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Jane’s Walk: Seeing Hoboken through Jane Jacobs’ Eyes

Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 11:00 a.m. Submit the following to reserve your spot and  receive info on the starting location. In her seminal book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs writes about her West Village neighborhood in Manhattan. But she could have been [...]

Jane’s Walk: Seeing Hoboken through Jane Jacobs’ Eyes2024-04-10T17:12:20-04:00

What is the key to Hoboken’s success as a vibrant urban community?

A mix of residential and retail uses, high densities, small lot sizes, and rows of buildings hugging front lot lines all contribute to lively, walkable neighborhoods Hoboken Street Life - Slide 1: Eighth and Washington Streets; Slide 2: Bloomfield Street; Slide 3: Corner coffee shop 10th & Park; [...]

What is the key to Hoboken’s success as a vibrant urban community?2024-04-10T09:44:38-04:00

Hoboken’s private, lifeless alleyways are an ill-conceived attempt to create public space

"The street is the river of life of the city, the place where we come together, the pathway to the center." - William H. Whyte “There must be eyes upon the street, eyes belonging to those we might call the natural proprietors of the street. The buildings on a street equipped to handle strangers [...]

Hoboken’s private, lifeless alleyways are an ill-conceived attempt to create public space2024-04-10T10:34:10-04:00

Hoboken model to mitigate flooding dependent on massive gov’t support as costs rise and major rain storms intensify

A $392 million flood wall, now under construction, will protect against coastal storm surge; an additional $100 million has been invested in stormwater retention systems and high-velocity pumps to reduce flash flooding  FBW | April 1, 2024 FEMA’s flood maps, revised in 2013, show 75 percent of Hoboken's land [...]

Hoboken model to mitigate flooding dependent on massive gov’t support as costs rise and major rain storms intensify2024-04-02T12:16:49-04:00

RSVP for Earth Day Movie Night on Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m.

Community Church of Hoboken at 600 Garden Street Join FBW and Resilience Adventures as we celebrate Earth Day with the free screening of two remarkable environmental films, A Living River and Chasing Coral. A Living River is a short film by award-winning National Geographic filmmaker Jon Bowermaster that chronicles how the Hudson River – after [...]

RSVP for Earth Day Movie Night on Thursday, April 18 at 6 p.m.2024-03-21T09:32:17-04:00

NJDEP is sued for failure to abide by its own Hudson River walkway requirement on land that it owns

Conservancy pushes to complete the final gaps in the mostly built Hudson River Waterfront Walkway The retail stores and restaurants at the Edgewater Marketplace block access to the water's edge, preventing the continuation of the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway on this land owned by the NJDEP.  [...]

NJDEP is sued for failure to abide by its own Hudson River walkway requirement on land that it owns2024-03-12T12:09:39-04:00

Proposals to monetize and privatize portions of Maritime Park run counter to the goal of a truly public waterfront

Leasing the Community Hub building to a commercial operator would trigger the referendum requirement  Proposal to “Capitalize on Kayaking” conflicts with the mission of the free 20-year-old kayaking program that serves thousands each summer  FBW | March 4, 2024 By leasing the Community Hub building proposed for Maritime Park, the [...]

Proposals to monetize and privatize portions of Maritime Park run counter to the goal of a truly public waterfront2024-03-04T09:17:57-05:00

The story of FBW’s unique role in shaping the development of Hoboken’s waterfront told at Public Library

Ron Hine  |  February 23, 2024 My presentation on February 22, “Urban Planning & the Hoboken Waterfront” was an opportunity to relate FBW’s successful advocacy for a public waterfront and the planning principles that made it possible. I was also able to highlight what is needed in the coming [...]

The story of FBW’s unique role in shaping the development of Hoboken’s waterfront told at Public Library2024-02-29T10:31:07-05:00

Aaron Lewit (3/7/1948 – 2/27/2024) had a life-long commitment to social justice and progressive causes

We will celebrate Aaron’s life with a Memorial Service on Saturday, March 9th at the Hoboken Community Church on Sixth and Garden Streets at 11 a.m.    Ron Hine | February 28, 2024 Aaron Lewit’s life began in 1948 in the Weequahic section of Newark, New Jersey, a community immortalized in [...]

Aaron Lewit (3/7/1948 – 2/27/2024) had a life-long commitment to social justice and progressive causes2024-02-28T17:02:24-05:00

Can the City of Hoboken afford the $74.5 million price tag to build Maritime Park?

Pedestrian bridge spanning Sinatra Drive, Community Hub building and two new piers account for one-third of total cost FBW | February 13, 2024 Ayear ago, the City awarded a $1.2 million contract to a professional team assembled by Dattner Architects to design a park at the former Union Dry Dock [...]

Can the City of Hoboken afford the $74.5 million price tag to build Maritime Park?2024-02-13T15:33:39-05:00

Urban Planning and the Hoboken Waterfront, a slide lecture at the Hoboken Public Library

Thursday, February 22, 2024 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  |  Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Avenue FULLY BOOKED! PLEASE CONTACT US IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE PLACED ON THE WAITING LIST. FULLY BOOKED! Across the country in the 18th and 19th centuries, city founders adopted official maps, early [...]

Urban Planning and the Hoboken Waterfront, a slide lecture at the Hoboken Public Library2024-02-07T10:06:32-05:00

First addition to Hoboken’s linear waterfront park since 2007 at the Weehawken Cove will protect against future storm surges

Significant progress for Hoboken’s continuous, public waterfront park, first proposed by FBW in 1990, will be made in 2024-2025 FBW | January 31, 2024 Construction of a 2.5-acre waterfront park at the north end of Hoboken at the Weehawken Cove has started. This will be the first major [...]

First addition to Hoboken’s linear waterfront park since 2007 at the Weehawken Cove will protect against future storm surges2024-01-31T10:08:33-05:00

Support sustainable shipping & make Hoboken a port in Apollonia’s 2024 sail freight season: Take the Boat Box Pledge

Help shipping return to Hoboken, sustainably! FBW | January 30, 2024 The Schooner Apollonia, a restored 1946 merchant sailing vessel utilizing winds and the tides, ensures zero-emission deliveries of a variety of shelf-stable goods. Since its maiden voyage in May of 2020, the Apollonia has kept a full manifest through [...]

Support sustainable shipping & make Hoboken a port in Apollonia’s 2024 sail freight season: Take the Boat Box Pledge2024-01-31T11:33:06-05:00

Judge Jablonski signs Consent Order that grants City of Hoboken clear title to Union Dry Dock property

Purchase price of $18.5 million to be paid to NY Waterway; deed will be amended to conform to Open Space Trust Fund ordinance FBW | January 22, 2024 A Consent Order for Final Judgment signed by Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Jablonski on January 11 has granted to the City of Hoboken clear [...]

Judge Jablonski signs Consent Order that grants City of Hoboken clear title to Union Dry Dock property2024-01-22T14:38:22-05:00

“Urban Planning & the Hoboken Waterfront” – FULLY BOOKED

Thursday, February 22, 2024 | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Hoboken Public Library, 500 Park Avenue A slide lecture by Ron Hine, the Executive Director of the Fund for a Better Waterfront, on the time-tested urban design principles that have made Hoboken’s waterfront so successful, guided by a plan and vision laid out more than 30 [...]

“Urban Planning & the Hoboken Waterfront” – FULLY BOOKED2024-02-07T10:00:01-05:00

Erroneous lease boundaries for NY Waterway at Union Dry Dock site corrected on City of Hoboken’s website

FBW notifies City officials of discrepancy with lease boundaries FBW | January 4, 2024 Bowman Consulting produced a map for NY Waterway of the Union Dry Dock site with erroneous lease boundaries. The City of Hoboken posted this map on its Maritime Park website. FBW contacted City officials to point out the [...]

Erroneous lease boundaries for NY Waterway at Union Dry Dock site corrected on City of Hoboken’s website2024-01-04T11:16:38-05:00

New Jersey environmental and civic groups challenge Governor Murphy’s opposition to NYC’s congestion pricing plan

34 groups, including the Fund for a Better Waterfront, file an Amicus brief in federal court New Jersey traffic headed to the entrance of the Holland Tunnel. FBW | January 3, 2024 The Central Business District (CBD) Tolling Program, also known as the congestion pricing plan, would charge $15 [...]

New Jersey environmental and civic groups challenge Governor Murphy’s opposition to NYC’s congestion pricing plan2024-01-02T14:17:01-05:00

Court documents reveal details of settlement agreement between City of Hoboken and NY Waterway

Once the court approves the Consent Order for Final Judgment, NY Waterway will receive the agreed-upon purchase price of $18.5 million and the City of Hoboken will finally have clear title to the Union Dry Dock property  FBW | November 27, 2023 In November of 2017, Hoboken was stunned by [...]

Court documents reveal details of settlement agreement between City of Hoboken and NY Waterway2023-11-27T14:20:50-05:00

Help us continue over 3 decades of advocacy by including FBW in your year-end giving.

Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) was founded on the belief that the waterfront belongs to the people. For the last thirty years, we have been dedicated to our vision of a contiguous public park along the Hudson River. We have achieved a large portion of that goal in Hoboken and are dedicated to [...]

Help us continue over 3 decades of advocacy by including FBW in your year-end giving.2023-12-06T14:21:37-05:00
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