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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

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

The Hudson River fishermen and the boat that began the Riverkeeper movement

The original Riverkeeper boat launched in 1983 recently recovered in the woods of Garrison, New York. At its annual Connect the Waterfront event at the Hoboken Elks Lodge, FBW honored the Hudson River Fishmen's Association with its 2019 Riparian Award. FBW | November 24, 2019 Recently, members of the Hudson River Fishermen’s [...]

The Hudson River fishermen and the boat that began the Riverkeeper movement2020-02-05T18:02:07-05:00

Planning Board votes down high-rise towers at Weehawken Cove after persistent legal & neighborhood opposition

FBW | November 5, 2019 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. Attorney Gerald Muller of Miller Porter & Muller, representing the Fund for a Better Waterfront, stated in [...]

Planning Board votes down high-rise towers at Weehawken Cove after persistent legal & neighborhood opposition2020-02-05T18:04:02-05:00

Developer seeks to salvage railyard redevelopment plan that appeared to be on life-support

2019 Amended Hoboken Railyard Redevelopment Plan Final City Council vote on project has been postponed to November 6 (one day after the election) FBW | October 20, 2019 Over the past three administrations, various iterations of the Hoboken Railyard Redevelopment Plan have sparked controversy. In 2014, after much debate, the City of Hoboken approved [...]

Developer seeks to salvage railyard redevelopment plan that appeared to be on life-support2020-02-05T18:05:09-05:00

A victorious “yes” vote on Questions 1 and 2 would ensure funding to complete final links for Hoboken’s waterfront park

FBW | October 18, 2019 On election day, voters will have an opportunity to approve amendments to the Municipal Open Space Trust Fund (OSTF) that would ensure completion of Hoboken’s waterfront park, as well as other park sites throughout the city. Currently, the OSTF ordinance allots 2 cents per $100 [...]

A victorious “yes” vote on Questions 1 and 2 would ensure funding to complete final links for Hoboken’s waterfront park2020-02-05T17:59:06-05:00

City to make offer to buy Union Dry Dock; opposition to refueling facility has deterred state takeover — so far

Aerial view of 901 Sinatra Drive, the property formerly owned by Union Dry Dock and Repair Co. looking east at Hoboken's Hudson River waterfront. FBW | September 30, 2019 Hoboken to offer fair market value to acquire Union Dry Dock site  This week, the City of Hoboken will offer NY Waterway [...]

City to make offer to buy Union Dry Dock; opposition to refueling facility has deterred state takeover — so far2020-02-05T17:57:28-05:00

Repairing our country’s impaired electoral system & making your vote count

Hoboken could be among first municipalities in New Jersey to adopt ranked choice voting FBW | September 22, 2019 Renee Steinhagen, the Executive Director of New Jersey Appleseed Public Interest Law Center, explained that in the United States, the abolition of slavery, women’s suffrage, the direct election of U.S. senators and a number of [...]

Repairing our country’s impaired electoral system & making your vote count2020-02-05T18:06:14-05:00