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.

How to design a park as a successful public space

A message from FBW Executive Director:  Hoboken’s waterfront began with a plan — an extended public street grid — that clearly delineated the park along the Hudson River from the upland blocks of private development. Other Hudson River municipalities failed to extend the public rights-of-way — the streets and sidewalks — thus making the state-required 30-foot walkway difficult to access and diminishing the quality of the public space at the water’s edge.

Recent Articles

Are we saving or destroying the Hudson River Palisades?

March 25th, 2021|Comments Off on Are we saving or destroying the Hudson River Palisades?

Image 1: The Hudson River Palisades in Alpine, New Jersey. Image 2: Highrise towers built atop the Palisades Cliffs in Fort Lee and Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Image 3: [...]

Monarch settlement advances

February 5th, 2021|Comments Off on Monarch settlement advances

Would be another victory in 30-year battle to preserve Hoboken’s waterfront for a public park The Monarch Towers proposed for this pier over the Hudson River at the Weehawken Cove would have privatized [...]

Urban design flaws afflict North End Plan

February 1st, 2021|Comments Off on Urban design flaws afflict North End Plan

An amended North End Plan will go back to a first reading/vote by the Hoboken City Council on Wed. night February 17 at 7 pm. Image 1: North [...]

The Central Park effect: value added from public parks

December 31st, 2020|Comments Off on The Central Park effect: value added from public parks

The award-winning public park at Hoboken's South Waterfront built in the 1990s. by Ron Hine | FBW | January 2, 2021 Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to undertake [...]

Humpback whale swims up a cleaner, more hospitable Hudson River

December 15th, 2020|Comments Off on Humpback whale swims up a cleaner, more hospitable Hudson River

Humpback whale spouting in Hudson River . From video by @AndresJavierNYC. FBW | December 15, 2020 Last week, a humpback whale was sighted breaching as it cruised up the Hudson River [...]

The Weehawken and Hoboken Coves provide opportunities for ecosystem restoration and greater waterfront access

November 29th, 2020|Comments Off on The Weehawken and Hoboken Coves provide opportunities for ecosystem restoration and greater waterfront access

Biodiversity at the Weehawken Cove and Hoboken north waterfront have been documented. FBW | November 29, 2020 Over past thirty years, similar projects have been developed throughout the New York-New Jersey [...]

FBW appeals approvals for high-rise development at Weehawken Cove

November 19th, 2020|Comments Off on FBW appeals approvals for high-rise development at Weehawken Cove

The Weehawken Cove connects Hoboken's north waterfront to Weehawken and will be the site of a new 4-acre park on the Hoboken side abutting the proposed high-rise site. FBW | November 18, [...]

The Billion Oyster Project harnesses the oyster’s unique ability to restore the New York Harbor’s ecosystem

November 5th, 2020|Comments Off on The Billion Oyster Project harnesses the oyster’s unique ability to restore the New York Harbor’s ecosystem

At our November 12th event, the Fund for a Better Waterfront will bestow its annual Riparian Award to the Billion Oyster Project FBW |  November 5, 2020 If you recently ordered [...]