All the Must-Read Headlines You Missed in Hoboken + Jersey City This Week

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As we get closer and closer to the holidays, it’s totally understandable if you don’t have time to sit down and read up on the most recent local news. But today, grab a coffee, take a break, and let Hoboken Girl to catch you up on all the latest. In closure news, GP’s in Jersey City announced it will be closing in January. Hoboken also became the first New Jersey city to get Verizon’s 5G upgrade, a Hoboken restaurant was awarded a very important distinction from Yelp, and so, so much more. Keep reading to catch up on all the latest Hudson County news!

Tony Boloney’s Debuts Buddy the Elf-Themed Pizza Slice

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Everybody knows Tony Boloney’s is the go-to place for baby-sized specialty pizza slices, but now just in time for the holiday season, Tony B.’s is debuting a Buddy the Elf-themed slice. With all of Buddy’s favorite sugary fixings on top and incorporated into the {chocolate sauce} — spaghetti, chocolate, mozzarella, jam, peanut butter, maple syrup, marshmallows, icing, sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and crushed candy canes — the Buddy pizza costs $90. It’s available through the Slice app until December 24th.

Sources Say Hamilton Inn Bought GP’s in Jersey City

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Big closure news broke earlier this week when it was announced that GP’s in Jersey City will be closing its doors on January 5th, 2020. GP’s made the official announcement on Instagram, writing, “As of January 5th 2020, GP’s Hamilton Park will be closing and making way for new ownership. Sharing this journey for eight years has been wonderfully rewarding and heartfelt. We’ve decided to evolve the GP’s brand by going back to our roots and focusing on our original location @gprestaurants.”

The post continued, “So with love and gratitude, we say farewell and thank YOU for making it possible. It’s been a pleasure serving you; we hope to see you in Guttenberg!”

In light of the closing news, a source reached out to Hoboken Girl to say the Hamilton Inn has bought out GP’s and the restaurant is expected to remain Italian, based on early concepts for the new ownership.

Hoboken Becomes First New Jersey City to Get Upgraded to 5G Technology

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Hoboken has officially become the first city in the State of New Jersey to be upgraded to 5G connectivity as part of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. While Hoboken is the first city in NJ to be connected, it’s the 21st city nationwide to be outfitted with the network. Verizon said the network features “super-fast speeds, ultra-low latency, and massive bandwidth.”

While connected to the new 5G tech, residents should see faster speeds while on their phones. Particularly when it comes to videos. Verizon alleges that customers will be able to stream 4K videos with little-to-no buffering, experience FaceTime with virtually no lag or break-ups, and will be able to download large files quickly.

“New Jersey has a proud history of innovation, and today’s announcement regarding Hoboken’s expanded access to 5G is indicative of the upward trajectory of our state,” said Governor Phil Murphy in an official statement. “The expansion announced today is further evidence that we are committed to being one of the most connected states in the nation.”

There are a lot of contested views of 5G, however. Hoboken Girl first reported on the 5G towers this past July, as rumors of the 5G network being linked to health issues circulated and shared more info.

Jersey City Is Joining the Lawsuit Alleging that NYC Forces Homeless People to NJ Under SOTA Program

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Mayor Steven Fulop has announced that Jersey City plans to join a Newark lawsuit against New York City. The lawsuit alleges that New York City is using the Special One-Time Assistance program {SOTA} to forcibly relocate homeless people to New Jersey.

The controversial program relocated the majority of 2,226 homeless New York City families to Newark with the promise of one year’s rent. The lawsuit was originally filed in early December against NYC and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

SOTA pays for a year’s rent upfront for people who enter the program. New Jersey’s suit claims that SOTA “coerces” homeless people into moving to Newark and forces them to live in “illegal and/or uninhabitable housing.”

Mayor Fulop tweeted, “We’re joining onto the lawsuit from Newark against NYC for pushing their homeless population to NJ cities {including JC without communicating anything or providing proper support} that @NYCMayor plan is not solving the problem that is abdicating the responsibility.”

“We are all for working together on solutions in a transparent and open way that works for everyone but up till now the NYC program has been anything but that,” Fulop added in a tweet.

“Defendants, however, failed to inspect, or failed to adequately inspect, the apartments where defendants are coercing SOTA recipients to move into,” the civil action filed in Newark federal court alleges. “Defendants failed to provide a system to adequately hold participating landlords and real estate brokers accountable for illegal and/or uninhabitable housing.”

Newark seeks a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against New York City from “further implementation of the SOTA program in Newark,” civil action states.

Alfalfa in Hoboken Makes Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat in North Jersey List

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Alfalfa at 1110 Washington Street in Hoboken has made Yelp’s Top 50 Places to Eat in North Jersey list. While other North Jersey restaurants were recognized throughout the list — in Morris, Essex, Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Union, and Warren counties — Alfalfa was the only restaurant recognized in the Mile Square.

The salad and doughnut shop opened up in the Mile Square early in 2019 and originally started as a pop-up. Alfalfa offers everything from locally roasted Fair Trade coffee to salads, Huckleberry doughnuts, and burritos.

Additionally, Korai Kitchen {576 Summit Avenue, Jersey City}, Griot Cafe {434 Central Avenue, Jersy City}, Cafe Peanut {586 Newark Avenue, Jersey  City}, and Dorrian’s Red Hand {555 Washington Boulevard, Jersey City} also made the list of the Top 50 Places to Eat in North Jersey.

Congratulations to all the restaurants!

Sting Operation in Hoboken Tickets 15 Drivers That Didn’t Stop for Pedestrians in Crosswalks

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Last week, the Hoboken Police Department announced its launch of Vision Zero pedestrian safety and enforcement initiatives throughout the month of December. Mile Square PD rolled out a comprehensive pedestrian safety education and enforcement initiative, using plainclothes pedestrian decoys, meant to observe and stop motorists who violated traffic laws.

A week later, the police reported the official results, stating they have ticketed 15 motorists that didn’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

The first Holiday Pedestrian Decoy Traffic Initiative by the HPD Traffic Unit took place on December 13th and 15 motorists were cited for “failure to stop for a pedestrian.”

The initiative is part of Hoboken’s Vision Zero Campaign — the goal of which is to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries in Hoboken by the year 2030.

Bayonne Man Charged After Threatening Hoboken Bus Passengers

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A 30-year-old man from Bayonne has been charged after threatening to kill passengers on a bus in Hoboken last Sunday. As Randy Beato, 30, walked off the bus at 15th Street and Willow Avenue, he was met by police and arrested.

Hoboken Sgt. Luke Zeszotarski and Police Officers Christopher Barral and Liana Palladino responded to a report of an unruly bus passenger on 15th and Willow at approximately 6:09AM. Upon arriving on the scene, police witnessed Beato waving his arms and screaming at people on the bus, according to Hoboken Lt. Edgardo Cruz.

Beato was charged with “making terroristic threats” and “interference with transportation.” He has been processed and taken to Hudson County jail.

Jersey City Is Getting First New Jersey Sweet Green Location

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Popular salad chain Sweetgreen is planning to open its first New Jersey location in Jersey City. Opening at 90 Hudson Street near Exchange Place in Jersey City, Sweetgreen plans to open in Spring 2020, according to Jersey Digs.

Originally founded in Washington, D.C. in 2007, Sweetgreen has multiple locations throughout New York City — including Hudson Yards, Mid-Town East, Brooklyn, and more.

Hoboken Enacts Updated Plastic Bag Ban and Enforces New Styrofoam Regulations

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The City of Hoboken has announced an update to its plastic bag, which will take effect in March 2020. In addition to amending its plastic bag ban, Hoboken has also announced new regulations on Styrofoam — expanded polystyrene {EPS}.

An ordinance banning the use of all single service styrofoam products, as well as all carry-out plastic bags from foodservice and retail establishments, is scheduled to take effect on March 8th, 2020, according to an official press release. The ordinance was originally proposed by Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla and the Hoboken Green Team, and was adopted by the Hoboken City Council last August.

All products made from and with Styrofoam will no longer be permitted for sale at retail or food establishments in Hoboken as of March 8th, 2020. Such products include cups, containers, lids, closures, trays, plates, utensils, and napkins, and will not be permitted for distribution at retail or food establishments.

The new regulations seek to advance Hoboken’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and exceed the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Straws are not included in these new regulations.

As fas as the plastic bag ban, Hoboken now bans all carry-out plastic bags, including “reusable” plastic bags. All plastic bags will be prohibited at retail and food establishments as of March 8th, 2020. As it stands now, all single-use plastic bags are the only plastic bags prohibited.

Under this new ordinance, retail and food establishments will still have to make paper bags available to customers for a fee of 10-25 cents per bag. All proceeds from the fee will be collected by the retail or food establishment to offset the costs of the paper bags, just as before.

The following plastic bags are still allowed for free: produce bags, product bags {packaging}, bags for frozen foods, meat, fish, flowers, plants, or baked goods, pharmacy prescription bags, newspaper bags, laundry or dry-cleaning bags, and packages of multiple bags, including pet waste bags.

To get more info, you can visit http://www.hobokennj.gov/plasticbags.

City Council Unanimously Votes to Honor Victims of 1970s and 1980s Hoboken Fires With Tom Olivieri Park Memorial

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In a unanimous vote, the Hoboken City Council has voted to honor the victims of the 1970s and 1980s Hoboken Fires with a memorial plaque at Tom Olivieri Park.

In the 1970s and 80s, hundreds of arson fires across the Mile Square broke out, causing 55 Hoboken residents to die and misplacing 8,000 residents. The arsonists responsible for the fires were never convicted.

In one particular arson event on January 2nd, 1979, 21 people perished in the fires at 131 Clinton Street.

The Hoboken Fire Victims Memorial Project was founded in 2018 with the intention of honoring the victims. An official ceremony in which the memorial plaque will be installed at Tom Olivieri Park will take place sometime next spring. No official date has been released yet.

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Stephanie Osmanski writes honest things about health, the planet, and being a woman. Her words have appeared on Business Insider, Parade, Eat This Not That, Dogster, Scary Mommy, Green Matters, Parents, Seventeen, Life & Style, InTouch Weekly, and more. Her articles have been syndicated on World Economic Forum, MSN, MSN UK, and MSN Canada. In her free time, Stephanie and her registered therapy dog, Koda, volunteer at local hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities.