Park/Public Space

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 park2019-10-22T19:03:01+00:00

The Legacy of Central Park: How Downing, Vaux and Olmsted Set the Standard for American Parks

Olmsted & Vaux original design for Central Park FBW | August 30, 2018 It is hard to imagine what New York City would be like without Central Park. The enormity of the vision that created Central Park profoundly changed the nature of Manhattan and development of urban parks across [...]

The Legacy of Central Park: How Downing, Vaux and Olmsted Set the Standard for American Parks2019-01-09T23:58:39+00:00

Will Hoboken Shipyard’s Pier 13 bring bad luck for public access?

Gated entrance to Shipyard's Pier 13 sends message to public that this is "private property." FBW | May 8, 2013 In 1820, a New Jersey man was collecting oysters along the shores when he was challenged as a trespasser by the upland property owner. The dispute reached the New Jersey Supreme Court, where [...]

Will Hoboken Shipyard’s Pier 13 bring bad luck for public access?2019-01-15T19:19:18+00:00

William H. Whyte on what makes public spaces fail & what makes them succeed

In the 1980s Bryant Park was redesigned following the recommendations of the Street Life Project. FBW | March 19, 2013 Given the fact that the Municipal Art Society released the remarkable study entitled The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces in 1979, this film review is somewhat late. The clothing and hairstyles of [...]

William H. Whyte on what makes public spaces fail & what makes them succeed2019-01-15T19:55:28+00:00

Hoboken’s original plan and first parks established in 1804

1909 Hoboken map showing Hudson Square. (Credit: Hoboken Historical Museum) FBW  | May 3, 2012 It began with a plan. In 1804, Col. John Stevens hired surveyor Charles Loss to create a plan for the new City of Hoboken. Col. Stevens owned 564 acres that would become much of the city as it is [...]

Hoboken’s original plan and first parks established in 18042019-01-15T21:22:19+00:00

What do Zuccotti Park and Hudson River Walkway have in common?

Imposing gates at Weehaken, NJ's Riva Pointe send message: public keep out. FBW | October 20, 2011 Thanks to Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, a small privately owned "public" park, has become a household name. The plaza bonus provisions provided by New York City’s 1961 zoning created a proliferation of private spaces that [...]

What do Zuccotti Park and Hudson River Walkway have in common?2019-01-15T22:10:00+00:00