July, 2016

Zoning Board Agenda and Transcript 2016

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Update on Park Avenue Bridge Construction & Weekend PATH Service Suspension

Park Ave Bridge Construction:
Construction on the Park Avenue bridge is currently suspended due to an executive order from Governor Christie. Once the shutdown related to the Transportation Trust Fund is lifted, construction is expected to resume within 24 hours. Work is planned to take place Sunday to Thursday nights from 8pm to 6am and Friday nights from 10pm to 8am to allow for the later traffic flow out of the City of Hoboken. The Park Avenue bridge will be closed to traffic in both directions during construction hours. Work will not be done on Saturday night, and the bridge will be re-opened to two-way traffic during daytime hours.

Weekend PATH Service Suspension on 33rd St Line:
Weekend PATH service on the 33rd Street line in Manhattan will be suspended starting in early August as part of a comprehensive, federally-mandated safety initiative to install a new computerized signal system designed to improve passenger service and safety.

Service on the 33rd Street line will be suspended from approximately 12:01 a.m. on Saturdays until 5 a.m. on Mondays, a schedule that is set to continue most weekends through December 2016, with the exception of major holidays. Regular weekend service will continue on the Newark-World Trade Center (WTC) line and between Journal Square and Hoboken.

Direct service between Hoboken and WTC, normally not available on weekends, also will be introduced.

PATH riders affected by the closures may travel to the WTC station, which offers easy and accessible New York City subway service to uptown destinations. While service is suspended, shuttle buses will be provided, making stops between the WTC and 29th Street along 6th and 7th avenues. The weekend closures will impact the Christopher, 9th,14th, 23rd and 33rd street stations.

Further updates, bus maps and details will be provided as available through the Port Authority’s website,

The 33rd Street PATH line upgrade is part of a multi-phased plan to improve the system and provide riders more frequent rush hour service. Additional weekend closures on the system will be necessary next year on a schedule to be announced.

At the center of the project is installation of Positive Train Control (PTC), an updated safety-enhanced system that the federal government has mandated be completed by the end of 2018.

Allotting this work time is vital to upgrading PATH to improve current and future service. In addition to safety enhancements, this work will provide PATH riders increased reliability in the future, as well as lay the groundwork for increased passenger capacity.

As part of the Port Authority’s 10-Year Capital Plan, PATH also will upgrade the signal system with Communications Based Train Control (CBTC), which continuously calculates and communicates a train’s exact position, speed, travel direction and safe braking distance. Trains then will be capable of running more frequently and closer together, leading to a projected increase in rush-hour service on PATH lines of up to 20 percent. Additionally, the CBTC system also will allow for further enhancements such as real time information in PATH stations.

A video explaining PATH’s PTC/CBTC system is now available at

Public Meeting to be held for Playground Improvements to Maxwell Park

maxwell park
Members of the public are invited to attend a public meeting to discuss planned improvements to Maxwell Park, including the addition of toddler equipment adjacent to the existing playground. The meeting will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hoboken Historical Museum, located at 1301 Hudson Street in Hoboken.

The Seth Morris 9/11 Heroes Foundation and Apple Montessori School has donated funding for a survey and rendering for the project. If the project is approved, they will also be providing the funding for design and construction.

A family member of the owners of the Apple Montessori School in Hoboken, Lynn Morris-Piccolo, lost her husband and father of three on 9/11. She created the Seth Morris 9/11 Heroes Foundation to honor the memory of her husband and the others that perished on that day.

Seth Allan Morris was 35 years old, one of the youngest Partners at Cantor Fitzgerald. He believed strongly in giving back to the community through his tireless volunteer efforts working with youth through local athletic and recreation programs.

If the project is approved, the Seth Morris Foundation, together in partnership with Apple Montessori School, will donate the cost of installing a toddler appropriate playground as part of a public-private partnership with the City of Hoboken.

Those who cannot attend the meeting can also provide written comments to the Director of Human Services, Leo Pellegrini via mail at 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030 or email:

Hoboken Arts & Music Festival Update

Proudly presented by

Mayor Dawn Zimmer,

the City of Hoboken and

Apple Montessori Schools

Sun. Sept. 25th, 2016

Celebrating our 23rd Year

Washington St. bet. Observer Highway & 7th St.
Admission is Free


Leon Russell

Leon Russell

Leon Russell

Thanks to our sponsors
for their continued support:
Suez, NJ Lottery,
The Hudson Reporter and
This Is It Stage Productions. 

Additional support provided by:
Walgreens, Capital One Bank,
Inserra Shop Rite of Hoboken,
Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts,
King Food Markets (325 River St.)
and Anthony Davids and
Losurdo Brothers Deli / Tony’s Italian Bakery.

For more info call:
Geri Fallo 201-420-2207

3 Stages of Music featuring
performances by:

Leon Russell

The Amazing Incredibles

Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra

Preschool of Rock

& much more


Special features include:

  • Fine artists are located between 2nd & 3rd Sts. (both sides), 5th & 6th Sts. (North, East side), and artists from the Monroe Center for the Arts bet. First & Newark Sts. (North, East side), so if you are an art collector, these are the locations 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, jewelry, dried florals, soaps & lotions and other unique handcrafted items.
  • Food: Lots of great food throughout the fair. Hoboken restaurants will set up street cafes offering an eclectic variety of international foods such as: Thai, Indian, Greek, French, Mexican, Cajun and Italian

Performance Schedule

Observer Highway Stage
noon –
12:50pm –
2:00pm –
3:00pm – The Amazing Incredibles
4:30pm – Leon Russell

3rd Street Stage – Children’s area
noon –
1:00pm –
2:00pm –
3:00pm – Preschool of Rock
4:00pm –

7th Street Stage
12:30pm –
12:35pm –
1:00pm –
1:45pm –
2:45pm –
3:45pm –
5:00pm -Frankie Morales & the Mambo of the Times Orchestra

Schedules are tentative and subject to change.


Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1959, where as a member of the legendary Wrecking Crew he became one of the music industry’s most sought-after session players. During the 1960s, Russell would perform with a dizzying array of some of the era’s greatest artists, including Phil Spector, The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra and The Rolling Stones, among many, many others.  Russell’s career took off in the 1970s, when he released a slew of solo albums and several cover versions of his songs reached the top of the charts.

Leon was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2011. Songwriting creeds include: A Song for You, Delta Lady, This Masquerade, Back to the Island, Tight Rope, Lady Blue and more.

Leon led the famous Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh.  Leon has also toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John.

Frankie Morales & the Mambo
of the Time Orchestra:
This talented vocalist sharpened and shaped his sound for most of his life, starting on the streets of “El Barrio” New York City’s Spanish Quarter. Some of Frankie’s “finest hours” was the recording of “Tito Puente Mambo Birdland” and “Masterpiece”, Puente’s final album and collaboration with “The Great” Eddie Palmieri, which both won Grammy Awards. Frankie still holds the position of Lead Vocalist with the Tito Puente Orchestra. When you wonder why you feel like dancing, you’ll know exactly what Frankie brings “to the people”: rhythm for the dancers, and through his voice, passion of a true Cantante.

Preschool of Rock has redefined children’s music by combining entertainment and education through exhilarating performance, offering classes, shows, preschool enrichments and birthday parties throughout New Jersey and New York. They provide the hippest music education for young children, inspiring creativity, confidence, and freedom of expression.



Located just 3 blocks from all public transportation:
PATH, NJ Transit Trains & buses, NY Waterway Ferries & the Hudson Bergen Lightrail

Washington Street will be closed from 6am to 9pm
between Observer Highway and 7th Street
During this time, NJ TRANSIT Bus No. 22 (North Bergen-Union City-Hoboken),
No. 89 (North Bergen-Hoboken) and No. 126 (Hoboken-New York)
will operate on a detour.

Customers traveling toward North Bergen and New York
will board and alight along Bloomfield Street at customer’s request.
Customers traveling toward Hoboken Terminal
will board and alight along Willow Avenue at marked bus stop locations.

Special thanks to our Sponsors:

Apple Montessori Schools

Suez Water

The Hoboken Reporter

This Is It Stage Productions

Capital One BankWalgreens,

Food & Beverage Donated by:
Anthony David’s, Starbucks,
Shop Rite, Dunkin Donuts,
Kings Food Markets (325 River St.)
Losurdo Brothers Deli / Tony’s Italian Bakery

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

Volunteers are needed for morning setup on day of the event
from 7am to 11am. Please contact Geri at 201-420-2207 in advance
if you are interested.

Stevens to Provide Tennis Court Access for Hoboken Residents

Stevens Tennis Courts
(Photo credit: Stevens Institute of Technology)

The Stevens Institute of Technology and City of Hoboken announce a pilot program granting access to four tennis courts for use by Hoboken residents through August 21st. Hoboken residents above the age of 18 will have access to the tennis courts on the northern end of the campus between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:30 pm. All interested residents will need to sign up at the Stevens Athletic Center for a swipe card which will grant access to the courts for the designated times.

“I’m thrilled that the City, in partnership with Stevens, is able to provide additional tennis court access for Hoboken residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This is just the latest example of the City, with the assistance of Stevens, facilitating additional recreation opportunities for residents. Thank you very much to the Stevens Institute of Technology, President Farvardin, and the Athletic Department for allowing residents to access the tennis courts.”

Additional information about pilot tennis court access for Hoboken residents:

Hoboken residents age 18 and over may use the set of four tennis courts located just off of Ninth Street on the north end of the Stevens campus. The set of two courts on the south side of campus are not available for use and are restricted to the Stevens community.

All Hoboken residents age 18 and over interested in using the courts must first obtain a Stevens visitor ID card. The first step is to complete the Athletics Facilities Use and Release form which can be picked up at the Schaefer Athletic Center’s reception desk Monday-Friday between 8am and 8:30pm. The reception desk is temporarily located in the northwest lobby of the building and can be accessed through an entrance across from the baseball field. An ID card will be provided upon completion of registration.

All individuals must present valid proof of Hoboken residence. Upon completion of the form, a Stevens visitor ID will be created for each person. This ID must be present with the individual at all times while on the Stevens campus and a second form of photo ID must be available as well. No guests are allowed; only those people with a valid Stevens ID are allowed to use the courts.

The courts are available for use Monday-Sunday from 8:00am to 8:30pm from Monday, July 25th through Monday, August 21st, 2016, when the Stevens tennis teams will resume practicing and preparation for the fall seasons. Please note that the courts are going to be resurfaced during this time frame and will be unavailable for up to one week.

No parking is available on campus for those individuals using the tennis courts.

Future Use
Use of tennis courts is being provided on a pilot basis for the remaining open period during Summer 2016 (until Aug. 21, 2016), after which time swipe cards will no longer provide access to the courts. If is determined that the program will be made available again (at a later time), participants will be asked to re-register and IDs will be re-programmed to provide access.

Please contact the Stevens Office of Campus Recreation:
Director-John Maurizi,, 201-216-8111
Assistant Director-Will Emanuele,, 201-216-8554
In addition, the phone number for the reception desk is 201-216-8040 and questions may be answered there as well.

Rebuild by Design Community Meeting – Thursday, July 28

Alternative Analysis Presentation and Workshop
Burchard Hall – Stevens Institute of Technology (Corner of 6th Street and River Terrace, Hoboken, NJ)
Thursday July 28, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Please join the NJ Department of Environmental Protection next Thursday, July 28th from 6:30pm-8:30pm for a presentation to share the preliminary results of the project alternatives analysis.

**Note: due to demand we have recently updated the meeting location to Stevens Institute of Technology, Burchard Hall, located at the corner of 6th Street and River Terrace, Hoboken

For the latest updates on the Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project please visit:

Mayor Zimmer Wishes Good Luck to Olympic Athlete Dagmara Wozniak


Today Mayor Dawn Zimmer sent her best wishes and presented a mayoral proclamation to United States Olympian and Hoboken resident Dagmara Wozniak in advance of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.

“On behalf of all Hoboken residents, I extend my best wishes to Dagmara Wozniak as she represents Team USA in the 2016 Olympic Games,” said Mayor Zimmer. “We are proud of her dedication to her team and country and know her tireless work ethic and hours of practice will lead to great results. Good luck to Dagmara and all of the athletes representing Team USA!”

Dagmara will be competing at the Olympic Games in the sabre fencing individual and team competitions. This will be her third Olympic competition, as she participated in the 2012 London Olympics and as an alternate in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Dagmara earned a gold medal in the individual and team competitions at the 2015 Pan American Games, and an individual gold medal in 2011. Since 2007, Dagmara also earned a gold medal and four bronze medals in the team competitions at the World Championships.

Hoboken Police Department Offers Bike Theft Prevention Tips


During the summer months, there has been an increase in bicycle thefts throughout different areas of Hoboken. The Hoboken Police Department offers the following tips to protect your bike:

• ALWAYS LOCK UNATTENDED BICYCLES. Lightweight cable or chain locks do not provide adequate security in most areas. Use a heavy duty U type lock. Do not protect a $1000 mode of transportation with a $10 lock.
• For the greatest theft deterrence, use two locks such as a U-lock and a locking cable. The longer it takes a thief to get through your bike security, the less likely your bike will be stolen.
• Lock to a fixed, immovable object like a permanent bike rack. Be careful not to lock to items that can be easily cut, broken or removed. Be careful that your bike cannot be lifted over the top of the object to which it is locked.
• Properly secure bicycles in garages or storage units.
• Remove or secure any bicycle components and accessories that can easily be taken.
• Observe individuals loitering near parked bicycles, even if the bikes are locked. Call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 to report suspicious activity and provide a good suspect description.

A thief with the proper tools can steal a bicycle in under a minute. Bicycles have been taken from bike racks and outside residences, while secured to gates. To help combat these thefts, the Hoboken Police Department urges residents to keep bicycles inside their homes whenever possible and not outside the gates or inside their garages unsecured. When a bicycle needs to be locked outdoors, always use a lock and chain of the highest quality and lock the bicycle in a well-lit place with high foot traffic.

Anyone who observes individuals loitering near parked bicycles is asked to call the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100 to report any suspicious activity and provide a good description of the suspect.

The Hoboken Police Department uses the National Bike Registry to help bicycle owners recover their bicycles in case of theft. Bicycle owners can visit the Police Department to complete a bicycle registration forms which will be kept on file. Bicycle owners should bring their bicycle serial number(s), descriptive information (frame size, color, make, etc.) and purchase receipt (if available) to complete the registration.

Hoboken Police & Stevens Police to Host Annual Night Out Against Crime in Church Square Park

On Tuesday, August 2, 2016, The Hoboken Police Department and Stevens Police Department will be hosting “National Night Out in Hoboken”. National Night Out, also known as “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, is an annual, nationwide event that allows the community workers to give back to their community. The annual event will take place in Hoboken’s centrally located Church Square Park, where a large slate of family and youth-oriented activities is scheduled to take place from 5pm until 9pm. Elsa from “Frozen” and Cinderella will be making a visit to take pictures with everyone in attendance. We will have bounce houses, free food and giveaways throughout the night. Our giveaways include baseball tickets, a Burberry handbag, gift cards and autographed sports memorabilia. We will be conducting free child car seat inspections from inside the parking lot of the A J Demarest School (158 4th Street).

National Night Out is designed to: (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

In addition to the participation of various police agencies, several local businesses will be out in full support of this night out against crime. Additionally, there will also be bounce houses and water slides and other entertainment for children. People of all ages are encouraged to attend.

The National Night Out event is celebrated by over 37 million participants and over 16,000 communities across the United States.

For further information or to set up a table or make a donation for the event please contact Officer Daniel Simone at or visit our website,

The HPD and SPD hope you can come out and help us fight against crime!

SUEZ Repairing Water Main on Bloomfield Street

SUEZ Water issued the following notice this morning:

SUEZ emergency personnel are onsite this morning in Hoboken, making repairs to a water main break on Bloomfield Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets. Excavation down to the water main has begun and crews are working onsite, prepping for the actual repair to take place. Approximately 40 multi-family buildings are affected and have been notified. SUEZ has bottled water available at the site for the families affected. We appreciate your patience as we work as quickly and safely as possible to complete these critical repairs this early Sunday morning.