on the Hoboken Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan and the Planning Board’s recommendations regarding the plan to the City Council. The meeting will be held in Council Chambers in Hoboken City Hall, located at 94 Washington Street.

The Planning Board reviewed the plan on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 and concluded that it was consistent with the City of Hoboken Master Plan. The plan will be considered for second and final reading by the City Council on Tuesday, December 16, 2014.

The Redevelopment Plan and additional documents can be downloaded at the following links.
Redevelopment Plan
Planning Board Resolution and Recommendations
Presentation for the Redevelopment Plan:
Economic Analysis
Plan Changes Since 2012 Draft Plan

Mayor Zimmer Announces New Finance Director

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that she has hired Linda Dunn-Landolfi to serve as the Director of Finance for the City of Hoboken.

Ms. Dunn-Landolfi has more than 30 years of experience in municipal finance. She was previously responsible for a budget of over $800 million and assets in excess of $1 billion as Chief Financial Officer and Director of Finance for the City of Newark. Ms. Dunn-Landolfi is a Certified Municipal Finance Officer and holds a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Public Finance from Rutgers University. Her resume is available at

Hoboken/Weehawken Announce Spring 2015 Launch of Bike Share Program

The City of Hoboken and Township of Weehawken are partnering to launch a next-generation bike share program using smart-bike technology manufactured by Nextbike. The German-based company currently has systems with over 20,000 bikes in 70 cities across 14 countries. The Hoboken/Weehawken system would be their first in the United States. Because the technology is new to the country, the electronic components manufactured by Nextbike are still awaiting approval by the FCC, which is expected by late December. As a result, the launch of the program has been rescheduled for March, 2015.

“We are looking forward to launching one of the first next-generation bike share systems in the country,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This high-tech but considerably lower cost approach is more scalable and flexible than traditional systems and could open the door for an expansion of bike sharing into neighborhoods and communities across the region and country – not just our largest cities.” Read the rest of this entry »

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for December

The latest Hoboken Public Library newsletter is now available.

Municipal Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday & Free Parking for Holiday Shoppers

keep the charm
City of Hoboken municipal offices will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 27, 2014 and Friday, November 28, 2014. The Parking Utility customer service windows will be closed Thursday through Sunday and will reopen on Monday, December 1, 2014. Parking meters, permit regulations, and street cleaning will not be enforced on Thursday or Sunday, however parking enforcement will be in effect on Friday and Saturday.

To encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Hoboken is offering up to 4 hours of free garage parking in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St) and Midtown (371 4th St) every Saturday from November 29 through December 20 and every day from December 21 through December 25 for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

To receive up to 4 hours of free parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $20 from any Hoboken business(es) during these hours. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

Winter Storm Watch Issued; Residents and Businesses Reminded to Prepare for Winter Weather

Storm Total Snow Forecast
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch from Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00am to Thursday, November 28 at 7:00am and 4 to 8 inches of snow are forecast. Residents and businesses are reminded to prepare for winter weather and be aware of related regulations and procedures.

Individuals are encouraged to monitor news reports and weather forecasts and to sign up to receive free email or text updates from the City by visiting Read the rest of this entry »