Public Meeting to be Held to Gather Community Input on Post Office Rehabilitation Area

The public is invited to a community meeting regarding a Redevelopment Plan for the Post Office Rehabilitation Area on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 7:00pm. The meeting will take place in the conference room of the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street in Hoboken.

The Hoboken City Council designated the Post Office as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation in October, 2012. The concept being considered by the City Council Community Development Subcommittee would locate a hotel in the parking lot behind the Post Office while preserving the Post Office building and its operations. The open house format meeting will be used to present the opportunities, constraints, and challenges regarding the concept and gather community feedback on possible uses for the Rehabilitation Area.

Crews Repairing Water Leak on Bloomfield Street

United Water are on site and making repairs to a water main leak on Bloomfield Street between 8th Street and 9th Street. The main has been shut down and isolated to complete repairs, so residents in the area will be without service until repairs are complete. The street is closed to vehicular traffic during repairs.

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for October

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for October is now available.

Hoboken Ragamuffin Parade Rescheduled To Saturday, October 31st

Based on requests from the City Council and members of the community, the City of Hoboken annual Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest has been rescheduled and will be held on Saturday, October 31st, 2015 at 1:00pm. Line of march starts at 12:15pm on Washington Street between 13th Street and 14th Street. The parade will end at the Little League Field for the Costume Contest at 2:00pm.

The parade was previously scheduled for Friday, October 30th, 2015 due to conflicts with various events on Saturday including a 5K race and soccer games that take place on the field used for the costume contest. The soccer games have been rescheduled in order to accommodate the City Council and community’s request to hold the parade on Halloween.

Mayor Zimmer Launches Hudson Bike Share

Ribbon Cutting

Sponsored by CarePoint, Suez North America, Bijou Properties, Zipcar, Investors Bank & Keller Williams City Life Realty,

Special Discounted Annual $75 Membership Available Through Sunday 10/11

The City of Hoboken, in partnership with Bike and Roll, nextbike, E3Think, and P3 Global Management, has officially activated Hoboken’s new bike share system. The system, known as Hudson Bike Share, launched at 1 p.m. today. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined the operators and founding sponsors of Hudson Bike Share, which include Carepoint Health, Bijou Properties, Suez North America, Zipcar, Investors Bank, and Keller Williams City Life Realty, to cut the ribbon and unveil the tri-state area’s first next-generation bike share system. The special early bird $75 annual membership rate (regularly $95/year) will continue through Sunday, October 11th.

As of today’s launch, 17 stations and 120 bikes are active, expanding to 29 stations and 250 bikes in the coming weeks. Those with annual memberships can begin using the system immediately, and their membership will be extended to last until one year after all stations are installed. Stations will be located within a three to five-minute walk of every Hoboken resident. The bicycles feature next-generation “smart bike” technology with built-in GPS. This innovative technology provides a superior bike share system at a fraction of the cost of traditional dock-based systems used in many other cities.

“With today’s launch of Hudson Bike Share, our residents and visitors will have a new convenient transportation option that makes it easy to travel from anywhere to anywhere in our Mile-Square City,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “From the start, we have been focused on creating an affordable bike share system that puts bike share stations in every neighborhood. I am grateful to our founding sponsors whose generosity has made bike share in Hoboken possible and thank them for their incredible support.” Read the rest of this entry »

City of Hoboken Contributes $330,000 To Improve Hoboken Shelter


The City of Hoboken has allocated $332,674 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the Hoboken Shelter to make significant capital improvements to the facility. The improvements include installing an emergency generator system, renovating showers and restrooms, rebuilding and expanding the HVAC system, installing a water sprinkler fire suppression system, upgrading and repairing sewerage and drainage systems, replacing the kitchen exhaust fan system, resurfacing floors, and rebuilding window frames to enhance energy efficiency.

“The Hoboken Shelter is a model organization that supports the neediest and most vulnerable in our community and helps them transition to permanent housing,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We are proud to support their efforts by helping to create a safer and more comfortable environment for their guests. We laid the groundwork that led to Hoboken receiving more than $500,000 in additional CDBG funds than past years, enabling us to make this significant contribution to the Hoboken Shelter for the first time. I thank the City Council for working with my Administration and supporting this worthy initiative.” Read the rest of this entry »

Update on City of Hoboken Storm Preparations

Forecasts regarding two storm systems including Hurricane Joaquin have changed significantly in the past 24 hours, and the City of Hoboken Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor weather forecasts and make necessary adjustments to preparations in the days ahead.

The National Hurricane Center’s forecast models for Hurricane Joaquin currently indicate a track offshore of the United States and shifting east out to sea. The National Weather Center has cancelled the Coastal Flood Watch and lowered rainfall forecasts through Sunday evening. Forecasts currently call for gusty winds up to 45 mph and periods of rain, possibly heavy at times, through Saturday morning, with rainfall amounts averaging between 0.5 and 1.5 inches with locally higher amounts of 2 to 3 inches possible. The threat of urban flooding is possible if heavy rainfall coincides with high tides, and strong winds could bring down power lines. Customers should call PSE&G at 800-436-7734 to report any downed power lines. Barricades have been pre-positioned to close off streets in the case of flooding. For their own safety and to protect property, drivers must obey barricades and not drive through flooded roads. Residents should bring in unsecured objects from patios and balconies and secure outdoor objects such as lawn furniture or garbage cans that could blow away and cause damage or injury.

“I thank the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management, Police Department, Fire Department, Environmental Services, Parking Utility, Community Emergency Response Team, and all of the outside organizations including the Hoboken Board of Education, North Hudson Sewerage Authority, Stevens Institute of Technology, Carepoint Health, Saints Peter and Paul, and others who worked with us to prepare for the worst,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Although the threat from Hurricane Joaquin appears to be lessening, this is a good opportunity for residents to make sure they are prepared and have a plan in case of any emergency.”

City of Hoboken Prepares for Potential Flooding From Two Storm Systems


Residents Urged to Review Emergency Plans and Be Prepared

The City of Hoboken Office of Emergency Management is monitoring forecasts and making preparations for two major weather systems likely to impact our area. The threat of major coastal flooding, very heavy rainfall, and inland flooding has increased for Friday and Saturday, associated with the current storm system in advance of Hurricane Joaquin. Six to eight inches of additional rain are possible in the next week. The National Weather Service has issued a Coastal Flood Advisory from Thursday 6am to Friday 6am and a Coastal Flood Watch from Friday 6am to 6pm. Hurricane Joaquin may impact the region on Sunday and into early next week and could lead to major to record flooding depending on its trajectory and strength. Prior to the possible impacts from Hurricane Joaquin, several days of heavy rain will saturate the ground and high tides caused by strong winds could make it difficult for the sewer system to naturally drain into the river.

“We are closely tracking weather forecasts, talking to experts at Stevens, and planning for a serious one-two punch from back-to-back storm systems that could cause serious flooding from late Thursday into early next week,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Our Office of Emergency Management team is coordinating with all departments and agencies and making preparations to ensure the safety of our community. Most importantly, now is the time for residents to make sure that they have a plan in place and are prepared for all possibilities.”

The City has plans in place to activate an Emergency Operations Center and relocate flood-prone public safety operations if necessary. The City’s high water vehicle is ready to be deployed if needed, along with several small boats. The City will be moving municipal vehicles to higher ground along Washington Street between Observer Highway and 2nd Street as well as 13th Street to 14th Street. In addition, the City is pre-positioning backup generators, filling a potable water tank, and coordinating plans to open a shelter and distribution center if necessary. Read the rest of this entry »

City of Hoboken Announces Free Flu Vaccines for Adults

The City of Hoboken, in conjunction with Carepoint Health Hoboken University Medical Center, will be providing free seasonal flu vaccines on a first come, first served basis for adult Hoboken residents on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 12pm to 6pm in Assumption Hall at Hoboken University Medical Center, 308 Willow Avenue. Proof of residency is required.

For more information, please contact the Hoboken Health Department at 201-420-2375.

City of Hoboken & Hoboken Police Department to Offer Free Bicycle Registration at Fall Arts & Music Festival

Bike registration
The City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Police Department are proud to sponsor a bicycle registration program allowing residents to register their bicycles into a national database. The City of Hoboken is providing free registrations to residents (regularly priced at $10.00 per 10 year registration). Registrations will be limited to 4 per resident household.

In the event a bicycle is stolen after registration, simply notify or call 1-800-848-BIKE. This gives law enforcement the ability to contact you in the event your bicycle is recovered anywhere in the country.

The registration program will take place during the 2015 Fall Arts and Music Festival on Sunday, September 27, 2015. The Hoboken Police Department will have a registration table set up on Washington Street near 7th Street. Registrants will be provided with an official registration number and a tamper-proof sticker to attach to the bicycle.

Residents are asked to bring their bicycle serial number(s), descriptive information (frame size, color, make, etc.) and purchase receipt (if available) to the registration.

Visit or call 800-848-BIKE for additional information. The national bike registry is an independent service provider and not affiliated with the City of Hoboken or the Hoboken Police Department.