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

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It wouldn’t be spring in Hudson County without some crazy weather — and tons of events happening. There is lots of news happening in Hoboken and Jersey City. It has been another week of news in Hudson County, and we’ve got all the headlines to get you caught up, as we do every week — from all around the internet. Among the local news: Hoboken coffee shop, The Hive, is opening a Jersey City location this month; a new downtown Jersey City playground is coming to Barrow Street; and resident Sue Stephens named Hoboken’s 2024 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal. Keep reading for all the news in Hoboken + Jersey City for the week ending on May 19th, 2024.

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

  • The Horseshoe Kitchen + Bar Opening in Former Jersey Social Space in Jersey City
  • Hoboken Pastry Chef Designs Cake for Former New York Met “Doc” Gooden
  • Fatal Shooting in Jersey City Investigated by Police
  • Fare Hikes + One-Way Tickets: NJ Transit Updates
  • New Downtown Jersey City Playground Coming to Barrow Street
  • Northern Soul Shares Uncertain Update About Its Current Hoboken Location
  • Uber and Lyft Drivers Being Targeted in Downtown Jersey City
  • Hoboken Man Arrested After Fight Over Parking Spot
  • The Horseshoe Kitchen + Bar Opening in Former Jersey Social Space in Jersey City
  •  Hoboken Public Library’s Uptown Book Locker Now at the Hoboken Historical Museum

Fatal Shooting in Jersey City Investigated by Police

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office and the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) are investigating a fatal shooting that took place on May 10th. Per the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, shortly before 10PM, the JCPD received a report of shots fired in the area of Pearsall Avenue and Garfield Avenue. The male victim, later identified as Resheed Wallace, 24, of Jersey City was found with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 10:25 p.m. The Cause and Manner of Death are pending the findings of the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office.


Hoboken Pastry Chef Designs Cake for Former New York Met “Doc” Gooden

Cake-for-Dwight Gooden by Begum Arda

Photo Credit: Begum Arda

Pastry chef and Hoboken resident Begum Arda was hired to design a cake for former New York Mets pitcher, Dwight “Doc” Gooden’s retirement party. Per NJ.com, the celebration took place at Hill Country Famous BBQ in New York City on April 13th. 

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The Horseshoe Kitchen + Bar Opening in Former Jersey Social Space in Jersey City

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Photo Credit: @zack_the_rose

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New restaurant The Horseshoe Kitchen + Bar opened at 837 Jersey Avenue, where Jersey Social was. The new spot describes itself as “a neighborhood place” with “upscale, eclectic cuisine”. Click here for more.


Hoboken Man Arrested After Fight Over Parking Spot

A 60-year-old man from Hoboken was arrested after allegedly opening someone’s car door and striking the driver with a wooden plank on the head, torso, arms, and leg. Per Patch Hoboken, on April 24th, Christopher Linton was charged with burglary, aggravated assault, possession of a weapon for unlawful purposes, and unlawful possession of a weapon, Hoboken police said. The incident started as a verbal argument over a parking spot.


Related Companies’ 800-Unit Tower Approved by Jersey City

Jersey City’s Planning Board approved a proposal for 20 Columbus Drive on May 7th. Per Jersey Digs, Related Companies purchased the 1.3-acre lot at 20 Columbus Drive for $58 million last year. The project, called Harborside 4, will be the company’s first high-rise residential property in New Jersey.


Sue Stephens Named Hoboken’s 2024 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

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Photo Credit: Sue Stephens

The American Legion Hoboken Post 107 has unanimously voted that the 2024 Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal will be Sue Stephens. Sue is a recently retired Army Veteran and is the first woman to be named Grand Marshal for the parade. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 22nd. She’s also the interior decorator of Stumpy, the city-famous stump, in Hoboken. More on that here.


City of Hoboken to Rename Gym Facility After
Local Resident Damon Murray

The City of Hoboken announced that the gym at 605 Jackson Street will be renamed later this summer in honor of Damon Murray. Damon was a standout athlete at Hoboken High School who passed away earlier this year. Click here for more.


Hoboken Memorial Day Parade 2024 Returns Wednesday, 5/22

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Memorial Day, the unofficial start to summer, is just around the corner. The City of Hoboken has announced its annual parade, to take place on Wednesday, May 22nd. The event kicks off at 6PM on Wednesday and will march down Washington Street from City Hall to the Hoboken Elks Lodge. Click here for more.


Limit on Single-Use Plastics at Hoboken Restaurants
Advances to Second Council Vote

A proposal to limit single-use plastics in Hoboken has advanced through the first reading at the Hoboken City Council. The proposal would see customers have to opt-in to getting plasticware along with their takeout meals. Click here for more.


Jersey City Woman Charged with Burglarizing Two Local Post Offices

A Jersey City woman was arrested on May 8th and charged with burglarizing two U.S. Post Offices on six occasions. According to the Jersey City Times, Zyeama Johnson, 29, was charged with six counts of burglary of a post office. She appeared before the U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy Waldor in Newark federal court on May 8th and was released on $100,000 unsecured bond. Authorities say Zyeama had previously been employed at the post office and was terminated from her position.


Bayonne’s 1888 Studios is Designated as First Film-Lease Partner Facility

Bayonne’s 1888 Studios is designated as the first film-lease partner facility by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority’s (NJEDA) Board. This commits the developer to occupy the facility for at least five years. Per Hudson County View, this designation will open the door for more production companies to film in New Jersey, helping to support local small businesses and create thousands of jobs, Governor Phil Murphy said in a statement.


Popular Hoboken Coffee Shop, The Hive, Opening Jersey City
Location This Month

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Local favorite The Hive will open a Jersey City location this month on Jersey Avenue. This coffee shop, located at 1000 Park Avenue in Hoboken, is known for its creative coffee drinks, cinnamon rolls, and kid-friendly play space. Catherine and Kristin told HG that the official opening date for the Jersey City outpost will be Monday, May 20th. Click here for more. 


Hoboken High School Student Government Donates Supplies to Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps

The Hoboken High School Student Government recently donated essential supplies to the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps. Per TapInto Hoboken, the Philanthropic Committee within the Student Government organized this effort with chairpersons Hayley Dobson and GG Fink. The donation of supplies to the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps helped meet a need within the community and highlights the importance of giving back.


Uber and Lyft Drivers Being Targeted in Thefts in Downtown Jersey City

Jersey City police confirmed that dozens of drivers have been robbed in planned-out crimes in the Downtown Jersey City area. Per NJ.com, the Jersey City Police Department is working closely with the NYPD and surrounding municipalities where these thefts are also occurring. Jersey City police said that Uber and Lyft drivers have been specifically targeted.


$4.4 Million Federal Grant Provided to Hoboken Housing Authority


Representative Rob Menendez announced that the Hoboken Housing Authority will receive a $4.4 million federal grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Per a press release from Representative Menendez’s office, grants will be provided to nine housing authorities, including Hoboken’s. The grant is included in $49,995,966 in funding provided through HUD’s Capital Fund Program.


Northern Soul Shares Uncertain Update About Its
Current Hoboken Location

 

 
 
 
 
 
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On May 10th, Northern Soul announced on its Instagram that it would be forced to close for several months due to construction at The Sky Club, and completely remove its front patio. The owners shared in the Instagram post: “We have been working diligently for the last few weeks with both the building and landlord to avoid closing, we tried every avenue we could think of but there doesn’t seem to be a way around this.” Click here for more.


Hoboken Brownstone Featured in Vogue Magazine

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A brownstone in Hoboken was featured in Vogue magazine for its deeply dramatic design elements, inspired by a majestic city storm. Per Vogue, lush textures, high-contrast surfaces, and slick metallic finishes amp up the drama in this four-level home. Interior designer Crystal Sinclair used some of nature’s best elements as inspiration when coming up with the design concepts. The home’s owners, Maggie and Ryan, share the brownstone with their two-year-old daughter Delaney, two dogs, and a new family member on the way.

 


Controversial Overhaul of OPRA Bill is Passed by New Jersey Legislature

On May 13th, the New Jersey Legislature passed an overhaul to the state’s Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Per CBS News, New Jersey advocacy groups worry a bill to reform the OPRA will limit access to government information. OPRA was enacted in 2002 and was designed to expand public access to government records. The measure is now headed to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.


New Downtown Jersey City Playground Coming to Barrow Street

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop recently announced that a new playground will be built at Barrow Street between Newark Avenue and Columbus Drive. Per Jersey Digs, this section of the street was closed to vehicle traffic last year via an Executive Order from the Mayor’s office. The closures raised concerns from local business owners in the community. While the closing initially started as a pilot program, the street has remained closed to cars.


Man Rescued from 4-Alarm Fire in Bayonne

A man was rescued from a Bayonne home in flames at East 15th Street on May 13th. Per NJ.com, Bayonne firefighters responded to the burning three-story home and immediately raised a ground ladder to the third-floor window and brought the man to safety. The man was taken via McCabe EMS to a local hospital for minor smoke inhalation. No other residents or firefighters were injured. This incident is currently under investigation to determine the cause of the fire.


Argentinian Artist Creates 46k Square Foot Mural in Jersey City

a colorful mural by artist Felipe Pantone
Chop’Em Down by Felipe Pantone. Photo courtesy of M18 Public Relations. 

Public spaces throughout Jersey City are being invigorated with vibrant murals thanks to the Jersey City Mural Arts Program. The latest mural to join this community-driven program spans over 25 floors at the Journal Square Urby, a rental project slated to open this summer. This nearly 46,000-square-foot installation was created by Argentinian artist, Felipe Pantone.


Years After Fatal Hoboken Train Crash, NJ Transit Settles Lawsuit For $2M

NJ Transit settled the last case resulting from the fatal 2016 train crash in Hoboken. Per NJ.com, a settlement was reached with Thomas Dougan, 70, of Fair Lawn, a conductor who was injured and still helped passengers off the wrecked train. His lawyer said Thomas received $2 million. One person was killed and 108 people were injured when the Pascack Valley line commuter train went through a concrete barrier at the end of the tracks on September 29, 2016.


Strand Salon Studios Starting Work on Hoboken Retail Space
at 1425 Hudson Street

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Strand Salon Studios is set to open at 1425 Hudson Street in Hoboken. This high-end studio provides beauty professionals with luxurious, customizable room rentals. This will be the chain’s 6th location, with two more on the way. Click here for more.


Jersey City’s McNair Student Joins the Bezos Scholar Program

Rayana Ba a junior at McNair High School, and her teacher, Sundoes Elbery, will become part of the 2024 Bezos Scholars Program cohort. Per the Jersey City Times, Rayana will be going on an all-expenses paid trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival, where she and other students will participate in leadership training, and panel discussions with global leaders. Then Rayana will be responsible for launching a sustainable community change project to transform her community. Sundoes teaches science at McNair and was originally a student Scholar in 2011, making her the second Scholar in history to return later and serve as an educator.


Hoboken Public Library’s Uptown Book Locker Now at the Hoboken Historical Museum

the hoboken library's book locker at the hoboken museum

Hoboken Library card holders can now pick up library materials from the uptown book locker, located at the Hoboken Historical Museum located at 1301 Hudson Street. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on May 15th at the museum’s walkway, according to a press release from the museum. This is the first 24/7 library book locker in New Jersey, making it convenient for residents to order books from the library online as well as drop them off. The uptown book locker features the photography of artist and graphic designer, McKevin Shaughnessy from his book, “The Hidden Faces of Hoboken: A Finder’s Guide to the Architectural Heads in Hoboken.”


Fare Hikes + One-Way Tickets: NJ Transit Updates Policies 

A new policy will change NJ Transit one-way tickets to a 30-day expiration period and fare hikes will take effect on July 1st, depending on the route and type of fare purchased. Also, congestion fees for drivers going into Manhattan will take effect on June 30th. A toll will be applied to vehicles entering the Congestion Relief Zone in Manhattan: local streets and avenues at or below 60th Street. Click here for more.


Updates on 38 Jackson Street, the Site of the Former Chambord Building

chambord hoboken

New developments are underway at the site of the former Chambord building, destroyed by two devastating fires. Among the projects are apartments, restaurants, shops, a parking garage, and space for a supermarket. The building will be expanded from five stories to nine, and 250+ spaces will be added in the parking garage. Click here for more.


Jersey City Ranks 10th Worst City for Bed Bug Infestations

Pest Gnome ranked 2024’s Worst Cities for Bed Bug Infestations just in time for Bed Bug Awareness Week starting June 2nd. Jersey City ranked as the 10th worst city in the U.S., with 1st place being the worst. Per Pest Gnome, it compared the 500 biggest U.S. cities based on three categories, number of accommodations, multi-unit residential buildings, and population density.


Hoboken Housing Authority Approves Resolution to
Remove Commissioner Sanford

The Hoboken Housing Authority voted on a resolution to have Commissioner James Sanford removed at a chaotic meeting on May 9th. Per the Hudson County View, after objections from Sanford, a vote was called and the measure was approved 4-1(2), with Sanford voting no and Commissioners David Edwards and Jeannie Rodriguez abstaining.


GoFundMe Started for Bayonne Family Who Lost Everything in Massive Fire

Edgar Caballeros, a Bayonne soccer coach, created a GoFundMe page for a Bayonne family who lost everything in a four-alarm fire at 19 East 15th Street on May 13th. Per the Hudson County View, one of Edgar’s players was affected by the fire. The house he lived in with his family was burnt down and completely destroyed. Fortunately, the entire family was able to escape safely. Click here to donate.


Vietnam Veteran Selected as Bayonne Memorial Day Parade Grand Marshal

Joe Kochanski, a Vietnam veteran, has been named grand marshal of the 2024 Bayonne Memorial Day Parade to be held on May 27th. Per NJ.com, Joe was born and raised in Bayonne, served as chapter president of a national veterans group and designed a veterans memorial in a city park. After graduating from Bayonne High School he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964.


Hudson County Approves 14th Street Viaduct Pedestrian Protection

On May 9th, the Hudson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved (9-0) a $23,920 environmental engineering contract for pedestrian protection at the 14th Street Viaduct. Per the Hudson County View, the county is also partnering with Hoboken to launch safety improvements to Willow Avenue, including bike lane and crosswalk visibility improvements.


Updates on Liberty State Park’s Future

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Shawn M. LaTourette, Commissioner of Environmental Protection ruled out a plan by billionaire Paul Fireman to build a stadium complex in Liberty State Park’s interior. Per the Jersey City Times, Commissioner LaTourette said that close to 150 acres of land would be devoted to arts, cultural, and recreational uses instead. The plan also includes wetland restoration, bike and walking trails around and over wetlands, and berms created to provide flood resilience.


Curbside Planning Process Launched by the City of Hoboken

The City of Hoboken Department of Transportation and Parking announced via a press release on May 10th, the launch of The Curb Reimagined, Hoboken’s Curbside Mobility and Parking Action Plan. This plan will recommend strategies to help meet the needs of people and businesses, adapt curbside space, and improve safety, sustainability, and economic development. Some potential curbside uses include loading zones, parking, bus stops, pick-up and drop-off zones, bike lanes, and outdoor dining. The city and its partners, Kimley-Horn and Populus, are working to create a digital inventory of existing curbside regulations. Once complete, the map will be publicly accessible online to inform residents of curbside regulations such as limited parking for construction, street cleaning, and more.


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