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39 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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If you’re curious to know what you missed this week in Hoboken + Jersey City news, we’ve got you covered. Among the local headlines: Jersey City Fire Department swears in 23 new firefighters; dolphin in Hudson River spotted from Hoboken; COVID-19 vaccine approved for children under five; and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.

Roe v. Wade Overturned: What This Means for New Jersey

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On June 24th, Roe v. Wade — the 1973 decision landmark law governing abortion in the US — was officially overturned in the US. This news comes after a leaked draft of the opinion for a 2022 Supreme Court case, ​​Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, was published in Politico back in early May. While this means many US states will opt to fully ban abortion, New Jersey is not one of them. Click here for what the overturning of Roe v. Wade, means for New Jersey residents.

Roe v. Wade Demonstrations + Protests Happening in New Jersey

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Currently, 26 states are pending for immediate reversal of their laws. New Jersey joins a handful of other states that have state laws that expressly permit abortion. In January 2022, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law called the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act, which expands access to contraception and protects the right to an abortion in the state. Even so, there are already protests and rallies planned in the New Jersey area in the wake of the Supreme Court decision. Click here for the Roe v. Wade demonstrations and protests happening in New Jersey.

NJ Governor Phil Murphy Signs Executive Order to Combat Gun Violence

On Friday, June 24th, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an executive order to combat gun violence. Governor Murphy announced that all state departments will be reviewing statutes, rules, and regulations to see where improvements can be made for stricter gun laws in New Jersey.

Broadway Composer James Rado Dies in Hoboken, Age 90


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James Rado, known for his work as part of the trio to write the Broadway musical Hair, passed away on Tuesday, June 21st at age 90, according to Patch. Rado composed Hair with his partner, Gerome Ragni, while living at 64 10th Street in Hoboken. He lived in Hoboken until his death.

New Jersey Ranked #3 Healthiest State

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New Jersey is the #3 healthiest state in the US, according to a new study that ranks all US states and the District of Columbia against 13 contributing factors including behavior, fitness infrastructure, and health status factors. Nearly half of New Jerseyans are aerobically active, 13.1% of New Jersey adults are smokers, and 14.4% are binge drinkers, to name a few factors. New Jersey is the state with the least number of chronic diseases per capita.

The District of Columbia is the healthiest jurisdiction in the US, scoring top marks for all fitness infrastructure indicators and the highest recommended daily intake rate of fruits.

Property Taxes to Increase by Nearly $600 in Jersey City

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The New Jersey quarterly property tax for August 2022 has been announced as almost $600 more than the previous quarter, per NJ.com. The property tax consists of three components: the municipal, school, and county taxes. A reduction in state aid for schools amounting to $233.6 million slashed since 2018 in addition to the bolstering effect of COVID-19 relief funds used in 2021 have played a part in the increase, in addition to increased budgets overall.

Local Officials Announce Sales Tax Holiday for School Supplies

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New Jersey local officials recently announced a new sales tax holiday, specifically for school supplies. From Saturday, August 27th through Monday, September 5th, all school supplies purchased in New Jersey will be exempt from the normal sales tax applied at checkout. According to Tap Into, this exemption applies to school supplies, school art supplies, school instructional materials, computers, school computer supplies, and bicycle helmets.

New Barbecue Restaurant ‘Boots & Bones’ Coming to Downtown Jersey City

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Jersey City is in for even more food news. HDSID recently announced on Instagram that a new barbecue restaurant called Boots & Bones is expected to take over The Bistro at Grove Square in downtown Jersey City. Located at 116 Newark Avenue, the up-and-coming eatery is part of the revamp of the complex of restaurants surrounding the Grove Street PATH train. Boots & Bones joins the previously announced Basile’s Pizza that will be opening its second location. Click here for what we know.

Kim Kardashian Spotted at American Dream in East Rutherford

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Yet another celebrity was spotted in New Jersey this week — and it’s a big one. Kim Kardashian was seen on June 22nd hanging out with a couple of kids at Nickelodeon Universe Theme Park in American Dream, located at 1 American Dream Way in East Rutherford. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star was seen taking selfies on the Rugrats Reptar-Go-Round. Kim’s recent tri-state whereabouts could partially be due to her high-profile relationship with comedian Pete Davidson, who is based in Staten Island. She was also recently on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon this week, which films in New York. This isn’t Kim’s first trip to NJ — Kim also visited Hoboken many years back when she was dating Hobokenite Kris Humphries. Click here for what we know about Kim Kardashian’s trip to East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New Wendy’s Location Coming to Jersey City

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On Wednesday, June 15th, the Jersey City planning board approved a property for the location of a new Wendy’s in Jersey City, according to Jersey Digs. Located at 245 12th Street, the restaurant will be situated off the eastbound portion of the I-78, near the exit ramp for Newport + Hamilton Park. The current Exxon gas station will be demolished to make way for this new redevelopment.

GoFundMe for 2 Brothers Who Drowned in Bayonne Exceeds $25K Goal


Earlier this month, we reported on the tragic passing of two brothers at the Lincoln Community School pool. On Wednesday, June 8th, two teens drowned around 10:30PM. Shortly following the incident, a GoFundMe page was set up to cover funeral expenses with a goal of $25,000. As of Thursday, June 23rd, donations on the page have exceeded $27,280.

Elysian Park Hats Now Available at Peper + Parlor

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Former Hoboken resident Mark Sarian has launched a business selling dog park merchandise with the idea of “buy a hat, help a dog.” The LA-based company Dog Park LA donates a portion of proceeds to Liberty Humane Society in Jersey City. New Jersey-centric designs include Elysian Park in Hoboken and Van Vorst Park in Jersey City. You can now find Elysian Park hats and shirts at Peper & Parlor, located at 938 Washington Street in Hoboken. Hats are available in navy while the tri blend shirts come in blue, grey, and plum.

Jersey City Fire Department Swears in 23 New Firefighters

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Mayor Steven M. Fulop joined public safety officials and Fire Chief Steven McGill to swear in 23 new firefighters to the Jersey City Fire Department at a 10AM ceremony on Tuesday, June 22nd inside City Hall Council Chambers, located at 280 Grove Street.

Dolphin in Hudson River Spotted From Hoboken

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Yes, we live in a concrete jungle of sorts (with some parks mixed in) and occasionally see a skunk, possum, or goose — but Hoboken + Jersey City have also been home to some more exciting wildlife spottings. Just this week, on June 21st, a dolphin was spotted in Hoboken splashing around in the Hudson River. Click here to read about this week’s dolphin sighting.

The View at Lincoln Park is Set to Open This Summer

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It’s been over a year since construction began on The View at Lincoln Park in Jersey City, which is a new dining, catering, and banquet hall. And good news is it’s almost done. Passersby at the circular park can observe for themselves the luxury building that’s to be completed by the end of the summer. Click here to read about The View at Lincoln Park, located at 670 West Side Avenue.

A New Target is Coming to Jersey City’s One Journal Square

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Construction has begun on One Journal Square in Jersey City, an almost billion dollar project of multiple buildings which has been in the works for quite some time. Apart from a boatload of residential space that will be added to JSQ, there will be many exciting retail spaces — including a new Target. Click here to read about One Journal Square breaking ground and the brand new Target coming to Jersey City.

Jersey City to Host Its First Ever Le Diner en Blanc This Summer

There are many summer events to look forward to this year. With the Jersey City Fourth of July celebration on the horizon, another brand new summer event has just been announced. Le Dîner en Blanc, the popular Parisian-inspired pop-up picnic characterized by its famous all-white dress code, will take place in Jersey City for the first time ever this summer. While the exact date is not yet known, the waiting list for this internationally-beloved event is now open. Click here for what we know about Jersey City’s first Le Dîner en Blanc — along with how to register for this summer event.

A New Ice Cream Shop is Taking Over Giorgio’s in Hoboken

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We now know what will be taking over the retail space at 1112 Washington Street in Hoboken, the former home of the beloved Giorgio’s Pasticceria. The Hoboken Girl was the first to share with readers the news of the bakery’s closure and the building’s sale. The Castiello family ran Giorgio’s from 1974 to the bakery’s closure in November 2021. A new generation of local business owners will be taking over the retail space and honoring Hoboken’s tradition of independent businesses. Brix Haus, an ice cream shop owned by Tara Glick, will be moving into the 1112 Washington Street location by the fall. Click here for the latest on what’s to come at this iconic space.

Kung Fu Pho Now Open in Jersey City

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A new Vietnamese restaurant opened in Jersey City this week. Kung Fu Pho, located at 257 Grand Street, held a soft opening on Thursday, June 23rd at 10:30AM. Moving forward, the restaurant will be open seven days a week, from 10:30AM to 10PM.

New Permit Laws Make Life Easier for NJ Home Bakers

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Maybe your Mom has a legendary cinnamon roll recipe, or you perfected your sourdough during the early days of Covid. Whatever the inspiration, for anyone considering turning their home baking into a brand, there is a special permit in New Jersey for home bakers and makers to sell their products commercially. The Cottage Food Operator permit was created in Fall 2021, and as of May 2022, there are 28 permit holders in Hudson County, making everything from custom cakes and cookies to specialty doughnuts and more. Since Hoboken is home to many other delicious things like the Oreo and the Twinkie, we took a look around to see what new classics are being created. The Hoboken Girl spoke to some local bakers about their businesses and the impact of the new permit. Click here to read about these (quite literally) home-grown businesses.

COVID-19 Vaccine Approved for Children Under Age 5

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Children under the age of 5 years old will be able to receive the coronavirus vaccine in Hudson County, per NJ.com. The vaccine can be received at the Hudson County Vaccine Distribution Center in Kearny. The vaccine was approved last weekend for children from 6 months to 4 years old.

Hoboken Firefighters Award First Ever Scholarship

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A college-bound senior from Hoboken High School is the first senior to receive a scholarship from a new charity fund formed by Hoboken firefighters, per Tap Into. The first ever Hoboken Fire Locals Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Rowan Ellison who was the class of 2022 valedictorian. The scholarship is just one of the first initiatives supported by the new fund.

NJ to Withhold $4M Until Weehawken Allows Non-Residents in Pool


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The state has said that it is withholding $4 million in Green Acres funds for ongoing projects at Weehawken’s Waterfront Park and Recreation, per Tap Into. This money will be withheld until immediate access is provided at the swimming pool for out-of-town residents. Currently, the Green Acres Program has four open projects in Weehawken.

Jersey City Municipal Council Renews Auditing Contract


The Jersey City Municipal Council has voted to renew the contract of Donohue, Girona, Doria and Tomkins, LLC, per Tap Into. The contract has been renewed for them to perform auditing services for the city. The contract for $322k came to a 7-1 approval with the only objection coming from Councilman James Solomon. 

Free Reading of the New Rutgers University Press Anthology


A collection of writers and artists throughout the Garden State all appear in a new anthology from Rutgers University Press, per Patch. They will be reading their essays in a free reading at Hoboken’s Mile Square Theatre, per Patch. You can reserve your tickets for the event here

Monkeypox Confirmed in Jersey City; First Case in NJ

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On June 20th, 2022, the New Jersey Department of Health announced that an individual in Hudson County had tested positive for monkeypox. A tweet from the official Jersey City twitter account confirmed that the individual is a Jersey City resident. Monkeypox is also known as orthopox and presents in most patients as flu-like symptoms, including lethargy, fever, headache, rash, and lesions. Click here for what you need to know about this disease.

Jersey City Planning Board Approves Modern Development


A block of Bergen-Lafayette is set to gain more housing and retail as Jersey City is set to get another modern development, per Jersey Digs. The city’s planning board unanimously approved an application to revitalize a rectangular lot at 99 Monitor Street. This project will combine seven different lots. 

Hoboken Resident Decorates 3 Trees for Pride Month


One Hoboken crafter’s Pride display is sending a message of love, per Tap Into. Magda Moreno is a Hoboken mother and a business owner and she has been crocheting colorful tree wraps as a way to send love and support to the LGBTQ+ community. So far, she has adorned three trees throughout the community. 

Strikes from an NJ Transit Train Engineer Union Have Been Prohibited

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Additional strikes from an NJ Transit train engineer union are prohibited until a court hearing happens later this week, per Patch. This is all according to a federal judge’s emergency order. To find more about the order, you can click the link provided. 

Monday’s Fire Delays Hoboken Light Rail Schedule

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On Monday, June 20th, Hoboken Police asked the community to avoid the Southwest corner of Hoboken because of a fire on the Jersey City side of the light rail tracks, per Patch. The train schedule was interrupted for a portion of the day, but everything was running normally by 10:30PM that night.

Hoboken Police Department Find Suspicious Package


On Monday night, the Hoboken Police Department was investigating a suspicious package found at the Amazon Flex warehouse, per Hudson County View. Citizens were asked to avoid the area while police were investigating. The suitcase ended up being not dangerous so everything was able to return to normal that evening. 

Hoboken Board of Education Discusses Enrollment Growth


The Hoboken Board of Education has begun discussing enrollment growth, per NJ.com. This is the initial phase for outreach and community conversations after the failed referendum for a new high school. These conversations were first had with parents but are now being had with the whole community. 

Port Liberte to Offer Discounts for Residents

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Port Liberte commuters will be getting a $1.30 discount per trip once the ferry resumes services, per NJ.com. The NY Waterway resumes ferry services at the development on August 1st. This per-trip price is the reason that Jersey City has proposed purchasing the ferry terminal building located there. This route has been suspended since 2020 due to the pandemic.

Guttenberg Arts Gallery’s New Exhibition Opens This Weekend

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Guttenberg Arts Gallery’s newest group exhibition will be on display from Sunday, June 26th to July 19th, per NJ.com. Sumak Apu was curated by the Rimay Raiz Collective and the opening reception will be on Sunday, June 26th from noon to 4PM. The group exhibition will feature the works of many artists.

Major League Rugby Final Held in Red Bull Arena


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The MLR Final 2022 was hosted in the Red Bull Arena. According to this Instagram post, the MLR Final was on Saturday, June 25th at 12PM. 

Kayak Eco Tours to Return to Liberty State Park

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Kayak Eco Tours will return to Liberty State Park this summer, per NJ.com. The Eco Tours will begin Friday, July 1st and Saturday, July 2nd. Visitors who are interested in participating will be able to explore the Hudson River Estuary and will also be able to see the local wildlife highlighted on the tour. The trips will run for approximately two hours from 10AM to noon.

Enrollment for Jersey City Restaurant Week is Now Open

Restaurant enrollment is now open for Jersey City Restaurant Week, per this Instagram post. Jersey City Restaurant Week will be from July 17th to July 31st. Restaurants interested in applying can click here to apply.

Torta Truck Gets Ready to Open Brick and Mortar

Torta Truck is gearing up to open its first brick and mortar location in Union City. According to Central Ave SID, Torta Truck is almost ready to open its doors to the public. At this point, the restaurant is hopeful for a July grand opening. Stay tuned for more updates in the future.

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