• The First Street Block Party in Hoboken is Happening Saturday, October 20th

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    You’re invited: The first ever First Street Block Party in Hoboken! In between Willow and Park Avenues, First Street will be shut off as locals enjoy the fall weather and the First Street Block Party featuring over 20 local businesses in and around the 1st Street area all day Saturday, October 20th.

    Things kick off on Saturday starting at 11:00AM downtown. The streets will be blocked off until 4:00PM, and with tons of local businesses involved in the event, there’s sure to be a lot of fun things to do. Local First Street favorites like Tony Boloney’s, Little City Books, Vintage on First, Mint Market, Choc-o-Pain, the Roig Collection, and more, will all be in attendance.

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    Other businesses slated to make appearances include Soho Flower and Garden, Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato, Northern Soul, Antique Bar & Bakery, Red Lion Framing, Alex Morales Atelier, Mulligans, Guitar Bar, Simply Juiced, Pavana Yoga, Trim, Sunnyside Cafe, Restore, Bum Pilates, and more. All will be offering specials, displaying products, and sharing more about local offerings.

    “Mark at Vintage on First is friends with a lot of people in a lot of circles and organized a collaboration pizza between Sweet Chick NYC & Tony Boloney’s,” Ricard Roig explains of First Street Block Party’s humble origins. “Since they were planning to have an event to showcase this new pie on First Street, Mark wanted to make it bigger and thought to include as many businesses from the block as he could.”

    “A sidewalk party idea then escalated into me reaching out to our councilperson Mike De Fusco for a block party,” Roig tells Hoboken Girl. “Mike got us on a conference call with Jason in City Hall and Lt. Petrosino. All of us talked it through and the Lt. was so kind to offer us a Saturday where they could close down the street and they also offered to expedite the process for us. Lt. Petrosino also so generously included the police staff at no charge and no charge for street closing signs which is a huge savings. The city and the police recognized our need as small businesses to come together for our great community to share in some local fun and local culture.”

    So what can community members expect from the party? “[Expect] great food,” Roig says. “They will also have a corn hole game going. Live music by Moondrips, a nice Surf Jazz Band from Long Beach Island that is up visiting for the day, DJ J Hart from Brooklyn and and DJ Take Five from Hoboken. Guitar Bar is playing, too.”

    And so much more! “Also people can expect that if this is a hit the city will work with us again to have it in the Spring, so please come join us. We reserved the block for you,” Roig says.

    READ: A List of Local {Brick and Mortar} Hoboken Businesses to Support Every Day

    As us Hoboken residents know, it’s important now more than ever to support local businesses, and this is a fantastic way to do so. So, if you’re strolling around town Sunday morning and afternoon, take a different route and explore all that First Street has to offer — trust us, there’s probably more than you think.

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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainability and health and wellness content. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.