A week of life in Hoboken + Jersey City means there is plenty of news to catch up on. Among the local headlines: Jersey City Ranks 17th in Best Places for Young Professionals to Live in the U.S.; New Jersey plans to close 6 vaccine mega-sites; SW3AT Sauna to open in Hoboken later this month, and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.
Hoboken Resident to Compete in Miss NJ USA Pageant
A born and raised Jersey Girl and first-generation American, Alexandra Lakhman will compete in the upcoming Miss NJ USA Pageant. The former Old Bridge resident is now a Hoboken-based, Digital Marketing Associate Manager at Newell Brands based in town. After falling in love with eCommerce as a sophomore in college, Lexi launched her own fashion fitness brand called Flex By Lex. Click here to read more about Lexi, how she’s preparing for the pageant, her brand, her new life in Hoboken, and more.
SW3AT Sauna to Open Hoboken Location June 23
SW3AT Sauna, the popular sauna studio located in downtown Jersey City at 172 Newark Avenue, has announced that it will be expanding to the Mile Square. SW3AT is a veteran-owned holistic sanctuary for those seeking to heal the mind and body with infrared heat therapy. Click here to read more about SW3AT Sauna’s new soon-to-be Hoboken location at 89 Hudson Street.
Choc O Pain Bakery Offering Free Coffee to Vaccine Recipients in June
In an Instagram post this week, Choc O Pain Bakery & Cafe announced it will give a free coffee to customers who have gotten the vaccine against COVID-19 in June. The post reads: “Gotten your shot? We have a coffee for you! We want to do our part to keep our community healthy! For the month of June, we are offering one FREE coffee with a purchase of $10+ to anyone who has been vaccinated. One time offer only…available in all locations.”
‘Light Up the Loop’ Bike Ride Brings Together Local Cyclists
The annual “Light Up the Loop” bike ride took place on Friday, June 4th, as announced per Patch. During this family-friendly ride, bikers explored bike paths on both sides of the Hudson River and used NY Waterway ferries to travel between New Jersey and New York. This entire loop took approximately two hours.
Jersey City Ranks 17th in Best Places for Young Professionals to Live in U.S.
According to a recent report from Niche, Jersey City is one of the top 100 best places to live in the U.S., per Patch. It ranked 78th for best places to live and 17th for best places for young professionals. This ranking is based on livability, crime rates, the housing market, schools, employment, and amenities, and resources. These are based on city data from the U.S. Census and other federal sources.
High School Student Recognized for Community Service
Alysa Toledo, class of 2021, was recognized by the United Nations Association of the USA and InnerView in the fourth Annual National Community Service Awards.
National Honor Society Chapter adviser Michelle McGreivey shared the following statements about Alysa: “Alysa is certainly a leader in the Hoboken High School National Honor Society in terms of service. In addition to the over twenty hours she completed that resulted in this award, she has continued to serve by designing and painting a mural in the school library for our new makerspace. In a year where many are struggling with engagement, Alysa stands out.”
Authorities ID Dead Woman in Hoboken Parking Garage
The woman who was found dead in a Hoboken garage was identified as Jazzlynn Teron from Elizabeth, Hudson County per, NJ.com. She was found dead on Sunday morning, just after 6:30AM. The circumstances around the death are still under investigation.
Job Fair Hosted by Jersey City’s Newport Centre
Newport Centre Mall will host a job fair to fill positions at retailers and restaurants in the mall, per Patch. The job fair will run from 11AM to 6PM on Saturday, June 12, and will include stores and restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, Best Buy, and Sephora. The Newport Centre is located at 30 Mall Drive West in Jersey City.
Nulux Spa Opens in Jersey City
A new hair salon and spa, Nulux recently opened at 106 River Drive S in Jersey City. The salon offers cuts, color, and treatments for hair in addition to waxing, manicures, and massages.
Patel Brothers Grocery Store Upgrades Approved by City Planning Board
The Jersey City Planning Board signed off on proposed enhancements of the Patel Brothers grocery store in Journal Square, per Tap Into. The Patel Brothers will gain a restaurant, additional space, and an expansion covering two more sections. When completed, the new building will be one and a half stories tall.
New Mixed-Use Development Coming to 80 Water Street
Route 440 Developers, LLC is under contract to purchase the property at 80 Water Street and has a plan to redevelop the area, per Jersey Digs. The company plans to build a development with 492 residential units, retail spaces, parking, and 4,600 square feet of open space. A portion of 80 Water Street would also be dedicated for Hudson-Bergen Light Rail use.
Jersey City to Celebrate World Refugee Day on June 20
A World Refugee Day Festival will be sponsored by Welcome Home Jersey City on Sunday, June 20th, per Tap Into. The festival will be from 2PM to 5PM at Temple Beth-El of Jersey City. The festival will include speakers, information tables, activities for children, and food.
Jersey City Kids Brought Together Through Bucket Drumming Class
Kids from ages 8 to 18 are learning the art of bucket drumming thanks to classes put on by the Jersey City Department of Recreation and Youth Development, per 6 ABC News. These classes have been going on since September and happen every Monday for a full hour. These drumming classes can help kids relax, explore a new hobby and express emotions. The city hopes to expand the program in the future.
Artists Document Unacknowledged People and Places of Jersey City
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Local artist, Jin Jung is collaborating with Duquann Sweeney, a photographer and fellow lifelong Jersey City resident, per NJ.com. The site’s objective is to “bring awareness to many important yet unacknowledged people and places of Jersey City.” So far, the site’s map features 12 locations with different levels of historical information. The project seeks residents’ input and suggestions for other sites.
Hoboken Lawmakers Considering Cannabis Regulations
August 21 is the deadline for municipalities to establish local cannabis guidelines to preempt state rules, per NJ.com. Lawmakers are considering prohibitions on any non-retail cannabis facilities and a five-facility citywide limit for recreational and medical facilities. Municipalities that don’t meet the August 21 deadline will operate under state rules for five years.
Hybrid Coffee & Kitchen to Close Heights Location, Opening in Downtown Jersey City
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This week Hybrid Coffee & Kitchen announced it will be closing its storefront in the Heights on Saturday, June 12 following the opening of its new downtown Jersey City cafe at 398 Manila Avenue (between 3rd and 2nd Street).
The Instagram post said, “Our last day at the Heights location will be Sat, June 12. To our Downtown Jersey City fam: What’s good ya’ll! Some of you might remember us when we were at Exchange Place in our little 1970’s horse trailer. Well, we’re back with a few upgrades, to say the least. Many of you continued to support us as we moved into our first brick-and-mortar in the Heights, & we’re happy to announce we’ll be back in your neck of the woods. We’re overjoyed to reconnect with many of you, but also super excited to build new relationships. So, tell your mom, sister, brother, long-lost auntie, whoever. We’re opening, God willing, in June. (Opening day TBD). Our new space will be equipped with the same ole’ Hybrid charm & spirit. We’ll also have some outdoor space to welcome the long-awaited summer. As we progress with the build-out, I’ll be posting updates because it’s important that you’re part of the progress/process. We love you & mean it with every bean we grind. Evan & The Hybrid Team”
Hoboken to Raise Flag and Repaint Crosswalk For Pride Month
On Saturday, June 5th the Hoboken community including city officials gathered at City Hall for the raising of the Pride flag at 12:30PM. The Pride Crosswalk adjacent to City Hall has been repainted as well in celebration of the month.
Some Hoboken Shops Still Require Masks
While New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said that vaccinated residents don’t need to wear masks, some shops are still requiring it for customers, per Patch. Numbers gathered across the state show that 55 percent of residents 18+ are fully vaccinated. Some businesses are still requiring customers to wear masks in order to provide a safe environment for some of the more at-risk members of the community. Be sure to check for signage before entering a shop even if you have been fully vaccinated.
The Whole Spectrum Autism Foundation to Host Family BBQ
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The Whole Spectrum Autism Foundation will host a family BBQ at Hard Grove Cafe on June 12th for parents and caregivers of individuals on the autism spectrum. Those interested in attending can click here to RSVP by Thursday, June 10th.
Businesses in Hoboken Awarded ‘This Place Matters’ Designation
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In 2019, the Hoboken Historic Preservation Commission awarded 25 of the oldest businesses in Hoboken the “This Place Matters” award. Now, the HHPC has started recognizing businesses that may not have been around for 100 years like the original designees but are 30-40 years old yet still staples of the local community. Last week Torna’s Pizza received the special designation sign for its store window. The Instagram post says, “The smell of pizza and sound of older men chatting in Italian as they play Briscola drifts from this well-loved storefront at 254 9th Street. Generations of Hoboken kids have stopped by for a crispy Sicilian slice and a soda on their way home from school, and getting a couple of pies from Torna’s for Friday Pizza Night is a weekly tradition for natives and newcomers alike. Folks who moved to the burbs still come back regularly for their legendary meatballs and eggplant parm. For 61 years, Torna’s continues to be a place in the heart of Hoboken, with the heart of Hoboken.”
Hudson County Launches New Mobile Vaccination Unit
Because of the County’s coordination with its municipal partners, 60% of residents over the age of 12 have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Hudson County has launched a new mobile vaccination unit for serving as a popup clinic in neighborhoods throughout the county. This will allow the Hudson County Vaccine Task Force to bring the COVID-19 vaccine directly to hard-to-reach communities. The unit is a bus that has been repurposed to administer vaccines in the back of the vehicle.
Weehawken Vaccinates More than Half of Adult Residents
Weehawken has vaccinated 55 percent of its adult population, administering vaccine doses at a joint site with Union City and the North Hudson Community Action Corp, per Hudson Reporter. Herd Immunity requires 70 to 80 percent of the adult population, which is the current goal of city officials. Weehawken residents can also get the vaccine in West New York.
Party with Purpose 5K Returns
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The Party with Purpose 5K is slated to return this summer. The announcement via Instagram this week said, “We are back in person for our annual 5K! Virtual options are available. Staggered start times and social distancing when possible will be enforced. See you there!”
NJ Plans to Close 6 Vaccine Mega-Sites
After delivering nearly 2 million vaccines, New Jersey’s six mega-sites have started to shut down, per NJ.com. More than 950,000 people have been fully vaccinated at these sites, and New Jerseyans are now encouraged to book appointments at one of the nearly 1,800 other sites across the state. Vaccine clinics are working toward the administration’s goal of vaccinating 70% of New Jersey citizens.
New Jersey Schools Could Drop Mask Requirement in Fall
As schools nationally fight over whether masks should still be required, Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s open-minded about dropping the mask requirement next fall, per NJ.com. He guesses that the state will continue to require schools to wear masks, but there is a chance that could change.
Officials Confirm Resignation of Controversial Jersey City Teachers
Officials confirmed that three controversial Jersey City teachers are no longer working for the school district, per NJ.com. Howard Zlotkin, a science teacher at Dickinson High School, and Francisco Realpe, a Dickinson High School teacher facing sexual assault charges who resigned in May. Zlotkin’s resignation comes after subjecting his students to a profane verbal tirade during a remote class. The third teacher, a McNair Academic High School teacher has retired after allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct.
Weehawken to Acquire Part of the Palisades
Weehawken will acquire about 14.5 acres of the Palisades in order to keep it safe from developments, per NJ.com. Local officials have expressed the desire to preserve the historic area from future developments in favor of maintaining the natural history of Weehawken.