• The Top Hoboken and Jersey City News Stories of the Week {July 30, 2017}

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    If there’s one thing we love to do here in Hoboken, it’s eat. Well foodies, we’ve got plenty of food news for you — this week saw the debut of Birch’s gelateria and the opening of three Jersey City restauraunts, while Hoboken got a surprise McDonald’s delivery from a well-known celeb {read on to find out who!}. We’ve got these, and more of the top Hoboken and Jersey City news stories for you right here:

    Hoboken Girl Helps Women Rising

    This past Wednesday, Hoboken Girl hosted an awesome event to collect donations for Women Rising, a Hudson County organization that helps women and their families achieve self-sufficiency and to live safe productive lives. In a mere three hours, we collected enough goods {diapers, tampons, wipes, etc.} to fill two SUVs, plus over $600 dollars. 100% of collections went directly to Women Rising. The event took place at The Shepherd and the Knucklehead, where attendees got discounts on food and drinks throughout the evening. Hoboken Girl and Women Rising are so appreciative of everyone who came to support this great cause!

    Luxury Car Club, Hudson Stables, Coming to Hoboken

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    It’s no secret that parking in Hoboken can be, shall we say, difficult. If you happen to be the lucky owner of a luxury/classic car or motorcycle, and you want to make sure your baby gets the additional TLC it needs, a new car club and storage facility is coming to northwest Hoboken. Hudson Stables will offer a safe, secure, humidity-controlled spot to store vehicles off the street. Members will have access to a lounge area complete with televisions and a bar. The facility takes care of fueling, detailing, and inspections, but also offers a fully-stocked workshop area for those who like to do the job themselves. Those with race cars can take advantage of their transportation service to the tracks, or if you’re looking to sell your vehicle, they do consignment, too. They hope to have their facility ready to roll in September.

    Acai Ya Later Opens Second Location

    Last month, Acai Ya Later transitioned from a pop-up açai bowl cart to a brick and mortar location on Washington Street in Hoboken. {If you’re new to the acai game, read Hoboken Girl’s post where we checked it out for ourselves.} The owners earned such a devoted following, they’ve decided to open a second location in Jersey City at 126 Newark inside Downtown Yogurt. They started with a soft opening this weekend, but will be in full swing as of tomorrow.

    Chrissy Teigen Visits Hoboken Fire Department

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    On Tuesday, the Hoboken Fire Department got a visit from 31-year old model Chrissy Teigen. She was there to deliver McDonald’s to help launch the McDelivery campaign with UberEATS. McDelivery became available to the public on Wednesday, so now you, too, can have a Big Mac and fries delivered straight to your door {Chrissy Teigen not included}.

    Birch Debuts Gelateria

    In addition to their crazy, cool milkshakes and burgers, Birch is now also featuring a gelateria and creamery. They have a variety of flavors {all made from scratch with pure ingredients} and some vegan options {sorbets}, as well as ice cream sandwiches and — get this — alcohol-infused sorbet! We paid them a visit this week, so click here for more details.

    Mediterranean Restaurant, CAVA Mezze, Officially Open in Jersey City

    On Thursday, CAVA Mezzo, the health-focused, fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant opened on 30 Montgomery Street in Jersey City. Perhaps you’ve seen a CAVA restaurant before, as they currently have two other locations in New York City, and 30+ others outside the Hudson County area. The day before doors officially opened, CAVA invited the neighborhood to come in for community lunch — a tradition that started with the very first branch opening in 2011. Stop by now to try their summer menu, including a white bean salad, spicy apricot dressing, and a refreshing line-up of bold-flavored, house-made juices.

    Woman Reunited With Family After Being Found Face Down in Hudson River

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    Last week, Hoboken Police pulled an unidentified woman from the Hudson River after she was spotted floating face down and unconscious near Sinatra Park. A bystander approached officer Tyler Soto, of the department’s waterfront and parks unit, who radioed for backup and eventually went in after her with a flotation device and lifeline attached to his waist. She was unconscious when police pulled her to shore, so they immediately began CPR and life saving maneuvers. She began to regain consciousness in the ambulance, but was not coherent or carrying identification. Police are not releasing the woman’s name, but fortunately the 34-year-old Parsippany resident was reunited with her family this past Tuesday.

    Liberty Science Center Opening Largest Planetarium in Western Hemisphere

    Thanks to an unprecedented $5 million gift from a former high school teacher, the Liberty Science Center {LSC} will be opening the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, the largest planetarium in the western hemisphere. It will open in December 2017, taking the place of the current IMAX theatre which is closed as of tomorrow for the renovations. LSC issued a statement saying they will still be showing movies once the space reopens, but it will have the added benefit of being a spectacular planetarium, as well.

    Choc O Pain Opens in Jersey City

    Jersey City officially welcomed a second Choc O Pain Bakery and Cafe to the neighborhood this week. They celebrated their grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, so now you can head over to Palisade Avenue for some yummy, freshly baked pastries and other French inspired goodies.

    Sunny’s Restaurant Closes After Two+ Decades

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    The friendly, neighborhood diner, Sunny’s, has closed after more than two decades in Jersey City’s Journal Square. Regulars were very emotional after learning that their favorite place for $3.25 egg breakfasts was shutting down. According to Jersey Digs, Jersey City Councilman Rich Boggiano expressed concerns about the ability of small businesses to stay afloat as rents in the neighborhood rise.

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    And that’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email hello@hobokengirl.com to let us know — we appreciate it!


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    Caitlin is a {Hoboken} uptown girl with an edge. She sold her house in the ‘burbs to move to the Mile Square when she and her husband decided that life in Hoboken is more their speed. She’s a long-time health and wellness junkie who can be found popping into fitness classes – dance, yoga, CrossFit, you name it – or riding around town with her husband on his Harley. Caitlin is also a teacher in Bergen County, and a local tutor. She is thrilled to be joining the Hoboken Girl team, helping locals stay up to date.


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