• Why Justin Bieber Visited Hoboken + News From the Week

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    There’s so much to recap this week in both Hoboken and Jersey City alike. For starters, the Mile Square has announced plans to alleviate the chronic flooding in Hoboken’s more prone areas and a new upscale Mexican restaurant opened up in Jersey City. But the news that took the cake this week was Justin Bieber made a quick trip to Hoboken, which apparently won’t be his last. All this and more below — here are your top news stories of the week in Hoboken and Jersey City:

    Justin Bieber Came to Hoboken on Friday for a Workout

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    {Photo via @amanda_duimstra}

    You’ve probably heard by now that Justin Bieber was in Hoboken on Friday. The reason? He’s taken up boxing — at none other than Hoboken’s UFC Gym on the waterfront. He had a private 2-hour session with Rich Van Houten, according to a staff member at the gym. His wife, Hailey Bieber {née Baldwin} was with him watching the workout. The two tried to avoid paps, but our readers were too quick for them {shoutout to Amanda for sharing these photos}! Word on the street is he’ll be back soon, as this was his first boxing session with Rich, but he’s looking to work out here routinely. Guess who just got a new gym membership at UFC…

    Hoboken Finally Ready to Fix Chronic Flooding at 9th + Madison

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    Chronic flooding has been an issue at 9th and Madison Streets in Hoboken for some time now. Finally, the City of Hoboken has announced plans to fix the chronic, problematic flooding that on more than one occasion has forced cars to float, rather than drive. A new statement from the City and Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla contends that, “The intersection of 9th and Madison is an area that often floods during heavy rainstorms due to poor drainage and sewer deficiencies.” Additionally, the statement alleges that Mayor Bhalla enacted plans last year, calling on the North Hudson Sewerage Authority to examine opportunities to improve the infrastructure of this high-priority flooding area.

    As a result, the City has announced plans to replace the sewer on Madison between 9th and 11th Streets, replace the inlets on Madison between 9th and 11th Streets, between Madison and Monroe Streets, and 11th and Madison and Monroe Streets. Plans also include elevating roadways, curbs, and sidewalks.

    The City’s official statement continued, “These improvements will direct rainfall into the sewer system and convey it to a trunk line in 11th St., mitigating the recurring rainfall flooding in the area. The project will also upgrade the water mains on all three roadways, which are included in the City’s Water System Renewal Plan.”

    Members of the public are invited to a community meeting where infrastructure upgrades at 9th and Madison Streets will be discussed. The meeting will be on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30PM at the Hoboken High School cafeteria {located at 800 Clinton Street}. All members of the community are welcome.

    Los Cuernos Upscale Mexican Restaurant Opens in Jersey City

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    Another grand opening in Newport JC: Los Cuernos, a new business venture from the owners of Taqueria Downtown, has officially celebrated its grand opening as of February 15th. Located at 499 Washington Boulevard in Newport, Los Cuernos comes after 13 years of Taqueria’s Jersey City business. The new location promises the same “home-made goodness” as well as “many new additions” to Taqueria’s traditional menu. Happy Hour is from 4:00PM-6:00PM daily and margaritas are always a-flowin’.

    Gold Roast to Open Space in FLYNON Terminal in Kearny + More Expansions

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    {Photo courtesy of @goldroastcafe}

    Exciting news for lovers of Hoboken’s own Gold Roast, an Australian-inspired coffee shop that serves specialty coffees, fresh foods, and desserts. Gold Roast will be opening a space inside the FLYNON terminal at Kearny Point. The space should be open and running by February 27th.

    Additionally, Gold Roast has more expansions to look forward to. As well as joining the Kearny location, Gold Roast will also be opening in the West Village of Manhattan in the near future. Stay tuned for West Village Gold Roast updates on their Instagram.

    Hoboken’s Carpe Diem Makes it on List of NJ’s Coziest Restaurants

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    {Photo courtesy of Carpe Diem Pub + Restaurant via Facebook}

    Congratulations to Hoboken’s own Carpe Diem, a local restaurant that has been recognized as one of New Jersey’s top 32 coziest restaurants. Established back in 2006 {and located at 1405 Grand Street in Mile Square}, Carpe Diem has an old-school vibe and features famous faces on the wall like John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Albert Einstein, and Babe Ruth. The article also hailed Carpe Diem’s grilled steak sandwich, shepherd’s pie, braised short ribs, and “hearty homemade soups.”

    #EatWithNeighbors Is a New Local Campaign Designed to Share Meals With New Neighbors

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    {Photo courtesy of Connect via Facebook}

    And they say people in the city never get to know their neighbors. Enter #EatWithNeighbors, a new local campaign designed to encourage Hoboken residents to get to know their newest neighbors and share a meal together.

    Forged by a group of Hoboken Residents, the goal of the campaign is to share 200 dinners {or coffees for those caffeine addicts out there} with new neighbors in 2019.

    “We have been sharing a monthly dinner with our neighbors in Southwest Hoboken for the last 23 months, average 100 people per dinner, but we have found that there is a need to go deeper in a smaller group setting — as that is where the true bonds form,” Grant Sahag, co-founder of #EatWithNeighbors tells Hoboken Girl in an email. “And these bonds are forming between people from diverse backgrounds and those that normally would not have spent time together.”

    Rebuild by Design Project Will Expand Harborside Park

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    {Photo courtesy of Mayor Bhalla}

    With the Rebuild by Design project offering Hoboken a $230 million budget to reduce flood risk, residents will be getting a new and expanded Harborside Park {located at 15th and Garden Streets}.

    “This new park will expand our existing waterfront park and add two additional acres of open space, with above ground flood infrastructure to protect from storm surge,” Mayor Bhalla said in an email.

    The park is made up of three new concepts: Bloom, Meadow, and Ridge. The Bloom {a rendering of which is pictured above, courtesy of Bhalla’s email newsletter} includes a play area, garden terraces, outlook, open lawn area, dog park, active use area, and waterfront boathouse plaza. The Meadow includes play area, garden plaza, open lawn area, dog park, active use area, multi-use plaza, and waterfront boathouse plaza; the Ridge includes a play area, lowland walking path, elevated walkway with overlook, dog park, active use area, and waterfront lawn.

    “The park’s open space amenities and elevated features will fit in with a natural landscape of the new park, preventing storm surge from reaching our streets,” Bhalla continues. “This will be one of the first parks in the country to combine a natural park with innovative above ground flood infrastructure to protect from coastal flooding, our “parks as defense” strategy.”

    A public meeting was held last Thursday to discuss feedback on the three proposed designs. Anyone who did not attend the event is encouraged to email Mayor Bhalla with thoughts and feedback.

    NY Waterway Ceases Work on Union Dry Dock

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    {Photo credit: Twitter}

    The New York Waterway has ceased work on the Union Dry Dock ferry maintenance. Mayor Bhalla announced the news on Twitter, alerting his followers that a stop-work order was issued.

    “Thx to the assistance of @GovMurphy’s office, NY Waterway agreed to cease ferry maintenance on Union Dry Dock in response to stop work order issued today,” Bhalla tweeted. “We look forward to working cooperatively w/ Gov’s team to find solution that advances the best interests of Hob residents (sic).”

    Expect a Union Dry Dock update shortly!

    Final Image Rendering of Jersey City’s Hilton Hotel Released

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    {Rendering by KABR Group}

    The KABR Group, the company behind Jersey City’s new Canopy Hotel by Hilton, has released its final image rendering of the upcoming hotel space. Back in 2018, KABR and Kattera, the construction company handling the job, broke ground at 159 Morgan Street, but Jersey City residents were still unsure what to expect from the new Hilton Hotel development.

    Canopy by Hilton will feature 211 rooms, 10 total stories, and will feature 6,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. With retail space situated on the ground floor, hotel guests will have to access the hotel lobby at the second floor. An elevator at street level is expected to connect guests to the second-floor lobby space.

    The new Canopy by Hilton franchise has about 30 other hotel locations in the works, the first of which debuted in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2015.

    Mint Market Reopening in Hoboken

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    First, the Jersey City Mint Market location reopened and now the Hoboken location is following suit. Mint Market {at 303 1st Street in Hoboken} is known for its racks of vintage clothes and accessories and pretty soon, it’ll be known for its new makeover as well {having moved next door}. The Mile Square’s Mint Market switched locations, and will have a sister store opening alongside it called “Willow Rose” — dedicated to activewear and wellness. ZStay tuned for a first look inside, coming soon!

    Jersey City Banning Disposable Plastic Bags June 2019

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    {Photo courtesy of @briandavidplatt}

    According to Business Administrator and Chief Operating Officer Brian David Platt, Jersey City is preparing to unroll its plastic bag ban this upcoming summer. Following in the steps of Hoboken {which recently enacted its plastic bag ban in January 2019}, Jersey City will go the reusable bag route starting June 2019.

    “Jersey City bans disposable plastic bags starting June 28th,” Platt wrote on his Instagram account. “We will be giving out thousands of reusable bags like this one to residents and businesses to help reduce this very harmful type of waste.”

    More information on Jersey City’s plastic bag ban {and how to score a free reusable bag from the City} here.

    Antique Bar + Bakery Appears on Cooking Channel Show

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    {Photo courtesy of @antique_bar_bakery}

    The best steaks on Willow Avenue are undoubtedly found at Antique Bar + Bakery in Hoboken {located at 122 Willow}. We may know that here in Mile Square, but now, thanks to an appearance on the Cooking Channel’s TV show Late Night Eats, soon the world will know it, too.

    The episode at Hoboken’s steakhouse premieres on Tuesday, February 19th at 9:30AM. Set your DVRs!

    Hoboken Girl to Host Unplugged: Find a Girl {Friend} Social Event

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    Hoboken Girl is hosting a girlfriends networking event on Wednesday, February 27th at the Kolo Klub and this event is unlike any other we’ve thrown before — it’s UNPLUGGED. Not only can gals come to meet new friends and mingle, but no phones; just connections.

    Attendees will be treated to a night of drink specials {and 1 free drink!}, light bites, giveaways, and tons of fun. We’ll play exclusive Hoboken Girl BFF Bingo and get to know our local lady friends.

    A ticket gets you one free drink, drink specials throughout the night, bites from the Kolo Klub, participation in our ’90s Passport: Hoboken Girl edition, coupons and goodies from local vendors, and a chance to win the Ultimate Hoboken Girl {Friend} Giveaway plus two tickets to a Kolo Klub Wine Tasting. Work it Out fitness studios is also giving all attendees 1 FREE class! {More giveaway opportunities from local vendors TBA soon.}

    Interested? You can get your ticket here.

     

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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer and social media consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared in Seventeen, Life & Style, Darling Magazine, and more. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton and writing a memoir.


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