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26 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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We know you’re busy — which is why we take care of the leg work when it comes to local news and bring you a weekly roundup of everything you might have missed in Hoboken + Jersey City. Catch up on all there is to know, including the following headlines: Paris Baguette to open cafe in Hudson County; Johnny Depp spotted in Hoboken; State of Liberty’s crown to reopen; and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.

Jersey City Ranks 4th in Best Cities for a Sweet Tooth

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Halloween may grab all the treat-related attention for October holidays, but National Dessert Day on October 14th shouldn’t be overlooked. A recent nationwide study ranked Jersey City 4th overall in Best Cities for a Sweet Tooth.  Jersey City’s culinary diversity is worth bragging about, as many of the delicious bakeries, ice cream shops, and other sweet stops ensure that both quality and quantity are part of the equation. Click here to read about this study and to find some of the best places to celebrate National Dessert Day.

Johnny Depp, Jeff Beck Spotted at Augustino’s in Hoboken

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Local favorite Augustino’s, located at 1104 Washington Street, is beloved by Hoboken neighbors and visitors, and is known to be a hotspot for celebrity sightings. This iconic Italian restaurant has been the location of many star sightings over the years, and this week another A-list celeb visited the red-awning restaurant in uptown Hoboken. Johnny Depp, who is currently on tour performing with Jeff Beck, visited the restaurant earlier this week. Click here to read more about this quintessential Hoboken spot and why Johnny Depp was in town.

Elevate Pilates to Open New Studio in Uptown Hoboken


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Elevate Pilates is opening a second location in uptown Hoboken on Tuesday, November 1st. The new studio will be located at 1414 Grand Street, Suite 201 and feature eight reformer machines. Elevate Pilates is a fitness and wellness studio designed to improve your mind, body, and soul.

Hoboken Northwest Resiliency Park Gets Scoreboards

The new Northwest Resiliency Park in Hoboken has been in the works since it closed at the end of 2019, Patch reported. The latest addition that can be seen from outside of the construction barriers is a new scoreboard. The park will be completed by spring 2023.

South Street Fish & Ramen Co. Closes Hoboken Location


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Signage on the street this week communicated that South Street Fish & Ramen Co., located at 219 Washington Street in Hoboken, is closed for now. It was not clear if the closure will be permanent. The ramen shop has another location in town at 36 Newark Street.

Netflix Series The Watcher Highlights Real New Jersey Story


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The Watcher, a new limited series on Netflix, is based on the real-life story of a family who tried to make 657 Boulevard in Westfield, New Jersey their home in June 2014. According to NJ.com, Naomi Watts and Bobby Cannavale star in the film which uses menacing passages from The Watcher’s real letters as the starting point for the show.

Riverside Pediatrics to Consolidate Hoboken Locations

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Riverside Pediatrics, located at 609 Washington Street, had signage go up this week saying the office will be moving to join the practice’s other location at 1111 Hudson Street, per Patch. The adult medicine office will move to 1425 Bloomfield Street.

Hudson County Tenants May Get Free Legal Help

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Hudson County is looking to change laws regarding right to attorney in eviction cases by developing plans to help with housing-related legal needs, according to NJ.com. These efforts are intended to shore up tenant protections by directly funding full-time attorneys to represent tenants.

Hoboken Hot Bagels Has Officially Reopened

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Here in Hoboken and Hudson County, we take pride in our bagels. From a classic plain bagel smothered in butter to a bagel with lox and cream cheese, New Jerseyians love every variety of this delicious breakfast item. The good news for those living in the Mile Square is that a Hoboken favorite is officially back open for business after being closed for renovations — Hoboken Hot Bagels, located at 634 Washington Street. Click here to read about this local bagel spot and its reopening.

‘Day of Dignity’ Campaign Reaches Homeless in Newark


On Saturday, October 15th, Islamic Relief USA held a charity event at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, Patch reported. The annual Day of Dignity event provided local residents with essential items like meals, hygiene kits, health tests, and school supplies.

Proposed Jersey City Charter School Approved

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Kindle Education recently received approval from the New Jersey Department of Education to open a public charter in the fall of 2023, per Jersey Digs. This approval is the second new charter school issued by the state in the last five years. The school will house 6th through 12th grade and will not require entry exams from prospective students.

Statue of Liberty Crown Finally Reopening to Visitors 

Just ahead of her 136th birthday on October 28th, Lady Liberty has something to celebrate: the iconic crown, which has been closed since spring 2020, has now reopened to visitors. While Liberty Island and the Statue have reopened to visitors for a while, guests could only go so far as the pedestal. Now, visitors can get nearly to the top of the copper-clad statue and enjoy a priceless view of Manhattan Harbor. Click here for more information and how to plan a trip to the Statue of Liberty’s crown.

Portside Towers in Jersey City Now Under Rent Control

Jersey City and Hoboken have some of the highest rent prices in the country, especially given recent price hikes following the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s been discovered that a few local buildings requiring a price jump from its tenants have actually fallen under rent control law — the latest of which is one building of Portside Towers in Jersey City, per Patch. Equity Residential issued a letter to residents making them aware of the update which includes lower rent and any applicable credits from previous months rent where the new limitations apply.

Wendy’s Now Open in West New York

A new Wendy’s location recently opened in West New York, per Jersey Digs. Located at 5005 Bergenline Avenue, the fast food restaurant started renovations earlier this year in the ground floor space which is situated a short walk from the Bergenline Avenue Light Rail Station.

Jersey City Police Department to Pay $925K in Settlement Case


For the second time in two weeks the Jersey City Police Department is wrapping up a police brutality settlement with a six-figure sum. According to NJ.com, this case concerns a dog owner who suffered multiple facial fractures in a 2017 incident with a police officer over his unleashed dog.

The Hoboken Terminal is Getting a New Look — Here’s What to Expect

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While most people use the Hoboken Terminal as a pass-through space to get to one of several transit options, leaders of a new project to revitalize the area hope the improvements will encourage people to stay a while. The project, called Hoboken Connect, will preserve the historically significant architectural elements of the station while upgrading the space to have more resources for the community, like performing arts, shops, and restaurants. The Terminal’s multimodal transit options will be enhanced, and several buildings around the Terminal will undergo renovation as well. Earlier this week, local and state officials kicked off the beginning of the Hoboken Connect project. Click here for what we know about Hoboken Terminal’s new look.

Jersey City Educator Arrested on Sex-Related Charges

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The Harrison Police Department recently arrested the former Dean at St. Benedicts Preparatory School, Didier Jean-Baptiste on charges related to sexual misconduct. According to Jersey City Times, Jean-Baptiste was charged with one count of Luring by Attempt and one count of Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child. A spokesperson at St. Benedicts reported that he has been fired from his position and while no students were involved in the incident, an internal investigation is underway.

The Rivington Cancels Contract with Hoboken Shuttle


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Landlords for the Rivington, an uptown Hoboken apartment complex have canceled a contract with the shuttle company which currently takes residents from the residential building to the Hoboken Terminal, reported Patch. The property’s owners, Equity Residential, are citing low ridership while others claim it is tied to the recent rent control  ruling.

New NJ Proposal Would Define Central Jersey — And Confirm Its Existence

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A new bill that proposed in the New Jersey Legislature looks to define the boundaries of Central Jersey. Central Jersey is often the butt of friendly ribbing from its North and South Jersey neighbors, querying whether Central Jersey does exist. The bill proposes defining the region for the purpose of promoting tourism. Click here to read about the proposed bill.

Two-Tower “Art Walk” Development Coming to Journal Square

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Renderings for a new art walk proposed for the space behind the Loew’s Theater were recently released, per Jersey Digs. The project would include parks, plazas, a performance space, and more for the local community to enjoy.

Advocates + Local Officials Rally to Protect Caven Point in Liberty State Park

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Friends of Liberty State Park and local officials gathered in Liberty State Park on Saturday, October 8th, for a rally. According to Hudson County View, the group is working to protect Caven Point from possible commercialization. A bill is currently being reviewed by the legislature which would protect the land from being developed.

Babo Tea House Closes Newport Cafe


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Babo Tea House, located at 10 River Drive South in the Newport neighborhood of Jersey City, has officially closed, per Patch. The owners shared on social media, “We held out as long as we could. Thank you for letting us serve you for the past 20 years!” No updates or signage has been posted to show what might come to the retail space.

Paris Baguette to Open in Hudson County


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Paris Baguette, a chain of french bakeries, announced plans to open a shop in Hudson County, reported Patch. The cafe is known for sandwiches, decadent little pastries, and coffee. In addition to the new location coming to West New York, the chain also plans to open in Livingston, Red Bank, and Montgomery.

Project to Restore Historic Jersey City Theater Gets $42M in Tax Credits

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The historic Loew’s Theater in Jersey City was built in 1929 and was saved from demolition decades ago by local activists, Patch reported. Now, thanks to the Historic Property Reinvestment Program, the theater will undergo renovations to put on shows for live audiences once again. The estimated total cost for the project is $110M.

Hoboken Museum Interviews Survivor Finalist, Mike Turner


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The Hoboken Historical Museum airs a live interview each week with one of Hoboken’s many colorful residents, per Patch. On Thursday, October 13th, the latest installment featured Mike Turner, a former Hoboken firefighter, who finished second in the last season of Survivor.

CBD Facility Looks to Add Recreational Sales + Lounge

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Harmony Dispensary is a medicinal-only facility located at 227 Coles Street in Jersey City and is looking to add a “class 5 adult-use retail facility” which would include a consumption lounge. According to Jersey Digs, the design firm Wolfgang & Hite has drawn up plans for the complex and has included 17 parking spaces across the street.

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