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

Monroe Center Concept Plan
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:

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.

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.

Notice of Public Comment: City of Hoboken Draft CDBG 2016 Annual Action Plan

In order to maintain its eligibility to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for housing and community development, the City of Hoboken must prepare an Annual Action Plan and submit it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Annual Action Plan describes the City’s proposed use of $1,096,150.00 in CDBG funding to address the priority needs and objectives as stated in the City of Hoboken’s 2015-2019 Five-Year Consolidated Action Plan.

The DRAFT 2016 Annual Action Plan is now available for public review and comment. A copy of the DRAFT 2016 Annual Action Plan is available through the City’s website at  http://www.hobokennj.org/cdbg/, can be requested by email (cbrown@hobokennj.gov), or by calling 201-239-6642 (no voicemail). A DRAFT copy will also be available through the Hoboken City Clerk’s Office. This public comment period will begin on Friday, April 9, 2016 and extend through Monday, May 9, 2016. Comments should be mailed to: Department of Community Development, Attention: Christopher Brown, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or e-mailed to cbrown@hobokennj.gov. Comments must be received or postmarked by Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00PM.

City of Hoboken Invites Community to 5th Annual Irish Festival

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The City of Hoboken and Irish Network New Jersey invite all residents and visitors to the 5th Annual Hoboken Irish Cultural Festival on Saturday, May 21st from noon to 6pm at Sinatra Park, located on the Hoboken waterfront near 4th  Street. The event is free and features Irish music, dance, sports, food, beer, vendors, crafts, and other activities for all ages.

The festival will feature musical performances by Gold n’ Brown, A Band of Rogues, Colin Nisbet, and Clan Suibhne. There will be dance performances by the Garden Street Irish Step Dancers and Emerald Fire, Aherne Sheehan School of Irish Dance, and Kerri Smith Academy of Irish Dance

Participants interested in competing in the Irish soda bread competition should contact Geri Fallo at gfallo@hobokennj.gov or 201-420-2207.

The event will feature a beer garden sponsored by Finnegans Pub as well as vendors selling Irish food, crafts, clothing, and more. The Hoboken Hurling Club will provide demos and a youth clinic. Also for children, there will be face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, moonwalk, inflatable obstacle course, balloon artist, and more.

Free Bike Share Memberships Available for Hoboken Housing Authority Residents

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Residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority and recipients of Section 8 housing vouchers who live in Hoboken are invited to apply for a free Hudson Bike Share annual membership. Thanks to the support of program sponsors, 100 free memberships are being provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We know that lower-income households make up the majority of bicycle riders, but they are often under-represented among bike share programs,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With stations located in every neighborhood and free and discounted memberships available, we are making equity and access key priorities of the Hudson Bike Share system.”

Residents can apply online at www.hudsonbikeshare.com/hha or in person at the HHA main office at 400 Harrison Street. After applying, Hudson Bike Share will confirm residency with the Hoboken Housing Authority. Yearly members are entitled to unlimited 45 minute rentals. A map of station locations is available at www.hudsonbikeshare.com/stations.

Once all free memberships have been distributed, discounted memberships at a rate of $60 per year will remain available for all residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority and Hoboken recipients of Section 8 vouchers.

Hudson Bike Share is a bike share program with 27 stations and 250 bicycles sponsored by Carepoint Health, Bijou Properties, SUEZ North America, Zipcar, Investors Bank, and Keller Williams City Life Realty.

Registration Open for Outdoor Fitness Activities

FITRxN – powered by PEDAL holding a class Under the ViaductFitness Under the Viaduct

Online registration is now open for outdoor fitness activities by visiting www.hobokennj.org/register. Some activities do not require registration.

Sunrise Yoga Classes
Online registration beings March 21st: www.hobokennj.org/register.
3 sessions for Sunrise Yoga; Cost is $25 for a 5-week session. Wear loose clothing & comfortable shoes, bring water & yoga mat

1. Sunrise Express Yoga 2016, Pier A Park, 6:30am to 7:15am
Presented by MiMi Yoga Hoboken
Late Spring Session: Tuesdays: May 10, 17, 24; June 7, 14

2. Sunrise Express Yoga 2016, Pier A Park, 6:30am to 7:15am
Presented by MiMi Yoga Hoboken
Early Summer Session: Tuesdays: June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26

3. Sunrise Express Yoga 2016, Pier A Park, 6:30am to 7:15am
Presented by MiMi Yoga Hoboken
Late Summer Session: Tuesdays: Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 31

Family Yoga Classes
(formerly Mommy & Me Yoga)
Presented by MiMi Yoga Hoboken
5 sessions are being offered. $25 for a 5 week session
Online registration begins March 21st: www.hobokennj.org/register.
Little yogis will stretch, breathe, move, and have fun as they learn basic yoga poses alongside parent/guardian! Your little one will build gross motor skills & make new friends, while you bond & move together. Ages 2-6; All levels welcome.
Parent or Guardian must accompany children. Sessions limited to 15 parents/guardians and their child. Bring a beach towel or yoga mat and water.

Spring Sessions, 9am – 9:45am
1. Pier A – Tuesdays: May 10, 17, 24, June 7, 14
2. Elysian – Wednesdays: May 11, 18, 25, June 8, 15

Summer Sessions, 9am – 9:45am
3. Pier A – Tuesdays: June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26
4. Elysian Park – Wednesdays: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20
5. Elysian Park – Wednesdays: Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

 

 

Zumba For Adults & Kids
Presented by Hudson Vibe Dance & Fitness
Featuring owner, Susan Pascale, aka Hudson Vibe Suz
Free • Elysian Park, Hudson St. & 10th St

Zumba®
June 1 • 7:00 pm • For Adults • All levels
A total workout, combining all elements of fitness: cardio, muscle conditioning, balance & flexibility, mixing high & low-intensity moves. A dance fitness party.

Shake Rattle n Tone
June 7 • 11:15 am • Ages 0-9 months
Check with your doctor before taking class. Tone up & dance with your baby – must be in a carrier sling. Toning sticks will be supplied but are limited. Class is free but registration is required. Limit 25.
To register: www.hobokennj.org/register

Zumbini™
July 11 • 10:00 am • Ages 0-3 yrs
Music & movement class for children to attend with music & Zumba® loving parent or caregiver. Move, sing, dance & learn together using your bodies, instruments & scarves to enhance the rhythm. In case of rain, call 201-981-4474.
suzdancefitness@gmail.com
www.hudsonvibe.com
For more information: 201-981-4474

 

The following programs are free & do not require registration.
Fitness at Pier A Park
takes place Mondays at Pier A Park, First St. & Frank Sinatra Drive
Time: 7pm to 8pm, Free classes
Each week there will be an introductory class sponsored by a different local fitness establishment. Be sure to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing. Bring your own mat if needed and water. In case of rain, classes cancelled, unless specified. Call the fitness facility for more information.
2016 Schedule:
June 6 – Thrive Fitness and Body Soul and Pole: G3 Fitness. Focus on continual progress on compound movements. Pole Fitness. Is a great sport. Great workout. Laugh, dance and have fun. 201-253-0050. www.bodysoulandpole.comwww.bodysoulandpole.com
May 23 – Local Barre: Open Barre. All levels. Our signature class is a fusion of ballet fundamentals & core conditioning. Total body workout using lightly weighted yoga balls, stretching strap, ballet barre, playground ball & yoga mat. Sneakers required. 201-710-5994;
June 6 – BOLD Arts: Hip Hop for Families. Children and adults alike are invited to groove with instructor, Jenn Eisenberg. All ages welcome, come and dance with us. 908-247-6623. www.bold-arts.comwww.bold-arts.com
June 13 – Brazen Athletics-Cross Fit Willow: CrossFit. Varied exercise and intensity. Elite athlete to first-timer, our program prepares you for WHATEVER you want to do. You will get stronger and you will progress as an athlete. All levels. For info call: 201-414-6262; www.brazenathletics.comwww.brazenathletics.com
June 20 – CrossFIT Hoboken: Power at the Pier. A fun and intense Crossfit experience! Meet the Crossfit Hoboken team, get your sweat on. Discover a workout unlike any other you’ve tried before! If rain, class will be held at 38 Jackson St. 2nd Floor. Call 800-396-6705 for info; www.crossfithoboken.com
June 27 – Baby Boot Camp Hoboken:S tollfit and Strollga. Full body work-outs for Pre and Post Natal mommies. Bring your baby and get fit together. Mat and water are required. 201-936-0925; www.babybootcamp.com
July 11 – UFC Gym: Boxing. Train with professional fighters & burn 1,000 calories while learning the basic boxing techniques & combinations. Total body routines include jabs, crosses, burpees, pushups, squats & more. If rain class will be held at 316 Sinatra Drive. 201-332-4269 or hobokengm@ufcgym.com.
July 18 – CKO Kickboxing: CKO Fitness Kickboxing. Full-body, action-centered, fitness workout using real heavy bags. If rain, class will be held at 900 Madison St., suite #2; For info, Call 201-963-7774; www.ckohobokenmadison.com
July 25 – Work It Out Fitness Studios: Sweata Weatha. The best full body workout. Cardio, toning & some special surprises. For info, call: 201-222-0802; www.workitoutgym.com
Aug. 1 – 35 Minute Bootcamp: Total Body Hit. Learn some unique ways to get a quick & effective workout in 35 minutes. It’s OK to smile, have fun & not be so serious. If rain, class will be held at 720 Monroe St. C-106. For info, call: 201-850-1022; www.35minutebootcamps.com
Aug. 8 – Phalanx: Bootcamp. All levels. Endurance training using mainly your body weight, partner and team work. Modifications given. If rain, class will be held at
651 Observer Hwy. For info, call 201-284-9819; www.jirinaharastova.com
Aug. 15 – City Challenge Race: Bootcamp. Join us for a fun & intense full body bootcamp to help you prepare for the Hoboken City Challenge Race! Call 201-659-3873; www.citychallengerace.com
Aug. 22 – Intrepid Gym: Circuit Breaker. Spare 45 minutes to push yourself to new levels. Expect heart-pumping music, high energy coaches & a new total-body workout every day. Dig deep and demand more of yourself. Your body will thank you. Call 201-942-9500;www.intrepidgym.com
Aug. 29 – Sassy Cap Dance N’ Fitness: Zumba® Fitness. Dance, fitness with Jeannine Severino. Cardio party with Latin rhythms. 530-723-6313; www.sassycapdancenfitness.com

Fitness Under the 14th Street Viaduct
takes place Wednesdays at 14th Street Viaduct between Grand St. & Clinton St.
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Free classes
Each week there will be an introductory class sponsored by a different local fitness establishment. Be sure to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing. Bring your own mat if needed and water. In case of inclement weather, classes can still take place because the space is covered by the Viaduct.
2016 Schedule:
May 11 – CKO Kickboxing
May 18 – FIT RxN
May 25 – Phalanx
June 1 – Kure Pilates
June 8 – Brazen Athletics-Cross Fit Willow
June 15 – Kelly Naughton
June 22 – Harmony Pilates
June 29 – Ava Kyte
July 6 – Surya Yoga
July 13 – Local Barre
July 20 – Baby Bootcamp
July 27 – Power Flow Yoga Hoboken: – a dynamic combination of strength, sweat & spirit. This accessible, challenging & flowing form of yoga will sculpt, tone & hone your muscles & mind. Our practice encourages detoxification, deeper stretching & healing. Class open to all levels; modifications & variations offered.
Aug 3 – Devotion Yoga
Aug 10 – Surya Yoga
Aug 17 – 35 Minute Bootcamp
Aug 24 – Intrepid Gym
Aug 31 – CKO Kickboxing

Hoboken Asks Commuters to Plan for Travel Delays During Possible Rail Stoppage Starting March 13

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The City of Hoboken has been coordinating with NJ Transit and other agencies in preparation for a possible strike by NJ Transit rail workers beginning on Sunday, March 13, 2016. A strike would result in the complete suspension of all NJ Transit rail service which is expected to result in significant disruptions throughout the region’s transportation system. PATH, NY Waterway, and NJ Transit bus and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail would continue to operate, with the rerouting of the NJ Transit 126 bus route to Hoboken Terminal. In the case of a work stoppage, NJ Transit will implement a contingency plan that would accommodate about 38% of NY-bound passengers. For details on the plan, visit http://njtransit.com/railstoppage.
While all commuters should plan for travel delays, for the least disruptive commute to New York, riders should consider traveling via ferries or along the Hoboken to World Trade Center PATH line.

NJ Transit 126 Bus Route
To avoid major commuting delays due to traffic congestion and delays at the Lincoln Tunnel, NJ Transit 126 bus customers are urged to commute to Manhattan via ferry or PATH service. The 126 bus route in Hoboken will operate on a reverse routing on weekday mornings, beginning at Willow Avenue and 19th Street and operating south to Hoboken Terminal via Willow Avenue and Washington Street for cross honoring with PATH and ferry service. During evening commutes, the bus route will go from Hoboken Terminal to Willow Avenue and 19th Street via Clinton Street and Washington Street. The 126 bus route will not travel to or from the Port Authority Bus Terminal during the week. Weekend service will operate on its regular route to/from New York.

Hoboken Terminal Area Traffic Restrictions
To facilitate increased bus traffic and temporary staging areas for bus loading in the Hoboken Terminal area and for the safety of the anticipated increase in pedestrian traffic, only buses, registered private shuttles, and emergency vehicles will be permitted to enter the Hoboken Terminal area. Taxis and personal vehicles will not be permitted. Vehicles will not be permitted to travel east of Washington Street at Observer Highway, south of 2nd Street on Hudson Street, or south of 1st Street on River Street. First Street will remain open.

Hoboken Leprecon Day Results in 15 Arrests, 2 Officers Injured

The 2016 Hoboken Leprecon or Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, which is an event sponsored by a private promoter and many local bars, and not the City of Hoboken, resulted in another day of arrests and summonses for disorderly behavior and culminated with two Hoboken Police Officers being injured and hospitalized.

This year, the Hoboken Police Department and outside agencies consisting of the Union City Police Department, North Bergen Police Department, Westfield Police Department, New Jersey Transit Police, Port Authority Police and the Hudson County Rapid Deployment Force responded to 432 calls for service between 8am Saturday and 4am Sunday, 27 less than the 459 responded to over the same time period last year.

There were 54 City Ordinance summonses issued mostly for drinking in public, with some being issued for urinating in public, disorderly house parties, and disorderly conduct. This is down from the 93 issued last year. There were 16 motor vehicle moving violations summonses issued as traffic was not a major problem on the day with many using public transportation.

A total of 35 people were transported to hospitals, down from 39 last year, and like last year, there were no reports of sexual assaults.

Arrest numbers went up from 11 last year to 15 this year. The last arrest occurred today when one, Christopher Smallwood, 24 years old, of Warminister, Pennsylvania, turned himself in to police, and is now being charged with multiple counts of Aggravated Assault. Smallwood was allegedly involved in a fight at McDonald’s at 2:30am. While fleeing the scene of the fight, Sgt. Steve Aguiar and Detective Christine Collins confronted Smallwood on Bloomfield Street. Smallwood proceeded to run over the officers and fight away from the officers to evade apprehension. Smallwood struck the officers with such force that Det. Collins suffered three broken ribs and Sgt. Aguiar received a dislocated shoulder. Smallwood was ultimately able to use his skills as a former college football running back at Delaware Valley, and evaded arrest until he turned himself in shortly before noon today. Aguiar and Collins were both taken to Hoboken University Medical Center and were released earlier today and are both now out of work on injured status.

“I am disturbed by the repeated behavior that is occurring on these types of themed events, and have several measures that I am exploring with my command staff that I feel needs to be taken”, said Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante. Ferrante added “I will not tolerate having any of our officers injured, for the purposes of a few to make a financial profit at the expense of our residents, and for the purposes of promoting deviant behavior attached to various holidays, which results in citizens and officers being hospitalized!”

Ferrante added, “I am proud of the efforts put forth by our officers who did everything possible to keep this city as safe as possible throughout the day and night, and thank all of the assisting agencies who helped us put 200 officers on the streets.