Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Master Plan tonight @ 7:00

Hoboken is taking a much needed look at its Master Plan and tonight's meeting in the basement of City Hall is where the conversation starts.  If you can't make it there for any reason, you can do so here at your convenience.

Earlier today, Councilwoman Beth Mason sent out an email release highlighting tonight's meeting.  Last year she introduced a concept plan including a minor league ballpark.  For those that missed it, the details of that story is here:


Recap:  Over 50 residents jammed the downstairs meeting room for the Planning Board meeting with well over a dozen public speakers.  Some technical glitches and apologies for that as operating from the basement not the easiest.

The existing Master Plan was reviewed and many speakers spoke outside the scope of the original and what should be the vision for the future instead requesting their own personal wish list.

Some speakers did understand the underlying issues from the previous Master Plan and spoke about the concerns due to Hoboken's massive development in the 90s and the current glut of condo and housing stock and the negative tax impact (or the woeful lack of one) thereafter.

This is the beginning of the process.  It would be better to hold future meetings upstairs. For a summer meeting the room was overflowing.

Related: The Hoboken Journal posted pictures of the four new members: Nadia Mian and Rami Pinchevsky (Class IV members) and Daniel Weaver and David Dening were appointed as alternates.

Grease is the word...

Mayor Dawn Zimmer & the City of Hoboken
along with Paramount Pictures

invite you to a special premiere of

Wed. June 30th beginning at 9pm

Pier A Park, First Street & Sinatra Drive

Paramount pictures is releasing a sing-along version of Grease in theatres this summer & Hoboken has been offered the opportunity of a sneak preview before it comes out.

Pier A Park is just a short walk from all public transportation including PATH, NY Waterway Ferries, NJ Transit Trains & Buses & Hudson Bergen Light Rail.

Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie and be ready to strut your stuff. We'll have mics setup so you can participate karaoke style.

There will be prizes for the best dressed.

Come early & bring your blanket & a picnic basket.

Co-sponsored by Projected Images of Hudson County, The Hudson County Division of Heritage Affairs, Clearview Cinemas and TheShannon.

For more information call 201-420-2207

To see the movie trailer, visit: http://www.greasemovie.com

Paramount Pictures presents
A Robert Stigwood/Allan Carr Production
Produced by Robert Stigwood and Allan Carr
Screenplay by Bronte Woodard
Adaptation by Allan Carr
Based on the original musical by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Produced on the Broadway Stage by Kenneth Waissman and Maxine Fox
In association with Anthony D’amato
Directed by Randal Kleiser

Cast:               John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing
Special guest appearances by Eve Arden, Frankie Avalon, Joan Blondell, Edd Byrnes, Sid Caesar, Alice Ghostly, Dody Goodman and Sha-Na-Na.

Synopsis:        Rydell High's most famous graduating class is going back to school.  newly restored print brings the highest-grossing musical of all time, GREASE (1978), to the big screen as a sing-along.  Join Danny and Sandy with your own crew of T-Birds and Pink Ladies for a carnival ride back to hose amazing summer nights!

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Guest of the Stable: Grafix Avenger

Thank you, Horsey-- it is a great honor to be invited as today's  "Guest of the Stable"... well, I guess I kind of invited myself.  So thank you for not saying "No!"   

You see, I made this graphic (above) and since MSV gets a lot of traffic,  I thought I'd hang it up in your stable. Because if a graphic falls in a forest, and no one's there to see it, did it make a sound?

Unfortunately,  I had to go and ruin it with a warning label: "THIS IS SATIRE".   Are you wondering why?   You'd figure that anyone smarter than a box of rocks wouldn't need a warning label on a satirical graphic.  I was surprised myself to discover how many folks in Hoboken are dumber than a box of rocks. And I mean really big, stupid rocks. 

Let me explain. 

I've had a blog, Grafix Avenger (http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/), since the end of March.  Do you know what a blog is?  I can tell you what it's not.  It's not The New York Times, or even MSV.   No, a blog is a rubber room in cyberspace where the proprietor gets to jump up and down and shout.  Or whisper.  Or sing.  Or flip a disingenuous politician the bird.  In my case, it's all of the above. 

Nothing wrong with that, right?  This is America, after all. And, our great country has a fantastic, crumbly old piece of  paper called 'The Constitution', chock-full of scrawly-things called  'Amendments'  which endow our citizens with liberties.   Like this:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment. My personal fave.

Because  it allows you and I, like all other Americans,  to express our opinions, popular or unpopular, withour fear of reprisal...  uh, oh.   Without fear of reprisal.  Somebody tell this to the dumber-than-a-box-of-rocks crowd.  They misunderstand the document that is the foundation of American democracy, that so many  Americans have sacrificed themselves to preserve.   We are talking about an essential American right.  Freedom of speech.

But no, these big, dumb rocks have decided the Constitution can be cherry-picked...  for example, a person who peforms an unpaid, volunteer service for their city ( Hoboken, for example)  is not entitled to free speech even though her speech bears no relation to her public service.  Somebody tell that to Liz Markevitch.  Oh yeah, I already did:  http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2010/06/back-at-ya-liz.html

Coincidently, ALL of the big, dumb rocks are former or current political adversaries.  Many have been lampooned by yours truly.  So they're mad.  Well, let 'em complain,   I understand that.  But that is not what they do.  No.  They impugn The Critic's public service to our city,  snootily intoning that The Critic can't have free speech AND a role in making a better Hoboken.  I am guessing they want to shut the speech down.  And punish The Critic.  Someone send  Liz Markevitch an American civics book.

Now, every box of big, dumb rocks has a leader.  In this instance, the Head Rock is loaded with dough.  Which she gets from her husband, Rock-a-fella.  So she doesn't need to attack her critics with conventional methods.  There are more insidious ways, the best money can buy.  Well, they aren't really that good.  But the hapless rocks think they are, and their rocky hubris will be their downfall.  Read about it here: http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2010/06/mason-sympathy-tour.html

I have to wrap this up- Da Horsey is charging me per word.   As long as  you understand WHY I had to put the ugly warning label on my  graphic.  Otherwise the buttery-voiced  dumber-than-rocks spokesman would download it and distribute copies to the City Council and the BoE...  crying "But she's FRENCH!".  It's been done before.

In conclusion, I'm thankful everyone knows the difference between a journalist and a blogger, between representational art and  satire, between a photograph and a Photoshop.  Everyone... except for the dumber-than-a-box-of-rocks crowd.

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Over 100 residents join Hertz car share

City of Hoboken announces:


Less than two weeks after kicking off the Corner Cars city-wide car-sharing initiative, more than 100 residents have signed up for the program.

As of June 28, there were 21 car-sharing vehicles deployed and 115 new members who signed up using the “Hoboken” promotional code. The 42 vehicles in the initial phase of the program are being rolled out continuously.

“The initial response is very encouraging,” said Transportation and Parking Director Ian Sacs. “In some cases, residents have been renting the vehicles even before we’ve had a chance to properly paint and mark the spaces.”

Residents who register and use the promotional code “Hoboken” will receive two free years of membership and a $75 credit to their account. A $25 one-time application fee is required of all users. Residents can learn more about the program athttp://hobokennj.org/cornercars.
The new Corner Cars program has also led to several inquiries about giving up residential parking permits.

“We haven’t quite had anyone able to sell their car in a week’s time, but we’re already seeing that people recognize the potential savings of doing so,” added Director Sacs.

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