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30 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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Every week, we gather the highlights you missed in the news this week in Hoboken + Jersey City. Among the local headlines: the Golden Door International Film Festival kicks off this weekend; Wattle Cafe opens in Jersey City; registration opens for Hoboken Summer sports; and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.

Hoboken Announces Movies Under the Stars 2022 Lineup

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Mayor Bhalla just announced the 2022 Movies Under the Stars lineup. Click here to see which films are on the docket for Movies Under the Stars 2022, which will be held at Pier A Park at First Street and Sinatra Drive as well as at 7th + Jackson Park.

Signage Reveals What Will Take Over Previous Downtown NY Sports Club

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New signage up in the window at 59 Newark Street in downtown Hoboken reveals the businesses that will take over the space. At this point RW Barnabas Health and JAG-ONE Physical Therapy are listed as coming soon. The sign says, “Specialists in urology, neurology, and women’s health.”

Crucifix Blessed by 3 Popes on Display in Jersey City

An almost life-sized crucifix will be on display at Holy Rosary Church, located at 344 6th Street in Jersey City through mid-May. In addition to its size, this crucifix is significant because it has been blessed by three Popes and numerous other clergy as part of a global pilgrimage, per Patch. Commonly known as The Thanking Cross, it was carved in Lviv, Ukraine in 2003 and soon launched this pilgrimage slated to end in 2033.

4th Annual #HudsonGives Event Raises $675K

The fourth year of Hudson Gives 2022 raised $675,444 thanks to 3,630 donors. Beginning at midnight on Thursday, May 12th, the Hudson County community banded together to support local non-profits and charities committed to improving Hudson County and beyond. The initiative’s slogan — “Together, we thrive” — hopes to capture the spirit of the event as well as the impact it intends to have. Click here for more details.

2 Jersey City Choreographers to Receive Fellowship at NJPAC


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Two talented local choreographers have been accepted to the Jersey (New) Moves Fellowship Program, according to New Jersey Stage. The list of recipients includes two choreographers from Jersey City — Sameena Mitta and Katelyn Halpern. On Friday, June 10th the public is invited to attend a performance in which the dancers will premier their original work in the Victoria Theater.

CASA to Hold 20th Anniversary Fundraising Event in Jersey City


On Thursday, May 19th from 7PM to 11PM, Hudson County CASA will hold its 20th Anniversary fundraising event at Battello in Jersey City. According to the press release, the event will feature food, an open bar, three specialty cocktails, a DJ, and a silent auction. The program will also feature a speech from Nohemi Hernandez, a former CASA child who will be graduating from Montclair State University the following day.

Condo Group Sues Multiple Parties Including Mayor’s Wife


On Monday, May 9th, 51-53 14th Street Condominium Association, Inc. filed a lawsuit against multiple parties involved with the sale of the commercial space located on the ground floor of the building. The space, located at 51 14th Street, was previously known as Hudson Tavern. The new owners have applied to have the space be a cannabis dispensary, known as Story Dispensary. The Condo Association has previously voiced objections to this proposal and claims they were misled about the buyer’s intentions with the space. The lawsuit seeks to prohibit the space from being used as a dispensary, among other things. According to Patch, “As a result, they are seeking the court to declare that the space can’t be used as a cannabis dispensary, injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, attorney’s fees interests and costs, as well as any other relief the court deems just and equitable.”

The Hoboken Girl Recently Launched a Real Estate Directory

Looking for a place to call home in Hoboken and Jersey City is no easy feat – even if you know it won’t be your home forever. Meet our new Real Estate Directory, a curated (and ever-growing) list of real estate buildings in Hoboken, Jersey City, and the greater North Jersey area. Click here to discover these local real estate properties, compare and connect for tours, and keep checking back for more.

Pier 13 is Open for 2022 Season

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Summer is just around the corner, which means outdoor happenings once again abound — and among them is Pier 13. Pier 13, located at 1301 Sinatra Drive North in Hoboken, had its grand opening on May 9th, kicking off its 11th season of operation. It will now be open seven days a week (weather dependent) throughout the rest of spring and summer. Click here for what we know about Pier 13’s 2022 season.

TikTok Star Lynja Filmed at the Hoboken Trader Joe’s

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From Samuel L. Jackson to Uma Thurman, Hoboken has recently been flooded with celebrities — and yet another has joined the list. On May 9th, TikTok cooking sensation Lynja Yamada Davis — a.k.a Cooking with Lynja (@cookingwithlynja) — posted a TikTok at what appeared to be the Hoboken Trader Joe’s. Lynja herself has now confirmed with The Hoboken Girl that she was, in fact, shopping at Trader Joe’s in Hoboken. With 10.7 million followers on TikTok, it’s not surprising that Lynja has an observant Hoboken following. Click here for what we know about the woman behind Cooking with Lynja and her visit to Hoboken’s Trader Joe’s.

Jersey City Redevelopment Paused Once Again

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The development of a new 17-story building in Jersey City has once again been halted, per NJ.com. This happened on Monday after the Morris Canal Redevelopment Area Community Development Corp. sued Jersey City on claims that it violated its own inclusionary zoning ordinance at the site. One of the issues surrounding the project is the size of the building.

CarePoint Health Hudson Hospitals Transferred to New Non-Profit


CarePoint Health has transferred its three hospitals in Hudson County to a new non-profit headed by CarePoint’s CEO, per NJ.com. CarePoint hopes that by doing this it will sway the state Department of Health to approve the sale of 39.1% of Bayonne Medical Center to BMC Hospital LLC, which is a group made up of mostly surgical center owners. The sale is expected to come up at future DOH planning board hearings after being stopped at the April meeting.

5-Year-Old Injured in Vehicle Accident Outside Jersey City School 


A 5-year-old boy from Jersey City was hit by a minivan while crossing the street at the end of a school day and has a broken leg, per NJ.com. The crash happened on Tuesday, May 3 outside of Jersey City Global Charter School. The crash report does not state what school the boy attends and it also reports that no tickets were issued. The boy was transported to Jersey City Medical Center following the crash and was diagnosed with a broken femur.

Hoboken Extends Work Hours For Weehawken Cove Removal Project

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Hoboken officials have agreed to allow extended work hours on the project to remove sunken boats from Weehawken Cove, reported Tap Into. The city council approved a resolution at the May 4th meeting to allow operations to be conducted from 6AM to 8PM. The city’s noise ordinance allows work to be permitted from 8AM to 6PM, but Mayor Ravi Bhalla said the hours expansion is necessary to conduct the boat removals during potential high tides.

Hoboken City Council Votes Against Cannabis Review Board Expansion

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The Hoboken City Council was unable to advance a measure that would have allowed the expansion of the Cannabis Review Board to include members from the public, per Tap Into. The council voted against the ordinance that would have added four new members to the 3-person board. According to Council President Michael Russo the ordinance did not follow the protocols of going through the subcommittee first.

Executive Order 295 to Provide Certification to LGBTQ+ Owned Businesses


Governor Murphy and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority announced plans to open applications for its Micro Business Loan next month, per Tap Into. He also signed Executive Order 295 which will instruct the New Jersey Department of the Treasury to establish a state-backed certification program for businesses owned by LGBTQ+ individuals. Certification would be free of charge and it would allow businesses to advertise that they are LGBTQ+ owned.

Hoboken Police Find Deceased Homeless Individual in Park

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The Hoboken police found a deceased homeless individual in Church Square Park on the morning of Monday, May 9, per Patch. Both medical and police units responded to the call of an unresponsive homeless male, but he was pronounced dead on the scene. There is an investigation going on currently, but the death doesn’t appear to have involved any foul play.

Hoboken Art Gallery Plays Major Role in New Movie


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Field Colony, an art gallery and coworking space in an old corner building on Tenth Street has a starring role in a new movie, per Patch. The Kill Room is currently being filmed throughout Hoboken; it is a feature film starring both Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson and it is being directed by New Jersey native Nicol Paone. Thurman was the one filming in Field Colony on Friday and Monday. The movie will be filming in Hoboken and Jersey City throughout May. Click here to find out more about The Kill Room.

Wattle Café Opens in Jersey City

Wattle Café opened its first New Jersey location in Jersey City earlier this week. Wattle Café is an Australian-inspired wellness + health brand that has served Manhattan for over half a decade. The cafe’s menu has been tailored to meet preferences ranging from keto to vegan and allows a variety of choices for the customer. Click here to see what we know about this new Jersey City cafe. 

Jersey City Fire Department Officially Awarded Public Protection Classification 01

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The Jersey City Fire Department was officially awarded Public Protection Classification 01 from the Insurance Service Office on Wednesday, May 4, per Tap Into. This is the first time the department has ever received a Class 1 designation. COVID delayed the evaluation process, but Chief McGill made sure the department never ceased trying to improve.

Food and Wine Adds Jersey City to America’s Next Great Food Cities


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Food and Wine has released the list for America’s next great food cities and Jersey City has made the cut. Jersey City is described as a “food city where culture and community keep diners coming back.” The food choices showcase the diverse cultures that Jersey City has which mirrors the diversity in Jersey City itself.

NPSNJ Hudson County Chapter Continues to Push Native Plants 

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The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is still pushing for local plants to be planted around the Garden State, per Hudson Reporter. The Hudson County chapter was recently founded last summer, and they are also working hard to spread that message throughout Hudson County. The Hudson County Chapter of NPSNJ will be holding a native plant sale in June and then another one in the fall.

Hoboken Opens Summer Registration For Summer Activities 

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The registration for free baseball and gymnastics clinics has opened up for Hoboken children, reported Patch. Parents who want to register their kids should click here. This baseball clinic and the gymnastics clinics will be hosted by the city’s Division of Recreation from July 11th to August 12th. To see other camps in the North Jersey area, click here

Water Music Studios in Hoboken Approved to be Mixed-Use Building

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A plan to redevelop the former site of Water Music Studios has been given the greenlight from the Hoboken Planning Board, per Tap Into. During the May 5th meeting, a plan was approved to turn the old studio into a six-story mixed-use building. According to the approved application, the new development will include 36 condominiums on the top four floors.

Man Shot in Hudson County Park in Bayonne


A man was shot in Stephen R. Gregg Hudson County Park in Bayonne on Monday, May 9th, per NJ.com. The victim was a 24-year-old and he was taken to the Jersey City Medical Center for treatment. No arrests have been made at this time.

Bayonne Fire Department Kept a Fire Contained to West 54th Street Apartment


The Bayonne Fire Department was able to stop a fire at a West 54th Street apartment building, per NJ.com. The one-alarm fire was extinguished by a handline and declared under control within 20 minutes. Tenants were temporarily evacuated, but they were all allowed to return to their homes.

Hoboken Firefighters Continue A Community Outreach Program

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Hoboken Firefighters are continuing to work on their community outreach program, per Tap Into. Local 1076 and Local 1078 have set up a new charity fund that will receive all proceeds from the 2nd annual Hoboken Fire Locals Charitable Golf Outing. The golf outing is scheduled for August 24th at the Galloping Hill Golf Course.

Bay 151 in Bayonne Becomes First “Bark Building” 

Bay 151 in Bayonne will become the first “Bark Building” in New Jersey outside of Jersey City. According to a press release, it will be providing a wide variety of dog and cat-focused amenities and services for both the residents and their pets. Bark Buildings is a pet amenity and service that was founded in Jersey City in 2016.

The Reclining Liberty Statue To Be Moved to Jersey City

Reclining Liberty will be getting a brand new home, according to this Instagram post. She has been located in Morningside Park in Harlem for over a year. During late May, she will be moved to her new home in Jersey City’s Liberty State Park.

Golden Door International Film Festival To Kick Off This Weekend

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The 11th Annual Golden Door International Film Festival will be kicking off this weekend, per NJ.com. While opening night is on Thursday, May 11, participants can watch the movies on Friday, May 12 or Saturday, May 13. The films will be played at SIP Studios.

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