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30 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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Following another great week of life in Hudson County, we’ve got you covered with the highlights of what happened this week in Hoboken + Jersey City. Among the local headlines: Hoboken has revised its indoor mask mandate for fitness-related businesses, the mix of snow and rain this weekend caused the roof of at Cobalt Stages in Hoboken to partially collapse, a new tea shop has opened in Newport Center, and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.


Hoboken Girl Celebrates 10 Years: Allow Us to Reintroduce Ourselves

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The Hoboken Girl team celebrated 10 years this week! We started as just one person, and over the past 10 years have grown into a small team of people who enjoy covering local topics, events, and news.

We love to share about local businesses and we are curious about every business, so please reach out — and know it’s never personal if we haven’t covered it yet. We are a small team of locals, and we do our very best. We’re in the business of making readers’ and our neighbors’ lives better, more connected to local happenings, and sharing fun content via our team. That is how we have always done it, and will continue to do so. Click here to read more about the team.


Businesses Owners Affected by Chambord Building Fire Held March at City Hall

 

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On December 20th, a fire broke out at 38 Jackson Street, the Chambord Building in Hoboken. This week, those businesses affected by the fire gathered together to march at Hoboken City Hall. One participant, @muneca_mullins shared, “Chambord Place took to the streets to demand the city of #Hoboken to put pressure on our landlord to not only give us access so we can retrieve our livelihoods, but also shine a light on the approved residential plans we never got the opportunity to fight. Thank you so much for everyone that has reached out, donated and shared your Loving & Healing Energy with me.”


Just Salad Announces Expansion to Hoboken

 

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The latest in a wave of NYC-based restaurants to expand to the Hudson County area is Just Salad. With over 50 locations in the big city alone, the chain has become well known with locals across the river. The newest Just Salad location in New Jersey will be its Hoboken shop at 114 Washington Street. Click here to read about the new storefront in Hoboken.


Local Interior Design Firm Featured in House Beautiful for Hoboken Brownstone Renovation

Local interior design firm J. Patryce Design was recently featured in House Beautiful for design work done in a Hoboken brownstone. The extensive renovation was completed in December 2019, just in time to enjoy extra time in a beautiful home. The newly designed space includes a family movie room and a spacious home office. J. Patryce Design is located at 500 Garden Street in Hoboken.


Zeppelin Hall Announces Plans for Spring Reopening

The biergarten Zeppelin Hall announced plans this week to reopen in the spring. “🔥Zeppelin Hall will re-open March 11th 2022! Book your private party or event at zeppelinhall.com 🍺🍷🍸” The biergarten is located at 88 Liberty View Drive in Jersey City.


The Leaf Joint Opens on Central Avenue in Jersey City

The @centralavesid account shared about a new neighbor opening on Central Avenue in Jersey City. “Welcome our newest business on #CentralAve! Stop by The Leaf Joint and say hello!” The shop is located at 391 Central Avenue and sells CBD products, hookahs, cigars, and more.


Tea Shop Gong Cha Now Open in Newport

 

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Newport Center announced this week the opening of Gong Cha, a new tea shop. “Newport Centre is proud to welcome Gong Cha, an authentic tea experience that is the perfect companion to keep you warm through the cold winter months.” The shop is located on Level 3 in the dining pavilion.


Jersey City Restaurant Week Coming in March

Jersey City Restaurant Week has been scheduled for Monday, March 7th to Sunday, March 20th. The @hdsid_jc account shared via Instagram this week, “Mark your calendars and grab your friends– Restaurant week is coming! 🍽 We’re excited to promote this awesome community event in March. Check out jcrestaurantweek.com for updates on which restaurants will be participating.”


Another Coyote Spotted in North Bergen: Here’s What We Know

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Over the last few months, we’ve received some reports from local residents that a pack of coyotes was spotted in Edgewater. Most recently, in January 2022, a coyote was spotted in North Bergen. One reader shared with Hoboken Girl that she spotted the pack of coyotes in Edgewater by her home at the Duchess apartment buildings, located at 7601 River Road. Click here to read the full story.


Yum Eatery to Bring Tacos with a Twist to Jersey City

 

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Chef Yehuriz Hernandez is mixing up the traditional taco and adding an Asian flair at Yum Eatery, coming to Jersey City. Yum Eatery shared the update on Instagram, “@yumeateryjc @chefyehuriz bring a new take to tacos…coming soon authentic Mexican tacos with an Asian twist!” The new restaurant will be located at 199 Woodward Street in Jersey City.


New Mediterranean Restaurant, Ela Greek Kitchen, Coming Soon to Jersey City

 

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A new Mediterranean restaurant is entering the downtown Jersey City scene. Called Ela Greek Kitchen, this new eatery is currently being brought to life by the same owners as Buddy’s JC. 


Alfalfa Has Something Exciting For Gluten-Free Lovers

 

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What started as a popular stand at the farmers market in 2019 by Hoboken locals, Alfalfa, has now become a go-to for salads, wraps, and of course, decadent doughnuts. Now, the hometown fave located at 1110 Washington Street, in the former Schnackenberg location, will not only start offering gluten-free doughnuts but all doughnuts will be exclusively gluten-free.

The Alfalfa team exclusively shared with Hoboken Girl that there will be a range of 16-18 doughnuts that patrons can choose from.”This is a project we’ve always wanted to tackle and it’s exciting to see it begin to come to life,” says Andrew Arrospide, co-owner of Alfalfa. Click here for what we know.


Greek Spot That Took Over Surf Taco, Plaka Souvlaki, Now Open

A new Greek restaurant has opened in Hoboken. Plaka Souvlaki took over the former Surf Taco located at 62 Newark Street, and is serving up traditional Greek food – great news for those who miss It’s Greek To Me. Click here to read more about Plaka Souvlaki.


Hoboken Updates Mask Mandate for Local Gyms

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Hoboken has revised its indoor mask mandate for fitness-related businesses such as gyms and yoga studios, according to Patch. Patrons who are fully vaccinated can go mask-free as long as the business requires staff to be fully vaccinated and the business specifically allows vaccinated guests to go unmasked but those who are unvaccinated should still wear masks. Bhalla also released updated vaccination statistics for the city, noting that 95 percent of Hoboken residents 12 and over have received at least one dose of the vaccine.


Hoboken City Council to Review Outdoor Dining Regulations

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According to NJ.com, the Hoboken City Council will review rate increases for water in the city and a move to make outdoor dining regulations established during the pandemic a permanent part of the city code when it meets on Wednesday, January 19th. The water rates would go up 7% and the City Council plans to vote on the first reading for the ordinance. An ordinance also up for first reading would add an “outdoor dining” chapter to Hoboken’s city code.


Development Sold for $16M in Jersey City Nears Completion

 

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GRID Real Estate and JLL Capital Markets announced the $16 million sale of a development project currently finishing up construction, per Jersey Digs. The development project is a luxury apartment community in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood of Jersey City. The residential space of the building will feature a mix of studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom units and will also offer a common-area outdoor and rooftop space.


Redistricting Meeting Rescheduled in Jersey City

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The Jersey City redistricting meeting of the Board of Ward Commissioners was rescheduled for Saturday, January 22nd, according to Hudson County View. The ward commissioners were set to host a hybrid meeting on Friday evening, but ended up having to reschedule when Zoom capacity was set to just 100 people. The meeting was originally supposed to be held Thursday evening in the council chambers at City Hall, but it was not feasible due to New Jersey’s 48-hour notice requirement for public meetings.


Third-Generation Jersey City Firefighter Promoted to Battalion Chief

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The grandson of Jersey City’s first Black firefighter is breaking down his own barriers, per BOTWC. Dwayne Taylor is a third-generation Jersey City firefighter and is now one of just four African American firefighters to be promoted to battalion chief. In the recent round of promotions four African Americans and three Hispanic firefighters have been promoted to the ranks of captain or battalion chief. A total of eight firefighters were promoted in the ceremony, meaning 75% of the city’s new fire captains and battalion chiefs are minorities.


Roof Collapses at Hoboken Studio Following Inclement Weather

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The mix of snow and rain this weekend caused the roof of a Hoboken business to partially collapse, NJ.com reported. The roof at Cobalt Stages was severely damaged sometime Saturday night or early Sunday morning, as a resident observed the collapsed roof and called the police a little after 7 in the morning on Sunday, January 16th. The building was unoccupied when police arrived and no one from the adjacent residential building needed to be evacuated.


Jersey City Council Approves Contract with Bespoke Health

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The Jersey City Council approved a resolution awarding a $3.75 million contract for Bespoke Health to administer COVID-19 vaccinations for the year, per Hudson County View. The measure passed 8-1, with only Ward F Councilman Frank “Educational” Gilmore voting no. While the vaccination rate in Jersey City is around 80 percent, Ward F’s vaccination rate is closer to 40 percent.


Hoboken to Hire Division of Recreation Head for Youth Programs

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Hoboken is planning to bolster its youth recreation programming, starting with hiring someone to head the program, per NJ.com. The division is currently under the city’s Department of Health and Human Services, but the change will come from Hoboken’s youth population continuing to grow. The head of this Division of Recreation will lead the effort with the Director of Health and Human Services. To learn more about the role, go to www.hobokennj.gov/jobs.


Free At-Home COVID-19 Tests Now Available to Hudson County

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Households in New Jersey can order up to four free rapid antigen coronavirus tests, Patch reported. Households can do this through the new federal government website, covidtests.gov. To get the tests Americans must provide their name and address to the website, no insurance or credit card is needed, and there are no shipping fees. New Jersey residents should plan ahead to have the tests on hand before they need them, orders for the tests will be shipped within seven to 12 days of the order being placed.


Hoboken City Council to Reduce Public Commentary on City Council Meeting Agenda

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The Hoboken City Council will consider slightly reducing public comment on agenda items, where each speaker would now universally receive five minutes, per Hudson County View. This would change the current rule of five minutes for one agenda item and seven minutes for multiple agenda items. Another rule introduced proposes electors be limited to casting their vote once a vote is called without further commentary. The Jersey City Council voted to reduce public comment from five minutes to three for each speaker back in February 2020.


Local Blood Banks Offer Incentives Amid Shortage

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New Jersey blood donation centers are offering special perks and rewards to those who donate blood this month, per NJ.com. January is ‘National Blood Donor Month’ and several blood banks are using this month to bring awareness to the state’s ongoing blood shortage crisis. The special perks are anything from a pair of Superbowl LVI tickets to gift cards. You can find where to donate by looking up blood banks near you.


New Law Allows Retired Teachers to Return to the Classroom While Collecting Pension

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Teachers who have been retired for six months or more can find themselves back inside a New Jersey classroom under this new law meant to help alleviate school staffing shortages, per NJ.com. Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Tuesday, January 18th, that allows retired teachers and professional school staff members to continue to collect retirement pensions as well as receiving a new salary. They will be able to do this if they temporarily fill critical need jobs in New Jersey schools.


Zoom Call Held to Discuss New Hoboken High School

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Friends of the New Hoboken High School hosted a Zoom on Wednesday evening with the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Johnson, according to Hudson County View. Board of Education members were also in attendance to discuss next week’s $241 million school referendum. The purpose of the Zoom call was for the community to ask questions regarding the referendum.


City Council Expands Cannabis Control Board in Jersey City

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The City Council is looking to expand the three-member Jersey City cannabis control board, reports NJ.com. The control board would expand from three members to five members, one member would be appointed by the mayor and the other member would be appointed by the council president. The two new members selected to join the control board will serve three-year terms. The cannabis control board is responsible for approving applications for cannabis retail establishments, distributors, and delivery.


Hoboken High School Team Proposal Selected for Spaceflight Program

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This year students from Hoboken High School submitted experiment proposals to the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education as part of a competition. In a press release, the school announced, “We are thrilled to announce that 11th grade students, Kai Hultstrom and Feline Dirkx’s project, ‘The effect of microgravity on catheter biofilm formation by the bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens’, has been selected for flight aboard the International Space Station! This study will be launched in Spring/Summer 2022. The reviewers were impressed by the study’s ‘elegant and straightforward’ experimental design.”


Pure Pita in Hoboken Now Operating as Ghost Kitchen in Touch the Heart

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Pure Pita in Hoboken has rebranded and is now operating as a ghost kitchen within Touch the Heart, located at 324 Washington Street. The menu offers healthy Mediterranean options from BYO bowls, pitas, fresh salads, zingy spreads, & more. Pure Pita recently launched three new special items including two new bowls and truffle fries with arugula + caramelized onions. Menu items are available for delivery, pick up, and catering.

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