Top Hoboken + Jersey City News of the Week {9/24/17}

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We already know how lucky we are to call this area our home. But now, USA Today has confirmed it’s awesomeness by nominating several of our popular locales to the list of Best NJ Attractions. Read on for more on that {including how to weigh in}, and for all your other Hoboken and Jersey City news of the week.

Pier 13 Nominated One of NJ’s Best Attractions

Pier 13 was recently nominated by USA Today for being one of New Jersey’s best attractions. It was touted for being “at the heart of one of New Jersey’s most vibrant cities… extending into the Hudson River with views of the New York City skyline. This backyard of Hoboken features food trucks, water sports and a full event calendar with everything from concerts to movie nights.” Also on the list are Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, and Hoboken’s waterfront walkway. Be sure to cast your vote!

Cost of Commuter Towns Ranked By Business Insider {Including Hoboken + JC}

Sure, we love our Mile Square, but we never said it was cheap to live here. Have you ever wondered what it would cost to live in one of the other major municipalities outside NYC? Business Insider recently compared the cost to live in and commute to Manhattan from the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Newark, Jersey City, and Hoboken. They added median home price to property taxes plus a monthly MetroCard or PATH train card, only looking at home owners, not renters, who put 20% down and had 4% interest over 30 years. In order, here’s what they found in terms of monthly cost: Newark ($1,381 per month), the Bronx ($1,908 per month), Jersey City ($2,036 per month), Queens ($2,201 per month), Brooklyn ($2,857 per month), and Hoboken ($4,101 per month). Manhattan itself was $4,531 per month.

Aaraa Accessories to Close Storefront in October

You may have caught this on our social media or perhaps you read our full article, but we’re so sad to share the news that Aaraa Accessories is closing its storefront. The shop’s owner, Neeta King, is moving to North Carolina where her husband was relocated for work. The good news is that you’ll still have access to all of the boutique’s accessories through the online jewelry store. The shop is closing at the end of October, so take a stroll over to 408 6th Street and say your goodbye. {Tears!}

New Southwest Park Officially Open to the Public

The new Southwest Park is officially open to the public. You can find it between Observer Highway, Paterson Avenue, Harrison Street, and Jackson Street. It includes passive recreation space, a dog run, an amphitheater, an open lawn area, a restroom, and it will soon include free public WiFi. This park is New Jersey’s first resiliency park, as it contains green infrastructure and an underground detention system to withhold approximately 200,000 gallons of rainwater during storms.To celebrate the park’s opening, families are invited on Wednesday, September 27 from 4:30PM to 7:30PM for activities including entertainment by Ron Albanese (AKA Polka Dot), balloon animals, as well as music, food trucks, local businesses, fitness activities, and more.

Newport Liberty Half Marathon a Huge Success

The Newport Liberty Half Marathon took place last Sunday and it was a huge success. Thousands of runners came out to to participate in the 24th annual race, known as the most beautiful course in the Tri-State area. Stretching along the Hudson River Walkway and across to Liberty State Park, runners enjoyed views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, and the stunning Manhattan skyline. All proceeds from the race were donated to Jersey City Medical Center — RWJ Barnabas Health.

Little City Books to Host Best Selling Author

Now available at Little City Books is At the Strangers’ Gate: Arrivals in New York by best-selling author Adam Gopnik. In this memoir, Gopnik tells of the journey from Montreal to NYC with his soon-to-be-wife in the 1980s. His story is a relatable one, transporting readers from his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side and then to SOHO while aspiring as an artist. On Wednesday, October 4th at 7PM, you can visit Little City Books to hear Gopnik himself as he tells stories from the book. Tickets are available online.

Hoboken to Host Public Workshop on Comprehensive Master Plan Update

The City of Hoboken will host the first public workshop as part of its Master Plan Reexamination process on Tuesday, October 10th from 6:30PM to 8:30PM at the Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street. The Master Plan serves as the guiding document for Hoboken’s land-use decisions, such as zoning and capital improvements.  It documents community-established principles, guidelines, and strategies for the orderly and balanced future economic, social, physical, environmental and fiscal development of the city. All interested residents, business owners, property owners, and other interested parties are invited to share their ideas about how Hoboken should grow and what assets the city should protect over the next 10 years. For further information, click here.

Positive Psychology Workshop Offered at Hoboken Library

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The City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Public Library have teamed up for a series of programs in 2017 to help you meet your goals of having a healthier lifestyle. This Wednesday, September 27th, Kate Lombardo will host a one hour workshop titled Light on Happy, A Positive Psychology Works. Here, you’ll learn simple strategies to increase your overall levels of happiness and well-being. Through examining techniques rooted in Positive Psychology, often called “The Science of Happiness”, you’ll understand how you can find whole-being happiness and health in your life right now. For more on Kate and the workshop, click here.

Mack-Cali Unveils $75 Million Capital Transformation of JC’s Harborside

Mack-Cali just revealed its plan for a $75 million transformation of JC’s Harborside into a vibrant cultural district along the waterfront. Some key components of the transformation include revamping of the buildings’ lobbies and adjoining internal passageways to the Harborside Atrium {creating pedestrian routes to the lobbies}, and overhauling the current food court into a grand European-style food hall known as The Marketplace. They will also be reskinning Harborside’s office buildings and installing new interior design features for more openness and efficiency.

Nanny Pushing Stroller Hit By Car

A nanny pushing two children in a stroller was struck by a car last week. The woman, whose name was not released, was hospitalized but the extent of her injuries was not reported. Thankfully, the two children were not harmed. Police are investigating the crash, but it was stated that the driver is fully cooperating.

Crepe Guru Leaving Hoboken

Crepe Guru is leaving Hoboken for North Bergen. Their new place will be dubbed The Crepe Spot. According to a sign posted outside their shop, “they’ll be back soon.” Not sure what that means, but we’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

Mammon’s Falafel Moving Locations

For those of you who love the falafel at Mamoun’s in-house, make sure to take note that they’re moving to a bigger location at 300 Washington Street {if you order delivery, then don’t worry about it!}. Buuuut in general, if you haven’t tried this Middle Eastern cuisine yet, stop by their current Hoboken location at 502 Washington Street. According to a staff member, they’re excited to move to the bigger space inside the newly-constructed 300 Washington Street — which they will own {versus rent, aka the sitch at their current space}. The move is expected to happen within 2-3 weeks. Stay tuned!

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And that’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email hello@hobokengirl.com to let us know — we appreciate it!

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Caitlin is a {Hoboken} uptown girl with an edge. She sold her house in the ‘burbs to move to the Mile Square when she and her husband decided that life in Hoboken is more their speed. She’s a long-time health and wellness junkie who can be found popping into fitness classes – dance, yoga, CrossFit, you name it – or riding around town with her husband on his Harley. Caitlin is also a teacher in Bergen County, and a local tutor. She is thrilled to be joining the Hoboken Girl team, helping locals stay up to date.


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