We’re a tough little city. Hobokenites have shown that they can survive gentrification, vertical development, floods—and now their main street dug up, dusty, devoid of street signs, and hamstrung by detours.
Lots has been written about Washington Street’s massive infrastructure project. Our story is more of a pictorial journey through the maze, with images by Max Ryazansky. Wife Tara talked to folks on the ground.
While the town welcomes a new street, many of Hoboken’s traditional institutions are going strong.
The Hoboken Rotary Club was founded nearly a century ago, but business owners in modern Hoboken still rely on this venerable organization to network and give back to the community, whether that community is down the block or across the globe. Mario A. Martinez joined one of its monthly lunches.
Mario also caught up with members of American Legion Post 107, another longstanding institution. He was on hand to celebrate the ribbon-cutting of its new post, which will provide housing for homeless vets. Sadly, members of the military who have served our country are too often left out in the cold. Hoboken is doing its part to keep that from happening.
Lacrosse is an ancient sport, but most folks don’t know much about it. You’ve probably seen players out on the soccer field, wearing helmets and brandishing sticks with woven pockets to catch a hard rubber ball launched into the air. Sean Sargent of the Hoboken Lacrosse Club gives us the lowdown.
I’m pleased to introduce a new department in this issue, called “Down Memory Lane.” We’ve noticed over the years that Hoboken residents have interesting family histories and love to preserve that heritage with photos and other artifacts.
We launched our debut story with Dr. Neil Marciano whose family has been in town for more than a century. He has some wonderful sepia-drenched photos of life in Hoboken back in the day. If you have a story, email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Memory” in the subject line.
’Til next time…