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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

A Nobel-Winning Economist Goes to Burning Man by Emily Badger (New York Times 9-5-2019)

Burning Man's Black Rock City in the Nevada desert Amid the desert orgies, Paul Romer investigates a provocative question: Is this bacchanal a model of urban planning? When FBW began its Plan for the Hoboken Waterfront in 1990, the first advice we got was to extend the public street grid to the [...]

A Nobel-Winning Economist Goes to Burning Man by Emily Badger (New York Times 9-5-2019)2020-02-05T18:00:44-05:00

Hoboken Mayor & City Council view acquisition of Union Dry Dock as legacy issue

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla addresses "Rally to Save Your Waterfront" on step of City Hall prior to September 4, 2019 City Council meeting. Photo: Paul Schoenberger NY Waterway’s relentless campaign to influence public opinion falls flat  Ron Hine | FBW | September 6, 2019 On September 4, the Hoboken City Council [...]

Hoboken Mayor & City Council view acquisition of Union Dry Dock as legacy issue2020-02-05T18:03:08-05:00

NJ Transit produces disingenuous, one-sided report on siting ferry maintenance facility

NJ Transit's 2009 plans for ferry maintenance facility detailed refueling, repairs and berthing operations at the Hoboken Terminal contradicting report released last week. Ron Hine | FBW | August 22, 2019 This week Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 80 that requires NJ Transit to provide greater transparency and accountability to [...]

NJ Transit produces disingenuous, one-sided report on siting ferry maintenance facility2020-02-05T18:07:24-05:00

City Council faced with standing room only crowd and two hours of testimony urging completion of the waterfront park

Attorney David White, an FBW Board Member, speaks of false narrative spread by NY Waterway. The final vote on the ordinance to acquire the dry dock property will be on Wednesday, September 4 at Hoboken City Hall FBW | August 14, 2019 On August 7, 2019, a standing-room-only crowd urged the [...]

City Council faced with standing room only crowd and two hours of testimony urging completion of the waterfront park2020-02-05T18:12:36-05:00