As always, we’re back with the highlights of what happened this week in Hoboken + Jersey City. Among the local headlines: PATH train lines will not be providing direct service from Hoboken to New York City on Sunday, a Hoboken man was arrested for two separate car thefts, an Action Network petition has received over 10,000 virtual letters asking for Jersey City’s ward maps to be redrawn, and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City + beyond.
Hoboken Girl’s 2nd Annual Puppy Photo Bowl Contest is Back
We are thrilled to announce that Hoboken’s Girl’s Annual Puppy Photo Bowl Contest is back for 2022. We all know Hoboken is crawling with adorable pups, so sharing photos of your adorable four-legged friend is a must — especially when it’s to help a rescue non-profit (and prizes are involved). This interactive contest will crown one lucky dog as the winner [of some amazing local prizes!]. We will also be donating a portion of the sponsorships to Wise Animal Rescue, and encourage our entries to do the same. Click here to nominate your pup!
Arthur’s Steak House Delays Its Closure for a Week Due to Storms
Arthur’s Steak House – located at 237 Washington Street – announced that its last day of service has been extended by a week and will close on Sunday, February 6th, as the restaurant will be closing for renovations. This is not goodbye, the restaurant will be saving the historical part of the building and putting on an addition to make it more modern before reopening. Click here for what we know.
City of Hoboken to Replace 4,800 Linear Feet of Water Mains
The City of Hoboken announced the next phase of replacing water mains in a press release on Friday, February 4th. The plan includes replacing approximately 4,800 linear feet of pipes on Grand Street, Adams Street, Madison Street, Jefferson Street, and Newark Street. Since launching the Water Main Replacement Project in 2018, Hoboken has installed over 13,000 linear feet of new water mains, including the installation of new water mains along Washington Street
Love Lane Salon Opens New Location in Jersey City
The long-awaited opening of Love Lane Salon in downtown Jersey City is finally here. The salon officially opened for business on February 1st at 353 Grove Street, making it the salon’s second location in town. Though Love Lane has been serving the community for five years at its original location at the Lofts, locals are looking forward to having another space to book their hair appointments.
Residents Invited to Hoboken Community Meeting Regarding Plans for Former Monarch Site
On Feb. 15, at 6:30 pm, the City will hold a virtual community meeting to discuss plans for short-term improvements to the former Monarch site. Improvements include new fencing, installation of the waterfront walkway connection, and more.
More info: https://t.co/xFMYJ76SJS.
— City of Hoboken (@CityofHoboken) February 2, 2022
Hoboken residents are invited to join the virtual community meeting on February 15th at 6:30PM. The meeting will discuss plans for short-term improvements to the former Monarch site. Improvements include new fencing, installation of the waterfront walkway connection, and more.
Hoboken Man Arrested for 2 Counts of Car Theft
A Hoboken man was arrested for two separate car thefts, per Tap Into. Police say both of the cars that were stolen were left running. Angel Sanabria Jr. was arrested for two counts of car theft, and there was already a warrant out for his arrest for charges of car theft and burglary.
$500k State Grant Goes to Anti-Violence Coalition of Hudson County
According to Tap Into, the Anti-Violence Coalition of Hudson County is set to receive $500,000 as a part of the $8.2 million investment the state of New Jersey is making in community-based intervention programming. The funding was announced by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck. It was also announced that there would be another investment of $7 million in gunshot detection technology, as well as other law enforcement equipment to help reduce gun violence.
Hoboken Appoints New Acting Police Chief
Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla has appointed Hoboken Police Captain Steven Aguiar as the acting police chief, effective March 1st, reported Patch. Aguiar will take over on March 1st when current acting police chief Daniel LoBue retires. In addition, Captain Aguiar will become the second Hispanic Acting Police Chief in Hoboken’s history. The city will hold a retirement ceremony for Chief LoBue and a promotion ceremony for Captain Aguiar in the upcoming weeks.
Century-Old Homes Face Demolition in Jersey City
Two homes in Jersey City that are believed to have stood for more than a century could be receiving major changes, per Jersey Digs. In a plan presented by 824 Pavonia LLC, partial demolition of 824 and 826 Pavonia Avenue in Jersey City in order to build a five-story development with 20 residential units is proposed. An application has been submitted to Jersey City’s municipal government, which is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval.
Penthouse Breaks Jersey City Sales Record at $5.7M
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A penthouse unit inside the 37-story Woods Bagot building at 75 Park Lane in Newport has just sold for $5.7 million. The Park and Shore account shared details on Instagram. The unit includes four bedrooms, four and a half bathrooms, and an 800-square foot private terrace overlooking the Hudson River. This sale pushes the most recent record holder, a unit in the Hudson Tea Building that sold for $4.2M, out of first place.
Hoboken Man Arrested for Package Theft, Second Time in 2 Weeks
A Hoboken man has been arrested for the second time in less than two weeks on charges of stealing packages from residential areas, per NJ.com. Peter Perez was charged with burglary, burglar tools, theft, drug paraphernalia, and four outstanding burglary warrants out of Hoboken. Perez was taken to Hudson County Jail.
Jersey City Man Charged in Fatal Stabbing Near Light Rail Station
A Jersey City man has been charged with the fatal stabbing that happened on Friday, January 28th, according to NJ.com. The stabbing happened at a NJ Transit light rail station in Jersey City. Anthony Bell, 37, has been charged with the murder of 49-year-old Kenneth Brown. This is the second homicide of 2022 in Jersey City and Hudson County.
Jersey City MUA to Spend $1B in Repairs + Expansions
The Jersey City Municipal Utilities Authority will spend about $1 billion over the next decade on repairs to Jersey City’s drinking water and sewage infrastructure, per the Hudson Reporter. This is because of the updated MUA’s consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This decree happened in 2011 when the EPA ruled the City Department violated the Clean Water Act and the New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit for Combined Sewer Systems.
Report Suggests JC Public Schools Were Unprepared for Bullying During Pandemic
More than 60% of Jersey City public schools were not prepared to handle bullying situations in the 2020–21 school year, per NJ.com. These numbers come from self-assessments that each facility completed. Administrators from the 40 schools answered a series of questions about their efforts in addressing harassment, intimidation, and bullying for the 2020–21 school year, and 25 of the 40 reported that they scored lower than in the 2019–20 school year.
Hoboken Awards $215k in Grants to 10 Local Non-Profits
The City of Hoboken has awarded nearly $215,000 in grants to 10 Hoboken-based non-profits, reported Tap Into. All of these non-profits helped provide critical resources to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. These newly-awarded Nonprofit Support grants are funded through federal pandemic relief dollars that were sent to Hoboken last year.
Petition Calling for Jersey City’s Ward Maps to be Redrawn Has 10k Letters
An Action Network petition has received over 10,000 virtual letters asking for Jersey City’s ward maps to be redrawn, per Hudson County View. The Board of Ward Commissioners approved the new map on January 22nd. The Action Network petition says, “The process under which the new Ward Map — which will affect Jersey City neighborhoods for the next ten years — was created didn’t take into account community feedback, natural boundaries, or our city’s history. We deserve a map that reflects the true Jersey City!”
Hudson County Latino Foundation Donates HoLA School Trip to Puerto Rico
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The Hudson County Latino Foundation has made a $1,000 scholarship donation for the Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa)’s trip to Puerto Rico, per Hudson County View. HoLA is a K-8 dual language public charter school that has over 415 students. HoLA Board President Nicole Cammarota said, “We are thankful for the generous donation from HCLF that makes it possible for all students to participate in this experience abroad later this year. We are incredibly proud to partner with HCLF and are grateful for all they do for the Hudson County community.”
HCCC Celebrates Jersey City Inaugural Poet, Rashad Wright
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According to Tap Into, Hudson County Community College Department of Cultural Affairs will be highlighting the power of the written word with a poetry installation. Rashad Wright’s poem, “Art in Cadence” will be on display Tuesday through Friday from 12PM to 4PM in the sixth floor atrium of the Gabert Library. The college will also hold a live performance of Mr. Wright reading his works on Friday, February 11th at 3PM in the Gabert Library Atrium.
Hoboken’s HoLa Students Take Honors at Science Olympiad
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Hoboken Dual Language Charter School (HoLa) took home several top honors at the University of Chicago’s Science Olympiad, per @holaHoboken. HoLa’s 21-member team placed in the top three spots in five different contests during the remote competition last month. HoLa was up against 29 other schools across the country in a series of 23 competitions. This includes competitions in chemistry, biology, engineering. and physics.
Jersey City Restaurant Week 2022 is Kicking Off March 7-20th
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The Jersey City Restaurant Association is hosting its annual restaurant week March 7-20, 2022. The event will benefit a charity partner chosen by the association. For 2022, New City Kids Inc. is the benefactor; the organization provides teen leadership, development and performing arts opportunities to at-risk, low-income children and teenagers in Jersey City. 20% of each application fee for the restaurants will be donated to help the youth in the Jersey City community. Experience local restaurants with takeout and contactless delivery as well as in-person dining promotions — with over 30 restaurants participating in Jersey City. Click here for more info.
Local Photography Exhibit Now Available As Limited Edition Hardcover Book
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Photographer and graphic designer McKevin Shaughnessy’s exhibit, “Hidden Faces of Hoboken,” will be hitting the shelves as a book. The book is called The Hidden Faces of Hoboken: A Finder’s Guide to the Architectural Heads in Hoboken is a 72-page limited edition that showcases a total of 642 architectural heads located all over the city. The Hoboken Museum will host a book release and book signing with Shaughnessy on Sunday, February 6th, from 2PM to 5PM.
Hoboken Cited as a National Model for Vision Zero Campaign
Hoboken is continuing its Vision Zero road safety plan. For four years, the city has had no traffic-related deaths, and declining injuries. https://t.co/3nlkD2IBX9
— Hoboken Patch (@HobokenPatch) January 31, 2022
Hoboken has received national recognition as one of the most walkable cities in the United States and as a city where people can walk, bike, and drive safely, per Tap Into. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has released a plan to create safer streets nationwide, and he also cited Hoboken as a national model for eliminating traffic-related deaths over the past four years. Mayor Ravi Bhalla initiated the City’s Vision Zero campaign to help eliminate all traffic-related injuries and deaths by 2030.
Broken Down Amtrak Train Causes Traffic Delays
An Amtrak work train has been moved from the Hudson River rail tunnels after it broke down earlier in the morning of February 2nd, per NJ.com. This breakdown caused disruptions to the morning commute into New York, and it also caused 60-minute delays on NJ Transit trains. Amtrak officials are saying the track maintenance equipment broke down in one of the North River Tunnels.
No Direct Service from Hoboken to NYC via PATH on Sunday
PATH train lines will not be providing direct service from Hoboken to New York City on Sunday, February 6th, per Patch. This is due to track and switch work that will take place on the PATH train lines this weekend. Instead of the regular train, there will be a special train to the Newport PATH station in Jersey City. The train will be closed between 3AM and 8PM.
Bayonne City Council Adopts New Crane Safety Regulations
The Bayonne City Council has adopted a new ordinance enacting state-level crane safety regulations at the municipal level, per Hudson Reporter. The council also voted to adopt the ordinances at its January meeting. The council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance, and now people who want to operate cranes will have to meet a certain level of requirements or face fines of up to $10,000.
Shooter + Victims Charged in Jersey City Double-Shooting
A shooter and the two Newark brothers he has been accused of the shooting have been arrested, reported NJ.com. According to Jersey City Police, Shakim Roe shot brothers Corey Jamison and Esaw Jamison on Wednesday, January 12th. Following the incident, Esaw drove to the Jersey City Medical Center, in a stolen vehicle, where he and his brother received medical attention. The police recovered the stolen vehicle and discovered 33 glassine bags of heroin in Esaw Jamison’s possession. The hearing regarding these events began on Monday, January 31st.