Articles Posted in Hoboken Notes


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Hoboken developed a reputation for being the odd stepchild of New York many years ago. With all the recent development many of Hoboken’s characters have faded into memory, but some are still around and welcomed in this wonderful city of ours. But years ago the streets were agog with people who did it their way. This article is about how in 1911 Justice’s of the Peace were aggressively courting the business of marrying those couple on ther verge of saying “I Do”, apparently this was a big business back in the early 1900’s. Th article starts off with

In Hoboken NJ, that strange jungleland where more refreshingly bizarre things have happened than were ever dreamed of in the philosophy of Shakespeare’s Horatic or any one else.

and ends with a quote from the Justice of Peace who,when asked if he kissed the bride after officiating at the ceremony, said

No I don’t want no experimental kissing with strange women; there’s too many microbes about, so I take no chances.


This is a great example of the opposite of no-fault divorce. In today’s legal system the courts are not really concerned about whose was at fault in the marriage breaking down. Here the basis for the initial filing of the divorce by the husband was the fact the his new wife was accused of indiscretions with several men. Her legal response was that her husband condoned her “indiscretions by bringing her into his room after her indiscretions. On top of that she sued her husband’s parents for talking him into filing the divorce suit to begin with and she also sued for alimony. In response to that he drops the divorce suit for what must have been his fond recollection his blissful days in the Hoboken Prince George Hotel where, and I quote from a letter the wife presented of proof of his love,

“I simply dream day and might of the past and what might of been. The apartment in the Prince George Hotel and you and me living together happily. The roses in the big vase, the cigarettes in the silver box on the table and in the bedroom our two dollies, and also our little game of pinochle…The future is very black… I go to sleep at nigh with the same prayer—that I may never wake again. Your own. JOE”

Well a person can no longer sue for “alienation of affection” and “indiscretions” is not a cause for divorce. But we can only hope that the new W hotel will give us some more juicy stories like this forlorn love story of Joe and Georgia.

CIMG7967.JPGAs we all know, along with the month of November comes one of our favorite days of the year. No, not Thanksgiving, ELECTION DAY! In the recent election on November 6th, voters were asked to decide whether creating new parks and athletic fields in Hoboken was a good idea or not. The majority of voters chose to vote yes, which will enable the Hoboken City Council to create a trust fund for the purpose of constructing these new parks. This fund will be a local Open Space Trust Fund and it will allow Hoboken to access 75% matching grant funds from state Green Acres as well as create opportunities for substantial funding from other sources.

Here are some highlights of the new law:

•The Hoboken Open Space Trust will be funded by a new annual levy on owners of

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