Updates on Washington St. Project and Other Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories This Week {August 27, 2017}

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Anyone else feel like August flew by? While you’re out enjoying the beautiful weather and soaking up those end of summer vibes, we’ve got the latest news from Hoboken and Jersey City round up for you. Read on for details about a wine festival coming in September {yaaasss}, our latest HG summer bash, and other must-know things happening around town.

JC Wine Fest Returns in September  

On Saturday, September 9th, Hudson County residents will have the opportunity to taste over 150 samples of wine at Jersey City Wine Fest. The ticketed event will be held inside the Harborside Atrium, and throughout the evening, guests will enjoy unlimited wine samples from regions across the world and be able to talk to winery representatives. The event will also have live music, local food vendors, and interactive games. All guests will receive a 5-ounce sample cup as well. Tickets for the event are $65 through Labor Day and then pricing goes up to $70. Click here to buy your ticket and use the code HOBOKENGIRL to receive $15.

HG Celebrates Bringing the Beach to ‘Boken

On Wednesday night, the Hoboken Girl team celebrated the end of summer with a “Bringing the Beach to ‘Boken” happy hour event at Birch. Over 200 Hoboken girls and guys came out to celebrate with boardwalk-style bites, rosè sorbet, and cocktails from Birch. Aaraa Accessories was there with a summer-style pop up shop, while guests also got to enjoy fun braids from Blo-it-Out Lounge, spray tans from Glow + Co., flower creations from In Bloom Store, giveaways from Boutique Realty, and DIY succulent creations from Beaucycled.

Hoboken Parking Director Resigns  

This week Mayor Zimmer announced that Transportation and Parking Director John Morgan is resigning from his position. The resignation will be effective as of Friday, September 1st. In a statement, Mayor Zimmer thanked Morgan for his service to the community stating that he “played a key role in helping our team advance the Washington Street redesign project… pay-by-phone parking option, bike share program, upgrades to the Hop shuttle, and many other projects that have improved the safety and quality of life of our community.” Mayor Zimmer will appoint Ryan Sharp as acting Transportation and Parking Director. In the same statement, Zimmer also announced that her Chief of Staff, Vijay Chaudhuri, would serve his last day on August 23rd. She thanked him for his service as well.

Washington Street Updates  

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As every Hoboken resident knows, the construction on Washington Street is well underway. Last week, Hoboken Patch reported on various updates released by the City of Hoboken, including the controversial tree removal issue that prompted residents to post signs around town about the removal. According to The City, curb extensions have been put in place along Washington Street to “prevent dangerous illegal parking in crosswalks, improve the ability of crossing pedestrians and drivers to see each other, reduce pedestrian crossing distances and exposure, and slow turning vehicles, which is a major cause of pedestrian collisions along Washington Street.” At this time, three trees have been removed on Washington with plans to remove 16 more by the end of the project. Due to the concerns of residents about the removal of the historic trees, the city will be speaking to the engineer on the project to see if there are alternatives that would help to ensure some or all of the trees are not removed.

Solar Eclipse in Hudson County  

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This week’s solar eclipse was arguably this Monday’s biggest news story nation wide, and Hoboken and Jersey City residents definitely took part of the eclipse viewing frenzy. Thousands of people headed to Liberty State Park to catch a view of the partial eclipse next to Lady Liberty herself. According to NJ.com, residents also gathered on the lawn of the Liberty Science Center to gaze at the eclipse both with homemade viewing glasses and those being given out by the museum. Pier A in Hoboken was also full of people gazing skyward with views of NYC in the background. Shout out to Insta user @meaux_meaux for capturing it!

It’s Official: 1 Republik Coming to Jersey City  

Word of 1 Republik opening in downtown Jersey City was first reported last August but remained unconfirmed until this week. According to Jersey Digs, the sports bar will officially be opening in the former location of Rainbow clothing store. The space will also be divided into two locations with a restaurant called 26 Below opening at there as well. No word yet on when the new businesses will open.

Green Roof Testing Coming to Hoboken

This fall, Stevens Institute of Technology will launch a project to test sustainable roofing as a way to find out which type of technology works best. According to NextCity.org, the lab will consist “of various green roof setups, rain gardens and planters designed for optimal stormwater management called ‘bioretention’ planters.”  Throughout the summer, Elizabeth Fassman-Beck, the associate professor leading the study, has been working with undergraduate students to set up the gardens that will be used. The study is expected to yield results quickly and hopefully have that information ready for cities to use.

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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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Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.