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30 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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As always, it’s been another news-filled week in Hudson County, here’s what you missed in Hoboken + Jersey City. Among the local headlines: BYOB Italian restaurant The Franklin is expanding to Secaucus, the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School is the first middle school in the state to be approved to take college-level classes, New Jersey Blood Services is partnering with Global Blood Fund to support relief efforts in Ukraine, and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City + beyond.

Medical Card No Longer Required for Adults 21+ to Purchase Cannabis Products in New Jersey

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According to a tweet by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, adults 21+ will no longer be required to show a medical card to purchase cannabis and cannabis products. This new ruling comes as cannabis shops and dispensaries are being approved and opened throughout Hoboken + Jersey City.

The Man Who Spotted Subway Shooter is a Jersey City Resident

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On the morning of Tuesday, April 12th, it was reported that a man had entered a New York subway, set off a smoke grenade, and began shooting the passengers on the subway cart. At least 23 people were injured; no deaths. A city-wide manhunt was underway shortly after the attack and the White House sent reinforcements to help in the search to find the attacker, who has since been caught as of Tuesday evening, with the help of a report from a Jersey City resident working in the City. His name is Zack Tahhan and he’s been hailed a hero for spotting Frank James and is said to have ultimately assisted the police in locating him and taking him into custody. Click here for what we know.

Community Invited to Clear the Wishlist Initiative for Hoboken Community Center’s Pantry

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The Food Pantry at the Hoboken Community Center provides more than food: hygiene products are available as well. This month, The Hoboken Girl, along with the support of its readers, will be supporting the Hoboken Community Center (HCC) with a Clear the Wishlist initiative, focusing on replenishing the Pantry’s hygiene supplies. Click here to read about the Hoboken Community Center and to check out the Amazon list.

Food Network Host Jeff Mauro Gives Shoutout to Hoboken + Jersey City


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Food Network co-host Jeff Mauro, stopped for a photo op in Hoboken and to give a shout out to the Mile Square City, Jersey City, and Montclair. The post reads, “I realized that during my picturesque run (gotta work off that 400 episode cake!) along the Hudson that I spend a tremendous amount of time in the great state of New Jersey…which, I have come to realize after 9 years of working from here, New Jersey is pretty much the Chicago of New York – especially Hoboken, Montclair, and Jersey City. Now, not sure if this might offend some, but I think it’s is a wonderful comparison. The people are passionate and prideful, the food is authentic and more accessible & there are a ton of well behaved dogs and families everywhere. Just a way different vibe here in the Garden State than across the river…and I totally dig it. See you next week Jerzzzz”

6-Year-Old Vocalist from Weehawken Wins Grammy

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Ayan Shah, a Kindergarten student at Stevens Co-Op, won a Grammy on Sunday, April 3rd. This award makes him the youngest vocalist to receive the award, a record previously held by Leah Peasall, age 8. Shah sang for the album, A Colorful World, which received the Best Children’s Album award.

Teen from School of Rock Played National Anthem to Kick Off Hoboken’s Little League Opening Day


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Hoboken resident, 14-year-old Tyler Wachtel, played the National Anthem to kick off the Little League Opening Day. Tyler is a lead guitarist at School of Rock in Hoboken and his rendition of the song on the electric guitar was met with a round of applause.

Hoboken Mutzfest Coming in May

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The Hoboken Family account shared the news this week that Hoboken’s Annual Mutzfest is happening next month. The post says, “It’s not the same as hanging it in 20-degree weather in the cover of the night but we’re happy that omicron has passed and we can celebrate Mutzfest on Sunday, May 15th.”

HBA x Main Street Pops to Host Film Festival + Earth Day Celebration 4/30 in Hoboken


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On Saturday, April 30th Main Street Pops + the Hoboken Business Alliance will host The Wild & Scenic Film Festival + Outdoor Earth Day Celebration in Hoboken. The event will begin at 3PM with a Green Artisan Market, live music, nature-themed art classes, and more. Click here for details.⁠

Hudson Pride Center to Host First Prom Pride Event

This week the Hudson Pride Center announced a prom-themed fundraiser for this year’s Pride events. The post says, “This magical evening is important to so many of our community members who skipped Prom, couldn’t go with their preferred date, in their preferred attire, or simply weren’t authentically themselves. This evening will give our community the opportunity to come together and finally have that memorable Prom everyone deserves! The event features an open bar, scrumptious buffet, entertainment, and a night of music and dancing! Please join us as a sponsor for the LGBTQ+ Prom Fundraiser. The funds raised from this event will go directly to supporting the center’s daily operations, programs, and services.”

Hoboken Resident to Host a Plant + Clothes Swap on 4/24

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As more spring happenings pop up all around Hudson County, a Hoboken resident is adding to the agenda. Anel Laurens will be hosting a Plants + Clothes Swap on Sunday, April 24th. Click here to read about this upcoming Hoboken event.

Newell Creative Kitchen Space Opens in Hoboken

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Newell Brands is opening its first kitchen space in Hoboken, NJ. The Atlanta-based company announced the launch of Newell Creative Kitchen, its first-ever multi-purpose, brick-and-mortar kitchen space that will serve many purposes. Stay tuned for more info.

Pizza Studio Coming Soon to Newport Mall

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A new eatery will soon be joining the food court inside the Newport Centre Mall. Pizza Studio, a Los Angeles-based restaurant, is bringing its unique premium pizza and fast-casual concept to New Jersey for the first time. Click here to read about Pizza Studio coming to Jersey City.

Jersey City Restaurant, The Franklin, Expands to Secaucus

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BYOB Italian restaurant in the Jersey City Heights, The Franklin, best known for its brunch, quickly became a local fave only having just opened in 2019. It’s also known for its upscale dining experience and family-friendly environment. To no surprise, this gem has just expanded and opened a restaurant in Secaucus, at 780 Fifth Street. Click here for details about The Franklin’s new outpost in Secaucus.

The School of Creative Snaps for Kids to Open in Jersey City

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The School of Creative Snaps will soon be opening its doors for budding young photographers. Located at 150 Bay Street in Jersey City, the new learning center will welcome kids who are eager to learn how to work with a professional camera and the art of photography. Click here to read about The School of Creative Snaps.

City of Hoboken Invites Public Opinion on New Dog Run

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Hudson County is considering putting a dog run in one of the largest parks in town that doesn’t have one, per Patch. The city of Hoboken will be having a meeting about the proposed change to Columbus Park and the community will be invited to the meeting to state their opinions on the dog run. Hoboken currently has nine public dog runs. 

HoLa Becomes the First Middle School in New Jersey to Receive Approval for AP Spanish Program

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The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School is the first middle school in the state to be approved to take college-level classes and be able to sit for the Advanced Placement exam, per Tap Into. The school’s 7th and 8th-grade curriculum as an AP Spanish Program. Starting this spring 8th graders at HoLa will be able to graduate with an AP grade on their record.

Saint Peter’s Hires Bashir Mason as New Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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Saint Peter’s has hired their new men’s basketball coach, per NJ.com. Bashir Mason is a Jersey City native and is the ex-Wagner coach. Mason was born and raised locally and the school has expressed excitement about having a local as the basketball coach.

Hoboken Library Director Helps Ring Nasdaq Closing Bell

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Hoboken Library Director Jennie Pu and other librarians from New York City rang the closing bell at Nasdaq’s Marketsite in Times Square, per Tap Into. They joined the American Library Association on Friday afternoon to mark the end of National Library Week. Rob Phillips, the managing director of Nasdaq, welcomed the ALA to help ring the bell.

Redevelopment Plans for Hoboken’s Windsor Wax Building Move Forward


Plans for the redevelopment of the Windsor Wax Building in Hoboken are moving forward, per Jersey Digs. The first efforts to redevelop this building emerged in 2019 and the plans have since expanded. This proposal calls for the ground-up construction to rise seven stories with Windsor Was on the front of the new buildings as an homage to the area’s history.

NJBS Partners with GBF to Donate Money to Ukraine


New Jersey Blood Services is partnering with Global Blood Fund in order to support their efforts in Ukraine, per a press release. Throughout the month of April donors who are interested are able to register and the NJBS will donate $1 to the GBF’s efforts to Ukrainian refugees. You can sign-up to donate blood in the month of April here.

Jersey City Shake Shack Plans Unconfirmed

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The popular burger chain Shake Shack may be coming to Jersey City’s Newport Centre Mall, per Patch. The initial report came on March 30th, but since that announcement the original details have disappeared from the mall’s website. A Shake Shack spokesperson has said that they are unable to confirm any of the Jersey City Shake Shack plans.

Jersey City Seeks to Purchase 3 Properties for New Police Precincts

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Jersey City is planning to purchase three properties for some new police precincts, per NJ.com. The two new police precincts would end up replacing the current century-old buildings on the northern and southern ends of the city. The city council will vote on introducing the three ordinances to acquire through purchase or condemnations the properties.

Hoboken Puts a Price on Hoboken Municipal Complex

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The City of Hoboken has officially put a price tag on its proposed complex on 15th Street, per Patch. The price is $152 million, but it could reportedly rise to $192 million. The plan would involve building a new municipal garage, public safety complex, library branch, and community center. The city has said that the complex is much needed to replace outdated facilities.

CPAC is Coming Back for Third Year at Meadowlands Expo Center

The Castle Point Anime Convention is returning for its 13th year on Saturday, April 30th through Sunday, May 1st, per NJ.com. CPAC will take place at the Meadowlands Expo Center and this will be the third year that the convention takes place at the Meadowlands Expo Center. The convention celebrates all things anime and manga as well as Japanese culture.

Hoboken Housing Authority’s First New Building Could Be 10 Stories


In order to prevent residents from having to move more than once during the total overhaul of Hoboken Housing Authority residences, the first building constructed may be up to 10 stories tall, per NJ.com. This updated plan means the new floors will be up from the originally decided six floors. This updated plan will not change the allowable heights within redevelopment overall.

JCTC Combines Two Festivals to Host 10-Day Event

JCTC will be combining two different festivals for the last half of the month of April, per NJ.com. JCTC will be presenting Sant Jordi USA in Jersey City and online from Monday, April 18th to Thursday, April 28th, and the event is going to celebrate world literature and the arts. The festival combines the Sant Jordi USA Book Festival and the Sant Jordi Festival of Performing Arts in Jersey City. The festival will take place at the Barrow Street Studios and the event is free to attend.

GRID Real Estate Named Exclusive Retail Leasing Agent for Journal Square


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GRID Real Estate has been retained by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and PATH exclusive retail leasing agents for the Journal Square Transportation Center in Jersey City, per Jersey Digs. GRID Real Estate is a boutique real estate brokerage and advisory firm. They recently announced they are hired to handle the Journal Square Transportation Center which is one of New Jersey’s busiest transportation centers. 

Rivet 26 Secures Refinancing in Jersey City


A two-building luxury multi-family community in Jersey City’s West Side neighborhood has secured money to refinance the buildings, per Jersey Digs. Rivet and Rivet 26 secured around $105 million in refinancing. The two buildings encompass 363 units.

Hoboken Library Makes CyberCafe Permanent Service

The Hoboken Public Library has brought back its popular outdoor CyberCafe service, per Tap Into. This setup will be available Monday through Friday from 10:30AM to 4PM right across the street from the library. This service will be allowed throughout the fall weather permitting.

Hoboken High Schools Sailing Team Officially Opens

Hoboken High School students will now be able to enjoy sailing. According to this Instagram post the Hoboken High School Sailing Team has been launched. The team will officially launch this spring for grades 9-12.

Indoor Dining Reopens at Hooked in Jersey City


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Indoor dining at Hooked in Jersey City has officially reopened, per Jersey Digs. The indoor dining option will be from Wednesday to Friday plus Mondays starting at 4PM until 10PM. This is just one of the many restaurants starting to open following the pandemic.

Jersey City Teens Arrested in Stolen Car Crash

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Three Jersey City teens have been charged with receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, per NJ.com. They were involved in a vehicle accident around 2:30AM while driving a stolen car. They fled the scene on foot and were later arrested.

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