November, 2011

Free Leaf Bags Available for Residents

The City of Hoboken is distributing free paper bags for collecting leaves. Residents and business owners can pick up the bags at the City Garage (Willow Ave & Observer Highway), the Parking Utility in City Hall, the Hoboken Library, and the Fire Station at 1313 Washington Street.

“As the leaves fall and the snow season approaches, we ask for everyone to work together to keep our City clean,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Full leaf bags can be placed on the curb for pickup. If necessary, residents may also call the garage at 201-420-2277 to request that bags be delivered to them or to pick up full bags. Leaves are taken to the Nature’s Choice facility for composting.

Property owners or occupants are reminded that they are responsible for cleaning up the sidewalk in front of their business or residence. When snow falls, they are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow within 6 hours of the completion of a storm.

“I thank all our residents and business owners for working together to keep Hoboken clean and beautiful,” added Mayor Zimmer.

Construction Notice for Sections of River Street, 11th Street & Clinton Street

On or about December 1, 2011, construction will commence on various streets throughout Hoboken. This project consists of milling and resurfacing of the following streets as well as ADA compliant ramps on River Street from Hudson Place to 4th Street:
1. 11th Street from Madison Street to Monroe Street
2. Clinton Street from 15th Street to 16th Street
3. River Street from Hudson Place to 4th Street
There will be some inconvenience for access to and from residences. Every effort will be made to assure that the inconveniences are minimal. All work will be completed as quickly as possible. Please be aware of the “No Parking” signs which will be posted.

Holiday Crafts Fair

Come to Hoboken for the Holidays. Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken invite you to the Hoboken Holiday Crafts Fair on Saturday & Sunday December 3 & 4 from 11am to 5pm. NEW LOCATION: Hoboken Multi Service Center, 126 Grand Street. Elevator available.

Unique handcrafted gift items by local artists, photographers & crafters. Featuring: pottery, art, photography, stained glass, mirrors & frames, hand knit scarves, hats, mittens, jewelry, baby clothes & blankets, holiday ornaments, soaps & body lotions, candles and so much more.

Most items are one-of-a-kind and if you don’t see exactly what you want, you can place a special order with the artist. The event will also feature live music, activities for children, and a visit from Santa Claus.

Within walking distance from all public transportation including the PATH, Hudson Bergen Light Rail, NJ Transit Trains & Buses and NY Waterway ferries. Applications are still available. For more information call 201-420-2207 or online at

Hoboken Thanksgiving Food Drive – Thank You!

Update: Thank you to all members of our community who participated in the Thanksgiving Food Drive.

The City of Hoboken is partnering with Hoboken’s interfaith community on a food drive to support the Hoboken Shelter and the In Jesus’ Name Food Pantry.

“During these difficult economic times, our shelter and food pantries are struggling to support the growing number of our neighbors who need help,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re proud to partner with our interfaith community, and I ask residents to consider supporting those in need during this Thanksgiving food drive.”

In City Hall, three collection bins are located at the Parking Utility, on the first floor across from the security desk, and on the second floor outside the Mayor’s office. The items that are most needed are canned goods, pastas, and soups. Collection bins will be located in City Hall through Tuesday, November 22nd.

Public Meeting to Discuss Mobile Food Vendors

All residents are invited to a public meeting to discuss the mobile food vendor ordinance being considered by the City Council. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 from 5-7pm in the basement floor conference room, City Hall, 94 Washington Street.

Postal Service Community Meeting

The United States Postal Service will be hosting a community meeting to discuss the possible discontinuance of the West Side Station in Hoboken on November 22, 2011. The meeting will take place at the Hoboken Main Post Office Lobby located at 89 River St. from 5:30 -6:30pm. Previous meetings were held to discuss the possible discontinuance of the Uptown Station and Washington Street station.

Letter from Mayor Zimmer to Division of Local Government Services

Mayor Dawn Zimmer sent a letter to Director of Local Government Services Thomas Neff after a vote for line item transfers failed 5-4 for the second time at Monday evening’s City Council meeting. Click here to view the letter.



Hoboken Offers Local Businesses $100 in Free Garage Parking for Customers During Holiday Season; Urges Residents to Shop Local

The City of Hoboken is urging residents to support local small businesses this holiday season. The 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday, organized by American Express, will be on Saturday, November 26th, the day after Black Friday. American Express is offering a one-time $25 credit for cardholders who register an eligible card and make a purchase of at least $25 at a small business on November 26th.

“I urge our community to support our small, independent businesses this holiday season and year-round,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “They are the backbone of our local economy and part of what makes Hoboken so vibrant and unique. To help attract customers to our local businesses this holiday season, the City is offering each business $100 worth of free customer parking for our municipal garages.”

Starting on November 21st, Hoboken businesses can visit the Hoboken Parking Utility to pick up $100 worth of “Park-and-Shop” customer coupons valid from November 26th through December 31st, 2011. Businesses that currently do not have a business parking permit should bring the same documentation required for a permit.

Hoboken Terminal & Yard Redevelopment Plan – Second Community Meeting

The City of Hoboken is working to produce the Redevelopment Plan for Hoboken Terminal and Rail Yards property. On Thursday, November 10th, 2011, residents joined City officials for a second community meeting about the Redevelopment Plan. Click here to download and view the presentation made at the community meeting. Residents who were unable to attend can complete and return the Comments Sheet to provide their input. The completed form can be mailed or emailed to the addresses listed below.

Contact Information
Brandy A. Forbes, AICP, PP
Community Development Director
City of Hoboken
94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Garden Street Mews Opens to the Public – Hoboken’s First Pedestrian Mall, Second in New Jersey

Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined president of Bijou Properties Larry Bijou, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Councilwoman Beth Mason, architect Dean Marcheto, Councilman Ravi Bhalla, and Councilwoman Jen Giattino for the opening of Garden Street Mews – Hoboken’s first pedestrian street, and only the second in New Jersey. Garden Street Mews is located on Garden Street between 14th and 15th Streets.

“It’s because of progressive initiatives like this pedestrian mall that Hoboken was just recognized as one of the most walk-friendly communities in the country,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “People love to live in and visit Hoboken because it’s a great place to walk, and making our City even more pedestrian friendly is good for families and good for businesses. Our streets are by far the largest public space we have, and the Garden Street Mews is a reminder that we need to think of them as true shared space that improves the lives of all our residents.”

The street bed at Garden Street Mews has been remade with authentic cobblestones over a century old. A row of street trees are planted off center in the road bed providing a park-like setting and access for emergency vehicles with areas set aside for market displays. Landscaping, street lighting, and street furniture complete the design.