Saturday, March 3, 2012

One Lepercon vs. Two Bouncers and Five Hoboken Police

Who do you think won?!/HobokenPatch/status/176057040341438464/photo/1/large

Leprecon Down! Leprecon Down!  Please call Jaime Darrah for bail money.

A Leprecon needs bail money?  Jaime Darrah please help!

Bad Leprecon! - Under arrest for striking Fire Chief's vehicle

From Da Horsey's twitter:

Talking Ed Note: There's always a bad Leprecon to ruin it for the rest of the Leprecons.
Also party at 100 Washington St. broken up for tossing beer onto people on street below.

Update: 4:00 pm - Arrests are way down this year with less than a handful to this point.  Hospital admissions a one day record last year will probably be way down too.

Police continue to break up "disorderly house" parties and handling other problems.  But this year, they have the upper hand.

"Parade"/Leprecon numbers down, police show of force downtown

The Leprecon event is underway but early afternoon there's nothing approaching the public spectacle of people stumbling around drunk at noon and the streets degenerating out of control.

A report on Hoboken Patch mentions a downtown bouncer saying there's much less people than in previous years due to there being no parade this year.

Talking Ed Note: That's going to anger the local parade committee here who said the parade had no connection to the problems of the event.

Here's an early video from our colleague at  Added law enforcement is making a strategic show of force. also has a photo essay to go along with its updated story.

Some of MSV's midday tweets on twitter:

Live Twitter updates: Smartyones1

It's 11:00 am, do you know where the Leprecons are?

The commercial event today publicized as Leprecon is officially underway with bars opening to welcome visitors for their bar crawl.

Based on feedback early on leading into the event, the numbers of people anticipated will be less and combined with the planning and added law enforcement, Hoboken should see a better day than in recent years.

Downtown beer distributor sees no lines this year for keg pickups.

The weather is clearing but it remains to be seen if Hoboken will be overrun with the sheer numbers in the waves of thousands as before.  Early indications are showing shorter lines at bars although with the weather improving more people are arriving. noted this from a reader:

”The Cops are out in packs like the muffin tops. A West New York van is parked in front of the fire house at 8th and Clinton and there are a bazillion cops greeting people at the PATH. OMG! So many! It looks like a police state out there.”

One reader noted last night Pilsner Haus is calling today the 1st annual parade-less St. Patrick's Day.  That's rather novel.


Talking Ed Note: While being urged by the marketing of Leprecon, perhaps the marks are not so easily being conned.  The end result could mean both a good day for business and a livable day for residents.  Oh perish the thought.

300 Washington Fire Fundraiser raises over $15,000

Last night Room 84 swam with good will on behalf of the victims of the fire at 300 Washington Street.  The collective efforts of many individuals and local businesses resulted in a total of over $15,000 raised.

Room 84 was filled to the gills last night.  It was all for a good cause.

Hundreds of people came out ignoring the high winds and pouring rain to come together and help others in the community who lost everything in the  fire.  Da Horsey arrived later than planned but managed to find Room 84 owner Joe Branco who was all smiles and had the house jamming to good tunes to go along with the good vibes.

Some familiar faces included Councilman Dave Mello, the mayor's Chief of Staff Dan Bryan, Health and Human Services Director Leo Pellegrini, and Alan Skontra of Hoboken Patch.  There's many people we likely missed as it was a full house.

Hoboken local businessman Rory Chadwick who worked with a number of dedicated volunteers and the business community said, "The place was packed more than I thought.  With the lingering weather and high winds I thought people might not come...  It's truly amazing what happens when people get together and help their community."

Talking Ed Note: A proud night for Hoboken. If you'd like to make a contribution, you still can, just email or

Contributions are being organized through the Hoboken Rotary Club and are tax deductible.

Nine of 17 of the residents of 300 Washington St. had no insurance and certainly would appreciate any assistance you can offer.