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- Judge grants automatic approval for controversial Monarch Towers
- Shipyard attempts to reverse Planning Board
- FBW files motion to intervene
- Two strikes on the Monarch towers
- Freeholders counsel rejects Monarch appeal
- City sues Monarch developers for breach of contract
- County Planning Board stuns Monarch developers
- Can the waterfront walkway be a “street”?
- Shipyard’s Plan to Privatize Pier
- FBW challenges state approval
- DEP flouts its permit to restore pier
- Hoboken’s successful “Main Street” began with 1804 plan
- Defining the key to Hoboken’s success as a thriving urban community
- Hoboken’s South Waterfront designated one of NJ’s Great Public Spaces by NJ-APA
- Hoboken’s original plan and first parks established in 1804
- Hoboken vs. Jersey City waterfront
- Hoboken waterfront featured in Philadelphia Inquirer
- Roots over the River
- Where is the vision for Hoboken’s central waterfront?
- Yankee ferry evicted from Hoboken’s pier
- Will Hoboken Shipyard’s Pier 13 bring bad luck for public access?
- NJ Transit responds to pressure from Mayor, FBW and others; abandons plans to buy dry dock
- Ferry repair, fueling station and bus parking for Union Dry Dock site?
- City Council ordinance key to completing plan for Hoboken’s central waterfront
- Dutch-led team: Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge – a comprehensive strategy for Hoboken
- $10s of millions in pipeline for Hoboken flood mitigation; can City manage it?
- Zimmer announces flood-mitigation strategy
- Considering proposals to stem the tides by Canute, Bloomberg, and Zimmer
- Six months later, relief comes to NJ businesses
- The Dutch Dialogues: A model for Hoboken
- 12-Point Plan in preparation for the next Sandy
- The morning after Sandy: Hoboken’s waterfront parks
- Are we devising flood remedies based on a 1,000 year storm?
- Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force selects professional teams to design solutions
- Developing a Plan
- The Long Slip Canal and protecting Hoboken from the next surge
- Utilizing polders as flood mitigation measure
- A serious conversation about Sandy
- The Big Uneasy
- Post-Sandy: After repairing the damage, then what?
- Get Involved
We believe that successful waterfronts begin with sound planning, time-tested urban design and an understanding that the water’s edge belongs to the public.
The Fund for a Better Waterfront has filed a motion to intervene in the latest round of legal wrangling over the controversial Monarch Towers project. Last December, the City of Hoboken passed an amended flood ordinance and corresponding zoning that effectively could kill the proposed project. In order to protect the public’s health and safety, the amended ordinances prohibit building over the Hudson River on piers and platforms. Read more.
Community Waterfront Plans Featured
This year’s MWA 2014 waterfront conference recognized five civic groups in the metropolitan region for their community-designed waterfront plans. The directors of these groups also served on a panel during the conference. Ron Hine, the Executive Director of FBW, was one of the panelists. His introductory remarks in this video provide a concise history of FBW and what made the organization’s waterfront plan so successful.
The City of Hoboken is currently undertaking a project that will transform its central waterfront from Fourth to Eleventh Streets entitled, Sinatra Drive Visioning and Conceptual Design Plan. If done successfully, Hoboken will have a world class waterfront and a public resource available to all for generations to come. For the mayor and council, it represents an opportunity to establish a lasting legacy. Read article..
Re-envisioning Sinatra Drive
Col. John Stevens owned the land but also had the vision for what Hoboken was to become. In 1804, he hired a surveyor, Charles Loss, who surveyed the land, mapped the streets, designated the blocks and lots, and set aside four public squares, including Hudson Square (renamed Stevens Park in 1955) and Church Square. This map was filed with the County Clerk’s office, making it the town’s first official map.
MWA 2014 Waterfront Conference
The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance has named Fund for a Better Waterfront one of 2014 Heroes of the Harbor for FBW’s “Plan for the Hoboken Waterfront” at a special ceremony during today’s prestigious Waterfront Conference in NYC. FBW was one of five civic groups in the Metro area to be selected for its community-initiated waterfront plan. Ron Hine, FBW Executive Director and a founding member, also was a panel member at the Waterfront Conference. Read story..
Must Watch Video
The Fund for a Better Waterfront has launched its new video featuring FBW planner/architect Craig Whitaker talking about the essential elements of urban design and planning that laid the foundation for the success of Hoboken’s south waterfront. In 1990, FBW hired Mr. Whitaker to develop a plan for the Hoboken waterfront and has worked closely with him since that time. Mr. Whitaker is the principal of Craig Whitaker Architects based in New York City. More info.