27 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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If you check out of local Hoboken + Jersey City {or national} news for a week, you miss a lot! Among the headlines — Mills Tavern closes, Hoboken reports record-breaking numbers of coronavirus cases, UNJUMBOLD coming to town, a new restaurant is coming to Weehawken,  + so much more — keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond:

Community Mourns Sudden Passing of Hoboken Police Sergeant Pete Zanin

Sergeant Zanin Sudden Passing

The Hoboken Police Department shared the tragic news of Sergeant Pete Zanin’s sudden passing in the morning of November 21st. “Today we mourn the loss of our brother, Sgt. Pete ‘Peachy’ Zanin,” said the Hoboken Police Superior Officers Association. “We pray for strength and grace for his family, especially his wife and children, as they bear this unimaginable loss. We are grateful to the community for their continued support.” Click here for more information.

Hoboken Community Brings Home Rescue Pup Milo

milo dog rescue hoboken hoodie

Earlier this week, a Hoboken rescue dog, Milo slipped his collar and got away from his mom. The community in Hoboken banded together and searched for 24+ hours until he was found and returned home. Click here for the full story.

To show their appreciation, Milo and his mom have created the Hoboken Dog Lover Hoodie with his dog walker Will Ferman, with all proceeds going to Milo’s original home, Souls of Satos Rescue Group in Puerto Rico.

NY Waterway Founder, Arthur Imperatore, Passes Away

NY Waterway

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On Wednesday, November 18 Arthur Imperatore, the founder of ­NY Waterway, died at the age of 95. In addition to launching a successful ferry company, his career also included time spent in mining, real estate, and trucking. “Arthur Imperatore embodied the American Dream, creating a ferry company from humble beginnings through hard work, dedication, and a mission to improve the lives of other people. His company has played a major role in revitalizing coastal cities like Hoboken for decades. My deepest condolences go out to the Imperatore family for their loss,” Mayor Bhalla shared in a press release. NJ.com has the full story.

LSC Making Mammoths Exhibit

The Liberty Science Center unveiled a lifelike model of a woolly mammoth on Saturday, November 21 for the new exhibit, “Making Mammoths.” The exhibit highlights the work of Harvard geneticist, Dr. George Church who is endeavoring to de-extinct the woolly mammoth by introducing select ancient genetic sequences into modern-day Asian elephants. If successful, this would allow future Asian elephants to survive in the Arctic. Tickets for the exhibit are available on lsc.org.

Hoboken Resident Honors Grandchildren by Donating 1,000 Sandwiches to The Hoboken Shelter

Anita Hoboken Shelter Donation

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Over the course of the past 8 months, local Hoboken resident, Anita has dropped off 4 sandwiches to The Hoboken Shelter as a way to give back and honor her four grandchildren. When she started out her goal was to donate 1,000 sandwiches, which she just achieved this past week. The Hoboken Shelter tweeted about Anita here.

American Dream Launches First-Ever Wish Week

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The American Dream Mall is going big with the holiday magic this year. Guests who visit the mall beginning November 23 through November 30 will receive special surprises and giveaways. This one-of-a-kind week is called Wish Week and promises a unique experience with extended hours for extra fun. Details for Wish Week and all other attractions are available on the American Dream Mall website.

Jersey City Selected to Continue Historic Library Renovations

Jersey City Main Library

On November 18 Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced the request for $5 million to rehabilitate the historic Main Library in Jersey City has been approved. This grant from the Library Construction Bond Act will be matched by the city and will result in the expansion of community space, the addition of public computer terminals, and bring the library into the modern age. Hudson Reporter has the full story.

Hoboken Resident + Hoboken Girl Team Member Joelle Hernandez Advances to Quarter-Finals of The Greatest Baker

Joelle Greatest Baker Competition

Photo credit: Joelle Hernandez

Hoboken Resident + HG contributor Joelle Hernandez has advanced to the quarter final round of The Greatest Baker Competition, which is an annual internet baking competition hosted by Bake from Scratch Magazine. Joelle is a hobby baker alongside her twin sister, Jordan Hernandez, and is the curator of @double_dough on Instagram. The overall winner of the competition is determined by fan votes. The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize, a 2-page feature in Bake from Scratch Magazine, and a year’s supply of Stuffed Puffs Marshmallows. To vote to keep Joelle in the competition, click here.

Ally Bird Vintage Comes to Hoboken

 

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Ally Bird Vintage opened a new location in Hoboken at 408 6th Street earlier this month. Alessandra Canario offers a highly-curated selection of women’s and men’s vintage-inspired clothing. Her showroom is housed in the Sixth Street Vintage shop. Before coming to Hoboken, Canario opened a showroom in Jersey City, sold in NYC, and has participated in Jersey City flea markets. Her items are also available via Etsy.com.

UNJUMBOLD Coming to Studio in Hoboken

 

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Creatives John Forslund and Michael Knight are taking over the storefront at 257 1st Street in Hoboken with the opening of UNJUMBOLD. Their retail store will be open beginning December 4 and will help patrons focus on quality over quantity. The shop will feature items from local vendors and fair-trade partners. UNJUMBOLD will also offer corporate and in-home organizing services. 

New Restaurant Porter Opening in Weehawken

Porter Weehawken

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A new modern American gastropub, Porter will open on December 1st in Weehawken on the ground level of RiverHouse 11. Guests can expect a seasonal menu with shareable plates, coal-fired entrees, wood-fired pizzas, and homemade desserts. Upon opening, the restaurant will offer dinner and will open for brunch at their in-house café, Porter Provisions at a later date.

Alzheimer’s Awareness with RPM

RPM Fundraiser

RPM Raceway in Jersey City is hosting an online racing event to raise money for Alzheimer’s New Jersey in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The virtual fundraiser will take place on Sunday, November 29 at 11AM via Gran Turismo Sport game available via PlayStation. To sign up for the fundraiser, register on the RPM website.

Thanksgiving Sides + Desserts at Sirenetta Pop Up Market

Thanksgiving Pop Up

Photo credit: @sorellinahoboken

Sister restaurants Sorellina and Sirenetta Hoboken are teaming up to create a Thanksgiving pop-up located at the back bar in Sirenetta. Customers can grab gourmet sauces, dips, freshly baked bread, cookies, and more on Tuesday 11/24 and Wednesday 11/25. The restaurant will also be offering pies, side dish meal kits to prepare at home, bottled cocktails, and wine totes everything but the turkey. 

Stevens Grad Student Opens Retail Experience in WTC Oculus

A Stevens grad student, Shruti Chavan, has launched a startup business Brik+Clik in the WTC Oculus. The retail space connects brands to their customers through a combined offline-online experience. Customers can touch, feel, taste, and try on the brands while in-store and then place orders online. More information is available at Brik + Clik.

Hundreds Celebrate Diwali in Little India

Diwali Fireworks

Local residents gathered in the neighborhood of Little India in Jersey City on Saturday, November 14 to celebrate Diwali. Hundreds of people light fireworks, sparklers, and flares in celebration. The crowd gathered on Newark Avenue at the intersection of Liberty Avenue, according to reports on NJ.com.

Hoboken Public Schools to Convert to Virtual Learning Leading Up to Thanksgiving

Jersey City Schools

Over the past few months, schools in Hoboken have been able to remain open and still offer in-person instruction to a certain extent. Due to the recent rise in cases and the upcoming holidays, the Hoboken Public School District announced on Friday, November 20 that all students Pre-K through 12th grade will switch over to fully remote learning beginning Monday, November 23. At this point, classes are scheduled to resume on December 7, 2020. Click here for more information.

Highest Surge in Hoboken Since Outbreak Began

Coronavirus Outbreak

The weekend of November 13th, Hoboken reported record-breaking numbers of new coronavirus cases with 27 cases reported on Sunday, November 14th. “We have been working throughout the weekend to communicate with our value testing partners, including Riverside Medical and Prompt MD, to increase testing capacity over the coming weeks,” said Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, in an interview with Tap Into.

Vigil Held in Jersey City to Honor Victims of Traffic Accidents

Vigil Traffic Violence

One of six vigils held in Jersey City was located at Kennedy Boulevard and Fairmont Avenue. Hudson County has had 21 roadway deaths in 2020, the most recent being a 48-year-old-man riding an electric scooter who died in a head-on collision with an SUV on Ocean Avenue. Residents are calling for increased safety measures to be put into place to reduce traffic violence, according to NJ.com.

Where to Purchase Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Where to Buy Turkeys

Thanksgiving might be smaller than usual this year but that’s no reason to not celebrate. It’s also no reason to stress, local restaurants and shops are providing turkeys and even pre-made sides to help make this holiday season less work and more magical. Click here for the full roundup.

Hoboken Hospitality Alliance Introduces App to Help Community Pay It Forward

Hoboken Hospitality Alliance Fetchstr

The Hoboken Hospitality Alliance, in partnership with Fetchstr, is bringing a new app to the community of Hoboken that will allow residents to serve each other. Through this delivery app, people can support local businesses and help others in their neighborhood. The app is free and pilot programs are slated to begin Fall 2020. Click here for more information.

New Jersey Superintendent Says Jersey City Schools Won’t Open Before February

New Jersey Schools Closed

Jersey City Schools Superintendent Franklin Walker says students will continue to learn remotely until February. Schools opened in September, but this is the third extension of online learning so far this fall. Walker had hoped to return to in-person classes in December but has postponed opening due to COVID-19.

Hoboken Flea Continues Pop-Up in Hoboken

Hoboken Flea Market

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In case you missed it, the new Hoboken Flea, which arrived in October, is extending its residency in Hoboken. Located in the former “Lots of Clean Dry Cleaners” building at 564 1st Street, the Hoboken Flea was founded by local business owners Thomas Pellegrino and Sage Schwer. Click here for the full story.

Coronavirus Cases On the Rise in All 50 States

Coronavirus Outbreak

Many states are imposing stricter guidelines as cases of COVID-19 increase across the country. The current death toll in America stands at more than 245,000 and health experts are encouraging families to keep holiday gatherings to a minimum. Readers can find the full story at abc7ny.com.

 Illuminate Food Launches The Farm Box

Illuminate Food has launched a farm-to-table subscription box to bring farm-fresh food directly to the consumer. Included in the box are 6-8 seasonal veggies, fruit, milk, eggs, yogurt, or cheese, along with a few specialty goods and bread from Live Breads. The box also includes customized recipes to make with the included ingredients. Boxes can be ordered via the Illuminate Food website.

Mills Tavern Hoboken Closes

Restaurant Closed

Popular Hoboken bar, Mills Tavern has closed their doors “with an abundance of caution”, amid a second spike of coronavirus cases. The bar has not disclosed plans for a future opening date. Interested parties can follow @millshoboken for updates and check out the full story from Daily Voice.

Video Shows Students in Hoboken Are Hard at Work

Hoboken Schools Hard Work

Schools in the Hoboken Public School System have luckily been able to stay open and offering in-person instruction over the past several months. With minimal closures, classrooms have proven there are successful ways to continue educational learning even with restrictions in place. A new video shows how the school system is keeping students and teachers safe. The video and full article are available via Yahoo News. 

New Jersey First in Tri-State Area to Legalize Recreational Marijuana — Making It a ‘Hot Commodity’ for NYC Residents

New Jersey Legalizes Marijuana

Two weeks ago, New Jersey voters weighed in on the matter of legalizing recreational marijuana, with the majority in favor of it. This amendment will be put into place beginning January 1, 2021. The New Jersey market expects to have an influx of visitors from the surrounding areas, taking advantage of the new changes. The New York Times has the full story.

Governor Murphy Releases New Limitations for Indoor and Outdoor Dining

Outdoor Dining

In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has put stricter restrictions in place for indoor and outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings have been decreased from 25 people to 10, while outdoor gatherings have been limited from 500 down to 150 people. This update comes following a week of record-breaking new cases, according to CBS.

Hoboken Police to Enforce $1,000 Fine For House Party Violations

Indoor House Party

As Thanksgiving gets closer and new cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, local law enforcement is prepared to crack down on indoor gatherings exceeding the new limit. Governor Phil Murphy recently decreased the approved number of guests for indoor gatherings from 25 people to 10 people. In keeping with an ordinance approved by the Hoboken City Council, house parties in violation of the restrictions will be fined up to $1,000. Read more here.

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Originally from North Carolina, Ainsley became a proud Hoboken Girl years ago. As a freelance journalist she has written about everything under the sun for the past six years. She works from her home office in uptown Hoboken or sometimes from Choc-o-Pain, because nothing says “freelancer” like working from a café with a fresh croissant nearby. As the mother of one very fast toddler, she has a passion for self-care, parenting hacks, and discovering all the fun things the Mile Square has to offer.