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Top Hoboken + Jersey City Headlines You Missed This Week

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There’s so much to recap this week in both Hoboken and Jersey City. For starters, the Jersey City Council has approved Vision Zero, the action plan to eliminate traffic fatalities. The #4 bus line has ceased operation, new boutique opened in Hoboken, and Tony Boloney’s is set to open its new Jersey City location next month. All this and more below — here are your top news stories of the week in Hoboken and Jersey City!

Jersey City Council Approves Vision Zero Plan

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Hoboken and Jersey City are serious about reducing the number of traffic-related fatalities. Jersey City Council has approved a 77-point action plan that strives to eliminate all traffic fatalities by the year 2026. The plan — dubbed Vision Zero — was approved unanimously last Thursday after 10 of the county’s 23 traffic fatalities in 2018 happened in JC.

“My concern, as always, is it is so great they are focused on this and it’s getting a lot of attention but how fast can we get things going?” Kara Hrabosky, president of Safe Streets JC, said.

Vizion Zero focuses on what the plan calls a “high injury network,” a network of streets categorized as the most dangerous traffic areas in the city. This network includes Montgomery Street, Communipaw Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive, and more.

The Vision Zero plan has been allotted a $189,29 contract to Toole Design Group to come up with ways to execute the plan.

A&C Bus Stops Operation on #4 Line

There will be no more #4 bus line. In a statement, A&C Bus Corp said, “Due to low ridership, effective March 2, 2019, we will no longer be operating the #4 line.” The #4 line was a direct line from Greenville to the Newport Mall in Jersey City.

In a related reddit thread online, bus riders shared alternate routes. “You can also use the Richard Street and Danforth Ave light rail stops, though it’s a bit farther of a walk since those are east of Garfield Avenue, which is itself east of the 4’s route down Ocean,” one user wrote.

Goodfellas Bar & Grill Is Allegedly Coming to Newark Street in Hoboken

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The previous Biggie’s Clam Bar is getting a makeover as Goodfellas Bar & Grill takes over the old space. While not much is yet known about the new Goodfellas, Jersey Digs confirms that Goodfellas Bar & Grill LLC is prepping to purchase the liquor license currently registered to the property. The city heard Goodfellas’ case to buy the liquor license on February 14. No word yet on whether it was approved, but we will keep you updated as Goodfellas details emerge.

Jersey City Tony Boloney’s Opening on Newark Street This March

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Jersey City, are you ready for taco pizza? Good. Because Tony Boloney‘s is opening its Grove Street doors as soon as March 15th. With Hoboken and Atlantic City locations already under the TB belt, the third chain will open at 363 Grove Street and will be open as late as 2AM on Thursdays and 4AM on Fridays and Saturdays. Open 7 days a week, the pizzeria-restaurant will also be BYOB like its predecessors.

Infamous Tony Boloney’s slices include the avocado toast brunch pie, the ramen crust pie {complete with soft-boiled egg}, and the taco pizza that brought TB’s You can also find sandwiches, burritos, mozzarella sticks, mac n’ cheese, and options for vegans.

Later this year, Tony Boloney’s will open a fourth location in Long Branch.

Pack Leader Dog Care Expanding in Hoboken

Pack Leader Dog Care services is expanding its presence in Hoboken. Though Pack Leader has been training and walking dogs in Mile Square for years, the company just received approval to open a brick-and-mortar storefront Uptown at 1413-1415 Adams Street.

The new expanded space will feature opportunities {and areas} for training classes, grooming, a retail space and will feature daycare, overnight care, and of course, boarding programs. The facility will have boarding programs for almost 100 dogs and the spaces will be soundproofed.

Jersey City Ranked Most Ethnically Diverse City in the US

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Jersey City is back in the #1 spot. For the third year in a row, Jersey City has been ranked as the number one most ethnically diverse city in the country. Overall, Jersey City received an ethnic diversity score of 72.41 out of a possible 100, according to a WalletHub study. For context, New York City came in at #6 and received a score of 69.4. In the first category — ethnoracial diversity — Jersey City ranked second. In birthplace diversity, Jersey City was ranked 155th and in linguistic diversity, JC was ranked first.

Willow Rose Boutique Opens on 1st Street in Hoboken

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There’s a new boutique in the Mile Square, and it’s in the old Mint Market space {which has moved next door, don’t worry!}. Mint’s sister store, Willow Rose, is a haven for the more relaxed-casual style vibes, whereas Mint Market is more of a focus on party attire vibe.

Hoboken Announces Plan of Move to 100% Renewable Resources

On Thursday, Hoboken announced that it will begin upgrading to 100% renewable resources, becoming one of the first NJ municipalities to do so.

“Hoboken is committed to improving our global environment through our transition to 100% renewable electricity,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

He noted that Hoboken will start to purchase 100% clean, renewable renewable electricity for city facilities, starting as early as April.

“Utilizing wind and solar sources will substantially reduce our dependence on fossil fuels that contribute to greenhouse gases and global warming. This is a major milestone that puts Hoboken at the forefront of New Jersey in combating climate change and upholding the ideals of the Paris Agreement.”

Mayor Bhalla also signed a pledge committing to a goal 100% clean, renewable electricity community-wide. The pledge is part of the Sierra Club Mayors for 100 Clean Energy Campaign. To this end, the City will be soon launching a program to enable residents to purchase renewable electricity for their own homes. The City passed an ordinance establishing an energy aggregation program, which will allow residents to utilize renewable electricity at cheaper rates than what they are currently paying.  This program will be launched in the coming months.

Food Trucks in Jersey City Fighting for Same Spot

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Two food trucks in Jersey City are fighting over a parking spot. And someone caught the whole thing on camera. Parked at 70 Christopher Columbus Drive, let’s hope these food truck owners resolve things. Watch the full video of the tussle here.

Jersey City Firefighters Deliver a Baby and Save the Mother’s Life

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Jersey City firefighters who delivered a baby on moment’s notice and then saved the mother’s life by reviving her are being celebrated as local heroes. Fire captain Kevin Child and two field firefighters Ronnie Cutler and Michael Sheehan responded to a report of a woman in labor at 364 Ege Avenue. When firefighters entered the house, they found the woman on a mattress on the floor, the baby’s head crowning. Child and Cutler delivered the baby before Emergency Medical Services arrived. When the mother became unresponsive, Cutler administered CPR. The woman and baby were then transported to the hospital by EMS.

Hoboken Girl Hosting Formalwear Drive & Community Sale

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Hoboken Girl is encouraging everyone to do some spring cleaning! If you’ve recently Marie Kondo-ed your closet and are looking to donate formalwear and other beauty products and accessories, then our Formalwear Drive & Community Sale is for you. With six drop-off locations throughout Jersey City and Mile Square {WestSide Realty, JaneDO, Galatea, Athleta, Boutique Realty Hoboken, and Boutique Realty JC}, HG is accepting long and short formal dresses, men’s formal tuxedos and suits, men’s and women’s shoes, jewelry, NEW beauty products and hair products, and more.

The community sale will take place on Saturday, March 30 from 11AM to 3PM at 124 Grand Street, 1st floor.

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