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Hoboken Residents Invited to 2nd Annual Propelify Innovation Festival

Friday, Apr 21, 2017

The City of Hoboken is proud to welcome back the Propelify Innovation Festival on the Hoboken waterfront. Last year over 8,000 attendees from around the tri-state united in Hoboken for a day advancing innovation and technology.

“The City of Hoboken is a great home to innovators including Jet.com, eMazzanti, GovPilot, Flow.io, Stevens Institute of Technology, the NJ Tech Meetup, and more,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “We’re excited to welcome back the Propelify community and bring this opportunity to our residents to learn more about tech companies and perhaps even find a new career.”

As a sponsor and host city, the City of Hoboken is offering residents preferred pricing. Residents can use code hoboken07030 for 75% off a limited number of tickets.

Here’s what you can expect at Propelify on May 18th:

  • 40+ speakers across 2 stages
  • Onsite tech recruiting from Jet.com (on a ferris wheel!)
  • Investor Speed Dating
  • Startup Competition with prizes including $10K in cash and more
  • Drone Races
  • Startup/Tech Exhibitors
  • Lounges from Alley, wework, Jet
  • VR Theater by Samsung
  • Food, drinks, music, and more

See the full program at: www.propelify.com/17. Use code hoboken07030 to receive 75% off.

“I’m proud to bring the tech ecosystem of the Northeast to Hoboken,” said Aaron Price, a Hoboken resident and founder of Propelify and the NJ Tech Meetup. “Our beautiful and convenient city is a perfect place to unite the tech, startup, and corporate innovation community. We all know how hard it is to convince New Yorkers to cross the river in our direction! I’m thrilled that we welcomed thousands from NJ, NY, and even 41 other states and 10 countries to our hometown for the Innovation Festival last year. It’s an honor to collaborate with the Mayor and the City to show off the mile square for Propelify again.”

As Propelify’s motto states, idle ideas don’t fly. Let’s propel Hoboken!

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Mayor Zimmer Dedicates Joan R. Abel Memorial Rain Garden at City Hall

Friday, Apr 21, 2017


Mayor Dawn Zimmer joined family members of Joan Abel, elected officials, and members of the community to dedicate The Joan R. Abel Memorial Rain Garden at Hoboken City Hall this morning.

“Joan was the perfect example of a citizen who committed herself to making her community a better place,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This rain garden was her vision and today we are dedicating it to honor her memory.”

Joan Abel was born July 11, 1943 in Jersey City and made Hoboken her home in 1980. She expressed her love for Hoboken by advocating for local historic preservation and environmental causes. In 2012, Joan developed a plan to capture stormwater runoff around City Hall. Although Ms. Abel passed away before seeing her plan realized, the legacy of her advocacy lives on in Hoboken’s built environment, including at the rain garden at City Hall.

A rain garden is a landscaped feature that captures rainfall and snowmelt and allows stormwater to be collected and seep naturally and slowly into the ground. This helps prevent stormwater run-off and localized flooding, as well as sewer overflows into the Hudson River. Rain gardens make the community more attractive and improve the quality of the local environment.

The rain garden is part of the Hoboken City Hall Sustainable Stormwater Demonstration project, which is designed to retain all rainwater that falls on City Hall during a 25-year storm and prevent it from contributing to flooding. The project includes four 1,200 gallon above-ground rainwater tanks (cisterns), more than 1,000 square feet of rain gardens, 100 square yards of pervious concrete sidewalk, raised planter beds, and a green wall. The aim of the project is to set an example for other city blocks for how to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff that enters the combined sewer system.

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Hoboken on Track for Resilient & Reliable Energy System With $175 Million PSE&G Project

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

Tonight the City Council will vote on a $175 Million PSE&G project that will combine the Marshall Street substation with the Madison Street substation and elevate and modernize the substation with the most reliable technology. Both of these substations are over 50 years old and are at risk from flooding. PSE&G has already invested $130 million to upgrade and elevate Hoboken’s 16th Street substation, and the Madison Street substation project will complete efforts to bring Hoboken’s entire energy system to 21st century resiliency and reliability standards.

“This project will ensure that all Hoboken residents, including our most in need residents in the Housing Authority, have reliable electricity for lights and heat through future severe storm events and other emergencies,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “All of our residents and our business community need reliable energy, and this project will make certain that we never again have to endure weeks without lights or heat like we did during Sandy. I have also advocated strongly for an innovative design for the substation, and I want to thank PSE&G for continuing to work with the City to create a design that integrates with our urban landscape and replaces the unattractive substations surrounded by chain link fences and barbed wire. With the Council’s support, this vital project will start construction this summer and when completed, will ensure a resilient and reliable energy source for our entire City.”

The project would include a land swap through which the City would transfer the lot adjacent to the existing Madison Street Substation to PSE&G in exchange for PSE&G transferring the Marshall Street Substation property to the City. PSE&G would also make a payment of $1.245 million to the City to compensate for the difference in the appraised value of the properties as well as an annual “loss of use” payment of $275,250 until PSE&G has completed the decommissioning and remediation of the Marshall Street Substation property.

View memos to the City Council for additional project information:

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Hoboken Fire Department Responds to Monroe Street Fire

Friday, Apr 14, 2017

Update: All streets have reopened to traffic. 

Update: The fire is under control and all residents evacuated safely. 

The Hoboken Fire Department is on the scene of a fire near 64 Monroe Street. Monroe Street is closed from 1st St to Observer Hwy and Observer Hwy is closed from Madison St to Monroe St. Commuters are urged to avoid the area. 

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