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21 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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Sit back, relax, and catch up on everything that happened during the week — and what a week it was. As always, we’ve got you covered. Among the local headlines — the $1M lottery ticket sold at a Prime Grocery in Hoboken, senior citizens and first responders received the COVID-19 vaccine, Jersey City’s Bayfront transformation begins + so much more — keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond:

NJ State Legislature Votes to Continue Outdoor Dining Expansion

Winter Dining

New Jersey lawmakers unanimously approved a new outdoor dining expansion bill on Monday, January 11th. This bill, if approved by Governor Murphy, would allow restaurants, bars, breweries to extend their footprints into parking lots, yards, patios, decks, and public sidewalks. Distilleries and wineries would also be permitted to sell their products at farmers’ markets, per NJ.com.

Hoboken First Responders Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Last week, Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante received the vaccine for COVID-19, along with other first responders. He said, “please do your own research to gain confidence in this vaccine. I gained my confidence doing the research & I believe this will save lives & get us back to normalcy in 2021,” via Twitter. Riverside Medical Group is providing vaccines to residents in a state-approved phased plan.

Hoboken Girl Debuts 2nd Limited Edition Hard Seltzer with 902 Brewing Co.

Hoboken Girl Hard Seltzer

In October, the team at Hoboken Girl debuted the first limited edition hard seltzer flavor — Blood Orange — for the fall season in collaboration with 902 Brewing Co. Now, in mid-January, the team is releasing a second flavor, Cranberry Lime, just in time for the long and cold winter season. This Hoboken Girl Hard Seltzer is in collaboration with 902 Brewing Coin Jersey City, located at 101 Pacific Avenue in Bergen-Lafayette — and is available in limited quantities at local liquor stores and bars. Click here for more information on where to grab your pack. {You must be 21+ to enjoy.}

New Jersey National Guard Deployed to Washington D.C.

Approximately 500 New Jersey-based soldiers and airmen have been deployed to the nation’s Capitol to add security following the January 6th breach which resulted in 5 deaths. Among the soldiers are 90 from West Orange, 90 from Mount Holly, and 100 from Blackwood. The remaining soldiers are from the 508th Military Police Company in Teaneck and airmen from the 108th Wing and 177th Fighter Wing in Egg Harbor Township. It is expected the additional security will stay in D.C. through the January 20th inauguration.

State Officials Release Plans to Remediate Liberty State Park Interior


Liberty State Park contains approximately 234 acres of contaminated parkland that has been off-limits to the public for some time. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has announced plans to cap the entire interior of the park with at least 1 foot of clean soil. This practice should eliminate any exposure to contaminants used in the historic fill, according to NJ.com.

Jersey City’s Bayfront Transformation to Move Forward

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Construction is expected to begin soon along the Hackensack River in keeping with the plan to transform 95 acres into one of the East Coast’s largest mixed-income developments. The land was purchased in 2018 for $170 million following the approval of the Bayfront Redevelopment Plan. Upwards of 8,000 residential units and 23 acres of open green space are in the plans which will be enhanced with the expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail, per Jersey Digs.

$1M Winning Lottery Ticket Sold in Hoboken

Lottery Winner Hoboken

The Mega Millions Jackpot winning lottery ticket was sold in Hoboken at Prime Grocery at 98 Garden Street on January 12th. The ticket matched five of the five white balls drawn, for the grand total of $1 million. There were also nine third-tier prizewinning tickets sold that matched four of the five white balls and the gold ball, for a total of $10,000. Click here for the full story.

Governor Murphy Taking Potential Threats to State Buildings ‘Very Seriously’

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In response to an ABC News report citing an internal FBI memo warning of “armed protests” at “all 50 state capitols”, Governor Murphy held a press conference in Trenton to reassure residents that the potential threat is being taken seriously. While affirming the right to peacefully protest, he encouraged all New Jersey residents to stay home in the coming days amid concerns of violence. NJ.com has the full story.

North Hoboken Redevelopment Plan Includes Light Rail Station

Hoboken Redevelopment

Plans for the redevelopment of the north end of Hoboken include a light rail station and a pedestrian retail corridor. The most recent plan for the 30 acres of industrial land in the North End of Hoboken proposes a new light rail station at 15th Street, a mix of commercial and residential uses, affordable housing, public open space, and a pedestrian-oriented retail corridor. Click here for the details.

Job Board Provides Potential Work for Hoboken Community

Job Board

The Hoboken Girl job board is a community resource, designed to provide updated information on available work within Hoboken. Current listings include a freelance social media designer at Electric Picks, Spring 2021 Intern at Litzky Public Relations, a front desk position at Hudson Family Chiropractic, LLC, and more.

Mayor Fulop Aims to Raise Maximum Salary to Match Neighbor

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Jersey City Mayor, Steve Fulop is lobbying to raise the maximum salary the city’s top administrators can receive to match other “first-class” cities, including Newark. The ordinance will be introduced by the City Council and would increase yearly expenses by as much as $240,000 to attract the best talent, according to NJ.com.

Considerosity Coming to Hoboken

Shop Open

Curated gift shop Considerosity is setting up shop {quite literally} in the studio space at 252 1st Street in downtown Hoboken. This boutique-style shop focuses on unique and quirky items curated from around the country including providing an exciting and one-of-a-kind shopping experience. Customers will find stationery from Rifle Paper Co., macarons from Macaron Cafe, and Voluspa candles in modern scents like Prosecco Rose. Whether you are looking for a gift for a hostess, bride-to-be, practical friend, or just a thoughtful card, Considerosity has something different for everyone.

Daniel Tiger Exhibit Opens in Liberty Science Center

The new Daniel Tiger exhibit opened at the Liberty Science Center on Saturday, January 16th. Children of all ages can engage with Daniel Tiger and his friends from the neighborhood featured on PBS Kids. Guests can play instruments in the Music Shop, sort, deliver, and receive packages and letters at the Post Office, create stories at the Movable Character Mural, and write notes for the “Thank You Tree”. The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor and is included in general admission.

Hoboken Public Library Receives Woman’s Suffrage Award

Library Award

The New Jersey Council for the Humanities recently presented a Woman’s Suffrage & Beyond Program Award to the Hoboken Public Library. In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the library will present a free, virtual program via Zoom on Sunday, March 12th entitled “SHOUT! Poetry for Suffrage”. The program will feature a dramatic poetry reading by Emmy-nominated actress and award-winning poet Susanna Rich. Details will be posted on the Events Calendar of the Library website hobokenlibrary.org.

Hoboken Saw Decrease in Violent Crime in 2020

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While 2020 was a challenging year in a variety of ways, one positive result of the year was the 16.4 percent decrease in violent crime in Hoboken. More specifically there was a 20.6 percent decrease in aggravated assaults. The property crimes and non-violent crimes increased by 14.6 percent which could be attributed to unemployment, the pandemic’s economic issues, shopliftings, package thefts, and the fact that most of these property crimes, including burglary, had the offenders charged on summonses and many of the cases have not been brought to courtrooms yet due to the pandemic.

Hoboken Seniors Receive Vaccine on January 14th

Covid Vaccine

On Thursday, January 14th senior residents of Hoboken received the COVID-19 vaccine at the Hoboken University Medical Center. Among them, former Hoboken Fire Chief Richard Tremediti will become one of the first Hoboken seniors to get the vaccine.

Winners of Holiday Store Window Decoration Contest Announced

Window Decoration

The Hoboken Business Alliance announced the winners of the holiday window decorating contest, “Window into Hoboken”. Storefront windows of restaurants, boutiques, salons and barbershops, liquor stores, pet grooming salons, tech shops, and more throughout Hoboken were decorated for the holiday season. The three finalists were Duman Home, 10th & Willow Bar & Grill, and Right Angle Framing. Little City Books received the “People’s Choice” award.

Gregorys Coffee Opens New River Street Location

Gregorys Coffee Opens Hoboken

Since opening two locations in Jersey City, Gregorys Coffee has now made its way into Hoboken — opening at 111 River Street. This popular, family-owned coffee brand is known for its high-quality coffee, healthy snacks, and inviting atmosphere. All new users on the Gregorys Coffee app get their first drink free, and Hoboken customers can get a $10 credit in their app to use at the new Hoboken location. Click here for more information.

Windows Smashed at Albini Pharmacy

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The Hoboken Police department reported a smash-and-grab incident early in the morning of January 15th at Albini Pharmacy located at 401 Adams Street. The exterior display window glass was smashed to gain access to the store. The pharmacy has been in this location for over 140 years with the same motto, “The welfare of the patient comes first.” The details are not clear at this time regarding what might have been taken, per Tap Into.

Hudson County Has Administered 94% of Allocated Vaccines

Vaccine 94 percent

By the end of day on Friday, January 15th, the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center reached a new milestone. Since opening last month, the center has now administered 94% of the vaccines it has received. “The Hudson County Vaccine Task Force has been working around the clock to administer COVID-19 vaccines to our healthcare workers and first responders,” said Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise. “Because of the dedication and commitment of our frontline heroes, our county-operated vaccination center is surpassing all state goals. We will continue to expand our operations to ensure that every Hudson County resident has access to this lifesaving vaccine when they become eligible.”

Jersey City Officials Partner with Uber to Offer Free Rides to Seniors Getting Vaccinated

Jersey City Free Rides

Local officials are offering round trip rides via Uber to Jersey City senior citizens and frontline workers to make certain they can safely get vaccinated. Phase 1B includes essential frontline workers and citizens age 75 and older so the city is providing 12,000 free roundtrip rides to residents to avoid crowded public transportation or who may not have other means to travel. Click here for the full story.

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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.