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December, 2016

Christmas Tree Disposal Information

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For those disposing of Christmas trees:

1. Place tree at the curb on regular recycling nights (Mondays and Thursdays after 9:00pm) for pickup on Tuesday and Friday. Trees will be picked up the next day as a special pickup after regular recycling pickup.
2. Please remove all lights, ornaments, and stand from the tree.
** Do not place the tree in a plastic bag ** (trees are recycled).
3. If you have questions or to report the location of a tree that has not been picked up by 5:00pm the following day, please call 201-420-2277.

Harlow Winter Village Skating Rink Opens Under 14th Street Viaduct

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The City of Hoboken is hosting the Harlow Winter Village outdoor skating rink this winter, which opened today and will operate through February 28th, 2017.

“I am thrilled to announce that Hoboken will host a pop-up skating rink as a new option for residents and visitors of all ages to get out and have fun this winter,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Along with our newly-built mini-soccer pitches, this facility will further activate our viaduct recreation area and support our growing, vibrant neighborhood in northwest Hoboken. I thank Harlow Hoboken for the generous sponsorship that made this possible.”

The rink is supported by sponsorship from Advance Realty — developer of the recently opened Harlow Hoboken luxury apartment building at 1330 Willow Avenue — and is located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Grand Street and Adams Street.

Hours of Operation (subject to change)
Friday, December 23: 11am-8pm‬
‪Saturday, December 24: 11am-6pm‬
‪Sunday, December 25: Closed‬
‪Monday, December 26: 11am-6pm‬
‪Tuesday-Friday, December 27-30: 11am-8pm‬

“We’re delighted to help bring this unique recreational offering to northwest Hoboken,” said Peter Cocoziello, president and CEO of Advance Realty. “We are extremely excited to be a part of the Hoboken community, and we look forward to meeting some of our new neighbors at the ‘Winter Village’.”

The 3,100 square foot rink uses synthetic ice which is designed for skating using regular metal-blade ice skates and is slightly slower than ice. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own skates. Skate rentals are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Several local vendors will be on-site to sell hot and cold drinks and food. Vendors and skate rentals are cash only.

Holiday Notices: Municipal Office Closures & Parking Regulations

Hoboken municipal offices will be closed on Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26, 2016. Parking meters, permit regulations, and street cleaning will not be enforced December 23-26. Garbage and recycling pickup will take place as scheduled.

Public Notice: Monroe Center Termination of Open Space Easements

Please be advised that in order to provide for the remediation, development and conveyance to the City of Hoboken of a 2.0 acre public park as well as other amenities in the Northwest Industrial Area of the City, and to establish public access to the park areas as set forth in certain Redevelopment Agreements to which the City is a party pursuant to Local Redevelopment and Housing Law, N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1, et seq., the City is seeking the approval of the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, pursuant to the New Jersey Conservation Restriction and Historic Preservation Restriction Act, N.J.S.A. 13:8B-1 et seq., to terminate the following previously established Deeds of Open Space: (1) Deed of Easement for Public Space dated November 30, 2004 and recorded in the Office of the Hudson County Register in Deed Book 7459, Page 69 and re-recorded in Deed Book 7622, Page 276; and (2) Deed of Public Right of Way Easement dated November 30, 2004 and recorded in the Office of the Hudson County Clerk in Deed Book 7568, Page 316, as each of these Deeds of Open Space touch upon and concern those parcels located in the Monroe Center Area and designated as: Block 80, Lot 1.01 and Block 81, Lot 2.01 referred to as 701 Harrison Street; and Block 81, Lot 3.01 (Units A, B and C) referred to as 700 Monroe Street.

The Deeds of Open Space were originally implemented as part of a previous redevelopment project known as “Village West” which was approved by the Planning Board in or about 2004 and which approval was contingent upon the implementation of the Deeds of Open Space. Although the Deeds of Open Space were recorded, Village West was never developed and portions of the public space afforded by the Deeds of Open Space currently offer no reasonable public utility. The termination of the Deeds of Open Space will result in the remediation, development and conveyance of a 2.0 acre public park, as well as other amenities to be provided to the City, and the re-establishment of certain public access areas, all as further set forth in the City’s Resolution No. CD3 Authorizing the Public Hearings to Release the Deeds of Open Space which can be viewed on the City’s website at: www.hobokennj.gov/monroe as well as in the Office of the City Clerk located in City Hall, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, N.J. The City must conduct a public hearing pursuant to N.J.S.A. 13:8B-5 to solicit input from the public.  The City will conduct the public hearing on January 12, 2017 at 6:30PM at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand St, Hoboken, N.J.  Written comments may also be submitted to bforbes@hobokennj.gov.

Hoboken Offers Free Parking for Holiday Shoppers

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To encourage local shopping this holiday season, the City of Hoboken is offering up to 4 hours of free garage parking in municipal garages B (28 2nd St), D (215 Hudson St), and Midtown (371 4th St) from December 22nd through December 25th and on Saturday, December 31st and Sunday, January 1st for visitors who come to Hoboken to shop or dine. Parking meters are free on Sundays.

“Skip the mall and shop local this year,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “It’s easy to get to Hoboken by public transportation, and if you’re driving, we are offering free parking in our garages for holiday shoppers in addition to three convenient valet parking locations.”

To receive up to 4 hours of free garage parking, visitors must present to the parking attendant receipts totaling at least $25 on food and/or retail purchases from any Hoboken business(es) that same day. Any time beyond 4 hours will be charged at the regular rate.

As another convenient parking option, valet parking is available year-round for a flat rate of $15 on Fridays (5pm-3am), Saturdays (11am-3am), and Sundays (11am-8pm) at three locations: 1) River Street & Newark Street, 2) 3rd Street & Washington Street, and 3) 5th Street & Sinatra Drive.

Additional parking information for visitors is available at http://enjoyhoboken.com/plan-your-trip/where-to-park/.

Hoboken Completes Acquisition of 6-Acre BASF Property for Northwest Resiliency Park & Plans to Open 4-Acre Pop-Up Park This Summer


Mayor Dawn Zimmer signed the closing documents today to finalize the $30 million purchase of BASF’s 6.1 acre property in northwest Hoboken. Plans are already underway to create a temporary 4-acre “pop-up” park so that the community can start to enjoy the benefits of this historic acquisition by this summer. The planning process for the permanent 5.4 acre “resiliency park,” which will be the city’s largest park, will start in the new year. The project will include at least 1 million gallons of underground storm water detention as well as a large new above-ground parking garage – the first municipal garage in western Hoboken.

“I am very excited to complete this land acquisition and be on our way to creating Hoboken’s largest park,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “This new land will provide an incredible recreational and leisure park opportunity for our community while making our City much more resilient against future storm events with the green infrastructure design. I thank the City Council for their strong support of this important project, the NJDEP, NJEIT, and HUD for their collaboration, and BASF for being a model corporate citizen and working with us to make Hoboken an even greater community. Thank you to the community and all team members from the City who made this possible.”

The site has been remediated, capped, and deemed completely safe for the community’s use by a Licensed Site Remediation Professional.

“Acquiring BASF was a cornerstone of why I ran for office in 2007,” said 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham, who supported the project from the start. “I am so proud of and excited about this accomplishment to establish an amazing park and its amenities for Hoboken for decades to come.”

Mayor Zimmer thanks all of the team members involved in making this large land acquisition possible including Business Administrator Stephen Marks, Caleb Stratton and Jennifer Gonzalez, planners for the City of Hoboken, as well as professional guidance from the Buzak Law Group, Maraziti Falcon, Excel Environmental Resources and Parker McCay, and Senator Menendez, Senator Booker, and Congressman Sires for their support and advocacy.

Invitation to Pop-Up Park Planning Meeting
The public is invited to help develop and finalize plans for the temporary “pop-up” park with potential amenities such as a multisport field, game center, play equipment, and more. The meeting will also provide an overall update on resiliency efforts across the City.

Meeting date: Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 7pm to 9pm
Location: Jubilee Center, located at 601 Jackson Street

Long-Term Planning
On a parallel track, the City will be proceeding with the planning, engineering, financing, and permitting for the permanent Northwest Resiliency Park, including the stormwater detention infrastructure and parking garage. The intent is to design a park with a mix of active and passive recreational space with green infrastructure and an underground detention system to hold at least 1 million gallons of stormwater to help prevent flash flooding. The City is also partnering with North Hudson Sewerage Authority to separate the sewer system in the area around the park, build a new stormwater outfall, and construct a pump on-site to channel stormwater runoff from the new underground detention system to the Hudson River.

The purchase of the park property is funded through a low-interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Fund Program, which includes 19% principal forgiveness for the green infrastructure components. The debt for the loan is financed through Hoboken’s Open Space Trust Fund. A Hoboken Parking Utility (HPU) bond is financing the parking garage portion of the land acquisition.

Winter Weather Advisory Issued; Property Owners Reminded to Clear Sidewalks

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory from midnight tonight until 10am on Saturday for our area with a forecast for snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow and a trace of ice.

Property owners/occupants are reminded that they have six hours after the completion of a storm to remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property, along with adjoining wheelchair ramps or curb cuts. Snow and ice must be cleared from gutters a width of 2 feet into the street. It is illegal to shovel snow back into the street or on a fire hydrant. Residents in multi-unit buildings with management companies should ensure that they are aware of City regulations in order to avoid fines. Residents are encouraged to assist elderly or disabled neighbors and to clear snow from fire hydrants. Additional details on city code regarding snow removal for property owners can be found at www.hobokennj.gov/snow. To report an unshoveled sidewalk, visit www.hoboken311.com or use the Hoboken 311 mobile application for iOS and Android.

Mayor Zimmer Announces Hoboken’s ‘Harlow Winter Village’ Skating Rink

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The City of Hoboken will host an outdoor skating rink this winter, opening on December 22nd, 2016 and operating through February 28th, 2017. Residents are invited to join an opening celebration for the rink, known as the “Harlow Winter Village”, at 3:30pm on December 22nd.

“I am thrilled to announce that Hoboken will host a pop-up skating rink as a new option for residents and visitors of all ages to get out and have fun this winter,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer. “Along with our newly-built mini-soccer pitches, this facility will further activate our viaduct recreation area and support our growing, vibrant neighborhood in northwest Hoboken. I thank Harlow Hoboken for the generous sponsorship that made this possible.”

The rink is supported by sponsorship from Advance Realty — developer of the recently opened Harlow Hoboken luxury apartment building at 1330 Willow Avenue — and will be located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Grand Street and Adams Street. The tentative hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 2:30pm to 10:00pm and weekends from 9:00am to 10pm.

“We’re delighted to help bring this unique recreational offering to northwest Hoboken,” said Peter Cocoziello, president and CEO of Advance Realty. “We are extremely excited to be a part of the Hoboken community, and we look forward to meeting some of our new neighbors at the ‘Winter Village’.”

The 3,100 square foot rink uses synthetic ice which is designed for skating using regular metal-blade ice skates. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own skates or rent skates for $10. Several local vendors will be on-site to sell hot and cold drinks and food.

Community Invited to Public Meeting for Municipal Public Access Plan

Members of the Hoboken community are invited to a public meeting to provide input and help develop a vision for the City’s Municipal Public Access Plan. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 7pm in the Multi Service Center (124 Grand St) Community Room.

A Municipal Public Access Plan (MPAP) is a comprehensive public access plan for the City of Hoboken which lays out the vision to facilitate, encourage, and improve public access to and along the Hudson River waterfront. The plan will consist of an inventory of public access locations plus plans to preserve and enhance access based on community needs and State standards.

The City of Hoboken hired Kimley-Horn for the project, which is being funded by a $15,000 Municipal Public Access Plan and Coastal Vulnerability Assessment Report grant by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). For more information about Municipal Public Access Plans, please visit NJDEP’s FAQ webpage: http://www.nj.gov/dep/cmp/access/faqs.html.

Mayor Zimmer Signs Contract to Acquire BASF Property for Hoboken’s Largest Park

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On Tuesday, December 6th, Mayor Dawn Zimmer signed the contract to acquire the 6-acre BASF property in northwest Hoboken.
The property will be used to create what will become Hoboken’s largest park – a 5-acre “resiliency park” with a 1 million gallon underground stormwater detention system. The project is being planned in partnership with North Hudson Sewerage Authority which will separate the combined sewer system in the area surrounding new park and divert stormwater runoff to the new detention system. Often, the combined sewer system is overwhelmed during heavy rain events, resulting in backups into streets and private property. By keeping stormwater out of the combined sewer system, the project will further reduce localized flooding. The project will also include western Hoboken’s first municipal parking garage on the northernmost lot.

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