It’s been another busy week in Hudson County. Among the headlines: Patel Brothers’ expansion project begins in Journal Square, and the end result will take include a sit-down bistro area; a suspect was charged in a Hoboken hit-and-run; and Bayonne receives a $1 million grant for its Buddy Baseball program. Read on to learn more.
The Hoboken Girl‘s Puppy Bowl Returns
We can all agree that Hudson County is a great place to live (and play!) with a pup, so sharing photos of your adorable four-legged friend is a must — especially when prizes are involved and when it helps a local non-profit rescue. One lucky dog will be crowned the winner of some amazing local prizes. We will also be donating a portion of the sponsorships to Wise Animal Rescue, and we encourage those who enter to do the same.
The contest will take place from Friday, February 3rd through Thursday, February 16th.
For more details, read more here.
Signs of Progress in Stalled Jersey City Project
Plans for redeveloping a vacant billiards hall in the Jackson Hill neighborhood of Jersey City are underway once again. Per Jersey Digs, the property at 316 Forrest Street could soon see construction activity as the plans that were announced in 2019 were recently revived at a Jersey City planning board meeting where amended plans were approved. The plans call for a 23-unit residential building to be built in the space, which is a short distance from the Martin Luther King Jr. station on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail.
Suspect Charged in Hoboken Hit-and-Run
After an incident on Saturday, January 28th, a Morris County man was arrested for a hit-and-run near the Hoboken PATH station. According to the Hudson County View, Paul Holt was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, having an open container in the vehicle, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to provide insurance, and assault by auto. The victim was struck while crossing the street near the PATH station and was taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Teazzi Tea Coming to Jersey City
New York City-based tea shop brand Teazzi Tea is opening a new location in Jersey City, according to Jersey Digs. The store will be located at 153 Morgan Street and is the company’s first New Jersey location. Teazzi Tea specializes in classics like taro lattes and seasonal treats like brown sugar ginger tea.
Fulop’s SuperPAC Reports $2.6 Million Cash
Amidst wide speculation that Jersey City Major Steven Fulop has his sights set on the Governor’s office, a recent report to the Federal Election Commission by the Coalition for Progress, a Super PAC affiliated with Fulop, revealed that the maybe-candidate has over $2.6 million cash on hand. According to the Hudson County View, the Coalition for Progress was originally founded in 2017 when Fulop was considering a gubernatorial run. In the final two weeks of 2022, the fun received over $150,000 in contributions from supporters.
Two Hoboken Teens Recognized by the New York Times
Two students from Hoboken were winners of honorable mention in a contest put on by the New York Times, per Patch. The contest, launched in October 2022, invited students aged 13-19 from around the world to respond to the prompt “What can you show us that might help explain what it’s like to be a teenager right now?” using art. Hoboken High School students Tasha Fu and Alison Chavez were both recognized for their artworks.
New Charter School Proposal in Jersey City
A proposal for a new charter school in Jersey City envisions a campus made up of four buildings that would serve over 2,000 students from elementary through high school grades, according to Jersey Digs. The plans were submitted in advance of a February 7th meeting of the Jersey City Planning Board. The property is located at 79 Caven Point Avenue in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood.
President Biden Visits NYC, Commits Federal Funding to Infrastructure Work
On Tuesday, January 31st, President Biden hosted a press conference in New York City to highlight the Gateway Project. Per Patch, the President’s remarks focused on the partnerships required to make the project a success. The project is a multi-modal effort to improve transit in the Northeastern corridor, especially over, under, and through the Hudson River.
New Cafe Opening in Paulus Hook
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Gotan, located at 198 Van Vorst Street in Jersey City, is working towards its grand opening. The NYC-based cafe serves Counter Culture coffee and has a full kitchen with a menu focused on seasonal flavors. Breakfast is served all day.
$1 Million Grant for Bayonne Youth Baseball
Bayonne is the recipient of a $1 million grant for its Buddy Baseball program, per TapInto. The Buddy Baseball program is a program for developmentally and physically challenged players, and the grant will go toward making the 11th Street baseball field ADA accessible. In the program, players are matched with ‘buddies’ who help them play the game and offer encouragement and support to players.
Patel Brothers Expansion Begins in Journal Square
A construction project on Newark Avenue in Journal Square will result in a grocery store of over 10,000 square feet. Per Jersey Digs, the Patel Brothers’ expansion project will combine the lots at 776, 778, and 780 Newark Avenue. The final product will have bistro seating and an in-house bakery.
Injectables Salon, Plump, Coming to Hoboken
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Signs are up at the storefront at 415 Washington Street in Hoboken for Plump, a chain of salons specializing in cosmetic injectables. According to Patch, the chain has locations in NYC and Miami, and the Hoboken location will be its first spot in the Garden State.
Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Seeks Information in Jersey City Homicide
On Sunday, January 30th, the Jersey City Police Department responded to a call about shots being fired in the area of Summit Avenue and Poplar Street. According to the statement from the prosecutor’s office, a male victim was discovered and transported to the hospital where he later died. The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and the Jersey City Police Department are actively investigating this case. No arrests have been made at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Office of the Hudson County Prosecutor at 201-915-1345 or to leave an anonymous tip at: http://www.hudsoncountyprosecutorsofficenj.org/homicide-tip/. All information will be kept confidential.
Proposal Heard for 1404 Willow Avenue in Hoboken
At a January 31st community meeting, developers shared plans for the space at 1404 Willow Avenue in Hoboken. Per Jersey Digs, the building would create 52 new residential units, with two retail spaces on the ground floor. The building design includes a green roof as well as a shared roof deck amenity space for residents.
Vegan Burger Spot Coming to Washington Street in Hoboken
NYC-based burger spot Jerrell’s Betr Brgr will soon be opening at 324 Washington Street in Hoboken, the former site of Touch the Heart. In addition to meatless burgers, the restaurant will offer fries, shakes, and late-night bites. For more on this interesting concept, read our story here.
Hoboken Rent Ordinance Passes Despite Controversy
At a Hoboken City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 1st, a controversial rent ordinance was passed on the second reading, per the Hudson County View. Both tenants and landlords criticized the change, saying that the changes harm everyone involved. Longtime adversaries even agreed on what changes they recommended be made to the proposal, however, the measure passed with a 5-4 vote.
The Hoboken Girl Happy Hour in Support of the Hoboken Community Center a Big Success
On Wednesday, February 1st, The Hoboken Girl hosted a happy hour in support of the Hoboken Community Center. The event was held at Panela, located at 36-42 Newark Street in Hoboken. Readers and neighbors were all invited to attend and enjoy a variety of drink specials, while 50% of the bar proceeds would be donated to the HCC. Attendees were also encouraged to bring some of the HCC’s most requested items for donations to its Pantry.
As always, HG readers went above and beyond in their support of the community. Jennifer Manzetti, the Director of Programs, for the Hoboken Community Center Pantry, said that the Pantry received well over 600 items. “we received a total of 692 products, ranging from toothbrushes to baby wipes to pet items & everything in between! It is so incredible for our Personal Care Pantry, which includes our Pet Pantry.”
Melanie Carugan, the Bar Manager at Panela, said that the event was a big success from their end as well. “We went into this event saying we would donate 50% of all proceeds from the Happy Hour sales and that number is $639. With that being said, the heart and vision for the event were all based on community and supporting those who need it most, and so ownership at PANELA has decided to round up and donate $1k total to the HCC food pantry.”
The HCC Pantry is always in need of supplies and other forms of support. For more information, visit the organization’s website or its Amazon wish list, or its Charity Quest page. Thank you to all of the HG readers who came out to support the HCC.
Jersey City Councilwoman Pleads Guilty
Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident at a hearing on January 24th, according to the Jersey City Times. The accident took place in July 2022 and there have been many calls for Amy DeGise’s resignation and intense criticism for her handling of the incident, in which she ran a red light and hit a bicyclist. The January 24th hearing was the resolution of the criminal aspect of the case, which lead to the issuance of a $5,000 fine and a suspension of Councilwoman DeGise’s driver’s license for one year.
Alpha Locksmith & Security Opens in Hoboken
The vacant storefront at 1001 Willow Avenue in Hoboken has been filled by Alpha Locksmith & Security, according to Patch. The space used to be site of Boss Cleaners. Alpha Locksmith & Security handles residential, commercial, and vehicular security and offers emergency locksmith services.
Popular HBO Show Succession Trailer Features Scenes Filmed in JC
A recently released trailer for the upcoming season of Succession shows a scene where two characters are at a wedding altar. The scene overlooks lower Manhattan, leading viewers to presume that the scene had to have been filmed in North Jersey. According to NJ.com, the scene looks like it was filmed at Liberty House, in Jersey City. The newest season premiers on March 26th.
Jersey City Councilwoman Will Face Civil Suit
Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise will now face a civil suit stemming from a July 2022 traffic accident in which she hit a bicyclist. According to NJ.com, the bicyclist, Andrew Black, has filed a tort claims notice against Amy DeGise, Jersey City and the City Council, Hudson County and New Jersey. In a statement, Mr. Black’s attorney said, “Given the severity of the crash with the councilwoman and leaving the scene, ($1 million) was not thought unreasonable at the time the tort claims notice was filed.”
Hummus Republic Coming to Journal Square
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California-based chain Hummus Republic is opening its fourth New Jersey location later this year with its new spot at 2 Journal Square, according to Jersey Digs. The restaurant serves Mediterranean-style wraps and bowls and has vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options. Much of the restaurant’s serve ware like plates and bowls are compostable.
Changes Underway for SW3AT Wellness in Jersey City
The Jersey City location of SW3AT Wellness is closing while the company works on a new location in The Heights, according to an Instagram post. The location at 172 Newark Avenue, 3rd Floor, will close on February 10th while the location in Hoboken at 79 Hudson Street, LL 104 will remain open while the change takes place. The new location of SW3AT Wellness will have hot yoga, a salt room, and massage in addition to the classic infrared sauna experience. Owner Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez is also opening a cannabis retail shop and lounge in The Heights called The Other Side, located at 36 Congress Street.
In a statement to HG, Alyza said, “I want to say thank you to the downtown community, HDSID, my fellow business owners, and Councilman Solomon. I have had tremendous support from this community since opening and although this is a bittersweet moment, I have learned that only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone can you begin to change, grow, and transform. With a larger location, I look forward to expanding SW3AT into a wellness collective that offers a home for practitioners, which will allow SW3AT the opportunity to support more holistic solutions for the community.”
Hudson County Receives Federal Grant for Vision Zero Traffic Improvements
The US Department of Transportation awarded Hudson County a $480,000 grant to go toward its efforts to implement Vision Zero plans for safer streets. According to the Hudson County View, the grant comes from the Safe Streets and Roads for All (SS4A) Grant Program. One of the first action items will be to create a comprehensive safety action plan.
Lease Agreement Reached for NYWW Ferries at Union Dry Dock Site in Hoboken
At a Hoboken City Council meeting on Wednesday, February 1st, an agreement was reached regarding the status of the New York Waterway ferries docking at the Union Dry Dock location. The agreement set out terms for the company’s use of the space for three years. For more on the agreement, read our story here.
Hudson County Spelling Bee Returned This Weekend
On Saturday February 4th, the 64th Annual Hudson County Spelling Bee took place. For the first time since 2021 the competition was held in person, per NJ.com. Winners of the spelling bee will go on to represent Hudson County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place over Memorial Day weekend.
City of Hoboken Announces Hiring of Social Workers
In a Nixle announcement to city residents, Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla announced the hiring of two social workers for the city. The two social workers are part of the Office of Constituent Services, located on the first floor of City Hall at 94 Washington Street. The role of the social workers is to connect residents with resources.
Hoboken Mayor Announces New Senior Public Information Assistant
Hoboken resident Marci Rubin was announced as the new Senior Public Information Assistant for the Hoboken Department of Public Safety in a press release earlier this week. Marci is a former reporter for News 12 New Jersey and has lived in Hoboken for over 15 years. Marci will will work with the City’s public safety divisions, serving as media liaison and social media manager for the Hoboken Police Department, Hoboken Fire Department, and Office of Emergency Management.