Dear friends and neighbors:
A couple of minor quick updates for this gloomy Monday morning (remember all of you who were excited about cooler weather... I was not one of them....).
- The crane that has been used for the construction of 1425 Hudson is being taken down today. I have asked, but have not yet confirmed, for the street to be re-opened after construction hours and on the weekends once it is removed. This would not involve restoring any street parking, but rather just to allow better street access throughout the remainder of the project.
- The Harborside parks. The mud is epic in both parks – children’s and dog - right now, in particular, the entrance to the new dog park. Per the city when I enquired last week “The contractor will be on site to install the second gate early next week [this week]. We're going to replace the mulch with gravel at the entrance to solve the mud problem, which should also be installed next week.” In terms of the hedges [pruning them to a lower height] and overall maintenance, the City is getting proposals for both and will provide a better updating on timing shortly.
- The waterfront walkway near Maxwell Park. If you walk in the area, you will notice a part of the walkway between 11th and 12th has been cordoned off. A Maxwell neighbor alerted me this morning to what they described as a sinkhole, and because I only heard from one neighbor, I thought it might be small. But when I walked over, I saw that in fact, it is an approximate 3’x4’ section that had collapsed. I reached out to the many officials within the City who immediately responded, blocked off the area and will be bringing in marine engineers to review.
I’m providing this narrative as much to inform you about what occurred and to ask that you respect the barriers that have been put up but also to say thank you to our neighbor who reached out to me this morning about this safety hazard. This type of our own informal Hoboken neighborhood watch system is what helps us contain potentially dangerous situations quickly. So please don’t hesitate to reach out to me, to the City via Hoboken 311, to any councilmember or to call either 911 or the Hoboken Police Departments non-emergency line at 201/420-2100. We are better working together.
Top picture, left to right: Jennifer Gonzalez, Director of Environmental Services, Leo Pelligrini, Director of Health and Human Services, Kimberli Craft, City Engineer, Joe Lupo, Office of Emergency Management, Sgt. William Montanez, Head of Office of Emergency Management. Bottom picture how I found it this morning before OEM et al came.
- The proposed new Hilton Hotel - the City Council subcommittee and the Mayor reached an agreement. You can read THE PRESS STATEMENT sent out late Friday to learn more. We are still hammering out some of the details in the agreement, but this means that we are confident going into the City Council meeting on 10/17 that we have sufficient votes for it to be approved.
- Tomorrow – October 16 - is the deadline for registering to vote or changing your address to vote in Hoboken!
- If you have never voted in Hoboken in recent elections – so not registered, just moved to town, and/or registered but not voted recently – then click on THIS LINK – to check if your registration is updated and will allow you to vote in Hoboken in the upcoming election.
- And then click HERE to see where you vote. So if you moved within Hoboken, for example, you may want to update your address so you are voting in the district that you live.
- And if you need to register or change your address, you can download the VOTER REGISTRATION FORM (click here for SPANISH) and drop it off at City Hall. Or let me know and I will come pick it up and bring it to City Hall for you.
I have more updates, but these had some time sensitivity to them. I am working on a second update that will send out separately. As always, feel free to reach out if you want to discuss this further, or anything else, by email or by phone 201/208-1674. And please forward this to anyone you think would benefit from hearing about this.