The Top Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories This Week

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This week has been a busy one in Hudson County: Jack’s Cabin closed under unfortunate circumstances, but Hoboken is about to be graced with South Street Fish & Ramen Co. — and we could not be happier to have another ramen spot! On a more somber note, Jersey City lost one of its most decorated officers, and there was the stolen police car that was driven into Hoboken Terminal. All these stories and more below — in this week’s top Hoboken + Jersey City news stories:

Jack’s Cabin Closes Permanently

As of January 9th, Jack’s Cabin has closed its doors permanently.  The news was announced on Instagram and Facebook pages last week. In their message to patrons, the owners cited “a year-long battle with their landlord and hostile circumstances,” as the reason for their closure. We will be sure to keep you updated should the owners decide to bring Jack’s Cabin or another restaurant to the Mile Square.

Dr. Park Ave Celebrates 5 Years in Business in Hoboken

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 Dr. Park Ave, a medical enhancement spa in Hoboken, kicked off the start to their 5th year in business at 44 Hudson Place this weekend. The office threw an event hosting their most loyal clients to celebrate, as it is their 3rd successful medical spa in NJ. The office’s new look, spearheaded by new Executive Phil Zanardi, also introduced the new staff: Monika Hendrix, Emily Way, and Austin Civitano — who will work alongside founding surgeon Dr. Paul Fondacaro. “We look forward to continuing to serve our Mile Square with the best in Botox, fillers, SmartLipo, PRP, microneedling,” Phil shared with the HG team.

Hoboken Council Debates Ballot Runoff for the Third Time

The Hoboken City Council has decided again to move forward with an ordinance that would allow voters to decide if runoff elections should return in 2019, reports Hudson County View. This marks the third time in less than a month that this topic has been discussed by the council. Prior to leaving office, Dawn Zimmer vetoed an ordinance that would have allowed voters in the November 6th general election to decide if runoff elections would be brought back. This topic became especially relevant in the 2017 mayoral election, as Mayor-elect Ravi Bhalla only managed to secure 32.75% of the vote compared to Councilman Michael DeFusco who came in second with 29.6%. Hoboken used to have runoff elections, but they were removed in 2012 when the general election date was changed to November. The policy would allow runoff elections to take place in any local election no candidate receives a majority of the votes.

Hoboken Public Library Debuts Its Newly Renovated Lower Level

The Hoboken Public Library, located at 500 Park Avenue, celebrated the grand debut of their renovated lower level last week. The lower level recently underwent a rehabilitation and preservation renovation which took many months to complete, complete with a Reading Garden {pictured above}. Be sure to stop by and check out the new space — open to the public fully this spring! Read more about it here.

Commandeered Police Car Crashes into Hoboken Terminal

According to lohud, Santiago Brito-Avalos is the man accused of stealing a New Jersey Transit police car and driving it into the Hoboken Terminal earlier this week. Avalos took a train from Suffern to the Hoboken Terminal on Monday — where he then checked several NJT police cars until he found one that was unlocked with the keys inside. New reports show that Avalos was previously incarcerated for assault of an elderly man in Rockland County. He had spent 245 days in jail before he was released in March of 2017.

Madison Street Park Renovation Announced

Madison Street Park, located at 3rd Street and Madison, will be the next park to be renovated and redesigned by the City of Hoboken. The City cites the main goals as upgrading outdated equipment and making better use of the park space. Community members can provide their input via the City’s online survey. A public forum will be help on Tuesday, January 30th from 7:00PM-9:00PM at the Multi Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. More details will be announced following the public forum.

Seven One Eight Nails Opens in Hoboken

Seven One Eight Nails, located at 718 Washington Street, is officially open. A self-proclaimed beauty bar, Seven One Eight offers hair, nail design, makeup and waxing in their new salon. Nail services include gel-manis, powder gel-manis using the Kiara Sky Dip products, and specialty manicures and pedicures. We’ll be sure to bring you more details on an upcoming Mani Monday post. Hours are 10:00AM-8:00PM on Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10:00AM-9:00PM {!!}, and 10:00AM-5:00PM on Sundays. Better yet — all services can be booked via their online scheduler.

Jersey City Adds Surveillance Cameras to High-Crime Streets

Jersey City officials announced that 40 new surveillance cameras are being placed around the city, reports NJ.com. Locations are being determined by using crime data to identity areas of historically higher crime, municipal park areas, and feedback from the community. The new cameras will produce images that are five times clearer than in the past and will bring the total count of cameras in Jersey City to 197. The $850,000 cost for the first two phases of the security is being paid for by the Department of Homeland Security Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funds and capital budget funds. The cameras will assist the police the police and can be used for evacuation and emergency scenarios.

South Street Fish & Ramen Co. to Open in Hoboken

South Street Fish & Ramen Co. will soon be opening on Washington Street, in the former location of Planet Mac. The owners announced the opening of their new location with the large banner you can see pictured above. We will release additional details about opening dates and menu items as they become available!

Jersey City Mourns Loss of Tenured Police Lieutenant

More than 1,000 police officersfrom across the tri-state area traveled to Jersey City to pay their last respects to their Lieutenant colleague, Christopher Robateau. Lt. Robateau was struck by a pickup truck on the New Jersey Turnpike after being involved in a crash at roughly 6:30AM on Jan. 5. He was on his way to work when the accident occurred. The funeral procession, from Journal Square to St. Aedan’s Church, contained a crowd that spanned nearly two blocks — and was lined with residents and business owners who wished to honor and respect the 23-year veteran of the force. Lt. Robateau received more than 40 Police Service Awards and several commendations, which are awarded to officers who put their lives at risk, making him one of the most decorated officers in the city.

Hoboken Girl Helps Coat Drive

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Hoboken Girl Helps’ first 2018 event will give you the chance to meet some of theHG team and help out the community THIS Thursday. On January 18, 2018 from 6:00PM-9:00PM at our new Hoboken Girl HQ – 94 River Street at Real Space, join the HG team — where we’ll be hosting a winter accessories drive for the York Street Project, a JC shelter for women and children. Please bring NEW warm weather accessories — as well as NEW underwear and socks. Coats should be clean, free of stains, and freshly washed/dry-cleaned {new or gently used only} Gloves, mittens, hats, socks, underwear, and scarves requested — NEW only — for all sizes/ages. Sunnyside Cafe will be serving hot chocolate and treats to attendees. To attend, please RSVP here.

And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street news roundup for your Sunday. 

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Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.