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29 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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Another week in the books, which means it’s time for a weekly roundup of all the news you might have missed when it comes to the goings on in Hoboken + Jersey City. Catch up on all there is to know, including the following headlines: Empire State Building to light up red for Stevens Institute; Franklin School celebrates grand opening with ribbon cutting ceremony; City of Hoboken implements 20 MPH speed limit; and so much more. Keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond.

Hoboken Announces Zero Waste Initiative

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On Friday, the City of Hoboken announced a Zero Waste initiative, as part of the City’s Climate Action Plan, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for residents. The City of Hoboken aims to be carbon neutral by 2050 and net-zero energy by 2030. To gather public input regarding solid waste outputs and current waste management offerings, the City released the online Zero Waste survey.

A Greenway Trail Will Soon Connect Jersey City + Montclair

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Governor Phil Murphy announced on September 15th that the state of New Jersey had officially acquired a former rail line + will be converting it into a massive greenway, which will stretch from Essex County to Hudson County. This almost 9-mile linear state park, which starts in Montclair and runs to Jersey City, will serve as a recreational path for bikers and walkers — as well as provide necessary green space to a variety of communities. Click here for everything we know.

Hoboken’s Salon Caru Temporarily Closes Following Fire


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On Saturday, August 27th, Salon Caru experienced a small appliance fire in the backroom which tripped the sprinklers. While the fire was extinguished, the property did sustain significant water damage. The Caru family shared via social media, “We are currently in the clean up and rebuilding process and hope to be open in the next couple weeks.” Salon Caru is located at 104 Hudson Street in Hoboken.

72 Longer PATH Trains Will Soon be in Use

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New PATH rail cars, which were ordered in 2017 and 2018, are arriving this weekend to Port Newark. According to NJ.com, these new cars will allow for longer PATH trains and therefore provide a greater ride capacity. The new cars will increase the current fleet of PA-5 cars by 20%. The new cars will undergo testing for two months before being put to use — and a total of 72 longer PATH Trains are expected to be rolled out over the next 18 months.

Jersey City Raises Deaf Awareness Month Flag + Mexico Flag at City Hall

On Tuesday, September 13th, Jersey City raised the Deaf Awareness Month flag at City Hall. The City of Jersey City shared the details via Twitter. The flag is blue with a yellow outline of a large, light blue hand. The City also raised the Mexico flag as well as the Nicaragua flag.

Union City Man Charged with Forgery

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Around 1AM on Thursday, September 15th, Hoboken Police officers responded to a report of counterfeit bills being used at Hoboken Discount Liquor, located at 98 Willow Avenue, per TapInto. Upon arriving, the officers met with Luis Acosta of Union City who produced a $100 counterfeit bill while attempting to purchase alcohol. It was discovered that Acosta possessed an additional $600 worth of counterfeit bills. He was arrested and charged with forgery.

Hudson TMA Encourages Commuters to Go Car-Free This Week

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Between Monday, September 19th and Sunday, September 25th, the Hudson TMA is encouraging the public to cut back on commuting via car for at least one day during the week, per TapInto. Instead, commuters and residents are encouraged to take mass transit, carpool, bike, or walk where they need to go.

Voter Registration Day Comes to Hoboken Library


The Hoboken Public Library will host a voter registration day on Tuesday, September 20th. According to TapInto, voters can register at the Main Library, located at 500 Park Avenue; the Grand Street Branch at 124 Grand Street; and the Learning Center at 410 Harrison Street.

Grand Opening Event at Babka Bailout x Boomerang Bites


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Babka Bailout has officially opened up a storefront in Jersey City — though this is not a solo venture. Boomerang Bites, a woman-owned artisanal bakery founded by Australian-born Andrea Rizvi, has opened up alongside Babka Bailout in a shared brick-and-mortar space. Boomerang Bites specializes in small, sweet bites that come in a variety of flavors. This exciting collaboration started with a soft opening in July, and now, it officially opened its doors with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 14th. Click here to read about the new space in Jersey City. 

ATVs + Dirt Bikes are Now Banned in Jersey City

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The Jersey City Council recently passed an ordinance which bans certain wheeled vehicles from public malls, plazas, and streets. ATVs and dirt bikes are officially banned from public roads despite the vehicles already not being street legal in the state of New Jersey, a law that hasn’t appeared to be dissuading many. This new ordinance is giving local authorities the ability to confiscate these vehicles in order to help crack down on people riding on public roads. Additionally, scooters + bicycles are no longer allowed at public plazas and malls. Violators will be charged a minimum fine of $50. Click here for what we know.

Popular Tea Shop ‘The Whale Tea’ Opens in Hoboken

Hoboken is now home to another bubble tea spot. The newest tea shop, which is called The Whale Tea, has locations in New York and Connecticut as well as outposts abroad — mainly in China. A reader reported that The Whale Tea has officially opened its first New Jersey location at 303 First Street in Hoboken, next to Sub Master and The Cookie Connect. Click here for what we know. 

Razza Makes List of 50 Best Pizzerias in the World


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According to NJ.com, Jersey City pizza shop Razza has made the list of 50 Best Pizzerias in the World. The Instagram post reads, “Italian website 50TopPizza recently released its list of the 50 best pizzerias in the world. While the list was predictably dominated by pizzerias in Italy, Razza, the Jersey City pizzeria, didn’t just make the list — it came in at No. 27!”

Jersey City Planning Board to Hear Proposal for 2 New Towers

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The Jersey City Planning Board is slated to hear the proposal of developer Tishman Speyer for two new towers in downtown Jersey City. According to NJ.com, the 42- and 58-story buildings would be located in Exchange Place next to the Paulus Hook pier. The plans will be reviewed on Tuesday, September 20th. Click here for what we know.

Hudson County Officials to Pursue Federal Funding for Safer Streets


Local officials have begun pursuing a portion of federally-funded $5 billion which have been slated for the “Safe Streets and Roads for All” program, per Tap Into. The total is to be allocated over the course of the next five years in portions like $200K and $1M which will be used to plan, develop, and implement strategies to meet the goals of the program.

Port Authority Police Officer Killed in Turnpike Crash Heading to 9/11 Event


On Sunday, September 11th, Anthony M. Varvaro, a Port Authority Police Officer, was heading to a 9/11 memorial event when he was killed in a car accident. According to Patch. The accident happened on the New Jersey Turnpike Hudson Bay Extension around 4:25AM. Varvaro was a former MLB pitcher for the Atlanta Braves.

Empire State Building to Light Up Red for Stevens Institute

On Saturday, September 24th, the Empire State Building will light up red in honor of Stevens Institute of Technology, located in Hoboken. According to Tap Into, this is the first time the iconic building will light up for the university. The lighting will coincide with the inaugural Fall Festival on Stevens campus, featuring open houses, contests, performances, and local food crawls.

Driver Hits Pedestrian in Hoboken, Charged with DWI

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On Sunday, September 11th, Jamil Simms was charged with a DWI after allegedly hitting a pedestrian at Seventh and Adams Streets. According to Patch, the Hoboken Police Department responded to reports of a hit-and-run around 9PM. Simms and the vehicle were not located immediately in the vicinity but were later found a block away.

City of Hoboken to Continue Improvements to South Waterfront Walkway

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The south waterfront will continue to see improvements in the coming months, per Tap Into. Between Pier A and Pier C, the City of Hoboken is continuing projects to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety. Improvements include connecting the bikeway paths, consolidating crosswalks, upgrading signage, planting additional trees, and adding new benches.

32nd Annual Jersey City Art + Studio Tour Announces Dates

For the 32nd Jersey City Art + Studio Tour, the Art House Gallery will open its doors inside Art House Productions’ new permanent performing and visual arts center on the corner of Bay Street and Marin Boulevard in downtown Jersey City. This inaugural exhibit, entitled “Timeless,” showcases work from Jersey City-based artists who have grown with the gallery over several years. The exhibit opens on Friday, September 30th and admission is by reservation only.

Some People are Calling for New Jersey to Reconsider Paper Bag Ban

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According to NJ.com, some are calling for New Jersey to reconsider the paper bag ban that went into effect on May 4th. Residents have been accumulating reusable bags without actually reusing them again, resulting in fast-growing collections of reusable bags. One source of the uptick in these bags is residents who order groceries for home delivery. A possible solution, per NJ.com, could be to amend the law to allow grocery delivery services to use paper bags or cardboard boxes for online orders.

City of Hoboken Implements 20 MPH Speed Limit 

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On Wednesday, September 14th, the City of Hoboken and Hudson County began installing new signage reducing the citywide speed limit from 25 MPH to 20 MPH. This update is in an effort to make the streets safer for everyone involved as part of the City’s Vision Zero goal which aims to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and injuries by 2030.

Steaks, Knife, + Drugs Recovered in Shoplifting Investigation in Hoboken

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On Tuesday, September 13th, officers from the Hoboken Police Department responded to reports of shoplifting at ACME Supermarket. According to the police report, upon their arrival, they met with an employee who stated he observed a male, later identified as Angel Lopez-Sierra, attempting to exit the store without paying for $200 of steaks. The employee was able to stop the male, and during that interaction, Lopez-Sierra brandished a knife prior to fleeing. He was later apprehended in the area of 300 Jackson Street where he was arrested and charged with robbery, weapons possession, and drug paraphernalia.

Franklin School Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


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The new Franklin School is bringing a legacy of educational excellence to Jersey City for the next generation of students. The school is expanding the landscape of educational choices for local-area high school students and families — with a new model to further engage with and contribute to the community. The Franklin School is located at 100 Town Square Place in Jersey City.

New Art Studio House of Blouezz Opens in Jersey City Heights


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A new art gallery + creative studio, House of Blouezz, is opening in Jersey City Heights. Grand opening events will take place on Friday, September 23rd from 7PM to 12AM. The evening will feature live performances, food, drinks, a DJ, and the first exhibition titled Raw Projections.

Bear Mace Causes Respiratory Issues for Firefighters + Tenants in JC Building Evacuation


On Tuesday, September 13th, four Jersey City firefighters and six tenants suffered respiratory issues from a mace incident at the building, per NJ.com. Residents of the four-story building, located at 500 Bergen Avenue in Jersey City, reported a strange odor in the building around 5PM. An investigation cited the smell as bear mace which had been released on the fourth floor.

99 Hudson Closes 31 Homes Between Memorial Day and Labor Day


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The tallest building in Jersey City, 99 Hudson significantly added to its growing resident population by closing on 31 homes between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to Tap Into, the building is 79-stories tall and features 65,000 square feet of amenities.

Amtrak Long-Distance Service Canceled Due to Rail Strike

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Ahead of anticipated rail strikes, Amtrak has canceled long-distance service nationwide. The news of a possible strike on the freight railroads heavily influenced this decision. According to NBC New York, the strike stems from a dispute between freight railroads and their workers over pay and scheduling.

Department of Transportation Awards $26M for Hudson County Road Improvement

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On Tuesday, September 13th, local officials announced a grant from The U.S. Department of Transportation will help make major improvements to a mile-long stretch of Route 7, Tap Into reported. This Hudson County road connects Hudson, Bergen, and Essex counties. This federal funding consists of $26M which will help reduce flooding and create safer roadways.

Harsimus Cove Association Calls on Councilwoman to Resign

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The Harsimus Cove Association, which consists of about 30 active members, has supported the call for Jersey City Councilwoman Amy DeGise to resign. The councilwoman has faced a lot of negative press since a hit-and-run incident in July, per Hudson County View. The HCA says, “Councilperson Amy DeGise’s recent hit-and-run crash… and the subsequent discovery of her past efforts to use her office for personal gain, show that she is not fit to represent Harsimus Cove or Jersey City.”

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