Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Braving cold temperatures, the community danced and celebrated Irish heritage by the waterfront on Wednesday night.
Hundreds of Hobokenites celebrated an early St. Patrick's Day by the waterfront during the second annual Irish Festival on Wednesday night. Anthony David was present with burgers and other food, another stall selled Irish Soda bread and kids of all ages danced to Irish music. Those of age gathered in the biergarten, bracing themselves from cold termperatures. Take a look at the pictures and see if you spot yourself! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Thousands of visitors flocked to Hoboken on Saturday for the second annual LepreCon event.
Crowded bars, house parties and a lot of people in green: LepreCon returned on Saturday. Take a look at these pictures of some of the bars in downtown Hoboken on Saturday afternoon.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Occhipinti expressed disapointment with the cancellation of the parade for the second year in a row.
Councilman Tim Occhipinti wants the St. Patrick's Day Parade back. In a press release — which is uncommon for Occhipinti who usually doesn't send out announcements through a spokesman — the Fourth Ward councilman calls upon the mayor to bring back the event. Occhipinti blamed Mayor Dawn Zimmer for the end of the tradition. "For the second year in a row, the historic event was cancelled after Mayor Zimmer tried forcing the parade committee to move the event to a Wednesday evening," Occhipinti said. "The various bands, piper groups and organizations that make the parade such a great event would not be able to participate on a weeknight." Zimmer and the parade committee were unable to come to an agreement about when to hold a parade last year…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
The question was raised on Wednesday night. What do you think?
For the second year in a row, the Hoboken St. Patrick's Day parade will not be held. The parade was was cancelled by the parade committee in 2011, after the city wanted to move the event to a weekday in wake of sexual assaults and multiple arrests. There has been no discussion to hold the parade on a Saturday, said Business Administrator Quentin Wiest on Wednesday. LepreCon, a bar crawl instead of the parade, has been scheduled for March 2. "We did away with the only family oriented part of the day," said councilman Michael Russo. Just like last year, the city is planning to hold an Irish Festival in March to celebrate the holiday. We want to hear from you. Would you like the parade back on a Saturday or are you happy with the way things …
Monday, March 19, 2012
Two people were arrested for driving under the influence and at least one collision took place over the weekend, police said. Besides a few arrests, however, St. Patrick's Day was relatively quiet. Especially compared to LepreCon, two weeks ago. A fight broke out around 2:45 a.m. on Saturday following a collison, police said. Two women—one from Bayonne, the other from Dumont—were struck by another car, police said, after which they refused to get out of their car, causing a traffic jam at Hudson and Newark Streets. The two got into a verbal altercation with a group of four women, after which a large crowd gathered, police said. Around 10:20 p.m. on Saturday, Timothy Dublynn from Staten Island was arrested for allegedly driving under …
Saturday, March 17, 2012
The sport of hurling was played by Irish immigrants in Hoboken in the 19th century.
Exactly 154 years ago, on a St. Patrick's Day as sunny as the 2012 version, the first ever hurling match in America was played in Hoboken. The match was played on the military ground behind Elysian Fields by a team called "the Kenmare Guards," according to an article about the game in the Irish American on March 27, 1858. The article was provided to Patch by Irish native Eoin Dougan, 52, who has been doing research into the matter. The 24 players on the field that day were divided into two groups, according to the article, the Old Men, wearing red shirts, and the young men, in white. "The game, which was witnessed at least by two thousand spectators, was contested with much spirit and lasted nearly three hours," according to the article…
Friday, March 16, 2012
Barry O'Donovan, a native of Ireland and owner of the Kilkenny House pub in Cranford, talks about how the holiday was celebrated during his childhood on the Emerald Isle.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Think you're celebrating St. Patrick's Day like a true Irishman when you scarf down all that corned beer and cabbage and sip on green beer? Think again. The popular holiday to honor the spirit of the Welshman who led the snakes out of the Emerald Isle — during which everyone claims they've all got a bit of Irish in 'em - is steeped in tradition, but differs dramatically from the way St. Patrick's Day is celebrated in Ireland. Barry O'Donovan, a native of the Emerald Isle and owner of The Kilkenny House Restaurant & Pub in downtown Cranford, recently spoke to Patch about his childhood in Ireland, how his family celebrated St. Patrick's Day, and how a perfect pint of Guinness should be poured.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
NJ Transit is extending its service on March 17.
NJ Transit will increase its service on Saturday for the annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations in New York City. There will be extra service on the 126 bus to the city between 8:40 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. There will be extra service from New York City to Hoboken between 2 and 8:45 p.m. The full schedule of added service, from NJ Transit below: Extra trips will operate on the following bus routes: No. 126 (Hoboken- New York) No. 128 (Boulevard East - New York) No. 163 Local & Turnpike Express (Ridgewood-New York) No. 166 Local & Turnpike Express (Cresskill-Bergenfield-New York) No. 167 (Harrington Park-Teaneck-New York) No. 190 (Paterson-New York) No. 191 (Willowbrook-Little Falls-New York) No. 192 (Clifton-New …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The Irish flag will wave in front of City Hall in celebration of St. Patrick's Day.
With the sound of bag pipes in the background, city and local officials raised the Irish flag in front of City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.
Monday, March 12, 2012
The first ever Irish Festival is taking place on Wednesday.
With a liquor licence in place and temperatures close to 70 degrees, everything is in place for Wednesday's first ever Irish festival in Frank Sinatra Park. In a letter, organizer of the event Chris Halleron, said that the new tradition is supposed to be a place holder for the parade, not a replacement. Halleron wrote also: "At first glance, it’s hard to see tens of thousands visitors to our city as a bad thing—until you see what has been left in their wake over the years. It is now apparent that Hoboken can expect this crowd on the first Saturday of March, with or without the Parade. Nevertheless, if we work together to properly manage that crowd, I’m confident it can be handled to the optimum benefit of the common good. We have a year…