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Word on the {Washington} Street: Bark in the Park; New Spot for Choc-O-Pain, Korean Food Comes to Town; And Other Hoboken News

by Kate Lombardo
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Happy first week of fall, Hoboken! This week has brought us lots of news to the Mile Square, and we have it all here for you in one place with our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street- your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken. [PS – don’t forget to visit us at the Fall Art & Music festival today!]

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Liberty Humane’s “Bark in The Park” Coming Next Weekend


On October 1st, the Liberty Humane Society, will be hosting the 13th annual Bark in the Park, the biggest pet festival in Hudson County. Each year hundreds of participants, vendors, and sponsors come together in Steven’s Park in Hoboken to celebrate the work and animals of LHS and the communities served by the organization.  All donations raised though Bark in the Park go directly towards providing medical care, spay/neuter, adoption and foster programs for local homeless animals. The event will feature on-site with games, an inflatable slap-shot, and free team give-a-ways, a free bounce-house, face painting, and a balloon artist! There will be several delicious food vendors coming this year: Pet Shop JC, SunnyRaes Kitchen, Lisa’s Italian Deli & Caterering, and Baking Mama! There will also be a Beer Garden set-up by Lucky Bar, featuring an assortment of beers and mixed drinks.


1st Ever Craft Brew Fest “Pours” into Jersey City


On October 15th, the Harborside Craft Brew Fest will take place in Jersey City. Session 1 will go from 12-4:00PM and Session 2 will run from 5:30-9:30PM. The event will be held at the Harborside Atrium along the waterfront and feature over 150 styles of craft beer, delicious food, and great music.  The event will combine elements of a Beer Garden with the wide array of choices only found at a Craft Beer Festival, including over 15 NJ breweries that will be in attendance. Tickets include unlimited craft beer samples, a souvenir tasting glass, live music, and delicious food from The Cow and the Curd, Urban Lobster Shack, San Matteo Pizza, Mac Truck NYC & Nuchas, & more. Tickets are available online at JCBrewfest.com.

Choc-O-Pain Opening {Another} Jersey City Location


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Hoboken’s favorite French Bakery is expanding again! The fourth location will open at 330-332 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City Heights later this fall. The 3,900 square foot space will house a commissary baker, café and retail boutique open daily. According to owner Clemence Danko, “Due to the exciting, rapid growth we’ve experienced since opening the first Choc-O-Pain in Hoboken in 2012, we found ourselves in need of a central location where we can produce our daily, fresh baked breads, pastries and café items to supply our own locations as well as support the growing demand from area businesses to carry our products.” Congrats to everyone at Choc-O-Pain on the success!


Fresh U Reopens With New Concept


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Fresh U closed for renovations over the summer, and is reopening with its same commitment to fresh, healthy foods but with a new concept. They’ve combined with So Gong Dong Restaurants to form So Gong Dong “SGD” Fresh, a Korean Fusion concept that will provide in-house, take out and delivery services of Korean classics, American Classics and multitude of fusion offerings. Menu choices are centered around Wraps, Bibimbaps, Rice Bowls, Soon Du bu and Build-Your-Own offerings- and look pretty delish. The grand opening, including launch of delivery services, will be on Monday, September 26th. 


Gogi Grill Opening Downtown


Gogi Grill will open soon at 79 Hudson Street, the former location of Steaks Unlimited Too. The new spot promises to delivery authentic Korean BBQ in a convenient, fast eat-in or take-out environment. No word yet on an exact opening date, but by the looks of their Instagram account, they’re undergoing full renovations.

Hoboken Comedy Festival Bringing Laughs to Town


Hoboken Comedy Festival is celebrating 7 years of spreading laughs across the mile-square. This week kicks off another amazing week of comedy with at least one show each night from Monday, September 26th- Sunday, Octobers 2nd. The festival is not only dedicated to bringing quality comedy to audiences, but also incorporates charitable contributions. This year the festival with support the Liberty Humane Society.  Tickets for the Hoboken Comedy Festival can be purchased at www.HobokenComedyFestival.org. Make sure to get your tickets ahead of time, as they typically sell out.

The Shepherd & The Knucklehead Now Open


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The Shepherd & The Knucklehead officially opened its doors on September 9th. The new spot features 60 beers on tap, wines by the glass, hand-crafted cocktails, 23 TVs, and a very special happy hour {including buckets of prosecco splits whhatt?!}. The restaurant and bar took the place of the old Smoking Barrel, which closed in June. Seems like a great spot for football Sundays and boozy brunch. Have you checked it out yet?

Hoboken Ranks in Best Places to Live List 


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Umm… obviously! A recent NY Post article ranked “The 15 Best Places to Live in the US”, and our beloved little city came in at #12 on the list. The article gives a nod to our great pizza, walkable neighborhoods, and short commute to NYC. While we think Hoboken deserves the #1 spot, we’re still happy to rank on a list next to some of the coolest places to live across the country. Thanks to our friends at Hoboken Happy Hours for breaking the news on this list! 🙂

GoFundMe for Hoboken’s Joe Hits Goal


A GoFundMe Campaign started for Hoboken’s Joe, a Hoboken man who was born with cerebral palsy and polio, has hit its $9,200 goal. Joe is frequently seen selling bottled water at the 14th Street Pier. According the campaign description, Joe experienced hardship recently when the financial assistance he receives from the government was not enough to cover his rent and bills, causing his power to be turned off. Alicila Rancilio, the local resident who started the campaign, hopes that the generosity of the community will help Joe. It looks like she was right! 🙂 The campaign page is still open for donations. Click here to donate. 

City Council Considering Elimination of “500 Foot Rule”


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On Monday, September 26, 2016 at 7:00pm the Hoboken City Council will hold a special meeting to discuss an ordinance (Z-434), sponsored by Councilman Doyle and Councilman Russo, to amend the “Alcoholic Beverages” chapter of the City code to remove §68-7, the “five-hundred-foot rule.” The meeting will allow members of the community to voice their opinion about the proposed litigation. The “five-hundred-foot-rule” essentially states that no establishment with a liquor license may open a new location within 500 feet of an existing establishment with a liquor license. Click here to read the code in full.

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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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