Word on the {Washington} Street: Easter Bunny Brawl; Wonderbread Factory Renovations; WiO Willow Reopens; and More Hoboken News

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“Hoppy” Easter Sunday Hoboken! For those of you celebrating today, we’ve got the perfect read for you while you’re traveling to see family — or just lounging in bed — with our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street: your one stop shop for everything news in Hoboken! Here are the latest happenings in town:

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$6.5 Million Home for Sale in Hoboken

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A Hudson Street townhouse built in 1854 is on the market for $6.5 million! If the home sells, it will become the most expensive property ever sold in Hoboken. The current record holder sold for $4.35 million in June of 2015. According to an article on NJ.com, the fully renovated home is 8,000 square feet and includes a studio apartment above the detached two-car garage. The five story home includes a gym, wine cellar, and a courtyard with a built in gas grill and fire table. Yes please!

Hoboken Plate by Plate Parking

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The City of Hoboken began transition on-street parking meters to a pay-by-plate system. Under the new system, customers will be able to refill their meter at any pay station in Hoboken without have to return to their vehicle to display the receipt. The transition will also include the ability to pay-by-phone using an app. Users will be able to add time to the meter directly from their phones. We hope this new system ends up being as convenient as it sounds.

Wonderbread Building to be Renovated

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^image via Google Images

The “Wonderbread” building located at 7th and Grand will be undergoing a renovation to make it a mixed-use space that will include 121 residential condominium units and commercial space. According to Hoboken Inc, the building was originally constructed in 1865 and was destroyed in a fire in 1909. We absolutely love this building and were worried that they structure would be torn down. We’re happy to hear that 95% of the original structure will be repurposed according to plans layed out Minervini Vandermark Architecture who will be handling the redesign project. 🙂

 

$107 Million Budget Proposed

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On Wednesday, March 23rd city officials released their proposed 2016 municipal budget. According to Hoboken Patch, the $107 budget proposal would mean a tax increase of roughly $67 per homeowner. Council members have approved the budget and a public hearing will be held on April 20th.

Work it Out Willow Reopens

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^the power women behind WiO, owners Noel and Lisa | image via Instagram

Work it Out’s Willow Studio is officially re-opened for business. The fitness studio, located at 603 Willow, closed in November for renovations. During that time, the WiO team added more classes to their River Street location to accommodate clients. The hard-work and endless hours of renovations certainly paid off. The new Willow is absolutely beautiful and features a large cycling studio and mat room. Congrats to the whole WiO team on the new space!

Air Studios Closes

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Air Studios, the women’s clothing boutique located at 92 Hudson Street, has officially closed its doors. No word yet on the reason why. We never like to see a business close and wish the whole team well. Hopefully the space will be occupied by a new shop soon.

 

Hoboken Teachers Ranked Among NJ’s Best

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^image via Hoboken Public Schools

Hoboken teachers recently ranked in the “Top 100 Districts With the Best Teachers” list created by Niche.com. According to their site, the list “takes into account key factors such as the academic performance of a school, an index of teacher salaries, student-teacher ratio, as well as student and parent reviews, in an attempt to measure the quality of teachers working at a district.” We’re happy to see the hardworking teachers of our city’s district get great recognition. Well done!

Hoboken Homeless Veteran Housing Approved

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According to an article on Hoboken Patch, the City of Hoboken gave Hoboken’s American Legion Post 107 permission to move forward with building a 6 bedroom housing unit to house Hoboken’s homeless veterans at its 2nd Street building. The facility will also have a kitchen, laundry, room, and meeting rooms. We’re glad to see support being offered for the homeless veterans in our community.

Multiple Water Main Breaks This Month

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^image via Twitter @NBCNewYork

Over the last year Hoboken has seen it’s fair share of water main breaks. Unfortunately, March added a few more to that list. On Monday, March 14th a water main break on 1st Street between Grand and Willow lead to a sinkhole swallowing a car. A week later, on March 21st, another water main break caused Garden Street to be closed between 1st and 2nd Streets. This was followed just 24-hours later with a third break happened on Park Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets.  Thankfully, a boil advisory was not in affect during the last two incidents.

 

Easter Bunny Brawl at Newport Centre

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^image via ABC News

Yup. You read that right. This past week the Newport Centre’s Easter Bunny ended up in a fight with the parent of a child who had come to take pictures with the bunny. According to an article on NJ.com, the 22-year old man in the bunny costume said the altercation started when the 1-year old child slipped off of the chair she was sitting in leading her father to verbally and physically attack the bunny.  Video footage of the physical fight surfaced on Twitter from user Kevin Pineda and was reposted on Youtube, but does not show what happened prior to the fight occurring. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. 

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

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Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.


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