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HOLLY JOLLY Ah, the only thing that makes the cold, bitter winter wor th it - the holidays! After all, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. I hope you get a turkey, if you wish, on Thanksgiving. Sometimes, in Hoboken, you may get a 6 foot tall chicken instead. Does that sound crazy? I guess it’s all the Pinkwater I have been reading—just turn to our feature and you’ll be let in on this priceless Hoboken story.

I wish you all a happy holiday season! Put on music, roast some chestnuts, build a snowman, and stay warm this winter! Oh yeah—and forget about those New Years Resolutions—just star t now! All the best, Noelle Tate - Editor & the whole hMAG team

The winter season is graced with many traditions for people of all religions and nationalities and it is the coming of a new year. It can also be a race to finish cooking, finish shopping, finish decorating, and all of the other things we must do to prepare, prepare, prepare. We do these things because they are traditions and I want to remind you to enjoy them. Sometimes we get so excited to finish achieving our goals that we forget to enjoy the pursuit and it can be all over before you know it. I also want to encourage you not to push traditions aside just for the sake of saving time. Take the time to handwrite and mail out those holiday cards at the Hoboken Post Office—who doesn’t love receiving mail or better yet, a package? Spend time with family, friends, and children and make it special (hint to the mothers—check out our raves).

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It all started to unfold after I’d stumbled upon The Hoboken Chicken Emergency while doing research for hMAG. This book is a sort of Hoboken Thanksgiving story involving a 266 pound chicken, crazed chaos, and a city-wide animal kindness campaign. It is also the first of many nonfiction gems by Pinkwater, a large amount set in good old Hoboken, NJ. After speaking with Pinkwater himself, reading articles online, and cozying up with his Hoboken centric books, I developed a love for this man’s writing and believe that everyone can find his odd humor and eccentric creations magically charming. The Beginning “What Pinkwater does is magic and I’m grateful for it.” - Neil Gaiman Daniel Pinkwater and his wife, Jill, lived in Hoboken for some time. In the 1960’s, Daniel had not yet been gracing pages with his strangely smart and whimsical words. Instead, he was pursuing his art career as a sculptor and printmaker in New York City and needed space. “Artists would find out about Hoboken, the affordable space there (compared to the city) and then not tell anyone about it so rents would not go up,” Pinkwater explained. Much like the adventures in his books, his journey finding a place for his ar t and dwelling involve interesting and hard-to-believe characters somehow wrapped up in deep history. He was advised to go to the town judge and ask for space. “It was like the 1930’s, the judge had silver hair and a silver mustache, like right out of a movie,” recounted Pinkwater. The judge happened to like ar tists and

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rented his loft out to Daniel and Jill. The loft used to be the national guard armory and the space was large, very affordable, and had a beautiful view. Hoboken became a beloved place for the Pinkwaters. Daniel remembers the first time he came up from the PATH in Hoboken, “There was the cobblestone street on Hudson Place, the green and gorgeous train station, ships and tugboats, seagulls wheeling overhead, and the giant hand pointing down at the Clam Broth House. And there were Hoboken citizens, going about their business, or just standing around...as though they were at HOME.  When I went back to Manhattan that day, I took the ferry.  If I hadn’t fallen in love already, I would have fallen in love then.” Daniel began writing and illustrating his own books a little later on—most of which you can find in the Hoboken Public Library in the nonfiction, young adult, and children’s sections. Like many of us who live in Hoboken and work in NYC, Pinkwater also became fond of leaving the city that never sleeps after a days work and finding relief in a smaller, quieter city with a spectacular view of the skyline. The character and community feel of Hoboken cannot be denied. Pinkwater fully realized this and was inspired to write about Hoboken mostly due to the Hoboken people and their stories. “It has its own oral history, and a lot of it is wonderful,” said Pinkwater. THE HOBOKEN CHICKEN EMERGENCY “For absurdity with perfect timing, not many can match.” — Booklist

During the holidays, my family has some traditional movies that we watch around Thanksgiving to ease ourselves into the season. The most popular ones are Christmas Vacation with Chevy Chase, Elf with Will Ferrell, and A Christmas Story with Peter Billingsley. When I first read about The Hoboken Chicken Emergency, I thought to myself, this would be a great traditional holiday book to read. Funny that at the time, I had not yet discovered that it was made into a film in 1984, starring none other than Peter Billingsley, the Ralphie of A Christmas Story. It was also adapted into a musical at Seattle Children’s Theatre in 2001 with music by Chad Henry. Written in 1977, the book opens up with young Arthur being given the very important task of picking up the turkey for their family Thanksgiving dinner. Chad’s lyrics echo the importance of this task and tradition with a song that goes: IT’S GOTTA BE TURKEY ON TURKEY DAY CAUSE THE FOUNDING FATHERS, THEY DONE IT THAT WAY AND IT WOULDN’T BE TRUE TO THE RED WHITE AND BLUE U-S-A — U-S-A IF WE DIDN’T HAVE TURKEY ON TURKEY DAY But in true Pinkwater fashion, this task goes bizarrely awry. Everyone is sold out of turkeys and the butcher forgot to put one aside for Ar thur’s family. He searches for even a duck or chicken to bring home but alas, the supply and demand are not on his side. Just before giving up—Ar thur notices a card on a door that reads:

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And there were Hoboken citizens, going about their business, or just standing around...as though they were at HOME. When I went back to Manhattan that day, I took the ferry.  If I hadn’t fallen in love already, I would have fallen in love then.

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Ar thur rings the bell and is suddenly returning home with a two hundred and sixty-six pound super chicken which he befriends and names Henrietta. The tale uncoils after his father forces him to return Henrietta to the professor. Henrietta is determined to find Ar thur causing an uproar in Hoboken. It isn’t until the town accepts a new tactic of love and kindness do they resolve this chicken emergency. Hotel Victor, the Clam Broth House, and other landmarks and well-known places make an appearance in this tale which is exciting for us Hoboken folk. The story also sets up two sequels, one of which I read and will tell you more about shor tly. During the film A Christmas Vacation, the Griswold family comes together to read The Night Before Christmas to try and salvage what they could of their disastrous holiday. This Thanksgiving, I highly advise you to gather round after stuffing yourselves with all of the delicious, traditional trimmings and read The Hoboken Chicken Emergency aloud. Bring back tradition, quiet the Netflix, and find your imagination. Sequels: Looking for Bobowicz & The Artsy Smartsy Club “Pinkwater reads with abandoned perfection, and, like the best comedians, he always waits for the laugh.” - AudioFile

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Within the first two pages, I knew Looking for Bobowicz would be an enjoyable read for me. By the first few chapters, I knew that Pinkwater was sure to enter tain me and I was eager to finish the book in one sitting— an easy task for an adult. His wondrous wit continued to delight on every page. This is a must read—tell your kids to read it—and read it to the youngest ones that cannot read.


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Nick, if that’s really his name, just moved into Hoboken with his parents who are comically positive about their son experiencing an urban setting. It’s summer in Hoboken and it’s scorching hot outside. What better way can high school kids spend their time other than losing themselves in comic books, a pirate radio station, and exploring Hoboken’s lore like Sybil’s cave and a thieving phantom? This takes place years after The Hoboken Chicken Emergency and yet the mystery returns as the kids end up searching for what became of Henrietta. Hoboken and its people play a much larger role in this book. The pirate radio station DJ plugs its claim to fame in chapter 17. “‘Did you know the first organized baseball game was played in Hoboken, in eighteen for ty-six?’ Vic Trola asked. ‘And the first steam-driven railroad locomotive in American was built here in eighteen twenty-five…It has the oldest engineering college, the famous Clam Broth House restaurant, and Frank Sinatra, a big singer, was born here.’” And his mother says things like, “We just arrived, and you’re already doing urban things.

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You’re interacting with urban children. Didn’t I tell you moving to Hoboken would be good for you?,” in response to him going to catch bats with his new friends. I promise I’ll return this literary treasure to the library so you can check it out! For All Ages “Pinkwater’s quirky humor and imaginative plot will keep kids reading.” -Indianapolis Star For the kids I recommend Jolly Roger, A Dog of Hoboken as well as The Magic Moscow Series, both set in Hoboken. For the adults please check out collected essays entitled Chicago Days, Hoboken Nights and Hoboken Fish & Chicago Whistle. There are only a handful of films and books that feature Hoboken and I’m happy to introduce a handful more to you. Pinkwater left Hoboken when his wife wanted a garden and sped the process by buying a few horses while they were still living here. The move was a big change—the opposite of Nick’s move in Looking for Bobowicz. Pinkwater handled it gracefully but thought of the suburbs, “My God, people live here by choice, when they could live in Hoboken, and come out here for vacations. What’s wrong with them?” Thank you to Daniel Pinkwater for his time and magical ingenuity and to the Hoboken Public Library for their helpfulness and fully stocked shelves. And now, please excuse me while I star t reading another Pinkwater creation. ••

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On an 1881 map in the Hoboken Historical Museum’s recent exhibition, “Mapping the Territory,” was an intriguing notation. The words “Artists Retreat” were emblazoned across a strip of land owned by the Hoboken Land & Improvement Company between Hoboken and Weehawken, begging the question: Was this some clever marketing ploy devised by the Stevens family’s real estate enterprise to enhance the area’s appeal? Or was Hoboken really once a haven for ar tists?

By the late 1800s, Hoboken had become a major port, attracting a new school of painters, the Hoboken School of Marine Painters, led by Antonio Nicolo Gasparo Jacobsen (1850-1921). In 1873, Jacobsen arrived in New York from Denmark as an accomplished musician who briefly found work as a violinist, but his skill at sketching boats on the harbor attracted commissions and he soon evolved into one of the most prolific – and enterprising – painters specializing in portraits of boats.

Before the transatlantic shipping lines arrived in the late 1800s, fueling an industrial and population boom, Hoboken was indeed known as a bucolic getaway for New Yorkers. Scores of ar tists painted scenes of the “countryside” just across the river for magazines and for fine ar t collectors, including Hudson River School painters, Asher Brown Durand (1796-1886), born in Maplewood, N.J., and William Rickarby Miller (18181893), who immigrated from England.

Jacobsen’s work today fetches hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction, but he sold his paintings to boat owners, captains and crew members for a mere $5 to $15, depending on the canvas size. Over a 40-year career, he turned out an average of 4 – 5 paintings per week, earning enough to build a comfortable house on the Palisades and entertain friends who shared his passion for music. The artist’s father was a violin maker and his first three names derive from the three best-known violin makers of Europe.

Drawn by the natural beauty of the Palisades cliffs, and the views Hoboken offered of New York Harbor, these artists painted scenes that are virtually unrecognizable to us today: pastoral landscapes, a harbor filled with sailboats, shady pathways, and 19th century gentlemen and -women at leisure. Durand is best known for the iconic Hudson School painting “Kindred Spirits” (1849), of the painter Thomas Cole and the poet William Cullen Bryant meeting in the Catskills, which was reportedly bought for $35 million by Walmart heiress Alice Walton for the Crystal Bridges Museum in 2005.

Jacobsen cleverly added his address to his signature on his paintings, ensuring that anyone admiring his work could locate him for a commission of their own at 705 Palisade Avenue, West Hoboken (now part of Union City). The Museum curated an exhibit in 2003 featuring Jacobsen’s vivid scenes of schooners, yachts and other ships at sea, usually painted in profile, sometimes in dramatic, stormy weather, other times clipping briskly along on sunny waters. A contemporary of Jacobsen’s, Charles Schreyvogel (1861 – 1912), painted in a completely different style, specializing in Western subjects, just as the frontier was

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beginning to disappear. Born into a poor German family on New York City’s Lower East Side, he spent part of his childhood in Hoboken, and established his studio there. Schreyvogel was captivated as a young man in the 1880s by Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, but as he couldn’t afford the trip out West until 1893, he used models and props to stage his own Western scenes on the rooftop of his Hoboken apartment building. Despite the artificial setting, he developed into one of the most admired of the Western painters, whose work was championed by Theodore Roosevelt and is featured today in many prominent museum collections. The Wild West’s connection with Hoboken is not as far-fetched as it may seem; P.T. Barnum is credited with popularizing Western spectacular shows with his “Grand Buffalo Hunt” first staged on Hoboken’s Elysian Fields in 1843. Schreyvogel’s career was cut short at 51, when he died of blood poisoning in Hoboken, and he is buried in Flower Hill Cemetery in North Bergen. Two of Hoboken’s most famous native-born artists are the world-famous photographers Alfred Stieglitz (18641946) and Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), who were born into Hoboken’s highly educated and culturally oriented German immigrant community in the latter part of the 19th century. Born in 1864, the eldest of six children in a prosperous immigrant family from Germany, Stieglitz later proudly declared: “I was born in Hoboken. I am an American. Photography is my passion. The search for truth my

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obsession.” The family lived at 500 Hudson Street, which bears a historic plaque marking his birthplace, until he was 7, when they moved into New York City. Alfred’s father was a wool merchant and an amateur painter, and the Stieglitz home was often filled with artists and musicians. While studying in Germany in the 1880s, Stieglitz discovered the new medium of photography and soon became the most visible and acclaimed artist in the medium, earning more than 150 awards by 1902. He opened a gallery at 291 Fifth Avenue in 1905, later known just as “291,” which fostered the careers of some of America’s best-known cutting-edge artists and photographers. It was there he met the young artist Georgia O’Keeffe in 1916, and by 1918, had left his wife to move in with her. Despite a 23-year age difference, the two married in 1924. His gallery became a center of the international avant-garde art movement. Three decades later, Dorothea Lange was born into a second-generation German-American family in 1895, at 1041 Bloomfield St. in Hoboken. Though less affluent than the Stieglitz clan, her family shared the strong belief in education and the arts. She was born Dorothea Margaretta Nutzhorn, but after her father abandoned the family when she was 12, her mother found work on the Lower East Side, and Dorothea finished her schooling in New York City. She enrolled in teachers college, but dropped out to apprentice at the professional studios of Arnold Genthe and Clarence White. She dropped her father’s surname assumed her mother’s maiden name, Lange, when she became an adult. She moved to San Francisco in 1918 to open her own

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photography studio. When the Great Depression hit, she shifted her focus from the affluent to the dispossessed and worked for a time as a documentary photographer for the federal government. It was during this time she shot the photograph, “Migrant Mother,” the emblematic image of displaced Americans. She later went on to document the plight of interned Japanese Americans during World War II.


Two other artists closely associated with Hoboken came as students at Stevens Institute of Technology: John Marin (1870-1953) and Alexander Calder (1898 – 1976). Marin, considered one of the most innovative artists of the early 20th century American avant-garde, was born in nearby Rutherford, NJ, and raised in Weehawken. He aspired to become an architect when he enrolled at Stevens in 1886, but he dropped out to work as a draftsman in an architectural firm. After a few years in the field, he switched course in 1899 and enrolled in art school, first in Philadelphia, then the New York Art Students League in 1902. On a trip to Paris in 1909, he met Alfred Stieglitz, who became Marin’s great champion, and they were part of the New York City avant-garde movement. Calder, from a family of prominent Philadelphia artists, enrolled at Stevens in 1915 to study mechanical engineering, and his dorm room was in the tower of the former Stevens Castle! His engineering studies enabled him to excel in the art of constructing the mobiles and stabiles that he is best known for today. The shapes in Calder’s work echo the enormous ship prpellers that were once made by Ferguson Propeller Works (1128 – 32 Clinton St.). Calder also worked as a hydraulic engineer and

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traveled the world by ship, settling for a while in Paris, where he befriended the avant-garde artists gathered there: Mondrian, Picasso, Miró and Le Corbusier. Traveling in the opposite direction, the great 20th century abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning (1904 –1997) arrived in Hoboken from the Netherlands in 1926 as a penniless stowaway on a European freighter, knowing very little English. He found lodging in the Holland Seaman’s Home at 332 River St., and worked for a year as a house painter in Hoboken, which gave him an income and time to learn English. He soon abandoned Hoboken for the New York City art scene, and developed into one of the most acclaimed and collected painters and sculptors of the 20th century.

St., the Neumann Leathers factory on Observer Highway, and the My-T-Fine Pudding Factory at Harrison and Newark Streets. Tragically, one former factory, at 720 Grand St., was discovered later to have too much residue from its former occupant, a mercury vapor lamp manufacturer, and the artists who were converting it to live-work space were evacuated and the property razed and treated as a Superfund site. And, of course, the Hoboken Historical Museum, at 1301 Hudson St., a former Bethlehem Steel ship repair facility, hosts six art exhibits a year in its Upper Gallery space. It’s open 6 days a week, for a small donation of $3 per visit. Annual membership is a great way to keep a cultural institution alive, just $50 for individuals and $75 per family. ••






Other New York artists sought out Hoboken for the gritty, bustling urban setting, including Stuart Davis (18921964) and several of his fellow artists from Robert Henri’s School of Art in New York City, center of the Ashcan School of urban realist painters. Davis produced a book called “The Hoboken Series,” from a 1978 show.




In the 1970s and 80s, Hoboken was the Greenpoint of its day – attracting artists and musicians with affordable rents and a safer vibe than most comparable neighborhoods in New York. Most importantly, the abundance of abandoned factory buildings provided large and light-filled studio space. Some of these factories-turned-studios can still be seen today on the annual November Artists Studio Tour. They include the former Levolor Blinds factory at 720 Monroe

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The concept of “Service Above Self ” seems pretty straightforward. You sacrifice your time and energy for the benefit of those around you.

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fruits of your effort firsthand. You’re there to witness the positive impact you have on those with whom you work, and you can recognize the fact that you’re making the community around you a better place to live. A significant by-product to all this work is that you genuinely feel good about what you’re doing. That’s the motivating principle behind the Hoboken Rotary Club, and in the end that sort of sacrifice doesn’t seem so selfless after all. Rotarians Credited as the world’s first service organization, the Rotary Club was founded in 1905 by Chicago attorney Paul P. Harris. The name “Rotary” comes from the club’s initial practice of rotating the location of meetings to the offices of various members. These members were all civic-minded individuals who each called on their own particular vocation or expertise to coordinate ideas for the betterment of the community. As the concept of globalization spread throughout the 20th Century, so did the Rotary Club. In the process, club members notably aided in reconstruction following the comprehensive devastation of World War II, and continue to work tirelessly towards the eradication of Polio worldwide. With 1.2 million members today from

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over 200 countries, past and present members include U.S. President Warren G. Harding, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, American physician Dr. Charles H. Mayo (founder of the Mayor Clinic), Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi and Filipino boxer Manny Pacquaio. Hoboken’s chapter of the Rotary Club has been in operation since 1921. As Hoboken continues to evolve as a community, the Rotary Club works in the present with an eye on the future, while honoring the past. Serving Those Who Have Served For Us As the rain slowly cleared on a recent Autumn Saturday, a crowd began to assemble outside the Hoboken American Legion Post 107 on 2nd Street, between Willow and Clinton. The ground was still a little wet, but that block had seen worse. The floods from Superstorm Sandy had all but destroyed the American Legion facilities, with water damage up to six feet high. “These guys served our country,” says Hoboken Rotary Club President Joe Mindak. “They were there when we needed them, so it’s our turn to be there for them now.” Post 107 was more than just a gathering place for veterans. This particular Post ran a monumental care-package program, shipping tons of donated materials to fighting men and women in the field year-round. Furthermore, the Post offered services to returning vets longing for a sense of community, where shared experience was seen as instrumental to progress—a philosophy which certainly resonates among Rotary Club members.

“Their place was destroyed,” says Mindak, “so we put on a block party to help raise funds for the rebuilding of the Post.” Community outreach is a key aspect of the Rotary Club. Whenever there is a need within the community, Rotary tries to be among those who answer the call. “We raised over $1,500 that afternoon alone,” says Ron Zimmerman, Vice President of the Hoboken Rotary Club. “In addition, we raised awareness—the City of Hoboken is looking into a number of projects where the American Legion can potentially find a permanent home within a new development at that same location.” Ongoing Initiatives While the American Legion’s need stems from an extraordinary event, the Hoboken Rotary Club executes programs on an ongoing basis—some right here in our backyard, and others reaching the far side of the globe. “The Club’s primary resources are the members themselves,” says Greg Visconti, who has spent half his life involved with the Rotary Club. “There are four areas of focus for the organization. Vocation is the root of rotary—bringing new talent and energy into the club. Community service, working for local benefit, is a second aspect. Then there’s our district affiliation— Hoboken being part of the Hudson/Bergen/Passaic District—where we focus on larger programs. Finally there’s Rotary International, where we work on initiatives abroad.”

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Among the larger-scale programs is Gift of Life, in which Rotarians provide accommodation and assistance to children from socio-politically volatile regions who are unable to find the essential medical care they need to survive. Rose Evaristo, who once proudly served as the Hoboken Rotary Club’s first female President, has been involved in the Gift of Life program. “I’ve hosted two children—a girl from the Ukraine named Irina, and a boy from Haiti named Frantz, who stayed with both Greg [Visconti] and me,” says Evaristo. In addition to the boy, his father also came to stay as well. “The children must always have an adult stay with them.” “Frantz had balvular spinosis, which meant he had two holes in his heart,” says Visconti. “He was in real bad shape. He couldn’t even walk from the car to the house.” Frantz received treatment at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, while he and his father spent time at the homes of Visconti and Evaristo. The hospital care was coordinated via volunteer efforts from the doctors, in conjunction with the Rotary Club. Global to Local Whether it’s fighting Polio in the Philippines, rebuilding a firehouse in the Dominican Republic or digging wells in Africa, the Rotary Club’s international scope is undeniable. Yet programs like the regular meals at the Hoboken homeless shelter, work with the Boys & Girls Club and the annual coat drive are where the club’s work becomes readily apparent.

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Otto Oosterwijk, who hails from the Netherlands, joined the Rotary Club in 2003 while living in Prague. He is now a member of the Hoboken chapter. “I enjoy the social element, as it gives me a chance to meet new people,” says Oosterwijk, who often travels internationally for business. “But I truly enjoy giving to the community.” The Hoboken Rotary Club’s ongoing work here in the city has made a significant impact. Marie Stinson is chairperson of the Club’s Literacy Program. “As part of the program, the Hoboken Rotary gives personalized books to all 1st grade students in the city of Hoboken,” says Stinson. These schools include Wallace, Connors, Elysian Charter, Mustard Seed, Hoboken Charter, Hoboken Catholic Academy, Stevens, Hola and Calabro. “The 1st graders love the books because the story stars them as the main character. Some past books themes for our 1st graders were, ‘My Trip to the Firehouse’ and ‘My First Day at School.’” The program is fully funded by local sponsors and these unique gifts are supplied by Gigglehouse Books, with the help of Gina Deluca. Sponsors and Rotarians alike volunteer to distribute the books to the children. “The Hoboken Rotary also distributes dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the City of Hoboken,” says Stinson. “The dictionaries coincide with our annual Spelling Bee for 4th grade students.” The most recent event saw the fourth year of the Hoboken Rotary Spelling Bee, which

was created and implemented by hMAG’s own editor, Noelle Tate. Meanwhile, an afternoon of golf might appear to be in stark contrast to “Service Above Self.” But as Rotarian Chris Mackin explains, “The proceeds go towards our annual scholarship program, where we give out $5,000 scholarships—typically to three local high school students per year.” The Hoboken Rotary Club puts heavy investment into the city’s younger population. “Money from the golf outing also goes toward sending a few students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program,” says Mackin. RYLA is a one-week camp for high school juniors who are accepted based on academic performance and an admissions essay—not unlike the college application process. “RYLA teaches kids leadership, self-confidence, social skills, current events and most of all how to interact with different cultures,” says Evaristo. “These are all things that the kids may not get staying in their own community. Our aim is teach them how to work with other people who might be a little different than they are.” Feeding the Machine “We do so many projects, I could talk about it all day,” adds Evaristo. And she should, because she’s genuinely proud of the work that the Hoboken Rotary Club has done. But she also recognizes the need to do more— the key for the organization is to keep growing.

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With over 45 current members, Hoboken Rotary is always looking to broaden its circle even further. Club meetings are held on Tuesday afternoons at 12:15pm. All meetings are open to the public, and first-time visitors can participate in the meeting for free (without paying dues).


“As time goes by, older members move out or move on,” says Evaristo. “We’re doing a good job of finding more and more people. It’s a young, vibrant club.” For more information, visit HobokenRotary.org. ••

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Quietly tucked away at the TD Bank on 47 Newark Street is a piece of Hoboken’s rich past artfully depicted. The bank is home to a historical mural that shows a snapshot of what life was like for past Hobokenites working on Fifth Street and Washington as a parade marches through. The mural is a part of TD Bank’s initiative to have murals of local historical landmarks in each of their new locations around the tri-state area. •• 47 Newark St, Hoboken, NJ

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The Hoboken Creation Space, which opened last month in the Hoboken Public Library, is a place where kids and adults can explore their creative sides. With high-tech machinery like a Makerbot 3D printer and SLR digital camera, or old-fashion favorites like a button maker and LEGO kits, and even cooking tools, there is something for everyone. The library offers classes and general use on Mondays from 1 until 7 pm. •• For more information check out hoboken.bccls.org/html/creation_space.html

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Toys Galore The name says it all! Big Fun Toys in Hoboken is bursting at the seams with the classic, as well as the latest, toys for all ages. The fun-loving staff will welcome the new season with Small Business Saturday Nov. 29 at 10 a.m. Arts and crafts, live music, and face painting are just a glimpse of what’s in store for this fall.

Shopping with Mommy Sharing quality “girl time” is priceless, especially when searching for that perfect find. Hoboken Mommies 24/7’s “Mommie & Me Afternoons” will gather mothers and daughters on Dec. 5 at Anthropologie to spend time picking out their fall favorites, sharing snacks, and making crafts. Hoboken Mommies plans to stay busy this autumn with a toy drive and baby book club also on the horizon.

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Spotless! Roughly a year ago Hoboken-mother, Anna Stanin, launched a unique baby carriage and car seat cleaning service. Ever since, business has been strolling in. Stains are no match for Sudsy Buggy and their organic products, like lemons mixed with vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. Anna’s two little helpers, daughters Gabriella, 5, and Victoria, 2, guarantee a job well done. For information on services visit SudsyBuggy.com.

Story Time Of the many hidden treasures at the Hoboken Public Library is the Children’s Department. Rustic bookcases line the floor with children’s art lighting up the surrounding walls. Autumn marks the start of Tiny Tot Story Times at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for kids ages 6 months to 2 years on Tuesdays, and for 2 ½ to 4 years on Thursdays. Make sure to sign up for a library card! ••

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KH: You’ve hosted countless events in Hoboken; charitable, for the Post Office, for the residents. Which one did you enjoy the most and why? AT: I’ve really enjoyed them all so much, but the Food Drives really stand out for me. The Drives give a lot back to the community. You have to the remember: the Post Office is probably the only uniformed Federal presence In every town in the United States. When these employees become involved, and give something back, the town feels connected to their Government and to the Postal Service. Last year was very, very successful: we collected over $15,000 in food, for the the food bank. KH: If you could be the Postmaster of any Post Office in the whole world, where would it be? AT: Hoboken!

KH: But what would be the “dream spot” though!? AT: Nah! Hoboken’s the place to be for me! You know? I’ve had opportunities to work in different Post Offices, run various large facilities, but Hoboken is the only place that’s truly a city with a small town feel. I could’ve retired 5 years ago! I’ve AT: Well, I think it comes down to what I love about workKH: What do you do as the Hoboken Postmaster? stayed on just because I love working here! AT: I coordinate the timely and accurate delivery of mail to ing for the Post Office: I think it’s one of the most positive aspects of this community. We bring packages and letters over 30,000 residents in town. KH: Is there anything you’d like to add? to people’s homes, every single day, and that’s a chance for AT: Yes. I just want to say that the Post Office greatly apprepeople to really communicate. Real communication: a kid KH: How long have you been working at the Post Office? ciates everybody’s business. Our carriers and clerks across AT: I’ve been with the US Post Office for over 39 years, and writing a letter to his grandmother, somebody sending a the country are proud to serve their fellow residents with package as a gift. I think that’s so impor tant. Life has just bespent the last 14 years in Hoboken. care and compassion. We continue to add a personal touch come too fast. Even though sending an email is real fast and to the service provided for each and every customer, every KH: What are some of the things you love about working easy, there’s nothing that compares to holding something in day. Thank you for being par t of the community with us! •• your hands sent to you by some who cares about you. in Hoboken?

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Tons of people flock to Peru every day to take on the trek to Machu Picchu. And let me tell you, whether you hike 4 days there from Cuzco or take the lovely, long train and the slightly frightening bus ride, it’s wor th it. The undeniable spiritual energy that fills this historical place and the unbelievable view cannot be captured with a camera - you have to be there and hope you can remember it for as long as possible. I was fortunate enough to set out on this adventure in September and I learned that Machu Picchu is not the only famous draw to Peru. Peru is one of the top destinations for culinary tourism. Traditional Peruvian cuisine, like ceviche or causa, is extremely popular all over the world; but, no one makes it quite like they do in Peru. Fresh fruits and vegetables in varieties that you’ve never seen in the USA are plentiful and incorporated into their incredible recipes. They have around three thousand varieties of potatoes and grow things like Caihua, similar to a cucumber but part of the pumpkin family, and also Yacon or Peruvian Ground Apple, which is a cross between an apple, watermelon, and cucumber. Getting sick of the same old staples? An amazing solution would be to hop on the next plane to Peru and immerse yourself in the fresh markets where you can find all of these rare treats.

of the powerful relationship between food and drink. Pairings are paramount in presenting the perfect dish and many of the top chefs and restaurants recommend one of the most sophisticated and beloved beers in the country—Cusqueña. Cusqueña offers 4 different lagers that compliment much of the classic fare you can find in Peru. This includes Dorado (the original golden lager made with 100% pure barley), Trigo (the wheat beer), Roja (a red lager for the most demanding palates), and Negra (a dark lager made from malted barley). They also previewed a fifth beer this year at the largest Latin American food festival—Mistura—which I was able to attend while in Lima. This would be the Quinoa beer and is one of the only ales made with the before-mentioned trendy grain. I can tell you a lot about Cusqueña beer—like how it’s brewed at Backus, the largest brewery in Peru, or how it’s loved by the most famous of chefs in Peru like Flavio Solorzano, but I invite you to find out for yourself right here in Hoboken, New Jersey. Grab a cold brew at Cucharamama with one of the Peruvian dishes they feature on their menu. You can also find it at The Cuban, Havana Cafe, Teak, Ale House, Mills Tavern, and at many local liquor stores. Watch closely as Cusqueña becomes available in other bars and experience Peru in your home town until you make the trip to witness Machu Picchu first-hand and taste Flavio’s homemade Cusqueña beer ice cream. Enjoy and… ¡Salud! ••

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Hoboken native Michael Lisa’s interest in photography stemmed from his yearly Christmas present as a kid, from his uncle. Lisa and his brother spent hours huddled over their gifts; football photography books. Growing up, Lisa was highly active in every sport and when he had to stop playing he turned to the arts- music, drawing, painting and photography; the last eventually becoming his favorite. When not photographing sports, Lisa enjoys photographing cityscapes, possibly inspired by living in Hoboken. Now a photographer for the Meadowlands Race Track and a freelance photographer for the Giants, Lisa says the highlight of his career is “shooting for the New York Giants,” adding, “It does not get much better than that!” Lisa is also the founder of “Lisa Photo Stride for the Cure Race,” an event held at the Meadowlands Race Track to raise money for Breast Cancer research, a cause close to Lisa’s heart. You can find Lisa’s work in murals on the Meadowlands Race Track’s walls or at Michaellisaphoto.com ••

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