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Update on historic preservation efforts for Lackawanna Records Building hoboken

Below is an update from the City of Hoboken on historic preservation efforts for the Lackawanna Records building at Hoboken Terminal:

Since August of 2019, the City of Hoboken has been engaged in a “Section 106” review process with New Jersey Transit (NJT), the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office (HPO), the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), and other entities and stakeholders to explore alternatives to NJT’s proposed demolition of the Lackawanna Records Building at Hoboken Terminal. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued a Notice of Unsafe Structure to New Jersey Transit (NJT) after a visual inspection on January 3 of the Lackawanna Records Building at Hoboken Terminal. 
 
As of today, which marks the deadline for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs to consider the proposed deconstruction of the Records Building, there is no signed Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the FTA, NJT and HPO. and no agreed-upon alternative, despite the City’s best efforts. However, the City will continue communications with the respective parties to relay the position of Hoboken residents as expressed during the public comment period, negotiate a preferred alternative, and pursue additional requests to delay the DCA deadline.
 
NJT produced a draft Alternatives Analysis (sent to the consulting parties March 2 and May 19) and draft MOA (sent June 8), putting forth Alternative #6 – Demolition With Salvage of Historic Materials, as the preferred alternative. However, this alternative is in conflict with the City’s preference for 1) adaptive reuse in place, or if necessary 2) a hybrid approach of demolition with salvage of historic materials and eventual relocation/reconstruction, which was conveyed in a June 9th letter from Mayor Bhalla’s office to Kevin Corbett, the Executive Director of New Jersey Transit. Mr. Corbett’s response in a June 12th letter noted the “intent to honor” the City’s requests but re-affirmed NJT’s position to pursue careful demolition preceding the development of a plan to reuse historic materials.  
 
About the Records Building
 
The Lackawanna Records Building was designed by noted architect Frank J. Nies, constructed in 1904 by the Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and once stored the vast archives of the engineering and law departments for the entire railroad company. It is located at the northern border of the NJ TRANSIT Hoboken Rail Yard on Observer Highway between Washington and Hudson streets. NJ TRANSIT has owned the building since 1983. It is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource to both the Old Main Delaware Lackawanna and Western Railroad Historic District and the Hoboken Historic District.
 
City Efforts to Prevent Demolition
 
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with the public comment portion of the Section 106 process and the March 17 public meeting to discuss alternatives to demolition was cancelled. The City of Hoboken successfully urged New Jersey Transit to extend public comment to include an April 16 virtual meeting, where both attendees and a City-produced survey overwhelmingly expressed support for Alternative #4 (adaptive reuse in place) and disapproval of Alternative #7 (demolition without salvage) from NJT’s draft Alternatives Analysis. More recent City actions to delay the building’s demolition and ensure its eventual preservation include:

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City of Hoboken Auctioning Abandoned Bicycles September 25 – October 13

Hoboken Abandoned Bike Auction
this photo does not show actual bikes at auction

The City of Hoboken is auctioning off abandoned bicycles via www.govdeals.com starting September 25th and ending October 13th. To view photos and descriptions of bicycles and to place a bid, visit: https://www.govdeals.com/index.cfm?fa=Main.AdvSearchResultsNew&agency=2678

The bicycles being auctioned do not match descriptions in police reports for stolen bicycles.

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Hoboken’s Mayor Zimmer Introduces 2017 Budget With Tax Cut

 

Hoboken's Mayor Zimmer Mayor Dawn Zimmer is introducing a municipal budget that continues to keep municipal taxes stable for the 7th straight year. The introduced 2017 budget includes a 1.25% reduction in the municipal tax rate, due to a flat municipal tax levy and an increasing ratable base.

Over the next 6 years, the City will invest $42 million in the water main system. This includes the $7 million water main replacement on Washington Street that is currently underway, $5.2 million for additional improvements authorized for priority areas, and $30 million through the 6-year capital plan which includes an additional $5 million per year over the next 6 years.

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Hoboken Community Invited to Complete Online Survey North End Plan Vision

Hoboken Community Invited to Complete Online Survey for North End Plan VisionMembers of the Hoboken community are invited to complete an online survey to provide their feedback on the vision for the North End Rehabilitation Area. The survey is available at www.hobokennj.gov/northendsurvey. The survey is the initial step in gathering community input and will remain open through Friday, March 24th. After analyzing the results of the survey, a community workshop will be scheduled to gather additional feedback.

In December 2013 the City Council declared the North End Area in the City of Hoboken as an Area in Need of Rehabilitation. The area is generally north of the 14th Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson Bergen Light Rail tracks. Continue reading Hoboken Community Invited to Complete Online Survey North End Plan Vision

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Hoboken Residents Invited to Community Meeting on Monday, February 6th, 7pm, 221 Jackson Street

Hoboken Residents All Hoboken residents are invited to a community meeting which will take place at the Hoboken Housing Authority on Monday, February 6th at 7:00pm at the community room in 221 Jackson Street.
 
In attendance at the meeting will be the representatives from Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and Hoboken Police Department, as well as Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro, Freeholder Anthony Romano, Hoboken Housing Authority Executive Director Mark Recko, Superintendent of Schools Christine Johnson, City Council members, and Hoboken Housing Authority Board commissioners.

For full details, view this message on the web.

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BICYCLIST RIDES FROM HOBOKEN TO CALIFORNIA IN 50 DAYS

     Raises $7000 for Theater Company’s Hearing-Loss Program

 By: Sonia Shephard

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Henry Greenfield in Greenfield, Indiana

California is 3,410 miles away whether you go by train, plane or car.  Henry Greenfield, 24, of Jersey City rode his 2015 Fuji Touring Bike from New Jersey to California, journeying through the states in 50 days. Greenfield made the trip, facing extreme temperature changes and with 70 pounds of supplies on his bike to raise money for a California theater group’s hearing-loss program. What makes this journey even more amazing is that Greenfield also has hearing loss, and wears a hearing implant. Continue reading BICYCLIST RIDES FROM HOBOKEN TO CALIFORNIA IN 50 DAYS

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“Slices of Beauty on the Hudson, Cut-Paper Works by Hiro Takeshita” –New Art Exhibit Opens Sun., Dec. 15, at Hoboken Historical Museum

Hoboken-Based Artist Returns for Second Show at the Museum

 

hoboken museum show dec 15Hoboken, NJ – Dec. 9, 2013 – At first glance, his works appear to be delicately painted in saturated colors and fine lines. The lights of New York City twinkle across the Hudson, a fine tracery of fireworks showers down over the river, tree branches twist in the wind. But step closer to the pictures and you just might be able to detect the sliced paper. In some cases, there might be four or five layers, but he uses fine origami paper, so the surface is virtually flat. It’s a technique known as “kirigama,” in Japan, but is practiced in many forms, including much of Matisse’s late work.

Meet the artist and learn more about kirigama at the opening reception on Saturday, December 15, from 2 – 5 p.m., for Slices of Beauty on the Hudson, Cut-Paper Works by Hiro Takeshita, in the Upper Gallery. The event is free. The works will be on view through January 19.

“I always enjoy sketching scenes on the Hoboken waterfront, of people enjoying the outdoors, walking, kids playing, the happy moments,” he says. “Art is communication; I like to share the joy and beauty with other people.”

Hiro Takeshita was born in Nagasaki, Japan, and from an early age was interested in art and American culture. Born two years after the atomic bomb blast in his native city, he can still recall his mother’s searing memories of that day. However, he also recalls the kindness of American soldiers and being captivated by American television shows on television, which ultimately motivated him to move to the U.S. in 1977 after studying art and print-making in Tokyo.

The bright colors of his native city and his fascination with American pop culture led him to admire artists of the post-Impressionist period, particularly Henri Matisse, Abstract Expressionists like Richard Diebenkorn and Pop Artists, especially Andy Warhol. Continue reading “Slices of Beauty on the Hudson, Cut-Paper Works by Hiro Takeshita” –New Art Exhibit Opens Sun., Dec. 15, at Hoboken Historical Museum

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COVER STORY-Gentlemen’s Baseball: Hoboken Nine Vintage Baseball Team Plays by the (Old) Rules

By Sally Deering

Vintage baseball team Hoboken Nine play by gentlemen rules
Hoboken Nine

Hoboken gave birth to baseball? That’s right. Just take a stroll over to 11th and Washington Streets and you’ll be standing where Elysian Field used to be and where first, second, third and home bases were designated on June 19, 1846. That’s the day the first game was ever played and its cemented in Hoboken’s history and as well as those street corners – just read the plaques in the sidewalk.

Some folks disagree with baseball’s Hoboken origins, especially those affiliated with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, which throws its own  curveball claiming the first game was played in Cooperstown in 1839. To most Hudsonites, though, Hoboken is the birthplace of baseball. The city even has its own vintage baseball team.

They call themselves the Hoboken Nine Vintage Base Ball Club and they play baseball the way it was originally played – by 19th century rules. They wear uniforms designed like the ones worn in 1846 and their balls and bats are replicated from that period, too. The Hoboken Nine competes against other vintage teams to promote the history of baseball and for the sheer pleasure of playing baseball as a gentleman’s sport.

Continue reading COVER STORY-Gentlemen’s Baseball: Hoboken Nine Vintage Baseball Team Plays by the (Old) Rules

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Stevens Institute of Technology Announces Appointment of Carlos Alomar

carlosalomarFamed musician named first Distinguished Artist in Residence at the University

HOBOKEN, N.J. -Stevens Institute of Technology has named Mr. Carlos Alomar as Distinguished Artist in Residence in the program of Music and Technology in the division of Technology and the Arts. Alomar brings a wealth of experience as a performer, producer, and innovator in the music industry and is the first to hold this prestigious position in the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) at Stevens.


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THE THEATER COMPANY PARTNERS WITH CHARITIES DURING ITS RUN OF “RENT”

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Hudson Pride Connections

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The Theater Company (TTC) opens with the Broadway musical RENT on February 3, 2010, but instead of just telling the story of seven friends dealing with love, loss and AIDS, the company is also helping to raise money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and Hudson Pride Connections – two organizations whose mission is to assist in the fights against HIV/AIDS and bridge gaps for gay communities. Continue reading THE THEATER COMPANY PARTNERS WITH CHARITIES DURING ITS RUN OF “RENT”

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