23 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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Another week in 2021, another seven days full of events and news in Hudson County — specifically in Jersey City and Hoboken. Among the local headlines — indoor dining may soon hit 50 percent in New Jersey, Yuki’s Bakery to open in Hoboken, Jersey City approves 1,600 household rent relief grants, and so much more. Settle in and keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City + Hudson County:

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Eat a Tony Boloney’s Sub on Instagram Stories

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It’s always fun when Hoboken gets a national mention — and last night, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend gave a nod to Hoboken’s {and JC’s} own Tony Boloney’s. The couple was spotted on Chrissy’s Instagram eating a TB sub. It’s unconfirmed if the couple was actually in Hoboken, but it looks from their IG stories to be a Gold Belly/shipping situation that the couple, who resides in LA, could enjoy. Watch the full videos on our Instagram here.


Local Dog Walker Spends Weekend Picking Up Other Owners’ Dog Poop in Hoboken

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Poop in Hoboken has been a real problem the last few weeks, and local dog-walking company owner Luis Perez is taking it into his own hands — literally. Throughout the weekend, he devoted his time to pick up dog poop he found scattered/left around the Mile Square.

Says, Luis to The Hoboken Girl, “After the snowstorm my fiancé and I noticed the tremendous amounts of dog stool. Not only do we work here but we also live here! We LUV giving back to this great community and it prompted us to go out there, and do what we do best! We were out there from 8am-2pm in the 28 degree weather trying to make a difference.”

They are also going out Sunday to tackle downtown Hoboken.

“We picked up about 2 industrial size trash bags worth of poop! That was only uptown. Filled up the whole trash can on the corner of 11th and Clinton! We used 525 doggy bags and placed them inside the industrial trash bag!”

If you want to follow or help Luis’ cleanup, follow @luvonaharness on Instagram and read more about his mission here.

Also, serious PSA: PICK UP YOUR DOG’S POOP. 


Cluck-U in Hoboken Has Closed

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Several readers shared the news with The Hoboken Girl this week that Cluck-U {aka Cluck-University} in Hoboken, located on Washington Street, has closed. Known for its delicious late-night, grab-n-go chicken dishes, the downtown spot is reported as “permanently closed” on Google, and has a handwritten sign on its door that says “Business Closed!” We’ll share more updates as they come to light.


The Montclair Girl Has LaunchedMontclair Girl

We are thrilled to announce the launch of our sister site, The Montclair Girl on February 26th, 2021. Our neighboring county of Essex is home to a vibrant community of people, arts, food, and cultures from across the world,  and we couldn’t be more excited to highlight the local businesses, events, restaurants, news, health + wellness, fashion + beauty, and more than the area has to offer.

To stay up-to-date on the launch, things to do, and weekly in the Montclair + greater Essex County area, visit TheMontclairGirl.com, follow @themontclairgirl on Instagram, and sign up for our Montclair email list here.


Jersey City to Expand On-Demand City Subsidized Via Transportation System

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The leader in TransitTech, Via, announced the expansion to weekend service of New Jersey’s first publicly subsidized on-demand transit system. This week marks the one-year anniversary of the system’s launch, with the system exceeding goals to connect transit deserts and providing a low-cost alternative option for residents. The rideshare program has provided more than 216,000 rides since the launch in February 2020, most of which originated from the West and South areas of Jersey City.


Hoboken Designer to Work with The Bachelor Alum on Denver Home


Kate Susannah Home is a boutique interior design firm founded by a husband and wife team in Hoboken. Together they have over ten years of experience in residential and commercial interior design. Now they have the chance of a lifetime to work with The Bachelor alum, Ben Higgins and his fiancé Jessica Clarke to design their new home in Denver, CO.


Police Investigate Racial Slurs in Chat During Hoboken City Council Meeting Online

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An investigation is underway after racist messages were shared in the chat section of the Hoboken City Council Meeting this week, per NBC New York. The belief is that the posts were aimed at the two Black participants of the twenty-two panelists. Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante said he hopes to get an IP address from Zoom and will, if necessary, file subpoenas to access that information. Ferrante doesn’t believe the messages were visible to anyone outside the meeting.


Hoboken Community Center Residents Encouraged to Relocate Following Death + 20 COVID-19 Cases

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Residents at the Hoboken Community Center are being encouraged to relocate after a COVID-19 outbreak at the center caused one death and 20 positive cases, HCC Board Member Juan Melli told NJ.com. There were two additional deaths last week, but Melli said they have not been confirmed as COVID-related. “We remain in close contact with the City of Hoboken and Hudson County to identify options for any of its residents — to voluntarily temporarily relocate if they choose to,” Melli said. “HCC will continue to take all possible measures to protect our residents and staff.”


The Flow Initiative to Host Women’s Virtual Town Hall

The Flow Initiative is collaborating with Monica Meiterman-Rodriguez in the creation of Jersey City Women, which is a place for women of all colors and socio-economic backgrounds “to come together and lobby for the formation of a Jersey City Commission on The Status of Women and Girls”, per their Instagram post. Interested parties can register for the March 8th virtual Women’s Town Hall to listen to the community and share their voice. Read more about the Flo Initiative from our fall tampon fundraiser/collection drive here.


Jersey City Approves 1,600 Households Rent Relief Grants

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The Jersey City Economic Development Corporation awarded over $2.5 million in rent relief and utility assistance to over 1,600 low-income households throughout Jersey City. “It’s well established that those most affected by this pandemic are disproportionately low-income and people of color, which is why we have been working on a municipal level to provide direct aid to our residents facing income loss and eviction, regardless of their immigration status,” said Mayor Fulop. “As soon as the pandemic hit, we set up a fund with the intention of helping our most vulnerable, and that’s exactly what we’re able to do here today.”


Hudson County Expands Vaccination Program

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Hudson County’s COVID-19 vaccination program will significantly expand its scope in the coming weeks as additional doses are made available from the State of New Jersey. The new programs will build on the success of the county’s Vaccine Distribution Center in Kearny, which has now vaccinated nearly 20,000 people, as well as municipal sites in Jersey City, North Bergen, Union City, and Bayonne.


Tallest Tower in Jersey City’s Journal Square to open in March

 

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Apartments will be available for leasing this month in the second luxury rental tower at Journal Squared. All 704 modern apartments will offer views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Hudson River, and downtown Manhattan. Residents will also have access to nearly 100,000 square feet of shared indoor and outdoor amenities.


Israeli Bakery + Coffee Shop Called ‘Yuki’s Bakery’ Opening in Hoboken

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Lucky for the babka lovers in Hoboken, a new Israeli bakery and cafe is opening on the ground level of the Monroe Center — called Yuki’s Bakery & Coffee. Set to open within a week or so, it will be located at Suite E-101 at 720 Monroe Street next to the bridal shop and Shaka Bowl. Click here for what we know so far.


NJ Indoor Dining May Soon Reach 50 Percent

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Governor Phil Murphy was asked during his Wednesday news conference whether he’ll soon consider expanding indoor dining since many restaurants continue to worry about their immediate survival. His response was to say that expansion of indoor dining will be coming “sooner than later”, likely at 50 percent. He also said that in order to get there, the state will need to overcome a few obstacles. Click here for more COVID-19 updates for NJ.


Landmark Legislation Permanently Establishes Community College Grant Program

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Fulfilling his promise to make tuition-free community college a reality, Governor Phil Murphy signed A4410 which permanently establishes the Community College Opportunity Grant Program. Through this program, qualified students can attend any New Jersey community college without paying tuition, per NJ.gov. “For far too long, higher education has been out of reach for countless New Jerseyans due to its high cost,” said Governor Murphy.“Today’s bill signing underscores our continued commitment to college affordability, ensuring that our young people and working adults have the opportunity to earn post-secondary degrees and advance their promising careers.”


Brother of Jersey City Man Killed at BJ’s Launches GoFundMe

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Following the death of his brother, Christian Lee Parra outside the downtown BJ’s wholesale club on Sunday evening, Eric Maldonado has launched a GoFundMe. Donated funds will support his brother’s surviving wife and children, per the Hudson County View. “We do this request for the kids and his wife so they can have a chance at life. We ask that you all remember Chris as I will for the delightful person he was, and the unforgettable memories he gave to us all. You will be missed my brother, Rest in Eternal Peace at the side of our Good Lord,” Maldonado writes. As of Thursday, the page had raised $19,480 towards their $25,000 goal.


Vinyl Record Sales Boom at Tunes Hoboken

 

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In a return to the music style of the past, sales are surging at Tunes Hoboken, an independent record store running strong since 1995. “We’ve seen a lot of changes over the years. But by being smaller and independent, we’ve always been able to adapt,” store owner, Chip Heuisle told ABC7. “We’ve sold more record players and speaker setups since reopening from the pandemic than ever before.” Read more about Tunes, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary, here.


Hoboken Increased Officers During ‘LepreCon’ Weekend

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While LepreCon appeared to be officially canceled this year, a website is still promoting the traditional bar crawl weekend event that takes place in Hoboken on the first Saturday of March. In response, Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect much of a commotion this year. There are limits on gatherings right now amid the pandemic, particularly inside a bar, where occupancy is limited to 35 percent and masks are required. Ferrante has added an extra 36 officers to the day and night’s deployment as a precaution. Read more here.


Redevelopment Plan Floated for Hoboken’s Legendary Water Music Studios

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A six-story mixed-use residential condo building may be constructed at the corner of 10th and Madison streets now that the Hoboken City Council has approved an introductory ordinance amending an area redevelopment plan paving way for the project, per the Hudson Reporter. It would be constructed at 931 Madison St, replacing the two-story brick building once home to Water Music Recorders, a residential recording studio founded in the 1980s which has seen its fair share of A-list musicians: Beyonce, Joey Ramone, U2, and the Dave Matthews Band among others. According to Nastasi, the development would include four stories of residential units, above a second-floor parking garage, and first-floor commercial and retail space.


Preliminary Number Released For Hoboken School Aid Next Year

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A proposed state budget would increase funding to 300 school districts but decrease aid for 200. Hoboken is in the second group of school districts and is set to lose $420,287, or 4.86 percent of its aid for the 2021-2022 school year, according to Patch. The district is slated to get a total of $8.2 million in state aid toward its budget, instead of $8.6 million like the current year.


Vaccinating Underserved Communities in Jersey City

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Beginning March 8th, a new program will open up places of worship in the Bergen/Lafayette and Heights areas for vaccine distribution, per the Hudson Reporter. According to the county, this program will help launch the new community vaccine distribution program backed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through a partnership with Governor Phil Murphy and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. The program is set to provide 3,000 first and second doses targeted at underserved communities in Jersey City.


Jersey City’s Partnership with Lyft to Enhance Transportation Network

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Following final approval, an agreement between Jersey City and Lyft will expand and extend the Citi Bike program with 150 additional bikes and 15 new stations. The first two stations will be installed in Greenville within the first 60 days of the agreement. Jersey City’s Municipal Council approved the resolution during Wednesday’s meeting. The new agreement will also include Hoboken, pending the City Council’s final approval. More info here.


Hoboken Vets Animal Clinic Announces Departure of Dr. Spencer


The staff at Hoboken Vets Animal Clinic announced the departure of Dr. Stephanie Spencer this week. “Today we are reaching out with a bittersweet announcement. Our amazing and beloved Dr. Stephanie Spencer will be leaving us at the end of March to start a new adventure out of state. While we are excited for her to start this new chapter in life, we will miss her greatly and we know you will as well. Rest assured that Dr. Spencer’s patients will still continue to receive the same loving and professional care you have come to expect from Hoboken Vets.” In her place, Dr. Sydney Friedman will join the team in Hoboken.


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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.