Jason Silverblatt, and his wife, Heidi, moved to Hoboken in 2009 from Brooklyn—renting a condo right on Hudson Street, near 10th Street. They have two boys, Matthew (now twelve) and David, (now seven), and were very happy until the first weekend in March right before the COVID19 quarantine began.
That Sunday at about five o’clock in the afternoon, the Silverblatts returned from visiting Heidi’s mother, Bernice, in Brooklyn. After almost three hours, they could not find a spot for their 20018 ocean pearl Prius. And after more than six months of looking, they still have not found a spot.
“Since everyone is home quarantining, there are no open spots in the entire city," noted Mr. Silverblatt, "We are lucky we have the Prius, we get almost 45 miles per gallon. We have had to stop for gas about once a month,” said the former tech support supervisor for Merck.
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“If he would just learn how to hyper-mile once in a while, we’d get over 50 miles per gallon, and we’d only stop for gas every three or four times a year,” shared Heidi.
Back in late June, they thought they found a spot right on Washington Street near Third Street, about 7 blocks from their former home.
“We waited behind this gray 20015 Buick LeSabre, for five days. But it turned out the guy was just getting something out of his trunk. I think it was an umbrella,” sighed Silverblatt.
For the last four months, Heidi has been home-schooling Matthew as they drive around town. "Actually, we call it ‘auto-schooling’, technically,” corrected Mrs. Silverblatt.
The Silverblatts do call a Hebrew school tutor twice a week from the United Synagogue of Hoboken near Park and Second. Rabbi Heshie Mandelbaum teaches Matthew the Hebrew language and lessons in Jewish culture, preparation for his Bar Mitzvah in early 2021.
This has not been without challenges. “Well, this type of teaching over phone - It’s a little unorthodox, but then again, I am the Rabbi of a reform temple. Get it? Get it?,” joked Rabbi Mandelbaum.
Silverblatt gave up his job back in early July when he ran out of vacation, personal, and sick time. “I know we will find a spot soon. We plan to drive down Bloomfield Street for the month of November.”
"Social distancing in the car has been easy, I guess," shared Mrs. Silverblatt.
Multiple calls to Mayor Ravinder Bhalla’s office regarding the matter went unreturned.
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