Hoboken ‘LepreCon’ bar crawl more subdued this year, still a few incidents

HOBOKEN LEPRECON 2018 -- Bundled up.
HOBOKEN LEPRECON 2018 -- Bundled up.

HOBOKEN — With five bars forced by the city to close over March 3-4 during the annual “LepreCon” bar crawls — and publicity about a police crackdown on rowdy behavior — Saturday in Hoboken seemed relatively subdued, onlookers said.
Police Chief Ken Ferrante tweeted updates throughout the day, as he often does during holiday bar crawls. By 8 p.m. on Saturday he said there were “no tavern complaints,” an impressive circumstance in a mile-square city with more than 120 active liquor licenses.
Some businesses voluntarily closed to avoid any prospect of trouble, including a First Street barbershop and, more surprisingly, the popular Black Bear bar. They posted a statement on Twitter and Facebook.
However, some establishments have said that the St. Patrick’s-themed events bring them significant revenue that helps them get through slower summer months.
For a final incident list, watch hudsonreporter.com later this week, and for more coverage of the matter, see the Hoboken stories below.