• Santacon Woes, Poke Pizza, and More Hoboken + Jersey City News {Dec 17th Update}

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    With Christmas Eve just one week away and Hanukkah already past its halfway point, it seems as though this holiday season is flying by! Luckily, the fun doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Newport is once again home to Jersey City’s only outdoor skating rink, the USPS is responding to letters to Santa until the 21st, Santacon just happened, and Hoboken Girl’s Holiday Market at the W is THIS Tuesday. So take a break from your looming to-do list and grab one of those leftover cookies from your office cookie swap; here are the top Hoboken + Jersey City news stories of the week!

    Ice Skating Comes to Newport

    Newport Skates has opened for 2017/2018 season. The rink, located at 95 River Drive South in Jersey City, is the only outdoor ice skating rink in Jersey City. Tickets cost $7 and Newport residents will enjoy 50% off with residential ID cards. Skate rental is an additional $6, and season passes and group rates are available. Don’t miss the opportunity to take in the beautiful NYC skyline right from “your” backyard.

    Makai Poké Co. Now Serving Poké Pizza

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    If you’re in the mood for a new pic for the ‘gram {or just want to try something new and fun}, Makai Poké Co. is now making poke pizzas. We chatted with the owners who shared with us, “These days many places are using poke to create cool and unique dishes, like poke toast. We wanted to find something that hasn’t been done before — and that’s when the concept of the poke pizza was born. We played around with different concepts to see what would taste the best and, of course, look the best.” Each slice has a crust of one of Makai’s signature Kani Crab handrolls, and the slice itself is customizable with a choice of protein and toppings! {Serious YUM.}  Makai’s owners explained that they’ll continue to release new and different menu items for all of Hoboken to enjoy, so stay tuned.

    Shaka Bowl Adds Delivery Service

    As of December 13th, Shaka Bowl has added delivery {in Hoboken} to its repertoire. Delivery orders can only be placed through Shaka Bowl’s website, but the mobile app will be available in the App Store and Google Play Store in the next few weeks. Shaka Bowl, just celebrating its first anniversary, is a build-your-own bar of organic açai, pitaya, and poké bowls. December specials include the Monkey Bowl, gluten-free Magic Bars, and a Cinnamon Toast Crunch Smoothie, ICYMI. Yummmz.

    Vintage on First Staying in Hoboken

    For those of you who missed Vintage on First’s real estate nightmare, here’s a recap: After opening shop in May 2017, owner Mark Rosado came to discover that the man he believed to be his landlord was actually a tenant himself. He was illegally renting the space to Vintage on First as he had fallen substantially behind on rent. After being shut down by the authorities, Vintage on First was luckily able to reopen {again on First Street} and planned to stay in the new temporary location until they found a forever home. We are happy to announce that Vintage on First’s real estate woes are finally over. The shop has signed a new, more permanent lease that will begin shortly after the New Year. Please stayed tuned for further updates in the coming weeks. See more from the situation that happened earlier this year.

    Hoboken Police Assist NYPD at Port Authority Attack

    Patch reports that Hoboken Police, ESU, and traffic and emergency response units assisted the NYPD during last week’s NYC subway bombing. The bombing, which occurred at 7:20 AM on Monday, was carried out by Akayed Ullah, an ISIS-inspired immigrant from Bangladesh. Ullah detonated a “improvised, low-tech explosive devices” as he walked in a pedestrian tunnel underneath 42nd Street. Port Authority officials offered special thanks to officers Jack Collins, Anthony Manfredini, Drew Preston, and Sean Gallagher for their heroic actions during the chaotic situation. All four officers entered “a smoke and debris-filled subway passageway, struggled with the suspect, and denied him the ability to cause further chaos and destruction.”

    Hoboken Post Office Will Be Replying to Letters to Santa

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    The USPS office, located at 89 River Street, is continuing its tradition of responding to children’s letters to Santa Claus writes the Hudson Reporter. A special red mailbox will be in the post office lobby for such letters up until December 21st. Volunteers from the post office carefully keep all the children’s letters with addressed envelopes so they can respond before the holiday. The post office sends a letter back to each child signed by Santa, encourages them to go to bed early, and leave a snack for him and the reindeer. Across the nation, the USPS has been accepting and responding to letters to Santa since 1912. The program is at no cost to the post office as everyone volunteers their time. And for those worried about privacy, the letters and address from the children are shredded so that no personal information is left behind.

    4th Street Pilates Closes Permanently

    4th Street Pilates, located at 401 Bloomfield, has closed its doors permanently. The pilates studio specialized in private, duet, and group pilates apparatus sessions as well as personal training sessions. Information regarding the reason behind its sudden closure has not been released. Those looking for another studio can check out HG’s Health section for the latest information on the Mile Square’s best workout classes.

    Squeeze’d Opens in Bayonne

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    The Bayonne Squeeze’d shop is officially open for business. Located at 586 Avenue C, Sqeeze’d is serving up freshly-squeezed juices, smoothies, and açai bowls. To celebrate the opening, Squeeze’d is keeping special promo prices on its detox kits throughout the whole month of December. Orders can be placed now and picked up anytime during December {or take advantage of the delivery service!}. They’ll also be hosting yoga and meditation workshops at the new space in Bayonne.

    Local Business Owners Urge Mayor to Reconsider Hoboken Santacon

    Hoboken Santacon took place yesterday, December 15th. While some residents and visitors were excited to don their interpretation of the theme, the day had many local businesses wondering why this event still takes place. Kate Jacobs, owner of Little City Books, wrote to Mayor Zimmer via email stating,In light of the recent national turmoil and cultural shift around issues of sexual harassment, I question the taste and the safety of the Santa Con promotions…it is not appropriate for taxpayers to pay for the extra police required for the safety of residents and participants. I think the event should be cancelled.”

    Mayor Zimmer addressed her concerns in her response, noting that City Hall is unable to stop the organization for such an event, writing,The City of Hoboken does not organize or issue a permit for this event. It is completely self-organized by local businesses…we do not have the authority to stop local businesses from promoting lawful events on private property. However, the City denied a permit to use one of our parks for event registration.” Events such as the St. Patrick’s Day parade have been canceled in recent years leaving many wondering what the fate of similar traditions will be in the coming months and years ahead.

    Needless to say, in addition to business owners, many residents were unhappy with the SantaCon situation — which included 14+ arrests mostly downtown. One resident even went as far as to create a Change.org petition to stop the day, found here.

    PS: For those interested, you can keep up with the Hoboken PD’s play-by-play with Chief of Police Ken Ferrante’s twitter feed, which was VERY up-to-date during all the commotion. Major thanks to the police department for keeping us safe!

    Hyatt House Opens in Jersey City

    Hyatt House Jersey City celebrated its opening on November 28th in downtown JC. Located in Jersey City’s Exchange Place neighborhood, the 258-room hotel is located in the 97-year former First National Bank bank building.The hotel’s rooms are apartment-style, kitchen suites with fully equipped kitchens, living rooms, and and 24-hour food service. Additional services include a rooftop bar, guest laundry, complimentary grocery shopping, and a pet-friendly policy that welcomes dogs and cats. The bottom floor of the hotel features 10,000 square feet of retail space including a Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway Sandwich Shop.

    Hoboken Girl’s Best of Hoboken {+ Jersey City} 2017: Winners Announced

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    The winners have been chosen! Thanks to your outstanding participation in our nominations and voting and after thousands of votes tallied, we are happy to announce Hoboken and Jersey City’s “Best” in over 20 categories including Best BYOB Spot, Best Hair Salon, Best Boutique, and so much more. Congratulations to all our nominees and especially to our 2017 winners! Shop small + shop local, always.

    Hoboken Girl Holiday Market

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    Hoboken Girl’s first annual holiday market for charity is right around the corner. The market will be held this Tuesday, December 19th from 6PM-10PM at the W Hotel in Hoboken. Local vendors including Mint Market, Rosa Gold, Charley and Hudson, and more Etsy shops and small businesses.There will be a small ticket fee to enter the market, and 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the Dustin and Daniel Friedland Scholarship fund, created to honor two Hoboken residents and brothers who tragically passed away {2013 and 2016}. Hope to see you there! Get your tickets here – only a limited amount left!

    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street news roundup for your Sunday. 

    Have any news tips? Email hello@hobokengirl.com and news.hobokengirl@gmail.com to let us know — we appreciate it!


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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.


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