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Downtown Washington Street in Hoboken to Close This Thursday + Sunday as ‘Summer Streets’ Continues

by Jennifer Tripucka
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In our new world, outdoors seems like the place to be. Since the summer kicked off, the City piloted “open streets,” outdoor dining was permitted to resume via parklets and sidewalk cafes, the City Council is moving towards making Sinatra Drive a pedestrian plaza starting August 1st, and in early June, Hoboken Business Alliance kicked off its “Summer Streets” pilot. Today, the Hoboken Business Alliance announced it will be continuing to host its”Summer Streets” program this summer with several dates throughout the next few weeks, with Washington Street from 1st to 5th Street closing on Thursday to cars. Here are the details:

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^A pic from last month’s pilot of ‘Summer Streets’

“We’re thrilled to extend Summer Streets to provide Hoboken businesses with the opportunity to expand their space outdoors and engage with customers in a safe environment,” says Gregory Dell’Aquila, President of Hoboken Business Alliance. “We received positive feedback from the businesses who participated in our pilot on First Street that the program drove more customers and increased overall sales. These are exactly the kind of results we’re looking for, and we encourage everyone to go show support for the hardworking small business owners that are the heart of Hoboken.” Every Summer Streets event will have tables set up throughout the street where local restaurants can take orders and serve guests, and many shops will have items on display outside available for purchase. All attendees are instructed to adhere to social distancing and mask guidelines to stay safe, as well as call ahead for a reservation at any of the local establishments or restaurants, if possible, to avoid overcrowding.

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^1st Street’s closure

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Upcoming Summer Streets include:

● Downtown Washington Street: Thursday, July 23rd, from 6PM-11PM and Sunday, July 26th, from 11AM-8PM., Washington Street will be open to pedestrians only from 1st Street to 5th Street.

● Downtown by Hoboken Terminal: Thursday, July 30 from 6PM-11PM and Sunday, August 2 from 11AM-8PM., Newark Street from Washington Street to River Street, Hudson Place from Hudson Street to the PATH, and both River Street and Hudson Street from Hudson Place to Newark Street will be open to pedestrians only.

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● Uptown 14th Street: Thursday, July 30, from 6PM-11PM and Sunday, August 2, from 11AM to 8PM., 14th Street will be open to pedestrians only from Bloomfield Street to Hudson Street.

The City of Hoboken will also open 1st Street from Washington Street to Garden Street to pedestrians only on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, and every Saturday and Sunday beginning August 1.

Summer Streets, presented by the Hoboken Business Alliance, is part of #GoBoken, the HBA’s city-wide initiative encouraging the community to support Hoboken businesses by going out and enjoying all that the Mile Square city has to offer. For more information and the most up-to-date calendar of events, go to www.hobokenalliance.com

The “Summer Streets” Initiative

The “Summer Streets” pilot is a part of the Hoboken Business Alliance’s {HBA} #GoBoken campaign, which is “the HBA’s city-wide, summer-long initiative encouraging the community to go now and help support Hoboken businesses in any way they can,” according to a press release. The goal of the campaign is to, essentially, encourage local residents to support Hoboken businesses while coinciding with the gradual reopening of outdoor dining and retail stores across the state.

The pilot event happened Sunday, June 28th from 11:00AM-8:00PM and happened on 1st Street in Hoboken. The goal of the pilot is to create “new opportunities for businesses to expand their footprint and connect with customers in a safe and meaningful way,” according to Gregory Dell’Aquila, president of the HBA.

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On the days of the event, the street will only be open to pedestrian traffic, with the intention being to encourage residents to explore and support the diverse mix of shops, stores, and restaurants in the neighborhood while following social distancing guidelines. The day-long event will also feature a variety of tables set up along the street for restaurants to utilize for diners, as well as shopping displays of items available for purchase from a variety of shops.

“These are challenging times for small businesses and it’s critical that we continue to find ways to support the local Hoboken community,” Dell’Aquila said about the pilot.

About the HBA

The HBA is a branch of the City of Hoboken that was created with the intention of supporting the local community. The alliance works to provide “a safe, accessible, and prosperous business district that attracts residents and visitors to shop, eat, play, and stay in Hoboken,” according to the aforementioned press release.

The board of directors for the HBA includes a range of business and property owners in Hoboken, including the previously mentioned president, Dell’Aquila.

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