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LepreCon Sees Multiple Arrests in Hoboken

While uptown is quiet, the bars on First Street were crowded throughout the afternoon.

Update 6:45 p.m.

Downtown Hoboken looked like any other St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, even without the annual parade down Washington Street, while uptown Hoboken was quiet and the bars there half empty on Saturday afternoon. 

At the end of the day—as it got colder and darker and the people got drunker—there were more reports of disorderly behavior. On downtown Jackson Street a man was seen climbing the wall of a building, apparently thinking he was Spiderman. Minutes later, police radio reported a large fight on Fourteenth Street. 

As of 5:30 p.m., at least seven arrests had been made—including one for driving under the influence in the A&P parking lot—police said. One Jersey City man was arrested for acting disorderly on the corner of First and Bloomfield, police said.

At 4:30, a man tried to fight with two bouncers, before he was tackled and arrested by Hoboken police officers. Around 5:30, an arrest was made on Second and Washington Streets for disorderly conduct.

As the afternoon went on, more sirens could be heard, including several fire trucks rushing to multiple fire alarms.

While definitely less than last year around that time, police said they were still expecting an uptick in arrests later in the day. Just like last year, the city enforced its zero tolerance policy

Around 2 p.m., a house party on the corner of Fourth and Garden Streets was broken up after two people were written summonses for drinking in public. 

When the crowd didn't go inside, the officer at the scene got out of his car and told the group of 20-somethings dressed in green that if they didn't go back inside, he'd "come back here and shut the house down." 

"I'll make this the worst day of your life," the officer told the disorderly group.

Among the enforcement agencies present in Hoboken on Saturday were Jersey City police, and officers from Union City, Bayonne, the Port Authority and the county Sheriff's office. 

Many of those interviewed—either standing in line to a bar, or in front of a house party—said the party was similar to last year and that the tradition of the first Saturday in March would live on, even without a parade. 

Just as in previous years, house parties prevailed throughout town, with groups of people in green walking in and out of apartment buildings. Police patrolled the streets and broke up multiple parties between noon and 3 p.m. 

While a steady of people dressed in green came into Hoboken on Saturday morning, the streets were visibly less crowded than previous years. Around 12:30 p.m. summonses were issued, police said, but there were no arrests. 

At on First and Bloomfield Streets, a small line started to form on Saturday morning around noon and music blasted from inside. While in previous years, lines started forming around 8 a.m., this year most bars decided to open at 11 a.m. 

"It's pretty packed," said Daniel Demola, 22, standing outside the bar. "I'm hoping it'll get busy."

Demola came into Hoboken on Friday night to celebrate the day with his childhood friends, he said. He said he didn't mind paying the $25 cover. He said he'd likely spend more than $100 at the bar that afternoon. 

"You gotta have a good time," said Tony Corsino, from Mountainside. When asked if the lack of a parade was a problem, he answered, "no parade? That's even better!"

Next door, at the , employees said that while orders for green bagels had gone down, business was still good. 

The lack of arrests was attributed to a "late start" due to the weather, according to one officer. The sheriff's office was present and groups of patrolmen were on duty on Saturday.

One downtown bouncer, who didn't give his name, said that there were much less people than in previous years, and contributed it to the fact that there was no parade this year. 

, when the parade committee and the city couldn't come to a compromise on when to hold the event. After last year's number of arrests and two reported sexual assualts,

Fourth Ward Councilman Tim Occhipinti, standing on the corner of First and Bloomfield Streets on Saturday afternoon, said he wished the parade had happened this year. He added, though, that the city seemed much less crowded than previous years, even with the influx of green visitors.

"I'm glad there's no parade," said one Hobokenite in front of a house party. "That there's still a party ... means that the party just really lives within the people."

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ThisMeansWar March 04, 2012 at 02:54 PM
You'll have to choose among Monday morning quarterbacks, because not one past candidate for mayor publicly opposed moving the parade.
Bob R March 04, 2012 at 02:59 PM
You can safely ignore this drunken loser, Biffy won't be campaigning for anyone, ever. You have to put the bottle down and get off the couch first, and that ain't happenin'. He'll be campaigning for the late-night video special at Romantic Depot and that's the last you'll hear from him for a few days.
Hobbs March 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Sorry no helicopter. Apparently that was just another in a long string of lies published by Perry Klaussen and his hate411 blog. At this point it is fair to assume unless verified by ligit sources anything he publishes in not the truth.
FAP March 04, 2012 at 03:22 PM
On the whole the day seemed a lot more manageable than in years passed. .From walking around yesterday it seemed much smaller than in years past. At 11:30 I didn't see a door line at a particular midtown bar that is usually packed to the gills. It will be interesting to see data like crowd estimates and hospital reports.
Jabberwock March 04, 2012 at 03:24 PM
GA: I think RR summed it up entirely. I work, so 6:00 or 7:00 Wednesday is not a parade watching option. Referencing the 3pm Halloween parade (which I've NEVER seen because I work) is strange. Parades at 3pm are just for the stay @ home mommies and their kids. On the Zimmer Irish day event, no need to launch you an email about the online blogging, I'll just wait and see. I'm confident about the commentary that I'll be reading. And to your other post - I'm not a fan of any out-of-town drink fest, but that's what we were left with. Your post indicates that Zimmer said Wednesday...period. If that's the case, Sunday was not an option given to the Parade committee either (which I think might have been a middle ground to maintain the tradition that now is lost.) The metaphor is like giving someone free tickets to Aspen to go skiing in August. Sure, you could still take the tickets and go, but there wouldn't be any skiing available. The whole who "killed" the parade is spin either way, but Zimmer certainly set ground rules that would prevent a large segment of local residents (people that work) from being able to see it, enjoy it in real time and participate. Try, at least, acknowledging that.
Mister Whipple March 04, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Actually, myself and many others who work full time still manage to get to the Halloween parade every year because the meat of it starts around the very end of the average work day. Weekday afternoon parades are generally manageable on any work schedule, and I would certainly wag my finger at any "mommies with kids" at the loud, riotous Halloween parade. Also, out of curiosity, what type of job do you work, if you don't mind my asking? For example, many jobs are pretty cut and dried when it comes to the daily schedule, but when it comes to cultural events that matter to an area's local population, it's not uncommon for city and county employees to enjoy some flexibility to leave early and see the parade. Is this a circumstance that might apply to you in any way?
Hobbs March 04, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I work in Manhattan too and I have no problem making it back to Hoboken by 6 or 7 and by the crowds on the PATH and 126 bus arround that time lots of others have no problem. PS: Aspen is very nice in August, :-)
Grafix Avenger March 04, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Well, Jabberwock. It's all about you, then. Was a Sunday parade-date ever entertained as an option? I don't know. My view (and mine alone) is that a Sunday parade would have turned a 12-hour onslaught into a 24 hour-one, because our out-of-town friends would have started the 'party' on Saturday afternoon. "Try, at least acknowledging that". IMO, it would have solved nothing of the attendant crime wave issues- just made it a marathon event: Saturday AND Sunday- more expensive and unpleasant for residents. Now, I've got no pipeline to City Hall (or to the Almighty) on this one, but I imagine that Sunday was nixed for that reason. Re: commentary on the Irish festival blogging- don't "wait and see". I'll blog it if there's something I want to say, so your "confidence" is simply that- confidence. Or smug self-assurance. Eeenie meenie miney moe. As for preventing a large segment of people from attending the parade ("people that work") let's say that the attendant drunken Saturday mobs prevented a large segment of residents from dealing with unpleasantness- or even staying in Hoboken for that matter. So IMO, it's 6 of one, a half-dozen of the other. I will err on the side of public safety. I wish we could have our Saturday parade and our 'guests' (and their resident hosts) could behave better. That's what I'll acknowledge.
pied piper March 04, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Odd, Castellano seems to be on the same page as Zimmer, regarding moving the parade ot a weekday- Here, Zimmer is apparently "working with" the minority and she gets slammed. Falls under the damned if you do, damned if you don't category, no? Castellano-Mar 2011 I have attended every St. Patrick’s Day Parade since day one. This weekend’s numerous acts of violence, including knife and gun assaults, and the two reported sexual assaults, have signaled a new, more ominous tone to the parade weekend. I have seen some pretty awful behavior on parade days in years past. What happened in our city this past weekend crossed into a new level of depravity. What was once just a crude display of drunkenness, punctuated by public lewdness and disrespect of private property, has degenerated into an environment where not only women are sexually assaulted, but police officers and firefighters have to battle a barrage of bottles and, in one reported case, human feces, to do their job. This is an outrage and we will not stand for it.
pied piper March 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
contin.. I proposed the original “Zero Tolerance” ordinance in 2009. Today, I proposed that the council revisit that ordinance as a way to show the public that the city is reacting to its serious concerns. Hoboken was a hostile place to be this weekend, especially for women. We can’t tell the world that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was a smashing success when we know that at least two women may have been sexually assaulted and that fights were breaking out across the city well into the night. The bitter truth is that this day has become a scourge on our community. There is no other way to say it. We are compelled to take action because we represent the citizens of Hoboken, who have suffered this insult long enough. Among the proposals I will present to the city council are: • Moving the parade to a weekday. • Restricting beer and liquor service to 11 a.m., year round. • Examine public safety staffing requirements for a 50,000-person city. • Overhaul current emergency plan for parades and events. • Hold a working public hearing, including testimony from residents, representatives of the city’s hospitality industry, and public safety officials. Come up with community-driven ideas for solutions and compromise. • Enforce the Zero Tolerance policy, 12 months out of the year. • Keep municipal courts open to process violations during special events.
pied piper March 04, 2012 at 04:03 PM
contin.. • Reinstate stricter community service requirements, and reinstate reporting of arrests in defendants’ hometown newspapers. No one person can be held responsible for the events of last weekend. We must all take responsibility for what’s happened to this parade – legislators who failed to get tough laws on the books, an industry that can sometimes puts profits over community, and those who tolerate and encourage behavior that is detrimental to our city. I hope this is a first step towards taking back our parade and celebration. Sincerely, Theresa Castellano Read more: Hudson Reporter - St Pat’s parade reached new level of depravity
PeoplePlease March 04, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Yes, I had some drinks. You should try it some time.
Eileen Always March 04, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Just makes me appreciate NY more. Can't wait til our parade! Come on over Hoboken, we welcome you, always. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Redrider765 March 04, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Parade on a weekday is still a non-starter. Who but government employees would get home in time to get ready, go out, have fun and still get home early enough that they weren't half asleep the next day? And do you honestly think the marchers who tend to start showing up a couple hours before parade time would ever make it to the parade especially the folks who come by car or bus from other towns? The answer is no. They would have to clock out of work early to do that. So they won't be coming either. A parade on a weekday is a nonstarter. It just logistically makes no sense unless you only want stay at home moms, their kids and the unemployed to show up.
Hoboken Answer March 04, 2012 at 05:03 PM
If only people were blind and couldn't tell the difference between streets overrun and a far smaller number of people. Then we'd all be voting Biffy B for mayor and buying Gerald more drinks. You didn't vote for the mayor before and you will vote for whatever corrupt POS the Old Guard puts forward again. That's who you are Gerald.
Hoboken Answer March 04, 2012 at 05:07 PM
What I'm comfortable acknowledging is you are one of the most passive agressive dooshes I've seen online in Hoboken in years. The parade committee said my way or the highway, Saturday or nothing and threatened to sue the city. Bluff called, game over. Try to at least acknowledge that.
uggh March 04, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I predict that cryan, ramos and the other knuckleheads will try to use this an an issue, and will overplay it and it will backfire and blowup in their faces, much like every other idiotic idea they have tried to throw at the wall. So far, nothing has stuck, Nada, zip, zilch. I always have had a great time at the parade and wished we still had a parade. But in the grand scheme of things, the cancellation was no big deal. Cryans letter was idiotic, And the leprecon bar crawl was weak. Above sixth street it was quieter than a normal Saturday all day. Good marketing plan by a few savvy bars who made a killing, and the police presence kept the 20 something man child's who live with their parents in check. I continue to underestimate zimmer, and thought she would have been in over her head. However she continues to keep her detractors and enemies at bay with simple sound solutions. Simple as that. Those keeping score at home, its about 40-0, albeit only in the first half.
Hoboken Answer March 04, 2012 at 05:40 PM
A parade on a Sunday is like telling a crack addict all the crack you gave them Saturday is for next weekend and they shouldn't smoke it all up over the next 36 hours. We kept being told the parade had nothing to do with the problems but everyone saw no parade, lower numbers and at least a manageable event. And there are no guarantees next time even with that.
Jabberwock March 04, 2012 at 05:50 PM
me, passive/aggressive? H.A.? Seriously? Because I don't see it as simply black and white, i.e., Every thought/move/idea coming from Zimmer is absolutely, positively perfect in every conceivable way? Unlike (apparently) you - I'm not here for either "side" and refuse to resort to silly, childish name-calling. To GA: No, it's not ALL about me; it's all about everyone. However, the "me" part, can mourn the loss of a Hoboken tradition (the actual weekend parade,) no? But, I see your point and it was absolutely something to think about when changing the parade day... that Sunday might have turned a 1-day event into a weekend event. (how's that for acknowledgment?) I thought Dawn was in a rock/hard place, I think I've made that clear many times. I would not have been in a position to attend a weeknight/eve/day parade, so for me - the no weekend parade was the parade's death knell, but, that's just me. (I've never been to the Halloween parade & only made the Memorial Day parade a couple of times...I think it is around 7:00PM, no?) Hobbs, I'm glad you can get back to Hoboken @ 6. M. Whipple, I don't work for the city and my schedule isn't 'set' set or 'cut & dry' - I don't mind your asking what I do, but suffice to say, I have global clients, quotas and deadlines that need to be attended to in real time. I try to keep it all to normal EST business hours, but often, not successfully. In closing, I hope the kids that were out and about yesterday had fun.
Mister Whipple March 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Thank you for the response and for partially addressing the question as to whether you work for the city or county. At the end of the day, all who care to attend Hoboken cultural festivities have to juggle and manage many priorities, work and non-work related, whether the event is on a weekday or weekend. That applies to all who work for private companies, the City of Hoboken or the County of Hudson.
Rory Chadwick March 04, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I thought you went to the Hamptons Gerald? Do you go to the Hamptons to relax or go there to comment out here? PS I rang your buzzer and you didn't come down? I heard noise coming from the apartment. Hope whomever was there had a good time.
Grafix Avenger March 04, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Rory, you know this doosh? Sorry to hear it.
Rory Chadwick March 04, 2012 at 08:21 PM
@ GA he is an ok guy, a little hot tempered sometimes but in all fairness not a bad guy. He likes to poke fun of me for riding around with Batman which goes in one ear and out the other, a little hair pulling here and there but he is ok. I know everyone dislikes him but he does seem like a decent guy to me.
Redrider765 March 04, 2012 at 08:39 PM
I am sure Lane saw plenty of helicopters over town. Like most of what Lane ghost writes, it was all in his mind.
Eric March 04, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Owl you had your party so why exactly are you still butt hurt? Jeez man, you're so uptight about this. What's wrong with people not wanting to be disturbed if they choose to opt out? Most people just want to mind their own business and be left alone, is that ok with you? Obviously you had a great time while being considerate enough of your neighbors that they didn't need to call the cops. Good for you, you're not the problem. What part of this are you not getting? If there were more people like you this wouldn't be an issue.
HOBO87 March 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
I saw loads of police from other towns and the county. If we're getting that absolutely for free, fine. If we're paying anything for it explicitly or implicitly (like giving free extra police hours to other towns in some other case) then that's a very real common sense reason to be 'butt hurt' about this whole stupidity. And extra piss, puke and garbage all over the place isn't a total non issue either, for those who didn't grown up in a barn. There were definitely fewer people yesterday than recent years. I doubt it was all due to the predicted weather. Going around getting drunk doesn't require excellent weather and the weather reports I saw said it probably wouldn't be raining after the morning, nor intolerably cold. Anyway the fewer the better. If more come in future years we can think of what else to do to discourage them. But so far Zimmer made the right call on this one.
Grafix Avenger March 04, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Leper-con, the for-profit event that tapped the City's coffers should have applied for a permit, just like any other outdoor event requiring police and sanitation manpower. A no-brainer. It's not Santa-con. It's a city-wide bar-crawl. I think the City should look into recouping our losses. http://grafixavenger.blogspot.com/2012/03/leper-con-needed-permit.html
Hobbs March 04, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I would say since Jamie Darrah and her friend want to take credit for Lepre.con and promoted it I think she/they should pick up the bill for their actions . :-)
HobokenTownie March 05, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Zimmer's plan absolutely backfired. In the end, people who like the parade were screwed out of a parade and there was a level of insanity just like years past. The people have spoken and next year the city will be forced to have a parade because the cancellation did not deter the boozing that occurred.
Bob R March 05, 2012 at 05:59 PM
HA HA HA. Um, no.

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