Month: January 2011


Is there a Corner Car killer on the loose?

Domenick Amato – purported Corner Cars hater

This photo is the purported snow street dumper who hates Corner Cars so much in his leisure time he’s been repeatedly seen with a shovel depositing snow into an empty designated Corner Cars spot near 8th and Garden St.  He’s a one time street fruit seller who worked with the man where a street sign stands honoring that business at 7th and Willow – Bobby the Peddler.

No word if Councilwoman Terry Castellano will put him up for a civic award.  She really hates the Corner Cars program too. Read More...


Hertz drops the ball this time on snow removal for Corner Cars

Hoboken may have seen record snowfalls over the past month but a deal is a deal and Hertz agreed to clear its Corner Cars spots of snow as part of its contract with the City.

For a company aware of the antipathy by the Old Guard City Council members who have badly sought the failure or sabotage of the Corner Cars program, the lack of action in the recent heavy storm demonstrates if nothing else a tin ear.  Councilman Mike Russo made a point in a previous council meeting to ask who was responsible for cleaning the snow from around the Corner Cars and meekly ended the line of questioning on the matter when told Hertz was in charge.

Councilwoman Terry Castellano has been hostile to the program vociferously complaining about the public showing up in numbers and waiting for hours after signing to speak in defense of the program.  She was the original council member to come out against the program voting in the negative.   Her consistent “Council of No” vote violates State law requiring parking regulations and the program be approved by ordinance.

Councilwoman Beth Mason called Corner Cars “nothing new,” stating the far less popular Zip Car program here years earlier the car sharing equivalent, clearly not impressed with four digit membership of Hoboken residents.  (She’s said far worse things to residents outside of the meeting.)  Tim Occhipinti the newest “Council of No,” linchpin has  stated he’s received lots of complaints about the program when he was out campaigning although not one person has appeared in City Council meetings from the fourth ward repeating his claim.  (Hey his invisible army of 550 ‘campaign workers’ are busy don’t ya know.) Read More...


City to continue snow removal operations on 11th Street and Vezzetti Way

City of Hoboken announces:


Beginning at 8 am on Tuesday, February 1, the City will plow and clear snow from 11th Street, and residents must move their vehicles or risk being ticketed and towed.

Similarly, residents parked along Vezzetti Way west of Willow Avenue must move their vehicles. The City has been dumping snow along 17th Street, a dirt road on the northern end of town, but is running out of space and may begin dumping snow along Vezzetti Way. Read More...


Fire engine no. 3, number 3, number 3, number 3

Hoboken rolled out a new crowned jewel, fire truck number 3 on Friday afternoon in front of City Hall.  The new truck is a morale booster to the Fire Department and town where reductions on other fronts and an unexpected $20 million repair price tags to the waterfront is giving taxpayers the willies.

The Hoboken Journal features a brilliant photo essay of the new beast, a Spartan Metrostar.  Here’s a couple to wet your appetite if you’ve yet to see it (click to enlarge):

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City to continue snow plowing downtown


City of Hoboken announces:

Snow Plowing And Removal To Continue Over Weekend On 1st, 3rd & 4th Streets

Plowing and clearing of snow along the parking lanes of both sides of 1st Street and 3rd Street will take place on Saturday, January 29 and along 4th Street on Sunday, January 30.

This is necessary to ensure the safe passage of fire apparatus. The Police Chief has declared a snow emergency along these streets, and residents should remove their vehicles by 9 am on the designated day or risk being ticketed and towed. Residents may park along these streets once both sides of the street have been cleared. Read More...


Bet Mazin strikes again!

Probably no story received stronger reaction on MSV than this political parody starring our can do government official Bet Mazin.  Originally posted last July, it still causes heaves of laughter throughout the mile square.

Recently, while reviewing some clips on youtube, it appeared missing.  Somehow youtube pulled it down and said it was a violation.  It was never communicated and it’s been impossible to find out where the complaint originated and why it was removed.  MSV promised it would return once again.

And so here it is, the original in its entirety.  Now how do you like dem apples? Read More...


Sign of the Times: Team Mason shoveling it

Team Mason, a group of three pictured here in yellow windbreakers are out shoveling it for votes today.  A reader submitted this photo with the backstory “Alex from Tenneessee,” an uncle to one of the kids is the collector of the fee for their labor.  Alex then pays the young lads who shovel for residents at no charge – at least that’s the understanding the kids have on remuneration.

Will we see the mysterious Alex appearing on Beth Mason’s ELEC?  Only time will tell. Read More...


Committee for a Green Hoboken announces…

Welcome to the QLC & CGH Newsletter.
Interested in going green? Or saving some green? Either way, the Quality of Life Coalition’s Committee for a Green Hoboken welcomes you to our new monthly newsletter. QLC’s CGH is a group of local volunteers working on projects that will help our neighbors, local businesses and the city of Hoboken reduce our carbon footprint and create a more sustainable community.

Each month, we’ll update you on upcoming events where you can learn more about sustainability, or meet fellow Hobokenites interested in exchanging ideas about going green. We’ll keep you informed about what the city and local businesses are doing to reduce CO2 output, and ways you can reduce your own carbon footprint. Your input and involvement are welcome, just email us at, or visit our website,


Topic: Recycling
Date:February 8th (Tuesday),
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30 pm
Where: 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
Moderator: Tom Chartier, Chartier Redevelopment Group
Panelists:  Jeff Marangi, Eagle Recycling
                    Jason Scott, The Taco Truck
                    Jason Tecza, Committee for a Green Hoboken

The panel will discuss the how-to’s of recycling, from plastics and electronics to composting and construction & demolition waste.  The panel will also discuss future plans for increased recycling in Hoboken and Hudson County, followed by Q&A discussion with the audience.

 Topic: Going Green Increases Property Value
Where: 124 Grand Street, Hoboken, NJ
Date: March 8th (Tuesday),
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Moderator: Tom Chartier, Chartier Redevelopment Group
Panelists:  Daniel Gans, Hoboken Brownstone Company
                    Jesse Halliburton, Halliburton Homes

Learn how various sustainability measures can improve the value of new and existing homes, followed by Q&A discussion with the audience


 Eagle Recycling Facility
Where: 4711 Dell Ave, North Bergen, NJ
Date: February 11th (Friday),
Time: 3pm to 4pm

Join us for this unique opportunity to see a single streamrecycling center in operation!  The plant accepts plastic, paper, cardboard, metals, glass, concrete, wood, asphalt, etc. and is capable of recycling over 90% of the waste received!
Please RSVP to for this FREE event.
Garden Street Lofts
Where: 1425 Garden St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Date: March 11th (Friday)
Time: 3:00pm–4:00pm

Come tour Hoboken’s first LEED Certified condominium building and learn first hand the benefits of building green as well as the ups and downs!
Please RSVP to for this FREE event.

Our first Green Drinks of 2011 will be a fundraiser in NYC for a charity that helps provide clean drinking water within Ethiopia.

Where: TenJune26 Little W 12th Street, New York, NY 10014
Date: February 25th (Friday)
Time: 8:00 – 9:30pm

For tickets:
To donate:


2nd ward resident complains about Beth Mason’s lack of transparency at Rent Control meeting

Here’s something many 2nd ward residents are familiar with: Beth Mason not responding to constituent email.  Da Horsey knows this very well from personal experience.  Beth Mason has people on the payroll to manage every utterance she makes on any topic under the sun, but oddly can’t seem to have her staff master basic constituent response to the Hoboken community.

Of her numerous grievous sins, this probably falls low on the list.  Her passive ones do far less damage than the active ones she performs in her alliance with Mike Russo and the “Association,” he assumed control from his infamous father. Read More...