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The HSPPC (Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee) decided to cancel the event for 2012. They deemed the pre-emptive decision by the city to move the event from a weekend event, to a weekday, to have been “insulting and intolerant”.

The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee announced on their website, “After a long, arduous and sad meeting, the committee has decided to cancel the 2012 Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade.”

In a “not so hidden” jab at the Hoboken Mayor‘s administration, especially toward Mayor Dawn Zimmer, the announcement continued:

“We chose not to go to court and not to continue to negotiate over the heavy-handedness of one person. The idea of marching in a parade, in the dark, on a week night, is as insulting as it is unreasonable. While we remain devoted to our heritage, we love our city too much to lower ourselves to the level of those who speak from a place of ignorance and ethnic/religious intolerance.”

The bitter quarrel between the Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee and the Mayor’s office, ensued after the 2011 parade, there were 34 arrests and nearly 300 citations spread out, despite prior police notice by the city. All punctuated with several women claiming sexual harassment.  The mayor exclaimed that the city’s responsibilities is to the citizens, and to “reduce the amount of partying that occurs”.  Quickly there after,  a subsequent decision by the city was laid to relocate the parade to a weekday, sparking resistance and animosity.

The Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Parade had been one of the largest destination for external residents for many years.

Sources:  The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Hoboken St. Patrick’s Parade Committee

Hoboken NJ. Looking towards mid-town Manhattan NYC (Vikas Bhardwaj)

Hoboken NJ residents and frequenters are young (25-40). It has a vibrant small business downtown. It’s a proverbial “stay-ground” for the NYC financial district jet-set. And from the outset, seems to be one of the best places for a family to live and thrive. So, why does some folks just don’t like how the city has changed? Or is this just an act of over zealous and dispassionate citizens (past citizens) whom just remember the “good” parts of the Hoboken past?

Public Opinion::

Here are some quotes from self-proclaimed former residents and visitors of Hoboken, sourced from the inter-web.

One notes, “…it has succumbed to the same blandness that has made parts of Manhattan (Murray Hill I’m looking at you) into chain-store filled repositories for Wall Street d-bags…who want to stay in NJ but want a “city-lite” experience. It does have some pretty good restaurants, but too many of the bars are your typical nondescript Irish Pub or sports bar filled with an immediately post-college clientele still acting like they’re freshmen and experiencing freedom for the first time.”

Another pontificates, “…so it’s either Uptown Snobbery or Downtown 23-year-old scene. Don’t get me wrong…Hoboken’s OK, I even hang out there sometimes. It’s just that Downtown JC seems to have more authenticity to it, if that makes any sense. 10 years ago, Hoboken was actually quite hip.”

Does Hoboken have a sizable populous of “trust fund types” and recent grad’s whose rent is being subsidized by their parents? Yes, it does.”

One harshly stamps Hoboken living as, “fake city living”.

Fairness::

As in any city living, there are the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’. Every city has the ‘highlights’ and the ‘blights’. It’s just a territory which is inherent to lands that house multiple thousands of human beings. It just is.

After all, a city is a civilizational excuse, with which is built for the convenience between individuals to individuals. And much of the time, like many things in the world, ‘machines’ get worn out, re-routed, broken down, re-thought and re-invented.

And some of the changes rubs some the wrong way.

Some will tell you, compared to just about 30 years ago, Hoboken was part of the coast cities in NJ to have an “edge”. And when stating Hoboken was “edgy”, it meant it had many empty decrepit buildings, sectors of the city was underdeveloped, citizens were a bit ‘seedy’, and Washington Street (current heart of Hoboken small business activities) was a fraction of today.

But this is a matter of opinion, of course. We all remember the 70’s, the 80’s and the 90’s, and when a city was destitute it was very, very dangerous.

So, as in any incorporated business (yes, the township of Hoboken, is a business entity), it has to survive. There isn’t any surviving (thriving) without bodies living and paying taxes within its walls. And Hoboken had to re-invent itself.

And how did Hoboken achieve this? By marketing its fabulous location. Just needed ‘time’ to pass.

Just as realtors repeat “location, location, location”, Hoboken was destined to be valuable as it is now, again. The city’s primary “ace in the hole” is its location, and the undeniable property values draw new customers, left and right. 1970’s speculations started the land revolution, culminating into how Hoboken is perceived and treated in the current environment.

On the Waterfront. Marlon Brando. (1954)

Marlon::

Recognize this? “I could have had class. I could have been a contender. I could have been somebody. Instead of a bum…which is what I am.”

Many of us recognize the quote above. It’s the famous line from “On The Waterfront”. A film which was directed by the famous Elia Kazan, and the quote famously said by, non other than Marlon Brando. Did you know, the much of the filming was done on Court St, Hoboken’s Railway Station, Hudson St, and in the Waterfront.

Once, famous and overly recognized shoes walked in Hoboken.

Class::

It’s part of the human experience. The way we miss or reminisce about the past, of a city, we once live isn’t a unique explanation.

We as animals have a propensity to pick and choose how we remember reality, in many cases. Certainly a psychological uniqueness.

There’s absolutely no fault in how we remember focused aspects about “things” surrounding us. Our brains are just built that way.

As for Hoboken, it is what it is. Expensive, haughty, noisy (at times), young, elite, historic, and ‘classy’.

Wouldn’t say it’s Marlon Brando classy, but it is one great alternative places to live. Just bring the wad of cash and you’re “in”.

Be classy, y’all!

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City of Hoboken (NJ) city seal (thehobokenjournal.blogspot.com)

Hoboken NJ is a (not so) quaint and high powered town located in the coveted “Gold Coast” of NJ. What is the Gold Coast one asks? The coast is “Gold” because of its strength as a real estate powerhouse for the well to do. The “well-to-do” work up and down the North NJ coast and most distinctively, in Manhattan (NYC).

Nick named “The Mile Square City” unofficially, it has come through the decades from surrounding poverty, infrastructure degradation and up to the current financial triumphs. In the last 35 years, the town (and in sync with its neighboring Coast cities) has increased it reputation leapfrogging from strength to strength.

Baseball:

To many, when someone says baseball, no one equates it to Hoboken. However, the very invention of baseball was from and played in Hoboken NJ. Go figure, right? Except to the die-hard baseball fan, it’s pretty safe to say that this fact isn’t very well know. Kudos Hoboken, however, just like the “sports announcer” who’d never had any athletic experience, Hoboken has lost its “baseball” branding, a long time ago.

Transplanting Phenomenon:

Because of its incredible location to the Hudson River, its accessibility prowess, and closeness to its bigger and more well known city across the river (NYC), it had to be just a matter of time the benefits took fruit for Hoboken. And they did, starting from the 80’s to the current times. Today, Hoboken is one of the most prized and often reviewed for dwellings from college graduates to the already wealthy. The city of Hoboken, one can say, could not have become the way it is today, with out the Manhattan and its financial industry.

Rail

Another important trait of an up and coming city or an established city is the Rail and Mass transit system. For the sacrifice of paying for the privilege of living in Hoboken, there are a complete list of mass transit options, including: NJ Transit, Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, and PATH. Each one connects up an down the coast reaching from Newark NJ to NYC, and deep as South NJ and surrounding Gold Coast cities (especially Jersey City). And just like in any “financial transaction”, transaction of residents guarantees revenues.

The city’s done a great job of marketing and branding itself as one of the most convenient of Gold Coast cities to reside. It’s family friendly, business friendly, and transportation friendly. It’s a good start.

Just need some coin to live well, however.

Lets explore that in Part 2 of this article.  

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