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

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The calendar is firmly in spring, but the weather hasn’t fully committed to the bit. It has been another eventful week in Hudson County, and we’ve got all the headlines to get you caught up. Among the local news: the community mourns Damon Murray, victim of a fatal shooting in Hoboken; the Jersey City Arts + Culture Trust Fund awards 78 local artists and groups; and the Bayonne public library reopens after a long renovation. Keep reading for all the news in Hoboken + Jersey City for the week ending on May 5th, 2024.

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

  • New York Fries Opens in Jersey City
  • Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Returns to Hudson River This Year
  • Bayonne Public Library Reopens After a Long Renovation
  • Smorgasbar Beer Garden Returns to Jersey City
  • Community Mourns Damon Murray, Victim of Hoboken Shooting
  • Show Up, Kids, MST’s Newest Show
  • Camp Bow Wow Announces Sudden Closure
  • Hoboken Arts + Music Festival Returns on 5/19
  • Pier 13 in Hoboken is Open for the 2024 Season
  • The JC Comedy Festival Returns June 11th-15th, 2024

Hoboken Arts + Music Festival Returns on 5/19

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Hoboken’s Spring Arts + Music Festival is back again for 2024 and will take place on Sunday, May 19th from 11AM-6PM between Observer Highway and 7th Street. The rain date is Sunday, June 2nd. The event will feature displays and sales by 300+ artists, crafters, food vendors, kids’ activities, and local businesses — including artwork, food, clothing, jewelry, flowers, furniture + home decor, and more. There will also be two stages of live music performances. Click here for more about this year’s festival.

Camp Bow Wow Hoboken Announces Sudden Closure


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In what seems like a sudden move, Hoboken pet daycare spot, Camp Bow Wow, located at 1414 Grand Street, has announced its closure. Originally opening in Hoboken in June 2021, it had been an uptown Hoboken daycare and overnight center for locals and their pets. Click here for more.

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Planet of the Apes at Liberty State Park


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Jersey City locals at Liberty State Park got a little preview of ape domination on Saturday, April 27th. Three unfriendly apes made their way through the park — atop three large horses — to promote the upcoming movie Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. Per the Jersey City Times, these primates were in town for a photoshoot in front of the New York City skyline. The movie is set to release on Friday, May 10th, and takes place nearly 300 years after War of the Planet of the Apes.

Community Mourns Damon Murray, Victim of Hoboken Shooting


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 The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed that the shooting on Sunday night, April 28th was fatal, and identified the victim as 21-year-old Damon Murray, of Hoboken. Community members and local organizations have shared tributes to Damon, who was a 2020 graduate of Hoboken High School. Click here for more.

Hoboken Approves Former Capital One Bank Site Redevelopment

Hoboken’s Zoning Board unanimously approved an application on April 16th to completely revamp several properties at 301 Washington Street where the former Capital One bank branch was. Per Jersey Digs, a proposal was signed by Hoboken’s Historic Preservation Committee to demolish the current building and build a five-story building that includes a total of 45 residences. A total of five storefronts will be located on the ground floor and partially in the cellar of the building.

Jersey City’s Pompidou Project Must Address $19M Shortfall

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The head of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) told the executive director of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA) that the Pompidou project must address a $19 million shortfall in the next month or risk losing $34 million in funding. According to the Hudson County View, NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan wrote in a letter to JCRA Executive Director Diana Jeffrey: “We have taken time to review the plan in depth, and it is evident that strides have been made in identifying funding sources, including substantial State appropriations and potential tax credits under the recently-enacted Cultural Arts Incentives Program.” The JCRA’s deadline for submitting an updated revenue and expense model for the Pompidou is May 26th. Click here for more about the project.

Jersey City Resident Celebrates 100th Birthday

In April 1924, Helena Antonina Dwojakowski was born in Jersey City to two Polish immigrants. On April 24th, Antonina celebrated her 100th birthday at Peace Care St. Ann’s, where she resides. Per the Jersey City Times, during World War II she graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing and went on to work at Holy Rosary Academy in Union City, North Hudson Hospital, Palisades General in Edgewater, and St. Mary’s Hospital.

Jersey City Awards $1M through Arts + Culture Trust Fund to 78 Local Artists

The City of Jersey City awarded $1 million to 78 local artists through the Arts and Culture Trust Fund. According to the Hudson County View, it is the third round of grants distributed overall. “The fact that we have allocated over $3 million in less than two years speaks to the fact that the Arts and Culture Trust Fund we implemented in 2020 is working as intended,” Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City said in a statement.

Jersey City Port Liberté Residents Sue Sims Metal Over Noise + Health Issues

Sims Metal, a scrapyard on the Hudson River waterfront, faces a class action lawsuit filed by Jersey City residents. Per NJ.com, Port Liberté condominium residents living next to Sims Metal complain of “excessive” noise, dust, bright lights at night, fires, and explosions over the years. In hopes of making a change, residents have filed a class action lawsuit against Sims Metal seeking monetary relief and damages, as well as a court order prohibiting Sims Metal from engaging in wrongful and/or unlawful conduct.

Bayonne Public Library Reopens After a Long Renovation


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After over a year of renovations, the Bayonne Public Library reopened its doors on May 1st at 31st Street and Avenue C. Per NJ.com, the library will be open for normal business hours Monday to Thursday, 9AM to 9PM; Friday and Saturday, 9AM to 5PM. The temporary Story Court library branch will be closed permanently.

New York Fries Opens in Jersey City at Newport Centre Mall


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New York Fries, a fast-casual chain, has launched in Jersey City on the third floor of Newport Centre Mall. Per Jersey Digs, New York Fries is known for its decadent french fries which include topping options such as beef chili, pulled pork, queso, and crumbled bacon alongside the classic Canadian poutine option that combines beef gravy and Wisconsin cheese curds. New York Fries operates from 11AM until 8PM daily.

National Recognition Given to Bayonne Housing Authority Executive Director

John Mahon, Bayonne Housing Authority Executive Director has been named a National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officers (NAHRO) fellow. According to the Hudson County View, The NAHRO Fellows Program honors individuals for their wisdom and mastery as seen by their achievements and actions within their communities. Mayor of Bayonne, Jimmy Davis commended John on his achievement.

Tenant’s Rights Seminar at Hoboken’s Multi-Service Center

On Wednesday, May 8th at 6PM, Councilman Joe Quintero will host an informational session for renters on Tenant’s Rights at the Multi-Service Center located on 124 Grand Street. This session will be presented by Northeast New Jersey Legal Services, a non-profit public interest law firm that provides free legal help in civil matters to underserved individuals and families experiencing poverty.

Downtown Jersey City Development Site Acquired for $54 Million by LCOR

JLL Capital Markets worked on behalf of Veris Residential, to close the $54 million sale of 107 Morgan Street, a 1.73-acre multi-housing development site. Per Jersey Digs, the buyer is LCOR, a partner in the Hoboken Connect Project. JLL says that the development planned for 107 Morgan Street will include approximately 650 units, ground-floor retail, and amenity spaces.

Hoboken’s Baking Mama Celebrates 8-Year Anniversary

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Tina Rivera opened Baking Mama in the spring of 2016 and serves up ready-made desserts, coffee, and custom-baked goods. Tina now has baking classes including Summer Camp for Kids, classes for Mother’s Day, and more. Click here for more about Baking Mama and Tina’s story.

Jersey City Construction Workers Awarded $402K in Settlement

181 Jersey City construction workers were awarded over $402,000 in a settlement between the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOL) and construction company, Concrete Rising. Per NJ.com, workers made complaints about being paid in cash without statutory deductions, having fees taken from their pay, and not being paid for working overtime. Concrete Rising has agreed to pay $402,397 to the affected workers and $127,739.73 in fees and penalties. The construction company also accepted a three-year debarment from engaging in public work.

Macy’s 4th of July 2024 Fireworks Returning to Hudson River This Year

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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Show is returning to New York’s Hudson River after more than a decade. The barges for the spectacular will be lined up between West 14th and 34th streets on the Hudson River, meaning Hudson County residents and visitors will be able to have a front-row seat. For several years, the the barges were on the East River, making it hard-to-impossible for Hudson County viewers to see the spectacular. Click here for more.

Arrest Made in Fatal Hoboken Shooting of Local Resident

On Tuesday, April 30th, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office issued a press release announcing the arrest of a suspect in the April 28th fatal shooting of a Hoboken resident. The suspect, Albert Morales, of North Bergen, was arrested in Massachusetts and is pending extradition to New Jersey. Click here for more.

Pier 13 in Hoboken is Open for the 2024 Season

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Pier 13 in Hoboken is officially open for the 2024 season as of Sunday, April 28th. The spot will be open Monday through Friday from 4PM on and Saturday and Sunday from 12PM on, weather permitting. Pier 13 has a varied drink menu ranging from draft beers to cocktails, sangria, and frozen drinks, among other options. The outdoor space will continue to feature various local food trucks daily, when open. Click here to learn more.

ICYMI: ‘The Hoboken Girl’ Breakfast Sandwich is Now PERMANENT on the Alessio’s Menu

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What started as a temporary project to serve the community will now be a featured part of the menu at Alessio’s. The Hoboken Girl team partnered up with Alessio’s to create a special sandwich as a fundraiser for a local community organization. The sandwich was so popular that it’s staying on the menu, and the partnership’s charitable purpose will also be a part of it. Click here for more.

Smorgasbar Beer Garden Returns to Jersey City


Smorgasbar, a beer garden with a full bar with beers on tap and frozen drinks, is back in Jersey City at 3 Second Street as of Thursday, May 2nd. The hours (weather permitting) will be Monday-Thursday from 3PM-10PM, Friday from 3PM-11PM, Saturday from 12PM-11PM, and Sunday from 12PM-10PM. Click here to learn more.

Citi Bike Valet Service at Hoboken Terminal is Back

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The City of Hoboken announced via its website the Citi Bike valet service at Hoboken Terminal is back, in partnership with Lyft. Starting on May 6th, the service will improve residents’ journeys to and from the terminal, especially during peak hours, by eliminating the hassle of finding vacant docking space or a bicycle. The docking station is located on River Street between Hudson Place and Newark Street. Valet staff will ensure the availability of dock space and bikes at the docking station on weekdays from 7AM-11AM and from 4PM-8PM. The valet service is free for all Citi Bike riders.

Hoboken Farmers’ Markets to Resume at Three Locations

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The City of Hoboken will host three farmer’s markets this year in downtown, midtown, and uptown locations. Per a press release from the City, the Uptown Farmers’ Market, located under the 14th Street Viaduct between Grand and Adams Streets opened on May 4th and will operate every Saturday from 9AM-1PM through December 21st. The Church Square Park Farmers’ Market will return to Garden Street at Church Square Park between Fourth Street and Fifth Street on June 4th and will be held every Tuesday from 2PM-7PM until November 26th. The Southwest Farmers’ Market at Southwest Resiliency Park will open on June 6th and will run every Thursday from 3PM-7PM until November 21st. All markets will have nutritious fruits, vegetables, and other local products. Select vendors will accept SNAP benefits.

The Jersey City Comedy Festival Returns June 11th-15th, 2024

Jersey City Comedy Festival 2024

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Art House Productions announced via a press release the return of the Jersey City Comedy Festival (JCCF) from June 11th to 15th at Art House Productions and The Laugh Tour Comedy Club at Dorrian’s Red Hand. Tickets are priced from $20 to $45 and are available for purchase on the JCCF website. Headlining the festival are Rachel Feinstein (known for appearances on Comedy Central, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and Inside Amy Schumer) on Tuesday, June 11th at 8PM, and Kyle Gordon (social media sensation with over five million followers and a billion views) on Wednesday, June 12th at 8PM, both at Art House Productions. Tickets are priced from $20 to $45 and are available for purchase on the JCCF website.

32 People Arrested by Hudson County Sheriff’s Office During Warrants Sweep

Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari announced on May 2nd that 32 people were arrested during a recent warrants sweep. Per the Hudson County View, ​​this was a countywide warrant sweep for failing to appear, violation of probation, and willful non-support and other charges.

Former Hoboken Resident Creates Hand-Drawn Map of the Mile Square

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Nick Moran, who was born in Hoboken and lived in town again as a young adult, recently completed a hand-drawn map of Hoboken, a five-year project. Some of Nick’s favorite spots are Louise and Jerry’s, Moran’s, and Benny Tudino’s Pizza. Nick said he has no plans to sell the map. “I’m just a fan of Hoboken,” he said. Click here to learn more.

Fatal Fire in Jersey City Under Investigation by Arson Task Force

The Hudson County Regional Arson Task Force and the Jersey City Fire Department are investigating a fatal fire that occurred on Thursday, May 2nd, 2024 at 270 Marin Boulevard. Per the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office press release, an unresponsive male, later identified as Ramon Abello, 61, of Jersey City, was located inside a unit and transported to Jersey City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just after 6:45AM. The cause and origin of the fire remain under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Prosecutor’s Office at 201-915-1345.

Stevens Institute Commencement Speech to be Delivered by Youtuber + Stevens Grad Marques Brownlee, Known as MKBHD


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Stevens Institute of Technology will welcome back alumnus, YouTuber, and professional Ultimate Frisbee player Marques Brownlee (better known as MKBHD) as its 2024 commencement speaker. Per a press release from the college, Marques will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree and will address the university-wide ceremony on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 9AM at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey.

Kooche Kafe Coming to Former City of Saints Space in Hoboken

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A new cafe serving coffee and pastries will take the space formerly occupied by City of Saints. Kooche Kafe will open this summer at 1320 Bloomfield Street in uptown Hoboken. Click here for more.

Show Up, Kids, MST’s Newest Show


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Show Up, Kids is the Mile Square Theater’s current production. The show will run till May 19th, and tickets are currently available. The show is a twist on the classic premise of a kid’s show, where the audience has to help write the show — in real-time! Click here for more.

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