• What’s Going On With All The Closings In Hoboken? Local Experts Weigh In

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    As the summer wears on, it’s becoming more and more heartbreaking {+ concerning} that so many small — and even chain — brick-and-mortar businesses are closing around Hoboken and the surrounding areas. Since so many of our readers {and Team HG} were concerned, we decided to do a little digging and questioning, asking some local leaders about why they think these closings are happening.

    To be fair, anyone doing their research will realize these instances aren’t specific to Hoboken. Retailers around the country have been closing store after store due to technology + apps increasing the ability to digitally order and deliver items in all categories. Food delivery apps like Seamless and GrubHub have increased exponentially, with 14.46 million active diners in 2017.

    Here are a few chains that have closed stores in the last year, according to Forbes:

    Payless ShoeSource – 400 stores
    JC Penney – 138 stores
    Macy’s – 68 stores
    Sears and K Mart – 150 stores
    HH Gregg – 88 stores
    Abercrombie & Fitch – 60 stores
    Guess – 60 stores
    The Limited – 250 stores
    Wet Seal – 171 stores
    American Apparel – 110 stores
    BCBG – 120 stores
    GameStop – 150 stores
    Radio Shack – 550 stores
    Staples – 70 stores
    CVS – 70 stores

    In Hoboken, we’ve had a variety of local closings and closure announcments in the last few months — from Battaglias to Hotel Victor to Turtle Club to Townhouse Shops to Aetheter Game Cafe and more — which although feel like an exponential amount, are not out of the ordinary for the ebbs and flows of businesses, but the nature of the brick-and-mortar retail market across the country.

    On the Root Causes of Business Closings

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    Locally, there is much discussion regarding the root causes of business closings.

    Some residents and business owners cite issues:

    1. Paucity of parking
    2. Washington Street redesign {and potholes/construction}
    3. Lack of diversity in business categories: too many similar competing businesses and chain stores coming in
    4. Skyrocketing commercial rents
    5. Online/digital purchasing

    “It’s happening to retail across the board, and not just in Hoboken,” a NJ rep for real estate company C.B. Richard Ellis shared with HG exclusively. “Commercial real estate rentals are experiencing a decline across the board in both New Jersey and New York, let alone the rest of the country.” In fact, in Wayne, NJ, a suburban town about 30 minutes outside of Hoboken, there’s a similar scenario. The New York Times profiles the area as having a variety of retail vacancies and turnovers in the recent years.

    And landlords raising rents have two differing plans of action in gentrified areas, according to the rep for CBRE — with Hoboken being a perfect example, as well as emerging neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn and Queens. “Landlord philosophies and practices generally fall into one of two categories: those who seek the highest rent and thereby take on the most risk —i.e. the greater likelihood of vacancy, tenant turnover, periods of no rent flows, and those who practice a ‘rental restraint’ — charging something less than the maximum market rent in order to keep a reliable paying tenant of good character and thereby reducing the landlord’s risk.”

    Taryn Byron, a real estate agent for Nest Seekers in Hoboken, attributes it to several of the above factors. “There are many reasons that businesses are closing around town – construction on Washington Street, increased rent for retail space, stricter business regulations and changes in the way we as consumers have been doing business over the last 3-5 years. Amazon, for example, has changed our buying and ordering habits. When you can get same day delivery, you are less inclined to go to a brick and mortar to shop.”

    When asked about the spike in business closings in Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla responded, “I have not seen any empirical data to support the assumption [about a spike in business closings] in this question. Needless to say, however, it’s sad to see businesses close in Hoboken, especially ones that have been around for decades, and there’s not one single factor.” The mayor attributes rising rent prices, online sales, and changes in popular trends hitting businesses hard. “But at the same time, we’re not seeing an abnormally high rate of closures. The market is cyclical. Stores, restaurants, salons, and other businesses are opening all the time in Hoboken, and that’s heartening to see.”

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    These sentiments were echoed by several others, including Hoboken resident and business owner Mario Fini, of Maridian Properties, who noted that it’s difficult to figure out the root cause of closings. “Business in general has so many factors that you can attribute success or failure to. It’s hard to say any one reason why businesses have closed.”

    Gregory Dell’Aquila, President of the JDA Group and Vice Chairperson of Hudson County Chamber of Commerce, articulates a combo of rents and the nature of owning a business in general as the root causes. “Opening a business is not for the faint of heart. You will always have issues that you face as a business opening. Change in the economy, change in trends, etc. I think that the Washington Street Redesign Project and the neglect of paving due to the impending project had a direct and indirect impact to the amount of people going to Washington Street to patron the stores. With higher rents margins are tighter to open a store on Washington street. Add online shopping impact, Washington street construction, Hoboken not having a good brand for attracting outsiders to shop and dine and its a recipe for failure.”

    Local boutique owner Jeanna Palumbo, of Alba Boutique {an upscale women’s clothing store that now has three locations in NJ} describes similar sentiments for her colleagues. “There are always different reasons, but the obvious constant construction, road closures and unpaved streets were likely the most major factors for businesses that were already strained. It is also crucial to really identify who your market is, especially in such a diverse town. Without that, in a town that is dependent on local shoppers, you lose the pulse on the market and it is difficult to keep up,” she explains.

    Councilman Mike DeFusco worries about local businesses fleeing Hoboken to neighboring Jersey City, citing “dated 1980’s zoning and municipal [Hoboken] bureaucracy which puts undue and often insurmountable costs on small businesses.” He also blamed what he described as the city’s predatory parking enforcement. “[It] scares away visitors and residents, [and now] folks are investing their hard-earned money outside of Hoboken.”

    Chris Mazzola, Director of Development at Bijou Properties, notes that Hoboken is experiencing the effects of a wider fundamental shift in the way consumers shop, eat, and play. “The proliferation of immediate delivery services offered by the e-commerce marketplace and food delivery apps has led to a convenience factor that brick-and-mortar businesses have had a difficult time competing with. Retail businesses that can offer an in-person “experience” are bucking this trend.” He cites The Gravity Vault Rock Climbing Gym as proof that the interactive business model is helping some brick-and-mortar shops avoid their demise.

    How Hoboken is Supporting Small Business

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    The City of Hoboken reports to HG that it is currently developing an overhaul of the business section of the City’s website to make it a “one-stop shop” to open a business — compiling information from several different departments that business owners interact with. “Once complete, it will guide people step by step through the process of opening a business in Hoboken from beginning to end, with information detailing which permits are needed for which type of business, and other pertinent information,” explained Mayor Bhalla. He detailed the Business Leaders Roundtable, convening leaders of multi-million dollar corporations, among others, that have chosen to call Hoboken their home, to identify innovative ways in which these stakeholders can partner with the City.

    The mayor also shared his plans for the creation of a Special Improvement District, “which gathers a diverse collection of business owners in Hoboken to form a Steering Committee to develop this concept, which will provide businesses with a greater measure of self-determination in terms of where investments should be made to improve business conditions in Hoboken.” He notes the Hilton Hotel — with its conference capacity — as a positive for Hoboken, “attracting trade conferences, weddings, and other large-scale events that draw visitors” into our Mile Square. He also attests that the City supports events such as Propelify, La Liga International Soccer Tournament, and other Hoboken Pride festivities that bring visitors to town.

    Chris Mazzola emphasized creating the SID {Special Improvement District} in Hoboken as an effective way to energize and enhance Hoboken’s business environment “to maximize consumer engagement through collaborative alliances with businesses, government and community and to create a place where small businesses desire to be and thrive. If implemented successfully, we can expect a beautiful, art-filled, safe, accessible and prosperous business district which attracts residents and visitors to shop, eat, play, and stay in Hoboken.”

    “I would love to see Hoboken get more involved in supporting all of our local businesses,” Palumbo notes. “They have all of the resources to promote, drive traffic & make our downtown stronger. I also have stores in Ridgewood & Summit, and both towns promote us through social media & “Town Highlights” e-mail campaigns, town wide events such as “Small Business Nights,” semi-annual Sidewalk Sales and free garage parking when you show a local business receipt. All have proven to be very successful and I know Hoboken could benefit from more support as well. I also love the entire HobokenGirl team because their endless support is incredible. They have become such a important resource for Hoboken as they are constantly and genuinely encouraging residents to support local. I find new gems in town through the HG Instagram all the time, and I know other residents do the same.” {Editor’s note: We’re blushing!}

    “I would love to see Hoboken get more involved in supporting all of our local businesses. They have all of the resources to promote, drive traffic & make our downtown stronger.” ~ Jeanna Palumbo, Alba Boutique

    Councilman DeFusco is moving forward with a plan to update zoning on 1st Street and 14th Street, in an effort, he says, to help small businesses open more easily, “while creating a vibrant and livable corridor connecting mass transportation hubs with the west side of town.” He also outlined a plan to activate Warrington Plaza {by the train station — a hub for 60,000+ daily commuters} creating an outdoor European-style plaza “where kiosks housing small businesses can thrive, steps away from the terminal. Think the green market at Union Square, the holiday market at Bryant Park or even Brooklyn’s Smorgasbord!” DeFusco shared with HG that he is a staunch advocate for a northern redevelopment plan above 14th Street which would effectively invite in tech startups, urban wineries and microbreweries to the area.

    How can residents help local businesses?

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    While we are curating a list of businesses that you can shop locally {and feature small businesses on the regular}, we’ll let these local leaders and business owners share their thoughts on how to help:

    “Residents can shop local. Yes, giant corporations have made online or big-box store shopping a convenient one-stop experience. However, instead of going online to buy a new outfit, check out one of Hoboken’s boutiques. Instead of dinner in New York, consider a Hoboken restaurant. If you have to look online, try websites like Jet.com, which is based in Hoboken and employs Hoboken residents. Those residents, in turn, are a customer base for local businesses.” ~ Mayor Bhalla

    “Support local businesses. The businesses as well as the residents are what makes a community. Businesses need to give back more.” ~ Mario Fini, Maridian Properties

    “When shopping locally, if you spend $100 – $68 stays within our community, while a big box store keeps $43 in the community.” ~ Taryn Byron, Nest Seekers International

    “Residents can shop locally whenever possible! When shopping locally, if you spend $100 – $68 stays within our community, while a big box store keeps $43 in the community. Most small business owners are local residents with families and small business is 250% more likely to donate to local charities than big biz.” ~Taryn Byron, Nest Seekers International

    “Try to buy one thing a week in Hoboken and not on Amazon; and, push your local elected officials to think outside the box! We all need to get out of our comfort zones if we want to help small businesses succeed in Hoboken.” ~ Councilman Mike DeFusco

    “I think continuing to tell residents that supporting the local economy is fundamental is a nice idea, but have the right stores, marketing, and overall environment and the residents don’t need to be ‘told to shop local’.” ~ Greg Dell’Aquila, JDA Group LLC

    “Hoboken offers anything you could need right here, so why leave? Hoboken is made is up incredible mom & pop owned businesses like boutiques, doctors, food markets, restaurants, pharmacies, toy stores and more. We always encourage people to keep shopping in town, so take a walk down Washington St. before heading online or to the mall. I thank all of my clients for shopping locally when they’re at register, because I truly appreciate them. Get to know the owners of local stores and you will see our passion for our businesses, making our clients happy and the commitment we put into keep our businesses alive & thriving.” ~ Jeanna Palumbo, Alba Boutique

    “The Washington Street revitalization project is almost complete and the end result will be an enhanced, walkable and bikeable main street that encourages shopping.” ~ Chris Mazzola, Bijou Properties

    A Positive Outlook

    This article and circumstances may appear dire, but there is hope to be found. According to the New York Times4th quarter retail earnings are said to be looking up, and July retail earnings are up 6.4% from last year at this time.

    Palumbo talks of the positivity of many local businesses having been here for over a decade being “inspiring and incredible in any market,” and forging ahead. “Small business in Hoboken is still very much alive and I am excited to see what our new neighbors bring into town.  We are working on another local project to fill a void in the market too, so stay tuned,” she excitedly shares.

    Mayor Bhalla shares his thoughts for the future as well, noting that it’s always disappointing when a business closes, but he’s been to many ribbon cuttings and new/expanding businesses in the Mile Square this year. “Shaka Bowl recently opened a second location on Washington Street. Whole Fresh Market, a grocery store, opened up in southwest Hoboken. We see salons, coffee shops, Pilates studios open up in Hoboken, but these aren’t happening in a vacuum. These new businesses are able to open their doors because the local community supports them. I’m personally reassured by residents’ enthusiasm and their support of small businesses.”

    The Washington Street redesign, although taking forever and a day, appears to be promising, according to Mazzola. “Future development should prioritize pedestrians and bicyclists over cars specifically as it relates to on- and off-street parking requirements, he explains, discussing a street or sidewalk designed to promote social interaction, physical activity, and spontaneity will encourage people to get out, about, and ultimately get shopping locally.

    The view of the future can still be seen as centering around Washington Street as the epicenter of Hoboken commerce. “Washington Street will always be the heart of Hoboken,” Byron feels. “New businesses will be coming. There is always a cycle and change can bring fresh ideas and opportunities.”

    Our final thoughts:

    When you love a restaurant — actually go and support it, regularly! Shop at a local grocery store; buy your meat from the local butcher; work out at a locally-owned gym; stop for coffee at a family-owned shop. Go to Hoboken’s own Mile Square Theatre, and support events and local charities in their quests to support the community. These are all easy ways we can help keep businesses and create a sense of community in our terrific town. While there’s no surefire solution, we’re hopeful that this sheds a bit of light on the current state of affairs: Hoboken versus the national picture of retail, and the ways that we can help. Remember to shop locally as much as possible. Together, we can truly support and maintain a vibrant community.

    Please note: We reached out to many more local experts for comments, but some emails went unanswered.

    We included all that were received and had helpful information to share.

    Stay tuned for a comprehensive list of brick-and-mortar businesses to support in Hoboken, coming to the blog VERY soon. Follow us on Instagram for more!


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    Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.


    • This article was needed… thank you HG Team! As someone who admittedly relies on Amazon too much, I am going to be more cognizant on where I spend my money. I think supporting local businesses is so important.

    • You cannot park anywhere in Hoboken and the Washington St. “project” that’s been going on for years and years has made it even worse! I stood outside waiting for a Lyft the other day and watched 2 separate cars be ticketed by a cop for double-parking. One car was a delivery man and the other came out from a residence. I get it – double parking is illegal. In all reality though, sometimes you’re left with no other choice. How can a business survive with a huge rent while it can take over half an hour to just park to get to a store, assuming you can even drive down the actual street?

    • Thank you for this! Was walking up Washington St. the other day and noticed the vacancies seem to be clustered between 5/6th and 8th. Wonder why that is. Also, always find it curious when certain restaurants go out, then other places like Sorellina, Otto Strada and Anthony David’s are consistently slammed. Food for thought!

      P.S. Ditto what Jeanna said! My friends and I rely on HG to alert us to new places around town that we might not stumble upon on our own. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    • The real estate boom started in Hoboken in late ’80’s with greedy landlords having fires set so they can rid of low income families. Fires was on a regular in Hoboken and newcomers took over spots where the fires had been. The real estate boom happened and old timers in Hoboken with some of their prejudice against Blacks and Hispanics did not like what they were seeing no longer blue collar. Hoboken is a small 1 square mile city and with all the construction you have water main breaks on a regular. The greed to make Hoboken in another New York is succeeding and no matter what is being done the gentification is still going on heading now towards Andrew Jackson Gardens a plan to rid the low income families there making way for newcomers whom they feel will “take care” of where they live. More cars,more bicycles lanes more restaurants more problems.

    • I think attention deserves to be drawn to large name retailers being permitted to open within blocks of their small business competitors. (Sephora a few doors down from Makeovers – West Elm next to Battaglias and Paper Source rumored to be a opening a block from Hudson Paperie.) There is no way to compete as a small town retailer next to its corporate competition. We don’t have the ability to jack prices down while still being able to afford our rent. We don’t have the big marketing budgets to draw huge crowds of patrons. It would be nice if the town would be cognizant of this when giving business permits. There should be some sort of zoning laws to protect small business owners.

    • Great article. 2008 forced business owners to do business differently with technology and everyone having access to a smart phone. That being said if you weren’t able to change and/or chose not to you suffered greatly. Owning a small business in a small town trying to hire good people for competetive pay is an ongoing struggle. You have to love what you do. We love what we do still at 30 years strong! Though the city makes it very challenging at times we fight for our loyal clients who have kept us going since 1988.

    • My favorite game to play is “how my friends afford their lifestyle”.

      My second favorite game is “how does this business stay open.”

      I always find it funny how some business manage to stay open, yet some close. Just off the bat, I would think some bars would have no trouble being open, yet they close and we still have a store front for a psychic readings.

      All joking aside, the key to any business is the old saying, “location, location, location”. That and great products/service. Hoboken is difficult to get to, and you don’t really come unless you need a reason. Can anyone name a store in Hoboken that regularly attracts outside residents, other than maybe a bar/restaurant? Can anyone name a business that actually closed due to low patronage that was a well run and liked place? One example, Makeovers-West Elm stocked the hair product I use, but at double the price than places in Jersey City. I feel for the small businesses, and some of the reasons listed above are valid, but I just think if the product/experience was better it would solve all the problems.

    • First, wow. Great reporting and good to have this information at hand. So often over the years I’ve walked to my fav restaurant or store only to find them closed. I’m still pining for the sushi roll nobody else serves, that recipe long gone with the restaurant that served it!

      When I worked in the retail home sewing business, a $14 billion industry, as VP/Marketing for the industry trade association, our members complained that large chains (esp. the one that begins with a W) were edging them out of business, making it impossible because the smaller retailers couldn’t keep up with pricing.

      Sure, I love a good bargain but the truth is we have our favorite stores to shop in not because they have the lowest prices, but because we get something from them we can’t get by clicking an online purchase or rushing into a major discount chain!

      In the case of home sewing retailers the customer wanted to get support, training, hand-holding and a place to share their amazing creations to gain compliments which in turn increased their confidence. You give a sewing customer that experience and she may buy at a discount sometimes but she’ll always come back to you because you give her what she can’t buy elsewhere. It’s the same with ALL businesses. So I began coaching our members on how to address the needs of their clients so well and often with no cost involved that their clients not only stayed but would bring in more through referrals and excitement. It worked. Sewing experienced a renewal, and those small chains took a bit more of my advice creating buying groups that positioned them far better cost-wise. Businesses in the industry have come and gone, but sewing is still a very strong market overall and those businesses that have remained are vital and thriving.

      My transformational energy coaching practice, Living Harmony, launched 25 years ago in my Garden Street apartment before I moved into the practice at Hudson Healing Arts, 51 Newark Street. Over the years I first had to teach people what energy was about, then I had to show them – show them, not sell – just exactly why they wanted to learn about energy and how they could use it to gain an edge in business sales. Also, my other favorite subjects that I regularly help my clients with – creating real love, snow skiing and becoming the actor/author they wish to be.

      My clients learn that all businesses throughout history face varying challenges – life, and business, is not fair. The successful business owner learns not to ask why aren’t things working, but instead how to take whatever the environment is at the moment and position themselves and their business for success. Of course, my clients also learn how to harness the power within and around them so they have cutting-edge tools to give them the edge they need to create all the love and success they want…in Living Harmony.

    • I’ve lived in Hoboken since 2005. Back then Washington Street was so vibrant and full of small, independent businesses. The closures kicked into high gear about a year into the recession and things have never really been the same. I remember Bloomberg had an article about all the vacancies on Washington back in 2011 or 2012. It’s easy to blame e-commerce and lack of parking but I don’t believe these are the fundamental issues.

      1. Many Hobokenites would be happy to shop local if there was anything useful or interesting to buy. With the exception of Little City Books, Ace Hardware and Basic Food there are no independent shops that sell anything I need or want. Our one shoe store has a horrible selection and bad service and most of boutiques sell clothes that look like they’re for 21 year olds heading to the Jersey Shore. There are hardly any clothes shops for grown-up women and men have even fewer options. The Baby Gap has definitely filled a void for toddler clothes (I still miss Bellie and Katrina and Wee Beasties) but there’s very little for older kids even has that population continues to grow in Hoboken.

      2. Many new businesses seem to be opened by either national chains attracted by the affluent demographic or non-Hobokenites from Staten Island or suburban NJ who don’t really understand the Hoboken demographic. Many newer residents have moved from Manhattan or Brooklyn or are ex-pats and expect a shopping/dining experience that is more sophisticated than what we currently have. Barbes, Antique Bar and Bakery, Choc o Pain and Bwe all seem to be doing well. They offer something unique and interesting and have put effort into the design of their spaces which is something that is seriously lacking in many Hoboken businesses. Those businesses are also owned by people who live in Hoboken and understand what the city needs and wants. We need more businesses owned by people in the community.

      3. New businesses are too similar and the owners don’t seem to do any market research or take existing businesses into account. Right now there’s a new bubble tea place opening on Washington between 5th and 6th right across from Kung Fu Tea. Why? And why do we need poke places on every corner or a Blue Mercury opening next to a Sephora. We need a diversity of businesses and landlords can do their part by taking a serious and critical look at a tenant’s business plan.

      4. The rents on Washington Street are not justifiable. There is no reason why Hoboken rents should be anywhere in the same universe as Manhattan rents and why these landlords think they can demand these rents is beyond me. I’ve spoken to owners of several small businesses that have recently closed and they all attributed closures to unreasonable rent increases by landlords. It’s hard to understand why a landlord would push out a dependable tenant when there are so many vacant spaces. The laws of supply and demand are not serving us here and this is where government can step in. There are a number of landlords on Washington warehousing their spaces and the tax breaks they get for their losses is an incentive for them to continue doing this. Hoboken should be fining landlords who don’t rent their spaces within a reasonable time frame (NYC is also considering doing this). There’s no reason that a space on Washington should be vacant for years and there should be a consequence for landlords who contribute to blight. There could also be incentives for landlords to rent to independent businesses. Perhaps Hoboken should consider a property tax break for landlords who rent to small businesses.

      4. I’m generally pro-government but it’s clear that there is an undue burden placed on small businesses owners by the city and that many of the small business owners to not have the capital to weather the permit and construction delays. If you read the minutes of the Planning, Zoning and Historical Preservation Commission you can see that the permitting process can drag on for many months and sometimes over a year. Hoboken is also notorious for construction delays and I think many of the independent businesses underestimate how much capital they’ll need to get them through the opening process and the first year or two of business.

      5. Hoboken needs to reconsider its draconian liquor laws. This was voted down by the council earlier this year but should be revisited. I hate the sports bars and like BYO as much as everyone else but we will never get a diversity of good and interesting restaurants if we don’t allow them to serve at least beer and wine. This is major reason that the new and interesting places are opening in JC. It’s just too hard for a new restaurant to make it without the liquor mark-ups. I feel very strongly that the generic and rowdy sports bars would begin to disappear if there was more sophisticated night-life competition. We should not allow current liquor license holders to hold the city hostage on this issue. Perhaps the old-timers would up their game if there was more competition.

      6. Stop blaming Washington Street woes on parking. There’s a very vocal contingent that likes to blame everything on parking. We live in a walkable and incredibly dense urban area and there isn’t any reason why someone who lives in Hoboken needs to drive to Washington Street. No one is entitled to free street parking in an urban area where parking is a scare resource and if you insist on driving you need to be prepared to pay for a meter or garage. The city might consider subsiding parking for visitors in garages if they show a receipt of purchase but I’m not convinced this would significantly help business on Washington.

      I so hope that Washington Street will come back as a healthy business district is essential to a healthy community and economy. I would love to see a bigger and more creative toy store, clothes stores for older kids, interesting home decor shops, better restaurants and boutiques with better options for women (and men) 35+. I also hope that someone will open a new Game Cafe. Aether was always packed and there will certainly be a void now that it’s closed.

      • Parking is absolutely a problem. BnR here, moved to another town in HudCo. We literally have a lifetime of services we use in Hob
        I used to travel to Hob 2x/week. No more bc now Hob has a 4 hour limit regardless if I move my car. Screw you Hoboken – that’s ridiculous. We can’t go visit the folks and then watch the game or go out to eat bc of this limit.

        Double park for a quick Vito’s pickup? Not no more. Boom! The $55 ham & mutz special!

        You are losing my business bc of gestapo parking laws and enforcement.

        That new unprotected bike lane on Wash is very misguided and dangerous. Poorly skilled riders, on heavy rental bikes, on the city’s busiest thoroughfare. Terrible combinations.

        My $0.02

    • Live: Over hearing an unmarried couple at the a bar on the avenue
      They have the their bottled water delivered from Amazon.
      They drink 3$ Miller lights.
      They are debating marriage showstopper that is student debt.

      This is Hoboken


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