Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sign of the Times: Hippies in Hoboken

Nose assaulting Hippies have hit the land.  (Click to enlarge.)

A group of hippies have been spotted around town.  Two of the four carry guitars and one is a girl.  They are immediately noticeable by their colorless garb that blends well together as in, it hasn't seen a laundry in a long time.

This picture taken on Washington Street coincides with other sightings in other places around town.  Word of warning: don't get too close.  No, it's not that they bite.  But word to the wise, don't breathe through the nose.  They smell.  Bad.

Corporation Counsel Michael Kates resigns

City of Hoboken announces:


Michael Kates as seen here in the last City Council meeting

Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that she is accepting the resignation of Corporation Counsel Michael Kates.

“I am incredibly grateful to Michael for his work on behalf of Hoboken as we tackled a multitude of inherited legal challenges,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “When I offered him the position, Michael was concerned about the difficulty of meeting the demands of his law firm while serving as Corporation Counsel, but there was never any doubt about his commitment to Hoboken, and that is evident from all we have been able to accomplish in a short amount of time.”

“After sufficient period of time to assess the matter, I have come to the conclusion that my part-time service toHoboken is insufficient, and is jeopardizing your ability to address your daunting tasks,” Michael Kates wrote to Mayor Zimmer. “I am therefore tendering my resignation. I do so with a continuing commitment to you and the office, for as long as it will take to transition a replacement.”

The Administration is currently in negotiations for new Corporation Counsel and will notify the City Council and the public when the process is completed.

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Viaduct Visions

Here are some additional photos taken from last night's viaduct release event.

An artistic depiction of the reconstructed viaduct
Mayor Zimmer and Freeholder Anthony Romano speak with a resident after the presentation
Detailed plans show a number of activities to be added: basketball, children's playground, roller hockey, etc.
City Councilman Peter Cunningham spoke with residents after the presentation.  City Council President Carol Marsh also remained to speak to members of the public on their reaction to the new plans.

Dozens of residents took time to examine the details of the new design

Got Viaduct? New Plans Released

City of Hoboken announces:

Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, Freeholder Anthony L. Romano, and 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham publicly unveiled the designs for the under-bridge plans for the 14th Street Viaduct on Tuesday, September 7th.
The finals plans include a dog run and playground, pedestrianized streets, a block of active recreation space with a multi-use court and two blocks of multi-purpose space that can be used for farmer’s markets and other community purposes. Click here to view a pdf of the design.
To improve pedestrian safety in the area, traffic calming measures will include raised sidewalks and narrowed streets. Additional East-West blocks of South Marginal Street will be closed to vehicular traffic as is currently the case in front of Clearview Cinemas.
In January, Hoboken officials hosted a community workshop to solicit resident ideas for the design of the area underneath the structure. A committee of stakeholders was formed to meet with and communicate the community’s feedback to Hudson County engineers throughout the design process.
“If Hoboken is to remain our county’s economic and cultural powerhouse, we need to do all we can to reduce traffic congestion, increase open space and create more public amenities in the city’s gateway neighborhoods,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “This project, along with the millions in County funds already invested in the new park at 1600 Park Avenue, the Hoboken Cove Waterfront mini-park and the Hoboken Cove section of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway gap site, are literally “concrete” examples of the County’s continued commitment to that goal.”
“These exciting plans are the result of a collaborative public process involving the Hoboken community and Hudson County,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re thankful for the County’s efforts in creating this inviting recreation area for Hoboken residents, and I want to thank the public and the stakeholder group for taking the time to provide their input and participating in the process that led to a final design.”
The public’s participation and the collaboration between municipal, county, state and federal levels of government, including Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Albio Sires, a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and State Senator Brian Stack was critical to the success of the process.
This $55 million federally-funded project, initiated by Hudson County after the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River bridge in Minneapolis, is being administered through the County, the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and the New Jersey Department of Transportation.
“The rehabilitation of the 14th Street Viaduct is long overdue,” said Hudson County Freeholder Anthony L. Romano. “Structural improvements are needed to transform this antiquated structure into a safe, state-of-the-art viaduct complete with expanded pedestrian walkways and improved lighting.”

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Hoboken blog wars!

Andrew Tavani who may be one of the best feature writers in Hoboken, investigated Hoboken's blog scene for Hoboken Patch and comes up with some surprising and not so surprising details on the battle for local eyeballs.  Hoboken has a lively blogging scene, for many of you that will obviously be an understatement - for others it's an occasional pastime.

Some of the surprises: Hoboken411 and its notorious owner Perry Klaussen hid some revealing statistics showing he isn't really as big and bad as he said he was.  In fact, it's clear he's lost significant readership and those who have stayed around only do so for brief periods neglecting to leave many comments in their wake (the content being what it is these days.)

The article details the different histories of different blogs. In terms of diversity, Hoboken is certainly very rich these days.  Hoboken Patch is the only other local full time website in town.  All together, the smear merchant uptown is holding up with his love for the angry, disillusioned, we hate reform audience but he's getting his lunch handed to him by a combined group of other widely read sites including The Boken, EatDrinkHoboken, the Hoboken Journal, Hoboken Patch and of course MSV.

Most close observers didn't need the story to tell them the obvious.  The self-proclaimed kingmaker of Hoboken politics has seen a string of electoral defeats with his childish one sided coverage.  His infamous trampoline embrace of Peter Cammarano and uber fanaticism for Beth Mason and low brow appeal isn't impressing many Hoboken professionals either.

Although there's only two full time websites, Hoboken's online world is becoming more diverse and capable of offering more to a broader range of people.  And the uptown smear merchant of Hobo411 can't do anything to stop it now.  Neither he, nor his minion can control the freedom loving people of this town.