City to hold meeting on Willow Avenue redesign
The city of Hoboken has invited residents to attend a community meeting to provide feedback on a proposed complete street redesign of a section of Willow Avenue this week. The “open house” type meeting will take place at the Wallace School, 1100 Willow Ave., on Thursday, May 23 from 2 to 8 p.m.
Pedestrian safety is of paramount importance along this corridor that is often trodden by two of the city’s most vulnerable demographics – children and seniors. In accordance with the city’s and county’s Complete Streets Policies, planning is underway to make this segment of Willow Avenue a Complete Street that is safe and inviting for all types of roadway users.
Hudson County is preparing to resurface Willow Avenue (a county road) between 11th Street and 13th Street. The open house will give the community an opportunity to provide feedback on the resurfacing project as well as contribute to a long-term vision for the project area.
The proposed design features new high-visibility crosswalks, “low-cost” curb extensions that reduce pedestrian crossing distances, back-in angle parking for safer parking and unloading, and bicycle lanes to help calm traffic and reduce speeding. Reduced crossing distances provide extra time for green lights, and computer models have shown no negative impact on traffic flow.
Those not able to attend will be able to view all project information and provide feedback online via the city’s website (www.hobokennj.org/departments/transportation-parking/projects) following the public display until the end of the month (Friday, May 31).
Hoboken artist’s painting of nude Bea Arthur sells for $1.9 million
How much would you pay to see Bea Arthur naked? How much would you pay to avoid it?
A painting entitled “Bea Arthur Naked,” which depicts artist John Currin’s vision of how the “Golden Girls” star might appear without clothing, sold for $1.9 million to an anonymous buyer through Christie’s Auction House in New York City recently, according to media reports.
Currin painted the picture in Hoboken in 1991, and told New York Magazine in 2007 that he came up with the idea when he was walking home from Hoboken Terminal.
According to the report, Currin has a history of creating controversial art, and Village Voice critic Kim Levin once asked readers to boycott a show of his due to what she alleged was misogynistic material. However, “Bea Arthur Naked” has come to be appreciated as an important contribution to the art world.
Arthur, who died in 2009, did not pose for the painting.
Monroe Center for the Arts hosting Open Studio
On Sunday May 19 from noon to 6 p.m., the Monroe Center for the Arts will present its annual Open Studio, with artists, musicians, an outdoor stage food stalls, and entertainment for the entire family. There will also be a ribbon cutting of Art on the Fence, an outdoor mural project near the waterfront on the same day.
The Monroe Center for the Arts is located at 720 Monroe St. Admission is free, and so is parking.
For more information, call (201) 795-5000.
Obama advisor visits Stevens Tech
That the Obama Administration has “stepped up to support science, technology, and innovation” was the overarching message of a speech by Dr. John P. Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), at the second installation of the President’s Distinguished Lecture Series at Stevens Institute of Technology two weeks ago at DeBaun Auditorium.
Stevens President Nariman Farvardin called Holdren “one of the world’s most influential voices in science and technology” during his introductory remarks in front of a capacity crowd of more than 500, and Holdren responded by delivering a fascinating insider’s look at how President Barack Obama has fulfilled his famous first-term inauguration pledge to “restore science to its rightful place.”
“Science and technology matter critically to the national agenda,” Holdren said, a point that he reiterated in his post-presentation comments to Stevens faculty members and students.
Holdren’s full speech is available on Stevens Tech’s YouTube page, www.youtube.com/user/EdwinAStevens70.
Correction to last weekend’s edition
Last weekend’s article on the recent Hoboken Arts and Music Festival stated that 2,000 people attended the festival. The actual figure was somewhere between 40,000 and 50,000, according to Geri Fallo, Hoboken’s director of cultural affairs.