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New Jersey National Guard Soldiers assist displaced residents at the town of Hoboken Oct. 31, 2012. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joseph Davis/Released)


Hoboken residents packed the Hoboken Historical Museum this week to voice their opposition to the building of seawalls in and around their neighborhoods.

The 5 plans proposed by State all include seawalls, to protect low-lying Hoboken from flooding in the event of another Sandy-strength storm surge.



Image via NJ DEP


NBC 4 New York: Residents in Hoboken are lashing out against the state’s proposals to build a seawall that could obstruct the prized waterfront view of Manhattan. 

Mayor Dawn Zimmer tried responding to concerns from the heated crowd, but the prevailing thought was clear. No one wanted to face the unpleasant aesthetic of having a protective wall in their city. [See the plans here.]

The 3rd public session is scheduled for tomorrow, December 17th, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Hoboken Housing Authority Senior Building, 221 Jackson St., Hoboken.

Read more from NBC 4 New York here…


posted by Mai Armstrong for the Working Harbor Committee

AP Photo via The Telegraph

Last October, we were hit hard by Super Storm Sandy, which affected many vulnerable spots all around the harbor. Working Harbor Committee ahas developed a new series of narrated Hidden Harbor Tours® that focus on climate change and protective measures from sea-level rise being discussed by government, private institutions and citizens.

Presenting Beyond Sandy, Keeping The Conversation Alivea series of special Hidden Harbor Tours® exploring the many issues and plans arising from Super Storm Sandy, from the Working Harbor Committee. Select expert speakers from government agencies, private industry, think tanks and universities, will discuss ideas like massive sea gates, building beach dunes, wetlands restoration, modification of flood zones, re-imagining our infrastructure, updated flood mapping and much more.

Tour 1

Tour 2

From PRWEB: Starting May 21, 2013 through September, tri-state area residents and visitors are in for a true adventure this summer as they embark and enjoy Hidden Harbor Tours® aboard the luxury yacht Zephyr, and are taken behind the scenes to see the inner workings of the bustling New York Harbor. New for the 2013 summer season is the tour series: “Beyond Sandy, Keeping The Conversation Alive” with noted speakers and charities onboard (see website for full list). The exciting and educational tours are presented by the Working Harbor Committee (non-profit) in partnership with the New York Water Taxi/Circle Line Downtown.Tuesday sailings depart at 6:30pm from Pier 16 South Street Seaport, New York, New York (Fulton Street and South Street).

Photo: ©Mitch Waxman /

“Beyond Sandy” tours provide themed sailings as follows:

  • Tour 1: High Seas on the Inner Harbor: From Wall Street to Snug Harbor;
  • Tour 2: Fire, Floods and Floating Containers: East River – Hell Gate to Governors Island;

Additionally, Hidden Harbor Tours will feature its popular Newark Bay Tour and North River Tour on select Tuesday sailings as well. Pricing: Adults $39, Seniors $32, Children ages 3-12 $25, Under age 3 are free. Ticket information and full tour schedule visit:, 212-742-1969 by phone or Zephyr, a luxury yacht, features two fully enclosed decks, plus an open-air roof deck – all decks boast panoramic views. A portion of the ticket price goes to the Working Harbor Committee to support its programming.

Featured Speakers: Captain John Doswell, Working Harbor Committee; Chris Ward, Executive Vice President, Dragados USA; formerly with The Port Authority New York & New Jersey; Helena Durst, President, New York Water Taxi; Lucy Ambrosino, Outreach Manager of Port Commerce, The Port Authority New York & New Jersey; Dr. Philip Orton, legendary research scientist, Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey; and Jill Eisenhard, Executive Director, Red Hook Initiative. Read more here…

by Mai Armstrong for Working Harbor Committee

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