08 | Exploring Bergen-Lafayette with The Foundry Girl JC

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Jersey City is a huge city – termed one of the “most diverse in the United States” filled with unique neighborhoods and businesses. One such neighborhood is Bergen-Lafayette — a section of Jersey City that is slowly become a hotspot destination for locals and tourists alike. It lies west-southwest of Downtown and Liberty State Park and is filled with history, new shops and restaurants, and more.

On this episode, Jen shares the news {of course!} and then sits down with Evelyn Ibarra, who has lived in Bergen-Lafayette for almost a decade and started an Instagram account called @TheFoundryGirlJC to document her journey + everyday life in Bergen-Lafayette. She shares tips, historical facts {who knew the underground railroad had a hideout here?}, places to eat/drink/hang, and even the distillery you *must* visit that is quite the hidden gem.

Then, Jen chats with Hoboken Girl beauty contributor Lexi about the coldest facial you’ll ever receive – a Cryo Facial – a mini, deep-freeze face treatment that will leave you looking brighter and younger in just a few minutes’ time.

We end with our hidden gem — a sushi spot you may not have heard of, Hudson Hero/Zero, and the non-profit you must donate to this week — the Brave Minds Project.

Episode mentions include:

Hooked JC, Ubu, The Grind, The Sport + Spine Health Center, bel0.cryotherapy, Corgi Spirits, Bluestone Lane, Alfalfa, Wheel of Fortune, Little City Books, Artichoke Pizza, Margherita’s, Frutta Bowls, Curry Up Now, Covetables, and more.


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.