• Coming to Hoboken: 80 River Bar and Kitchen + More News You Missed

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    Hello there, Hudson County! Earlier this week, Hoboken Girl reported that a cereal-themed ice cream bar Milk + Cream is opening, LuluLemon announced its opening date, and the Mile Square officially adopted an ordinance that bans single-use Styrofoam. Now that it’s Sunday, there are even more headlines to report on.

    Here’s what you may have missed: a bunch of food trucks in Exchange Place were impounded for impending violations, Hoboken celebrates India Independence Day at City Hall, and Jersey City added new-and-improve CCTV cameras to its security fleet. Keep reading to discover all of the headlines you missed this week: 

    Hoboken Girl Hosting its First-Ever Reader Appreciation Day THIS Tuesday

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    Join the Hoboken Girl Team THIS Tuesday, August 20th from 4:30-7:30PM outside of Birch {92 River Street, around the corner from our office!} for our first-ever Reader Appreciation Day. We’ll be giving away exclusive HG swag to anyone that stops by including tees and tanks {that visitors can spin a prize wheel to win}, a number of giveaways from our advertisers, coupons, free class passes, and discount cards all for our readers. See you there!

    Busy Bee Organics’ Jersey City Storefront Opens

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    The long-awaited Busy Bee Organics storefront in the Jersey City Heights is officially open. As of Sunday, August 18th, the 451 Palisade Avenue shop has opened its doors to the public. In true Busy Bee fashion, the new shop will serve grab-and-go food options such as gluten-free bakery items, vegetarian/vegan-friendly bites, and more. Find out more about the new store here.

    Talde Announces Its Official Closing

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    Talde, an Asian-American restaurant that opened in Downtown Jersey City back in 2015, announced on Instagram that it is closing its doors. This closure comes months after Eater New York revealed the restaurant group behind Talde, Three Kings, had dissolved. Talde was known for its oyster + bacon pad thai and of course, its weekly drag brunch.

    Six Food Trucks in Exchange Place Impounded for Violations

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    Scandal in Exchange Place — six food trucks that regularly park in Exchange Place and operate out of the Jersey City location were towed away after being cited multiple violations. These violations included unpaid parking tickets, and violations due to sanitation, health, and traffic laws. According to Jake Hudnut, JC municipal prosecutor, each of the food truck owners must appear in municipal court this upcoming September and faces fines of up to $2,500 per day and 90 days of community service.

    Five of the six trucks have since been released after owners paid their outstanding parking ticket debts. Unlucky number six will stay impounded until the owner can produce proper insurance, license plates, and registration.

    “We took this action on behalf of the health and safety of our residents. The unsanitary conditions of these trucks were unsettling. We want to make sure our residents are eating healthy, well-prepared food,” Hudnut said. “If everyday, hard-working people have to obey traffic laws and pay their parking tickets, so do these businesses. There is no room for special treatment toward businesses in quality-of-life enforcement.”

    While all six names of the affected food trucks were not released, we do know of two: Halal Food and Rolling Cones of Newark.

    80 River Bar and Kitchen to Open in Place of Cadillac Cantina

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    Photo: Lara Cohn

    As of Friday afternoon in Hoboken, new signage up outside of Cadillac Cantina in Hoboken. A bar called “80 River Bar & Kitchen” appears to be opening in its place, from the same owners as Cadillac. On Instagram, Cadillac Cantina’s account changed over to this bar’s name as @80_river_bar_and_kitchen, and posted, “Big things are happening!! We are very excited to have you all come by and have a drink and some grub at Hoboken’s newest hot spot, just steps away from the PATH station! With the NFL season coming up, we are happy to announce that we will be the home of the NFC North division. So here’s a call to all of you Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions fans!!! We will have all of the NFC North games with sound on, in addition to all NFL action! Please share with your friends and feel free to contact us with any questions. Cheers!!”

    The new bar-to-be also shared that they’re hiring, and anyone interested can contact the manager at Texas Arizona {their sister bar}. No word yet on the menu or atmosphere updates, but we’ll share more as they get closer to opening.

    Community Invited to Meeting for Jefferson Park in Hoboken

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    The City of Hoboken and Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla are inviting all members of the Mile Square community to a meeting on Wednesday, August 21st to discuss the plans to renovate Jefferson Park in Southwest Hoboken. Located at 123 Jefferson Street, the proposals to renovate seek to update playground equipment, implement a new layout that maximizes the park space, and overall, give the park an upgrade.

    “In addition to acquiring new open space, upgrading our existing parks is an important priority,”  Mayor Bhalla said in a statement. “I invite residents to come out and provide input as we renovate Jefferson Street Park. Thank you to members of the Boys and Girls Club and HoLa for working with my administration on this important quality of life project.”

    Jersey City Pride Festival Looking for Hug-Loving Moms

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    The 2019 Jersey City Pride Festival Free Mom Hugs NJ event is going down on August 24th and needs your hug-loving moms. Are you a mom who loves to hug? Are you a dad, friend, and/or ally of the LGBTQ+ community? Jersey City Pride is looking for volunteers to sign up and participate in the most hug-loving parade festival of all time. Because everyone deserves a hug.

    You can apply to volunteer here but please make sure to do so by Monday, August 19th, 2019. A confirmation and schedule will be sent to all who sign up.

    To learn more about Free Mom Hugs New Jersey, check them out on Facebook. Free Mom Hugs is a non-profit organization for allies of the LGBTQ+ community. For the day of the festival, participation time will be in one-hour blocks between 1:00PM and 9:00PM.

    Riverview Farmers Market Hosting Annual Peach Pie Contest

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    On your marks, get set, start baking! The Riverview Farmers Market is hosting its 8th Annual Peach Pie Contest and Peachy Party, so get your apron and start a’ baking. On Sunday, August 18th at 10:00AM, the competition to find the best-baked peach pie kicks off. The competition is organized by the New Jersey Peach Promotion Council and pies and cobblers are the only recipes allowed; no other peach-based recipes will be accepted.

    Bakers must also use New Jersey peaches in their pies and cobblers. If you’re interested in participating, you can sign up here. You can do same-day registration by submitting your entry at the registration table. No entries will be accepted after 12:00PM.

    Judging begins at 12:00PM and prizes will be awarded to the contest winners at approximately 1:00PM. Prizes have been donated by local businesses and market vendors, including: Square 1, Mod Cup, Griot Cafe, Choc·O·Pain, Dark Side of the Moo, The Hutton, Guitar Bar, Froth on Franklin, The Cliff, Pholk Skincare, Erin Kumpf Acupuncture + Herbs, M+T Bank, Beloved World Yoga, Oh Honey, Buds + Blooms, English Thyme, and others.

    The first-place winner will have the opportunity to submit their winning entry to a regional contest {at a later date, to be announced} to compete for a grand prize. Visitors will be allowed to sample the pies after judging commences.

    The rest of the Peachy Party features fun, peach-themed events for both adults and children: free face-painting, vendors offering peach-themed items, and musical performances.

    RSVP to the event on Facebook here.

    Holland Gardens in Jersey City Could Be Redeveloped into High Rise

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    Holland Gardens, a public housing complex in Jersey City, might be redeveloped into a mixed-income high-rise as per new plans proposed by the Jersey City Housing Authority. Under the Holland Gardens Visioning Process, at least 500 units would be revamped with the goal of “better integrating” the current complex into its surrounding neighborhood. With so many local residential developments happening {or about to happen} in the area as of late, it’s no wonder HG is looking to renovate. {Especially since Holland Gardens was built back in 1944 and most of the people who live there have been residents for 10+ years.}

    According to the Holland Gardens Visioning Process report: “The existing conditions at Holland Gardens present significant challenges for both residents and JCHA. Apartments are very small, and none offer handicapped accessibility despite a significant number of residents who are seniors and/or disabled.”

    Part of the redevelopment plan calls for residents to be relocated during the construction process. Residents will, of course, be guaranteed a unit in the new-and-improved building.

    Hoboken Launches Sinatra Summer Streets AKA No Cars

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    Start walking, Mile Square. Hoboken is bringing back no-car Sundays, an initiative meant to encourage walking and maximize public space along the waterfront. Named Sinatra Summer Streets, the City has shut down Sinatra Drive on August 11th and August 25th in an effort to encourage less driving and more walking.

    On Sunday, August  11th, Sinatra Drive was closed between Newark and Fourth from 8:00AM-5:00PM. Then again on Sunday, August 25th, Sinatra Drive will shut down to motor vehicle traffic from 8:00AM-5:00PM from 4th and 11th Street and Sinatra Drive.

    “We are proud to bring back the popular ‘Sinatra Summer Streets’ to further expand our efforts to promote sustainable transportation and improve the quality of life for all residents,” said Mayor Ravi Bhalla in a statement. “Whether you want to go for a bike ride, take a walk with your family, or go for a jog, I encourage all residents to come out and enjoy our beautiful waterfront, free from vehicular traffic.”

    Shutting down these streets for the initiative also means there will be no available parking.

    Pow{h}er at Dineen Hull Gallery Features Art by 13 Diverse Women

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    The Pow{h}er Art Exhibition at Dineen Hull Gallery features artwork done by 13 creative and diverse women. As if that wasn’t enough, three of these artists — Jodie Fink, Zoë Sua Kay, and Judy Wukitsch — are Hoboken residents.

    Pow{h}er is an all-woman, contemporary exhibition that honors the women’s equality movement and the centennial anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage movement. On display until September 24th, the exhibition is curated by Michelle Vitale, HCCC Director of Cultural Affairs and local curator and Jersey City resident Kristin J. DeAngelis. All thirteen female artists showcased are artists of New Jersey and their work focuses on women’s issues — everything from immigration and infertility to LGBTQ+ issues, the body, and more.

    Featured artists include Caroline Burton and Jan Huling, both of whom recently exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum; Trix Rosen, whose photography was featured at MOMA in 2018; Ekaterina Abramova, Pam Cooper, Jodie Fink, Blond Jenny, Donna Kessinger, Lucy Rovetto, Theda Sandiford, Leslie Sheryll, Zoë Sua Kay, and Judy Wukitsch.

    The exhibition is totally free and can be found at the Dineen Hull Gallery, located on the top floor of the HCCC Gabert Library Building at 71 Sip Avenue, a block away from the Journal Square PATH.

    Environmental Groups Band Together to Oppose Ferry Facilityhoboken cove boathouse

    Fifteen environmental groups from New Jersey have created a united front in their efforts to oppose the ferry refueling facility that the New York Waterway is trying to bring to Hoboken. In a letter signed by all 15 and sent on August 8th, the advocacy groups asked Governor Phil Murphy for his support in their effort and to decide where the ferry facility should go instead.

    The letter reads:

    This site is the final missing link to completing the 30-year vision of a continuous publicly accessible waterfront along the Hudson River coast. The ferry operator plans to operate 18 hours a day, seven days per week, making an estimated 80 ferry trips daily to and from the depot. Most of these ferries operate with Tier 1 diesel engines, the most polluting class of marine engines. In addition, the city estimates that ferry crews commuting to work will be making 240 vehicular trips to the Hoboken waterfront.

    Exhaustive studies completed by NJ Transit {2009, Ferry Berthing and Maintenance Facility — Alternate Site Analysis} as well as the City of Hoboken {2018, Boswell Engineering} identified there are multiple sites more suitable than the Union Dry Dock at Hoboken Cove property. Both studies ranked first, by a considerable margin, the Hoboken Terminal, formerly known as the Erie Lackawanna Station. This 80-acre property, one of New Jersey’s premier multi-modal transportation hubs, is owned by NJ Transit and designated for transportation and maintenance purposes.”

    However, representatives for NY Waterway are not taking the claims lightly. In response to the letter, a spokesperson on Monday said, “NY Waterway’s plan protects the cove [and] adds a kayak launch and fishing pier, making the cove much more user-friendly than it has ever been.”

    For more on the latest updates on Hoboken’s Union Dry Dock, check out our post “What’s Going on With the Union Dry Dock in Hoboken?”

    JC Artist Wanted for All About Downtown Street Festival

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    Are you a Jersey City-based artist inspired by the urban landscape? The HDSID is looking for you to paint a commissioned painting for the All About Downtown Street Fair.

    The artist must arrive at the Street Fair by 2:00PM and take the necessary time to select a scene on Grove Street to sketch and paint. The painting does not have to be completed in full by the end of the day, but the sketch does.

    Interested? Send an email to Rachel.HDSID@gmail.com and include a brief intro of yourself and three sample images of your artwork that demonstrates proficiency in painting urban landscapes.

    Payment details will be provided once the artist is selected. Please spread the word to all your artist friends.

    Hoboken Celebrates India Independence Day Flag Hoisting

    Last Thursday, the City of Hoboken celebrated India Independence Day with a special flag-raising ceremony. Mayor Bhalla was present at City Hall for the flag hoisting. Bhalla also gave a few remarks, the India National Anthem was played, and Miss Rosette Capotorto and Dr. Sudeepta Varma were honored at the event.

    Jersey City Gets a CCTV Expansion — 58 New Cameras

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    As part of an ongoing effort to make Jersey City safer and put its residents at ease, JC has expanded its CCTV cameras— with the addition of 58 new cameras around town. With this new fleet of five-megapixel cams, Jersey City now has a total of 214 cameras citywide.

    “It is without question that the CCTV system h­­­­­as made our crime-fighting initiatives that much more successful,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop in a statement. “Working with the community, over the last three years we have completely revamped the previously outdated and unusable system with high-quality technology in strategic locations to advance our ultimate goal of maximizing public safety efforts citywide.”

    These cameras are said to be high-definition, so much so that they can capture clear images that will help police identify suspects. It’s the hope of Jersey City officials that these images can even be used as admissible evidence in court.

    Hoboken Launches Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign

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    In Hoboken, drive sober or you’ll get pulled over. That’s the name of a national anti-drunk-driving campaign that Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante and the Hoboken Police Department have joined. The campaign runs from August 16th to September 2nd and will see state law enforcement conducting sobriety checkpoints and pulling over motorists suspected of being impaired by alcohol or drugs.

    The Hoboken PD offers the following advice to locals:

    • If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
    • Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
    • Spend the night where the activity is held.
    • Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle. It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
    • If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

    During last year’s campaign, police agencies made 1,196 During While Intoxicated arrests.

    Tea on the Hudson Launches — HobokenGirl.com‘s New Podcast

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    Hoboken Girl has officially launched its podcast — Tea on the Hudson. Each week, we’ll be “spilling the tea” on all the local Hudson County happenings, as well as diving into some of our most frequently asked questions and local news. Stay tuned for next week’s episode here, but be sure to catch our first episode on iTunesAndroid, and Spotify.

    Got a news tip? Let us know — email us at hello@hobokengirl.com!


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    Steph Osmanski is a freelance writer who specializes in sustainability and health and wellness content. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.


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