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Stevens Offers 100 Front-Row Fireworks Seats on First-Come, First-Served Basis

The first 100 Hoboken residents who produce valid ID showing a Hoboken address from noon to 6 p.m. will secure a front row view for Thursday's fireworks display over the Hudson River.

Stevens Institute of Technology is giving away front row Fourth of July fireworks seats to the first 100 Hoboken residents who arrive Wednesday at the Stevens Police front desk, located at the Wesley J. Howe Center.

From noon until 6 p.m., residents who line up at the desk will receive wristbands on a first-come, first-served basis that entitle them to a prime view of Thursday's Macy's show from the Stevens campus. A maximum of five wristbands per household and 100 wristbands total will be provided to individuals who show a valid ID with a Hoboken address.

The campus will be closed to the general public on Thursday, except for those 100 residents who have received a wristband. Residents who do not receive wristbands should not plan to view the fireworks from the Stevens campus.

Rapheal July 03, 2013 at 10:28 AM
Could Stevens be any less of a good neighbor? They don't pay taxes and they forbid the taxpayers to access their prime vantage point. Jerks.
Piotr Rusinkiewicz July 03, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Stevens is a private university on private property. It amazes me how many people do not understand this.
Rapheal July 03, 2013 at 02:46 PM
I understand that perfectly well. I also know that they have been trying to figure out a way to jam highrises on their property. The university is a bad neighbor and I'd just as soon have them leave Hoboken. They are a drain. They do not pay property taxes and they use city resources. Yes, they lease the property city hall sits on for $1, but they don't maintain the property. The city does. Stevens has the best property in Hoboken, the only property completely above the flood zone for that matter, and for what? So a bunch of kids who pay tuition but no city taxes can go to school and look at Manhattan views while doing it? Come on.
cassandra July 03, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Just buttering up Hoboken for their grandiose building plans. Years ago they paid the city money voluntarily in lieu of taxes. I believe it was $50000 per year but not certain. I am talking about back in the 70s and 80s. They fell on "hard times" and stopped paying. Under their new president they raised tens of millions of dollars last year. Rapheal has a point. They plan to expand their undergraduate population from 2300 to 4000 requiring significant new construction. Fortunately the state did not pass the legislation Stevens lobbied for, the right to ignore local zoning laws as a public university can. Will our city leaders fight this planned over development also? Time will tell. hoboken is too crowded now.
CaptJackd July 03, 2013 at 07:36 PM
What unique value does Hoboken as an entity contribute to American society? How about Stevens as an institution? I would venture that the value of a new building on the Stevens campus, and the value of 1000 additional grads/residents per year, is something you've failed to consider.
XJS July 03, 2013 at 10:05 PM
I've always thought Stevens was a blight on Hoboken. The students don't give anything to the town other than young girls in short shorts for the men to ogle. [I'm exaggerating a bit there] Cassandra brought up some interesting facts I was unaware of regarding Stevens. My opinion of that school just got lower. I agree with Rapheal. If Stevens left town it wouldn't be a bad thing for Hoboken.
XJS July 03, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Also, outside of about a 90 mile radius, most people have never heard of Stevens. I know people as close as in Philadelphia who are Drexel engineers who have never heard of Stevens. I'm not convinced it's really that great of a school. [Yes, I know they have some accomplishments to speak of].
CaptJackd July 03, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Makes sense--you missed what they did for Hoboken during Sandy so your position is easier to understand. (And since when did Stevens start admitting girls?)
cassandra July 04, 2013 at 07:02 AM
1975
green July 04, 2013 at 01:59 PM
@Rapheal, what are you talking about? This article says they're allowing members of the public access to their private property. go get a wrist band and stop complaining.
Rapheal July 08, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Yes. 100 members. Big deal. I ended down the shore with my family for the weekend anyway.
CaptJackd July 08, 2013 at 11:25 AM
I heard a student (who had been turned away) on the phone complaining to his dad that he wanted to sue the school for not letting him on campus to watch the fireworks.

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