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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

Councilwoman-At-Large Jabbour at the September 4th, 2019 City Council meeting.

Councilwoman Emily Jabbour on why it's important to give the City of Hoboken the tools it needs for the creation of a fully connected public park on Hoboken's waterfront. More videos

Councilwoman-At-Large Jabbour at the September 4th, 2019 City Council meeting.2021-01-05T19:00:36-05:00

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher at the September 4th, 2019 City Council meeting.

Tiffanie Fisher, Councilwoman for Hoboken's 2nd ward, speaks about her vote to give the City of Hoboken the authority to acquire Union Dry Dock as a public park. More videos

Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher at the September 4th, 2019 City Council meeting.2021-01-05T19:02:05-05:00

Michael Russo, Hoboken Councilman, 3rd Ward, at the City Council meeting September 4, 2019.

Councilman Russo speaks about why he voted to give the City of Hoboken the authority to acquire Union Dry Dock as a public park, and why he has long supported the vision of a fully connected public park along Hoboken's waterfront. More videos

Michael Russo, Hoboken Councilman, 3rd Ward, at the City Council meeting September 4, 2019.2021-01-05T19:02:54-05:00

Hoboken resident Tina Hahn addressing the Hoboken City Council 8/2019: “NY Waterway knew Hoboken’s plans”

Hoboken resident Tina Hahn addressing the Hoboken City Council 8/2019: "NY Waterway knew Hoboken's plans for the waterfront."

Hoboken resident Tina Hahn addressing the Hoboken City Council 8/2019: “NY Waterway knew Hoboken’s plans”2021-01-05T19:04:03-05:00

The Legacy of Central Park: How Downing, Vaux and Olmsted Set the Standard for American Parks

Olmsted & Vaux original design for Central Park FBW | August 30, 2018 It is hard to imagine what New York City would be like without Central Park. The enormity of the vision that created Central Park profoundly changed the nature of Manhattan and development of urban parks across [...]

The Legacy of Central Park: How Downing, Vaux and Olmsted Set the Standard for American Parks2019-01-09T23:58:39-05:00

2009 NJ Transit study identifies 5 sites more suitable for ferry facility than Union Dry Dock

FBW | May 15, 2018 NJ Transit has repeatedly sought to acquire the prime real estate at Hoboken’s north waterfront -- the Union Dry Dock site -- for a ferry maintenance facility. This state agency first attempted this in 2012 but backed down after fierce opposition from the community [...]

2009 NJ Transit study identifies 5 sites more suitable for ferry facility than Union Dry Dock2018-10-23T15:23:32-04:00

Photos from the April 20, 2018 Rally to Protect our Waterfront

Rally held at Maxwell Place Park in Hoboken to protest proposed NY Waterway diesel depot at former Union Dry Dock site Children leading the charge to protect their playgrounds from being polluted with dieselfumes. Mayor Ravi Bhalla who organized the event being interviewed by the press. Noelle Thurlow, the head [...]

Photos from the April 20, 2018 Rally to Protect our Waterfront2019-04-23T14:54:49-04:00

Master Plans, Official Maps and “Paper Streets”

Detail from the Commissioner's Plan of 1811 for Manhattan. This plan was laid out over a hundred years before the last parcels were developed at the northern end of the island. This article is an excerpt from Reclaiming the Waterfront, A Planning Guide for Waterfront Municipalities published by the Fund for a Better Waterfront [...]

Master Plans, Official Maps and “Paper Streets”2018-10-24T15:40:20-04:00

Privatizing the Planning Process

The Rouse Harborfront development at the Baltimore waterfront. Excerpt from Reclaiming the Waterfront - A Planning Guide for Waterfront Municipalities by the Fund for a Better Waterfront, Craig Whitaker contributing author, published August 1996. After the Second World War, many Americans left the city for the suburbs. For [...]

Privatizing the Planning Process2018-10-24T16:00:07-04:00

FBW will be Design Award recipient

Pier A Park at Hoboken's south waterfront. (October 20, 2010) In 1990, the Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) came out with a plan for the Hoboken waterfront. The plan called for a continuous waterfront park along the water's edge. The key to successfully executing this concept was to extend Hoboken's public street grid, thus [...]

FBW will be Design Award recipient2013-02-28T02:34:55-05:00

Council will hear FBW appeal of 19 variances

Stevens plan would add turning lanes and provide overly wide vehicular lanes that encourage speeding traffic. The latest Stevens Institute scheme also maintains Sinatra Drive as a speedway around Castle Point. (January 2010) The Hoboken Zoning Board has had a long history of usurping the authority of the City Council by granting numerous exceptions to [...]

Council will hear FBW appeal of 19 variances2017-08-18T19:49:04-04:00

Stevens seeks convoluted street plan

Stevens Institutes proposal for Fifth Street to zigzag through their property. (September 16, 2009) Stevens Institute's latest waterfront garage proposal is fraught with problems. They are proposing to reroute a public street through their property so that it leads to the entrance of their parking garage. They are adding turning lanes and preserving an overly [...]

Stevens seeks convoluted street plan2017-08-18T19:49:42-04:00

Stevens proposes ‘little plan’ for waterfront

Stevens Institutes surface parking on prime waterfront land between Sinatra and Castle Point Park. (April 8, 2009) "Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will not themselves be realized." So said famous architect and urban planner Daniel H. Burnham. His words aptly pertain to the latest waterfront scheme [...]

Stevens proposes ‘little plan’ for waterfront2017-08-18T19:50:29-04:00

Stevens Offers Resolution to Parking Garage Saga

Photograph of site viewed from Sinatra Park looking west shows plans for garage (superimposed on image) approved by Zoning Board. Babbio Center above right, (November 8, 2007) In a dramatic reversal, Stevens Institute of Technology publicly unveiled a revamped waterfront parking garage proposal at last night's Hoboken City Council meeting. Instead of a bleak parking [...]

Stevens Offers Resolution to Parking Garage Saga2012-01-18T16:42:45-05:00