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37 News Stories You Missed This Week in Hoboken + Jersey City

by The Hoboken Girl Team
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It’s been another busy week in Hudson County and we’ve got all the headlines to get you caught up. Among the highlights: Hudson County receives a grant for fiscal literacy programs; a street in Jersey City is renamed in honor of a local four-star general; and Maroons Creamery opens in Hoboken. Read on for all the news in Hoboken + Jersey City for the week ending March 3rd, 2024.

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Among the Headlines (read on for the full stories):

  • Alessio’s Debuts ‘The Hoboken Girl’ Breakfast Sandwich Benefitting York Street Project
  • California Boutique ‘Sirena’ Opening Jersey City Location
  • Montclair-Based Cuban Pete’s to Take Over Former Charrito’s Space in Hoboken
  • New Bistro Opens in Jersey City, from Team Behind 143 Social
  • Hoboken Coffee Shop City of Saints Announces Closure
  • Rob McElhenney from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Spotted in Hoboken
  • Redesign of Coles Street Underpass in Jersey City to Begin in April
  • Jersey City Names Street to Honor Four-Star Army General
  • Rumors Confirmed of Emma’s in Journal Square Closing
  • Guac Time Mexican Grill Coming to Jersey City

Alessio’s Debuts ‘The Hoboken Girl’ Breakfast Sandwich Benefitting York Street Project

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The only thing better than a Hoboken sandwich collaboration is a sandwich collaboration for charity. The Hoboken Girl team is thrilled to announce a collaboration with Alessio’s Cafe for the debut of our very own Hoboken Girl Breakfast Sandwich — all to highlight a local non-profit that does amazing work in the Hudson County Community. In honor of Women’s History Month, ‘The Hoboken Girl’ will be available at the Alessio’s locations (539 Park Avenue in Hoboken + 99 Franklin Street in Jersey City) locations starting on March 1st, and will be sold through the end of the month. 100% of The Hoboken Girl’s portion of the sales will be donated to the York Street Project, a Jersey City non-profit combating poverty in the area. More about the collaboration — including more information about a taste-testing event on March 8th at the Hoboken Alessio’s location here.


Rob McElhenney from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Spotted in Hoboken

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A celeb sighting isn’t a rare occurrence in Hoboken these days — from Blake Lively to Kim Kardashian to Vince Vaughn — there have been spottings aplenty. But for the It’s Always Sunny fans, February 27th was a special day in the Mile Square. Rob McElhenney was in Hoboken, and had a bit of a day around town. He was here for an appearance at The Ainsworth with the cast to promote their new whiskey brand, Four Walls Whiskey. More about his visit here.


Hoboken Public Library Debuts Library of Things

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The Hoboken Public Library has launched a Library of Things, where library card-holding residents can check out unique items for two weeks at a time. The library has a range of items to explore, from a record player, vintage Atari console, and cassette player, to different tools, board games, and more. We stopped by HPL to browse the Library of Things — and in the process, discovered all of the other happenings HPL has in the works. Click here for more.


California Boutique ‘Sirena’ Opening Jersey City Location

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Just in time for a Jersey Shore summer wardrobe refresh, California-born Sirena Boutique is opening a location in Jersey City. Opening in 581 Jersey Avenue right next to Dames Coffee, owner Leah Washuta says she’s excited to create a community space for shoppers to chat with a friendly face while putting together a fun outfit. Click here for more.


Louise + Jerry’s in Hoboken Isn’t Closing — Rumors Put to Rest

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Louise and Jerry’s has been a longtime staple in the Hoboken community, spanning several generations of ownership — all within the same family. So when rumors were circulating regarding its closure over the last few weeks, we had to do our due diligence. To get to the bottom of the story, The Hoboken Girl had a sit-down chat with owner and Hudson County Commissioner Anthony Romano, who denied any intention of selling the establishment or closing the bar at 329 Washington Street in Hoboken. Contrary to the rumor, Romano said there is actually a chance Louise + Jerry’s may expand its reach. Read more here.

Mayor Bhalla Appoints Cristin Cricco-Powell to Head Cultural Affairs for the City of Hoboken

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Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the City of Hoboken today announced the appointment of Cristin Cricco-Powell as the new Head of Cultural Affairs. She will succeed Geri Fallo, who has served the City for three decades, spanning multiple administrations. Per a press release, Cristin is a fourth-generation Hoboken resident and will be tasked with heading major City events including the biannual Arts and Music Festival, Spaghetti Dinner Block Party, and other traditions. She will also help develop new events and programs to diversify the programming offered by the department. Geri Fallo, whose retirement was announced last year, will retire this spring following a transition period.


New Bistro Opens in Jersey City, from Team Behind 143 Social

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The food scene in Jersey City is a culinary roadmap that is constantly evolving and thriving. Better Days, a modern American Bistro from the team behind 143 Social, officially opens its doors today, February 26th. The Hoboken Girl chatted with the team for some exclusive scoop on the new bistro and what locals can expect. Click here for more.


Small Fire at Hoboken’s Jackson Mini Mart

A fire started Wednesday morning at Jackson Mini Market, located at 313 Jackson Street. Hoboken Fire Department was at the scene to extinguish the flames, which were contained just to the market, shared TapInto Hoboken. The fire was started due to a malfunctioning refrigerator leaving the refrigerator and some stock burnt.


 New Vintage Store Called ‘Cranky Angel’ Opens in Jersey City

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Attention shoppers — a brand new vintage store has entered the chat. It is time to welcome a new nostalgic thrift and gift experience to Downtown Jersey City. The new women-owned and run storefront, Cranky Angel is located at 304 Newark Avenue. Owned and operated by Montana Fucci, this store promises to be something memorable for Jersey City shoppers. Click here for more.


Jackass Star Bam Margera Spotted in Hoboken

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This week, Rob McElhenney from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia was spotted in Hoboken. Even more recently, Jackass star and former skateboarder Bam Margera also spent some time in the Mile Square. Click here for more.


Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day + Leprecon Events

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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and over the years, the reputation of Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day has become legendary the first week of March— albeit somewhat controversial. What was once a day that celebrated a 26-year tradition and hosted NJ’s biggest parade, several events for Leprecon and Hoboken St. Paddy’s Day took place this past Saturday. Details here.


Mauricio Umansky’s Real Estate Company ‘The Agency’ Closing Hoboken Office

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Back in 2022, we reported the news that The Agency — a worldwide luxury real estate brokerage and lifestyle company founded by Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Mauricio Umansky — had partnered with Triplemint at its Hoboken office, located at 331 Washington Street. Less than two years after the announcement, the landlord of the building has confirmed with The Hoboken Girl that The Agency’s Mile Square office will be closing, despite the company’s growth internationally. Click here for more.


Hoboken Police Arrest Jersey City Man for Multiple Armed Robberies

The Hoboken Police Department announced the arrest of 31-year-old Matthew Trontz of Jersey City for multiple armed robberies in Hoboken which occurred over a seven-week period. According to a press release, the arrest took place on February 27th following reports of robberies at five Hoboken businesses dating back to January 15th, 2024. An investigation by the Hoboken Police Department’s Detectives Bureau connected the cases and ultimately led to the arrest of Trontz immediately following the final incident.


Montclair-Based Cuban Pete’s to Take Over Former Charrito’s Space in Hoboken

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Charrito’s closed its last remaining Hoboken location in August 2023, leaving residents to wonder what would succeed the popular taqueria. Well, Hoboken, wonder no more. Cuban Pete’s, a BYOB Cuban restaurant in Montclair, New Jersey, is moving into the former Charrito’s space at 518 Washington Street, with plans to open up as early as this June. Click here for more.


Hudson County Awarded $650K for Financial Literacy Programs

Hudson County has been awarded nearly $650,000 in funds to help provide financial literacy programs shared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The awards are part of $128M to be awarded by HUD to public housing agencies, project-based rental assistance owners, and for the 2023 Renewal and New Family Self Sufficiency Program grants per NJ.com.


Hoboken Coffee Shop City of Saints Announces Closure

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Over the past few months, a beloved uptown coffee shop has been at the forefront of the Hoboken rumor mill. City of Saints, located at 1320 Bloomfield Street, had mysteriously and sporadically been closed during hours of operation, leaving locals to surmise that the closure might be permanent. Unfortunately, the suspicions are solid. The team at City of Saints confirmed with The Hoboken Girl that February 29th was the uptown coffee shop’s last day in business. More about City of Saint’s closure in Hoboken here.


Maroons Creamery Officially Opens in Uptown Hoboken

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The long-anticipated Maroons Creamery has opened its doors at 1122 Washington Street this weekend. In what was supposed to be Surreal Creamery, plans changed and switched to Maroons Creamery. The ice cream shop, which specializes in homemade flavors such as guava cheesecake, custard apple, and raspberry donuts has a build-your-own concept. More about the new spot here.


New Report Cites Improved Fiscal Health at NJCU

 

 
 
 
 
 
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International finance ratings group Moody’s has noted changes at New Jersey City University (NJCU) and upgraded the institution’s rating from negative to stable. The improved rating comes as the University has made significant changes to its financial operating model, and a state-appointed fiscal monitor, according to the Jersey City Times. The report noted some of the challenges that NJCU still faces, but campus leaders were overall optimistic about the new grade and how it reflects the ongoing work to build the University’s fiscal health.


Corporate Landlords Sue Hoboken, Jersey City Over Rent Control

Three big names in residential leasing have sued Hoboken and Jersey City over rent control policies. Lincoln Property, Equity Residential, and Avalon Bay have all sued over changing rent control policies, according to Patch. Residents have been pushing back against rent increases following the expiration of many Covid-related rent deals and what many call ‘unconscionable’ rent increases.


Stop Work Order at Icy Melon in Hoboken

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Paper covered the windows this week at Icy Melon in Hoboken, located at 620 Washington Street. A photograph taken by a HG team member shows a stop-work order in the window of the frozen treat spot. Attempts to contact the store have been unsuccessful, and its online ordering function has been disabled.


Redesign of Coles Street Underpass in Jersey City to Begin in April

A section of a Jersey City street known to be challenging for pedestrians and cyclists is about to undergo a renovation. The City recently approved a resolution to start construction on the redesign of The Coles Street underpass, which is located near the Holland Tunnel under 12th Street. Construction is set to start in April of this year. Click here for more.


Guac Time Mexican Grill Coming to Jersey City

 

 
 
 
 
 
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New signage for Guac Time Mexican Grill has begun to go up in McGinley Square this week. The eatery, which will feature Mexican dishes like Birra tacos, burritos, taco salads, and bowls does not have a set open date. Stay tuned for more information.


Jersey City-Based Artist’s Work on Display at Art House Productions

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Art House Productions, located at 345 Marin Boulevard in Jersey City, announced its newest exhibit, Proud Scenes of Dusty Hill and Family Homesteads by Greg Brickey curated by Andrea McKenna. Per a press release, Greg Brickey is a Jersey City-based artist with Indiana roots, and this exhibit will explore his hometown and early years. Greg works with the Jersey City Mural Arts Program, chairs the JC Public Arts Advisory Board, and is also a board member of the City’s Artist Certification Board. Gallery hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 1PM to 4PM.


Three Arrests Following Multi-Agency Narcotics Investigation in North Bergen

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office arrested three suspects in connection with a multi-agency narcotics task force investigation in North Bergen. Per a press release from the Prosector’s Office, the investigation was conducted by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations Newark, and the United States Postal Inspection Service. Over five kilograms of suspected MDMA/ketamine with a street value of over $500,000, and a handgun were recovered. Suspects Mauricio Hurtado, 42, of Secaucus, Jose Restrepo, 57, of North Bergen, and Carlos Florez, 49, of Bloomingdale, were arrested and charged with various possession and distribution-related crimes.


Rumors Confirmed of Emma’s in Journal Square Closing

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Emma’s, a Southern-influenced American bistro, has been a staple of the Journal Square area since it opened in spring 2020. But, the restaurant quietly closed on Sunday, February 25th. The Hoboken Girl spoke exclusively with sources close to the team behind Emma’s to learn more. Click here for more.


Jersey City Names Street to Honor Four-Star Army General

Retired, Four-Star U.S. Army General, Edward M. Daly, 58, was recently honored by the City after having his childhood street named after him. The Jersey City native was presented with a proclamation from Jersey City and a resolution from Hudson County on Thursday dedicating Terhune Avenue (between Fowler Avenue and Kennedy Boulevard) in his name. “I am unbelievably honored and humbled,” the General said. “These were my formative years that taught me things like value, character and hard work. I came from modest beginnings in a working middle-class family and I will always be Jersey City at heart. This is the city that made me who I am,” according to NJ.com.


Hoboken Man Charged With DUI

24-year-old Raffaelle Spadavecchia of Hoboken was charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone, driving without a license, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to observe the directions of a police officer after an incident on February 17th. A hit and run was reported in the parking lot on the 300 block of Jackson Street as stated in Hoboken Police Department’s police blotter stated that a hit and run was reported on 300 block of Jackson Street. Hoboken PD responded to the call and ultimately tracked down Spadavecchia who first ignored orders to stop his vehicle. He eventually stopped on Washington Street where he failed a field sobriety test and was taken to headquarters and charged.


Union City Man Attempts to Evade Police, Jumps Into Berry’s Creek

Following an alleged shoplifting incident on February 23rd around 9:31AM at Kohls (3 Millcreek Drive), Gregory Calvo, 53, of Union City was charged with obstructing the administration of law, resisting arrest, shoplifting, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, eluding, and possession of burglary tools. Loss Prevention at Kohls shared with police that a man committed a theft and was fleeing the area in a 2011 gray Mitsubishi Lancer, per Hudson County View. Police stated that Calvo’s vehicle sped down Route 3, struck a guardrail, and exited on foot and jumped into Berry’s Creek. Calvo was pulled from the water and arrested by police officers and state troopers.


Jersey City’s Restaurant Fest Kicks Off This Weekend

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This Saturday was the start of Jersey City’s Winter Restaurant Fest. This two-week event features 37 local eateries such as Luna, Barge Inn, and Chickies for both lunch and dinner. Restaurants aren’t the only spots hosting this event this year. There will also be several ‘light bite’ spots participating as well including Crema JC, Delish Juice Bar, and Macarons by Marla Mae. Reservations can be made online, order out, or walk in. More information can be found here.


Hoboken Dual Language Charter School Approved Charter + Expansion

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hoboken Dual Language Charter School’s charter was approved by the Department of Education at the end of January. The charter school, which is one of three in Hoboken, shared the news via an Instagram post. In addition to the school’s charter renewal through June of 2029, the school was also granted permission for expansion to eighth grade via Patch.


Jersey City Man Charged with Wire Fraud


An India- and New Jersey-based man who operated jewelry companies in New York City’s Diamond District was charged with spearheading a scheme to illegally evade customs duties for millions of dollars of jewelry imports into the United States and with illegally processing millions of dollars through unlicensed money transmitting businesses. According to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office, Monishkumar Kirankumar Doshi Shah, aka “Monish Doshi Shah,” 39 was arrested and later released on a $100,000 bond, with home detention and location monitoring. He was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of operating and aiding and abetting the operation of an unlicensed money-transmitting business for activities that took place from January 2015 to September 2023.


Plans for Historic Hamilton Park Building Receive the Green Light for Renovations

Plans to renovate a building constructed in the late 1800s in Hamilton Park received approval. The building, located at 240 7th Street received approval from the Jersey City Historic Preservation Commission last year and will be restoring the property with the help of MVMK Architecture + Design, per Jersey Digs. The construction will increase the number of units as well as restore many of the original features of the building. The building will have two studio apartments, a single one-bedroom apartment, and five two-bedroom apartments as well as a proper rear yard and a fourth-story roof deck as well as a stormwater detention system.


Hoboken Community Activist Resident, Aaron Lewit, Passes Away

Aaron Lewit, a long-time Hoboken resident and community activist passed away on Wednesday, February 28th. “Aaron was a rock in our community, who shared his love of our Mile Square with everyone he came in contact with him. Aaron and his wife Lynne helped found Elysian Charter School, he served on the Board of FBW, the Hoboken Shelter, the Hoboken Community Center, and most recently as a commissioner on the Hoboken Housing Authority,” Mayor Bhalla shared in a heartfelt Facebook post.


Psycho Mike’s Therapy Bar Opens in Former Mills Tavern Space

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Psycho Mike’s Therapy Bar, located at 125 Washington Street opened this weekend for the unofficial official start to St. Patty’s Day celebrations in the Mile Square. Making its debut just in time for LepreCon and under the ownership of Pig and Parrot owner, Mike Citarella, Psycho Mike’s made the former Mills Tavern location its own. Read more about Psycho Mike’s here.


Redevelopment of Former West District Precinct Building in Jersey City in the Works

After closing its doors in 2015, the former West District precinct building, located at 574 Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City will open again under the direction of former Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto and business partner Nick Marrone. NJ.com revealed that the $1.9M project will begin late this summer and conclude in February 2026. The building will be converted into an 18-unit residential building.


Dental Associates to Fill Jersey City Heights Shopping Center Space

A new dental practice will be coming to the Jersey City Heights. Located at 741 Secaucus Road, Dental Associates will take up 1,260 square feet at the Heights Plaza, per Patch. Dental Associates, has more than 20 locations in the tri-state area including another Jersey City location on Kennedy Boulevard.


Bayonne Medical Center Property Deemed ‘Hospital Zone’ Following Court Ruling

Following an appellate court ruling this past week, Bayonne Medical Center has been legally deemed a hospital zone, in which another business other than a hospital cannot be housed here. The zoning law, as explained by NJ.com, stated that the property must be a hospital was overturned in a 2022 civil trial, has been overturned. The property was purchased in 2020 by Avery Eisenreich, owner of Alaris Health Nursing Home, however never carried out such a facility. Instead, Eisenreich sold most of the property to Hudson Regional Hospital owner Yan Moshe.


Mango Mango Dessert Coming to Downtown Jersey City

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Mango Mango Dessert is coming soon to Jersey City. Construction is underway at its new location at 175 2nd Street. The original New York-based dessert shop opened over a decade ago and has since expanded across the US, with five locations being in New Jersey. Mango Mango has a variety of handmade fresh fruit drinks and desserts that are different from the average dessert eateries. Click here for more.


29th Annual MLK Oratory Contest in Jersey City

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Jersey City hosted its 29th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Contest this past week. The events which took place from February 26th to February 29th commemorated the legacy of Dr. King. The competition, which featured 82 students in grades 3 through 8, were hand-selected from 31 schools in the area, and highlighted the importance of Dr. King’s message — fostering dialogue about social injustices, shared NJ.com. Spearheading this event was the Department of Recreation, in hopes of giving students the platform to share their thoughts on important current issues such as justice and equality at City Council chambers in City Hall. Each presentation was judged based on length, clarity, memorization, and overall presentation.


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