• Word on the {Washington} Street: Welcome GFG Bakery; Citizenship in JC; and More News You Missed

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    What a week it’s been! While we were busy celebrating Happy Hour with a glass of rosé and pretending spring had officially sprung, there was a lot happening around town. We’ve got the top news from around the Mile Square this week in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street: your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken and Jersey City.

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    Greek from Greece Bakery Opens

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    Greek from Greece Bakery has officially opened on 221 River Street. We got a chance to stop in and check it out and must say- yummm! This is a legit Greek bakery (the owners are from Athens) and they’re open from 6:30AM-9:30PM so you can stop in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The large menu has a mix of soups, salads, baked goods, smoothies, and Greek-style dough pies that are delish. Be sure to welcome them to Hoboken.

    Hoboken Property Owners Can Request Tree Planting

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    In a recent press release the City of Hoboken announced preparations were in store for the Spring 2017 tree planting.  The City’s Shade Tree Commission is seeking property owners who would like a tree planted in the sidewalk adjacent to their building and who will agree to care for and water the tree. Qualifying property owners can have a street tree planted in exchange for a suggested $100 contribution towards planting costs and a pledge to keep the tree well-watered. The City planted has planted hundreds of street trees through the program in the last few years. Property owners who would like a tree planted in a sidewalk tree well in front of their home should complete the online request form at www.hobokennj.gov/boards/stc/treerequest. Requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to available funding.

     

    JC Fridays Gears Up for Spring Event

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    Spring is {thankfully} only a few weeks away and Art House’s JC Fridays is kicking off the season with 39 exciting visual and performing arts events on Friday, March 3rd.  Restaurants, galleries, stores, and event spaces throughout Jersey City will showcase a variety of art-related happenings including visual exhibitions, live music, performance acts, educational demonstrations, and more. All events are free and open to the public.  Jersey City is full of all types of artists and JC Fridays provides an opportunity for local artists to share their newest projects. For a full lineup of events on March 3rd click here.

    Dana Wefer Announces Candidacy For New Jersey Governor

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    Although Dana Wefer has been a lifelong Democrat (she founded Hoboken’s Democratic Club), she’s changing things up and is running as a Republican candidate for New Jersey governor. In a press release that announced her decision, it said that the recent Presidential Election “pushed Wefer towards the belief that working to reform the Democratic Party from within is no longer a viable option for accountable government.” Her political agenda includes addressing high property taxes, criminal justice reform, and the opiod crisis. Read more about Wefer here.

    Hoboken “Pop Up Park” Approved

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    On February 15th the City of Hoboken approved plans for Hoboken’s “Pop Up Park” that will be located at the future location of the permanent Northwest Resiliency Park. Plans for the permanent park will be started this Spring, but the Pop Up Park will be constructed so residents can enjoy the outdoor space this summer. According to Hoboken Patch, the Pop Up Park will include Multi-sport courts, an open fitness and events space, a rock climbing wall, a nine-hole mini-golf course, playground equipment, a bocce ball court, community gardens, and public art. Sounds like it will be a fun addition to the Mile Square! For full details on the planning and process click here.

    Hoboken St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Next Weekend

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    It’s that time of year again! On Saturday, March 4th Hoboken will literally be going green {green beer, green tutus, green everything really}. LepreCon, Hoboken’s annual St. Patrick’s day celebration will take place around town. By purchasing an all access pass here, you’ll receive a map of Hoboken and a wristband that provides reduced admission to the following bars: The Shannon, Reign, Hoboken Bar & Grill, House of ‘Que, Biggies, Willie McBride’s, Ainsworth, Mills Tavern, Texas Arizona, Mikie Squared, Tally Ho, Cadillac Cantina, Arthurs Tavern, 1 Republik, Room 84, Scotland Yard, Black Bear, Victory Bar & Grill, Havanna Cafe, McSwiggans, The Dubliner, Mulligans and 8th Street Tavern. Use code HOBOKENGIRL at checkout for up to 20% off your all-access pass. 

     

    Jersey City Celebrates President’s Day With Citizenship Ceremony

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    Jersey City celebrated the President’s Day holiday by welcoming 26 people as United States citizens. According to an article on NJ.com, the 26 people came from 18 countries around the world including Columbia and Cuba. Mayor Fulop has declared Jersey City as a sanctuary city, joining major cities like New York, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. While there is no official legal definition of a sanctuary city, generally speaking the police officers and government officials in these cities do not ask or report the immigration status of the people they come in contact with. Jersey City is known as the most diverse city in the United States and, according to Deputy-Mayor, “Jersey City continues to be America’s golden door.”

     

    Jersey City’s Apple Tree House Restoration Coming to an End

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    An 11-year project to restore a historic Jersey City building may soon be complete. The Apple Tree House was built around 1740 and was home to some of the original settlers in the area. The City of Jersey City purchased the property in 1999 for $450,000. According to NJ.com, “Local legend claims, without any evidence, that the Apple Tree House is where George Washington met with the Marquis de Lafayette to map Revolutionary War strategy underneath an apple tree. It was once owned by the the Van Wagenen family, one of the area’s original settlers.” Mayor Fulop said the ribbon cutting on the completed project should take place this Spring.

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    That’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email kate@hobokengirl.com to let us know!


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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.


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