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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 movement2019-11-26T14:34:13-05:00

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 opposition2019-12-08T15:40:36-05:00

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-support2019-10-21T15:10:06-04:00

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 count2019-10-01T17:08:36-04:00

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 it2019-12-17T22:14:39-05:00

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 models2019-01-10T00:10:50-05:00

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

Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan reflects Jersey City’s Newport, not Hoboken

The Hoboken Planning Board will review the Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan and hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 2 @7 p.m. in City Hall.  FBW | November 18, 2014 Hoboken residents will often point to the high-rise towers at Newport in Jersey City looming to the south of town, saying, “that’s not the [...]

Rail Yard Redevelopment Plan reflects Jersey City’s Newport, not Hoboken2018-10-20T21:39:19-04:00

Parks and trees missing from City of Hoboken’s plan for central riverfront

FBW | October 9, 2014 When Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer came into office in 2009, she promised to be a strong advocate for creating public open space. Yet, after five years in office, her administration has made little progress. The southwest parks plan will yield less than an acre once the court rules on [...]

Parks and trees missing from City of Hoboken’s plan for central riverfront2018-10-20T21:42:12-04:00

Squandering an Opportunity for Hoboken’s Central Waterfront?

Jersey Journal Guest Editorial | September 26, 2014 On September 15, the City of Hoboken and its consultants unveiled plans for the redesign of Sinatra Drive at the central waterfront from 4th to 11th Streets. These plans fall woefully short of the high standards set at Hoboken’s South Waterfront. The beautifully landscaped Pier A [...]

Squandering an Opportunity for Hoboken’s Central Waterfront?2018-10-20T21:45:08-04:00

A once-in-a-century opportunity for Hoboken’s waterfront

Hoboken Reporter | FBW letter to the editor | April 27, 2014 Dear Editor: For most of the last century, Hoboken was a bustling port city and maritime industries flourished on its waterfront. But by the 1980s, the ocean liners, merchant marines and ship repairers had nearly all disappeared, leaving an abandoned, derelict waterfront. [...]

A once-in-a-century opportunity for Hoboken’s waterfront2018-10-20T21:49:37-04:00

Planning the gateway to Hoboken’s north end

FBW | March 2, 2014 Recent controversies swirling over the Christie administration’s involvement in pushing a mega-development in Hoboken have focused attention on one of the last frontiers for redevelopment in this mile-square city. The North End Redevelopment Area is a 19-block portion of town that is currently zoned for industrial use and is [...]

Planning the gateway to Hoboken’s north end2018-10-20T21:55:01-04:00