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The city posted temporary signage that designated city-owned single occupancy restrooms as gender neutral after news broke that several city bathrooms were not yet designated despite the May 31 deadline.
The city posted temporary signage that designated city-owned single occupancy restrooms as gender neutral after news broke that several city bathrooms were not yet designated despite the May 31 deadline.
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Police seek information on early morning bottle assault at local bar

Hoboken police detectives are looking for information regarding an assault in which victims were hit with a bottle in the early morning hours on Sunday, July 22, at 16 Hudson Place.

According to a press release from the department, when Sgt. Charles Kucz, Detective Anthony Caruso, and the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance arrived on the scene they were met by three victims who said they were assaulted as they were being escorted out of The Hub, a bar/restaurant. The press release did not specify whether the assault came from inside or outside.

The first victim was struck with a bottle thrown in their direction, sustaining a cut to the back of the neck area and on top of the head.

The second victim was struck with a fist above the left eye, causing pain and swelling. The final victim was also struck with a bottle and sustained injury to the upper lip causing pain and swelling.

All the victims were treated on scene and refused further follow-up treatment.

The alleged assailant is described as a Hispanic male with curly dark hair and a mustache. He was wearing a black Adidas brand jumpsuit with a white stripe on the back. The suspect was no longer on the scene and no arrest has been made.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information as to what occurred is asked to call the Hoboken Police Department at (201) 420-2131 or email Lt. Edgardo Cruz at cruze@hobokenpd.org. All information will be kept confidential.

Midyear report shows decrease in local crime

Crime is down in Hoboken by 10 percent for the first six months of 2018, compared to the first half of 2017, according to a report released by the Hoboken Police Department.

Crimes rates decreased in 10 out of 13 categories.

Additionally, the rate at which the Hoboken Police Department has closed cases with an arrest is at 32.6 percent which is above the state average.

“For context, anything above 20 percent is considered good police work,” said Chief Ken Ferrante in a press release. “I thank and commend our uniformed, investigative, and training bureaus and those bureaus’ commanders, supervisors, detectives, patrol officers, and civilian staffs for setting an example in New Jersey!”

Hoboken’s closure rate exceeded the state average in six out of seven categories. The rate of robbery closures is 76.9 percent, far above the state average of 27.5 percent. The burglary closure rate is 49 percent, compared to that state average of 15.6 percent.

2018 Hudson River Cup and Polynesian Festival announced

On Saturday, July 28 the Hoboken Cove Community Boathouse and Ke Aloha Outrigger will host the Hudson River Cup races and Polynesian Ohana Festival.

Races include a five mile kayak into the NYC Harbor, and eight mile races to the Statue of Liberty, with races scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. following registration.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Polynesian Ohana Festival will include free kayaking from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., live music, hula dancing, food trucks, and family activities.

For more information on the races or to register go to www.paddleguru.com/races/hudsonrivercup2018

ONE-ART ‘oooh Fashion!!’ announced for Aug. 4

On Saturday, Aug 4 at 8 p.m. ONE ART - HOBOKEN will present its 10th installment, “oooh Fashion!!,” at Issyra Gallery, 300 Observer Hwy.

The monthly music, poetry, and art series will feature music by local bands and poetry by local artists. Each event aims to bring together vibrant multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-genre performing artists to Hoboken audiences.

Past performers have included Karyn Kuhl, Psych-O-Positive, Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help, Café Touba, The Jews of Malta, Reina Williams, Reg E. Gaines, Frank Messina, Eliot Katz, Roxanne Hoffman, Yvonne Sotomayor, Virginia Valenzuela, and Joel Lewis.

This month two bands with Hoboken roots will perform, Barbiana Complex and Tulula! as well as nationally known poets Andy Clausen, Pamela Twining, and Jim Cohn.

This month will also include a preview of Senegalese fashion designer Mike Sylla’s new creations in advance of his NYC show.

City falls behind in providing gender-neutral bathrooms

Nearly three months after Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced an executive order mandating that single use bathrooms in Hoboken be labeled as “gender neutral,” the order has not been fully implemented in city-owned restrooms, including in City Hall and city parks such as Pier C.

Hoboken Councilman Mike DeFusco, the city’s only openly gay elected official, released a statement in which he said that neither the city nor businesses have finished implementing the new designation.

“I would think somebody like Ravi Bhalla, who has been praised as a progressive leader and who knows what it’s like to feel like an outsider, would stand by his words on this important social issue,” said DeFusco in the statement. “All of this fits an increasingly clear pattern of Mayor Bhalla being more interested in splashy headlines than in doing the real follow-through work of governing.”

Spokesperson for the city Santiago Melli-Huber said a number of the signs were changed in May, additional signs were ordered, and in the meantime temporary signs have now been posted on all city-owned single occupancy restrooms.

“We thank the councilman for bringing this to our attention. In the future, rather than raising the issue in a roundabout way with a press release, Mayor Bhalla invites the councilman to reach out to him directly,” Melli-Huber added.

“We applaud Mayor Bhalla for setting a welcoming tone for the city of Hoboken and leading a number progressive initiatives to protect the LGBTQ community,” said Michael Billy, CEO of the Hudson Pride Center.

Vendors needed for Hispanic Fest

The Hoboken High School Hispanic Culture Club needs vendors for Hispanic Fest on Sept. 29. The event will be held on Grand Street between Eighth and Ninth streets.

Applications and payments are due by Monday, Sept. 10 and applications received after that date are subject to a $10 late fee. Any application not received by Friday, Sept. 21 may not be accepted.

Application for carts and food tents are $250, tables are $100 and trucks are $400.

Vendors will be responsible for securing all associated or additional vendor licenses from the city if applicable.

For more information email Christopher.Munoz@hoboken.k12.nj.us.

Survey for Rebuild By Design closes in August

The Rebuild by Design Hudson River Project Team working on a federal project to minimize flooding in Hoboken seeks input on the aesthetics of the “Resist” portion of the project, which includes berms, levees, and walls in portions of uptown and downtown Hoboken.

The results will be used to inform the team, building on the feedback received during a May public meeting and workshops held in May and June.

In the survey, residents can choose what features they would like to see in public spaces. Possible designs for an alleyway include a natural green wall, informal seating areas, space for a farmer’s market, and more.

The survey can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y8a5lmzv. It will be open until the end of August.

Roseland launches leasing for RiverHouse 11 at Port Imperial

Developer Roseland Residential Trust said last week they have started leasing RiverHouse 11 at Port Imperial, the 10-story addition to the ongoing $2-billion, 200-acre Port Imperial waterfront development that runs from Weehawken to Guttenberg.

Utlimately it will include 20 upscale residential, retail, and hotel properties.

Located at the edge of the Hudson River at 1100 Avenue at Port Imperial in Weehawken, RiverHouse 11 features 295 apartments ranging from studio to three-bedroom residences. Apartment finishes include luxury wood-style plank floors, Moen, Kohler, and Sterling fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms, full-height backsplashes, and private terraces and balconies in select homes.

Amenities include a sky terrace with stadium seating, outdoor lounges with fire pit and fireplaces, barbeque grilling stations and a bocce court, a resort-style pool and sundeck, a fitness center with a yoga and spin studio as well as a rock-climbing wall, a business center, conference rooms, and a Wi-Fi café with computer stations in social rooms, a theater room, game room, music room, and golf simulator lounge, crayon corner, a community garden, and 24-hour concierge, emergency maintenance, and package lockers.

RiverHouse 11 is convenient to public transportation options including direct ferry service to Manhattan and Light Rail service along the river.

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