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28 Hudson County News Stories You Missed This Week

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Another week means plenty of headlines to catch up on in Hudson County. Among the highlights: Hoboken announces a new survey about the future of the Multi-Service Center; a fire in Jersey City displaces nine people; and a new pizza restaurant will be entering the Hoboken pizza wars this spring. Read on for more news stories you missed this week in Hudson County. 

Something New is Coming to Jersey City from the Team Behind Corto


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Something new is coming from the team behind Corto, which is an Italian restaurant at 507 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City Heights. The same team is behind a recent application to transfer a liquor license to a new building at 68 Monitor Street in Jersey City. The property is a multi-use redeveloped building with retail space on the first floor and residences above. Read on to learn what we know about this new restaurant from the people behind Corto.

The Flow Initiative Celebrates One Million Product Donations

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The Flow Initiative, a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to menstrual equity, celebrated one million product donations on International Women’s Day. According to a press release, the Flow Initiative achieved the milestone over the weekend when more than 20,000 products were donated to survivors of the Turkey-Syria Earthquake. This follows ongoing product donations and distribution from The Flow Initiative to schools, libraries, corporations, domestic abuse shelters, and global organizations.

Pandemic Sheros Honored by Jersey City Women’s Advisory Board

At a ceremony on March 8th, several local sheros were honored by the Jersey City Women’s Advisory Board. One of the honorees was Jennifer Tripucka, founder of The Hoboken Girl. Jen was honored for her efforts to keep the community connected and informed during the pandemic. The six other honorees were Ta-Tanisha Wright;  Jalesse Munoz, ANP, NP-C; Claudia Wheeler; Tal Shuster; Carmen Munoz RN, BSN; and Stacey Flanagan.

Stretch Recovery Lounge Opens in Hoboken

Stretch Recovery Lounge has opened in Hoboken at 223 Bloomfield Street, Suite 101, according to a social media post. The company was founded in 2019 by Jake Feury, who is a player on MLR’s Rugby United of New York. Jake himself battled horrible back pain for years after suffering multiple fractures to his vertebrae. The saving grace for Jake ended up being stretch therapy, and this epiphany fueled him to think up and open Stretch Recovery Lounge’s first location in Ridgewood. The Hoboken location is the fifth location for the company.

Jersey City Mom Seeks Answers: Son Left on Schoolbus

A Jersey City mother wants answers after her non-verbal 5-year-old son was left on a school bus at the end of the day, per NJ.com. Cynthia McNeill’s son Kyrie was physically unharmed after the incident, where he was on the bus for an additional two hours after school.  She says that he is reluctant to return to School 30, and that there hasn’t been adequate communication from the school about the incident.

Official Warn of Roadwork-Related Delays at Newark Airport

cautionWork on some roadways at Newark Airport will necessitate the closure of one of the three traffic lanes servicing both terminals B and C.  According to a press release from the Port Authority, the roadwork began on March 6th and will continue in stages until November 2023. The work is anticipated to be accomplished in two stages beginning with the four-month closure of the left-most lane of Express Road in front of Building 4 (old Terminal A). Immediately thereafter, work will begin on the leftmost lane of Express Road in front of Terminal B with an expected completion in November 2023.

Weehawken Apartments Take Shape

Per JerseyDigs, work on the lot located at 3-5 Port Imperial Boulevard is moving ahead quickly. The building is called the Park Apartments and will have 298 luxury apartments and a freestanding parking garage when it is completed. The waterfront-facing building will be 10 stories tall upon completion.

A New Pizza Spot is Coming to Washington Street

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There’s a new entrant in the Hoboken pizza wars. Quality Pizza Co., which is coming to 304 Washington Street, has officially put up signage in its storefront windows. The space had previously been home to Rice Shop, an Asian fusion restaurant serving Thai, Cantonese, and Korean dishes, but that restaurant closed in Spring 2022. Read on for what we know about Quality Pizza Co. coming soon to Hoboken.

Inside Jersey City’s Secret Jewish Deli


Hank Schwartz is the latest newcomer to the Jersey City food scene. But Hank Schwartz isn’t a real person – in fact, he isn’t even a person. He’s the alter ego of Jason Stahl, the actual person behind Hank Schwartz’s Delicatessen and Appetizing, a traditional Jewish deli operating out of a ghost kitchen in Jersey City Heights. Read on for more about this innovative take on a classic concept.

Taste of Hoboken Fundraiser Returns

The Hoboken Community Center (HCC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides essential services and spaces to support the well-being of the Hoboken, NJ community, will host its annual Taste of Hoboken fundraiser on Tuesday, June 6, 2023. The HCC will host an elegant evening on the iconic Hoboken waterfront featuring local restaurants, delicious drinks, live entertainment, and a silent auction to support its three-pronged mission of affordable housing for 96 low-income men, a 40,000+ square foot community and recreation center under rehabilitation at 1301 Washington Street, and a food, hygiene, and pet supply pantry. Tickets are on sale now and can be found here. The event is 21+.

The HCC is looking for restaurants, sponsors, and auction items for the event. For more information on participating, please visit hobokencc.org.

Hoboken Police Department Seeks Recruits

The City of Hoboken made an announcement, sharing its intention to hire more police officers. The City plans to hire 17 more officers. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have never been convicted of a felony.  Hoboken Police Officers are tasked with enforcing local, state, and federal laws to ensure public safety. Officers will engage the community through public programs and outreach, patrol and respond to emergency calls, apprehend and transport suspects, interview victims, witnesses and suspects, and gather and log evidence, among other duties. Interested candidates can click here for more information.

City Responds to Problems at Hoboken Panera

The Hoboken Panera changed to a takeout-only model after an increase in disturbances in the restaurant caused by homeless people loitering in the dining area. Now, the City of Hoboken has weighed in on the matter. Per Patch, Hoboken spokesperson Marilyn Baer said: “The city is bringing more resources to bear to help assist those experiencing homelessness. While cities across the county grapple with this issue, the city of Hoboken is one of very few municipalities who have proactively hired two social workers who are specifically trained to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness by helping to connect them with the proper support services, which in turn will help to keep them off the streets.”

Memorial Plaque Unveiled for Hoboken Fire Victims

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The victims of the Hoboken Fires past to present during the period of 1979 to 1983 were honored at the official plaque unveiling on Sunday, March 12th at Tom Olivieri Park located at 1225 Willow Avenue. The memorial plaque is being unveiled in conjunction with an exhibit at the Hoboken Historical Museum about the fires, called The Fires: 1978-1982.

Jersey City Mayor Announces Summer Camp Registration

In a press release, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop announced the opening date to register for the City’s summer camp programs.  The City will host two camps at two locations: Caven Point in Ward A and Pershing Field in Ward C. On March 20th registration will open online through Rec Desk until all available spots are filled.

North Bergen Preschoolers Give Back

Per Patch, students at North Bergen Preschool gave back to the community by collecting cans of soup to donate to North Bergen C.A.R.E.S, a  non-profit organization that provides assistance to families in the aftermath of emergencies. The Soup-er Bowl yielded over 300 cans of soup for donation.

These Oscar-Nominated Films Have Ties to NJ

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Being that Hollywood is on the other side of the country, it might surprise you to see just how many top-rated and Oscar-nominated films have ties to the Garden State. This year’s nominees bring a unique perspective to filmmaking from the Jersey Shore to the streets of suburbia. Read on for more.

US Attorney to Hold Town Hall in Jersey City

The US Attorney for New Jersey will host a town hall in Jersey City, according to a press release. The event will be on March 21st, 2023, from 6PM to 7:30PM at Temple Beth-El, located at 2419 John F. Kennedy Boulevard. It is a community event and is open to the public.

Mixed-Use Building Taking Shape at Grove and Grand Streets in Jersey City

Per Jersey Digs, construction on the 106-unit mixed-use building at the intersection of Grove and Grand Streets in Jersey City is making progress. There will be retail on the ground floor and residences above, many with private balconies or terraces. The building is LEED certified and will have a rooftop deck for residents.

Grand Opening for Graceful Skin + Body Spa in Hoboken

Graceful Skin & Body Spa, located at 100 Madison Street, hosted a Grand Opening celebration on March 9th, according to an Instagram post from the company.  The spa offers skin treatments for men and women. Owner Grace Sibilia is an award-winning licensed aesthetician and skincare expert.

Hoboken Police Issue Statement After Bar Crawl

The Hoboken Police Department issued a statement following an event Saturday, March 4th, described as an unsanctioned bar crawl. The statement included statistics from the same event in years past and showed a significant decline in emergency calls. “It’s clear that as each year goes by, the annual unsanctioned bar crawl events on the first weekend in March continue to have substantially reduced participation and are now tame events, compared to years past,” said Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla. “I am greatly appreciative to our public safety officers who worked hard to ensure the safety of our city throughout the weekend, as well as our residents who refused to participate in an event that has previously caused mayhem within our city. I’m also appreciative to the Hoboken Business Alliance for investing in family friendly activities, that focus on celebrating and honoring Irish culture through a float and Irish music on Saturday afternoon, as well as the vast majority of responsible bar owners who chose not to participate in the bar crawls.”

Hoboken Teacher Arrested

A Jersey City man who was a teacher at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, but was removed several months ago, has been arrested. A press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s office indicated that Eric Schau, 32, is charged with two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was arrested outside of his residence and transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility.

Hello Hydration MedSpa Opens in Hoboken


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Hello Hydration hosted its grand opening at 132 Washington Street. The medspa has one other location in Paramus and offers injectables and facial and body treatments.

Survey Announced for Future of Hoboken Multi-Service Center

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After a public engagement session on March 9th, the City of Hoboken announced a survey for resident feedback on future plans for the Multi-Service Center. The building is located at 124 Grand Street and is the site of several City offices as well as programs for residents of all ages. To learn more about the project, go to hobokennj.gov/mscrevitalization.

Fire in Jersey Displaces Residents

Nine Jersey City residents were displaced from their homes following a fire, per TapInto. The fire began late in the night on Wednesday, March 9th. The fire in The Heights was exacerbated by high winds in the area. There were no injuries to the home’s occupants, but four cats were found deceased.

Cutting-Edge Medical Technology Company Plans Jersey City HQ

EpiBone Inc., a clinical-stage company that uses stem cells to grow bone material and cartilage, signed a commitment with the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. Per ROI-NJ, the agreement commits the company to move its headquarters to Jersey City and stay for 11 years in exchange for lucrative tax breaks. The company is expected to generate 90 jobs at its new space at 95 Greene Street.

Jersey City Project Approved on Second Try

A redevelopment project set to take place in the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood was approved by the Jersey City Planning Board after significant changes to the plan. Per the Jersey City Times, the original plan for the building located at Communipaw Avenue and Woodward Street was rejected when it was first presented in 2020. Citizen groups also sued the developer, but both the Planning Board and citizen groups call the new design a welcome departure from the original plan.

Hoboken Mayor Seeks Accountability for Water Main Break

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In a Nixle statement to the community, Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla updated residents on the aftermath of the water main breaks that resulted in the city not having water for over two days. “We intend to hold PSE&G fully accountable for their actions. In addition, as we communicated yesterday, PSE&G’s construction for their gas line upgrades have been suspended until further notice, until they present to our engineering office acceptable, additional safeguards that we will require to mitigate against any future errors on their part.”

Additional Jersey City Location Announced for Exchange Physical Therapy Group


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Jaclyn Fulop, co-owner of Exchange Physical Therapy Group, shared plans for a fifth location of the company on her Facebook page. The new space will be located in Jersey City Heights. The practice has two offices in Hoboken, one in Weehawken, and another in Downtown Jersey City.



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