Recently, I sounded the alarm about our city’s decaying infrastructure when a sinkhole developed on Willow Street, causing the pavement to collapse and an SUV to fall through the street.
Now, the Port Authority has informed us that Pier A Park, famously described by CBS Television News as “Hoboken’s Beautiful Waterfront Park,” is in danger of collapsing into the Hudson River. Over 1,000 steel pilings that support Pier A are already decaying after just twenty years of use as a park.
The City Council is rightly rushing to address this issue with a last minute $5.3 million dollar bond approval. While I am glad that they have taken action, the pertinent question must be asked. Where has the Zimmer Administration been until now?
In 2009, a portion of Frank Sinatra Park collapsed into the river, causing the soccer field to be closed for repairs...for over 3 years!
The Zimmer Administration should have learned from their past inactivity and lackluster response to this matter. Why weren’t all such properties along the waterfront checked for potential structural failures at that time?
The residents of Hoboken know that Pier A is a great place to jog, or take their dog for a walk, or even just sit and view the Manhattan skyline. Our city’s residents are not asking for too much, just competency and concern from their local officials.
It is time to put the needs, and the safety, of the people of Hoboken first.