Saturday, March 3, 2012
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 …
Friday, March 2, 2012
For the first time in many years, Hoboken will not have a St. Patrick's Day Parade. But there are many to go to around the state.
While Hoboken's parade has been canceled this year, there are 26 other parades in New Jersey this month, celebrating Irish heritage. The first one—which, traditionally, used to be the Hoboken parade—will take place on Sunday in Belmar. A full list of St. Patty's Day parades in New Jersey, can be found here. If you don't want to travel all the way to Belmar, nearby Bayonne is also holding its annual parade this month. In lieu of this year's parade, the city will be holding an Irish heritage event on March 14 in Frank Sinatra Park.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
From the City of Hoboken
Thursday, March 1, 2012
From the City of Hoboken The first Saturday in March marks the traditional start of the St. Patrick’s Day season in Hoboken, which in recent years has coincided with escalating public safety and quality of life impacts on the community, including reported sexual assaults, attacks on public safety officials, and significant damage to private property. Because of this, the City this year required that the St. Patrick’s Day parade be held on a Wednesday. Although the parade was ultimately cancelled, the City has been preparing for thousands of visitors this weekend. All Hoboken Police officers will be on duty in addition to more than 140 officers from neighboring jurisdictions to help ensure a safe and orderly day is enjoyed by all. The City …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
The day formerly known as "parade day" is coming up on Saturday. What are you doing?
The parade may be off, but it looks like the party is still on. A new initiative—"LepreCon," a variation on New York City's "SantaCon"—has been started and thousands of people have notified on multiple Facebook events that they're coming to Hoboken on Saturday. Just like last year, the police department will likely be working over time on Saturday, to keep all the visitors and house parties in check. All the officers will be on call on that day. Among the drunken, criminal activity from last year were two sexual assaults, one of which allegedly took place in a downtown senior building. After that happened, Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced she would not allow the parade to happen on a Saturday anymore. With the influx of thousands of out-of-…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Bars will open at 11 a.m. on March 3.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The chief warns Hobokenites and guests not to be disorderly on March 3.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Dear Residents and Visitors of Hoboken, The first Saturday of March has traditionally marked the beginning of the St. Patrick’s Day season in Hoboken, and we are preparing for thousands of people to visit our beautiful city. In past years, some of our residents and guests become disorderly and unruly making it a difficult and unpleasant day for our residents. There has been excessive damage to private property and even attacks on public safety officials. In order to keep our city under control and create a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone, I will have all of my officers working on that day, out on our streets, on patrol. We will also have assistance from multiple outside agencies, including the County Sheriff’s office. My …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Everyone agrees that out-of-control house parties are the biggest problem, but how to keep them in check?
Bar and restaurant owners as well as city officials are unsure what to expect on March 3, the day of the—now canceled—St. Patrick's Day Parade. The city council on Wednesday night tried to introduce a measure that would prevent establishments from serving alcohol before 11 a.m. on that day, but the resolution was tabled after about an hour of discussion. Currently, bars and restaurants—and other establishments that hold a liquor license—can start serving alcohol as early as 6 a.m. The resolution was an attempt to curtail out of control drinking and crime on March 3. Still, the council agreed, the main problem on Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day—which now has been renamed LepreCon—are the house parties thrown by residents and the many out of …
Friday, January 13, 2012
Will the cancellation of the parade deter 20,000 visitors from coming to Hoboken? Only time will tell.
While employees of Hoboken's downtown bars have expressed their disappointment with the cancellation of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, it's unclear if large crowds of visitors will still come to Hoboken on March 3. The consensus among Hoboken's bar employees are that the lack of parade will hurt their bottom line. In the past years, most of the problems on St. Patrick's Day have originated at house parties and in the streets, not in the bars. "Come on, do you really have to urinate off your roof?" asked one waitress at a waterfront bar, upset with the change. "There's no respect." "It'll hurt the bars financially," said Erik Christensen, manager at the Pour House. "It's the best day of the year." But, Christensen said, he suspected many …
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Mayor Dawn Zimmer and public safety officials held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.
The Hoboken Police Department arrested 34 people during the St. Patrick's Day Parade this year—nine more than in 2010—Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced on Tuesday afternoon. She also said that because of the unruly drinking and two alleged sexual assault cases over the weekend, the parade will be held on a Wednesday next year. The city issued 296 summonses, the mayor also announced. The city wrote 115 summonses for open containers (down from last year's 154), 32 summonses for drinking publicly (down from last year's 77) and 40 for unruly houseparties (down from last year's 51). The number of summonses issued for public urination went up from 41 last year to 59 this year, Zimmer said. "Despite our best efforts," Zimmer said, the drinking after …
Monday, March 7, 2011
About Town covers Hoboken events. Send an invitiation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns driven time and again off course, once he had plundered the hallow heights of Troy... So begins The Odyssey. About Town had one of its own on Hoboken's St. Patrick's Day. We journeyed downtown at 8 a.m., first stopping at A&P to buy a notebook, then crossed Church Square Park on the way to McDonald's for sausage biscuits. Then we went to Dunkin Donuts for bagels and coffee. We got stuck behind a picky woman who surely emptied a bottle of White Rain to stiffen the stringy hair she's styled since 1991. We walked down Washington Street where by 9 a.m. we saw long lines at 1 Republik and Black Bear. We talked to a souvenir vendor from Pennsylvania. She sold hats and shirts, and also an …