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Celebrating 30 years: FBW Milestones

Celebrating 30 years:  FBW Milestones 2017-2020  FBW works with the City of Hoboken and local groups to secure Union Dry Dock for an additional three acres of the riverfront park, fighting off attempts to make it a ferry refueling/repair depot. 2011-2020  FBW, the City of Hoboken and neighborhood residents [...]

Celebrating 30 years: FBW Milestones2020-07-08T14:05:24-04:00

The Hudson River waterfront and the planning process:  public or private?

Photo 1: The newly built Ellipse, a luxury residential 44-story tower, on a pier at Jersey City's Newport waterfront. Photo 2: Bird-eye view of Hoboken's South Waterfront with a waterfront park clearly delineated from upland blocks of private development by last north-south street. Photo 3: Private gated community at North Bergen's [...]

The Hudson River waterfront and the planning process:  public or private?2020-07-03T14:38:01-04:00

Latest Lincoln Harbor project, approved by Weehawken Planning Board, disregards good planning principles

Planner testifying before Planning Board cites the part of Weehawken built 100 years ago as a model for creating walkable, close-knit neighborhoods and a basis for good planning today.  FBW | June 19, 2020 Weehawken is divided into two distinctly different communities. Most of its long-established residential area was built atop the [...]

Latest Lincoln Harbor project, approved by Weehawken Planning Board, disregards good planning principles2020-06-19T08:56:23-04:00

10,000 people take to the streets and waterfront parks of Hoboken in historic protest

Friday's historic protest march in Hoboken ended at Pier A Park. Photo by Ron Bautista. FBW | June 10, 2020 On Friday, June 6, 2020, ten thousand people took to the streets of Hoboken, beginning at Maxwell Place Park, marching along Sinatra Drive to Pier A Park, pausing in front of City Hall, [...]

10,000 people take to the streets and waterfront parks of Hoboken in historic protest2020-06-17T15:53:12-04:00

With demise of Google’s plan, Toronto has opportunity to create a truly public lakefront

Sidewalk Labs' former plan for the Toronto lakefront, aimed to make Toronto the global hub for urban innovation but failed to delineate public space at the water's edge from upland private development. By Craig Whitaker | Craig Whitaker Architects | May 27, 2020 The recent announcement that Sidewalks Lab was abandoning its [...]

With demise of Google’s plan, Toronto has opportunity to create a truly public lakefront2020-05-27T14:10:17-04:00

Shipyard developers have sought to privatize an otherwise public waterfront that has benefited them immensely

The Monarch Towers proposed for this pier over the Hudson River at the Weehawken Cove would have privatized what should be an additional portion of a public waterfront. Nine years of costly litigation comes to an end providing yet another windfall gain for Shipyard Associates by Ron Hine | May [...]

Shipyard developers have sought to privatize an otherwise public waterfront that has benefited them immensely2020-05-21T09:54:43-04:00

The case for keeping parks & public spaces open – Part II

Liberty State Park, 600 acres of much needed public open space in Jersey City, New Jersey, will reopen on May 2 Subscribe to City of Hoboken Nixle Alerts to get daily updates on the coronavirus FBW | April 29, 2020 The following articles published this month are but a few that argue [...]

The case for keeping parks & public spaces open – Part II2020-04-30T14:01:48-04:00

Hudson Gives, A Day of Online Giving, Is A Lifeline To Local Nonprofits

On Thursday, May 14th, FBW will join dozens of other local non-profit organizations registered for #HudsonGives, an online day of giving. For the second year in a row, the Hudson County Chamber Foundation has hosted this virtual event to support the wide range of not-for-profit organizations working - and enriching -  Hudson County. It’s easy [...]

Hudson Gives, A Day of Online Giving, Is A Lifeline To Local Nonprofits2020-05-21T09:55:54-04:00

An Earth Day remembrance of Rachel Carson who gave birth to the modern environmental movement

FBW | April 22, 2020 For Earth Day 2020, the year of the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no marches or rallies. Instead, we suggest you read a Rachel Carson book. Her writing is guaranteed to inspire and educate. The following are her major works: Under the Sea Wind, Simon & Schuster, 1941 The [...]

An Earth Day remembrance of Rachel Carson who gave birth to the modern environmental movement2020-04-21T21:15:44-04:00

The case for keeping parks & public spaces open

Central Park in New York City. Subscribe to City of Hoboken Nixle Alerts to get daily updates on the coronavirus FBW | April 16, 2020 Across the country and around the world, governments have grappled with how to contain the coronavirus pandemic. In some places, governors and mayors have ordered park closures [...]

The case for keeping parks & public spaces open2020-04-15T22:14:21-04:00

Court ruling could help save historic Hoboken Land Building

FBW | April 8, 2020 In 1838, the last year of Colonel John Stevens' life, his family founded the Hoboken Land & Improvement Company to manage and sell his real estate holdings that originally comprised the entire area that would become the city of Hoboken. In 1889, the company constructed the Hoboken Land and [...]

Court ruling could help save historic Hoboken Land Building2020-04-09T08:56:02-04:00

In Hoboken and across the nation, parks close as the coronavirus takes its toll

Church Square Park in Hoboken, New Jersey. Photo by Paul Schoenberger. But look! here come more crowds, pacing straight for the water, and seemingly bound for a dive. Strange! Nothing will content them but the extremest limit of the land; loitering under the shady lee of yonder warehouses will not suffice. No. They [...]

In Hoboken and across the nation, parks close as the coronavirus takes its toll2020-04-08T14:15:21-04:00

Oldest building at historic Hoboken Train and Ferry Terminal could face the wrecking ball

April 2, 2020 - Yesterday, the Federal Transit Administration and New Jersey Transit extended the comment period beyond the March 31 deadline. Please provide your feedback via this brief City of Hoboken survey. A virtual online public meeting has been scheduled tentatively for April 16. Additional information is provided on the City of Hoboken website. [...]

Oldest building at historic Hoboken Train and Ferry Terminal could face the wrecking ball2020-04-10T09:45:44-04:00

Public spaces in the time of coronavirus

The end of Pier A Park at Hoboken waterfront Subscribe to City of Hoboken Nixle Alerts to get daily updates on the coronavirus FBW | March 26, 2020 Our city, our country and the world are facing a crisis like no other in our lifetimes. Hoboken and our entire county are at [...]

Public spaces in the time of coronavirus2020-04-10T09:26:09-04:00

Link together with Hands Across the Waterfront POSTPONED

Meet at Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse Maxwell Place Park - 11th & Sinatra Drive North Saturday, March 28 at 11 AM Join the Fund for a Better Waterfront as we kick off our 30th anniversary year and show our commitment to finishing “Hoboken’s Highline” -- a linear, public riverfront park. At 11:30 [...]

Link together with Hands Across the Waterfront POSTPONED2020-03-10T18:25:33-04:00

Hoboken citizens invoked Initiative and Referendum to alter an entrenched political system

FBW | February 19, 2020 Hudson County, New Jersey, has a well-earned reputation for political machines and political bosses. Frank Hague was the legendary mayor of Jersey City from 1917 to 1947 who built one of the most powerful political organizations in the country. His ally Mayor Barney McFeely controlled Hoboken from 1930 to [...]

Hoboken citizens invoked Initiative and Referendum to alter an entrenched political system2020-02-19T09:59:28-05:00

Landscape design for Hoboken’s Columbus Park still shines 108 years later

Noted landscape architect Charles Lowrie designed Columbus and other Hudson County Parks FBW | February 12, 2020 Walking through Columbus Park, one is struck by the pavilion, designed to be the centerpiece of the park, and the massive London Plane trees planted throughout. The roof cornice of the [...]

Landscape design for Hoboken’s Columbus Park still shines 108 years later2020-02-14T21:11:37-05:00

Multiple lawsuits challenge new ordinance for Lincoln Harbor as developer resubmits proposal for high-rise towers

The amended redevelopment plan would allow for more buildings like this one - 800 Harbor Blvd. -- to the south at the Weehawken Cove. FBW | February 2, 2020 Hartz Mountain has been developing the 50-acre Lincoln Harbor project at the south Weehawken waterfront since the 1980s. Now they are [...]

Multiple lawsuits challenge new ordinance for Lincoln Harbor as developer resubmits proposal for high-rise towers2020-02-05T17:00:54-05:00

Final legal dispute over Monarch Towers reaches the New Jersey Supreme Court

FBW | January 22, 2020 Standing from left to right: Justice Lee A. Solomon, Justice Anne M. Patterson, Justice Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina and Justice Walter F. Timpone. Sitting from left to right: Justice Jaynee LaVecchia, Chief Justice Stuart Rabner and Justice Barry T. Albin. Today, the issue before the New Jersey [...]

Final legal dispute over Monarch Towers reaches the New Jersey Supreme Court2020-02-05T18:00:00-05:00

SAVE THE WEEHAWKEN COVE – Speak Out Against Amended Redevelopment Ordinance for Lincoln Harbor

Please attend this important meeting of the Weehawken Township Council this Wednesday The amended redevelopment plan would allow for more buildings like this one - 800 Harbor Blvd. -- to the south at the Weehawken Cove. FBW | December 8, 2019 Weehawken Township Council 400 Park Avenue, Weehawken Wednesday, [...]

SAVE THE WEEHAWKEN COVE – Speak Out Against Amended Redevelopment Ordinance for Lincoln Harbor2019-12-10T15:09:06-05:00