Hoboken to remove some abandoned boats that have been there since Superstorm Sandy

Shipwrecked boats, some of which have been in a cove bordering Weehawken and Hoboken for nearly a decade, will be an eyesore no more come Monday.
It's something out of an old pirate’s tale, a graveyard of ships, abandoned in Weehawken Cove visible from the Hoboken waterfront.
"It's a problem. It's a nuisance,” says Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.
The ships were transplanted during storms such as Superstorm Sandy.
"Sometimes when people wanted to discard their boats, irresponsibly, they thought the best way was to simply place it in this area,” says Bhalla.
Many features to identify the owners have been washed away. On Monday, the city will begin removing the boats with help from a $235,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as part of an effort to beautify the waterfront.
"It's going to be something that's going to benefit the quality of life for the residence, but it's just the beginning,” says Bhalla. “We want to create something special. We have a vision for this part of the city, and that vision begins now."
There are 14 boats stranded in the cove, and city leaders say it could take as much as a month to get them all out.
The boats will be removed with cranes, placed on barges and laid to rest at a location at the Jersey Shore.