Hoboken & Right Here

18 August 2021 – Well, there’s a stretch. I’ve never visited Hoboken or even had cause to think about it, not until bluebrightly and I entered into some chatter about one of the images in my Murals & Time Travel post.

It showed vine and ripening berries rampaging all over a chainlink fence, and I had soared off into some fantasy about city-as-art-installation. Bluebrightly commented that, instead, she thought of it as an example of nature taking over.

She added, “I always loved stubborn manifestations like that. In the industrial city of Hoboken, New Jersey, across the river from NYC, there was an Ailanthus tree growing out of the old train station roof. And Tansies along the railroad tracks. Probably all gone now, since Hoboken became popular.”

I replied that it made me think of a particular take-over moment in an alley right here, back in June 2020.

This moment:

So here’s to stubborn, insistent nature, in Hoboken, Vancouver & everywhere else.

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  1. I remember Hoboken before it became gentrified and as you say popular. Back in the late sixties, shortly after I went to the States to visit for two years I met someone, (who continues to be a very dear friend) who lived in Hoboken New Jersey. Talk about memories….
    Janet

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    • That’s cool, Janet, I lived there in the early 70s and have many great memories of that completely un-gentrified time. Small parades of Italians marching down side streets on special saint’s days, a knife and scissors sharpener who announced his services from the street when he was in the neighborhood, a library with impossibly old, falling-apart books still in circulation, a store with wool reindeer sweaters from the 1940s still on the shelves, a cozy South Indian restaurant run for the men without wives to cook for them who studied engineering at Stevens Tech, nighthawks zinging around overhead on summer nights….thanks for prompting those memories. šŸ˜‰

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      • Well thank you Janet & Bluebrightly, for giving dimension and specifics to a place-name I’ve always enjoyed — all those snaggy, craggy consonants to pound it into one’s mind!

      • Thank you so much for sharing the memories with me. You should write an article or two about Hoboken before – and have it published. I think it would be much appreciated. Janet šŸ™‚

    • Thank you both…I don’t know about a Hoboken article but I am slowly working on some memoir entries for my blog. The first one takes me up to age 5, well before I moved to ‘Boken, as we used to call it. It’s a daunting task. Maybe I need to imagine myself reaching age 20, that might help! šŸ˜‰

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  2. Nature always finds a way.

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  3. jeffreymillerca

     /  19 August 2021

    Yes. These thrust forth everywhere as reminders of our borrowed time, the Ozymandian thing. We’re ALL on land that belongs to what came naturally before us and will persist after us. We imagine we conquer and are in charge, never mind the old Yiddish truism, “Men trakht, got lakht”: “Man thinks (plans), God laughs.” Hey, and it’s hurricane season, again, following hard on (Heaven help us) wildfire and tornado seasons.

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  4. Yes! Thank you, Penny, I’m charmed.

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