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Hoboken Offers Free Parking for Holiday Shoppers

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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) from December 22nd through December 25th and on Saturday, December 31st and Sunday, January 1st for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

“Skip the mall and shop local this year,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s easy to get to Hoboken by public transportation, and if you’re driving, we are offering free parking in our garages for holiday shoppers in addition to three convenient valet parking locations.”

To receive up to 4 hours of free garage parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $25 on food and/or retail purchases from any Hoboken business(es) that same day. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

As another convenient parking option, valet parking is available year-round for a flat rate of $15 on Fridays (5pm-3am), Saturdays (11am-3am), and Sundays (11am-8pm) at three locations: 1) River Street & Newark Street, 2) 3rd Street & Washington Street, and 3) 5th Street & Sinatra Drive.

Additional parking information for visitors is available at http://enjoyhoboken.com/plan-your-trip/where-to-park/.

Mayor Zimmer Signs Contract to Acquire BASF Property for Hoboken’s Largest Park

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On Tuesday, December 6th, Mayor Dawn Zimmer signed the contract to acquire the 6-acre BASF property in northwest Hoboken.
The property will be used to create what will become Hoboken’s largest park – a 5-acre “resiliency park” with a 1 million gallon underground stormwater detention system. The project is being planned in partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority which will separate the combined sewer system in the area surrounding new park and divert stormwater runoff to the new detention system. Often, the combined sewer system is overwhelmed during heavy rain events, resulting in backups into streets and private property. By keeping stormwater out of the combined sewer system, the project will further reduce localized flooding. The project will also include western Hoboken’s first municipal parking garage on the northernmost lot.

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Hoboken Police Department Launches Pedestrian Safety Enforcement & Education Campaign

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The Hoboken Police Department is engaged in a comprehensive pedestrian safety education and enforcement initiative throughout November that will include motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

The highlight of the initiative is a series of pedestrian decoy operations which are taking place at multiple locations in Hoboken throughout the month. Decoy operations involve police officers in civilian clothes who pose as pedestrians crossing the street while a team of other officers observe and stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians or violate other laws.

During pedestrian decoy operations in the past two weeks, police issued 41 summons for failure to stop for pedestrians, 3 summons for driving while on a mobile phone, 1 summons for disregarding a crossing guard/traffic control officer, and 9 warnings. Additional decoy operations are also scheduled.

Officers will also stop motorists who fail to stop at stop signs and will be on the lookout for other dangerous violations such as distracted driving. Enforcement and education efforts will also focus on pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk and bicyclists who fail to stop at red lights, ride recklessly on sidewalks, and other violations. Officers will also enforce violations against those who fail to obey crossing guards and traffic control officers.

Hoboken Police Department to Launch “Walk Safe Hoboken” Pedestrian Safety Enforcement & Education Campaign

The Hoboken Police Department has received a $16,000 grant from the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety aimed at enhancing pedestrian safety in Hoboken.

The grant will fund the 2017 Pedestrian Safety Program – Walk Safe Hoboken, a program aimed at reducing the number of traffic collisions involving pedestrians. The grant provides funding for traffic enforcement and educational material to be utilized during the police department’s school and community presentations.

The police department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau has recognized the need for increased enforcement and awareness regarding pedestrian safety. “Walk Safe Hoboken” will begin this month and culminate in May 2017. The program will provide educational presentations to local schools and the enforcement of motor vehicle laws throughout the city. Officers will stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, and in addition will be on the lookout for other dangerous violations such as distracted driving.

As pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility, pedestrians who fail to use a crosswalk when crossing the street also will be stopped as part of the program. Urging pedestrians and drivers alike to be aware of their surroundings can save lives.

Hoboken Police Officers will focus their enforcement efforts at commonly used crosswalks as well as school zones. For information regarding “Walk Safe Hoboken,” the public is advised to contact Lieutenant John Petrosino or Sergeant William Montanez of the Hoboken Police Department’s Traffic and Transportation Bureau at (201) 420-5109.

Hoboken Terminal Area Reconfigured to Accommodate Increased Pedestrian Volumes as Partial Rail Service Resumes on Monday

The City of Hoboken is working with NJ Transit to facilitate increased pedestrian traffic and new pedestrian routes through the Hoboken Terminal area in anticipation of the partial restoration of rail service to the terminal on Monday, October 10th. The southern sidewalk along Hudson Place will serve as a primary route to access the terminal via the Ferry Terminal entrance.

To safely accommodate the anticipated pedestrian volumes, prevent overcrowding, and ensure the public can safely access the PATH and heavy rail, the sidewalk along Hudson Place has been reconfigured to widen the walking area. The anticipated increased pedestrian volumes will be accommodated by shifting the bike parking and temporarily relocating the taxi stand to the west side of Hudson Street until full access to the terminal is restored. Bicycle parking will be prohibited along the south side of the Hudson Place sidewalk.

The Hop shuttle pickup and dropoff location remains on River Street between Hudson Place and Newark Street. The resident shuttle pickup location is on the east side of Hudson Street south of Hudson Place and dropoff is permitted on Hudson Place. These changes will remain in effect until full access is restored to Hoboken Terminal.

Please see the full announcement below from NJ Transit regarding partial service restoration.

PARTIAL RAIL SERVICE SCHEDULED TO RESUME MONDAY AT HOBOKEN TERMINAL

Main/Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Lines to return to Hoboken on weekday schedule with adjustments

NEWARK, NJ — NJ TRANSIT will reopen a portion of Hoboken Terminal to commuter rail service for the start of service on Monday, October 10, 2016.

Cross-honoring will continue on Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, NJ TRANSIT bus and private carriers ONLY.

A section of the terminal suffered extensive damage following a train accident September 29. Due to the ongoing National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation, debris removal and safety concerns, the entire Hoboken Terminal was placed out of service.

Beginning with the first train Monday morning, NJ TRANSIT will reopen Tracks 10-17 for rail service. Tracks 1-9 will remain out of service until further notice as repair work in that section of the terminal continues.

When the partial reopening occurs, Main/Bergen County, Pascack Valley and Port Jervis Line trains will return to a weekday schedule, with some adjustments, to and from Hoboken. Select express trains will be eliminated and certain other trains will be combined. Customers are urged to go to njtransit.com for more specific information after 10 p.m. tonight.

On the Montclair-Boonton Line, trains originating west of Montclair State University (MSU), including from Denville will operate into Hoboken, with additional stops east of MSU.

Most Gladstone Branch trains to Hoboken will be restored.

North Jersey Coast Line and Raritan Valley Line trains scheduled to terminate in Hoboken will continue to terminate at Newark Penn Station.

Because rail service will be modified in and out of the terminal, other NJ TRANSIT bus, rail and light rail services may experience crowding conditions and delays.

As repair work continues at the terminal, customers are advised to stay clear of all work areas.

The Hoboken Terminal waiting room, Customer Service office and restrooms will be open. In addition, there will be limited Ticket Vending Machines located in the waiting room. Customers are urged to download the NJ TRANSIT App and sign up for MyTix to purchase their tickets.

NJ TRANSIT bus, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, PATH and NY Waterway also continue to operate in and out of Hoboken on their regular routes and schedules.

NJ TRANSIT would like to thank its customers for their continued patience and support.

Community Invited to Southwest Redevelopment Public Meeting

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The City of Hoboken invites all members of the public to a second community meeting to discuss the Southwest Area Redevelopment Plan on Thursday, October 13th at 7:00pm at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The meeting will begin with a presentation of several proposed concept plans, which incorporate feedback from an online survey, a prior community meeting, and a workshop with property owners.

The Redevelopment Plan concepts are based on the expansion of the Southwest Park as a centerpiece, preservation of urban manufacturing and commercial uses, creation of new neighborhood retail and a hotel, establishment of mixed use neighborhoods, and construction of a parking garage.

Hoboken Police Department to Hold 4th “Coffee With a Cop” Meeting


The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the fourth “coffee with a cop” meeting on Wednesday, October 5th from 9:00am to 10:30am at La Isla Uptown, located at 25 12th Street at the corner of Maxwell Lane.

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, Captain Tory Pasculli, Lieutenant Scott Hochstadter, Sergeant Steve Kranz, and Detective Ed Lepre, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher.

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.

Hoboken in Final Negotiations to Acquire 6-Acre BASF Property

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The City of Hoboken is in the final stages of negotiations to acquire the BASF property, a 6-acre property in northwest Hoboken on which the City seeks to create a 5-acre ‘resiliency park’ and a parking garage. The total cost to acquire the property would be $30 million, which the City intends to fund through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program (NJEIFP) for the park portion and with a bond from the Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) for the parking garage portion. The debt service will be financed through the Hoboken Open Space Trust Fund for the parkland acquisition and with revenue from the parking facility for the HPU bond.

“After years of work, we are near the finish line on this rare opportunity to acquire a large contiguous property and preserve it for open space,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “In addition to providing the growing northwest neighborhood with much-needed park space, the park’s underground detention system, combined with the separation of the sewer system in the surrounding neighborhood, will play an important role in alleviating flooding in the area.”

If negotiations conclude successfully, the City Council will be asked at the October 5, 2016 meeting to introduce multiple ordinances to authorize the agreement to purchase the property, a bond for the NJEIFP, and an HPU bond.

A design has not yet been determined for the park. A full community-based public planning process will take place to develop plans for the park once the property has been acquired. The intent is to design a park with a mix of active and passive recreational space with green infrastructure and an underground detention system to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater to help reduce localized flooding. The City is also partnering with North Hudson Sewerage Authority to separate the sewer system in the area around the park and to channel stormwater runoff to the new underground detention system.

As part of securing a low-interest loan from the State, the City will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street), to hear the community’s input on the land acquisition.

The City’s NJEIFP low-interest loan application includes $26,633,416.50 for acquisition of the 5-acre property, $2,530,000 for planning, engineering, and permitting for the park design, and $2,130,673.23 for NJDEP administrative fees and a contingency. The HPU bond will be for $3,366,583.50 for land acquisition and $650,000 for soft costs including planning and design for a parking garage.

The largest portion of the BASF property is Block 107, a 4-acre property bounded by Madison Street, Adams Street, 12th Street, and 13th Street. Additional space for the park is south of 12th Street between Madison Street and Jefferson Street. The parking garage is proposed for the property north of 13th Street between Jefferson Street and Adams Street.

Hoboken Opens Two Soccer Mini-Pitches Under 14th Street Viaduct

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Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined representatives from the New York Red Bulls, the U.S. Soccer Foundation, County Executive Tom DeGise, other elected officials, and members of the community for the unveiling of two new mini-pitches underneath the 14th Street Viaduct. Special guests included General Manager of the New York Red Bulls Marc de Grandpre, Red Bulls players Aurélien Collin and Felipe, and Shep Messing, Red Bulls Analyst for MSG Networks.

“These soccer pitches are the latest new recreation facilities in our city and will support over 1,000 children in our soccer programs and our active adult community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I thank the U.S. Soccer Foundation, New York Red Bulls, and Hudson County for their partnership on this project.”

The pitches are located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Adams Street and Jefferson Street and will be open to the public for pickup games 8am to 10pm every day, year-round on a first-come, first-served basis. At times, they can be reserved for organized activities such as futsal tournaments.

The pitches are part of the New York Red Bulls’ and U.S. Soccer Foundation’s commitment to offer safe places to play in communities across the New York/New Jersey area and to provide a soccer environment that encourages unstructured play within local communities in order to support the continued growth of the game in North America.

Parking Enforcement to Resume on Observer Highway Starting August 12, 2016

Drivers are advised that enforcement of permit and street cleaning regulations will resume on Observer Highway starting Friday, August 12, 2016. New parking regulation signage has been posted on the north and south sides of Observer Highway between Hudson Street and Henderson Street.

Both sides of the street are Resident Only parking, which prohibits parking at all times by anyone without a Hoboken Resident parking permit. Street cleaning on both sides of the street takes place on Fridays.

Observer Hwy (Hudson Street to Henderson Street) Parking Regulations
Permit: Resident Parking Only (both sides)
Street Cleaning (North): Friday, 11am-12pm
Street cleaning (South): Friday, 1pm-2pm