December, 2015

Observer Highway & Henderson St/Marin Blvd Temporarily Closed for Paving. Use Alternate Routes

5:50pm Update: Observer Highway and all roads have been reopened to traffic in both directions.

3:30pm Update: Marin Blvd/Henderson St has been reopened to traffic in the northbound direction. Observer Highway is open in the eastbound direction from Henderson Street. Additional traffic lanes will reopen as the new asphalt cools.

Observer Highway and Marin Boulevard/Henderson Street will be closed in both directions this evening while the paving of Observer Highway is completed from the intersection of Observer Highway and Henderson Street west towards the firehouse just east of Madison Street. Roads will be reopened to traffic once the asphalt has sufficiently cooled, later this evening.

Drivers are urged to enter and exit via northern Hoboken if possible. Those entering Hoboken from the south may enter via Jackson Street from Jersey Avenue or Grove Street. Those exiting Hoboken may use Monroe Street or Harrison Street. Traffic police will divert vehicles exiting Hoboken towards Newark Street.

Christmas Tree Disposal Information
For those disposing of Christmas trees after the holiday:
1. Please remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree. Do not place the tree in a plastic bag. (trees are recycled)
2. Place tree at the curb on Tuesday and Thursday nights for pickup on Wednesday and Friday.
Residents with any questions may call (201)-420-2277 or to report a location where a tree needs to be picked up.

Holiday Notices: Municipal Office Closures & Parking Regulations

Hoboken municipal offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24, 2015, Friday, December 25, 2015 and Friday, January 1, 2016. The Parking Utility will also be closed on Saturday, December 26, 2015 and will close at 7pm on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2015. Those requiring any parking products should visit the Parking Utility in advance. Parking meters, permit regulations, and street cleaning will not be enforced on December 24, December 25, and January 1. The Parking Utility will be open on Saturday, January 2, 2016.

Garbage and recycling pickup will take place as scheduled. Due to electrical service renovations at the Multi Service Center, the building is expected to be closed from Monday, December 28th through Wednesday, December 30th with a possibility of power being restored by Wednesday.

Update and Thank You From Mayor Zimmer on Rebuild by Design

Thank you to everyone who voiced their views on the Rebuild by Design Project through the last four community meetings and in writing.

I met last week with NJDEP Commissioner Martin and shared our community’s serious concerns directly with him and based on ongoing public input, the NJDEP is currently reviewing alternative options within the five concepts. I have made it clear that a flood protection feature on Garden Street between 12th and 14th Streets is not a publicly supported concept. I am optimistic that the State will address those objections.

As we move ahead, I want to make sure that everyone understands that the public process is real and meaningful. Since I have been Mayor, we have engaged in a robust public planning process with every major project including park design and redevelopment plans. In every instance, the public planning process has resulted in significant positive changes to the preliminary proposals. I encourage everyone to continue voicing constructive suggestions so that together we can help chart the best course to take advantage of this historic opportunity to protect our City from future coastal storms and sea level rise.

A video presentation and all materials can be viewed at and feedback can be emailed to Thank you to those who have provided some great ideas that are currently under consideration by the State.

Parade to Celebrate Redwings Football Championship Rescheduled to January 13th

Due to the forecast for rain, the parade for the Hoboken High School Redwings Football team scheduled for Wednesday, December 23rd has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 13th at 3:00pm.

The Hoboken High School Redwings Football Team won their 10th NJSIAA State Championship on Saturday, December 5th, 2015. The Redwings defeated Brearly 34-12 to win the Group I North II Championship and their 10th State Championship in program history. The team, led by Coach Lou Taglieri and his staff, will be honored in a parade down Washington Street beginning at the Elks at 10th Street and Washington Street and concluding at City Hall at 94 Washington Street.

Hoboken PD to Conduct DWI Checkpoint December 19, 2015

The Hoboken Police Department’s Traffic Bureau will be conducting a D.W.I. checkpoint on Saturday, December 19, 2015. The location of the checkpoint will be in the Southern end of the City. The approximate hours of operation will be from 10pm until 2:00 a.m.

The goal of the program is to reduce citizen involvement/injury, due to D.W.I.-related collisions. Through implementation of this and similar events, the Hoboken Police Department hopes to significantly reduce accidents, injuries and property damage throughout our city. Informational pamphlets will be handed out on site.

The Hoboken Police Department is committed to working hand-in-hand with the citizens of Hoboken to provide a safe environment for the motoring public. For more information, contact the Hoboken Police Traffic Bureau at (201) 420-5109.

Statement from Mayor Zimmer on Rebuild by Design


Thank you to everyone who came out last night to the Rebuild by Design drop-in session at the Hoboken Historical Museum following up on the meeting at the Wallace Gym last week. We want to continue to hear resident feedback and answer questions as we move forward towards a comprehensive plan to protect our City from future hurricanes and storm surges.

I fought hard to win the Rebuild by Design competition in 2013 so that our City would never again face the devastation of Sandy that destroyed so many of our homes and businesses across 80 percent of the City. I truly appreciate how Hoboken came together after Sandy. As a community we made it through the storm because thousands of residents volunteered and opened up their homes and helped out neighbors in need.

I recognize that people in Hoboken had different experiences when Hurricane Sandy struck our City depending on which neighborhood they live in. At last night’s meeting, I heard from many residents who did not flood during Sandy who thought we should address flash flooding from heavy rains but not protect the City from coastal flooding due to storm surges. It is understandable that each person’s Sandy experience creates differences in perspective about the urgency of protecting our City from future storm surges.

As I reflect on the devastation of Sandy and the recent fear from a potentially even more devastating Hurricane Joaquin, I believe we need to prepare for a different future, and doing nothing to protect from storm surges is not an option. I never want to have to call on the National Guard to save us again, and I never want our community to have to experience that kind of pain and devastation.

Upper Willow Ave Reduced to Two Travel Lanes December 15-18

Beginning early in the morning on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 and through Friday, December 18, 2015, Willow Avenue between 12th Street and 16th Street will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction. The roadway narrowing is necessary to accommodate the dismantling and removal of a crane from a construction site at 14th Street and Willow Avenue. Police will be on hand to direct traffic.

Invitation to Flood Resiliency Drop-In Sessions

Last night at a public meeting at the Wallace School, the State introduced five proposed concepts for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River: Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge project. The $230 million in funding awarded through the project will be implemented through one of the five introduced concepts to help protect the Hoboken region from flooding due to severe storms. The five proposed concepts and project materials can be found on the project website at

Residents are also invited to attend one of the three drop-in sessions to ask questions and provide feedback on the concepts. The details of the drop in sessions are below.

1) Drop in session #1: Monday, December 14, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm: Hoboken Historical Museum (1301 Hudson Street)
2) Drop in session #2: Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: St. Lawrence Church (22 Hackensack Avenue, Weehawken)
3) Drop in session #3: Thursday, December 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm: Hoboken Housing Authority (221 Jackson Street)

Based on screening criteria and feedback from the community, the five proposed concepts will be reduced to three for further evaluation. An additional meeting will be scheduled in January to go over the three concepts. Any resident who would like to provide feedback can also email comments to

Resiliency Under Construction at City Hall

City Hall Sustainable Stormwater Demonstration Project
Construction work is currently underway as part of the Hoboken City Hall Sustainable Stormwater Demonstration project, which is designed to retain all rainwater that falls on City Hall during a 6 hour long 100 year storm and prevent it from contributing to flooding. The aim of the project is to set an example for other city blocks for how to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that enters the combined sewer system.

The project will include four 1,200 gallon above-ground rainwater tanks (cisterns), more than 1,000 square feet of rain gardens, 100 square yards of pervious concrete sidewalk, raised planter beds, and a green wall.

The project is part of the “delay” and “store” elements of the “Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge” strategy.