• Top News Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {June 3, 2018}

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    Happy Sunday, Hoboken and Jersey City! May brunch be with you during this stormy, warm weekend. Our beautiful cities are alive and it’s clear just by walking the streets that summer is close. So much happened this week — from the grand openings of a new dessert shop and Wine Dad’s to the Union City Pool releasing its summer hours, dive into our latest news roundup of what’s going on in Hoboken and JC. Happy reading!

    Hoboken Parking Utility Releases Parking Map

    Attention all those with a car in Hobo: your life just got WAY easier thanks to Hoboken Parking Utility. HPU recently released a temporary no parking sign map that details all of the areas throughout town that currently display a “no parking” sign. The detailed map includes a key with three different kinds of markings: a red sign indicates current no parking locations, while a yellow sign denotes a likely future no parking location, and orange provides drivers with parking garage locations. Get access to the mobile parking map here!

    Jersey City Looking to Buy Bayfront Site

    In ongoing efforts to provide actionable renovations to Jersey City, JC Mayor Steve Fulop is considering purchasing the 100-acre Bayfront site on the Hackensack River waterfront. Fulop proposed a $180 million plan to bring more affordable housing to the west side. With the Bayfront quickly becoming one of JC’s largest neighborhoods, the space located by the Hudson Mall would cost $105 million to buy, plus $80 million for a new infrastructure.

    Fulop told council members it was, “the most ambitious and the most aggressive [plan] but also I think bears the most positive results for the future of the city, ultimately.”

    Wine Dad’s Hosts Their Grand Opening Weekend

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    Wine Dad’s is officially open! Located adjacent to Trader Joes at 1330 Willow Avenue, the new Wine, Beer, & Spirits Store is hosting a weekend-long event to celebrate their grand opening. Visitors can expect samples of craft beers, local spirits, and of course, some bubbly.

    Sugarsuckle’s Hoboken Shop is Now Open

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    There’s more desserts to go around for Hobokenites now that Sugarsuckle just celebrated its grand opening. The dessert shop, found at 600 Newark Street in Hoboken, is gearing up to host some exciting events in June including a buttercream terrarium DIY for ages 16+ {Tuesday, June 19} and an Ice Cream Social {Saturday, June 23} for kids, ages 3 to 12.

    Jersey City Theatre Center Honors Bill LaRosa

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    The Jersey City nonprofit arts organization will use its 12-year celebration to honor former Hudson County Cultural and Heritage Affairs Director Bill LaRosa. The JCTC board of directors will award LaRosa with the Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Culture Award, who, now retired, will be the first-ever recipient of the honor. The award represents LaRosa’s instrumental help in ensuring the arts flourish so they can have a positive social and economic impact on communities. The celebration will take place at White Eagle Hall on June 26 from 6:30PM to 10:00PM and includes an open bar, hors-d’oeuvres, and live jazz complimentary of The Hudson Banks Trio. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased here.

    Union City’s Pool Is Open

    It’s finally summer and the Union City pool is open again! Located at Palisade and 9th Street, the pool includes an observation deck, a kiddie pool, and a lap pool. While anyone can visit the observation deck, photo ID is necessary if you’d like to gain entrance to one of the pools. Check out parking options and the pool’s hours here. According to their website, as long as you have a Hudson County ID, you can get in.

     

    Madd Hatter Opens on Washington Street

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    Following the recent closure of 1 Republik, Madd Hatter has now opened its doors at 221 Washington Street in Hoboken. The sports bar and restaurant features tons of specials {you can find a full list at their website} including Thursday Ladies Nights, Hoboken Appreciation Day for Civil Service Employees, and $6 margaritas on Taco Tuesdays.

    Restore Health Bar & Juicery Opening on 1st Street

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    Make way for green juice, nitro brew, smoothie bowls, and more: Restore Health Bar & Juicery is finally coming to First Street. While a set date hasn’t yet been confirmed, Restore’s Instagram bio alleges that a location is opening very soon and a recent IG post states they’re currently hiring. According to their website, Restore offers everything from coffee to smoothies to avocado toast.

    Maggie’s Place in Hoboken Is For Sale

    According to a new Trulia listing, Maggie’s Place, the fan-favorite dive bar at 87 Jefferson Street, has been officially put up for sale. The 25 x 100 lot is mixed-use, which means it’s both a legal three-family residence and commercial bar and restaurant. The liquor license is allegedly included in the price, which is currently listed at $2.7 million.

    Jersey City Accepting Ideas to Improve Safety Conditions

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    An open house was hosted earlier in the week to get feedback on Jersey City residents’ ideas for Grand Street concept development. As part of its renovation initiative, JC is looking to improve safety on Grand Street and is open to hearing input from the public. The Concept Development Study is meant to identify “advanced street redesign techniques to enhance safety conditions along Grand Street.” This would hopefully improve conditions for all — drivers of cars, cyclists, pedestrians, and public transportation users.

    Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic Held at Liberty State Park

    The 11th annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic was held at Liberty State Park yesterday where attendees picnicked and enjoyed champagne while watching a live Polo match.

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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.