• The Top News Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {May 27th, 2018}

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    Happy Sunday, Hudson County! Hopefully you’ve had a great holiday weekend so far {still one more day left, woo}, and are ready to catch-up on some popular news stories you missed amidst all the fun. From Golden Carrot’s sudden closing of their Hoboken location to Sweetberry Bowls Jersey City opening, a prom-night boat crash, Corto Jersey City soft opening, a Wheel of Fortune / Hoboken connection, and more, read on for your top news stories of the week in Hoboken + Jersey City {May 27th, 2018}:

    Jersey City “Obscenity Law” Expected to Undergo Reform

    Jersey City may be abolishing — or at least reforming — a 36-year-old law that says women must refrain from showing their breasts in public. The obscenity law was put in place in the 1980s in order to shut down a burlesque performer but now, the topless ban is undergoing an expected revision more in-tune to today’s current day and age. The new version is expected to remove female breasts from its definition of “the state of nudity.” The revision will only include genitalia below the waist. However, public nudity is still not to be tolerated, as “any street, avenue, highway, road, or waterway” is still considered a Jersey City public space and therefore will not tolerate obscene exposure below the waist.

    Sweetberry Bowls Is Coming to Newark Avenue in Jersey City

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    Sweetberry Bowls, a health food cafe which specializes in açai {and other flavored} bowls, smoothies, salads, and coffee, is coming to 179 Newark Avenue. Formerly The Fairy Tale Place, Sweetberry has myriad do-it-yourself options but also offers signature bowl and smoothie recipes like the Tiger Kiss Bowl, which features granola, mango, kiwi, pineapple, and honey toppings. DIY bowls are priced at $10, smoothies at $7 and salads $8.50. While it’s expected that Sweetberry will open this weekend, they will also open another location inside Newport Tower and be available at the Grove Farmers’ Market.

    Hoboken Bids Farewell to the Golden Carrot

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    The Golden Carrot is leaving Hoboken. The jewelry company’s final day, before it relocates to Charlotte, North Carolina, will be June 24th. No word yet on what will move into the vacant building. “The Hoboken location will always be the OG,” a representative for Golden Carrot wrote in a statement on Instagram. “While I’m sad to say goodbye to the city The Golden Carrot has called home for three years, I’m extraordinarily excited to bring the brand to a new location. Thank you for the tremendous love and support for all you have shown us!”

    Two Men Charged in Connection With Shooting at Ninth Street Light Rail Station

    Police have made two arrests in connection with a shooting that took place at the Ninth Street Light Rail Station in Hoboken last week. Anthony Aguilar, 19, and Zaire Batista, 18, were arrested each in their own homes. Batista was charged with criminal attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, and additionally, several drug-related crimes. Authorities charged Aguilar with criminal attempted murder, aggravated assault, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. No one was shot during the dispute, which took place on May 11th around 8:30PM, though several shots were fired. Aguilar and Batista were brought to the Hudson County Correctional Facility pending a hearing in Hudson County.

    Hudson Table Hosting Another Pop-Up Cafe in Hoboken

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    Hudson Table, the interactive culinary studio that offers home-cooked biscuits, a delicious quinoa grain bowl, and a decadent raclette sandwich {+ SO much more}, is back with its second-installation of the summer pop-up shop in partnership with bwè kafe. This time, the pop-up shop will run for seven full weeks, on Tuesdays-Fridays from 7:00AM-2:00PM. The pop-up, located at 1403 Clinton Street, Hoboken, features outdoor seating and closes June 15th.

    Corto Soft Opened This Weekend in Jersey City Heights

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    If you haven’t heard, Corto, brought to The Heights by one of the owners of Dozzino’s in Hoboken, is soft opening this weekend. The new Italian kitchen restaurant is located at 507 Palisade Avenue in Jersey City Heights. The new spot is currently taking reservations on Instagram here {so 2018!}. It’s unclear if they’ll be open following this weekend, but either way, welcome to the neighborhood, guys! Read more about the space here.

    New Vegan Restaurant Opening in Jersey City

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    For those who follow a vegetarian/vegan diet, more options are coming. More Life Cafe, a new vegan restaurant, has opened at 191 Mallory Avenue in Jersey City. Their menu features vegan garlic mash, meatless meatloaf, plant-based salads, and more. Click here to see more vegan spots in Jersey City!

    New Brunch Spot Tosti is Open on Washington Street

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    If you’re searching for a new breakfast spot, Hoboken’s got one. Tosti is officially open for business at 1024 Washington Street, the former uptown location of Charrito’s. It’s currently unclear as to whether or not Tosti has its liquor license but as the previous Charrito’s was BYOB, it’s likely that liquor will not be served at Tosti for brunch. Regardless, they do have a ton of breakfast favorites, including Belgian waffles, pancakes, avocado toast, and more. Make sure to stop by and check it out!

    Two Hoboken Residents to Appear on Wheel of Fortune This Monday

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    Chris Powell and Chris Clarke, friends and residents of Hoboken, are going to be on Wheel of Fortune’s “Best Friends Week” competing for some $$$$ and spinning the infamous wheel. Their episode airs this Monday, May 28, and they’re hosting a viewing party at McSwiggan’s in celebration. For those wondering how in the world to become a Wheel of Fortune contestant, Chris Powell shared exclusively with Hoboken Girl, “I applied to be on some time last summer and received an email back to come out and audition in NYC. They were looking for couples, teachers, Best Friends, etc. so we auditioned for Best Friends Week.” The dynamic duo originally hails from Tinton Falls and both moved to Hoboken in 2015. “Vanna White and Pat Sajak were a joy to be around and very friendly to all contestants. It was quite the experience.”

    Hoboken Wine House Is Allegedly Returning

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    Hoboken Wine House has been gone but not for long. Nearly three months after closing its doors on 1100 Washington Street, Hoboken Wine House now has signs in the window, letting customers know that it’s coming back as of summer 2018. On February 27, HWH announced on Twitter, “After 5 years in #Hoboken, it’s with great sadness that we will be closing our doors. Thank you to ALL our great customers! We would have loved to keep serving you for years to come.” It’s unclear if HBH is now under new ownership, however, most of the stock is still on the shelves from its previous closing months ago.

    What’s Coming to 401 Jackson Street?

    Seven lots between 401 and 411 Jackson Street in Hoboken might be up for revitalization. Plans for the rather large property between Jackson Street and Fourth are expected to be heard by the zoning board this week. The proposal includes a 44-unit development, restaurant, 21 parking spaces, and a 1,900 square-foot lobby that features elevator access and bicycle storage. Stay tuned as we find out more details!

    Wine Dads Hoboken is Officially Open

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    The new Hoboken wine-shop announced on their Instagram this week that they are officially open. The store has a large selection of wine, beer, and spirits. Wine Dads is located at 1330 Willow Avenue {right next to Trader Joes}, so for those who were disappointed that Hoboken’s TJs doesn’t carry wine, now you can pick some up next door.

    Two Boats Collide in Hoboken and Interrupt NJ Prom

    Prom night was interrupted for Weehawken high schoolers when two boats collided at the 14th Street Pier in Hoboken on Thursday. The prom was hosted on a nearby yacht when a 29-meter boat collided with a 34-meter boat. The Hoboken Fire Department arrived on the scene and Weehawken superintendent Robert R. Zywicki announced on Twitter that students were “safe and unharmed.” Hoboken EMS, Hoboken police, and the NJ State Police all arrived on the scene. No injuries were reported following the crash. More info here.

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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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