This weekend it’s time to set our clocks back, check the smoke detectors, and make sure our winter gear is ready for the season. It’s been another busy week in Hudson County and we’ve got all the news to get you caught up. Among the highlights: Hoboken High School unveils two new STEM programs; a Jersey City hair salon gets a new name and address; and a Topgolf and new eateries are coming to Jersey City’s Harborside Complex. Read on for all the news from Hoboken and Jersey City for the week ending November 5th, 2023.
Hoboken’s Antique Bar + Bakery Opens New Breakfast + Lunch Concept
Antique Bar + Bakery, the hard-to-book Italian eatery and bar on Willow Avenue, has storied Hoboken roots that date back to over 100 years ago. That story, which starts with a 30-ton coal oven, is adding a new chapter to its pages — and it comes in the form of a micro-diner down the block. The owners of Antique Bar + Bakery and Antique Loft are expanding their culinary talents to the former One12 space to open a separate, all-day restaurant called ‘Antique at 112.’ This new BYOB spot is slated to serve up “cherished comfort foods” (burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs) with modern twists and allergy-friendly modifications. Antique at 112 is open now at 112 Willow Avenue and The Hoboken Girl got an exclusive inside look at what to expect. Read on to learn more about Antique at 112, the latest project coming to Hoboken from the team behind Antique Bar + Bakery.
Jersey City’s Package Theft Rate is One of the Highest in the U.S.
Security company Viviant ranked Jersey City second in the United States for the worst package theft, per Jersey Digs. While New Jersey has an overall low ranking when it comes to package theft, Jersey City’s 97.7 rate came in a close second place to St. Louis. The company used Google search volume data to construct comprehensive research on where porch piracy is the most prevalent and which cities and companies are doing the most to stop it.
Hoboken Legion Post 107 Hosting ‘Ruck the River’ on 11/9 to Honor Afghanistan Forces
Hoboken American Legion Post 107 will host an inaugural outdoor event to honor a group of Afghani soldiers who helped U.S. forces following the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy. This event titled “Ruck the River” will be hosted at Pier A Park in Hoboken which will honor Badger Six specifically — a non-profit charity launched in 2022. It is set to be hosted on November 9th, just two days ahead of Veterans Day. Read on to learn more about the Ruck The River event in Hoboken and the charity being honored — Badger Six.
Hoboken Recycling Center Relocates
Per a Nixle alert from the City, the Hoboken Recycling Center has officially moved to 1501 Madison Street in Hoboken. The Recycling Center will be open from 9AM to 4PM on weekdays and from 9AM to 1PM on Saturdays.
Total Ban of Parklets in Hoboken Rejected; City Enacts Temporary Pause on New Structures
Back in mid-October, the Hoboken City Council narrowly voted to approve a proposal that would prohibit any bars or restaurants from adding parklets in an effort to curb the city’s rat issues. Parklets, along with sidewalk seating and strEATeries, are some of the creative ways bars and restaurants make use of outdoor space to serve more patrons. While these setups are a fun way to enjoy neighborhood spots, many say that they also attract rats and reduce street parking. But, just as soon as the proposal was approved, it was vetoed by Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. Now, the total ban of parklets has been rejected by the Hoboken City Council — and the City has enacted a temporary five-month pause on new outdoor dining structures. Read on to learn more about what’s next for parklets in Hoboken.
Jersey City’s Funding Proposal Denied
A state oversight board has rejected a Jersey City proposal that would extend the City’s contract with Jersey City Municipal Authorities (JCMUA), the city agency that oversees water and sewage and give the city a $50 million bond, according to NJ.com. The same board approved $102 million for other City projects. The City’s 40-year agreement with JCMUA is up for discussion at the city’s November 8th meeting.
Election Day is 11/7: Here’s Where to Vote in Hoboken
Exercise that 15th Amendment right — and get out and vote! To vote in Hoboken, type in your address here to find your location find your area on our list, and you’ll be able to find your polling spot. Keep reading for a guide to polling locations in Hoboken.
Team Behind Halifax Opens New Cocktail Bar in Uptown Hoboken
Hoboken has welcomed yet another locale to its food and drink scene. The team behind Halifax first announced the opening of a new restaurant and bar experience, called Little Bar, back in August — and it officially opened its doors in Hoboken on November 3rd. This new spot is bringing a unique European-style experience through cocktails and food in a quaint ambiance, and is located at 1401 Hudson Street in uptown Hoboken. Read on for more about Halifax’s newest project, Little Bar.
City of Hoboken + Medicine Man Pharmacy to Host Flu + COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
The City of Hoboken and Medicine Man Pharmacy will host a joint vaccine clinic on Monday, Nov. 6, to provide residents with updated COVID-19 and flu vaccines that target new variants ahead of the winter season. Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines are available to residents five years old and up. The seasonal flu vaccine is available to residents 12 and up. Be advised, there are limited flu vaccines available for uninsured patients. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-in appointments are available, but not guaranteed. Residents can make appointments online here.
Hudson Regional Hospital Launches Outreach to Hispanic Community
Hudson Regional Hospital has launched a new campaign aimed at resolving healthcare disparities among Hudson County’s Hispanic community. According to NJ.com, the hospital signed a memorandum of understanding with the New Jersey Coalition of Latino Pastors and Ministers (NJCLPM) to provide educational resources on medical care, health screenings, and more.
New Eateries + Topgolf Coming to Harborside Complex in Jersey City
Six months after the sale of Jersey City’s Harborside Complex, the new owners are speaking out about plans for its future. The complex is made up of buildings located at 150, 200, and 210 Hudson Street with ground-floor retail, office space, and incredible waterfront views. In hopes of elevating and breathing life into roughly two million square feet of underused space, several new restaurants and a Topgolf will be among the spots added to the building’s offerings. Read on to learn more about what we know about this project happening at the Harborside Complex in Jersey City.
Aviation STEM + Innovation Science + Technology Programs Come to Hoboken High School
In a message to parents, the Superintendent of Hoboken Schools, Christine Johnson announced the opening of two new labs to increase STEM offerings at Hoboken High School. The school is starting an aviation program in cooperation with Morristown Airport and a curriculum from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The school also opened the Innovation Science + Technology Lab where students will learn 21st-century problem-solving skills.
New Look + New Home for Jersey City Hair Salon
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Changes are afoot at LaKoet Salon: it is moving and rebranding. The new salon will be known as LaKoet + Co. and is located at 160 Newark Avenue on the second floor. Read more about the salon’s backstory and its owner, Kitty Varco, in our piece here.
Garbage Container Distribution Continues in Hoboken
Per a Nixle alert from the City, garbage container distribution will continue in Hoboken next week to help residents in need of a container with a tight-fitting lid as part of the City’s new garbage compartmentalization program. Distribution will be first-come, first-served while supplies last on Wednesday, November 8th and Thursday, November 9th from 4PM-8PM at the Multi-Service Center hockey rink at 124 Grand Street. Read more about the new garbage compartmentalization program in our article here.
MTV Jersey Shore’s Vinny Guadagnino at Rumble Boxing Hoboken
^ Vinny Guadagnino at the Hoboken Rumble Boxing Gym. Photo credit: Rumble Boxing
MTV Jersey Shore star Vinny Guadagnino appeared at Rumble Boxing Hoboken for a special meet + greet event on October 31st, 2023. According to the gym, Vinny dressed as a modern-day “ghost” with a funny t-shirt that read, “You up? See you tonight? R u ok ?! Never mind”. The event was open to members and non-members, and brought in over 150 people on Halloween night. The festive affair included a DJ, back-to-back classes with head trainer Anthony Crouchelli, and a photo op with the one-and-only “Keto Guido”. To wrap up the night, Vinny judged a Halloween costume contest and selected three winners. All three winners received a free month of Rumble Hoboken classes.
Jersey City Planning Board Approves Mayhew Cottage Demolition Plan
The Jersey City Planning Board reversed its earlier decision and will now approve a project at 124 Glenwood Avenue. Per NJ.com, the home in question is one of the Mayhew Cottages, a row of Victorian-era homes. The property owner wants to redevelop the home into a four-unit building. The Planning Board had previously denied the application.
Italian Lingerie Store ‘Intimissimi’ Open on Washington Street in Hoboken
Hoboken has had an influx of both local spots and chain stores opening up throughout the City, and now, there is yet another store to check out in the Mile Square. Intimissimi, an Italian clothing brand that sells lingerie, underwear, sleepwear, and more, put up signage back in September at the former Same Day Health location at 321 Washington Street — and now the store is officially open. Read on for what we know about Intimissimi in Hoboken, NJ.
Warning Signs Appear on Panera’s Caffeinated Lemonade Following Jersey City Woman’s Death
Restaurant chain Panera has added a warning label to its Charged lemonade after a Jersey City woman died after ingesting lethal amounts of the stimulant. Per Patch, University of Pennsylvania student Sarah Katz was born with a condition that made her extremely sensitive to caffeine, yet consumed several of the Charged lemonades, causing her to go into cardiac arrest. Her family has filed a lawsuit against the chain, claiming that the drinks were not properly labeled.
Hoboken Dispensary ‘Terrapin Care Station’ Open on River Street
With recreational and medicinal cannabis now legalized in New Jersey, new businesses such as dispensaries have been trying to establish themselves in the Garden State. Terrapin, a Colorado-based cannabis dispensary, was approved by Hoboken officials back in 2021 to open a medical cannabis dispensary in the Mile Square at 86 River Street. Now, the spot — called Terrapin Care Station — is officially open for medical cannabis sales, with recreational sales coming later this year. Read on to learn more about Terrapin Care Station — located at 86 River Street in Hoboken, NJ.
Hoboken Plans to Buy Properties Adjacent to Fire Station
Two vacant buildings next to the Hoboken Fire Station will be purchased by the city in an effort to expand the Fire Station’s footprint. According to NJ.com, the Hoboken City Council will vote on the purchase agreement concerning the vacant homes at 207 and 209 Jefferson Street. Specifics about how the new additions would be used were not immediately available, but the circa-1915 building that is the current headquarters does not meet accessibility requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act, among other modernization issues.
New West Side Building Begins Leasing
Image courtesy of Halpern Real Estate Ventures
A nearly completed 337-home designer rental building on Jersey City’s budding West Side now has a name and an opening timeline. According to a press release, Developer Halpern Real Estate Ventures announced that the six-story building located at 49 Fisk Street will be known as “The Birch House,” reflecting its strong emphasis on nature, green space, and the environment as well as the development’s unique and most prominent highlight, a fully landscaped inner courtyard garden. Leasing will officially begin in January 2024 for the property’s studios, one-, one-bedroom with home offices, and two-bedroom homes.
The 2023 Hoboken City Council Candidates Answer Your Questions
Fall means election season throughout the country and Hoboken’s city council race is no exception. On November 7th, Hoboken voters will cast their ballots for six of the nine seats that make up the Hoboken City Council. The Hoboken Girl polled all 13 candidates using questions solicited from readers. Read on to learn more about the election and about each candidate.
‘Wonder’ Restaurant Opens in Downtown Hoboken
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Over three years out from the start of COVID-19, many of the innovative ways businesses grappled with global lockdown have become commonplace: sidewalk dining, to-go alcoholic drinks, and scannable menus, to name a few. Among these initiatives is the New Jersey-based mobile app that brought chef-prepared meals to your door. Called Wonder, the app created a new “fast fine” home dining experience, literally preparing each dish in your driveway. This past January, the service removed the food trucks from its model — and now Wonder has opened a permanent Hoboken restaurant + ghost kitchen service at 221 River Street, which opened on Thursday, November 2nd. Read on for what we know about the Wonder flagship outpost in Hoboken.