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.
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.
FITRxN – powered by PEDAL holding a class 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
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
Members of the community are invited to the final public meeting for the Hoboken Cove Boathouse on Monday, September 22nd from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the community room in the Multi-Service Center located at 124 Grand Street.
At 7:00 p.m., Marvel Architects will give a presentation of the final design for the new boathouse to be located on Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront.
The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities and educational events.
Final Conceptual Design to be Presented at Public Meeting
All members of the Hoboken community are invited to the third public meeting on the first phase of a Southwest Park. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 4th at 7:00pm in the conference room on the first floor of the Multi Service Center, 124 Grand Street.
Based on community feedback developed from the two prior community meetings and an online survey, the planner hired by the City has developed a final conceptual plan for the first phase of a Southwest Park. The plan for the park also includes stormwater management infrastructure.
“We thank everyone who participated in the community meetings and the over 500 residents who provided feedback through the online survey,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting and hope to work with the Council and community to build this park as quickly as possible.”
The City of Hoboken is considering a proposal from Bijou Properties that would provide 1 acre of property for park space and a public gymnasium in Western Hoboken as part of an agreement to continue the redevelopment of the Monroe Center site and the Pino property. The site is near the corner of 7th Street and Jackson Street. The location of the building was selected to create a gateway and provide access to and expand upon the future courtyard that is required to be built behind the Monroe Center.
Two public meetings will be held at the Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street on Thursday, May 15 from 7:30pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, May 17 from 10am to noon.
Over the next several months, Marvel Architects will be working with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Group to develop a program and schematic design for a new boathouse to be located on Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront. The public is invited to participate in this design process.
The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities and educational events. The next step is to get the public’s input on the program of spaces required to support this goal and better define the activities that the boathouse should be designed to support.
Please join us for a community workshop on Monday, May 12th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the community room in the Multi-Service Center located at 124 Grand Street.
We look forward to working with the community to create a new recreational and educational amenity on Hoboken’s waterfront.
Marvel Architects will be working with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Group to develop a program and design for a new boathouse to be located at Hoboken/Weehawken Cove at the north end of Hoboken’s waterfront. The community is invited to complete an online survey to provide an understanding of how the waterfront is currently being used and what the public would like to see at the boathouse.
The underlying goal of the boathouse is to provide water access and engagement through community non-motorized boating activities. The next step is to define the program of spaces required to support this goal and better define the activities that the boathouse should be designed to support. The City will also be holding community meetings this spring to refine the design.
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer was joined this afternoon by Stevens Institute of Technology President Nariman Farvardin, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony L. Romano, and members of the community to cut the ribbon to open a portion of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway. The walkway between Sinatra Park and Castle Point Park includes a section completed by the Stevens Institute of Technology and a rebuilt section of walkway around Sinatra Field.
“With the opening of this walkway, Hoboken now has a continuous waterfront multiuse path from the Jersey City border to our skate park at Castle Point for our active community to enjoy,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thanks to decades of work by committed activists, our waterfront is already the envy of the state. I look forward during the next few months to working with the community to redesign central Sinatra Drive into a safe and attractive destination for everyone to enjoy.”
The City of Hoboken has acquired a nearly one acre property as the first major installment of a new Southwest Park.
“I fought for a long time for a Southwest Park, and I’m excited to announce that we now own an acre of property for the first part of a larger park that we will expand through the redevelopment process,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I look forward to immediately kicking off the planning process so we can design and build the first phase of this much-deserved park that reflects the community’s vision for this neighborhood. I thank County Executive DeGise, Freeholder Romano, and the Hudson County Freeholders for their funding support of this project.”