A plan to remove a colony of nesting terns on a Hoboken pier goes awry

Shipyard Associates agrees to remove deterrents and create 500 foot buffer on Pier 11 Some terns are now nesting at Union Dry Dock and Pier 12; two eggs just hatched on Pier 11 Two Common Tern fledglings at the end of Pier 11 in 2023. FBW | June 13, 2024 [...]

A plan to remove a colony of nesting terns on a Hoboken pier goes awry2024-06-20T09:14:23-04:00

FBW’s reasons for opposing proposed sculpture for Pier C Park

The proposed sculpture is incompatible with the original design of Pier C Park  May 21, 2024 Ms. Jennifer Gonzalez Director of Climate Action + Innovation City of Hoboken Hoboken, New Jersey RE: Sculpture proposed for Pier C fishing pier Dear Ms. Gonzalez: FBW strongly supports the City of Hoboken's public art [...]

FBW’s reasons for opposing proposed sculpture for Pier C Park2024-05-29T09:43:07-04:00

Seeing Hoboken through Jane Jacobs’ eyes

Her book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, has influenced generations of urban thinkers and city planners Jane's Walk Hoboken will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 11 a.m.  Click link to register. Ron Hine  |  FBW | April 28, 2024 I read Jane Jacobs’ seminal book, The [...]

Seeing Hoboken through Jane Jacobs’ eyes2024-04-28T21:04:39-04:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

FBW and Hoboken reach a settlement upholding the right to referendum on future sale or lease of the Union Dry Dock site

The City also agrees to deed restriction language required by the City’s Open Space Trust Fund Ordinance FBW | November 14, 2023 The latest dispute over the Union Dry Dock property was resolved last night when the Hoboken City Council approved a settlement agreement between the City and the Fund for [...]

FBW and Hoboken reach a settlement upholding the right to referendum on future sale or lease of the Union Dry Dock site2023-11-27T14:14:34-05:00

Elaborate landscape design unveiled for Maritime Park at the former Union Dry Dock site

Living shorelines; an updated, concrete skate park; an expansive lawn surrounded with canopy trees; two new piers, one for docking historic vessels, and a civic building are featured FBW | November 1, 2023 For the former Union Dry Dock property,  people have advocated for passive green space, a new [...]

Elaborate landscape design unveiled for Maritime Park at the former Union Dry Dock site2023-11-02T14:10:30-04:00

The Schooner Apollonia harnesses wind power for carbon-neutral shipping along the Hudson River

The Apollonia crew will receive FBW’s Riparian Award at Connect the Waterfront 2023 at the Hoboken Elks Club on November 9  FBW | October 18, 2023 Based in Germantown, New York, Hudson Valley Malt produces malt using traditional, old-school methods, utilizing locally grown barley, wheat and rye. On June 14, [...]

The Schooner Apollonia harnesses wind power for carbon-neutral shipping along the Hudson River2023-10-19T16:10:55-04:00

The intense rainfall event on September 29 overwhelmed sewer systems throughout the region, including Hoboken’s

Millions invested for Hoboken's flood mitigation shows limited results   Are you in the new flood zone? Use the FEMA address lookup tool for Region II to find out: Address Lookup FBW | October 11, 2023 Climate change has wrought more frequent storms of greater magnitude and brought warming temperatures that result [...]

The intense rainfall event on September 29 overwhelmed sewer systems throughout the region, including Hoboken’s2023-10-11T15:07:36-04:00

Let’s Help Hoboken Eradicate Lead Service Lines

Lead-Free Hoboken is a group of concerned citizens with the specific mission of working with the City of Hoboken to secure compliance with the requirements of New Jersey's Safe Drinking Water Act and to eradicate all the lead service lines in our community Water main replacement on Grand Street in Hoboken includes replacing [...]

Let’s Help Hoboken Eradicate Lead Service Lines2023-09-28T11:09:57-04:00

Waterfront Promenade Approach for a park at Union Dry Dock ranks first in public survey

This preferred alternative includes the skate park, an expansive lawn, expanded beach and forest trails FBW | August 29, 2023 Following the second public meeting conducted in July via Zoom, the design team for the park at Union Dry Dock conducted a second survey. 869 people responded. Of the [...]

Waterfront Promenade Approach for a park at Union Dry Dock ranks first in public survey2023-08-29T09:31:14-04:00
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