Hoboken ‘Summer Streets’ returns on Saturday to expand dining, recreation opportunities


The Hoboken “Summer Streets” program returns on Saturday to expanding dining and recreation opportunities after its successful introduction last year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Photo courtesy of the City of Hoboken.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“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,” HBA President Greg Dell’Aquila said in a statement.

“Summer Streets will continue to assist our restaurants who 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.”

The relaunch of the program comes after the City of Hoboken received input from 1,472 residents through a survey conducted in April. The results of that survey indicated overwhelming popularity for the return of last year’s Open/Slow Streets program with some modifications.

According to the survey results, 79 percent of people wanted the program to return this summer and fall to streets in residential areas of Hoboken. 51 percent wanted the new program to occur on weekends only, while 61 percent preferred locations that rotate across the city.

Respondents also indicated that providing additional space for recreation and socialization and improving safety and comfort for pedestrians were their top two priorities for this year’s program.

To improve pedestrian safety, Summer Streets blocks will be closed to thru traffic. Curbside parking will remain in place for all Summer Streets locations except 14th Street.

Participating restaurants include The Madison Bar and Grill, Urban Coal House, Hudson Tavern, City Bistro, Baja, and others, which will provide outdoor dining options on 14th Street.

“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,” noted Madison Bar and Grill owner Dave Carney.

“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.”

The following streets will be closed to thru traffic during the dates and times listed below, but cross streets will remain open. Residents are invited to utilize the following streets for recreation activities including biking, jogging, or walking.

Additionally, residents of the following blocks that require access to their residence or vehicle will be permitted to enter and exit.

“Our community comes alive when we open streets up to their true potential. 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,” added Bike Hoboken President Chris Adair.

“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,” stated Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

The following locations will be closed to traffic for expanded outdoor dining.

14th Street between Bloomfield Street and Hudson Street on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on:

• June 12-13

• June 26-27

• July 10-11

• July 24-25

• August 7-8

• August 21-22

10th Street between Hudson Street and Grand Street on weekends between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on:

• June 12-13

• June 19-20

• June 26-27

5th Street between Jackson Street and Sinatra Drive on weekends between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on:

• July 10-11

• July 17-18

• July 24-25

• July 31-August 1

Jackson Street between 2nd Street and 7th Street on weekends between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on:

• August 7-8

• August 14-15

• August 21-22

• August 28-29

Park Avenue between 5th Street and 10th Street and 10th Street between Park Avenue and Grand Street on weekends between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on:

• September 4-5

• September 11-12

• September 18-19

• September 25-26

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