Posted by: Ron DuBour | May 8, 2014

Hoboken


Poesy plus Polemics

First Baseball Game Played at Elysian Fields, Hoboken NJ Print by Currier & Ives At nj.com First Baseball Game
Played at Elysian Fields, Hoboken NJ
Print by Currier & Ives At nj.com

"Hudson Street Brownstones Hoboken, NJ" Photo by Andrew Prokos At andrewprokos.com “Hudson Street Brownstones Hoboken, NJ”
Photo by Andrew Prokos
At andrewprokos.com

a square gentrified mile
of brownstone ambitions
tucked under a cove of the Hudson
where fingerlike docks
play in shimmering
Manhattan shadows
that dance with remembrance
Sinatra and baseball
were born on these
maritime streets
built of cobbles and clamshells
between chimneyed castles
of capital magnates who
built major industries
here where great railroad hubs
carry commuters who
outnumber natives
a hundred-to-one
where no block is lacking
a bar or a bistro
where incomes are double
and tax rates are half
anywhere in the nation
remarkable blueprint
for modern prosperity
steeped in the founders’ affections

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