25 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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As always, there is plenty of Hoboken + Jersey City news to catch up on. Among the local headlines — Englewood Health is expanding its footprint in Hudson County, New York Thai restaurant Wondee Siam is coming to the Jersey City Pedestrian Plaza, Hoboken will soon offer door-to-door distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to homebound residents, and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.


Hoboken Charter School Unveils Cohesive K-12 Campus

Following extensive renovations, Hoboken Charter School now has a single, cohesive home for its K-12 program. On Thursday March 25th, a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of the new school at 711 Washington Street.

“It’s a thrilling moment to finally and fully realize two key aspects of our original vision for the Hoboken Charter School,” says Mark Silberberg one of the founders of Hoboken Charter School. “The first is the creation of a single campus for the K-12 community. The second is a mission-aligned learning space for our high school students. We have always believed in the power of a multi-age learning community and now all of our students and teachers will benefit from hard work and dedication that has gone into realizing this dream.”


BK Lobster to Open Its First NJ Location in Hoboken in May

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A Brooklyn-based restaurant that is centered around lobster, lobster rolls, lobster pasta, and lobster mac is coming to Hoboken at 732 Washington Washington Street. On August 10th, corporate partners of the new franchise BK Lobster announced that they will be opening its fifth location in the Mile Square via an Instagram video from the restaurant’s account. There is no official grand opening date just yet, but we do know it will be at the beginning of May. Click here to learn more about the new addition to the Mile Square.


Wicked Scents, New Apothecary Boutique in Hoboken, to Open This Spring

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Apothecary {aka Schitt’s Creek} lovers, this one’s for you. Miguel Goncalves, a Hoboken resident, made a bold move during the pandemic: he quit his corporate job to become the first person in his family to open a business. So, naturally, he wanted to focus his new business on something he loves: scents + Hoboken. Click here to learn more about the new apothecary boutique, Wicked Scents, opening in Hoboken at 163 2nd Street — where the former City Kidz was located.


Plans Move Forward for LSC SciTech Scity School

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Construction will soon begin on SciTech Scity’s public high school thanks to a recently signed MOU from Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise, the Board of Hudson County Schools of Technology, and Liberty Science Center. The partnership requires approval from all parties on the design, financing, construction, and programming for the new world-class, science-focused Liberty Science Center High School.

“Partnering with the County, we’re creating an unparalleled opportunity for hundreds of students each year by disrupting the status quo and acting as a catalyst to promote future scientists, inventors, and entrepreneurs in a one-of-a-kind setting that will become a sought-after destination for inspiration and innovation,” said Mayor Fulop.  “Liberty Science Center High School will be a key asset interwoven into all SciTech Scity will offer with internships, innovators, entrepreneurs, and scientists coming together to create a hub for learning and creation.”


Burundanga Coming to Jersey City

 

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This week La Brujeria announced they will be opening a new location for a sister restaurant via Instagram. “We are so happy to announce our Grand Opening for our sister location in May!! Stay tuned for more updates!!” The new spot, Burundanga, will be potentially coming to 333 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City.


Giants’ Tiki Barber Gets Vaccine in Jersey City

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Tiki Barber of the New York Giants received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Mary McLeod Bethune Center in Jersey City on Wednesday morning, per NJ.com. Barber, a running back who rushed for more than 10,000 yards, scored 67 touchdowns, and finished his 10-year career as the Giants’ all-time leading rusher, wanted to bring awareness to the safety of the vaccine in this public setting.


Englewood Health to Open Medical Complex in Journal Square

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The health care system that operates Englewood Hospital in Bergen County is expanding in Hudson County be creating a three-floor, 75,000-square-foot medical facility located in Journal Square, per NJ.com. The new one-stop-shop for health care in the community will include a wide assortment of patient services, including primary care, urgent care, and specialty services like orthopedics and diabetes care. The new center will be located across from the Stanley Theater at 2 Journal Square on Kennedy Boulevard.


Event Space, Elevated Park, Retail, and More Proposed for Southwest Hoboken

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The building that currently houses Mission 50 co-working spaces may soon get a facelift, per Jersey Digs. The company of the building for almost two decades is looking to create over 500,000 square feet of living, work, and play space that will expand the existing building, add new public greenery, construct medical offices, and create multi-family housing along the Jersey City border.


Local Author Writes Children’s Book on News

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Hoboken resident and digital media news producer, Johnathan Miller used his expertise to author a children’s book during quarantine of 2020, titled The ABC’s of News. “I give 100% credit to my girlfriend for pushing me to pursue it. This project is not about making money for me. I simply want to teach kids news literacy. I believe it’s never too early! I studied Broadcast & Digital Journalism at The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University {graduated in 2014}. Miller views this book as a way to give back to the community and offer a way for journalism to be discovered at a young age.


Hoboken City Council Authorizes Overnight Construction

 

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The Hoboken City Council has authorized the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to conduct construction activities on the City’s Rebuild By Design projects between the hours of 9PM and 5AM starting April 1st. This approval will apply through October 30th, per Tap Into. This specific project includes flood protection improvements, as well as sewer separation modifications, barrier construction, floodwalls, deployable gates, subsurface foundations, and landscape architecture elements.


New York Thai Eatery Wondee Siam is Coming to Jersey City

 

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Budget-friendly Thai restaurant, Wondee Siam is expanding its New York horizons into Hudson County, per Jersey City Upfront. The new restaurant will be located in the Jersey City Pedestrian Plaza. The space at 137 Newark Avenue currently features a “coming soon” banner. The restaurant is known for being “consistently delicious” and for offering “rock-bottom” prices, according to Zagat. The menu features Thai staples like pad see ew, papaya salad, various Thai curries, spicy larb gai made with minced chicken, ground toasted rice, scallions, cilantro, lime juice, and chili.


Lackawanna Coffee Opens Third Cafe in Jersey City

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Lackawanna Coffee has opened its third coffee shop in Jersey City. The newest cafe is located at 325 Warren Street, between luxury rental The Lively and the new Nimbus Arts Center, per Jersey City Upfront. Lackawanna Coffee sells innovative drinks like black sesame latte, wakatake matcha latte, and vanilla bean cinnamon latte. Classics like espresso and Americano are also available. Lackawanna Coffee also carries a mix of fresh-baked treats like cookies, croissants, and waffles.


HomeGrown JC Permanently Closed

 

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Small businesses nationwide have struggled to stay open since the start of the pandemic last year. Jersey City is no exception. Local bar HomeGrown JC, located at 150 Bay Street, permanently closed Sunday, March 21st. Per HomeGrown’s Facebook page:

“Hello, friends, we here at Homegrown want to take the time out to thank everyone who supported us since our opening back in July. It has been a difficult and interesting road. (Especially opening during this crazy time, to say the least) Thank you to all of the performers, musicians, comedians, artists, Dj’s but especially the friends, community, and all who came out to help us try and keep the dream of Homegrown and its mission alive. It’s with a heavy heart we announce this weekend will be our final weekend open. We also want to give a shout-out to all of the breweries and distilleries we’d had the pleasure of carrying and working with. It was a pleasure to have you all a part of our special little concept of offering the best Jersey has to offer.”


Hoboken Resident is Co-Founder of RACKET

 

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Hoboken resident, Margo Seibert co-founded the non-profit organization, RACKET which aims to eliminate period shame and help those who don’t have access to menstrual hygiene products. NJ.com reports that the organization has donated hundreds of kits, which include feminine hygiene products, to homeless women and teens in New York. Most recently they donated supplies to the Hoboken Shelter.


Planet Fitness Planning its First Jersey City Location

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Planet Fitness will overhaul a massive space near the Hackensack River at 321 Route 440, to create a new gym location, per Jersey Digs. The building has 168 parking spaces, making it one of the most convenient gyms to get to in Hudson County. In the same complex, gym-goers will find a Delta Gas and Food Mart just south of Stadium Plaza, adjacent to Society Hill, and down the street from the upcoming 8,000-unit Bayfront project.


Fatal Shooting Victim Identified as Jersey City 17-Year-Old

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The victim in the fatal shooting in Jersey City on Sunday, March 21st has been identified as a 17-year-old, Zaimier Bell. He was shot in the upper body on Martin Luther King Drive between Woodlawn and Fulton avenues just before 5:30PM. Following the incident, he was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:10PM, per NJ.com. The fatal shooting in Jersey City’s fourth homicide of 2021 and the seventh in Hudson County this year.


Woman Strikes Traffic Light, Injures Pedestrian in Jersey City

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A female driver “lost control” of her vehicle at Fairview Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, knocking down a traffic light which then injured a female pedestrian who was standing on the corner, according to NJ.com. Jersey City firefighters, police, and the Port Authority rescue squad helped remove the knocked-down traffic light and assist the injured woman.


6th Borough Salon to Relocate in Hoboken

6th Borough Hair Salon is relocating their boutique. But have no fear, they are staying in Hoboken. Currently located at 338 Park Avenue, the salon will be moving to 133 Madison Street with plans to open the new location on April 24th. The last day for appointments at the Park Avenue location will be April 10th.


Jersey City Announces $21 Million in Energy Improvement Upgrades

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Jersey City has partnered with Schneider Electric to implement the city’s first Energy Savings Improvement Program which will reduce operational costs, improve energy resiliency, and leverage energy savings to minimize cost on urgent capital infrastructure projects, per Tap Into. The revolutionary program hopes to achieve ambitious sustainability goals by maximizing funding from outside sources. The plan will save taxpayers $21 million in energy and operational costs over 20 years while funding over $19 million in urgent capital needs.


Man Shot in Back in Jersey City After Dispute With Neighbor

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Jersey City resident, Gerard Colon, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and weapons possession offenses following an altercation with a neighbor on Sunday, March 21st. Colon allegedly shot his neighbor around 7:45PM near their residences between Myrtle and Claremont Avenues, per NJ.com. The 55-year-old victim was driven in a private vehicle to a local hospital and treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.


Health Buses to Provide Shower + Laundry Facilities to Jersey City Homeless

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Jersey City is partnering with two Illinois companies to retrofit retired school buses into mobile units where people experiencing homelessness can access health services. Jersey City purchased two buses in Illinois and is working with Infinity Trailers and Diamond Trailers and Specialty Vehicles to turn them into spaces where people without housing can shower, do laundry, and receive services such as health screenings and counseling, per Connect Radio. The Reckitt Benckiser grant, worth $50k has made this project possible.


Shake Shack in Hoboken to Open Next Week

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The news {and a few rumors} that popular burger chain Shake Shack is coming to Hoboken has been buzzing around the city for a while now. However, that news — which we originally reported on back in October 2019 — is now becoming a reality. Known for its cheesiest of cheese fries and loaded shroomburger option for vegetarians, Shake Shack has announced its opening date in the new Mile Square location at 107-111 Washington Street. Click here to learn more about the Shake Shack coming to Hoboken and when it will be opening its doors.


Man Enters Jersey City Hospital with a Bullet in His Head

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Jersey City police scoured the area of the 60s block of Randolph Avenue for a crime scene following the arrival of a male victim at the hospital with a reported bullet wound, per RLS Media. According to police, at approximately 7:50PM, a private vehicle pulled up at the emergency department of Jersey City Medical Center and rushed the seriously injured victim in the hospital with a bullet wound to his head. The family of the victim said he was shot multiple times.


Hoboken Homebound Asked to Pre-register for the Vaccine

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Hoboken will soon offer door-to-door distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID 19 vaccine to homebound residents, according to a press release from the city. In anticipation of a potential supply from the state, Mayor Ravi Bhalla encouraged any homebound Hoboken resident, or family member, or friend of the individual to pre-register to receive a vaccine on Hoboken’s registration page. The registration page now features a new designation of “homebound” to better reach every member of the community.


Artichoke Pizza Coming to Jersey City

 

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In a post shared by @jc_eats, they announced the opening of an Artichoke Pizza in Jersey City, expected “soon”. It will take over a former retail space at 246 Bay Street and offer both take-out and dine-in service of the popular Manhattan-based pizza shop.

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Originally from North Carolina, Ainsley became a proud Hoboken Girl years ago. As a freelance journalist she has written about everything under the sun for the past six years. She works from her home office in uptown Hoboken or sometimes from Choc-o-Pain, because nothing says “freelancer” like working from a café with a fresh croissant nearby. As the mother of one very fast toddler, she has a passion for self-care, parenting hacks, and discovering all the fun things the Mile Square has to offer.