December, 2011

Christmas Tree Disposal Information

Christmas trees may be placed at the curb on regular garbage pickup days: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. Remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree. Do not place the tree in a plastic bag. Residents with any questions may call (201)-420-2385 or to report a location where a tree needs to be picked up.

City Hall Holiday Toy Drive

Employees of the City of Hoboken conducted a holiday board games drive for the Jubilee Center. More than three bins full of gifts were donated by City employees. Thank you to all employees for your generosity!

Capital Improvements for Police, Fire & Environmental Services Approved

On December 21, the City Council approved a capital improvements bond to fund the procurement of a pay loader and two street sweepers, HVAC repairs and safety-related entry renovations at Police Department headquarters, facade and building renovations at fire Department headquarters, restorations at Ladder 1/Engine 3 (1313 Washington Street), and phone system, computer and technical upgrades for municipal offices. Click here to view the presentation delivered by Environmental Services Director Leslie Shenkler regarding the need for the improvements.

Public Invited to Review Preliminary Design Concepts for 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove

The City has commissioned the professional landscape architect Imbiano Quigley (IQ) to design the parks at 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove. Based on input from two earlier community meetings, IQ has developed four preliminary conceptual designs for the parks. Residents can view the four designs at

The design concepts are also on display in the lobby of City Hall through early January, alongside the design ideas of a studio class of graduate students in the Landscape Architecture program at City College in New York.

The concepts demonstrate a variety of active and passive park features. As residents review these designs, they are asked to consider mixing and matching elements from the various concepts, as opposed to choosing one concept over another. This is an opportunity for the community to think broadly about which elements will make for the best park to meet the present and future needs of this area and Hoboken as a whole.

The public can submit feedback on the preliminary design concepts by emailing or through the comment box in the lobby of City Hall. City Hall is typically open Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00pm but will be closed on Friday, December 23rd and Monday, December 26th.

Fire in Southwest Hoboken – 1st Street Closed

7pm Update:: 1st Street is open to traffic.
3pm Update:: 1st Street between Jackson Street & Monroe Street will remain closed through the night and into much of Sunday.A fire truck will remain on watch through the night. Two firemen were injured and are being treated at Hoboken University Medical Center.

This morning a fire started at a two-story structure near the corner of 1st Street and Jackson Street. The building was safely evacuated, and firefighters are on the scene to control the fire.

Residents are advised that 1st Street between Jackson Street & Monroe Street will be closed to traffic and pedestrians for several hours and may use Observer Highway as an alternative. The building is an older wooden structure and the fire is generating significant smoke, so residents in the area are advised to keep windows closed.

Five residents who were displaced are temporarily staying at Iglesia Pentecostal Latina Americano. Hoboken OEM and Volunteer Ambulance Corps have set up a shelter in the church and are coordinating with the Red Cross.

The City thanks the Fire and Police Departments for working to protect the community.

Hoboken Installs First Bike Repair Station, Doubles Bike Racks Near PATH

First buffered bike lane installed; Bike sharing program planned

The City of Hoboken has installed its first self-service bike repair station, becoming one of the first municipalities on the east coast with a public bike repair facility. The City has also doubled the number of bike racks near the PATH. The more than 30 new bike racks are available for sponsorship by businesses or residents and will be acknowledged with an engraved plaque adjacent to the bike rack.

“Our streets are public spaces that belong to everyone, not just cars,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Every Hoboken resident is a pedestrian, and more than ever, they are also riding bikes to get around. This expansion of our bicycle infrastructure demonstrates our strong commitment to making Hoboken more bike-friendly.”

The bike repair service station behind the Bus Terminal adjacent to the PATH has a stand to hold a bike, a hand-operated air pump, and basic tools including wrenches, screw drivers, and tire lever for minor repairs. The bike racks and bike repair station are part of pedestrian and cycling improvements to Hudson Place that began with construction of expanded and rebuilt sidewalks and bump-outs. Street furniture and planters are also planned for Hudson Place.

New 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove Waterfront Park Design Ideas on Display

The City of Hoboken is in the process of revising the designs to create new parks and public space at 1600 Park and Hoboken Cove. Revisions are underway based on community input regarding connectivity between the parks and new flexibility regarding the height of the proposed recreation field. The City has commissioned the professional landscape architect Imbiano Quigley (IQ) to design the site. The consultant will be presenting multiple concepts to the stakeholders committee and receiving feedback from the stakeholders for consensus on a final conceptual design.

Concurrently, a studio class of graduate students in the Landscape Architecture program at City College in New York has been working to creatively consider the same constraints and develop design ideas of their own. A set of the studio class’ design ideas, a culmination of a semester-long collaboration effort, will be on display starting Tuesday, December 13, 2011 in the lobby of City Hall, 94 Washington Street. Professor and Landscape Architect Lee Weintraub worked with members of the stakeholder committee to guide the students in their work over the last 10 weeks. Director of Community Development Brandy Forbes and the City’s consultants Remington and Vernick also provided input into the students’ work.

The public is invited to see the exhibit which opens Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. All of the students will be in attendance to describe their work. Later in the week the formal concepts from the City’s professionals IQ will also be on display in the City Hall Lobby.

Hoboken University Medical Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

On November 30, 2011, Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary O’Dowd, former Mayor David Roberts, Hoboken University Medical Center CEO Phillip Schaengold, and others to celebrate the future of HUMC and officially hand off the hospital to its new leadership team. The sale of HUMC means that New Jersey’s oldest hospital will remain open as a full-service acute care facility, saving more than 1,200 jobs and relieving Hoboken taxpayers from a guarantee of a $52 million hospital bond.

Restored Historic Hoboken Ferry Terminal Re-Opens

Hoboken’s historic Ferry Terminal has been restored and was re-opened to the public today after being closed for more than 40 years. Ferry service out of Hoboken Terminal is now operating out of the re-opened Ferry Terminal at five of the original six ferry slips. Restoration of the Ferry Terminal was the third phase of a $120 million restoration project of the Hoboken Terminal.

Letter from Mayor Zimmer Regarding “Monarch” Project


December 7, 2011

Dear Hudson Tea Building, Shipyard, and concerned Hoboken residents,

As you may know, the Department of Environmental Protection recently approved a permit application for two proposed multi-story buildings to be built on the pier in front of the Hudson Tea Building. I publicly advocated against the DEP approval of this project, and I share many residents’ concerns with this decision. I am writing to advise you that the City is currently pursuing an appeal of this decision.

Since many residents are concerned about protecting Hoboken’s waterfront, I wanted to reach out and make sure that residents understand this is the beginning of the approval process for this project.