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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Working to complete a contiguous public park along the Hudson River and promote development that meets the highest standards of urban design.
YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED

The City's Sinatra Drive Project is underway

The City of Hoboken obtained two grants to redo Sinatra Drive from Fourth to Eleventh Street and provide for a protected two-way bicycle pathway. Please provide your input by taking the City’s survey. Below are some key points that you might want to consider.

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Make the Green Circuit greener

Hoboken’s South Waterfront, with its award-winning landscape design and over 300 shade trees, should serve as a model for this project. Extending several rows of street trees along Sinatra Drive will eventually form a canopy and provide much-needed shade along the waterfront. Henry Arnold, the nationally recognized landscape architect who guided the plan for the South Waterfront, says that trees are a critical component of urban design and should be viewed as an essential part of a city’s infrastructure.

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A PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY WATERFRONT
Narrow the street, slow the traffic

Currently, an overly-wide Sinatra Drive from Fourth to Eleventh invites speeding traffic and makes it a by-pass roadway. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) guidelines slow speeding traffic by narrowing the street. NACTO recommends 10-foot traffic lanes, a 12-foot 2-way bike path and a 3-foot buffer between the bike path and parking. Bike Hoboken also endorses these recommendations. The City of Hoboken is an affiliate member of NACTO,

HISTORIC SITE EST. 1804

Restore the legal boundaries for Stevens Park

Col. John Stevens established Hudson Square, later renamed Stevens Park, in his original 1804 plan for Hoboken. Later the Stevens family donated this three-acre parcel to the City of Hoboken to be used as a public park. Stevens Park is designated as an historic site in the City Code. Currently, Sinatra Drive unlawfully usurps a portion of the park.
 

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 CONNECTING THE PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAYS

Restore the traditional public street grid

FBW’s 1990 Plan for the Hoboken Waterfront extended the traditional public street grid toward the river. The plan also proposed a continuous, linear public park stretching the length of the waterfront. Following this plan between Fourth and Fifth Streets creates a direct pathway to the waterfront and the park; more, usable public open space;  safer T-intersections; and a regulation-sized Little League field.

EXTENDING A QUALITY WATERFRONT

Find the funding, establish a plan

The $1.2 million in grant funds is hardly adequate for the City to rebuild ¾ mile of Sinatra Drive to a satisfactory standard. The City of Hoboken should secure additional funding to ensure our waterfront continues to be an extraordinary asset to our community. The City should adopt a plan for future work that ensures the waterfront is completed to a high standard, as seen at the South Waterfront. 

We believe that successful waterfronts begin with sound planning, time-tested urban design and an understanding that the water's edge belongs to the public.
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