Every week, we gather the highlights you missed in the news this week in Hoboken + Jersey City. Among the local headlines: the Hoboken Community Center has announced the lineup for their annual “Taste of Hoboken” fundraiser; Lanternfly bugs are back in Hudson County; Sage Veterinary Center to open in Jersey City; and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.
Hoboken Girl Launches Real Estate Directory
The Hoboken Girl readers are always seeking recommendations on everything from real estate rental buildings and condos for sale in the North Jersey area, so we thought it’d be helpful to create a guide to these buildings and homes. 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. Discover these local real estate properties, compare and connect for tours, and keep checking back as the directory will be updated on a routine basis with new listings.
Stevens Cooperative School Expands Pre-K + Middle Schools
Stevens Cooperative School in Hoboken announced this week it will be expanding the campus to make room for more classes in the early childhood education program, per Patch. The expansion will also include a new location for upper middle school students for the 2022-2023 academic year. Stevens Cooperative School is located at 339 River Street and is taking over the space at 335 River Street in Hoboken, which used to be a pilates studio.
City of Hoboken Removes Final Boat from Weehawken Cove
Local officials announced this week the final boat has been removed from Weehawken Cove, according to a press release. This project began a few short weeks ago but has been in the works for some time. The completion of this project marks the beginning of the Weehawken Cove Restoration Project which will transform the City’s northern waterfront over the next 24 months. To read more about the boat removal, click here.
Summit Health Cares Announces Summit Challenge Fundraising Event
Summit Health Cares will be hosting its first annual Summit Challenge on Sunday, June 5th, at The Park in Berkeley Heights. According to the press release, this unique fundraising experience will bring the community together while raising funds for Summit Health Cares’ Cancer Comfort Project. Summit Challengers will take on a 2.5 mile multi-level obstacle course running from one challenge to the next, where they will jump, crawl, balance, and climb their way through the course.
Plans Revealed for Jersey City’s Hudson Exchange
Earlier this month, an application was submitted to revitalize a section of Jersey City as part of the Harsimus Cove Station Redevelopment Plan, per Jersey Digs. Formerly home to Bed Bath & Beyond, this site could soon become the location of one of the city’s tallest buildings.
City of Hoboken Hires New Head of Recreation
The City of Hoboken recently hired a new Head of Recreation, Jessica Lezcano, according to Patch. Jessica has experience revitalizing recreation programs in Passaic and Rutherford. So far, the city has not announced its slate of summer recreation programming, but has opened registration for kids’ gymnastics and for baseball clinics.
Art House Productions Announces COVID-19 Relief Program for Hudson County Artists
This week, Art House Productions announced applications are now open for the Art House Cares: COVID Relief Grants for Hudson County Artists from Marginalized Communities. According to the press release, this program will support local artists and provide opportunities for Hudson County residents to engage with cultural programming this summer and fall. This grant will support Hudson County-based working artists and cultural workers who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Local Officials Recognize Mental Health Awareness Month
Local officials have joined Jersey City Municipal Court and Municipal Prosecutor’s Office to recognize Mental Health Awareness Month by highlighting the work of Jersey City’s Mental Health Court. According to the press release, the court diverts individuals with underlying mental health conditions from traditional prosecution into community-based treatment.
Late Hoboken Artist Remembered at Open Studio Event
Friends and admirers gathered this week to honor the life and work of Hoboken artist Donna O’Grady, according to Patch. O’Grady passed away last month. The event included an art exhibit and open-gallery of her life’s work in the Neumann Leathers Building on Friday, May 27th. Donations can be made in O’Grady’s memory to Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Eleni Andreopoulou Breast Cancer Research.
New Dispensary ‘Local Mōdiv’ Aims to Open in 2023
A new dispensary called Local Mōdiv is aiming to open at 155 Newark Avenue in Jersey City in 2023, per Jersey Digs. The company has approval to renovate the former Sleep Cheap building, which has been empty for a number of years. Local Mōdiv was established in 2018.
Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall Plaza Nears Completion
Construction is almost done at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall Plaza, which began in 2021, according to Jersey Digs. The goal of the project is to convert a section of the street into a pedestrian-only zone. Since 2015, a portion of Newark Avenue has been blocked off and painted green, designating it for pedestrian use.
Hudson Golf: Golf Simulator + Sports Bar to Open in Downtown Hoboken
While we still miss Tuesday nights at Teak, we can’t wait for this new local business to open: Hudson Golf, a golf simulator and sports bar, is coming to Hoboken soon and will give us a brand new and unique spot to hang. Soon to be located at 16 Hudson Place in Hoboken, the site of the former Teak and HUB locations, it’s a golf simulator venue + modern sports bar — set to open this fall. Serious golfers and those less inclined to hit the physical golf course can both enjoy this new spot. Click here to read about Hudson Golf.
Sprove Market Place to Open in Hoboken
If you live in downtown Hoboken, you’ve either heard somebody complain — or complained yourself — about the lack of grocery stores in this part of town. It’s never fun to lug your groceries home a great distance, and residents have been hoping for more options to open up. These residents will be happy to learn that Sprove Market Place will be coming to Hoboken soon at 333 River Street. Click here to read about Sprove Market Place, the new grocery store coming to the Mile Square.
St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City is Hosting a Walk-a-Thon
St. Joseph’s School for the Blind has been a part of the Jersey City community for over 130 years. This educational institution is the state’s only school for students with visual impairments. After being forced to learn at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the students, faculty, and staff are excited to be back together again to continue learning and building relationships. St. Joseph’s will be hosting an in-person and virtual Walk-a-Thon on Friday, June 3rd. Click here to read about St. Joseph’s School for the Blind, located at 761 Summit Avenue in Jersey City, as well as how you can support its 2022 Walk-A-Thon.
Lanternfly Babies Are Back in New Jersey: Here’s What to Do If You See One
Wildlife spottings are increasingly common in our area — and not all of them are welcome. On the list of New Jersey Agricultural Department’s ‘report immediately’ (and destroy) are lanternfly bugs — which are invasive planthopper bugs. The insect was last in Hoboken in August of 2021, and now the babies have been spotted once again. They are detrimental to plants and our ecosystem. As interesting as these bugs’ spotted wings are, they are unfortunately a disguise for a sinister creature. Click here for info on how to deal with the lanternfly bugs in Hoboken.
Thai Restaurant, Kinsen, Opens in Downtown Jersey City
Kinsen is a new Thai restaurant that has taken over the former spot of Prince & I at 80 Wayne Street in Jersey City. Since it is currently operated by only one person, the owner, Kinsen is still in its soft opening stage. Kinsen will soon become the it spot for a quick lunch pick-me-up or anyone craving a curry rice bowl or fresh summer roll. Click here to read about Kinsen, another great spot to get Thai food in Jersey City.
Hoboken’s St. Ann’s Italian Festival 2022 is Happening in July
A Hoboken local favorite is back for its 112th year. The St. Ann’s Italian Festival in Hoboken has just announced its 2022 summer dates for July, which means residents have lots of time to prepare for the beloved summer festival. This year, the feast will take place from Friday, July 22nd through Tuesday, July 26th at 704 Jefferson Street in Hoboken. Click here for what we know about the 2022 St. Ann’s Italian Festival in Hoboken.
Sage Veterinary Center Opening This Summer in Jersey City
Good news for cats and dogs! A new veterinary clinic is coming later this summer in Jersey City, per JC Upfront. Opening at 229 10th Street, Sage Vet will offer many services for pet owners all thanks to the two veterinarians behind the development of the center.
60-Story Tower to Join Area Across Sixth Street Embankment
A 60-story tower could be joining a massive transformation area across from the Sixth Street Embankment, per NJ.com. This high-rise is expected to be built on Marin Boulevard and it could include a new ShopRite on the second floor of the building. This 802-unit project will be developed by G&S Investors.
Hoboken Officials Will Begin Holding Public Safety Forums
Hoboken officials are planning to launch a series of informal meetings with residents to raise awareness for public safety initiatives, per Tap Into. The Hoboken Community and Public Safety forums will be hosted every other month at various times and locations. These forums will be hosted by Public Safety Director Ken Ferrante and Councilman Joe Quintero.
Hoboken City Council Votes to Approve Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan
The Hoboken City Council has unanimously voted to approve amendments to the Hoboken Yard Redevelopment Plan, per Tap Into. This will help set the stage for the revitalization of the area around Hoboken Terminal. Construction is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2023 and should be completed by early 2029.
Hoboken Considers Banning Wildlife Feeding
Hoboken is taking steps to make it illegal to feed birds and other wildlife within the city. The city council unanimously introduced an ordinance in order to add the anti-feeding policy to its current list of acts prohibited by the Hoboken nuisance code. In the draft, it says the feeding of “birds, rodents or any other non-domesticated wildlife on public streets, sidewalks, parks and/or public places” would be prohibited. Click here for what we know.
Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation Announces Rental Assistance
The Bayonne Economic Opportunity Foundation has announced the Rapid Re-Housing Rental Assistance Program is now available, per Tap Into. This program is open to Hudson County residents who don’t have housing or are at risk of losing their housing. This program can help with security deposits and/or rental subsidies for up to 12 months.
Environmental Groups File Petition to Stop Bridge Expansion
Several environmental groups have filed a petition to stop the expansion of the bridge over Newark Bay, per Tap Into. This effort was filed by EmpowerNJ and several others. The New Jersey Turnpike Authority filed the initial proposal to widen the bridge.
Hoboken Discovers Pipe from 1890 After 3 Water Main Breaks
Hoboken suffered three water main breaks at the end of last week, and the pipe that was discovered while water company workers were working explained it. The pipe that was uncovered had 1890 written on it. Hoboken is currently engaged in a multimillion dollar project to replace 15 blocks of the city’s oldest water main. To read more about the water main breaks, click here.
Rudo Plants & Home Opens Brick and Mortar
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Local nursery and vendor Rudo Plants & Home has officially opened its first brick and mortar store in Jersey City, per Jersey Digs. This comes after the vendor had operated pop-ups and local markets for years. Rudo Plants & Home features a wide selection of potted plants for sale, including several rare plants.
Man Dies in Jet Ski Accident from Hoboken
A man has died and a woman was hospitalized after a jet ski accident on Saturday, May 21st, per New York Post. Both individuals, who were from Manhattan, took a jet ski ride from Hoboken and fell off near the ferry terminal at Battery Place and West Street in downtown Manhattan. The jet ski flipped while the man was driving at high speeds on the Hudson River. The woman was able to swim to safety, but the man wasn’t found until later that evening by a divers team.
Hudson County Hosted First Ever Fleet Week Celebration
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Hudson County hosted its first ever Fleet Week celebration, per NJ.com. The event was free and open to the public and it celebrated the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps while also educating the community on the sea services. Two United States Marine Corps helicopters landed in Jersey City’s Lincoln Park for community demonstrations.
Namdar Group’s Six Tower Plan Updates
Long Island-based Namdar Group’s ambitious six tower plan in Jersey City is making progress, per Jersey Digs. The first tower at 26 Van Reipen Avenue is sitting at 26 stories, and it will include 235 units and some retail space on the first and second floors. The application for the 35 Cottage Street property has been submitted, but a hearing date for the proposal has not yet been scheduled.
The Flow Initiative Announces #EndPeriodPoverty Campaign
The Flow Initiative has announced their End Period Poverty campaign in partnership with the United State of Women, reported Patch. This is a campaign to raise awareness of period poverty nationwide and to help provide resources to people who menstruate. They are encouraging people to take action in ending period poverty by emailing their representatives and urging them to support the Menstrual Equity for All Act.
Hoboken Community Center Announced “Taste of Hoboken” Lineup
The Hoboken Community Center has announced the lineup for their annual “Taste of Hoboken” fundraiser, per Patch. This year’s event will take place at Maxwell Place Park on June 7th from 6PM to 9PM, and more than 25 local restaurants will provide samples of their signature dishes for guests. Click here to purchase tickets to the 21+ event.
Hoboken’s Annual Memorial Day Parade Was Held Wednesday, May 25th
Residents were invited to attend Hoboken’s 122nd Annual Memorial Day Parade on Wednesday, May 25th via a press release. This parade was hosted by the American Legion Post 107 and the City of Hoboken. This parade marked the 122nd year of marching up Washington Street.
Hoboken Hosted Rally for Reproductive Rights
The Hoboken community was invited to a reproductive rights rally on Thursday, May 26th, per a press release. The “Pro-Women, Pro-Family, Pro-Choice” rally featured several speakers. There were also representatives from the Hudson Pride Center, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey, and the Hoboken Family Planning Clinic.
City of Hoboken to Offer COVID-19 Testing
The City of Hoboken will be offering COVID-19 testing at various clinics through a partnership with Medicine Man Pharmacy & Compounding, per a press release. The city also hosted a booster clinic on Tuesday, May 24th, offering pediatric Pfizer booster shots for children between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.
Myrtle&Flossie to Host Grand Opening in Jersey City
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Myrtle&Flossie will be having a grand opening on Wednesday, June 1st, per Instagram. The grand opening will take place from 11AM to 7PM at 304 Newark Avenue in Jersey City. Myrtle&Flossie is a brand that merges motherhood with womanhood and provides support, products, apparel, and services for new mothers.
Jugemu Held Grand Opening of Cresskill Location
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Jugemu had a grand opening party on Sunday, May 22nd, per NJ.com. The party featured a tuna cutting demonstration for guests and a sushi chef to prepare food in front of the guests. The restaurant is located at 156 Piermont Road in Cresskill.
Movies Under the Stars in Hoboken Returns This Summer to 2 Locations
The City of Hoboken will be hosting Movies Under the Stars throughout June, July, and August. Hoboken will host screenings of popular films at Pier A Park at First Street and Sinatra Drive as well as at 7th + Jackson Park. All movies will start at 9PM in June and July and at 8:30PM in August. To find out the Movies Under the Stars schedule, click here.
Three-Alarm Fire Damages Multiple Homes in Jersey City
Eight residents in neighboring homes were displaced in a fire on Tuesday morning in Jersey City homes, per NJ.com. Jersey City firefighters responded to the three-alarm fire just after 4AM. No injuries were reported and the American Red Cross is helping the families who were displaced.