HOBOKEN, NJ - Following a successful initial launch a few weeks back, the Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) has announced an expanded "Summer Streets" program that will officially kick-off on Thursday. Working with the Hoboken Police Department and Department of Transportation, Summer Streets will take place on Thursday evenings and Sundays this summer in multiple locations, with the aim of attracting residents and visitors to shop, dine, and enjoy the Mile Square in a safe, open-air environment.
“We’re thrilled to extend Summer Streets to provide Hoboken businesses with the opportunity to expand their space outdoors and engage with customers in a safe environment,” says Gregory Dell’Aquila, President of Hoboken Business Alliance. “We received positive feedback from the businesses who participated in our pilot on First Street that the program drove more customers and increased overall sales. These are exactly the kind of results we’re looking for, and we encourage everyone to go show support for the hardworking small business owners that are the heart of Hoboken.”
The program offers Hoboken businesses designated areas to expand their footprint and allow for more physical distancing. Summer Streets events have tables set up throughout the streets so that restaurants can take orders and serve guests, and that shops can have items on display outside available for purchase. Meanwhile, attendees must adhere to social distancing and mask guidelines to stay safe.
Upcoming Summer Streets include:
● Downtown Washington Street: Thursday, July 23, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, July 26, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Washington Street will be open to pedestrians only from 1st Street to 5th Street.
● Downtown by Hoboken Terminal: Thursday, July 30 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, August 2 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Newark Street from Washington Street to River Street, Hudson Place from Hudson Street to the PATH, and both River Street and Hudson Street from Hudson Place to Newark Street will be open to pedestrians only.
● Uptown 14th Street: Thursday, July 30, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, August 2, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., 14th Street will be open to pedestrians only from Bloomfield Street to Hudson Street.
The City of Hoboken will also open 1st Street from Washington Street to Garden Street to pedestrians only on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, and every Saturday and Sunday beginning August 1.
"Hoboken is proud to support our business community through the Summer Streets program, which provides residents more spaces for socially distant, outdoor dining,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla. “We continue to make the best possible use of our public spaces and are glad to partner with the Hoboken Business Alliance on this important quality of life initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Summer Streets, presented by the Hoboken Business Alliance, is part of #GoBoken, the HBA’s city-wide initiative encouraging the community to support Hoboken businesses by going out and enjoying all that the Mile Square city has to offer. For more information and the most up-to-date calendar of events, go to www.hobokenalliance.com or follow Hoboken Business Alliance on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
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