The Women’s World Cup and 5 a.m. Drinks: Is the Party Worth the Price for Hoboken?

Hoboken’s streets are buzzing with a unique kind of excitement. As the 2023 Women’s World Cup approaches, soccer enthusiasts anticipate long nights and early mornings in front of their favorite local bars’ TV screens, courtesy of Hoboken’s freshly adjusted liquor license laws. But while fans plan their barstool rendezvous at the ungodly hour of 5 a.m., Councilman Mike DeFusco raises a sobering question: Are we championing community spirit or compromising community well-being?

Sure, the idea of the city rallying together at the break of dawn to support phenomenal women athletes has a certain appeal. There’s a feeling of camaraderie that surfaces when one’s eyes are barely open, and yet they’re clinking glasses with neighbors in a toast to their favorite team. It’s an element of city life that many find endearing – Hoboken, after all, never sleeps.

But Councilman DeFusco pricks this bubbly picture with a dose of harsh reality, stating, “If you need to drink at 5 a.m., you got a problem.” The early morning revelry loses its charm when you consider the potential problems lurking behind the bar’s doors. It forces us to ask, does Hoboken need early morning drinks, or does it need to reevaluate its priorities?

While the Women’s World Cup is undoubtedly a significant event that deserves celebration, we need to strike a balance. Even as we cheer for our favorite teams, we should also consider the potential impacts of extended drinking hours. What does it say about our societal norms when we adjust our liquor laws so casually?

In the midst of this, the silence from the First Ward Candidates is deafening. Is the thrill of the game blinding them to the potential long-term implications of these decisions? It’s important to remember that the people elected these officials, not just to participate in the fun, but to safeguard the community’s welfare, even when it means making less popular decisions.

Hoboken isn’t merely a playground for adult amusement – it’s a diverse community that deserves responsible legislation and proactive involvement from its elected officials. Sure, toast to your favorite team at dawn. But remember, when the final whistle blows, we want a community that values more than just the game. We want a city that values the people who live and work here, not just those who party here.

Yes, celebrate the Women’s World Cup. But let’s also champion a commitment to community well-being. As Councilman DeFusco reminds us, it’s time we hold our officials accountable and demand they take a deeper look at the repercussions of their decisions. Because what Hoboken truly needs isn’t another round of drinks at dawn – it’s a stronger commitment to balancing celebration and safety for the betterment of all.