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Word on the {Washington} Street: Otto Strada Re-Opens, Hoboken Arts Center, and more Hoboken News

by Kate Lombardo
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We’ve got the latest word on the {Washington} street — your one stop shop to everything news, in a nutshell. Enjoy:

Otto Strada Re-Opening After Fire Damage


Otto Strada re-opened this past Thursday after announcing via Twitter that they had suffered a fire on January 6th, causing them to close until further notice. They have opened with a new, expanded menu that you can check out on their website. Not to worry, old favorites like the 1-pound meatball are still on there.

New Parking Meters Coming to Hoboken


via hobokennj.org

Mayor Zimmer announced plans to install more parking meters for drivers without permits over the next year. She was quoted saying residents with parking permits would still be able to park on both sides of the street without paying for meters. The hope is to create a more frequent turnover of parking spaces and to raise money for projects throughout the city.


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Hudson Tea Joins Battle Over New Waterfront Building 


via nj.com

The Hudson Tea Condominium Association Inc. became an intervener in a current lawsuit over the “Monarch at the Shipyard” project. The developers of the project, Shipyard Associates LP, filed a lawsuit against Hoboken last year saying that their property value had been diminished due to ordinances that have essentially blocked the construction of two new waterfront towers. The Hudson Tea buildings are directly next to the proposed area of construction and the association said that construction in the area could be dangerous for their tenants. In October, the Hudson County Freeholder’s agreed with the rejection of the plans for the project. The city of Hoboken is appealing a January 2014 state Superior Court ruling that sided with Shipyard Associates.

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Hoboken Considering Building Performing Arts Center Near Terminal


via City of Hoboken

According to a press release, the City of Hoboken is evaluating the possibility of incorporating a performing arts center into the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan. Currently, the plan requires the developer to provide 23,000 square feet for a public space, that could have a variety of uses including a performing arts center. Mayor Zimmer says, “With almost unparalleled access to mass transit, southeast Hoboken could be the ideal place for a regional performing arts center for music, theater, dance, and more.” The press release noted they will consider community support and economic feasibility in making the final decision to include an arts center in the redevelopment project.


 Vote on Flood Pump for Hoboken


flooding on Madison and 10th Street

On Wednesday, February 18 the City Council voted 5 to 2 in favor of installing an H-5 wet weather pump that would alleviate flooding in Western Hoboken. However, six votes are needed in order to finance the project. Two council members were not present at the meeting. Mayor Zimmer has therefore called a special meeting of the City Council so that all members can vote. This meeting will take place in City Hall Council Chambers on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00pm.

Benefit for D’s Soul Full Cafe’s New Year’s Day Fire Damage

The residents of 918 Willow suffered a terrible fire which included water and smoke damages to the inside of local eatery, D’s Soul Full Cafe and all of the residents’ belongings lost. A benefit for the victims of the fire will be held at the Elks’ Club, this Thursday. If you can’t attend, make sure to donate here!

Mayor Zimmer Talks New Businesses Coming to Hoboken


Mayor Zimmer giving her State of the City Address. via City of Hoboken

Mayor Zimmer gave her State of the City Address on February 10th and discussed her vision for Hoboken. You can read her entire address on the city’s website. As she started her speech, Mayor Zimmer discussed a number of new businesses coming to Hoboken. Pearson Education is moving their headquarters and bringing 900 jobs to the city. Jet, a startup looking to take on Amazon, will be opening their headquarters this spring as well. She acknowledged an independent bookstore {we think she was talking about Little City Books} opening in May. The Sinatra Café will re-open as a new Italian restaurant, Blue Eyes, just in time for the 100th Anniversary of Frank Sinatra. Mayor Zimmer announced that Mission-50’s co-working space is scheduled to triple in size with their new facility near the PATH.

Honeygrow is coming to Hoboken

honeygrown hoboken

Local chain originating in Philly {started in 2012} is coming to Hoboken early this spring — featuring create-your-own salads, stir fry, and smoothies. Our friends from Philly say that it is absolutely amazing and everything is locally bought and sourced, so we are looking forward to it.

And that’s the latest from the Word on Wash — any news tips, email us at [email protected].

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