The City of Hoboken has received two grants totalling $1.2 million to reconstruct Sinatra Drive and add a protected bicycle pathway from 4th to 11th Streets. In December the City hired Kimley-Horn, an engineering firm, to finalize a design and oversee its construction.
For this Sinatra Drive project to be successful, the City should commit additional funds to solve the many issues along this long-neglected ¾ mile stretch of Hoboken’s central waterfront. In the 1990s, FBW was instrumental in creating the park and design at the South Waterfront from Newark to 4th Street. For over 20 years, people have enjoyed the tree-lined South Waterfront with its generous swaths of public parkland, extra-wide walkway and protected bicycle pathway. The award-winning South Waterfront has set a standard of excellence that the City should strive to replicate from 4th to 11th Streets.
The most challenging part of the Sinatra Drive project exists between 4th and 5th Street. During World War I, American troops embarked for the war from the shipping ports at Hoboken’s southern waterfront. The expansion of rail lines running to these ports explains the incursion into Stevens Park, now constituting the overly-wide, curved route for Sinatra Drive between 4th and 5th Streets.
The Stevens family deeded the 3-acre site for Hudson Square (Stevens Park) to the City in the 1800s which is shown on the City’s current tax map and designated by the City as an historic site. It is therefore in the public interest for the City to adopt a long-term vision for this project, with the goal of restoring the official metes and bounds for Stevens park. In doing so, a number of other problems between 4th and 5th can also be solved, as follows: