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Word on the {Washington} Street: Whale Spotted in the Hudson; Welcome Back Karma Kafe; Sinatra Drive Closure; and Other Hoboken News

by Kate Lombardo
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The weekend before Thanksgiving?! Anyone else feel like this month is flying by? Either way it’s been a busy week in the Mile Square, and we’ve got all the news for you rounded up in one spot in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street–your one stop shop for everything news in Hoboken. 

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Whale Spotted Near Statue of Liberty

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^image via Hoboken Patch

This week Lady Liberty got a very special visit. According to Hoboken Patch, a whale was spotted in the NY harbor near the State of Liberty. The Coast Guard issued warnings to mariners to be on the lookout. News 4 New York’s Steven Bognar caught a video of the whale. Click here to see the video.

Newly Engage Hoboken Couple Looking for Photobomber

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^image via Bryan Schwartz

On November 13th Hoboken resident Bryan Schwartz proposed to his girlfriend Jenny on Pier 13. A few of their family members were present during the engagement to record the special moment. In the middle of the proposal, right as Jenny said yes, a runner ran straight through the video in an ultimate video-bomb. They couple is looking for help to find the woman so they can invite her to their wedding. See the video and read more about their proposal on Wedding Bee

NJCU Announces New Arts Advisory Board

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On Tuesday, November 15th New Jersey City University president Sue Henderson officially announced the launch of the NJCU Center of the ArtsThis will now centralize the performing, visual, film, and literary arts activities under one creative umbrella. President Henderson also officially announced the formation of the newly created Arts Advisory Board comprised of key people from the arts, civic and political sectors of New Jersey whose mandate is to take a leadership role in shaping the cultural landscape of the arts in Jersey City and the Region. Tony-Award winning Choreographer Bill T. Jones was the keynote speaker at the announcement event, which was free to the public.

Karma Kafe Reopens

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Karma Kafe, the amazing Indian restaurant located at 505 Washington Street, reopened on Thursday after being closed since February due to damage incurred during a fire. They team at Karma Kafe made the announcement on their Facebook page, “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Each and every one of you WONDERFUL people, for all your LOVE and SUPPORT. For your DAILY calls, emails, and messages. You waited so patiently for us and we are so THRILLED to tell you that 40 weeks since the fire and KARMA KAFE IS BACK!!!! Exactly as YOU remember it…same MENU, same STAFF, same RESTAURANT just newer and shinier!!! Can’t wait to see you all!!”  We’re so glad to see them open again!

11th Street Near Maxwell Reopens

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^photo via @HobokenInc

Thanks to our friends at Hoboken Inc. for sharing this news with us! After months of construction to build pedestrian walkways and install the Hoboken H-5 flood pump, 11th street is now open in both directions. The newly paved road includes bike lanes on each side as well.

Sinatra Drive Walkway Closed Between 14th and 15th Streets

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The waterfront walkway along Sinatra Drive North between 14th Street and 15th Street has been temporarily closed to pedestrians. Work being done on an existing pier is causing minor separation of the existing paver walkway, creating as unsafe walking condition. Signs will be posted to direct pedestrians, who should use 14th Street and Shipyard Lane as a bypass to the waterfront. The waterfront walkway and pier are the private property of Shipyard Associates/Sovereign Limited. The City has closed the walkway as a precaution due to safety concerns.

 

Pedestrian Safety Education Initiative

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The Hoboken Police Department has been running a pedestrian safety education and enforcement initiative throughout the month of November. According to Facebook page. “The highlight of the initiative is a series of pedestrian decoy operations which are taking place at multiple locations in Hoboken throughout the month. Decoy operations involve police officers in civilian clothes who pose as pedestrians crossing the street while a team of other officers observe and stop motorists who fail to stop for pedestrians or violate other laws… in the past two weeks, police issued 41 summons for failure to stop for pedestrians, 3 summons for driving while on a mobile phone, 1 summons for disregarding a crossing guard/traffic control officer, and 9 warnings. Additional decoy operations are also scheduled.”

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That’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email kate@hobokengirl.com to let us know!

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