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40 Hudson County News Stories You Missed This Week

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It’s been another busy week in Hudson County and there’s plenty of news to catch up on. Some highlights include: Hoboken Mutz-Fest returns; The Hoboken Girl launches a real estate directory; and Hoboken resident Derby Chukwudi competes for the Miss New Jersey USA crown. Read on for more.

The Local Girl Real Estate Listings — Live Now!

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Nobody loves living in New Jersey more than The Hoboken Girl + The Montclair Girl teams — but we also know that finding a home here is half the battle. To make home hunting that much simpler, our parent brand The Local Girl has launched a Real Estate Listings Directory. The directory is an ever-growing, curated list of real estate throughout New Jersey, from Hoboken and Jersey City all the way down to the Jersey Shore. Whether you’re looking for a new house, condo, rental, or you’re looking to list your property as a realtor or owner, we’re here to help you find your way home. Read on for more about our new Real Estate Directory + how to list your property.

Jersey City’s Latham House Announces Closure


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In an Instagram post, the team behind Latham House, located at 299 Marin Boulevard, announced the restaurant’s upcoming closure. The restaurant is now closed for lunch and will close entirely by mid-April. Chef Dan Latham will be moving to a new restaurant set to open in late April in the 3 Acres building, located at 400 Claremont Avenue in Jersey City. Read more in our story here.

Four Hudson County Roadway Projects Awarded $53.3 Million in Grants

The Board of Trustees of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) approved 19 projects totaling $188 million, making travel safer for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists throughout the region at its March 13, 2023 meeting. According to a press release,  there are four projects in Hudson County that will split the money.  The projects are JFK (Kennedy) Boulevard from Pavonia Avenue to St. Paul’s Avenue; JFK (Kennedy) Boulevard from Route 139 to Secaucus Road; JFK (Kennedy) Boulevard East from Main Drive to Palisades Triangle Plaza and Paterson Plank Road from Harrison Street to South Wing Viaduct; and Summit Avenue from Route 139 to Secaucus Road.

Owners of Battello in Jersey City to Open Event Venue in Monmouth County


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The owners of Battello, located at 502 Washington Boulevard in Jersey City, will open a wedding and events venue in Monmouth County, according to a social media post. The venue is called The Tilling House and it is located at 2000 Lowther Drive in Eatontown, NJ.  The facility is located on the grounds of the Suneagles Golf Course.

GTK to Open Next Month in Hoboken


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GTK, a new restaurant from the owners of Ghost Truck Kitchen in Jersey City, will open next month in Hoboken at 1401 Washington Street. Per Patch, this location’s ‘formal’ name is Go To Kitchen. It will serve a variety of international cuisines. For more, read our story here.

Bayonne’s Thai O’Briens is Not a Typical Irish Bar

A pub in Bayonne is being recognized for its fusion take on the menu, per NJ.com. Thai O’Briens, located at 478 Avenue E in Bayonne, has been in business since 2008, serving its unique mix of pub classics and Thai food. The Thai restaurant is in the front and the Irish bar is in the back.

Jersey City’s Mexican Food Saluted by Eater

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An article in the online publication Eater recognized Jersey City’s Mexican food scene in The Heights as something worth the trip. In the article, five restaurants were mentioned: Los Tres Chilitos, located at 465 Central Avenue; Taqueria Restaurant Oaxaca, located at 467 Central Avenue; Torta Truck, located at 413 Central Avenue; and Los Amigos, located at 385 Central Avenue; and Mike’s Restaurant, located at 602 Palisade Avenue.

NJ Devils Add Special Player to The Roster


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16-year-old Reilly Hoagland of Toms River was an honorary member of the Devils at the team’s game on Tuesday, March 14th. Per Patch, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Devils teamed up to grant Reilly’s wish of becoming a Devil. He was an honorary draft pick for the Devils during the 2020 NHL Draft. Reilly spent time visiting with players, getting hugs and autographs from his favorite players, and cheering on the Devils.

City of Hoboken Announces Court Street Rehabilitation Project

The City of Hoboken announced an ambitious plan to rehabilitate Court Street. Court Street is one of the original streets in the city: it was first designated in 1804.  The City is hosting a public information session on March 23rd. More information is available here.

AMC to Film The Walking Dead Spinoff in North Jersey

A series with the working title The Walking Dead: Summit will be filming in North Jersey later this year.  The show is being filmed at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, but filming will take place throughout North Jersey. Another spinoff, The Walking Dead: Dead City filmed throughout the state in 2022, including several locations in Hudson County. Read more here.

Plans Announced for Liberty State Park
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At a virtual open house meeting on Thursday, March 16th, the head of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection said that plans for the privatization of Liberty State Park would not move forward. Per NJ.com, the full details for the Park’s plans will be released next week at a public session, to be held at the CRRNJ Terminal Building on March 23rd from 6:30PM to 8PM. “Privatization of a public asset that is owned by no one because it belongs to everyone is not a thing, period, full stop,” said DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette.

Hoboken City Council Approves New Budget

Per Hudson County View, the Hoboken City Council preliminarily approved a new municipal budget that would include a 7% increase in taxes. The budget was approved on the first reading at the City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 15th. A controversial rent control amendment was also passed on the first reading at the same meeting.

New Stores Opening in Summer 2023 at Jersey City’s Newport Centre


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Three new stores have announced plans to open this summer at Newport Centre, located at 30 Mall Drive West. According to a press release, the stores include a new restaurant, an upscale sneaker store, and a tea shop. Kong Dog is a TikTok-famous joint serving up Korean-style corn dogs. A Sneaker City is known as the premier place to buy, sell and trade sneakers and streetwear. The store offers items from brands including Nike, Jordan Brand, Adidas, Essentials and more. Steepologie Teas offers the widest and freshest selection of tea available for shoppers to stop and refresh themselves. The retailer offers more than 250 fresh loose-leaf teas, over 50 bagged teas, teaware, gift packs, and more.

And Just Like That — Hoboken Mutzfest is Back for 2023

After thinking that the 2022 Hoboken Mutzfest may have been its last — it looks like this highly-anticipated event is back again for another year. The event will be held on Sunday, April 30th this year after being held in May last year for the 10th anniversary. Here at The Hoboken Girl, we are big mutz lovers, which means we’re looking forward to being able to enjoy this cheese-filled event for another year. Read on for what we know about Hoboken Mutzfest 2023.

Pure Barre Hoboken Announces Opening Date

Pure Barre Hoboken, located at 70 Hudson Street, Suite C2, announced its opening date. The fitness studio offers group workouts that focus on working the entire body using low-impact exercises in a 50-minute workout.

Jersey City’s Waterfront Project Receives Grant to Increase Resident Advocacy Services

The Waterfront Project, a Jersey City-based nonprofit that provides free civil legal representation, assistance and advocacy to asset-limited, income-constrained, homeless, or disenfranchised New Jersey residents, received a $1 million grant from Hudson County, according to NJ.com. The money will go toward hiring two new attorneys, an intake officer, and a housing counselor, and doing more outreach to vulnerable residents.

Two Jersey City Public Schools Get Digital Learning Labs

Two Jersey City schools are now home to Verizon Innovative Learning Labs, according to Jersey Digs. The labs are at Joseph H. Brensinger Elementary School (PS #17) and Mahatma K. Gandhi School (PS #23).  Students and teachers now have access to emerging technology including augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), 3D printing, and artificial intelligence (AI) through the project, which is a partnership among Verizon, Heart of America, and the J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute at Arizona State University.

Whole Spectrum Autism Announces Jersey City Celebration in Honor of Autism Acceptance Month

Whole Spectrum Autism Foundation, a Jersey City-based non-profit, announced two upcoming celebrations in Jersey City to honor Autism Acceptance Month. Per Patch, on April 4th, there will be a flag-raising ceremony at Jersey City Hall. Then, on April 7th, the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza will be lit up in blue to show support for people and caregivers of people with autism.

Jersey City Police Swear in New Officers in Ceremony

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Mayor Steven M. Fulop, City Council Members, Public Safety Director James Shea, Police Director Tawana Moody, and Jersey City Police Officers welcomed 15 recruits who recently graduated from the police academy to the Jersey City Police Department, according to a press release. The newest recruits include 10 Hispanic officers, four women, one Egyptian officer, and one of Guyanese descent. As a result of increased recruitment efforts, minority populations are now represented throughout all ranks department-wide.

Rally Held to Support Funding for NJCU

According to NJ.com, a rally was held this week at the Jersey City campus of New Jersey City University, demanding more funding from the state.  Local leaders, students, professors, and union leaders all participated. The school announced a cash emergency in June 2022, and a windfall from the state budget might not be enough to sustain its operations.

New Jersey Governor Announces Month-Long Music Festival


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Earlier this week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was joined by local leaders to announce the inaugural North to Shore Festival. The event will take place in three locations throughout the month of June: Atlantic City (June 7–11), Asbury Park (June 14–18) and Newark (June 21–25). The multi-media festival is designed to highlight the best that Jersey has to offer. Local favorites will be joined by global headliners including Halsey, Santana, the B52s, Remember Jones, Bill Burr, Jay Wheeler, Stephen Colbert with Jim Gaffigan, and dozens more.  In addition to musical performances, the festival will include stand-up comedy shows, thought-provoking conversations with leaders in business, technology and clean energy, and film screenings.

Mulligans in Hoboken is Irish Business of the Year

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Mulligans, located at 159 1st Street in Hoboken, has been named Hudson County’s Irish Business of the Year. Per Patch, the honor was bestowed at the county’s flag-raising ceremony on Wednesday, March 1st. Mulligans has been owned by Paul and Cyndi Dawson since 2000, when they founded the bar as a place to watch European soccer. Read more on this quintessential Hoboken Irish pub here.

Jersey City School Budget Proposed; School Tax Could Decrease

The Jersey City School Board presented its 2023-2024 budget this week, according to NJ.com. The proposal exceeds $1 billion, for the first time ever. At the same time, lower school taxes for certain homeowners were proposed, given that the district has a surplus of money from a budget surplus and the previous year’s grants. The school board will revisit the topic at its March 20th meeting.

New Radiology Center Opens in Hoboken

Hackensack Meridian Health and Hackensack Radiology Group opened a new imaging center located in downtown Hoboken, per Patch. The new facility is located at 5 Marine View Plaza, Suite 100. Several executives from Hackensack Meridian Health and local elected officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 9th.

Green Light for Secaucus Senior Center

Per NJ.com, the Secaucus Town Council voted unanimously to award the construction contract to build a new senior center, which will be located at 101 Centre Avenue. The project is estimated to cost $10.2 million in total, and will be completed by Summer 2024. The $6.1 million contract was awarded to Brockwell and Carrington Contractors.

$19 Million Approved by NJ Transit for Gateway Project Improvements


At a meeting on March 13th, the NJ Transit Board of Directors approved $19 million in payments to be sent to the Gateway Development Commission, according to NJ.com.  The Gateway project will cost $16 billion overall, and will build two new tunnels under the Hudson River. The $19 million will be collected in monthly installments per the agreement made between the Gateway Development Commission and the state of New Jersey.

Hoboken Officials Seek Feedback on Redevelopment Plan

At a meeting earlier this week, Hoboken officials shared plans with residents for an ambitious redevelopment project near City Hall, per NJ.com. The plan, called the Washington Observer Gateway Redevelopment Plan, envisions two new buildings, a pedestrian plaza, and potentially a performing arts center on a 70,000-square-foot, L-shaped block at Newark and Washington streets. More information, including materials from outreach sessions, is available here.

Jersey City Woman to Direct Opera Production

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Jersey City resident Michelle Rofrano will direct the City Lyric Opera (CLO) in its upcoming production of Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata. According to a press release, CLO is a female-founded and run company, and this season’s works all focus on highlighting underrepresented voices and perspectives. La Traviata will run from May 3rd through 6th, and tickets are available now.

Hoboken Boutique Brooke + Bel Announces Reopening After Basement Fire

Back in December, Hoboken boutique Brooke + Bel suffered damages from an electrical basement fire. While thankfully, no one was injured, the shop was forced to temporarily close for three months. We’re happy to share that local ladies Brooke Stowers and Samantha Belfer are officially reopening the doors to their beloved boutique. On Saturday, March 18th the shop will resume bringing some much-needed retail therapy to Washington Street — and is celebrating with a reopening party. Read more to learn more about Brooke + Bel and its temporary closure.

Hoboken Resident Competes for Miss New Jersey USA Title

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Hoboken resident Derby Chukwudi is ready to make a difference and slay the competition. With her infectious personality and killer talents, Derby is on a mission to empower other women and prove that dreams really do come true. Derby, who is originally from Nigeria and attended college in Kentucky, found her home in Hoboken in 2019 and has since become an active member of the community. Read on for our conversation with Derby.

Uniqlo Announces Opening Date in Newport Centre

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Japanese retailer Uniqlo has announced an opening date for its new Jersey City location. Per a press release, the store will host a grand opening celebration on Friday, March 24th beginning at 9:40 AM. The event will feature a Taiko drum performance, rooted in UNIQLO’s Japanese heritage, followed by a ribbon cutting in front of the store.

Jersey City Public Libraries Announce Partnership with The Flow Initiative

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The Jersey City Free Public Library has partnered with The Flow Initiative to end period poverty and give access to period kits and menstrual products to anyone in need. Starting Tuesday, July 6th, JCFPL will supply period kits and menstrual products at each branch. Each kit will include tampons, sanitary napkins, and cleansing wipes and will be available for pick up during curbside pickup hours. To get a kit, visit your nearest library location during business hours and ask a staff member for a kit.

Jersey City’s Art Fair 14C, Moves to Liberty State Park


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According to the Jersey City Times, the increasingly popular Jersey City Art Show 14C is moving to Liberty State Park for its 2023 iteration. The art show will take place October 12th-15th. The Jersey City Art and Studio Tour (JCAST) has merged with the event, and it will all be a part of what is being called Jersey City Art Week.

Hudson County Sherriff Arrests 45 in Sweep

The Hudson County Sherriff’s Office arrested 45 people with outstanding warrants during a county-wide sweep, per Patch. In a statement, Sherriff  Frank X. Schillari said, “It is our duty to protect and serve the community, and the recent arrests we have made are a testament to our commitment to keeping our streets safe. We will continue to work tirelessly to bring justice to those who break the law and peace to those who have been victimized.”

Jersey City Ranks High in Study on Hangover Cures

In a recently released survey by Lawn Love, Jersey City ranked 8th nationwide in a survey of best cities for a hangover cure. Jersey City ranked third for most alcohol and liquor stores per square mile, and fourth for most 24-hour drug stores per square mile. Read our list of the best local foods for a hangover.

Hoboken Mac&Cheese Festival is Back

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The Fourth Annual Hoboken Mac&Cheese Festival is back, according to a press release. The event will take place on March 25th from 1PM to 5PM. Nine local restaurants are participating the bar-crawl-styled event, including Napoli’s and The Stewed Cow. Tickets are required and are available here.

Hoboken Resident Launches Patient Support App


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Hoboken resident Zach Gotlib has released an app called SelfiHealth, according to a press release. SelfiHealth uses technology to connect individuals with others based on shared health concerns, as well as who they are as people (including interests, goals, gender, age, location, etc.), resulting in more meaningful relationships. It also connects these individuals with non-profits to obtain valuable information and resources from trusted organizations, including fact sheets, survivor stories, live events, group chats, and more.

The PWR of WMN in Business Summit Announced for North Jersey

The PWR of WMN in Business Summit on March 26th will feature local New Jersey & New York female founders to share their powerful stories on the grit and courage it takes to build a business from scratch. The Summit aims to be a platform for conversation that seeks to ignite, educate and celebrate all of those who attend. Attendees will network, receive key learnings, and support women-owned businesses as they sip and shop at the marketplace pop-up and enjoy a delicious brunch overlooking the NYC skyline. More information is available here.

Fourth Annual Hoboken State of the City Address Announced

In a press release, Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla invited community members to the fourth State of the City address, scheduled to air on Monday, March 20th, at 8PM.   The virtual address to the public will be broadcast on Hoboken’s Facebook and YouTube pages and will discuss various projects and initiatives in the City of Hoboken.  A Facebook or YouTube account is not needed to view the State of the City address.
Hoboken Facebook: www.facebook.com/Hoboken

Hoboken YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCuHJTFpgS-twjCsDGHD52Gg

Main Street Pops Artisan Market Returns to Hoboken

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The Artisan Market underneath the 14th Street viaduct returns to Hoboken on Sunday, March 19th. According to a press release, the market hosts a diverse selection of local artisans and makers offering handmade creations such as art, photography, jewelry, fashion, home and lifestyle accessories, artisanal food, pet products, and much more. The monthly outdoor market will take place from 11AM – 4PM on the third Sunday of each month throughout the year, except for June which will be on the 25th.

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