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Public Invited to Hoboken State of the City Address


Mayor Dawn Zimmer invites all members of the community to attend her seventh State of the City address. A performance by the Garden Street School of Performing Arts will precede the address. The event will take place on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the DeBaun Auditorium in Edwin A. Stevens Hall on the campus of Stevens Institute of Technology.

Seating is open to the public and tickets are not needed to attend.

The main entrance is on 5th Street directly across from Stevens Park. The wheelchair entrance is located in the rear entrance of the building on River Street with handicapped parking located behind the two buildings (McLean & Babbio) located directly across the street from the ramp. For additional information, visit: http://ugstudentlife.stevens.edu/org/debauncenter/DeBaun_Auditorium_Directions.

Statement From Mayor Zimmer on Southwest Park Expansion

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Yesterday evening the Hoboken City Council voted 8-0-1 on first reading for an ordinance to authorize the use of eminent domain to acquire Block 10, a vacant property in Southwest Hoboken, for the expansion of the Southwest Park. The second reading and public hearing on the ordinance will take place at the Council meeting on Wednesday, February 1st.

“Thank you to all Hoboken residents who took the time to come to the City Council meeting last night to support giving the City the tools it needs to negotiate a fair price for the long-promised expansion of the Southwest Park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Thank you also to the eight City Council members who voted yes on first reading of the ordinance. I hope that Councilman DeFusco, who voted ‘present,’ will after reviewing the materials provided to him, join his colleagues in providing unanimous Council support on the second reading at the Wednesday, February 1st Council meeting. I encourage residents to come out again to the February 1st meeting to voice their support for eminent domain as a negotiating tool as well as for the Green Acres grant application for the purchase of Block 10.”

View the memo from Mayor Zimmer to the City Council on the Southwest Park expansion and funding strategies, Southwest traffic circulation plan, and Newark Street safety improvements: www.hobokennj.gov/docs/mayor/1-18-17-Memo-Zimmer-Council.pdf

Hoboken Green Team Launches Green Business Recognition Program & Invites Businesses to Take Green Business Pledge

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Mayor Zimmer and the City of Hoboken Green Team have launched the Green Business Recognition Program to distinguish local businesses that are advancing sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Doing business and doing business right go hand in hand. Integrating responsible environmental practices and business strategy can benefit Hoboken businesses, customers, our community, our city, and our planet.

In order to qualify for the Green Business Recognition Program, businesses should complete the Green Business Pledge at http://hobokennj.gov/greenteam/green-business-pledge. The pledge takes less than five minutes and should be completed by February 15, 2017 for recognition in March 2017.

Businesses that take the green business pledge and are approved by the Green Team as a Hoboken Green Business will receive the official Hoboken Green Business branded sticker to proudly display in their storefront and on their website to communicate their commitment to green values.

Hoboken Green Businesses will also be highlighted in various forms of City media. To learn more about the Hoboken Green Team, please visit www.hobokennj.gov/greenteam.

Street Cleaning in Effect Monday, January 9 & Reminder to Clear Snow From Sidewalks

Street cleaning enforcement will be in effect on Monday, January 9 to plow snow from parking lanes.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Inspectors are issuing fines for violations.

Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.gov/snow.

To report an unshoveled sidewalk, visit www.hoboken311.com or use the Hoboken 311 mobile application for iOS and Android.

Mayor Zimmer Invites Community to Complete Survey & Attends Planning Meeting for “Pop-Up” Northwest Park Design

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Mayor Zimmer invites members members of the community to complete an online survey as part of the planning process for a 4-acre temporary “pop-up” park in northwest Hoboken. The survey, which will be used by the City’s planners to help decide which amenities should be featured at the pop-up park, can be completed at www.hobokennj.gov/nwpark.

A community meeting will be held on January 19 from 7pm to 9pm at the Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street, to present a concept for the park that incorporates feedback from the survey.

“The pop-up park will be a great way for the community to immediately enjoy this space while we work on the long-term planning for what will become Hoboken’s largest park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

The City of Hoboken recently acquired the former 6.1 acre BASF property in northwest Hoboken for use as a “resiliency park,” which is proposed to include at least 1 million gallons of underground stormwater detention, as well as a new above-ground parking garage, the first municipal garage in western Hoboken. The planning process for the permanent 5.4 acre park, which would be the city’s largest park, is anticipated to start in spring 2017.

Plans are now underway to create a temporary 4-acre “pop-up” park so that the community could start to enjoy the benefits of this site by this summer. The pop-up park is a temporary public space that is anticipated to be open by summer 2017 and remain until construction begins on the permanent “resiliency park.”

Individuals or businesses interested in donations or sponsorship opportunities for the pop-up park can email NorthwestPark@hobokennj.gov.

Tenant Advocate Office Hours – January 19

The City of Hoboken is announcing office hours for a tenant advocate for any Hoboken resident seeking advice on housing matters. Andrew Sobel, Esq. will be available during office hours, by appointment, between the hours of 4:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Thursday, January 19th, 2017.

Any Hoboken resident wishing to attend the office hours must email (mwright@sobelhan.com) or call (973-874-5545) Mr. Sobel’s office in advance and provide a description of the issue to be discussed in order to schedule an appointment.

The location for the open office hours will be the basement conference room in City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

City of Hoboken Begins Rollout of Hybrid Permit/Meter Parking Zones

The City of Hoboken has begun the city-wide rollout to replace “Permit Only/4 hour” (visitor side, white sign with green text) zones with hybrid Permit/Meter (4 hour) zones. Residents and all others with parking permits (including visitor tags) will be able to continue to park for free in the new zones. Vehicles without permits will still be permitted to park for 4 hours (as before) but will now be required to pay a fee at the meter or by phone using the Parkmobile application. The 4-hour time limit will remain in effect at all times for non-permit holders, however meters only need to be paid between 9am and 9pm. Enforcement of the new meters will begin on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

The first phase includes the current “Permit Only” sides of upper Washington Street (8th Street to 14th Street), Hudson Street (1st St to 11th St), and Castle Point Terrace.

Regulations are not changing on any existing 2-hour meter zones (including Washington Street from Observer Highway to 8th Street and 14th Street to 15th Street) where all drivers, including permit holders, must still pay the meter.

How Will This Affect Me?
I have a Resident Permit: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I have a Business, Temporary, Senior, or other parking permit: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I am a visitor and have a visitor permit or hang tag: No Change. You do not need to pay the meter in Permit Only (4 hour) zones. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.
I am a visitor and do not have a visitor permit: You may still park for up to 4 hours at all times but now must pay the meter between 9am and 9pm. You must still pay the meter at 2 hour meter parking zones.

All drivers are reminded to move their vehicles for street cleaning. Additional phases will be installed on the remainder of Permit Only sides of streets throughout Hoboken, from east to west, as additional meter shipments are received in the months ahead.

Example: How parking will be affected on Washington Street

  Existing Regulations New Regulations
Observer Hwy to 8th St

& 14th St to 15th St

 

2 hour meter parking.

All must pay the meter or by phone.

2 hour meter parking.

All must pay the meter or by phone.

(no change)

8th St to 14th St Permit Only. Non-permit holders may park up to four hours per day for free at all times. Permit Only. Non-permit holders may park up to four hours per day at all times but must pay the meter or by phone between 9am and 9pm.

Since the City has implemented a pay-by-phone payment option, the meters in residential areas will generally be located only one per block, typically at an intersection, and placed near commercial locations as much as possible.

The new regulations and meters, which were approved by the City Council, are being installed to increase parking turnover, creating more parking availability for residents, other permit holders, and visitors. Mayor Dawn Zimmer has committed to apply the additional revenue towards transportation and other infrastructure improvements (such as the $17 million Washington Street project, paving roads, and the new parking garage planned for northwest Hoboken). The City will also continue to use some parking revenue to keep municipal taxes stable.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have to pay the meter at existing regular meter zones?
Yes. Regulations are only changing on existing “Permit Only” sides of streets where non-permit holders must pay the meter to park for up to 4 hours. Regulations are not changing at existing regular metered zones, most of which have a 2 hour limit and where all drivers are still required to pay. Regular meter zones include Washington Street from Observer Highway to 8th Street and 14th Street to 15th Street, among other streets (For a full list of metered parking areas and time limits see www.ecode360.com/15236967). Posted signage will indicate either standard metered parking or “Permit Only” parking where non-permit holders must pay the meter.

Q: Has the city already implemented these parking regulations anywhere?
A: Yes. These “hybrid” permit/meter parking regulations have been in place for several years in parts of northern Hoboken, including various streets in northwest Hoboken around 15th Street and along northern Hudson Street.

Q: I have a Resident/Business/Temporary permit. Will I need now to pay for parking?
A: No. All permit holders will be able to continue to park on both the “Permit Only” and “Resident Only” sides without paying the meter.

Q: Will I still be able to buy visitor hang tags for guests?
A: Yes. Visitors with a hang tag will not be required to pay at the meter.

Q: Will the signage be changed?
A: Yes – the signage on the Resident Only and Permit Only sides will be changed to make all parking regulations more clear.

Q: Where will parking meters be located?
A: On most streets, a parking meter will be located on one of the four corners of each intersection. Meters will be located to avoid conflicts with residential entrances, narrow sidewalks, etc.

Q: What if I have guests that need to park for more than 4 hours?
A: The four hour on-street time limit has not changed. Residents with guests who need to park beyond four hours may purchase visitor parking permits for their guests from the Hoboken Parking Utility. Visitors may also park at municipal or private parking garages located throughout Hoboken (for a map of garage locations, visit: http://enjoyhoboken.com/plan-your-trip/where-to-park/).

Q: How much revenue will the meters generate?
A: The City estimates that the new meters will generate approximately $1.3 million per year. The City is committed to investing those funds into infrastructure improvements.

Water Main Break Isolated; Observer Hwy Reopened to 2-Way Traffic

7:20am Update: The water main has been isolated and repairs are underway. A boil advisory is not in effect. Observer Highway has reopened to 2-way traffic. Park Avenue and Garden Street are closed between Observer Highway and Newark Street. HPD is directing traffic; drivers in southern Hoboken advised to plan for delays.

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4:00am: Suez Water is responding to a significant water main break near Observer Highway and Park Avenue which is affecting water pressure throughout much of Hoboken. Observer Highway is currently closed from Bloomfield Street to Willow Avenue. Vehicles may exit Hoboken via Willow Avenue. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Christmas Tree Disposal Information

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For those disposing of Christmas trees:

1. Place tree at the curb on regular recycling nights (Mondays and Thursdays after 9:00pm) for pickup on Tuesday and Friday. Trees will be picked up the next day as a special pickup after regular recycling pickup.
2. Please remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree.
** Do not place the tree in a plastic bag ** (trees are recycled).
3. If you have questions or to report the location of a tree that has not been picked up by 5:00pm the following day, please call 201-420-2277.

Harlow Winter Village Skating Rink Opens Under 14th Street Viaduct

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The City of Hoboken is hosting the Harlow Winter Village outdoor skating rink this winter, which opened today and will operate through February 28th, 2017.

“I am thrilled to announce that Hoboken will host a pop-up skating rink as a new option for residents and visitors of all ages to get out and have fun this winter,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Along with our newly-built mini-soccer pitches, this facility will further activate our viaduct recreation area and support our growing, vibrant neighborhood in northwest Hoboken. I thank Harlow Hoboken for the generous sponsorship that made this possible.”

The rink is supported by sponsorship from Advance Realty — developer of the recently opened Harlow Hoboken luxury apartment building at 1330 Willow Avenue — and is located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Grand Street and Adams Street.

Hours of Operation (subject to change)
Friday, December 23: 11am-8pm‬
‪Saturday, December 24: 11am-6pm‬
‪Sunday, December 25: Closed‬
‪Monday, December 26: 11am-6pm‬
‪Tuesday-Friday, December 27-30: 11am-8pm‬

“We’re delighted to help bring this unique recreational offering to northwest Hoboken,” said Peter Cocoziello, president and CEO of Advance Realty. “We are extremely excited to be a part of the Hoboken community, and we look forward to meeting some of our new neighbors at the ‘Winter Village’.”

The 3,100 square foot rink uses synthetic ice which is designed for skating using regular metal-blade ice skates and is slightly slower than ice. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own skates. Skate rentals are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Several local vendors will be on-site to sell hot and cold drinks and food. Vendors and skate rentals are cash only.

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