• Vintage on First Reopens in Hoboken; New Jersey City Restaurants Opening; and More News You Missed

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    Today’s the day we’ve all been waiting for… the Hoboken Wellness Crawl! But, in case you’re out and about town gathering lots of goodies and missed what else is going on, we’ve got all the latest in this week’s edition of Word on the {Washington} Street: your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken + Jersey City.

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    Southwest Redevelopment Plan Moves Forward

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    At a special meeting last week, the Hoboken City Council unanimously passed the Southwest Redevelopment Plan.  According to the draft, the plan seeks to “build upon some of the existing uses of the Rehabilitation Area, from wallpaper manufacturing to art galleries to gyms and dance studios to co-working business spaces. The Redevelopment Plan envisions a dynamic neighborhood in which to live, work, and play. The area is to have additional open space to bring people together and retail and microbrewery type of businesses for gathering. As well, circulation improvements will ensure safe travel for all modes of transportation.”  Next up, the Planning Board will have a chance to make recommendations before the council votes on finalizing changes.

    Vintage on First Opens… Again

    After being shut down by an unexpected landlord scam {get the full story here}, Vintage on First reopened its doors this past week. Their ability to relocate and reopen so quickly is due largely to the support of the community, including local business owners in the 1st Street neighborhood.  The new shop is still on 1st Street, just a block from their previous location.  This is where they plan to stay for at least the next month or so, while they continue looking for their forever home.

    JC’s BeLa Welcomes New Neighborhood Restaurant 

    A new bar and restaurant, known as The Factory, is slated to open next week in Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood. Designed with a “classic industrial” look, the restaurant has 20 ft ceilings with all of the original brick and beam work. Downstairs is a large main floor divided into two subsections, and the upstairs is a loft-style area with additional seating.  There will be an outdoor tiki bar, as well, where guests can eat and smoke cigars.  The menu will offer steak and meat options as well as seafood. It will also be open for weekend brunch.

    Passaic Man Arrested for Assault of Hoboken Woman

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    Back in April, a Hoboken resident was sexually assaulted at her home. This past Tuesday, Marcos Blandino of Passaic was arrested in connection with the attack, following an investigation by Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit, Hoboken Police Department, and Passaic Police Department. Blandino was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of burglary.

    Hoboken Massage Therapist Assisting Children in Rwanda

    If you’ve had the opportunity to be pampered by Body Balance Hoboken Massage and Skincare Spa, you may know their therapist Michael, who is leaving Hoboken to travel to Rwanda for an amazing cause.  For years, Michael has been passionately involved in Hope Shines, an organization dedicated to assisting orphans and vulnerable children through health, hygiene, and educational programs. His clients will surely miss him after he leaves on July 3rd, but his move is temporary. In the meantime, they can keep up to date with Michael via his newsletter and if you wish to help Michael in his travels and support Hope Shines, click here to donate.

    Jersey City Serving Up Greek at New Cava Mezze

    You may have eaten at a Cava Mezze before, as they have about twenty-five locations throughout the DC, LA, and NY areas. Now, they’re bringing some Greek/Mediterranean goodness to JC {at 30 Montgomery Street}.  Their food looks super delicious and inviting to the health-conscious. You can even check out their website for nutrition facts, seasonal offerings, and to order online.

    Tennis Courts at Stevens Institute Available to Hoboken Residents

    Once again, Stevens Institute of Technology has kindly invited Hoboken residents to use their tennis courts during the summer months. To be granted access, residents {18 years and older} must first obtain a visitor ID swipe card at the Steven’s Athletic Center.  The courts are available to residents as of tomorrow, and will remain open until August 21, between the hours of 8AM and 8:30PM.  If interested, stop by the Schaefer Athletic Center’s reception desk, or contact the Stevens Office of Campus Recreation Director John Maurizi at jmaurizi@stevens.edu {201-216-8111}

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    That’s the latest Word on Wash!

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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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