Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Scene over Smartyville

As many of us wind up the year into the holidays, here's a shot over Hoboken, call it the scene over Smartyville from atop the stable. (Click to enlarge.)

Pony Profile: Nancy Pincus

There was some question about the new Zoning Board members and Mile Square View decided it would be good to give some insight into each in our Guest of the Stable series.  One candidate, Nancy Pincus was mentioned on as not well known so Da Horsey started a new series, called Pony Profile.  Nancy Pincus is an architectural designer and graphic artist, and a 13-year resident of Hoboken. After graduating from Cooper Union's School of Architecture in 1986, her first project experience was The Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, which has influenced her professional persepctive to this day on the thought and care with which architects/builders must use when integrating modern elements or entire modern structures into existing 'historc' structures, and neighborhoods. 

She relates to what she sees happening in Hoboken; desires by individuals or developers seeking variances, and the consequences that alter the face of our historic little city. She doesn't view this as a negative necessarily, but believes too little thought has been given to the quality of design, and the value of maintaining the scale, density and unique qualities of our city. Nancy hopes she can provide a perspective to the Zoning Board that will support the growth of our town in a way that compliments our streets and Hoboken identity.  

Nancy detailed her view saying, "We will all be dead in a couple of decades (looking on the bright side), so the changes we make to the town we inherited will be our legacy to the next generation.  What do we want that to be?  We have to be guardians of the  past, without stifling expression and some expansion to accomodate the needs of this generation: a delicate balance.  And of course, there is law and precedent in the mix.  I can guarantee that I will always be fair, and come to each hearing with an open mind."

Nancy lived in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, for two years where again, she saw numerous examples of  the integration of (very) old and modern design.  Overall her experience spans 20 years working as a architectural designer/ project architect on an array of project types for prestigious corporate clients; since her daughter was born she's been consulting part-time; raising her daughter has been her 'fulltime' job. Active behind-the-scenes, Nancy recently worked as the graphic artist for the Kids First campaign, and continues to support the improvement of the public school system in Hoboken.  

Guest of the stable: Mike Evers

I've moved to Hoboken just over 16 years ago, one week before the birth of the first of my two sons.  I've been self-employed as a fundraising consultant working with small to mid-sized charities in the NY/NJ area for the last 23 years and teach at NYU's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.  I received an M.B.A. from Baruch College, CUNY after nine years of night school.  Locally, I helped found the Elysian Charter School and served as an officer and trustee for a number of years.  I am currently active with Hoboken's Boy Scout Troop, which will be delivering bags of Christmas gifts to needy Hoboken families this week.
My hope is that the Zoning Board will allow the intent and purpose of the current Master Plan to inform all of its decision.
Talking Ed Note: Mike was named an alternate to serve on the Zoning Board at last Wednesday's City Council meeting.

Boogie Woogie Land

Last night city employees got together and let their hair down at the Elks Club for a Holidays party saying goodbye to 2009.  It's been a challenging year in Hoboken and city employees have ridden the tide like a roller coaster.  That didn't stop them from hitting the dance floor.

Things get loose and yes, that's the mayor herself in red.

Jimmy Farina and friend led a dance breaking in the mosh pit

Things get more festive, was it the elf that did it?

Councilman Dave Mello, Mayor Dawn Zimmer and Corporation Counsel Steve Kleinman

Guest of the stable: Jim Aibel

I have been a Hoboken resident for over 30 years and a long-time, active supporter of the movement seeking good and responsible town governance.  It has been enormously gratifying to watch this movement eventually gain the backing of such a large percentage of the community and inspire new volunteers to join the effort to make Hoboken a model of good government.  The substantial response to the Administration's call for volunteers to serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustment is, in my view, a clear demonstration that many community members are eager to roll up their sleeves and get personally involved.     

I am pleased to have been selected from a group of strong and very capable applicants to serve with the incoming and incumbent Board commissioners  in confronting the issues arising out of the continuing wave of residential and commercial development in town.  Creating diversified housing that will sustain our ability to keep growing families in town, developing open and park space, maintaining the character of the town, respecting neighboring interests, creating an appropriate mix of residential and commercial development, and providing real benefits to the community are among the many factors that we must consider while planning and managing future land use. 

Service on the Zoning Board presents a great opportunity to protect the community's interests within the existing zoning and planning framework.  It also is a heavy responsibility, which I do not undertake lightly.  I was a partner in a Newark law firm and practicing litigation attorney for over 20 years.  During the last ten years, I have worked in corporate development and merger integration areas in a substantial New York-based financial services company.  I am a careful listener, have judgment refined by years of experience in resolving disputes and controversies of all types and intend to be a positive influence on the Board and a persuasive advocate for sound and good decision-making in the community's best interests.
Talking Ed Note: Last Wednesday night, two Zoning Board members were added and alternate Jim Aibel moved up to full member.