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On City of Water Day FBW shines a spotlight on the unfinished central waterfront

Completing the park at Union Dry Dock must include a pedestrian & bicycle-friendly Sinatra Drive by Nicole Teitler | FBW | July 17, 2021 The annual City of Water Day celebrates all that we, Fund for a Better Waterfront (FBW) and the Hoboken community, have accomplished. Since the [...]

On City of Water Day FBW shines a spotlight on the unfinished central waterfront2021-07-19T14:09:12-04:00

Urban shade trees are the key to building sustainable, healthy and happy cities

Shade trees also play a vital role in combating climate change FBW | July 1, 2021 Dense urban areas like Hoboken get hotter than suburban and rural areas. The sun heats up the hard surfaces of the brick, glass, concrete and asphalt. These structures absorb and reflect the [...]

Urban shade trees are the key to building sustainable, healthy and happy cities2021-07-01T16:42:31-04:00

Celebrate Hoboken’s Waterfront on City of Water Day, Saturday, July 10

Join FBW, the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse, Ke Aloha Outrigger and Resilience Paddle Sports for a day of activities celebrating Hoboken’s waterfront. City of Water Day, sponsored by the Waterfront Alliance and NY & NJ Harbor Estuary Program, takes place in waterfront communities throughout the metropolitan region. Connect the Waterfront: The Final Stretch 12 [...]

Celebrate Hoboken’s Waterfront on City of Water Day, Saturday, July 102021-07-05T21:22:26-04:00

After a contentious, multi-year battle, City will acquire Union Dry Dock, one of the final missing links in Hoboken’s waterfront park

Protesters in the 2019 March on March 9 to Save Your Waterfront. FBW | June 20, 2021 In November of 2017, NY Waterway sought to relocate its ferry refueling/repair operation to one of the final, unfinished portions of Hoboken’s continuous, public waterfront park. The ferry company’s acquisition of the Union Dry [...]

After a contentious, multi-year battle, City will acquire Union Dry Dock, one of the final missing links in Hoboken’s waterfront park2021-06-20T15:43:42-04:00

With rows of shade trees, Hoboken’s South Waterfront is a model for trees in urban design

Extending a similar landscape design to the north would make Hoboken’s waterfront truly exceptional The rows of trees lining the promenade along Hoboken's South Waterfront reflects the importance of trees in urban design. FBW | June 8, 2021 For four blocks at Hoboken’s South Waterfront from Newark to [...]

With rows of shade trees, Hoboken’s South Waterfront is a model for trees in urban design2021-06-08T09:12:11-04:00

The privatization of part of Pier A Park’s Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

FBW has filed a complaint with the NJDEP against the City of Hoboken for violating state requirement for 24 hour public access The City of Hoboken has allowed Prime Cycle the exclusive use of the pavilion at end of Pier A Park. FBW | April 30, 2021 Since Pier [...]

The privatization of part of Pier A Park’s Hudson River Waterfront Walkway2021-04-30T15:28:11-04:00

Hoboken’s parks at the South Waterfront are the cornerstone of Mayor Anthony Russo’s legacy

Ron Hine | FBW | April 20, 2021 By far, the best portion of Hoboken’s riverfront park, with its canopy of London Plane trees and generous swaths of open space, is located at the South Waterfront between Newark and Fourth Street. None of this would have been possible without the [...]

Hoboken’s parks at the South Waterfront are the cornerstone of Mayor Anthony Russo’s legacy2021-04-22T11:00:14-04:00

Are we saving or destroying the Hudson River Palisades?

Image 1: The Hudson River Palisades in Alpine, New Jersey. Image 2: Highrise towers built atop the Palisades Cliffs in Fort Lee and Cliffside Park, New Jersey. Image 3: The Hoboken Heights project under construction in Union City, New Jersey. FBW | March 25, 2021 The Palisades Cliffs, facing [...]

Are we saving or destroying the Hudson River Palisades?2021-03-29T14:17:34-04:00

A model for the North End redevelopment: Hoboken’s own historic urban village

Hoboken City Council will cast final vote on North End Plan on Wed. night March 3 at 7 pm. Image 1: Hoboken's turn-of-the-century five-story walkups on Washington St. south of Newark St. Image 2: The North End Redevelopment Plan: rendering of buildings along 15th Street looking east. Image [...]

A model for the North End redevelopment: Hoboken’s own historic urban village2021-02-28T10:55:42-05:00

Urban design flaws afflict North End Plan

An amended North End Plan will go back to a first reading/vote by the Hoboken City Council on Wed. night February 17 at 7 pm. Image 1: North End Redevelopment Plan: massing illustration. Image 2: North End Redevelopment Plan: rendering of building along 15th Street looking east. Image [...]

Urban design flaws afflict North End Plan2021-02-10T19:22:54-05:00

The Central Park effect: value added from public parks

The award-winning public park at Hoboken's South Waterfront built in the 1990s. by Ron Hine | FBW | January 2, 2021 Frederick Law Olmsted was among the first to undertake a study showing that parks increase property values. In 1856, a year before construction began, Olmsted estimated that the three [...]

The Central Park effect: value added from public parks2020-12-31T11:48:26-05:00

Humpback whale swims up a cleaner, more hospitable Hudson River

Humpback whale spouting in Hudson River . From video by @AndresJavierNYC. FBW | December 15, 2020 Last week, a humpback whale was sighted breaching as it cruised up the Hudson River near Weehawken, New Jersey. For a number of years, these creatures have ventured into parts of the New York Harbor, [...]

Humpback whale swims up a cleaner, more hospitable Hudson River2020-12-15T09:55:45-05:00

The Weehawken and Hoboken Coves provide opportunities for ecosystem restoration and greater waterfront access

Biodiversity at the Weehawken Cove and Hoboken north waterfront have been documented. FBW | November 29, 2020 Over past thirty years, similar projects have been developed throughout the New York-New Jersey Estuary following a restoration master plan Although much of the lower Hudson River has a man-made bulkhead--a hard edge--protecting [...]

The Weehawken and Hoboken Coves provide opportunities for ecosystem restoration and greater waterfront access2020-11-29T20:13:36-05:00

FBW appeals approvals for high-rise development at Weehawken Cove

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. FBW | November 18, 2020 In August, the Fund for a Better Waterfront and two other plaintiffs filed suit challenging the Weehawken [...]

FBW appeals approvals for high-rise development at Weehawken Cove2020-11-19T15:39:19-05:00

The Billion Oyster Project harnesses the oyster’s unique ability to restore the New York Harbor’s ecosystem

At our November 12th event, the Fund for a Better Waterfront will bestow its annual Riparian Award to the Billion Oyster Project FBW |  November 5, 2020 If you recently ordered up a plate of oysters at a New York City oyster bar, there is a good chance your discarded shells [...]

The Billion Oyster Project harnesses the oyster’s unique ability to restore the New York Harbor’s ecosystem2020-11-05T15:13:37-05:00

Hoboken’s London Plane trees & how they can survive waterfront storms

Trees at South Waterfront have survived Sandy and Isaias but not at Maxwell Place Park FBW | September 8, 2020 On August 5, Hurricane Isaias reached the Northeast Coast of the United States as a tropical storm. Its hurricane-force wind gusts uprooted London Plane trees at Maxwell Place Park, a [...]

Hoboken’s London Plane trees & how they can survive waterfront storms2020-09-08T16:46:20-04:00

Liberty Harbor North at Jersey City waterfront based on the tenets of new urbanism

More photos: Liberty Harbor North in Jersey City, New Jersey – July 2020 Photo 1: New urbanist development in Jersey City at Liberty Harbor North. Photo 2: The street layout for Liberty Harbor North. Photo 3: Additional townhouse development at Liberty Harbor North. FBW | July 28, 2020 Some of [...]

Liberty Harbor North at Jersey City waterfront based on the tenets of new urbanism2020-07-28T12:33:33-04:00

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