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The Top Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories of the Week {11/11/2018}

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Good morning and happy Sunday, Hoboken and Jersey City! We certainly hope you are staying warm as the temperature continues to drop. A few things to get you started: Hoboken’s own yellow brick road is getting a makeover, the former Makeovers spot will soon be home to a new salon, and Northern Soul {finally!} introduced vegan pizza slices for all you Hoboken plant-eaters out there. All this and more below — here are your top news stories of the week in Hoboken and Jersey City!

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Hoboken’s Own Yellow Brick Road Getting Historic Renovation

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Few residents know that if you follow the Yellow Brick Road in Hoboken, it leads to Elysian Park. Castle Point Terrace, which stretches from 8th Street to Elysian Park, is just that — Hoboken’s own Yellow Brick relic. The yellow brick path, located on the side street by Stevens Institute of Technology, dates back over a century. Now, it’s getting a makeover.

“Makeover,” though, may be the wrong word. The City of Hoboken is moving forward with a historical renovation project called the Castle Point Terrace Historic Rehabilitation Project. It seeks to improve the road’s current “poor condition,” by serving “complete reconstruction.”

New Business Coming to Former Makeovers Spot

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Is a new salon coming taking over the former Makeovers spot on Washington Street? The windows have been blacked out with paper and a new signage suggests “IM Beauty Salon” is coming to the location soon. More to come as the story develops!

Chef Tan Coming to Newport in Jersey City

Downtown Jersey City is gearing up to welcome Chef Tan to Washington Boulevard. The Asian restaurant is slated to move into the 558 Washington Boulevard location, AKA the former Confucius Asian Bistro. CAB closed last year though there have been rumors it might come back.

Chef Tan is an Asian-influenced restaurant that also has another location in Highland Park. Their menu includes Sichuan and Hunan style dishes, both authentic Chinese food styles not served anywhere else in Jersey City. For those looking for more Americanized Chinese food, one particular section of the Chef Tan menu is dubbed just that.

Gunshots Hit a Jersey City Police Car Last Weekend

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An investigation is currently underway after an incident of gun violence left a Jersey City police car struck by bullets. Last Sunday, a Jersey City Police Department vehicle was hit by a bullet near Ocean Avenue and Wilkinson Avenue around 8pm. “The passenger door of a police vehicle was struck by gun shots,” JC Spokesperson Ashley Manz revealed.

The incident occurred nearly 40 minutes after JC police responded to a “shots fired” call.

Hoboken Votes to Reinstate Runoffs for Elections


According to the Hudson County Clerk’s Office, 74% of Hoboken voters picked ‘yes’ on the ballot question about runoffs. Over 14,607 ballots were cast. Runoffs mean candidates for mayor and council will not be elected unless they receive a majority of votes (over 50%).

Hoboken voters previously eliminated runoff elections in 2012 with over 50% of the votes in favor of eliminating such a system, but recent Council actions have led to the ballot question appearing in next week’s elections. This past February, the City Council voted to add a referendum to this year’s ballot that will seek voter approval to reinstate runoff elections. At the time, the council also voted unanimously in support of instant runoffs, which is a system that allows voters to rank candidates in the voting booth in real-time.

The HUB’s Landlords Prevail in Eviction Case

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The HUB has officially been evicted from its space downtown. “Mario Fini and Dian Fini are pleased to have prevailed in the eviction of HUB, which failed to honor its lease obligations,” a statement on their website read. Mario and Dian even included pictures of the HUB’s eviction notice. “We are glad HUB will never open again,” she stated.

The Hudson Place nightclub was shut down indefinitely after videos of lewd sex acts at the bar were shared online. The ABC Board originally filed 15 charges against the liquor license holder before tacking on an additional 20 charges that stemmed back as far as January 2016.

“We look forward to finding a new tenant who will contribute positively to the Hoboken community in this beautiful space located directly across the street from the Hoboken PATH, NJ Transit trains, ferries, and Light Rail,” the Finis added.

JC Residents Be Aware: Electric Bill Scammers Targeting Jersey City Heights

According to a recent reddit post in a Jersey City thread, there have been several complaints about electric bill scammers targeting the residential areas of Jersey City Heights. In some instances, reddit users describe the scammers as identifying themselves as “PSE&G employees,” while other reddit users describe the scammers as pretending to work for “companies that stabilize your electric bill.” In all instances, reddit users report the scammers as asking to see the resident’s utility bills.

Hoboken Girl Team Wins ‘Innovator of the Year’  Award at Chamber of Commerce Dinner

{+ More Winners Announced!}

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The Hoboken Chamber of Commerce hosted their 7th annual awards dinner this past Thursday evening at the Elks Lodge in Hoboken. Among the winners: the Hoboken Girl team for ‘Innovator of the Year’ as well as Quality Greens Kitchen for ‘Best New Business’, and Charrito’s for Restaurateur of the Year. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Northern Soul Hoboken Introduces Vegan Pizza

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Looking for a new spot to try some vegan pizza? Northern Soul has your back, even if you’re living that #PlantBased life. “We’re stoked to officially introduce our latest venture: Vegan pizza,” NS wrote on Instagram. The IG post says there are five different pies available for vegans.

Delivery is until 1AM every night, and vegan pizza can be ordered by calling 201-656-3026.

One Sol Celebrates Grand Reopening in Hoboken

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One Sol on 1125 Maxwell Lane — the former spot of No. 18 boutique and wellness — is celebrated its grand reopening on Thursday, November 8. The premiere lifestyle boutique is officially open to the public now, and is owned by local resident Marisol Page. Shoppers can explore their own personal wellness at One Sol — through classes, workshops, and other public gatherings. Clothes and other wellness products will also be available for purchase in addition to the wellness classes and workshops. Head to our Instagram for an exclusive giveaway with OS!

Hoboken Thief Caught on Camera Stealing Residents’ Wreath & Planters

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Hoboken has a wreath thief. A local resident submitted this video to us {and subsequent screenshot} of an unidentified woman walking onto their porch, looking around, and then nabbing the wreath of the front door. In the email to Hoboken Girl, the resident also explained that their neighbor’s planters were stolen by the same woman {also caught on video}. This has been reported to the police, but please keep a lookout.

Hoboken Woman Pleads Guilty to Her Role in Voter Fraud Scheme


Earlier this week, a Hoboken woman admitted her role in a conspiracy to promote a voter bribery scheme. Lizaida Camis, 55, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martini in Newark Federal Court. Camis was charged with Count 2 of an indictment of conspiracy to use mail to promote a voter bribery scheme during the 2013 municipal election.

Camis, among others, were instructed at the direction of former Hoboken City Council candidate Frank Raia, to pay Hoboken voters $50 if the voters then applied for mail-in ballots, then cast mail-in ballots for the November 2013 election. After the mail-ins were received, Camis {and others} visited the voters’ residences, and instructed them to vote for a rent control referendum, the same one Raia supported.

Bank records show that voters who interacted with Camis and Braxton received $50 checks from an entity associated with Raia. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for February 21, 2019.

Mayor Fulop Announces Next Phase of NJCU’s University Place Project

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Mayor Fulop has announced the next phase of construction in the NJCU’s University Place Project. On Twitter, Fulop provided an image rendering of the Performing Arts Theatre, the next phase in construction.

“This is the Performing Arts Theater that will start construction on West Side Ave in early 2019 as part of the @NJCUniversity expansion,” Fulop wrote. “We worked hard w/NJCU to get moving + It’ll be transformational. 500 seat theater, classrooms, student housing, 2 restaurants + market housing.”

“This project is a model for public/private partnership,” Fulop continued. “Proudly, we’ve been able to use our tools to initiate development away from the waterfront for the 1st time in decades. We want to see investment spread across all communities and we are achieving that.”

TEDxHoboken Women Coming to BowTie Cinemas

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TEDxHobokenWomen is an organized TED event that strives to encourage women to “show up.” According to the official website, “Women all over the world are no longer accepting the status quo. They’re rising up, breaking out, and pushing boundaries.” TEDxHobokenWomen encourages women to use their talents to drive “real, meaningful change” and “show up” to face challenged head-on.

The event, set to take place at the BowTie Cinemas on December 8th {with an after-party at Madison Bar & Grill}, features powerful people from different parts of the country speaking their truths. Tickets are $75 each and can be grabbed here.

TEDxHobokenWomen will showcase a portion of the livestream from TEDxWomen live as well as hosting an all-out, sold-out, interactive experience at a theatre, plus after party, complete with live speakers, artists and activities for participants and attendees to show up and meet new friends.

Ice Cream “Speakeasy” at Ani Ramen Jersey City Now Open

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Luigi’s, the ice cream “speakeasy” in Ani Ramen House in Jersey City, is officially open. Guests can now get their sugar fix right after filling their cravings for ramen by walking to the back of Ani Ramen, where Luigi’s Ice Cream is served all-season on their patio space. Luigi’s offers rolled ice cream, creamy buns, and even alcohol-infused boozy flavors using Ani’s Japanese whiskies, sakes, and other spirits. Read more about Ani Ramen here.

Hoboken Museum Celebrating Veteran’s Day With

Performance by Actor {and Hoboken Resident} Douglas Taurel

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{Photo courtesy of Douglas Taurel}

The Hoboken Museum will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, when the last shots of World War I were fired, with a performance by actor, creator, and Hoboken resident Douglas Taurel. Taurel {pictured above in costume as Greenwald} will perform a play based on the actual letters from WWI soldier Irving Greenwald, a member of the Lost Battalion. The play was commissioned by the Library of Congress and written by Taurel.

The performance is at 4pm today, Sunday, November 11. Seating is limited, and advance tickets are available online at the Museum’s website: $20 for non-members, $15 for Hoboken Museum members.

Jersey City Sees Two New Wellness Businesses Open Downtown:

Suite Tee and Sw3at Sauna

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Suite Tee beauty salon and Sw3at Sauna are the latest beauty and wellness businesses to arrive in Jersey City. This past Friday, the two businesses received a visit from Mayor Fulop and the HDSID for Downtown Jersey City at their respective ribbon cuttings. Sw3at Sauna is located at 174 Newark Avenue and Suite Tee is at 172 Newark Avenue. Congratulations! We’re excited for more options for wellness + beauty spots in JC; welcome to the neighborhood.

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