33 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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A week of life in Hoboken + Jersey City means plenty of news to catch up on. Among the local headlines: local officials recommend wearing face masks while indoors; Baking Mama makes Yelp’s list of Best Chocolate Chip Cookies; Hoboken surveys for public opinion on limiting dog run hours; and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.


Klado Launches New Brigadeiro Gelato Flavor

 

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The brigadeiro shop Klado has launched a new product, the first of its kind,  in its Jersey City retail store, called “Brigato.”  This new creation consists of three brigadeiro-inspired gelato flavors. The O.G. flavor follows traditional chocolate brigadeiro, while the Unicorn Meat features a funfetti/cake batter flavor. A third flavor is coming soon and all three will be served for the rest of the summer.

2021 Wellness Crawl Proceeds to Benefit the Hoboken Community Center

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Our Annual Hoboken Wellness Crawl Event is back in person — happening September 19th from 11AM to 4PM in Hoboken. This year, we are focusing on brick-and-mortar businesses all around Hoboken as a celebration of all things wellness — think of it like a ‘bar crawl’ but for wellness businesses in our area. You’ll get a map, bracelet, bag, and then walk or bike all around Hoboken at your leisure to visit different wellness businesses locally who all are giving away freebies, class passes, samples, and more

We have a huge lineup of awesome businesses and a portion of every ticket sold goes to @hobokencommunitycenter food pantry more info and tickets can be found on HobokenWellnessCrawl.com


The Woodhouse Day Spa Now Open

Offering facials, massages, waxing services, and more, The Woodhouse Day Spa is now open at 225 River Street in Hoboken. The Instagram announcement says, “The Woodhouse Day Spa – Hoboken, NJ is now Open! Temporary spa hours of operation are Wednesday to Saturday 10AM to 7PM while we are looking for more spa personnel. We offer Massages, Facials, Body Treatments and Waxing Services.”


Hoboken Historical Museum to Open with New Exhibits

 

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The Hoboken Historical Museum officially opens today, August 1st, with two new exhibits. The first is called “The Avenue: A History of Washington Street”, which showcases a century’s worth of vibrant community along Hoboken’s main street. The Upper Gallery will house the second exhibit featuring new paintings by Donna O’Grady called “Light at Play in Hoboken”. Click here for more information.


Hoboken Staple, Giorgio’s, Listed for Sale

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Hobokenites will be saddened to learn that longstanding and loved bakery, Giorgio’s Pasticceria, located at 1112 Washington Street, has been listed for sale. The bakery made its name in the 1970s when it first opened its doors in the Milesquare. Click here to read what we know about Giorgio’s closing its doors in Hoboken.


NJ City University + The Frank J. Guarini Institute to Host Virtual Event

 

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On September 16th New Jersey City University and The Frank J. Guarini Institute for International Education and Economic Mobility will host a virtual event, per NJ.com. The event will focus on the role of universities in economic mobility after COVID-19 and will take place 1PM to 4PM. The keynote speaker will be Raj Chetty who is an economics professor at Harvard University.


2 Hoboken Little League Teams Compete in State Playoffs

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Two Little League teams from Hoboken have played their way to the New Jersey State Playoffs. One team made it to the playoffs after winning the NJ Section Two Championship for 8-9-10-year-olds. The state tournament games were held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week.


Pilsener Haus & Biergarten Hosted After Party for
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On Saturday, July 31st Pilsener Haus & Biergarten, located at 1422 Grand Street in Hoboken teamed up with City Challenge Race to host “Haus Party”, the after party of the 5K run. The race included 20+ urban obstacles to test participant’s limits along Sinatra Drive.


Baking Mama Makes Yelp’s List of Best Cookies

Yelp recently released a list of the best chocolate chip cookies in the country, and Tina of Hoboken’s Baking Mama made the list, representing New Jersey. The list was created in celebration of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day celebrated on August 4th.


Live Music Series Returns to McGinley Square

 

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The Live Music Series presented by McGinley Square Special Improvement District started back up this weekend on Saturday, July 31st. The event is held at the intersection of Bergen Avenue and Montgomery Street in Jersey City. The next event will be held on Saturday, August 28th.


Corgi Spirits to Host Pride with Your Pup Event

Corgi Spirits, an LGBTQ+ owned distillery in Jersey City, will host a pride event on Saturday, August 7th. The announcement made via Instagram says, “Come on down to our 4th annual Pride With Your Pup event! We’ll have entertainment, local vendors, and a puppy-owner pride costume contest!” Proceeds from the event go to Hudson Pride Center.


Q-Bic Nutrition Opens in Jersey City

Co-owners Tan Nguyen and John Rapadas have opened a nutrition and meal prep business called Q-Bic Nutrition. The shop is located in the center of Jersey City at 650 Montgomery Street. The grand opening was held on Saturday, July 31st where the community got to sample the menu.


Jersey City Pride Festival Scheduled for August 21

Announced this week via Instagram, the annual Jersey City Pride Festival is back this year. Scheduled for Saturday, August 21st from 1PM to 6PM, the festival will be hosted by Jersey City Pride. This year celebrates 20 years of Pride in Jersey City.


Slice to Offer Free Pizza in Hoboken

 

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The pizza shop rewards app, Slice, is bringing the love back to independent pizzerias by buying out every pie they can make and throwing a free pizza party in the neighborhood. The community is invited to come and support our local pizzerias on August 11th at Hot House Pizzeria located at 606 2nd Street in Hoboken. The pizza’s on Slice from 5PM to 8PM.


Hoboken Public Charter School Awards Scholarship

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The Hoboken Dual Language Charter School announced that its Diversity, Inclusion, Community and Equity Committee awarded its inaugural alumni scholarship, according to Patch. This scholarship was awarded to Angelle Garrido Pascal and was funded by the Friends of HoLa organization. Pascal is a 2021 graduate of Jose Marti Stem Academy who attended HoLa for grades 6-8 and will be attending Rutgers University in the fall studying biochemistry. 


Local Officials Recommend Masks In Light of CDC Guidelines

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Federal officials recently tightened coronavirus mask guidance in light of the new Delta variant, and local officials have agreed that all New Jersey residents, regardless of vaccination status, are encouraged to wear masks indoors, per NJ.com. New Jersey leaders have not reinstated a mandate as of yet. While New Jersey has one of the nation’s highest vaccination rates, COVID-19 is still rising.


Hoboken Surveys for Public Opinion on Limiting Dog Run Hours

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The City of Hoboken has put out a survey to determine whether curfews should be implemented in Hoboken’s dog runs, according to Tap Into. The survey asks when and where people most often bring their dogs, and how many dogs they bring at a time. It also asks what hours should the dog runs in Hoboken operate.


Garden State Parkway Stops Renamed

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Local officials celebrated National New Jersey Day by announcing the renaming of nine Garden State Parkway rest stops, per Patch. These rest stops have been renamed after state icons. From Whitney Houston to James Gandolfini to Judy Blume, many New Jersey icons will be honored in these renamed service areas. 


Community Gathers for St. Ann’s Festival in Hoboken

 

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Large crowds gathered for the 111th St. Ann’s Italian Street Festival in Hoboken this year. The event was abruptly canceled last year because of COVID-19, but the organizers brought it back this year. We — and our zeppole-loving stomachs — are glad they did. Click here to read more about the festival’s history.


Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Provide Access to 41,000 Meals

While community refrigerators were being set up throughout Hudson County last year during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office saw a way it could help, according to Patch. Many residents were suffering loss of work and food costs were greatly increased during the pandemic. By partnering with local community groups and connecting several community fridges with New Jersey Farmers Against Hunger, it provided families in need with fresh produce. Since then, the Prosecutor’s Office has facilitated weekly food pickups for four community refrigerators in Hudson County. 


Jersey City Council Moves on Inspection Ordinance

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The Jersey City council unanimously approved an ordinance tightening Jersey City’s building inspection rules on introduction, reports NJ.com. This new ordinance comes as a response to the collapse of the Champlain Tower in Florida. The proposed rules would require a licensed architect or engineer to conduct more structural inspections of all concrete buildings six stories or higher.


New Jersey State Museum Opens Its Doors

The New Jersey State Museum has reopened after COVID-19 caused its closure last year, per NJ.com. Exhibits that were running when the doors closed in March 2020 are back, as well as artifacts and works of art on display in the short-term exhibit, “Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse.” This exhibit explores birds from an ecological viewpoint and looking at how they inspire New Jersey artists and craftspeople.


Hoboken and Lyft Offer Discounted Citi Bike Memberships

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Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken recently joined forces to launch discounted Citi Bike memberships systemwide for Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients, Tap Into reports. This is in an effort to provide affordable transportation options to help residents travel throughout Hoboken, as well as Jersey City and New York City. Hoboken Housing Authority residents and SNAP recipients can now enroll in the Citi Bike program for $5/month. 


Jersey City Middle Schooler Honored in Teen Media Contest

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New Jersey honored a Jersey City middle school student for winning third place in the NJ Child Support Teen Media Contest, per Patch. Tian Hu, a student from Academy 1 Middle School, won the award for writing a piece titled “A Year’s Change, a Mother’s Support”. New Jersey also honored 12 other high school and middle school students. 


New Seafood Restaurant Opening in Jersey City

Seafood lovers will be thrilled to know that Jersey City is will be home to a new but well-known crab spot, Crab Du Jour. The restaurant will be located at 125 18th Street inside the Newport Plaza in between Papa John’s and Popeyes. If the name sounds familiar, it might be because the cajun seafood restaurant has locations in popular cities in and around the area including Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, North Bergen, and Springfield – to name a few. Click here to read about Crab Du Jour’s new outpost in Jersey City.


Hudson County Community College Forgives $4.68M in Student Debt

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Hudson County Community College has forgiven $4,861,188 in student debt for approximately 4,800 students, according to Hudson County View. The forgiven student debt was made possible due to federal relief funds, covering all outstanding balances for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020, as well as Spring 2021 semesters, times when the pandemic negatively affected most students. 


White Eagle Hall Reopens and Brings Back Live Music

 

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White Eagle Hall reopened on July 15th after being closed for more than a year, reports Tap Into. The historic venue has already scheduled four more shows, including pop artist Japanese Breakfast on July 30th, Yo La Tengo out of Hoboken on September 24th, Waxahatchee on October 9th, and Spoon on October 24th. The refurbished White Eagle Hall offers visitors a glimpse of rich Jersey City history while providing some of the most modern light and sound technology available. 


Jersey City’s Brightside Tavern Hosts Film Festival

 

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The Brightside Tavern Film Festival in Jersey City starts on Saturday at 11AM and runs into Sunday at 7PM, reports Patch. Tickets are available online at $12 a ticket. Student films and awards will be July 31st and all other films are on August 1st. The award ceremony will be 5PM on Saturday and 6:30PM on Sunday.  


Hudson County Sues Over Lincoln Park Fountain Renovation

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Lawyers for Hudson County filed a complaint against Jersey City-based firm Helena Ruman Architects, who were awarded a contract to draw up a renovation of the fountain in 2012, Jersey Digs reports. The lawsuit claims millions were spent on a renovation that had poorly drawn-up plans. The county claims that Ruman was “careless and negligent in their preparation of the plans,” and that the filtration system that was designed and installed was inadequate. 


Newark Animal Shelter Experiences Seasonal Increase in Kittens

 

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The Associated Humane Societies- Newark facility has reported an excess of kittens, according to Patch. Kitten season takes place during warm months, and many shelters experience the bulk of the cat and kitten intake during this time. The Newark facility reported that all of their kittens are playful, friendly and curious, and available for adoption. 


Hoboken Begins Second Round of Small Business Grant Program

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Hoboken small businesses impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can apply for $1.8 million in grant funding, according to Insider NJ. The funds can be utilized for COVID-19 related expenses incurred between Sept 1, 2020 and July 28, 2021. This includes employee salaries, mortgage payments, business loan payments, equipment leases or finance payments, and utilities. 


New Solo Show for Art House Showcases Jersey City Artist’s TANGENTS

 

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Art House Productions presents the newest solo exhibit by Jersey City artist Miguel Cardenas, “TANGENTS”, per NJ.com. The exhibit will run from Sunday, Aug 1 to Friday, Sept 10 at the Village West Gallery in Jersey City’s downtown district. Miguel’s digital and hand-cut collages create a narrative of associations attempting to blur the line between art and design, attempting to inhabit the ambiguous space existing in-between binary oppositions.


Jersey City Man Charged with Terroristic Threats

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The Hoboken Police Department received an anonymous call regarding threats made on a social media post on Saturday, July 24th. The threats appeared to have been a warning of violence to come in the Hoboken Housing Authority. Following an investigation, the individual was identified as Damien Baez of Jersey City. He was arrested on Sunday, July 25th, and charged with Terroristic Threats.

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Originally from North Carolina, Ainsley became a proud Hoboken Girl years ago. As a freelance journalist she has written about everything under the sun for the past six years. She works from her home office in uptown Hoboken or sometimes from Choc-o-Pain, because nothing says “freelancer” like working from a café with a fresh croissant nearby. As the mother of one very fast toddler, she has a passion for self-care, parenting hacks, and discovering all the fun things the Mile Square has to offer.