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18 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed this Week

by Ainsley Layland
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Another week of 2021 is in the books — which means there is, of course, more news to catch up on. Among the local headlines — Mutzfest still on for 2021 but with a twist, residents with health conditions added to vaccine list, + so much more — keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond:

Torico Ice Cream to Open 2nd Location in Bergen-Lafayette

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Longtime Jersey City ice cream shop Torico is planning to expand to the Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood via a new retail and ice cream production facility. The new location will be in the existing structure at 1041 Garfield Avenue between Berry Lane Park and The Junction. More details are available here.

Liberty Science Center to Host Virtual Kidney Transplant Class

The Liberty Science Center in partnership with Varsity Tutors will host an interactive virtual class showing the process of a kidney transplant on Tuesday, January 26th. The class “Live From Surgery: Kidney Transplant” is designed for students grades 6 – 12 and was coordinated to inspire the rising generation of scientists and engineers to research the healthcare profession. The video was co-produced with Barnabas Hospital in Livingston, NJ.

Nail Salons Strictly Following COVID-19 Protocols

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It can be difficult to decide whether to get pampered during a pandemic. Everyone wants to be as safe as possible and to trust that their salon follows proper safety protocols. We’ve all had a hard year, and deserve to pamper ourselves with a mani or pedi once in a while, but we still want to be cautious. To give locals some peace of mind, Hoboken Girl has compiled a list of nail salons in the area that go above and beyond following COVID-19 safety protocols, according to locals. Click here for the full story.

Hoboken Shake Shack to Open in April 2021

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Hudson County foodies have anxiously awaited the opening of Shake Shack announced in October 2019 — but with few details. The restaurant chain announced it should open the second week in April in the restaurant space located at 111 Washington Street in Hoboken. Read more about the opening saga here.

Jersey City Joins National Moment of Unity Before Inauguration

Jersey City Council members were joined by Mayor Steven Fulop in calling on local residents to recognize the bright future ahead in a National Moment of Unity and Remembrance. The group COVID-19 Loss Support for Family & Friends invited everyone to shine a light, bang pots and pans, light a candle, or otherwise make noise as a symbol of unity and strength.

Vaccine Center Begins Administering Second Doses to Hudson County Medical Professionals

On Wednesday, January 20th the USS Juneau Center started administering the second round of vaccines to Phase 1A healthcare workers. The site was scheduled to administer almost 1,000 vaccinations on Wednesday. “As we begin administering second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, we are once again reaching new milestones in our fight against this virus,” said County Executive Tom DeGise in a press release.

A Guide to Food Trucks in Hoboken + Jersey City

Over the last several years, food trucks have blossomed across the country and are taking the food industry by storm. In fact, IBISWorld recently declared food trucks “the way of the future” as the industry continues to see new mobile food options popping up regularly. Right here in Hudson County, residents and visitors can find nearly every possible food option on wheels. From tacos to cupcakes, lobster rolls to ice cream, click here for a round-up of food trucks in Hoboken and Jersey City to frequent.

Jersey City Resident Creates Children’s Show Focused on Positive Affirmations

Local resident, Nadia Vynnystsky created a sock puppet during quarantine and started dreaming up a children’s show centered on positive affirmations. Piper’s Playroom now has 3 episodes and a professional-grade puppet who uses positive self-talk to navigate challenging situations. The episodes thus far are “I Am Brave”, “I Am Smart”, and “I Am Kind” available on YouTube.

Lawsuit Alleges Jersey City Building Developer of Defrauding Condo Buyers

A recent lawsuit alleges that the developer of New Jersey’s tallest building misrepresented what the building offers when they marketed the project, in addition to other supposed defects and problems at the property. One plaintiff claims she was limited to one hour immediately before she was scheduled to close on a property to conduct an inspection. She also claimed, according to Jersey Digs, that China Overseas indicated that “she would not be allowed to delay closing even on the discovery of substantive issues with the unit during her inspection.”

NJ Transit Has Leased Space at Baker Waterfront Plaza in Hoboken

National Realty + Development Corp. has leased the entire second floor of the Baker Waterfront Plaza building to NJ Transit. This move relocates NJ Transit employees from across the way at the train station to a new 11,168 square-foot space on the waterfront. “We would like to extend our thanks to NJ TRANSIT for their continued tenancy at Baker Waterfront Plaza,” said Brian F. Sekel, Executive Vice President at NRDC. “This prime Class A office building remains one of our landmark properties and has proven to be a sought-after location. We look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship.” The full story is available on Patch.com.

Hudson GOP Leader Joshua Sotomayor Einstein Faces Calls to Resign Over Sexual Misconduct 


Hudson County Republican party leader Joshua Sotomayor Einstein admitted to emotionally abusing women and calling them “birds” in text messages released last week, according to multiple media sources. The texts, which were posted to social media, received much coverage over the past week.

“I convinced this one really dumb bird I was totally emotionally abusing that it was her idea to have sex in the courtyard, roof, and gym bathroom of my old building,” Einstein, a Hoboken resident, wrote in a series of texts written in 2018. “It was my idea. And yes, I was a horrid person. I had her thinking we were dating.”

Republican State Chairman Michael Lavery stated to The New Jersey Globe, “The NJGOP condemns Joshua Sotomayor Einstein’s conduct and language in the strongest possible terms. Our party and all of civil society reject this kind of misogynistic and sexist behavior.” NJ.com has the full story.

Bangladeshi Grocery Store ‘Hilsa’ Opens in Jersey City

There’s a new small business in town — which happens to be the new sister grocery store of the acclaimed Bangladeshi restaurant Korai Kitchen. Located at 822 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, Hilsa, a Bangladeshi grocery store just opened its doors in the last 24 hours. Click here to learn more about Korai Kitchen, its new Bangladeshi grocery store Hilsa, and what to expect.

Skin by Rosalia Moves to Bloomfield Street

Facial guru Rosalia Fiske of Skin by Rosalia has moved to a new location in Hoboken. Now located at 223 Bloomfield Street, her new suite specializes in treating acne, discoloration, and aging skin. Brows and lashes will also be well taken care of at the new locale, with waxing, shaping, tinting, and laminating treatments available. In addition to excellent service, Rosalia also uses a clean skincare line which safe for those with sensitive skin or pregnant clients.

Mutzfest Returns to Hoboken for 2021

2020 took a lot of things away from us on the festival front, but it looks like 2021 is gracing us with a bit of cheese — Mutzfest is returning to Hoboken for 2021 on January 31st, but with a twist. There will be two options for attendees wanting to get their mozzarella fix including a to-go option and a ‘crawl’ event. Click here to read the details.

West Side Community Fridge Celebrates 6 Months — But Needs Donations

The West Side Community Fridge opened in July 2020 and has consistently provided a way for the community and neighbors to look out for each other. Produce, non-perishable items, and even flowers are left in the community fridge on a regular basis. Local restaurants, farms, and companies have partnered with the cause including Salt Foundation, Whealth Kitchen, Eat Clean Bro, Choc O Pain Bakery, and Circle Brook Farm to donate on a regular basis. The surrounding shelter was built and donated by RGJ by HENKY.

Cafe Michelina Reveals Newly Renovated Space


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Nothing beats a solid before and after photo and Cafe Michelina is living proof of that. Thanks to the hard work of Sessa Construction and Home by Alexander, the local restaurant has a new look. While the restaurant may look different, the menu remains as delicious as ever.

Artichoke Pizza to Open Jersey City Location


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Having recently expanded into Hudson County, Artichoke Pizza will now be opening a new location at 246 Bay Street in Jersey City this coming spring, according to Jersey City Upfront. Located between P&K Market and the Keyhole Bar this unique pizza joint will bring a new flavor to the neighborhood.

Hoboken Residents with Health Conditions Added to Expanded Vaccine List

This week the City of Hoboken announced the expansion of the current vaccine list to include eligible residents who have chronic health conditions. Those with pre-existing conditions and those who are over the age of 65 can register to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Patch.com has the full story.

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