Jersey City’s FM Bar + Lounge to Close + More News You Missed

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With the holidays in full swing, you might have been too busy earlier in the week to keep up with all that’s going on locally in Hoboken and Jersey City. Luckily, Hoboken Girl is here to lay everything out for you now that you have some time to relax with a glass of wine or cup of hot chocolate and revel in that post-Thanksgiving feast stupor. {Feet up, Netflix on!}

But in between your binge-watching of Friends episodes, scroll through to read up on the top headlines of the week. Keep reading for more Hudson County headlines you missed this week!

Jersey City’s FM Bar + Lounge to Close

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Sad news, Jersey City. JC’s FM Bar + Lounge will be closing at the end of January. According to NJ.comFM’s Tony Susco broke the news to lovers of the locale on Tuesday evening. He revealed that the spot will be closing its doors by the end of January. FM Bar + Lounge is located at 340 3rd Street, Jersey City and is set to host its final live show on January 31st. FM was known for being a local music venue + club. FM, you will be missed.

Holland Tunnel To Get New Holiday Decorations This Year, Amidst Last Year’s Controversy

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The Port Authority of New Jersey and New York is decking the halls this year, only they’re doing it with last year’s holiday decor debacle at the forefront of their minds. This year, the Holland Tunnel — which connects Jersey City directly to Manhattan and hosts a slew of commuters daily — will be getting new decorations. A larger tree decoration will be placed over the “A” in “Holland” and two circular wreaths will be placed over the “O” in “Holland” and “U” in “Tunnel.” 

You may recall that in December 2018, a former Hoboken resident named Cory Windelspecht launched a petition to change the decorations. At the time, the tree-shaped decoration covered the letter “N” in “Holland” and Windelspecht argued it would be a more appropriate fit if hung over the “A.”

After Windelspecht’s petition received 600 signatures, the Port Authority Board ruled to change the decorations that year. This year, the decorations will reflect the wishes of Windelspecht, the 600 signatures he garnered, and the thousands of people polled {21,000 in total} who agreed the tree decor would look better over the “A.”

That’s not all that’s new this year; a menorah will also be added into the mix. Commuters will be able to spot the menorah adjacent to the toll plaza on the New Jersey side of the tunnel. The new-and-improved holiday decor is set to go up this upcoming Monday, December 2nd.

Sushi By Bou Announces Omakase Speakeasy Location at Ani Ramen

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Not too long ago, Hoboken Girl broke the news that an omakase sushi speakeasy was coming to town and we can now officially confirm that Sushi by Bou is coming to the back of Ani Ramen in Jersey City. From The Simple Venue and Montclair Hospitality Group, Sushi by Bou omakase speakeasy experience is a collaborative effort set to open at Ani Ramen this month {December 2019}.

Patrons at Sushi by Bou get one-on-one time with their Chef in a secluded, eight-seat Japanese biergarten-themed space, accessible only through a door to the rear of Ani Ramen. The timed omakase experience takes 60 minutes, features 12 pieces, and has a price point of $50 per person. Patrons can expect fresh fish, sake, signature cocktails, Japanese beers, whiskeys, and for their meal to be served directly from the chef.

Updates on Holiday Parking, Transportation, and Other December Events in the Mile Square

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The Holiday Hop weekend service and free parking in garages on weekends are some convenient holiday-themed benefits locals can take advantage of around this time of year. Both initiatives begin on Small Business Saturday, which is Saturday, November 30th, and to top it all off, the City will host family-friendly events including a holiday craft fair, banding concert, and tree-lighting event in December.

The City will offer free Holiday Hop services on weekends from 11:00AM-7:00PM, starting November 30th. The Holiday Hop  price points continue until Sunday, December 29th. The Holiday Hop route will operate between Hoboken Terminal and 14th Street along the NJ Transit 126 bus route. Riders can track the real-time location of the Holiday Hop using the SmartTraxx app.

Parking in garages on weekends will also be free in municipal garages B, D, and Midtown for up to four hours per day on weekends. This also begins Saturday, November 30th and lasts until Sunday, December 29th. To redeem free parking in municipal garages B, D, and Midtown, drivers must show the garage attendant a receipt showing the purchase of at least $20 from Hoboken shopping or dining establishments or, the City Holiday Craft Fair on December 7th and 8th, of course.

The Hoboken Christmas Tree Lighting will take place Monday, December 2nd from 5;00PM-6:30PM in front of City Hall. The event will feature performances by students, ensembles, bands, choruses, and will even feature a special appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.

On December 7th and 8th you’ll see Hoboken City Hall transformed into the Hoboken City Hall Craft Fair at 94 Washington Street. Three floors of City Hall will be open to the public and feature unique handcrafted gift items by local artisans. You’ll also find treats and refreshments provided by Baking Mama and Mrs. Claus will offer face painting for children.

The Holiday Banding Concert is on Sunday, December 15th at 5:30PM at the Hoboken Elk’s Club at 10th and Washington. Local bands and musicians will perform holiday classics. Admission is $10. Proceeds go to support the Movies Under the Stars outdoor summer series.

7 Seventy House Wins ULI-NNJ 2019 Excellence Award for Sustainable Development

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Hoboken’s own 7 Seventy House has been recognized with the Urban Land Institute-Northern New Jersey 2019 Excellence Award for Sustainable Development.

Anyone taking the ferries from Harborside to Brookfield Place will be brought two blocks to Paulus Hook.

“This isn’t about me,” Obreez added. “I just want to see people feel good from this. That’s what’s important.”

Obreez recently recorded his song “Jungle” with Stupid Young, which was shared by Snoop Dogg’s YouTube channel.

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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.