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  • Word on the {Washington} Street: Work it Out Willow Makeover; 3 Years Since Sandy; Vote for Tax Cap; and Other Hoboken News

    How is it November already? October was a very busy month in Hoboken with lots of news happening around town. We’ve got it all for you in one spot in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street- your one stop shop for everything news in Hoboken.

    Neumann Leathers Building to be Rehabilitated and Preserve Artists

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    The City of Hoboken has completed the draft Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan, which will preserve the building and seek to protect and enhance the existing artist community.  The plan will also create new retail space and affordable housing as well as adding public open spaces and extend the street grid at Grand Street. The plan will maintain existing industrial rent levels for the current tenants in order to help the industrial and fine arts continue to thrive. The cost of renovations will be offset by the new construction that will include residential, commercial, and retail property space as well as parking. According to a press release from the city the plan will “require the preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic buildings, using site characteristics such as the smoke stack, cobbled drives, exposed steel, oversized doorways and loading portals as design elements to help integrate the architecture of the past and present.”  We’re happy the plan hopes to keep the history and beauty of the building. The plan will be released to the public officially on November 4th at the town council meeting. You can download it here to read it in full.

    25 Things to Know About Hoboken

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    Mentalfloss.com recently compiled a list of 25 Thing to Know About Hoboken. The list included little know historical facts as well as some better known trivia. Some of our favorites included: the National Biscuit Company’s sale of their first cookie on Washington Street that would later be known as Oreos; info about the Beaux-Arts building and the famous films and music videos that have been shot there; and some background on the original formation of “The Turtle Club” society. Check out the full list here. 

    Mile Square Theater’s One Night/One Play

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    On Monday night, November 9, Mile Square Theatre will join theatres, libraries, and colleges across the country as they simultaneously hold readings of The Other Woman. The one-act, full length play is adapoted from five essays from the anthology The Other Woman: Twenty-on Wives, Lovers, and Others Talk Openly About Sex, Deception, Love, and Betrayal.  Co-producers Cynthia Comsky and Victoria Zackheim {anthology editor and playwright} have engaged the participation of artistic directors across the country, including experimental as well as traditional theaters, schools and libraries, reflecting the diversity of our population in the United States. The event begins at 8:00PM and is free to attend, though donations are much appreciated. Call (201) 683-7014 for more information. 

     

    Work it Out Willow Getting a Makeover

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    The ladies of Work it Out are celebrating 5 amazing years of bringing fitness and fabulousness to Hoboken. They’ll be closing the Willow location for about 8 weeks around the holidays to upgrade the space and create even better ways to “work it out” with them in the coming year. They’ll be expanding their ride studio to double the bikes available. They’ll also be soundproofing the mat studio to bring yoga back to the WiO schedule. To accommodate for the inconvenience the close will cause, they’re adding more classes to the River location schedule. Congrats to everyone at WiO for the 5-year milestone and exciting makeover ahead!

    Three Years After Sandy, Hoboken Gets Stronger

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    It’s crazy to think that three year has passed since Hurricane Sandy ravaged our city and the surrounding areas. But, in true Hoboken fashion, we’ve only grown stronger and more resilient as time has move forward. The City voted to fund the construction of the H-5 wet weather pump, which is currently underway. They’re also moving forward with the acquisition of the BASF property in Northwest Hoboken that will be redesigned to help with underground stormwater detention. The two projects together will help to alleviate flooding in neighborhood around ShopRite. Funding has been secured for the Southwest Park as well though plans are contingent upon the NJ Department of Environment Protection issuing final permits. The City is also working to create a plan for a 2 acre park and plaza on 7th and Jackson. The City has also developed guidelines and policies to help private property owners design flood-proof properties and incentivize the building of green roofs to help prevent thousands of gallons of stormwater runoff.

    Kungfu Tea Coming to Hoboken

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    National brand Kungfu Tea is moving into 536 Washington Street {formerly the location of Copper Kettles}. Their menu includes a wide variety of bubble tea, milks, coffee, and “slushes” but does not look to include any food items. No word one exactly when they’ll be open, but we’ll let you know.

    HoBOOken 5K Raises Money for Homeless Shelter

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    On the morning of Halloween, the waterfront and Pier A was home to the annual HoBOOken 5K race. The run is a fundraiser for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter and includes an adult 5K followed by a “Scary Scurry Kids Race”. Thousands of people turned out for the fundraiser, with hundreds of children from ages 2-10 running the race as well, all dressed in adorable costumes.

    City Council Calls for County Tax Cap

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    Mayor Dawn Zimmer and the Hoboken City Council’s have unanimously-passed a resolution calling on the Governor and State legislature to require county governments to comply with the same 2% tax levy cap which currently only applies to municipalities. They’re calling for Hudson County to comply with the cap regardless of whether the State law makes it mandatory. In a statement Mayor Zimmer acknowledged that Hoboken’s municipal tax levy has decreased by 6% over the last give years but Hudson County’s tax level increased by 20%.  As a result, Hoboken’s county tax burden has risen by 28%, which seems unfair as our city has been working to cut costs without the county doing the same. The hope is the county will join in the efforts to reduce taxes on county citizens.

     

    Hoboken Police & Fire Department Toy Drive

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    The Hoboken Police and Fire Departments are hosting a toy drive from now through December 2nd to provide toys for families in need. The drop-off locations are:  Hoboken Police Department-106 Hudson Street;  Hoboken Firehouse- 1313 Washington or 801 Clinton Street; My Gym – Hoboken 720 Monroe Street, #E312; Urban Jungle Play- 1140 Maxwell Lane; and World of Wonder-133 Harrison Street. They will also be hosting a “Fill the Bus” event. The date is currently TBD.

     Meadowlands Xanadu to Become the Most Expensive Retail Project on Earth

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    If you’ve ever driven down the turnpike, then you’ve definitely seen the eye-sore that is “Xanadu” the doomed retail project that has been in process for 12 years. It seems all of that may finally change according to an article in the Wyckoff Patch. Triple Five Groupthe developers who created the Mall of America in Minnesota, are taking over the project and plan to create entertainment, shopping, and dining destination unlike anything in our area. The project has been rename The American DreamThe center is currently slated to contain the largest indoor amusement and waterpark in the country, a ski-slope, a dine-in movie theatre, a 150-foot ferris wheel with views of NYC, a hotel, an aquarium, and a LEGOLAND discovery centerAs of now, plans the mall is planned to open in the summer of 2017.
    That’s the news for now! Got any tips? Email kate@hobokengirl.com to let us know!

    Written by:

    Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.


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