Word on the {Washington} Street: NEW Train Updates; Zara Coming to Jersey City, and More News

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Could this weekend be any nicer weather-wise? We hope you’re enjoying all the fun fall festivities, Hoboken! Grab your pumpkin spice latte and catch up on all the news around town with our latest edition of Word on the Washington Street — your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken.

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Hoboken Station to Fully Reopen on Monday

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On Monday, October 17th Hoboken Terminal will open at full capacity following the closures due to the recent train crash. Trains will now be entering the station at 5mph as a safety precaution, which is a decrease from the 10mph that was allowed prior to the crash. According to a recent article on NBC Newsthe National Transportation Safety Board has determined that breaks from the train were working as designed on the day of the crash, but there is still an ongoing investigation. It has also been reported that the train was clocked at going 21mph during the time of the crash, an acceleration from the 8mph it had been traveling 38 seconds before the crash.

Hoboken Real Estate Market 2nd in the State

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Some very good news for those living in the Mile Square. According to Hoboken Patch, Hoboken ranks #2 in the “Best of NJ Real Estate List” created by NJ Realtors. The median home sale in Hoboken is listed as $685,000 with an average of 32 days on the market.  Hoboken’s average home price is more than double the state average of $305,000. We all know how amazing it is to live in Hoboken, but it’s good to see the numbers back us up! 🙂

Zara Opens Flagship Store at Newport Center Mall

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This deserves some celebrating for shopaholics! Clothing and accessories store Zara officially opened their new flagship location at Newport Center. The 20,000 square foot store is located on the second floor of the mall and is one of many new stores that will be opening. We are pretty stoked that they’re here just in time for some serious fall shopping. Can’t wait to check it out. Of course, we LUV shopping locally {check out our Shop Local Guide to Fall here}

Hoboken House Tour to Take Place on October 30th

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The Hoboken Historical Museum’s annual Hoboken House Tour will be held on Sunday, October 30th from 10AM-4:00PM. This year’s tour will feature up to ten homes including an 1860s home on Bloomfield Street that combines period details and contemporary decor and a home on Park Avenue with an industrial loft feel and clever storage solutions, among others. The tour is self-guided. A map is included in the House Tour booklet, which is only available the day of the tour. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 the day of the tour. However, tickets do tend to sell out so it is recommend you purchase them in advance. Click here to purchase tickets. 

NJ In Worst Drought in Decades

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According to NorthJersey.com, our state is under its worst drought conditions in two decades, with two of our states reservoirs being measured at less than half their capacity. The drought levels vary across the state from “moderate” {in Passaic and Morris counties} to severe {in Bergen county}. Across the state, measures are being taken to bring water to the reservoirs from more abundant resource. However, it seems the only answer is more rainfall. As of now, restrictions have not been made mandatory across the state. Here’s hoping for some rainy days!

“Bark in the Park” Raises $37,000

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Liberty Humane Society’s largest event of the year, Bark in the Park, was held on October 1st and raised almost $37,000. Hundreds of people and dogs came out for the event and 7 animals were adopted. Attendees enjoyed great music, ate delicious food {and treats}, had a beer or two, and got to jump in the bounce house.  Their next event will be the annual Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, November 5th. This year, they’re adding whiskey and wine to the event as well. Click here to get your tickets and support this amazing organization.

VUE Magazine to Host “A Night in Wonderland”

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VUE Magazine  will host their Fall 2016 launch party “A Night in Wonderland” at the W Hoboken on Wednesday, October 19th. The event will take place at Lulu’s, which will be transformed for a one-night-only  occasion.  “A Night in Wonderland” will be an incredible experience where they bring to life the timeless classic “Alice in Wonderland.” The night will include food by LDV Hospitality, fine hand-rolled cigars by Jimenez Tobacco, aromatic and richly flavored spirits crafted by Camus Cognacs and Macallan, wine tasting from The Hess Collection and Breakthru Beverage, floral arrangements by Allendale Flowers, and other surprises for guests. Raffle tickets will be available throughout the evening for prizes varying from the keys to a Maserati for a weekend to a free night at The W Hoboken. During the event, guests will have the opportunity to make a donation to The Gloria Foundation, a local and non-profit organization helping victims of domestic violence.
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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.