• Artichoke Pizza Coming to Hoboken and Jersey City + More News You Missed This Week {11/5/17}

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    Hellllloooo daylight savings! We definitely needed that extra hour of sleep after the number of events that took place in Hudson County over the past week. Between Ample Hill Creamery’s opening, Choc O Pain’s lunch menu, and a string of recent break-ins, there has been no shortage of news. Settle in, grab your coffee, and maybe some of that leftover Halloween candy you have laying around – here are the top Hoboken + Jersey City news stories of the week:

    Hoboken Resident Secures Spot on Power Bar’s Clean Start Marathon Team

    Photo by: Ashley Clayton

    Last August, Hoboken resident Ashley Clayton collapsed in the PATH station during rush hour. As a healthy active young woman, Ashley was shocked to find out that she had a tumor in her brain, but was prepared to fight against her illness. Several weeks later, Ashley underwent a successful craniotomy and was relieved to find out that her tumor had been benign. Ashley had signed up for her first marathon in Washington D.C. that October, but had to defer her entry because of the surgery. Despite the emotional and physical journey she had been through, Ashley hit the pavement again a mere three weeks post-op. Ashley was awarded one of seventeen spots on the Power Bar Clean Start TCS New York City Marathon Team. The team is comprised of individuals that  have overcome, or are in the midst of overcoming, setbacks that delayed them from achieving their goals. Ashley is dedicating her marathon to her parents, co-workers and friends who have supported her. However, she ended her entry stating, “Most importantly, I would like to cross the finish line in the city that saved my life.

    Multiple Artichoke Basille Pizza Shops Coming to NJ {and Hoboken and Jersey City are on the list}

    Photo: Artichoke Pizza via Instagram

    One of NYC’s most popular pizzerias is coming to Hoboken and four other New Jersey cities! Jersey Digs broke the news of the Artichoke’s expansion last Friday. Artichoke Basille’s Pizza was started by Francis Garcia and Sal Basille in 2008. Since then, the duo has opened pizzerias all over New York City and one location in Miami and another in Berkeley, California. Their signature Artichoke Pie and Crab Pie are just two of the innovative pizzas that have drawn the attention of national media outlets such as New York Post, The Tonight Show, and The Chew. The five New Jersey locations will be located in Hoboken, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Princeton, and Newark and are part of a five-unit franchise deal facilitated by Fransmart. The deal has was just finalized so the specific addresses of the future pizzerias are yet to be determined. Stay tuned for more info in the coming months.

    Trusty Tails Purchases New Space in Hoboken

    Trusty Tails owner, Heather Giada, with her dog Blue.

    Trusty Tails, a name we have come to associate with dog walking, cat sitting, and overnight pet care will soon be adding grooming to their repertoire of services. News of their expanded services was shared via the company’s Twitter account this past weekend. The new property will house both a grooming studio and the business’ headquarters. Owner Heather Giada started Trusty Tails in 2006 and her business has grown to be one of the largest dog walking and pet care companies in town.

    Stevens Institute of Technology Grad-Student Identified as a Victim in NYC’s Latest Terrorist Attack

    Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, a 29-year-old Uzbekistan native who was living in New Jersey, has been charged with terrorism offenses following the attack he carried out on Tuesday, October 31st. Saipov drove a rented truck along a bike path on the lower east side of Manhattan killing 8 people and injuring several others. Darren Drake, a Master’s student in the Information Systems program at Stevens Institute of Technology, was among the victims of the attack. Saipov claims he had been planning the attack for a year and decided to use a vehicle as his weapon nearly two months ago. He chose Halloween because he believed there would be more people on the streets because of the holiday. Saipov stated that he was inspired by Islamic state videos and authorities confirmed that his phone contained thousands of images and videos of Isis-related propaganda. Tuesday’s attack marks the deadliest act of terror in New York City since 9/11.

    Hazardous Waste {aka Urine} Found Within Walls of Luxury Condominium

    A local Weehawken couple that purchased a $2 million condominium at 1200 Port Imperial claims to have found hazardous waste in their walls according to an article featured on Page Six last week. The couple purchased their home in March 2017 and began renovations shortly thereafter. They were alarmed to receive news from their contractor that the team had found water bottles full of urine, feces, and rotting food within the recently demolished walls of the bathroom. It was later discovered that the bedroom walls also contained urine soaked insulation. The couple has since sued Lennar Sale Corporation and is seeking punitive and compensatory damages in addition to court costs. Since the allegations, Lennar has only offered to open up the bottom parts of the walls for inspection, according to the lawsuit. For now, the home remains unoccupied and is accruing maintenance fees, property taxes and mortgage charges. The couple offered to sell their home back to Lennar at the original purchase price, but it was rejected.

    Stevens Hosts Forum for Hoboken Mayoral Candidates

    Stevens Institute of Technology hosted a public forum for the six Hoboken mayoral candidates on October 25th. The forum started with each candidate giving an opening statement in which they outlined their platform, and the moderator then asked several rounds of questions that had been submitted by the audience. Each candidate was given a chance to response and an additional chance to rebut. Taxes, flooding, Washington Street construction, and recreational space were just some of the topics discussed. Attendees stated that candidates did not shy away from challenging the positions and past decision of their opponents throughout the forum. Check out or political series here and remember to vote this Tuesday, November 7th!

    Benjamin Moore Paint Returns to Jersey City

    After a seven-year hiatus, Benjamin Moore Paint is back in Jersey City. The Benjamin Moore line is available at Novick Hardware located at 302 Central Avenue. Novick Hardware has been owned and operated by Mitzi and Bartolo Tejada since 2013. The Tejadas are the third set of owners to keep the small family-run business in the city and have worked tirelessly to revive the shop. In a recent interview, Mitzi stated, “Benjamin Moore is high quality paint and there is a large demand for it in this neighborhood. We didn’t realize how big the demand was until we started to carry it. We have heard from our customers how happy they are to find it here which is the only hardware store in the area to carry it.” They hope that quality products and outstanding service will inspire residents to tackle home updates that they have managed to ignore for months. We wish the Tejadas continued success and hope that Novick’s continues to serve the Jersey City Community for future generations.

    Hoboken Residents Plagues by String of Break-Ins

    Last weekend, three separate residences were targeted during a string of home break-ins. The perpetrator was caught on multiple home security cameras and appears  to have committed all three crimes. The break-ins occurred along 4th Street going west and took place during the weekend of October 28-29. Bicycles seem to be the item of choice as they were stolen from all three homes, although one home has also reported stolen clothing. The suspect, identified as a male with facial hair, attempted to enter one apartment area through the building’s ground-floor entrance. In addition to ensuring all doors and windows are locked, residents are advised to keep all property left outdoors secured with a chain and lock. It’s also important to NOT just buzz in or let in anyone off the street unless you know them.

    Here is image that a reader sent over from her security camera, in case you see him:

    The Opening of The Gravity Vault Indoor Rock Gym {Hoboken}: Coming Soon

    While Gravity Vault is keeping the date of their grand opening under wraps, their neighbor, Pilsener Haus, recently tweeted that the space is almost ready for business. Gravity Vault, which was originally founded in 2005 by Lucas Kovalcik and Tim Walsh, is one of the region’s premiere rock climbing gyms. Gravity Vault asserts that all of their facilities are open to rock climbers of all ages and abilities. With memberships, days-passes, private climbing sessions, birthday parties, camps, competitive climbing teams, belay classes and more it easy to see the flexibility that patrons are afforded. According to their website each franchise features “a wall with Arêtes, Arches, Key Holes, Chimneys, Cracks, Overhangs, and more.” For those of us who are new to the sport, you can expect 14,000+ square feet of climbing, 40+ foot climbing walls, and 45-60 top rope stations which will provide a unique cardiovascular and strength training workout. Stay tuned for more details on the official grand opening and be sure to stop by the uptown location for a sneak peak at the expansive walls.

    Plans for Harborside Tower Unveiled

    SJP properties and Mack-Cali Realty Corporation have unveiled plans for the Harborside Tower, the newest corporate office scheduled for construction in Jersey City. The 40-story tower will have 1.2 million square feet of office space and will be certified as a LEED Gold building. The exterior will be made from glass and steel with double-height private terraces on the 15th and 26th floors. A conference center on the building’s mezzanine floor, roof garden, and lounge area are just some of the featured amenities. A raised lobby was designed to ensure the building will be protected from flooding.The tower is located one block from the Exchange Place PATH station and six-eight minutes from the Harborside NY waterway ferry. A 600-car garage will also provide commuters with plenty of available parking space. Companies that relocate to Harborside Tower will be eligible for New Jersey’s “Grow NJ” assistance program and other economic incentives. Prospective tenants can learn more by visiting Harborside Tower online.

    Choc-O-Pain Bakery Expands Menu to Include Lunch

    Choc O Pain Bakery announced on Instagram that they are now serving made-to-order salads and sandwiches during the lunchtime hours. Lunch options, which will be served daily from 10AM-3PM, will include toasted sandwiches, kale and fennel salad, lentil salad, and more. For those of you who have not yet had a chance to stop by, Choc O Pain is a French bakery that is owned and operated by Clémence Danko, a French native who moved with her husband to Hoboken in 2009. On her website Danko explains, “In France épiceries, are small neighborhood shops that sell basic groceries along with specialty items.” Currently Choc O Pain has two boulangeries, with small épicerie componentsone in Hoboken and another in Jersey City. Their next Hoboken location will be on 15th Street in Hoboken allowing residents to enjoy the Parisian neighborhood cafe vibe no matter what end of town they live in.

    Annual Artists Studio Tour Held in Hoboken Today {11/5/17}

    Hoboken is hosting the Artists Studio Tour today, November 5th from 12PM-6PM. The self-guided tour is FREE to all and a map of the studio stops can be downloaded here or picked up at City Hall, located at 94 Washington Street. Visitors will have the opportunity to visit studios, galleries, and group exhibitions displaying artwork from over 100 artists. Artists, photographers, sculptors, artisans, poets, musicians and performance artists will be present making this event one of the most artistically diverse to date. The creative masterminds behind the artwork will be stationed at each stop allowing visitors to ask questions about the featured pieces and their creative processes.

    Hoboken Holiday Market {for charity} Coming SOON!

    Save the date for Hoboken’s first annual holiday market for charity. The market will be held on Tuesday, December 6PM-10PM at the W Hotel in Hoboken. We are currently looking for local vendors who own local product lines/etsy shops and would be interested in joining the event. If you fit that criteria please fill out our online application form. There will be a small ticket fee to enter the market, and 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Dustin and Daniel Friedland Scholarship fund, created to honor two Hoboken residents and brothers who tragically passed away {2013 and 2016}. Stay tuned for further details.

    Best of Hoboken and Jersey City {2017} Nominations

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    It’s that time of year again and we need your help nominating local businesses for HG’s annual Best of Hoboken and Jersey City awards. The nominating process is super simple and can be done via our online nomination form. Take a few minutes and celebrate your favorite salon, restaurant, or entrepreneur. You can nominate as many businesses, people, and places as you want in as many relevant categories that are available. Nominations can be made from November 1-20 and the finalists will be announced after Thanksgiving.

     
    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street!

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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.