Last year’s popular Summer Streets program is back this year, according to the City of Hoboken and Hoboken Business Alliance.
Summer Streets, which also incorporates the city’s Open and Slow Streets programs, will provide additional outdoor space using city streets closed to vehicular traffic for outdoor dining at local businesses, recreation, and socialization.
The city relaunched the program after surveying 1,472 residents.
According to the survey, 79 percent wanted the program to return this summer and fall to residential streets.
Fifty-one percent wanted the program on weekends only, and 61 percent preferred rotating locations.
Respondents indicated that providing additional space for recreation and socialization and improving safety and comfort for pedestrians were their top two priorities.
To improve pedestrian safety, Summer Streets blocks will be closed to vehicular through-traffic, but curbside parking will remain.
“I’m excited to once again see our streets transform into active, public spaces where our residents can enjoy recreation activities and dine at our popular restaurants,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on last year’s Summer Streets, which made it clear that there was overwhelming support to bring it back this year.”
Let’s dine al fresco
For two weekends of June, July, and August, 14th Street between Bloomfield and Hudson Streets will be transformed from a busy two-way thoroughfare to expanded outdoor dining for restaurants.
On the weekends of June 12, June 26, July 10, July 24, Aug. 7, and Aug. 21 there will be outdoor dining between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Sundays.
“The partnership between the Hoboken Business Alliance and the City of Hoboken has provided a substantial benefit to many businesses in Hoboken, and we are proud to continue Summer Streets as we slowly come out of a tough year,” said Greg Dell’Aquila, president of the HBA. “Summer Streets will continue to assist our restaurants that were impacted during the pandemic with additional spaces for outdoor dining, and we are proud to build on last year’s success with the city.”
Participating restaurants include The Madison Bar and Grill, Urban Coal House, Hudson Tavern, City Bistro, and Baja.
Carney said he was looking forward to the return of Summer Streets, noting the pandemic’s negative impact on business.
“For businesses like mine hit hard during the pandemic, Summer Streets were a lifeline that turned out to be a big hit with our customers,” said Dave Carney, owner of the Madison Bar and Grill. “We are looking forward to Summer Streets once again returning to 14th Street and thank Mayor Bhalla and the Council for providing this space for outdoor dining.”
Several neighborhood streets will be closed to through-traffic for the next three months between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to give residents more room for outdoor recreation like biking, jogging, or walking.
They include 10th Street between Hudson Street and Grand Street every weekend in June; Fifth Street between Jackson Street and Sinatra Drive on the weekends of July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31; Jackson Street between Second and Seventh streets every weekend in August; and Park Avenue between Fifth and 10th Streets and 10th Street between Park Avenue and Grand Street every weekend in September.
Cross streets will remain open. Residents on the closed blocks will be allowed to enter and exit.
Due to construction at Stevens, Sinatra Drive was not an option for Summer Streets for 2021.
“Our community comes alive when we open streets up to their true potential,” said Chris Adair, president of Bike Hoboken. “From seniors strolling to parents teaching their children how to ride a bike, Open Streets unlock the real potential of our streets, and it’s wonderful to see.”
For more information on Summer Streets, including a map and schedule, visit https://www.hobokennj.gov/resources/summer-streets.