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18 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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It’s Valentine’s Day — and per the usual in our bustling cities, there is plenty of news to catch up on. Among the local headlines — the Jersey City MVC agency has closed following a positive coronavirus test, the Liberty Science Center to host superhero exhibit, two children died in a Jersey City house fire, — and  so much more — keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond:

Hoboken’s Pavana Yoga Announces Closure of Its Brick-and-Mortar Studio

It’s been a rough year for the fitness industry — with announcements from several local studios including Hudson Yoga Project, which just permanently closed its doors this past week as well as Work it Out, many workout spots are struggling. Sadly, Pavana Yoga, located at 251 1st Street in Hoboken, announced via email to its members that the physical storefront is closing its doors as well, citing a direct impact from the pandemic. Click here to learn more about the closing of Pavana Yoga and what you can expect in the future.

Liberty Science Center Hosts Superhero Experience

Fan-favorite superheroes took over Liberty Science Center for a thrilling four-day weekend event as the Center hosts an action-packed experience called Superhero Weekend. Beginning on Saturday, February 13th, guests at the Liberty Science Center can wield Thor’s hammer to test their strength and be amazed by the explosive power of liquid nitrogen in the Boom Time show. Test your mental acuity with the Riddler’s Riddle Hunt challenge and solve multiple twisted riddles to find Riddler before he causes mischief in Gotham City. More details are available on lsc.org.

Alfalfa Expands to Santa Monica, California

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Hoboken salad spot Alfalfa opened its second location, this time on the West Coast, in Santa Monica, bringing a bit of Hoboken to California. Founded by four best friends, several of whom are Hoboken BNRs, Alfafa has been around for the last few years, and serves up fresh salads, wraps, soups, and of course — doughnuts. Wishing them luck on their West Coast endeavor!

Pure Barre Opens New Jersey City Location

A new barre studio opened this month in Jersey City, and it’s one that locals might have already heard of. Pure Barre, a well-known studio that already has three locations in New York City, is opened its doors on February 1st at 207 Van Vorst Street. During each class, attendees can expect a low-impact, high-intensity workout that lifts and tones muscles, and improves the body’s strength, agility, and flexibility. Modifications are given throughout the class, so even if someone has never taken a barre class before, Pure Barre instructors are on hand to make sure all levels can participate. Click here for the full story.

Historic Jersey City Building at Risk of Demolition

In a hearing on Thursday, February 11th, The Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy advocated for the preservation of a historic building that has ties to Jersey City’s Mayor Hague era politics and cultural history. Built in the 1920s, this Art Deco style building is located in The Junction of Bergen-Lafayette. Jersey Digs has the details.

Moore’s Lounge in Jersey City Creates GoFundMe Page to Stay Afloat

Moore’s Lounge, a beloved music lounge in Jersey City, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to stay in business during these trying times. The establishment located at 189 Monticello Avenue has been in business for over 50 years and is hoping to continue to stay in business for years to come. The GoFundMe page titled “Help Moore’s Lounge Stay in Business” was created on January 31st by Ruth Moore, the owner of Moore’s, and her daughter, Janice Moore, who has been helping out. Click here to learn more about the history of the bar and lounge and how you can help.

Sale of Jersey City Salvation Army Property Imminent

Last year, The Salvation Army announced they would be consolidating their rehabilitation services at their New Jersey locations. As a result of the downsizing, the charity listed a property they own at 248 Erie Street for sale, per Jersey Digs, asking $15 million for the parcel located in Downtown Jersey City.

Budget Gap for Jersey City Public Schools Could Widen by Tens of Millions

The Jersey City Public Schools are looking at a $300 million shortfall in the 2021-2022 school year, but according to the Education Law Center, the budget gap could widen by tens of millions. ELC Research Director Danielle Farrie said the school district could end up losing $83 million in state aid in 2022. That cut would be nearly three times the $30 million cut that Superintendent Franklin Walker said he was anticipating. Walker announced in October, according to NJ.com, that the JCPS would face a budget shortfall caused largely by distribution changes where state aid is concerned in addition to the effects of COVID-19.

Hoboken Introduces Ordinance to Cap 3rd Party Delivery App Fees Alongside Jersey City

Since we’ve all been staying home for some time now, there’s no doubt that there has been an uptick in locals ordering delivery. Although restaurants are closed for physical business, many remain open for takeout and delivery to keep locals feed and keep the business running. Of course, with this comes a whole new set of challenges when third-party delivery apps such as Grubhub and UberEats are involved, charging restaurants a hefty fee when delivering food — as much as 30%, which is coming directly from restaurants’ pockets. Click here for more information.

Deadline on NJ Marijuana Legalization Delayed

Local officials and lawmakers are in continuous negotiations regarding New Jersey’s ability to begin the process of selling marijuana in the Garden State. However, there is hope that an agreement could be reached soon. On Monday, lawmakers extended the deadline for Murphy to act on legislation that would begin the process of selling marijuana, showing that both sides will likely be able to work out any issues that have prevented the process from being approved. Click here for more info.

Jersey City CBD Shop Lush Boutique Reopens as The Hemp Social

CBD is becoming just another necessary step to people’s daily wellness routines. Its popularity can be attributed to the long list of benefits when taken orally or applied topically such as pain relief, relaxation, anti-inflammation, heart health, and so much more. Locals, Joseph Pacifico and Deanna Dominguez began their journey in 2018 to open their own CBD boutique featuring their own line of CBD products, then opening a storefront in Jersey City called Lush Boutique in September 2020. Last week, the owners took to Instagram to announce that Lush Boutique has undergone an upgrade and is now rebranded as ‘The Hemp Social.’ Click here to read the full story.

Jersey City’s Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza Will Receive $6.7 Million Renovation

Mayor Fulop and the Municipal Council announced on February 9th that Jersey City‘s Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza will undergo a $6.7 million upgrade. The design includes several public meetings to incorporate community input, the project was an open public bid, and a resolution will go before the City Council at this week’s meeting on February 10th, to award a contract to JC Contracting Inc. Click here for the full story.

Brooklyn Dumpling Shop Opening Hoboken Location

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Brooklyn Dumpling Shop is slated to open its first location in the East Village later this month. Looking ahead to 2021, the company also has plans to open a shop in Hoboken at 514 Washington Street, in the former Dili Junction location. The company is the brainchild of Stratis Morfogen, partner and owner of multiple New York establishments including Philippe Chow, Club Rouge, Gotham City Diner, and Hilltop Diner. Partner Nickesh Desai will operate the shop in Hoboken. As part of the renovations of the exterior of the Hoboken building, updates will restore a clock on the front of the building. Click here for the full story.

2021 Hoboken Girl Puppy Photo Bowl Winner Announced

Although it was an extremely tough decision as all of the pups were a 14/10 adorable, the 1st annual Hoboken Girl Puppy Photo Bowl Contest 2021 has a winner after a long weekend of voting last weekend. Similar to the Bucs win over the Chiefs, this pup won by quite the landslide; click here for the reveal.

2 Children Die in Jersey City House Fire

Late Wednesday night a house in Jersey City caught fire, resulting in the death of an 8-month-old and an 11-year-old. According to a neighbor, a woman and her 3 children lived in the townhouse. The cause of the fire is not yet known. PIX11 has more details.

Local Officials Tour Jersey City Vaccination Site

Jersey City has one vaccination site and it has never received more than 1,000 doses in a week. As the second-most populated city in the state, some might say that’s lacking. Officials say they’re doing the best they can but also recognize the need for more medicine. Mayor Steve Fulop invited Governor Phil Murphy to see how the site is performing and more specifically, to see how much more it could handle. Murphy toured the facility on Wednesday with state Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli.

Jersey City MVC Agency Latest Closed by COVID

The state Motor Vehicle Commission’s Jersey City agency closed this week after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The MVC will remain closed until the entire facility can be sanitized and other measures are met including contact tracing and quarantine requirements. The MVC is scheduled to reopen on February 24th, per NJ.com.

Hoboken Business Alliance Announces ‘Share the Love’ Gift Card Program

On Thursday, February 11th, the Hoboken Business Alliance announced its Share the Love Gift Card Program allowing customers to purchase $25-value gift cards for $15 from several local businesses. Discounted gift cards will be available for purchase starting Sunday, February 14th through February 24th, while supplies last. There is a limit of two per customer at each participating business. As part of the program, the HBA will cover the cost difference to help hometown businesses, helping hometown businesses flourish and giving residents even more reasons to shop locally. There are more than 125 participating small businesses this year.

PPP Loans Not Subject to State Taxes

On Wednesday, Governor Murphy announced that loans received through the federal Paycheck Protection Program {PPP} will not be subject to state taxes. Furthermore, all expenses paid through PPP funds are tax-deductible. “This is another layer of protection our business owners need to help them get through this pandemic,” Murphy said in the virtual press briefing. According to the figures released by the SBA, more than 30,000 New Jersey businesses have received $2.9 billion in loans. The average PPP loan size is $78,000. Tap Into has the full story.

 

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Originally from North Carolina, Ainsley became a proud Hoboken Girl years ago. As a freelance journalist she has written about everything under the sun for the past six years. She works from her home office in uptown Hoboken or sometimes from Choc-o-Pain, because nothing says “freelancer” like working from a café with a fresh croissant nearby. As the mother of one very fast toddler, she has a passion for self-care, parenting hacks, and discovering all the fun things the Mile Square has to offer.