March, 2016

Invite to City-Wide Rebuild by Design Community Workshops

Members of the public are invited to attend a design focused community meeting for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project.  For the convenience of residents, three meetings will be held at different locations throughout the City including the Multi-Service Center, the Hoboken Housing Authority, and the Elks Club.  The meetings will focus on asking the community for input on design elements and amenities that may be incorporated into the project.

“The ultimate design for this project will reflect the input from the community,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “I know some residents are concerned about how the flood protection measures will look, but these workshops are opportunities to participate in the design process and directly influence the final plan.  It is important for residents to know that this is the beginning of the design process and your voices will continue to be a very important part of creating the final flood protection measure.”

Community Workshop with Citizens Advisory Group
Thursday, April 7th
Multi Service Center
124 Grand St., Hoboken

Community Workshop – Drop in Session
Tuesday, April 12th
Adams Gardens (HHA Senior Housing)
220 Adams Street, Hoboken

Community Workshop – Drop in Session
Thursday, April 14th
Elks Lodge
1005 Washington Street, Hoboken

Community Workshop – Drop in Session
Thursday, April 28th
6:30pm-8:30 pm
St. Lawrence Church Community Room
22 Hackensack Ave, Weehawken

In addition to these community meetings, Mayor Zimmer and the City’s Rebuild by Design team are available for smaller neighborhood meetings to further discuss various design ideas and receive community input.  Please email Vijay Chaudhuri, Mayor Zimmer’s Chief of Staff, at to schedule a meeting.


To subscribe to receive email updates from the State DEP about the project, visit:


As a follow up to the community meetings, residents are also invited to provide written feedback to: or by mail to Dennis Reinknecht, RBD Program Manager, Office of Flood Hazard Risk Reduction Measures, 501 East State Street, Mail Code 501-01A, PO Box 420, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.


Please also copy on feedback or design ideas, so the City is aware of the correspondence from residents sent to the State.

Free Bike Share Memberships Available for Hoboken Housing Authority Residents

Residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority and recipients of Section 8 housing vouchers who live in Hoboken are invited to apply for a free Hudson Bike Share annual membership. Thanks to the support of program sponsors, 100 free memberships are being provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We know that lower-income households make up the majority of bicycle riders, but they are often under-represented among bike share programs,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “With stations located in every neighborhood and free and discounted memberships available, we are making equity and access key priorities of the Hudson Bike Share system.”

Residents can apply online at or in person at the HHA main office at 400 Harrison Street. After applying, Hudson Bike Share will confirm residency with the Hoboken Housing Authority. Yearly members are entitled to unlimited 45 minute rentals. A map of station locations is available at

Once all free memberships have been distributed, discounted memberships at a rate of $60 per year will remain available for all residents of the Hoboken Housing Authority and Hoboken recipients of Section 8 vouchers.

Hudson Bike Share is a bike share program with 27 stations and 250 bicycles sponsored by Carepoint Health, Bijou Properties, SUEZ North America, Zipcar, Investors Bank, and Keller Williams City Life Realty.

Take Back the Night March & Rally – April 19

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On Tuesday, April 19th, Hoboken and Stevens will unite to Take Back the Night. This is an opportunity to show solidarity and support our community and bring awareness to sexual violence through this march, rally, and vigil.

Take Back The Night® is an international event and non-profit organization committed to ending sexual assault, sexual abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence.

We will march from Steven’s Institute of Technology campus to Pier A, where supporters will participate in chants and a moment of silence, and hear powerful speeches from survivors and advocates.

We invite you to become part of the solution and help put an end to sexual violence.

Join us to take a stand and break the silence.

Timeline (times are all estimates)
7:00 p.m. — Meet at Steven’s Institute of Technology
7:30 p.m. — March from Stevens campus to Pier A
7:45 p.m. — Moment of silence at the Pier
8:00 p.m. — Opening speeches and Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer
8:30 p.m. — Conclusion of events

The walk from Stevens to Pier A is uneven and contains steps. If you have a stroller or a wheelchair, or if you struggle with steps, you are welcome to meet us directly at Pier A at 7:45pm. You are also welcome to join the march at any time during the route (agenda above). Parking in Hoboken is limited and there is no parking available on the Stevens campus.

Registration for this event is not required, but recommended so that we can send you up-to-the-minute schedules, updates, and, if the weather does not cooperate, rain date information.

Public Hearing for Washington Street Water Main & Green Infrastructure Improvements

Please be advised that the City of Hoboken has applied to the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Financing Program (NJEIFP) for a low interest loan to construct both drinking water main and green infrastructure improvements for stormwater management along Washington Street from Observer Highway through 15th Street.

The proposed drinking water main improvements include replacement of the existing 12-inch diameter cast iron drinking water main with new 12-inch diameter ductile iron drinking water main; replacement of the existing 6-inch diameter cast iron drinking water mains on four city blocks along Washington Street with new 8-inch diameter ductile iron drinking water mains; replacement of existing fire hydrants and installation of new additional fire hydrants for a total of 24 fire hydrant installations; installation of new water service connections from the new 12-inch and 8-inch drinking water mains, as well as the existing 8-inch drinking water main on Washington Street up to the existing curb line; and new tie-in connections at each intersection.

The proposed green infrastructure improvements include construction of up to 15 curb extension rain gardens located at various intersections throughout Washington Street and miscellaneous drainage improvements in order to reduce stormwater run-off and localized flooding.

The engineer’s estimate of probable construction is approximately $4,181,170 for the water main improvements and $2,040,700 for the green infrastructure improvements. The City is requesting funding from the State’s Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds through a low interest loan application, which includes contingencies and other costs, for a total Not-To-Exceed amount of $5,570,370 for the water main improvements and $2,625,584 for the green infrastructure improvements.

As part of the funding process, the City must conduct a public hearing pursuant to NJAC 7:22-10.10 to solicit input from the affected public.  The City will conduct the public hearing on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the City’s Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ.  Copies of the planning document, construction drawings and cost estimates may be viewed on the City’s internet website or in the Office of the Municipal Manager, located in City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ.  Written comments may also be submitted to

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Park Ave Water Main Repairs

12:30pm: Repairs to the water main are complete and water service has been restored.

7am Update: Repairs are underway on a broken 6″ water main on Park Avenue between 6th Street and 7th Street. The break has been isolated and approximately 30 customers on the block will be without water service during repairs, which is expected to take several hours. A boil water advisory is not in effect.

Registration Open for Outdoor Fitness Activities

FITRxN – powered by PEDAL holding a class Under the ViaductFitness Under the Viaduct

Online registration is now open for outdoor fitness activities by visiting Some activities do not require registration.

Sunrise Yoga Classes
Online registration beings March 21st:
3 sessions for Sunrise Yoga; Cost is $25 for a 5-week session. Wear loose clothing & comfortable shoes, bring water & yoga mat

1. Sunrise Express Yoga 2016, Pier A Park, 6:30am to 7:15am
Presented by MiMi Yoga Hoboken
Late Spring Session: Tuesdays: May 10, 17, 24; June 7, 14

2. Sunrise Express Yoga 2016, Pier A Park, 6:30am to 7:15am
Presented by MiMi Yoga Hoboken
Early Summer Session: Tuesdays: June 21, 28; July 12, 19, 26

3. Sunrise Express Yoga 2016, Pier A Park, 6:30am to 7:15am
Presented by MiMi Yoga Hoboken
Late Summer Session: Tuesdays: Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 31

Family Yoga Classes
(formerly Mommy & Me Yoga)
Presented by MiMi Yoga Hoboken
5 sessions are being offered. $25 for a 5 week session
Online registration begins March 21st:
Little yogis will stretch, breathe, move, and have fun as they learn basic yoga poses alongside parent/guardian! Your little one will build gross motor skills & make new friends, while you bond & move together. Ages 2-6; All levels welcome.
Parent or Guardian must accompany children. Sessions limited to 15 parents/guardians and their child. Bring a beach towel or yoga mat and water.

Spring Sessions, 9am – 9:45am
1. Pier A – Tuesdays: May 10, 17, 24, June 7, 14
2. Elysian – Wednesdays: May 11, 18, 25, June 8, 15

Summer Sessions, 9am – 9:45am
3. Pier A – Tuesdays: June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26
4. Elysian Park – Wednesdays: June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20
5. Elysian Park – Wednesdays: Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31



Zumba For Adults & Kids
Presented by Hudson Vibe Dance & Fitness
Featuring owner, Susan Pascale, aka Hudson Vibe Suz
Free • Elysian Park, Hudson St. & 10th St

June 1 • 7:00 pm • For Adults • All levels
A total workout, combining all elements of fitness: cardio, muscle conditioning, balance & flexibility, mixing high & low-intensity moves. A dance fitness party.

Shake Rattle n Tone
June 7 • 11:15 am • Ages 0-9 months
Check with your doctor before taking class. Tone up & dance with your baby – must be in a carrier sling. Toning sticks will be supplied but are limited. Class is free but registration is required. Limit 25.
To register:

July 11 • 10:00 am • Ages 0-3 yrs
Music & movement class for children to attend with music & Zumba® loving parent or caregiver. Move, sing, dance & learn together using your bodies, instruments & scarves to enhance the rhythm. In case of rain, call 201-981-4474.
For more information: 201-981-4474


The following programs are free & do not require registration.
Fitness at Pier A Park
takes place Mondays at Pier A Park, First St. & Frank Sinatra Drive
Time: 7pm to 8pm, Free classes
Each week there will be an introductory class sponsored by a different local fitness establishment. Be sure to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing. Bring your own mat if needed and water. In case of rain, classes cancelled, unless specified. Call the fitness facility for more information.
2016 Schedule:
June 6 – Thrive Fitness and Body Soul and Pole: G3 Fitness. Focus on continual progress on compound movements. Pole Fitness. Is a great sport. Great workout. Laugh, dance and have fun. 201-253-0050.
May 23 – Local Barre: Open Barre. All levels. Our signature class is a fusion of ballet fundamentals & core conditioning. Total body workout using lightly weighted yoga balls, stretching strap, ballet barre, playground ball & yoga mat. Sneakers required. 201-710-5994;
June 6 – BOLD Arts: Hip Hop for Families. Children and adults alike are invited to groove with instructor, Jenn Eisenberg. All ages welcome, come and dance with us. 908-247-6623.
June 13 – Brazen Athletics-Cross Fit Willow: CrossFit. Varied exercise and intensity. Elite athlete to first-timer, our program prepares you for WHATEVER you want to do. You will get stronger and you will progress as an athlete. All levels. For info call: 201-414-6262;
June 20 – CrossFIT Hoboken: Power at the Pier. A fun and intense Crossfit experience! Meet the Crossfit Hoboken team, get your sweat on. Discover a workout unlike any other you’ve tried before! If rain, class will be held at 38 Jackson St. 2nd Floor. Call 800-396-6705 for info;
June 27 – Baby Boot Camp Hoboken:S tollfit and Strollga. Full body work-outs for Pre and Post Natal mommies. Bring your baby and get fit together. Mat and water are required. 201-936-0925;
July 11 – UFC Gym: Boxing. Train with professional fighters & burn 1,000 calories while learning the basic boxing techniques & combinations. Total body routines include jabs, crosses, burpees, pushups, squats & more. If rain class will be held at 316 Sinatra Drive. 201-332-4269 or
July 18 – CKO Kickboxing: CKO Fitness Kickboxing. Full-body, action-centered, fitness workout using real heavy bags. If rain, class will be held at 900 Madison St., suite #2; For info, Call 201-963-7774;
July 25 – Work It Out Fitness Studios: Sweata Weatha. The best full body workout. Cardio, toning & some special surprises. For info, call: 201-222-0802;
Aug. 1 – 35 Minute Bootcamp: Total Body Hit. Learn some unique ways to get a quick & effective workout in 35 minutes. It’s OK to smile, have fun & not be so serious. If rain, class will be held at 720 Monroe St. C-106. For info, call: 201-850-1022;
Aug. 8 – Phalanx: Bootcamp. All levels. Endurance training using mainly your body weight, partner and team work. Modifications given. If rain, class will be held at
651 Observer Hwy. For info, call 201-284-9819;
Aug. 15 – City Challenge Race: Bootcamp. Join us for a fun & intense full body bootcamp to help you prepare for the Hoboken City Challenge Race! Call 201-659-3873;
Aug. 22 – Intrepid Gym: Circuit Breaker. Spare 45 minutes to push yourself to new levels. Expect heart-pumping music, high energy coaches & a new total-body workout every day. Dig deep and demand more of yourself. Your body will thank you. Call 201-942-9500;
Aug. 29 – Sassy Cap Dance N’ Fitness: Zumba® Fitness. Dance, fitness with Jeannine Severino. Cardio party with Latin rhythms. 530-723-6313;

Fitness Under the 14th Street Viaduct
takes place Wednesdays at 14th Street Viaduct between Grand St. & Clinton St.
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Free classes
Each week there will be an introductory class sponsored by a different local fitness establishment. Be sure to wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing. Bring your own mat if needed and water. In case of inclement weather, classes can still take place because the space is covered by the Viaduct.
2016 Schedule:
May 11 – CKO Kickboxing
May 18 – FIT RxN
May 25 – Phalanx
June 1 – Kure Pilates
June 8 – Brazen Athletics-Cross Fit Willow
June 15 – Kelly Naughton
June 22 – Harmony Pilates
June 29 – Ava Kyte
July 6 – Surya Yoga
July 13 – Local Barre
July 20 – Baby Bootcamp
July 27 – Power Flow Yoga Hoboken: – a dynamic combination of strength, sweat & spirit. This accessible, challenging & flowing form of yoga will sculpt, tone & hone your muscles & mind. Our practice encourages detoxification, deeper stretching & healing. Class open to all levels; modifications & variations offered.
Aug 3 – Devotion Yoga
Aug 10 – Surya Yoga
Aug 17 – 35 Minute Bootcamp
Aug 24 – Intrepid Gym
Aug 31 – CKO Kickboxing

Hoboken Public Library Newsletter for March

The Hoboken Public Library newsletter for March is now available.

Hoboken Rolls Out Pay-By-Plate Parking Meter System For Improved Convenience

The City of Hoboken is beginning to transition existing on-street parking meters from a “pay-and-display” to “pay-by-plate” system. Under the new system, customers will be able to pay at any pay station in the city without needing to return to their vehicle to display the receipt.

In the months ahead, the new payment system will also allow customers the ability to “pay-by-phone” using a mobile application. Through “pay-by-phone,” customers will be able to pay for parking without going to a meter and add time to the meter directly from a mobile phone application or by calling without returning to the meter.

To purchase parking with the pay-by-plate system, customers will 1) Enter the vehicle license plate number and 2) Make payment via credit/debit card, smart card, coins, or bills (where available). There is no need to return to the vehicle to leave the receipt. The real-time paid/unpaid status will be visible to enforcement officers via tablet computers.

The transition to “pay-by-plate” will begin on Monday, March 21st with the meters located on Hudson Place. Parking Enforcement Officers will be stationed at the meters to educate drivers on the use of the meters. Additional blocks will transition to the new system in the following days and weeks.

Hoboken Property Owners Invited to Request Street Tree Planting

In preparation for the Spring 2016 tree planting, the City of Hoboken’s Shade Tree Commission is seeking property owners who would like a tree planted in the sidewalk adjacent to their building and who will agree to care for and water the tree. Qualifying property owners can have a street tree planted in exchange for a suggested $100 contribution towards planting costs and a pledge to keep the tree well-watered.

The City planted nearly 200 trees through the program in 2015.

Property owners who would like a tree planted in a sidewalk tree well in front of their home should complete the online request form at Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to available funding.

Each location requested will be surveyed by a professional from the Department of Environmental Services to ensure there are no conflicts with the surrounding infrastructure and that the site is a suitable one for a tree to grow and thrive.

Requests can be made for existing empty tree beds as well as paved sidewalk locations. If a tree well does not exist, one will be opened. Trees will not be planted on private property; only in sidewalk tree wells.

Trees are only planted during our two planting seasons: Spring (March 1 to May 31) and Fall (October 1 to December 31).

Hoboken Asks Commuters to Plan for Travel Delays During Possible Rail Stoppage Starting March 13


The City of Hoboken has been coordinating with NJ Transit and other agencies in preparation for a possible strike by NJ Transit rail workers beginning on Sunday, March 13, 2016. A strike would result in the complete suspension of all NJ Transit rail service which is expected to result in significant disruptions throughout the region’s transportation system. PATH, NY Waterway, and NJ Transit bus and Hudson-Bergen Light Rail would continue to operate, with the rerouting of the NJ Transit 126 bus route to Hoboken Terminal. In the case of a work stoppage, NJ Transit will implement a contingency plan that would accommodate about 38% of NY-bound passengers. For details on the plan, visit
While all commuters should plan for travel delays, for the least disruptive commute to New York, riders should consider traveling via ferries or along the Hoboken to World Trade Center PATH line.

NJ Transit 126 Bus Route
To avoid major commuting delays due to traffic congestion and delays at the Lincoln Tunnel, NJ Transit 126 bus customers are urged to commute to Manhattan via ferry or PATH service. The 126 bus route in Hoboken will operate on a reverse routing on weekday mornings, beginning at Willow Avenue and 19th Street and operating south to Hoboken Terminal via Willow Avenue and Washington Street for cross honoring with PATH and ferry service. During evening commutes, the bus route will go from Hoboken Terminal to Willow Avenue and 19th Street via Clinton Street and Washington Street. The 126 bus route will not travel to or from the Port Authority Bus Terminal during the week. Weekend service will operate on its regular route to/from New York.

Hoboken Terminal Area Traffic Restrictions
To facilitate increased bus traffic and temporary staging areas for bus loading in the Hoboken Terminal area and for the safety of the anticipated increase in pedestrian traffic, only buses, registered private shuttles, and emergency vehicles will be permitted to enter the Hoboken Terminal area. Taxis and personal vehicles will not be permitted. Vehicles will not be permitted to travel east of Washington Street at Observer Highway, south of 2nd Street on Hudson Street, or south of 1st Street on River Street. First Street will remain open.