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UN & Dutch Delegation to Present Mayor Zimmer With Role Model City Recognition

Thursday, Apr 23, 2015

UN Invite

Members of the Hoboken community are invited to attend a public ceremony where the City of Hoboken will be recognized as a Role Model City for its flood risk management practices.

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 7:00pm at Pier A Park, representatives from the UNISDR (International Strategy for Disaster Reduction) and the Kingdom of the Netherlands will present Mayor Dawn Zimmer with a Role Model City certificate recognizing the powerful and transformative effects of Hoboken’s comprehensive resiliency strategy, including the award-winning Rebuild by Design (Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge) project.

The UNISDR has designated Hoboken as a Role Model City of the Making Cities Resilient campaign. It is only the second such role model city in the United States; the first was San Francisco. More >

Construction to Begin on Complete Streets Redesign of Observer Highway

Thursday, Apr 16, 2015

Observer Highway Plan
UPDATE: The contractor has advised that the revised start date for the project will be postponed one week to Monday, May 4, 2015.

Beginning on or about Monday, April 27, 2015, construction will begin on the Observer Highway complete streets redesign project. The improvements along Observer Highway will include new synchronized traffic signals and dedicated left turn lanes that will create a more organized, efficient, and safer driving experience. Between 2010 and 2012, there were an average of 37 crashes per year along Observer Highway. The new design will reduce traffic delays and prevent collisions. Along with these essential changes, the Observer Highway and Vezzetti Way corridor will be converted to a more pedestrian-friendly street with new, redesigned crosswalk signals and other pedestrian safety improvements as well as a two-way protected bike lane.

“I am very proud that this project, fully-funded through grants, will create an attractive and safe gateway into Hoboken for drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit riders of all ages and abilities,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “While the main purpose of this project is to make the street safer, it will also have the benefit of reducing traffic delays along one of our busiest corridors.”

The project, which will also include a redesign of a portion of Newark Street later this year, costs $2.7 million and is completely funded by grants. The majority of the funding was secured by Senator Robert Menendez through a $2 million Congressional earmark for Observer Highway and a $240,000 earmark for Newark Street. Hoboken was fortunate to have access to these funds as cities across the United States are now no longer afforded Congressional earmarks. More >

Sinatra Park Café “Blue Eyes” Ribbon Cutting on Friday, April 17

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015

Blue Eyes 1
The Sinatra Park café on the Hoboken waterfront will celebrate a soft opening as the Blue Eyes Restaurant with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 5:00pm on Friday, April 17, 2015. The restaurant will be fully open starting on Sunday, April 19, 2015.

Blue Eyes is an Italian eatery and café boasting a wood burning oven which will offer wood-fired pizzas, pasta, appetizers, paninis, desserts, gelato, and assorted coffees. The waterfront restaurant will also serve wine and beer and will have outdoor seating in the spring and summer months.

Restaurant hours and menu are available online at the Blue Eyes website: The Sinatra Café building is owned by the City of Hoboken and leased through a public bidding process.

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Statement from Mayor Zimmer and Police Chief Ferrante

Sunday, Apr 12, 2015

Last night, multiple police agencies responded to a bomb threat called into Hoboken Police Headquarters. The threat was made to 66 Willow Ave, the Neumann Leathers building in southern Hoboken, and police took the threat seriously and took all necessary precautions to protect the safety of residents. The building was searched multiple times by the police and was deemed to be neutralized from any threat. Due to the investigation, Observer Highway was closed to traffic and reopened early Sunday morning, once the police determined it was safe for the public.

The Hoboken Police Department is still investigating the person who called in the threat, and is working with the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office and the FBI Joint Terrorism Taskforce to determine where the call came from.

Police Chief Ken Ferrante gave the following account: At approximately 7:35 p.m., a call was made into police headquarters from a male who stated that he had a bomb and threatened to blow up 66 Willow Ave. Police responded immediately and began an evacuation of the building. Upon completion of the evacuation, the individual called police headquarters again and threatened to kill himself and police, after thanking the police for evacuating the building. The individual further stated that he had several weapons and bombs, and again threatened the life of police officers.

A series of phone calls continued with a multitude of threats and demands. Based on the severity of the threats, the area surrounding the Neumann Leathers building, which is a large factory and home to over 45 artist and music studios, was shut down. Observer Highway, Newark Street and Willow Avenue were closed and a frozen zone was placed around the building. During the night, the Port Authority Emergency Services Unit performed critical services as the officers performed three searches of the building for the individual and then went in a fourth time with bomb sniffing dogs from New Jersey Transit Police, Jersey City Police and the Hudson County Sheriff’s Department. At 2:30 a.m. the scene was deemed to be clear and safe.  More >

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