• Hoboken Terminal Reopens, Downtown Neighborhood Named, Trader Joe’s Grand Opening, and More Hoboken + Jersey City News

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    What. A. Week. From 90 degree summer-like temps to Propelify coming to town, it’s been a busy seven days around the Mile Square. We’ve got all the latest news for you in one place in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street: your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken + Jersey City. 

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    Trader Joe’s Opens in Hoboken

    They day has {finally} come. Trader Joe’s officially opened its doors on Friday and we are thrilled — and based on the lines during opening day, so is the rest of Hoboken. Thankfully, the TJ team was ready for the crowds with lots of open registers and fully stocked shelves. Opening day was celebrated with cooking demos, giveaways, and lots of free samples. Grab your reusable bags and stop by this weekend.

    “We Welcome Everybody” Decals for Hoboken Businesses

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    The Hoboken community responded in unity to stand against the verbal attack from the owner of Vape Van. According to an email from City Councilman Ravi, over 250 residents, businesses, and schools have requested “We Welcome Everybody” decals to promote the spirit of inclusion in our community. Bhalla also stated that the owner of the Vape Van has “agreed to take a minimum of 10 anger management and diversity classes immediately. He has also voluntarily agreed not to operate his business for approximately one month or until the completion of his anger management and diversity training.” For more on the incident read our last edition of Word on the {Washington} Street.  To request a decal email councilmanbhalla@gmail.com. HG will have 50 available for those interested at the Hoboken Wellness Crawl!

    Newport Centre Hosts Pink Lounge 

    This afternoon Newport Centre will host a Pink Lounge reception as a celebration for the 2017 Susan G. Komen North Jersey Race for A Cause at Liberty State Park. A ribbon cutting for the lounge will take place at 12:45PM at the JC Penny wing on the 2nd floor, across from Forever 21.  The race has already raised more than $500,000 and registration is still open. For more information on the race click here.

    Hoboken Terminal Reopens

    On Monday, commuters passing through Hoboken Terminal were greeted with a new traffic pattern after the NJ Transit concourse officially reopened. The concourse has been closed since the tragic train crash in September that claimed the life of one Hoboken resident an injured over 100 other people. As reported by Hoboken Patch, the announcement came weeks ahead of the expected June opening date. Hoboken Terminal has seen an increased number of commuters in recent weeks following delays and derailments on NJ Transit that caused NYC travelers to be routed through Hoboken.

    Hoboken Director to Premier Film at NJ International Film Festival

    Hoboken NJ resident Gladys Bensimon will premier her latest documenter, A Way Out, at the New Jersey International Film Festival on June 10th at Rutgers University. The feature documentary is about poverty in America and how we can overcome it. The film examines the stories of three minority men from Newark who successfully beat the odds through deliberate support and opportunities. Learn more on the documentary’s website. 

    Rummage and Ruffage Returns

    Farmer’s Market season is back and we couldn’t be more excited. Rummage and Ruffage, Hoboken’s Midtown Farmer’s Market, officially opened yesterday at the Church of the Holy Innocents. Some changes come to the market this year as they will be open only on the 3rd Saturday of the month from May – December. There will be two “Rummage” days — June 17th and September 16th. For a full schedule of the markets click here.

    2 Surgeries for JC Firefighter Injured in Light Rail Crash

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    Jersey City firefighter, Domenic Magliano, was injured on May 5th after the fire truck he was on collided with a light rail train. Magliano has since undergone two surgeries and is in a lot of pain, but stable. As stated by an article on NJ.com, the collision occurred around 7:15PM and Magliano was trapped inside of the fire truck and had to be extricated. A NJ Transit spokesperson said the truck struck the train. An investigation is being conducted.

    City Proposes Southwest Redevelopment Plan

    The City of Hoboken has introduced the Southwest Hoboken Redevelopment Plan which details ideas for a mixed use urban neighborhood for residential, work, and entertainment areas. A press release from The City states, “The plan builds on existing uses such as industrial arts, art galleries, and co-working space, creates an environment with more open space and retail amenities, establishes a walkable neighborhood that is safer for all modes of transportation, and preserves and creates jobs.” A City Council meeting will be held at 7:30PM on Wednesday, May 24th where the Council will vote on introducing the plan. The plan also includes expansion of the Southwest Park that is currently under construction. To view more details on the plan, click here.

    Hoboken Terminal Neighborhood to Become “Railhead District”

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    The neighborhood surrounding Hoboken Terminal has been termed the “Railhead District” by the Hoboken City Council in a 7-2 vote. According to Jersey Digs, the name is symbolic for the moment, but plans are being proposed to make formal changes to further establish the neighborhood. Ideas for that include a visitor’s center and possible wall art on the outside of buildings. The name is not set in stone and could potentially change, though many businesses in the area have started using the name when referencing the area.

    Luke’s Lobster Finds New Home 

    After closing their Hoboken brick-and-mortar location weeks ago, Luke’s Lobster has found a new home at the Jersey Shore. The lobster food chain will open in Long Branch on May 27th. NJ.com tells us the closing of the Hoboken store was a strategic move as they will now bring the food to a new audience while continuing to cater to Hoboken through their Pier 13 food truck {thank God!}. An official menu for the Long Branch location has not yet been released.

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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.