April, 2016

Arts & Music Festival TO BE RESCHEDULED

Please note that due to the forecast for poor weather, the Arts & Music Festival will be rescheduled, in coordination with headliner Leon Russell, to a new date to be announced:

Hoboken Nears Final Agreement For 2 Acre Resiliency Park at 7th St & Jackson St

Monroe Center Concept Plan
As early as June 1st, the Hoboken City Council will consider voting on a redevelopment agreement, amended redevelopment plan, and financial agreement for a PILOT related to a Bijou Properties project at 7th Street and Jackson Street within the Northwest Redevelopment Area. The project will include the creation of 2 acres of public open space with more than 250,000 gallons of underground stormwater detention and infiltration as well as a multi-use public gymnasium.

“This project will bring two acres of much-needed open space to western Hoboken while making our city more resilient to flooding,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “The outdoor amphitheater and plaza for events and seasonal markets will create a vibrant gathering space that will also support the artists and small businesses in the adjacent Monroe Center.”

The Administration and City Council Community Development Subcommittee have worked closely together to negotiate a project that is financially feasible while providing several public amenities. The public benefits from the project including land acquisition and remediation, flood prevention infrastructure, and construction of the public park/plaza and gymnasium with stormwater system are valued at over $26 million. The agreement requires that the remediation and development of the public park area south of 7th Street and construction of the gymnasium be completed first.

Elements of the project include:

  • Construction and conveyance of amenities to the City of Hoboken for recreation and open space, including:
    • Approximately 1 acre public park consisting of an open grass area in the manner of a “Quadrangle” on a college campus; public seating area; and children’s play area, including age appropriate play equipment set on a rubberized safety surface with modern fencing;
    • Approximately 1 acre public plaza including step seating, with a tilted lawn panel for relaxing and passive gatherings, and a large plaza area designed to accommodate vendors and seasonal markets;
    • A 6,835 square foot multi-use public gymnasium with a classic field house design;
  • Significant stormwater detention under the public park and plaza areas to help address the flooding issues in the area;
  • Improvements to 7th Street utilizing Belgian block-style accents and a tabled roadway to create visual continuity between the properties to the north and south of the street, to encourage vehicle calming in the area, and enhance the sense of community that is intended;
  • Extensive soil and groundwater remediation;
  • Construction of a mixed-use residential and commercial structure; ranging heights of structure with a maximum of 14 stories and a maximum 60 ft. base;
    • 424 rental residential units, including 42 (i.e. 10%) on-site affordable housing units to be deed restricted for a minimum 40 year period;
    • Between 23,700 and 33,000 sq. ft. of retail space;
    • 415 on-site parking spaces for residential, commercial and transient uses
    • 75 parking spaces to be made available on a shared-parking, non-reserved basis for use by tenants of Monroe Center

Additional project documents are available on the City website:

Mayor Zimmers Announces Open Office Hours

Mayor Dawn Zimmer will hold open office hours at various locations around Hoboken on the following dates. No appointment is necessary.

Monday, May 2, 2016
Hoboken Historical Museum
1301 Hudson Street

Monday, June 6, 2016
Wallace School
1100 Willow Avenue

Monday, July 18, 2016
Hoboken City Hall
94 Washington Street

Hoboken Police Department to Hold 3rd “Coffee With a Cop” Meeting

The Hoboken Police Department invites the community to the third “coffee with a cop” meeting on Monday, May 16th from 9:00am to 10:30am at the Hoboken Hot House at 200 Monroe Street.

Coffee with a Cop brings police officers and the community members they serve together – over coffee – to discuss issues, learn more about each other, and strengthen community ties.

In attendance at the meeting will be Chief Ken Ferrante, Investigations Bureau Captain Charles Campbell, Traffic Commander Lieutenant John Petrosino, Schools Supervisor Sergeant John Rodriguez, and Detective Michael Miranda, along with Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Councilman Jim Doyle.

Residents are invited to discuss any law enforcement or policing issues at the local, regional or national level in an informal setting. The Hoboken Police Department will provide coffee and pastries.

Mayor Zimmer & Hoboken Green Team Congratulate Storm Drain Mural Winners

On Earth Day, Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Councilman Jim Doyle and the Hoboken Green Team congratulated the first place winners from Hoboken High School and Wallace Elementary School in the Earth Day storm drain mural contest. Students from seven Hoboken schools participated in the contest, which was initiated by the Hoboken Green Team to raise awareness of the causes of water pollution and the effects of storm drain contamination.

“There is no better way to celebrate Earth Day than to congratulate the outstanding students who used their artistic creativity to remind people to keep the streets and areas around the drains free from litter,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Our City became a much brighter, colorful, and cleaner place thanks to their educational paintings on local storm drains. Thank you to all students, teachers and Green Team members for participating in this creative contest to help protect our local environment!”

Over twenty storm drains across the City were painted by students. The winners were chosen by the Hoboken Green Team, including Jeffrey Train and Elizabeth Balladeres, who coordinated the projects with all seven schools and the Hoboken Public Schools Green Team, led by Chris Della Fave. The Hoboken Public Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to raise funds for the Hoboken Public Schools, donated supplies to some of the participating schools, including non-toxic eco-friendly paint.

Additional schools participating in the storm drain mural contest included Hoboken Charter School, Connors Elementary School, Calabro Elementary School, Hoboken Dual Language Charter School, and The Hudson School.


On Earth Day Weekend, Hoboken Pilots Temporary Connection in Waterfront Walkway Gap

Sinatra Drive Runners

Beginning on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd, and throughout the rest of the weekend, the City of Hoboken will temporarily complete the largest remaining gap in the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway adjacent to Union Dry Dock with a protected multiuse path. The path along Sinatra Drive will begin near the skate park and extend to the intersection with Sinatra Drive North for use by pedestrians and bicyclists, similar to most of the existing waterfront walkway.

In addition, Hudson Bike Share will offer a “Ride for Earth, Ride for Free” day on Saturday, April 23rd. After registering for a free account at or through the nextbike mobile app, riders will be able to take an unlimited number of free 30 minute rides all day. Upon registration, a debit or credit card will be required in case of overages or bicycle damage. A $1 deposit to confirm validity of the card will be available for future purchases or refunded if unused in the first two weeks.

Bike Hoboken, Don’t Sit Home, and Hudson Bike Share are partnering for a group ride on Saturday, April 23rd to take advantage of Hudson Bike Share’s “Ride for Earth, Ride for Free” day and the completed waterfront path. For event information, visit

The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is envisioned as a continuous 18.5 mile multiuse waterfront corridor from Bayonne to the George Washington Bridge. Major sections of the walkway in Hoboken have been completed in recent years including the connection at Weehawken Cove, the reconstruction of Sinatra Park, and a segment adjacent to the Stevens Institute of Technology lot. The last major uncompleted segment in Hoboken is along a section of industrial waterfront owned by Union Dry Dock. In this area, a very narrow sidewalk is shared by thousands of people who enjoy the waterfront.

The temporary multiuse path will occupy the parking lane on the east side of Sinatra Drive from the skate park to Sinatra Drive North and will be delineated with barricades and cones.


Free Blood Lead Screening for Children at Hoboken Multi-Service Center

Free blood lead screening will be provided on April 21st and 28th from 9:00am to 11:00am and 12:00pm to 2:00pm in the community room of the Multi Service Center (124 Grand Street) for children under the age of 18, at-risk pregnant women, and adults involved in the renovation, remediation, demolition and/or other Superstorm Sandy recovery activities.

A copy of the blood lead screening results will be provided to each individual or the child’s parent or legal guardian. In addition to the results, educational materials will be provided and discussed which will include but are not limited to the following:

• The effects of lead poisoning
• Prevention of lead poisoning
• Nutritional guidelines
• Lead exposure in cosmetics, cultural remedies, toys, and cookware
• Common household conditions that may contain lead hazards
• Lead Poisoning Testing Schedule

The screening is being conducted by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services in partnership with the City of Hoboken and the office of Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro. The Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services has a Memorandum of Understanding for the cities in Hudson County to provide Case Management for the County and has been appointed by the New Jersey Department of Health to provide testing for the County. Funding is provided by the Social Service Block Grant Supplemental for Superstorm Sandy Recovery.

Mayor Zimmer Designates Maria Pepe Batting Cages to Honor Trailblazer for Girls in Little League

Maria Pepe
Photo Credit: Chris Capaci/Capacity Images

At the Little League opening day ceremonies today, Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer designated the city’s batting cages in honor of Maria Pepe, a Hoboken resident who at the age of 12 was one of the first girls to play Little League baseball and whose actions led to the sport being opened to girls.

“We are proud to name the Maria Pepe Batting Cages in honor of a trailblazer whose passion and bravery opened up Little League to millions of girls,” said Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Baseball was born in Hoboken, and Maria made sure that everyone, both boys and girls, could play.”

In 1972, Maria Pepe was one of the first girls to play Little League baseball at a time when girls were banned from the sport. After only three games, she was forced to stop playing when the Little League organization threatened to revoke Hoboken’s charter. A successful gender discrimination court case filed on her behalf by the National Organization for Women led to girls being able to play Little League. More than 5 million girls have been able to participate in Little League since.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude for this dedication today,” said Maria Pepe. “I am humbled and honored to receive this recognition, but also proud that over 5 million girls have participated in Little League baseball and softball programs over the past 30 years. I am privileged to know that I get to play forever through all the girls who came after me.”

ESPN ranked Maria Pepe playing Little League Baseball as the fifth “Greatest U.S. women’s sports moment” in history. In 2004, Maria threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport. The glove she wore in 1972 is in the Little League Museum in Williamsport and her cap is in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Maria has also been recognized by the NY Yankees and in the PBS series “Makers: Women Who Make America.”

Hoboken to Host 22nd Annual Arts & Music Festival

Arts & Music Festival

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & The City of Hoboken present the

The 22nd Annual

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival

Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 11am to 6pm

Washington Street between Observer Highway & 7th Street

ADMISSION IS FREE – Rain or shine

Volunteers are needed for morning setup on day of the event from 7am to 11am. Reach out to Geri Fallo in advance if you are interested in volunteering of for general information: 201-420-2207 or

Over 300 Artists, Crafters, Photographers, Sculptors, Food Vendors, local restaurants and businesses, non-profits, car dealers, children’s activities & more. Special kids section on 3rd Street.

3 Stages of music featuring performances by:

  • Leon Russell – Grammy Award Winner & Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Smokey’s Round-Up, The Amazing Incredibles, Tony Corrao – Sings Sinatra
  • Emily & the Ideals, Sylvana Joyce + The Moment, Skyfactor, Amanda Holley
  • Chrissy Roberts / Kid Notes, Carol Lester presents The Bubble Queen & The Royal Bubble Pops
  • Michael & the Rockness Monsters, Stevens Jazz Quartet
  • Garden Street School of Performing Arts & Garden Street Irish Step Dancers
  • Hoboken Hip Hop from All Saints Episcopal Day School & Little Club Heads
  • And many more

Performance Schedule

Observer Highway Stage
Noon – Skyfactor
1:00pm – Sylvana Joyce + the Moment
2:00pm – The Amazing Incredibles
3:00pm – Smokey’s Round-Up
4:30pm – Leon Russell

3rd Street Stage – Children’s area
Noon – Garden Street School of the Performing Arts & The Garden Street Irish Step Dancers
1:00pm – Chrissy Roberts /Kid Notes
2:00pm – Carol Lester presents The Bubble Queen & The Royal Bubble Pops
3:00pm – Michael & the Rockness Monsters
4:00pm – TBA

7th Street Stage
12:30pm – Hoboken Hip Hop from All Saints Episcopal Day School
1:00pm – Stevens Jazz Quartet
1:45pm – Tony Corrao sings Sinatra
2:45pm – Amanda Holley
3:45pm – Emily & the Ideals
5:00pm – Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra

Special features include:

  • Fine artists are located between 2nd & 3rd Streets (both sides of the street). If you are an art collector, this is the location you will want to explore first. Oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, sculpture, mixed media, photography, etc.
  • Children’s activities on 3rd Street with rides, games, creative activities, face painting, sand art, balloons, live performances and much, much more.
  • Crafters display/sell handmade pottery, metalwork, wood items, furniture, blown & fused glass, quilts, household items made from recycled materials, batik clothing, hand painted furniture, candles, jewel
  • Food: Lots of great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods including Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian

Special thanks to our Sponsors:

  • Suez Water
  • WFUV
  • NJ Lottery
  • The Hoboken Reporter
  • This Is It Stage Productions
  • Capital One Bank & Walgreens

Food & Beverage Donated by: Anthony David’s, Starbucks, Inserra Shop Rite, Dunkin Donuts, Losurdo Brothers Deli / Tony’s Italian Bakery

For more information, contact Geri Fallo 201-420-2207 or

Notice of Public Comment: City of Hoboken Draft CDBG 2016 Annual Action Plan

In order to maintain its eligibility to administer Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for housing and community development, the City of Hoboken must prepare an Annual Action Plan and submit it to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Annual Action Plan describes the City’s proposed use of $1,096,150.00 in CDBG funding to address the priority needs and objectives as stated in the City of Hoboken’s 2015-2019 Five-Year Consolidated Action Plan.

The DRAFT 2016 Annual Action Plan is now available for public review and comment. A copy of the DRAFT 2016 Annual Action Plan is available through the City’s website at, can be requested by email (, or by calling 201-239-6642 (no voicemail). A DRAFT copy will also be available through the Hoboken City Clerk’s Office. This public comment period will begin on Friday, April 9, 2016 and extend through Monday, May 9, 2016. Comments should be mailed to: Department of Community Development, Attention: Christopher Brown, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or e-mailed to Comments must be received or postmarked by Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:00PM.