April, 2012

HPU Eliminates Wait Lists at Municipal Garages

The Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) announced today that the well-known waiting lists for parking in municipal garages that have forced Hoboken residents to wait for years at a time to get in have finally been eliminated. The successful sale of Hoboken University Medical Center cleared the way for residents to find relief from the most notorious waiting list of all at Midtown garage.

“When I took this job, I was handed a wait list for garages that in some cases was over 200 people and nearly three years long,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs “After two years of careful management, organizational changes, and creative thinking from my staff, we can proudly say there is no longer a wait for anyone who wants to park in a municipal garage!”

Sinatra Park Soccer Field and Walkway Reconstruction Underway

Reconstruction is underway on the waterfront soccer field at Sinatra Park and the walkway at Castle Point. In late 2011, the Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers approved the City’s plans to reconstruct the collapsed field and walkways. The City has awarded a contract for the reconstruction of the field and walkway specifying a completion date of December 21, 2012 and a $1,500 per day penalty for each day the project is completed late. 

Flood Watch Issued; Free Garage Parking For Hoboken Residents In Flood-Prone Areas

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for our area from Sunday afternoon into Monday morning. Several inches of rain are possible. Due to the potential for flooding, the City of Hoboken is providing free parking in municipal Garage B (located on 2nd Street between Hudson and River streets) beginning Sunday, April 22nd at 12pm noon through Monday, April 23rd at 8am for residents who reside in flood prone areas and have a valid Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit placard. Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Residents who have a Resident parking permit or Temporary parking permit are reminded that overnight parking from 8pm to 8am is available every day in Municipal Garages B, D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) for $5.

A map of flood-prone areas is available on the City website:

Hoboken Charter School Participates in Arbor Day Tree Planting

Students from Hoboken Charter participated in planting two trees today as part of the City of Hoboken’s celebration of Arbor Day. Students of the PeaceJam club, grades 9-12, dug out two tree pits on Bloomfield and 4th Streets for the new London Plane trees. Event participants included Mira Septimus, Service Learning Coordinator at Hoboken Charter School & PeaceJAM Leader, Tabitha Escobar, a junior at Hoboken Charter School and PeaceJAM member, James Tricarico of the Hoboken Shade Tree Commission, and Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Mayor Thanks Council and Directors For Passage of Budget

Despite legacy costs and retroactive salary payments going back to 2007, the City Council adopted a budget tonight with a $900,000 reduction in the municipal tax levy and a 3.6% cash surplus level. The municipal tax levy has been reduced by approximately $6 million since 2010.

“Thank you to Council President Bhalla, Finance Chair Cunningham, and Council members Marsh, Mello, and Giattino for their support as well as my directors and the finance department for working so hard to create this strong, responsible budget,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I am proud that our teamwork enabled the budget to be adopted in the shortest timeframe in over a decade and will continue working to provide city services as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

Legion Park Re-Opens With New Playground Equipment

Local children joined Mayor Dawn Zimmer to cut the ribbon and re-open Legion Park this afternoon. The pocket park is located 1225 Willow Avenue and was upgraded with new playground equipment and safety surface as part of a city-wide parks improvement project. Jackson Street Park and Jefferson Street Park also received upgrades and were recently re-opened.

New York Red Bulls Special Needs Soccer Program Returns to Hoboken

The New York Red Bulls Believe program will be returning to the City of Hoboken this spring season. The program began in Hoboken in 2011 and was held in the spring and fall. Believe is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities. The program is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl who has special needs.

“I thank the Red Bulls for continuing to provide this free program that gives every child, regardless of their ability, a chance to learn and play sports,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

Jefferson Street Park Re-Opened With New Play Equipment

Local children helped Mayor Dawn Zimmer cut the ribbon and re-open Jefferson Street Park this afternoon. The pocket park is located on Jefferson Street between 1st Street and 2nd Street and was upgraded with new playground equipment and safety surface as part of a city-wide parks improvement project.

All members of the community are invited to attend the re-opening of Legion Park, located at 1225 Willow Avenue, on Tuesday, April 17 at 4pm.

3rd Sundays: Hoboken’s Monthly Gallery Walk

Sunday, April 15, 2012 marks the kickoff to a new monthly art event in Hoboken, 3rd Sundays: Hoboken’s Monthly Gallery Walk.

Occurring on the third Sunday of each month from 2 to 6 pm, ten galleries and art spaces around Hoboken are participating in the festivities. With special events and receptions in a coordinated tour de force, 3rd Sundays will highlight the work of local, regional and international artists. You will find a wealth of fantastic art in spaces whose atmospheres range from sophisticated to funky. Whatever your taste in fine art, you are sure to find something you love. Download the map.

City of Hoboken Announces Earth Week Events

The City of Hoboken will celebrate Earth Week during the week leading up the Hoboken Green Fair on Saturday, April 21st. Earth Week will feature a series of educational workshops on a variety of topics that will provide the community with an understanding of how environmental awareness can affect their everyday lives. The schedule of events for Earth Week is listed below.

The City of Hoboken and Hoboken Green Team will host a Green Fair on Saturday April 21, 2012 from 11am to 5pm at Pier A Park along the Hoboken waterfront. The fair will feature green companies and organizations, artists, organic food vendors and live music by David Calamoneri, Khaled Dajani, Dominick & Jamie Della Fave, Marc Giannotti, Gold & Brown, Rob Nicholas, Roland Ramos, and more. The Hoboken Historical Museum will be offering historic bike tours (bring your own bike) throughout the day. Bike Hoboken will host a family-friendly community bike ride at 2pm and will be collecting donated bikes for the Hudson TMA bike rehab program. Paper shredding will be provided by the Empire Realty Group.