It’s been another busy week in the Hoboken + Jersey City area and there are plenty of headlines to catch up on. Among the highlights: Dom Castellitto of Dom’s Bakery passes away, Hoboken Mutz Fest returns this week, and a sinkhole swallows part of Jersey City street. Read on for more Hudon County headlines you missed the week of April 20th, 2023.
Remembering Dom Castellitto of Dom’s Bakery
Dom Castellitto, owner of Dom’s Bakery passed away this week, on April 25th. His passing was announced by his daughter JoAnne Castellitto Perkins saying, “It is with extreme sadness that we announce our beloved husband, father, pop pop and great pop pop has left this earth to be with his family and friends in heaven. We have been lucky to have him here with us for so long and will miss him dearly. Daddy, I love you and will miss you forever. Rest easy with angles and make them the best loaf of bread ever.”
Dom and his wife Flo shared the news of their retirement earlier this year after 43 years of serving the Hoboken community. Read more about Dom and his legacy in the Mile Square here.
Liberty State Park Revitalization Plans Meeting Rescheduled
The Department of Environmental Protection announced a new date for the recently postponed open house to discuss plans to revitalize Liberty State Park. The meeting has now been set for Wednesday, May 24th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the CRRNJ Terminal. Plans to revamp the interior, add recreational amenities, revitalize the historic train sheds, and create a master plan for the rest of the park will also be discussed.
Corgi Distillery to Host Annual Fundraiser
According to NJ.com, The Jersey City Riverview Jazz Festival will host its annual fundraiser gala on Monday, May 1st. The anniversary party will have live music performances, local fare, and a silent auction, among other activities. All proceeds will go directly to the funding of the 2023 Jersey City Jazz Festival, which will take place on June 3rd and 4th and is presented by Exchange Place Alliance.
BofA Provides Free Admission to Select NJ Museums
Bank of America, Merrill, and Bank of America Private Bank cardholders can take advantage of free general admissions to a number of museums in New Jersey starting on Saturday, May 6th, and Sunday, May 7th. Among these museums include Liberty Science Center, The Newark Art Museum, Morris Museum, Hunterdon Art Museum, Wheaton Artis and Cultural Center, and Montclair Art Museum. Cardholders can gain free access to these attractions the first full weekend of every month through the Museums on Us program.
Mayor Fulop Honors JC Native + UConn Basketball Coach, Dan Hurley with Key to the City
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Jersey City native and UConn Huskies Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Dan Hurley was honored at City Hall this week and was presented a Key to the City during a ceremony on April 25th. Prior to his success at UConn, he began his historic basketball career at St. Anthony’s High School where he lead the St. Anthony’s team to a 31-1 record.
#HudsonGives Hosts 24 Hours of Giving
The Hudson County Chamber of Commerce’s annual #HudsonGives event is taking place on May 11, 2023, to support different organizations in the area. Although the official date is set for May 11th, donations will be accepted from May 2nd through May 18th. There are many ways to support these local organizations such as “A Night of Broadway” to benefit the Youth Foundation of JC, “Steak + Burger Dinner” to benefit the Boys + Girls Clubs of Hudson County, and “A Taste of India” to benefit Let’s Save Ma’s Breast Cancer Awareness Initiatives. More information can be found here.
Hudson River Walkway Opens Uptown
On Thursday, Mayor Ravi Bhalla announced “Our new, expanded walkway along the uptown waterfront at the former Monarch site is now open!” This expansion was a welcome upgrade to the northeast portion of Sinatra Drive in uptown Hoboken. The paver walkway now connects the waterfront walkway on Shipyard Lane between Sinatra Drive and 15th Street after a long battle that prevented two residential towers from being constructed along the water.
Sinkhole Opens in Journal Square
A sinkhole opened up near Whitman + Sip Avenues in Jersey City early Monday morning. After being closed down for most of the day, the city had still not cleared the damage caused on Sip Avenue. No one was injured during the collapse, however, crews were able to prevent a backhoe from a neighboring construction site from falling into the sinkhole.
Hoboken Charter School Displays Animodule Sculpture
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Hoboken Charter School’s Upper School was recently added to the list of Animodule homes because of its sculpture, which proudly stands in front of the Upper Schools building at 711 Washington Street. The school also proudly presents a number of other projects including the murals that cover the walls of the school building.
“I am delighted to have these art installations serve as yet another reflection of who we are and how students can change the world: student voice as a visual!” shared Principal Joanna Weintraub.
Company Kafe Officially Opens in Hoboken
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Company Kafe owners Anthony Della Fave and Roy Maglori officially opened shop this past Friday, April 21st. The cafe sells a variety of coffee-based drinks, fresh bread from Antique Bakery, bagels from Bagels on the Hudson, and an array of pastries and other treats.
There will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony in early May. Be sure to stop by for grand opening specials and giveaways. Read more about the new shop here.
New Building + Brewery to Come to Uptown Hoboken
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A meeting to discuss the development of a commercial building, which is set to include a brewery, will be held on May 9th at 6:00PM. The topic of discussion will be based on the potential plans for this five-story building complete with a brewery, tasting rooms, and office space. Those interested in attending to view the plans can sign up for the Zoom meeting here.
28 Arrested in Hudson County Warrant Sweep
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Led by Sheriff Frank X. Schillari, the Hudson County Sherriff’s Office arrested 28 individuals during a county-wide warrant sweep. Some of the offenses included murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault, child neglect, burglary, and theft.
“As law enforcement officers, it is our duty to ensure that those who break the law are held accountable for their actions, and the success of this warrant sweep demonstrates our unwavering commitment to keeping our communities safe and bringing justice to those who have been victimized,” explained Sheriff Schillari. “We will continue to work tirelessly to bring closure to these cases and prevent future criminal activity.”
11th Annual Hoboken Mutzfest is Back
Mark your calendars because, on Sunday, April 30th, Mutzfest will be returning to the 14th Street Viaduct for the 11th year in a row. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hoboken Family Alliance, including the Summer Bike Camp for individuals with special needs. The day will be filled with family-friendly activities, live music, cannoli eating contents, Sinatra sing-a-longs, a beer + wine garden, and of course, fresh mutz. Tickets can be purchased here.
Mile Square Theatre Presents: Balloonacy, Now through May 21st
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The Mile Square Theatre is thrilled to present its newest production of Balloonacy. This exciting magic-filled, physical comedy is great for children of all ages.
A hilarious story of an individual celebrating his birthday alone who is taken by surprise when a round, red, uninvited guest floats into the picture. The slapstick comedy will star MST founder, Chris O’Connor and is directed by Andrew Baldwin. The show will run from April 26th to May 21st. Tickets can be purchased here.
Ordinance to Ban Fire Pits Shot Down by JC Council
An ordinance that would ban open fires and recreational fire pits in Jersey City was rejected by the City Council at Wednesday’s meeting. The council unanimously voted down this ordinance due to the lack of evidence that fire pits cause a notable number of fires in the city.
Hoboken Arts + Music Festival Returns May 7th
The Hoboken Spring Arts + Music Festival will be making its return on Sunday, May 7th from 11:00AM to 6:00PM. The festival will include artists, crafters, and food vendors, and will also feature a number of local businesses. The festival will take place on Washington Street between Observer Highway and Seventh Street. Read more about the Spring Arts + Music Festival here.
JC Native Starts Apparel Clothing Line and Shop
Jersey City native, Samuel O. Campbell’s passion is focused on design, whether through writing, music, fashion design, and contracting. Campbell recently opened a shop in Pennsylvania to launch Don Marcolo, his apparel line as well as provide a space to sell his original merchandise, including outerwear, sneakers, and clothing.
He is excited to build Don Marcolo into what he hopes to be a building ground for other independent designers. “I’m trying to do something different where it’s easier and independent designers can get noticed as well,” shared Campbell.
The storefront is located at 1100 Washington Boulevard in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
City Lobster in Hoboken, Evicted
City Lobster, formerly BK Lobster was officially evicted from its 732 Washington Street location due to money owed in rent and late fees. The business racked up more than $59k of debt causing the restaurant to be evicted from its space. The tenants have been accumulating quite a large debt since neglecting to pay their rent back in January of 2022. This led to the eventual accumulation of nearly $60k owed to the landlord company, K+C Hoboken Realty.
Mathnasium Grand Opening
Mathnasium is excited to officially open its Hoboken location doors on Monday, May 1st. The learning center provides in-person + virtual math tutoring sessions for students of all ages and skill levels.
Mana Contemporary to Host Open Studio Event
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On Sunday, April 30th from 12:00PM to 6:00PM, Mana Contemporary will be hosting an Open Studio at their location on 88 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. The day will be filled with artist, curator, and gallerist meet-and-greets, exhibition openings, musical performances, special programming, food + drink specials, and a shuttle bus service from Manhattan. The event is free and open to the public.
Urban Farming Institute Comes to Hoboken School District
The Urban Farming Institute was launched in mid-April for a cohort of 4th and 5th graders. The semester-long program provides interested students from Brandt, Connors, and Wallace Elementary schools with hands-on, hydroponic growing experience. The program also dives into STEM-based horticulture topics, taking learning beyond the classroom.
Hudson County Allocates $500K to Mental Health Initiatives
The Board of County Commissioners recently allocated $500k in federal grants to Hudson County. These funds will go towards providing aid to municipalities and local agencies that support mental health initiatives.
Hoboken Students Promote Clean Waterways Through Storm Drain Art
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In celebration of Earth Day, 25 Hoboken students at Connors, Brandt, and Wallace Elementary Schools and Hoboken Middle School took part in a city-wide public art project this week. Four uptown storm drains were painted as part of the Weehawken Cove Restoration Project and Education Campaign, which focuses on keeping the Hudson River estuary free of litter and debris.
Hoboken’s partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program launched the restoration project to preserve and rehabilitate the cove as a marine wildlife ecosystem in 2021. The Hoboken School District has been actively involved in learning and participating in city-wide preservation efforts including the storm drain art projects.
Liberty Science Center High School Officially Breaks Ground
Mayor Fulop, alongside Liberty Science Center President and CEO Paul Hoffman, LSC Board Member and Benefactor Laura Overdeck, Amy Lin-Rodriguez and Craig Guy, Superintendent and President of the Hudson County Schools of Technology, and Ivory Williams, LSC Vice President for STEM Teaching, Learning & Innovation will join together this Monday, May 1st at 11:00AM for the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Liberty Science Center High School.
The school is projected to be a world-class, public, magnet STEM academy, operated by the Hudson County School of Technology, and will open in 2025, hosting a number of earth, life, and space programs for students in grades 9 through 12 across Hudson County.
Second Shake Shack Location Officially Open in JC
A second Jersey City Shake Shack location opened its doors this past Thursday, April 27th, in addition to the Christopher Columbus Drive location. The franchise, which is located at 318 Grove Street, was happy to donate $1 for every burger or sandwich sold on opening day to The Community Food Bank of New Jersey.
Newport’s Lighthouse Point Opens
The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway officially opened its 12,000-square-foot Lighthouse Point to the public. Just outside of Newport Square and south of the Holland Tunnel, the beautiful nautical blue and white striped lighthouse stands 50 feet tall and features outdoor space perfect for relaxing and enjoying the riverfront.
“Being able to enjoy a walk along the Hudson River is a major benefit to living in Jersey City,” shared Mayor Fulop. “Newport has done good work around the importance of providing amenities for all Jersey City residents to use, with Lighthouse Point being the latest addition.”
Community Lifestyle Hosts Auction Gala Party
Community Lifestyle will be hosting its annual ‘Be Someone’s Hero in Hoboken’ dinner. Join them for an evening of food, entertainment, and community networking. Food will be provided by Madison Bar and Grill and Chef Anthony Pino. The evening will also include a DJ and a silent auction. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased here.