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'Hoboken Huddle' Kicks Off as Prelude to Super Bowl

Free curling, vendors and fan store among city attractions leading up to the big game.

The "Hoboken Huddle" kicked off Tuesday.

The huddle, which runs through Sunday leading up to the Super Bowl, features a 12-foot illuminated sculpture of the Roman numerals “XLVIII” overlooking the New York skyline.

The Hoboken Huddle, partnering with the U.S. Curling Association, will also feature three lanes of curling that will be free and open to the public each day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Vendors will include Pizza Vita, Law Coffee and the official Super Bowl XLVIII Fan Store, which will be open daily at the gazebo at the end of Pier A from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The huddle will cause no street closures in Hoboken, but 6th Street between Washington and Marin boulevards will be closed in Jersey City.

There will be a zero tolerance on drinking alcohol in public, public intoxication, public urination, parking and traffic violations, unruly house parties, pop up parties and unlicensed vendors, according to a statement released by the city.

The taxi stand will be temporarily relocated Friday night to the west side of Hudson Street between Observer Highway and Hudson Place.

An emergency operations center will be open in city hall from noon to midnight on Sunday.

These parking restrictions will be in place:

Effective immediately until 2 a.m. Monday
• Sinatra Drive from 7th Street to 11th Street (east)
• Sinatra Drive from 1st Street to 4th Street

From 8 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Monday
• 4th Street (south side) from Washington Street to Willow Avenue
• River Street (both sides) from Hudson Place to 4th Street
• Hudson Place (all)
• Hudson Street (west side) Observer Highway to Newark Street
• Hudson Street (both sides) 1st Street to 2nd Street

From 8 a.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Monday
• 1st Street (both sides) from Washington Street to Bloomfield Street
• Newark Street (north side) from Washington Street to Bloomfield Street
• Washington Street (west side) from Newark Street to 1st Street
• Bloomfield Street (east side) from Newark Street to 1st Street
Campaign news January 29, 2014 at 07:22 AM
@OOC there's no need to abuse you. You're so bent on a life of misery that nothing further can be done to you. The rest of us will be enjoying this once in a lifetime event.
PeoplePlease January 29, 2014 at 07:47 AM
I think we need to put aside political differences here and all agree that unless there is some secret event that Hoboken is waiting to pull out of its sleeve, our Super Bowl effort is pretty weak. Who within the city government took a hands on role? I recall seeing a gentleman in front of the city council talking about a lot more than what actually seems to be on the Pier. What happened? I'm so confused, does our city not like money?
Pops January 29, 2014 at 08:10 AM
Good Lord, is there anything you sadsacks don't complain about? You sound like a bunch of crotchety old ladies living a glass-half-empty life. You realize, of course, that you overdo it to the point where no one takes you seriously about anything.
PeoplePlease January 29, 2014 at 09:28 AM
I'm just wondering what happened... http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/39939734/highlight/425681?utm_campaign=www.facebook.com&utm_source=ustre-am&utm_medium=social What happened to the national and international sponsors? What happened to the national music acts? We would be so lucky to have a Playboy party.
Pops January 29, 2014 at 11:36 AM
^^ I rest my case.
Campaign news January 29, 2014 at 12:31 PM
@300Marshall, "belongs in a kitchen"? Does your wife know what a sexist pig you are? Are you raising your kids that way? Or does the stupidity die with you?
puzzledone January 29, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Yes, I'm sure the failure to visit has nothing to do with the Super Bowl events effectively ignoring New Jersey for anything but the game and the weather being too cold for people doing outside gathering. I'm sure if Tim Occhipinti was mayor, everyone would understand that we have a really great drinking fest a month later and visit in droves and Ruben Ramos would have certainly had all sorts of visitors to see the projects and the glossy mailer of Vision 20/20 would have more pickup. Did you notice that even the cities adjacent to the stadium have effectively no pickup in tourism?
Pops January 29, 2014 at 01:33 PM
It's cold outside today. I blame Mayor Zimmer.
PeoplePlease January 29, 2014 at 04:07 PM
I stopped by Pier A this afternoon. It was so cold and depressing I was waiting to see Napoleon's retreating army march past me.
puzzledone January 29, 2014 at 04:35 PM
Hm, cold on an open pier out on the river when it's a high of 20 degrees and windy. Boy, I sure wish the city would have done more to control nature. I guess it could be worse, the Super Bowl could have been in a southern city which just shut down due to ice and snow. I'm sure somehow that would have been Zimmer's fault as well.
PeoplePlease January 29, 2014 at 05:08 PM
That must be expensive at $10 a day per sign.
Eric Kurta January 29, 2014 at 05:20 PM
I guess Halloran will blame the Mayor for this as well: RUTHERFORD — The borough has canceled the Winter Festival scheduled for Saturday...Many North Jersey towns have scaled back or canceled pre-game events. Officials have had difficulty securing sponsorships, and have received little support from the National Football League. http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2014/01/rutherford_cancels_pre-super_bowl_event_taxpayers_on_hook_for_thousands.html
Pops January 29, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Neither the Giants nor Jets made it to the Super Bowl. Damn you, Mayor Zimmer.
Campaign news January 30, 2014 at 09:17 PM
@300marshall, you don't have to worry about ever being elected to anything. Or appointed to anything. You already tried multiple times. You can focus on learning to read and write.
PeoplePlease January 30, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Actually, I am going to give Jennifer a pass on the parking. She was busy planning the Pier A Super Bowl Extravaganza... http://www.m yfoxny.com/story/23458233/hobokens-plans-for-super-bowl-festivities ...One thing is for sure, she succeeded in keeping costs down.
Eric February 02, 2014 at 10:35 AM
I seem to recall 4 people on the city council giving everyone a really hard time about trying to get something going for the Superbowl here in Hoboken. Oh wait... Not the whole council, just the 4 negative, angry Debbie Downers: Russo Ochipinti Mason and Castellano. Funny. You know I don't think they lifted a finger to aid this effort at all. Weird how they never do anything for this town. They need to get over their hatered of the mayor and start doing something. Its like having the worst parts of the Republicans in Congress running things here in Hoboken. They don't do ANYTHING other than say no and complain. I can't recall a single major effort they've spearheaded that was an original idea that was to benefit everyone.
Carol Harrison February 02, 2014 at 11:11 AM
If everyone would act on their love of Hoboken and not for their hatred of a political opponent things would be better here.
300Marshall February 03, 2014 at 08:50 AM
This Pier A thing was a complete bust. Next time get someone with brains to run it and not some dopey Zimmer sidekick who can't tie his own shoes. Ho wmuch of the money from merchandise went to Hoboken? Why did they use outside vendors to sell stuff and not someone in Hoboken. The curling lanes were very small and made of plastic. Dissappointed all around with how that went down at Pier a. Total waste of time and it did nothing for anyone.
demosthenes February 03, 2014 at 01:47 PM
The "Pier A thing" did something for the many Hoboken residents and families who enjoyed it. So the "anybody" that you refer to for whom it did "nothing" must refer to someone else. Who were you referring to? Did local business share in the cost? Except for the hospital I didn't notice any local businesses listed as sponsors?

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