18 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

Another news-filled week and as always, we’ve got you covered. Among the headlines —  Hoboken Girl Hard Seltzer Launches, Bowling Alley Discovered in Hoboken Business’s SubFlooring, Artists Have Begun Painting Utility boxes on Washington Street — along with other stories happening throughout the week. All that and more below — keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond:

Our 6th Annual Fall Photo Contest #FallinLoveWithHoboken Has Begun

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Hoboken Girl’s month-long 6th annual fall photo contest #FallinLoveWithHoboken that begins on October 1st and ends October 31st. To enter and have a chance to win a ton of amazing prizes from 13 local businesses, post your favorite things about Hoboken and Jersey City in the fall on Instagram, tag us, follow the contest sponsors {listed in the post}, and hashtag #FallinLoveWithHoboken. Read here for the guidelines and we’ll see you on Instagram!

Hoboken Girl Hard Seltzer Collaboration with 902 Brewing Co. in Jersey City Released

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The Hoboken Girl team is super excited to announce a collaboration with 902 Brewing Co. on the world premiere of our very own Hoboken Girl Hard Seltzers. This October we’re starting with our first flavor — Blood Orange — in time for the fall season, with everything created and produced locally in Jersey City and Hoboken. The second flavor will most likely debut in a month or two in time for the holiday season, and trust us, you’re going to love it.

Hoboken Girl’s founder, Jennifer Tripucka, had met the founders of 902 Brewing Co. back in 2012 when she was a judge in the annual Hoboken Chili Cook-Off community event. Eight years later, 902 Brewing Co. has a huge brewery in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood, located at 101 Pacific Avenue in Jersey City. 

The seltzer has been released as of Saturday, October 10th, and is available exclusively this weekend at 902 Brewing Co., as well as local bars and liquor stores as early as next week. Read more about the 100% local collaboration here, and stay tuned for updates and make sure to tag us @thehobokengirl + @902brewing to share the fun and let us know how you like it!

The Flow Initiative: Hoboken Girl Hosts Local Period Product Drive Oct 10-30th

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To both raise awareness for and combat period poverty, we are collaborating on an initiative to help women get access to the period products they need locally.

The Flow Initiative Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect all girls, women, and menstruators from a lack of access to period products while erasing the stigma, shame, and humiliation associated with period poverty.

Hoboken Girl is doing its part in making strides toward ending period poverty by supporting The Flow Initiative Foundation’s efforts to provide menstruating bodies with period supplies, but we need your help. Starting October 10th through October 30th, drop-off locations around Hoboken and Jersey City will be accepting donations of new boxes of pads, tampons, and hygiene products. For more information on the initiative and to read the list of drop-off locations in Hoboken and Jersey City, click here.

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In just a few days, Hoboken resident, Sabrina Browne, raised enough money from friends, coworkers, and family to donate over 1,000 tampons, 1,000 pads to several of our drop-off locations. “When most people think of period poverty, they don’t think about it occurring in Hoboken, New Jersey. They think about third-world or war-torn countries where women and girls are at risk, which is why it is so critical to raising awareness. The fact that 30% of girls miss school in Hudson County due to period poverty underscores how important this fundraiser is to our community,” Sabrina told Hoboken Girl. She continued, “As an advocate for women and girls, I am deeply committed to ensuring a safe and equitable future in the communities where I live and operate. In 2016, when I moved to Hoboken I would have never believed that period poverty was an issue in the area. COVID-19 has exacerbated these healthcare issues and we all can play a role in making a difference.”

Mayor Fulop & Council President Launch Zoning Law to Protect Low-Income Residents

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In a press release sent out on October 5th, it was announced that Mayor Steven M. Fulop has joined Council President Joyce Watterman and the Municipal Council to announce a new ordinance requiring residential development projects to include 20% affording housing units.  The Inclusionary Zoning measures outlined in the ordinance ensures that as Jersey City continues to see positive growth and attract market-rate residential development, there is also an opportunity to meet the residents’ affordable housing needs now and for future generations to come.

“While our administration has prioritized affordable housing growth for Jersey City, it takes time to construct the new housing, and in many ways, we are trying to make up for the lack of a policy focus for decades before our administration,” said Mayor Fulop via the press release. “With this ordinance, we are going to take our construction to the next level by forcing developers to include more affordable housing in their projects.”

Hoboken Artists Have Begun Painting Utility Boxes on Washington Street

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As a part of the Hoboken Arts Advisory Committee’s Hoboken Art Box Project, 14 Hoboken artists have begun painting 14 utility boxes in total. These artists live or work in Hoboken and are reflecting on the theme of Equality and Inclusion. Residents are asked to please provide space to artists painting the murals on the utility boxes in the coming weeks.

As an example, Alison Josephs is currently painting “The Hoboken Tree” — a mural at 12th and Washington, which displays birds in one big tree, reflecting the various countries represented in the Hoboken community. Alison has invited various residents to paint a bird on the mural to reflect their country of origin, to show unity and collaboration in the community.

Mayor Fulop, Assemblywoman, and NJ Leaders Move to Maintain Affordable Transportation

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Mayor Fulop joins Senator Sandra Cunningham, Assemblywoman Angela McKnight, Assemblyman Nicholas Chiaravalloti, Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, City Council members, and community members to call on Governor Murphy and NJ Transit officials to fulfill their obligations of adequately providing critical transportation services in some of New Jersey’s most underserved areas, as stated in the press release that was sent out on October 6th.

According to the release, a private bus company working with NJ Transit has abruptly announced the elimination of bus routes route without notifying Jersey City residents who depend on the bus service daily to commute to their jobs, schools, vital health services, food access, and other critical resources. NJ Transit received over $1 billion in CARES Act funding, but without the proper allocation of the emergency relief funds, transit services throughout the state are being put in jeopardy.

Hoboken University Medical Center to Open New Endometriosis Center of America

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The Hoboken University Medical Center announced the opening of an Endometriosis Center of America on October 5th. The new hospital’s center will provide state of the art treatment for women who have unresolved endometriosis and related fertility issues.

“We’re excited for this next step and the opening of the center. We are one of the few hospitals to offer this high level of treatment and the only one in our area,” said Ann Logan, HUMC’s Chief Hospital Executive. “This will give us the opportunity to build on the tremendous success from Dr. Vidali and his team in helping thousands of women,” says the press release.

4 Stevens Students Test Positive for COVID-19 This Week

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Stevens Institute of Technology released an update in regard to COVID, which stated “Student Health Services was informed that two residential undergraduate students who were tested on campus by BNBMC and two upper-class undergraduate students who were tested off-campus and are living together in Hoboken have tested positive for COVID19. ” The statement continued, “The two off-campus roommates have not been on campus since March 2020 and are isolating at home. Each student’s roommates and close contacts are quarantining for 14 days, some at home and some in the residence halls.”

Precious Japanese & Chinese Cuisine in Hoboken has Reopened

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Chinese and Japanese food-lovers will be excited to know that one of Hoboken’s beloved Chinese restaurants located at 128 Washington Street, Precious Japanese & Chinese Cuisine has reopened since closing due to COVID. The restaurant has a grand opening sign and festive flags hanging out front. From sushi to noodle dishes and meat-centered dishes, Precious has something for everyone.

DVORA 175, a New Luxury Rental Building Opens in Downtown Jersey City

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Prospective renters are invited to schedule tours of DVORA 175, Jersey City’s new luxury rental building located at 175 Second Street.

The new 14-story residential building features a collection of 148 rental residences.  Opening monthly rents for the well-appointed one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans start at $2,995, with a limited time offer of up to three free months available.  Initial occupancy is scheduled for October. The full-service building also features a back-of-house package delivery system that brings your package directly to your apartment and removes the need for residents to interact with delivery services, onsite enclosed parking with direct access to the building, Tesla, and DC Superchargers, and EV car-sharing service.

Hoboken Bowling Alley Discovered in Washington Street Sub Flooring

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Photo: Anton Davidson

Earlier this week, a contractor named Anton David discovered bowling lanes under sub-flooring in the basement of what was IM Beauty + Salon at 327 Washington Street, Patch reported. The Hoboken Museum conducted research and found that in the 1920s it was the Republican club and in the 1930s it became the Democratic club. Both clubs applied for bowling club permits. In those days, the pins were set by hand and the clubs hired young kids who were called pin boys.

The owners will be recycling the maple wood for tabletops, but are donating some of the pins and balls to the Museum for a future exhibit on the history of Washington Street businesses, says Bob Foster, Director of the Museum.

The Cottage Jersey City Hosted its Grand Opening

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The Cottage, Jersey City’s new artisanal grocery shop and event service/venue located on 136 Monticello Avenue held its grand opening on Saturday, October 10th. The cozy cafe has a cozy, cottage vibe with fresh baked goods and more. The shop stocks seasonal produce and the team has over 25 years of experience catering to corporate and private clients in the tri-state area. The outdoor space is perfect for any socially distanced event. From your weddings to a simple backyard BBQ, The Cottage can provide you with food and professional service right in the heart of Jersey City.

Amazon Facility Opening in Bayonne

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Amazon is opening a 188,000-square-foot delivery station at 105 Avenue A by the end of 2020, NJ.com reported this week. This facility will create hundreds of jobs, the company said, and Mayor Jimmy Davis applauded. The property is the former home of a Best Foods plant, which made Hellmann’s mayonnaise. The factory was open from the early 1900s until 2003.

Hoboken Raises Flag for the First Time & Launches Fundraising Project in Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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On Wednesday, October 7th, Hoboken raised a flag in front of city hall in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In collaboration with the City, Little Hoboken launched “Fight Like a Mother,” stating, “Fighting breast cancer means so much to us here at Little Hoboken. We’ve had it touch so many that we love, including one of our own. Nathalie, a member of our team, and more importantly, our friend, battled breast cancer and successfully kicked its ass while holding down a full-time job, being a wife and mama to two young boys, working out ALL over town non-stop, and crusading for breast cancer nonstop!”

Little Hoboken has teamed up with local businesses that have agreed to donate a percentage of their proceeds during October, to go toward Breast Cancer Awareness. Some of the participating businesses are The Green Room, {sales of pre-rolls during the month of October and they’re in a super cute pink tube!}, Busy Bee Organics, and more. See the full list here.

Jersey City’s First Tea Room Hosted by BattleCat Espresso Bar Pops Up at Dullboy

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The Dullboy is hosting Jersey City’s first Tea Room with BattleCat Espresso bar on October 11th and 18th.
There will be a selection of teas curated from tea ambassador Casey W. and will change in selection every month. Following the teas, the next course will be pastries from a local baker Jillian Onstead of Beans Bakeshop in Kearny as well as tea sandwiches. This month there will be a seasonal sandwich, Spicy chicken curry pumpkin sandwich, with roasted tomato, goat cheese, and Cream and Berry. Additionally, they will also serve cake made from Executive Chef Erin Kanagy-Loux which will be Earl Grey with lemon curd.

Hoboken’s One Sol Boutique Reopens at New Location

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One Sol boutique has officially reopened as of October 7th since closing its doors due to COVID, but by appointment only. The shop, formerly located at Maxwell Place, has moved to a new location at 1422 Grand Street. The newsletter to customers stated, “Grab your besties or schedule some much-needed alone time and book a private shopping session with us! Tailored to your needs, we’ll create a personalized shopping experience for up to three guests. Sip on bubbly, enjoy a treat, and let’s make this time all about you.” Read more about the boutique here.

Hoboken Resident & Pastry Chef Launches Fundraiser for Non-Profits Through Giant Gingerbread House

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Caroline, the head baker and founder of For Cup Sake, reached out to Hoboken Girl about her latest project. She is a Hoboken resident, single mom, and small business owner. Caroline is originally from South Africa and has lived in Hoboken for five years.
She proposed a project to benefit the Historical Museum, Hoboken Shelter, Jubilee Centre, and Hoboken Food Pantry. Caroline aims to create Hoboken in gingerbread form! She’s teaming up with organizations in the city that she would create gingerbread replicas of. She plans to contact local businesses to ask them to sponsor their business by donating anything from $150-$300 for her to create a replica of their business.
She hopes to build it outside the Hoboken Historical Museum over the first two weekends in December, allowing residents to view the creation but also to get children to pop by to paint a cookie themselves to add to the display.

Caroline aims to raise over $3000, donating 100% of the profits to the Historical Museum, Hoboken Shelter, Jubilee Centre, and Food Pantry. Interested businesses/homes should reach out to Caroline directly.


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Victoria is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square, and Jersey City. Through playing softball in town for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting, or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.