Jason Silverblatt, and his wife, Heidi, moved to Hoboken in 2003 from Brooklyn---renting a condo right on Hudson Street, near 10th Street. They have two boys, Matthew (now 12) and Damon, (now seven), and were very happy until the first weekend in April, 2011.
That Sunday at about 5 p.m. in the afternoon, the Silverblatts returned back from visiting Heidi's mother, Bernice, in Brooklyn. After almost three hours, they could not find a spot for their 2008 ocean pearl Prius. And after more than six months of looking, they still have not found a spot.
"We are lucky we have the Prius, we get almost 45 miles per gallon," noted Mr. Silverblatt, as his wife looked on. "We have only had to stop for gas about once a week," said the former tech support supervisor for Merck.
"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 10 days to two weeks," shared Heidi.
Back in late June, they thought they found a spot right on Washington Street near Third Street, about seven blocks from their former home.
"We waited behind this grey 2005 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 Heidi. The Silverblatts do pick up a Hebrew school tutor twice a week at 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 2012.
"Well, the car back-seat. It's a little unorthodox, but then again, I am the Rabbi of a reform temple. Get it? Get it?," noted Rabbi Mandelbaum.
Silverblatt gave up his job back in early August, when he ran out of vacation, personal, and sick time. "I know we will find a spot soon. We need to drive down Bloomfield Street for the next month or so."
Multiple calls to Mayor Dawn Zimmer's office regarding the matter went unreturned.
Joey Novick is the Editor in Chief for www.whatexitnj.com.