Hoboken bar violations seem petty
Mar 04, 2018 | 1857 views | 4 4 comments | 99 99 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Regarding the town’s recent crackdown on bars, maybe some bars are “overserving” and lack proper internal management of rowdy customers. Such establishments then perhaps deserve measures to encourage better business practices. However, it seems other establishments are receiving violations for much prettier infractions. Let's not sweep the good up with the bad. These bars historically have been essential to the growth of Hoboken.

In recent decades, this growth was spurred, to a large extent, by bars and the nightlife they foster. Young professionals were attracted to the city by inexpensive rentals in close proximity to places they could hang out. Bars helped create Hoboken's cool factor and added to the sense of community. This made for a symbiotic relationship between all businesses in Hoboken and the newcomers that began building their lives here. As more people came to Hoboken, property values rose (you can argue for good or bad), and this brought better buildings with local jobs in real estate, which led to more customers for the Washington street shops.

The real benefit, of course, is increased tax revenue, especially as more affluent families began to stay in Hoboken, even as their children got older. But again, it's important to remember who contributed early on: the bars. These bars are struggling now and many of the long established, non-chains need the revenue. Their continued existence is not just a boon to the long-time locals who feel at home there, but also to maintain the character and sense of community of Hoboken, so it continues to be a place people want to live.

For local business owners to now claim that the environments encouraged by bars adversely affects their businesses is like a person complaining about the smell after moving next door to a farm. It's somewhat disingenuous. So I say crackdown on the serial offenders (although the issue could well be mainly down to out of town visitors), but respect the other pubs and bars, with long time owners, that are making a serious effort to manage a nightly changing environment while still providing the neighborhood with a friendly, welcoming place to relax, get a beer, and hang.

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cadair
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March 15, 2018
This letter is comical. Who wrote it? I didn't think the Reporter published letters that aren't credited. More than likely a bar owner who feels slighted. Sigh.
The Moose
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March 04, 2018
Last night sucked. G rock should have been opened. I love G rock. Lot of hot chicks there
Tottenhamwins
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March 04, 2018
You have to love how the letter supporting the bar owners and their conduct during a weekend that has in the past been so disruptive and disgusting that thousands of Hoboken residents left town for the day is unsigned.

I am happy about the crackdown and hope the bar crawl promoters take their schtick elsewhere. And I am glad the parade is gone, hopefully for good though I bet DeFusco would have tried to bring it back for his bar owning buddies. As for the whole set of comments about why people move here, this commentary is so off the mark it isn't even funny. We live here b/c there are multiple ways to get to work over in Manhattan. Manhattan and its high cost of living and jobs is why Hoboken exists - not some bars.
The Pauline
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March 04, 2018
You probably never got any action at bars