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Public Meeting: Hoboken First Streetscape, Visual Identity, and Wayfinding Systems

Citywide Wayfinding and First Street Streetscape Revitalization Community Meeting

  • Where: Hoboken Multi-Service Center, Community Room. 124 Grand Street Hoboken, NJ 07030
  • When: March 26, 7PM

In December 2014, the City of Hoboken announced plans to improve the streetscape along First Street from the western edge of the city at Paterson Avenue to the intersection with Bloomfield Street in the city’s central business district. Funded by an $880,000 federal grant, the project also includes development of new visual identity and citywide wayfinding systems. At a community meeting January 22, the design and engineering firms working on the project presented an early look at the plans. These are known as 30% construction documents in industry parlance, and show the streetscape improvement elements planned for each intersection.

The next step in the process was to refine the designs with community input, and the City of Hoboken formed a focus group – comprised of about 50 residents, including Gotham & Hudson editor Stewart Mader – to work with the designers. Throughout February and early March, the group provided input to refine design concepts and help ensure the identity and wayfinding systems meet the needs of a complete group of street users, including pedestrians, cyclists, businesses, and drivers.

This Thursday, the second public meeting will be held to present the 50% construction documents and design plans, which incorporate input from the public and focus group. Continues..

34 St-Hudson Yards: A Look at the Soon-to-Open 7 Subway Extension to the Far West Side

At the MTA board committee meetings this week, officials showed a preview of the 34 St-Hudson Yards station, due to open later this spring. The image above shows the station exterior, entrance canopy and surrounding park, and the ventilation building, which will be surrounded by 55 Hudson Yards, a 51-story office tower outlined in yellow. To support the tower, two rows of five caissons are being sunk in the area adjacent to the ventilation building, six of which will be sunk between the two subterranean escalator banks that lead to the station’s mezzanine. Continues..

#ResilientCities: UN Designates Hoboken A Role Model for Flood Risk Planning, Management

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) designated Hoboken a Role Model City for flood risk management as part of its global Making Cities Resilient campaign. Hoboken joins 44 other cities around the world, and is only the second US city, after San Francisco, to be recognized by the UN:

In a letter announcing the designation, German Velasquez of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction wrote: “Your city’s efforts in enhancing its physical infrastructure to improve its capacity in dealing with flood risk have been well-recognized. Moreover Hoboken’s attention to land use regulations and expansion as well as its efforts in informing public through the city website and social media have stood out as exemplary.”

The announcement noted several of Hoboken’s projects, including the City Council’s 7-2 vote February 23rd to approve bonds for the city’s second flood pump; the ‘Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge’ coastal defense strategy that won a $230M Rebuild by Design federal grant; the design completed with public input for Hoboken Cove Boathouse, the first phase of a ‘park as defense’ against flooding; and Southwest Park, a one-acre park that will provide much-needed public space for southwest Hoboken while reducing flooding with rain gardens, permeable pavers, and underground detention chambers that can hold up to 250,000 gallons of stormwater.

In her 2015 State of the City, Mayor Dawn Zimmer announced that Hoboken City Hall will become a model for stormwater mitigation, with rain gardens, permeable sidewalks, and cisterns that can retain the stormwater from a 6-hour-long, 100-year storm. She also announced that the when the city resurfaces 50 blocks later this spring, 11 intersections will be improved with curb extensions that reduce pedestrian crossing distances and house rain gardens to capture stormwater.

The Hoboken Terminal and Yards redevelopment plan, approved by the City Council in December 2014, includes a number of flood mitigation and resiliency measures. Also, NJ Transit received a $146M federal grant to fill Long Slip, a former barge canal adjacent to Hoboken Terminal that was the southern entry point for Hurricane Sandy floodwaters. The agency will build six new tracks on land created by filling the canal, along with three ADA-accessible platforms that will provide step-free access to trains.

100 Works Designed and Constructed by Women: Built By Women New York City

In 2014, supported by grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities, the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation began a project to identify buildings, structures, and built environments in New York City that are designed or constructed by women. The criteria:

The structure or built environment must have a woman who was directly responsible for leading the design (architecture, engineering, or landscape) or who led the construction, either from the development or construction management team. Projects must be completed or have broken ground and located in New York City.

A jury of eight leading women in architecture, landscape, engineering, design, and planning identified 100 civic, commercial, cultural, institutional, landscape, mixed-use, residential, transportation, and urban design projects, and in December, they published Built By Women New York City (BxW NYC). This is a wonderful celebration of the women who have made New York City what it is today, and the foundation is planning a series of public events to draw greater attention to these important works: Continues..