Local issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

SAVE THE WEEHAWKEN COVE – Speak Out Against Amended Redevelopment Ordinance for Lincoln Harbor

Please attend this important meeting of the Weehawken Township Council this Wednesday The amended redevelopment plan would allow for more buildings like this one - 800 Harbor Blvd. -- to the south at the Weehawken Cove. FBW | December 8, 2019 Weehawken Township Council 400 Park Avenue, Weehawken Wednesday, [...]

SAVE THE WEEHAWKEN COVE – Speak Out Against Amended Redevelopment Ordinance for Lincoln Harbor2019-12-10T15:09:06-05:00

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

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

Objectors mobilize against massive towers proposed at Weehawken Cove

FBW | July 18, 2019 One of two alternate landscape plans for the Rebuild by Design park at the Weehawken Cove that ends abruptly at the Weehawken municipal boundary where the Hartz 18-story towers have been proposed. Update: At the October 29 meeting, in a dramatic turn of events, the Weehawken [...]

Objectors mobilize against massive towers proposed at Weehawken Cove2019-12-08T15:38:57-05:00

Trust Fund will ensure public open space to be enjoyed for generations to come

FBW's 1990 Plan for the Hoboken Waterfront FBW | July 8, 2019 On Wednesday, July 10, the Hoboken City Council will cast a final vote on two amendments to the Municipal Open Space Trust Fund (OSTF) that would be subject to a referendum vote in November. Assuming the Council and then Hoboken’s [...]

Trust Fund will ensure public open space to be enjoyed for generations to come2019-07-08T12:33:11-04:00

Jim Vance to serve as Grand Marshal at Wednesday’s 121st Annual Hoboken Memorial Day Parade

Grand Marshal Jim Vance leading the 121st Hoboken Memorial Day Parade. FBW | May 20, 2019 Anyone who has spent time with Jim Vance, especially over drinks at a local watering hole, is likely to be familiar with his war stories told with great excitement, all these many years later. In 1963, Jim graduated [...]

Jim Vance to serve as Grand Marshal at Wednesday’s 121st Annual Hoboken Memorial Day Parade2019-05-25T14:44:34-04:00

Making up Hoboken’s open space deficit at the waterfront & how to fund it

Aerial photograph of Hoboken waterfront prior to any new development taking place FBW | May 12, 2019 Among NY Waterway’s bogus talking points is that a park at Union Dry Dock would be a burden on Hoboken taxpayers and that Hoboken doesn’t need any more parks.   The concept of a linear [...]

Making up Hoboken’s open space deficit at the waterfront & how to fund it2020-06-17T16:20:18-04:00

The tsunami of plastic that ends up in the ocean can also end up on your dinner plate

Plastic bottles washed up on shoreline along Hudson River at Sinatra Park in Hoboken, New Jersey. FBW | January 23, 2019 Reasons to reduce your plastic footprint Remember that fish you had for dinner the other night? It might have been laced with plastic. Plastics may take hundreds of years to break [...]

The tsunami of plastic that ends up in the ocean can also end up on your dinner plate2020-01-08T14:59:29-05:00

City should base BASF park on successful models

The City of Hoboken has acquired the BASF property for $30 million. Construction costs, including underground flood retention basins, will add an estimated $19.5 million. By Ron Hine | FBW | October 6, 2016 Nearly all of the great parks and most successful ones in this country are bounded by streets, [...]

City should base BASF park on successful models2020-06-17T15:57:15-04:00

Hotel would vastly improve a premiere site at Hoboken waterfront

 FBW | September 1, 2016 From Hoboken’s award winning South Waterfront, one site remains an eyesore: the rear of the Hoboken Post Office with its loading dock and parking for postal vehicles. Along Sinatra Drive and Newark Street, there is no public sidewalk. The sidewalk at First Street is so narrow as to be [...]

Hotel would vastly improve a premiere site at Hoboken waterfront2018-10-20T17:45:59-04:00

The 14-year Stevens waterfront garage saga

 FBW | March 16, 2016 Hoboken Zoning Board Hearing Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7 pm Hoboken City Hall Stevens Institute of Technology began construction of its parking garage beneath the Babbio Center 14 years ago. The only problem was, the Hoboken Planning Board had not approved the garage, only the Babbio Center building. [...]

The 14-year Stevens waterfront garage saga2018-10-20T17:48:35-04:00

Railyard plan is a radical departure from Hoboken’s scale and character

 Hoboken Reporter | November 30, 2014 Dear Editor: The Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan at the southern gateway to Hoboken will have a profound impact on our community. With over 10 acres of new development, it will be one of Hoboken’s largest building projects ever. To make the project a great addition to our community, [...]

Railyard plan is a radical departure from Hoboken’s scale and character2018-10-20T17:51:56-04:00