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The Top Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories of the Week {December 31st Edition}

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Happy New Year’s Eve! Whether you are prepping for a night out on the town {hopefully at one of the many events we rounded up here} or a more chill night at home with friends and family, take a moment to catch up on all the news you missed last week. From a noteworthy Hoboken Girl milestone to random acts of kindness carried out by both Hoboken High School students and a Jersey City police officer, we are definitely ending 2017 on a high note. Here are the top Hoboken + Jersey City news stories of the week {and the last news roundup of the year}:

HobokenGirl.com Hits 2 Million Page Views in 2017

A little personal HG news: Our lifestyle site {where you are riiiiight this moment} hit a big milestone last week: over 2 million views! We are so thankful to our readers for being so engaged with our content, and we love providing the Hudson County community with fun lifestyle topics and things to do. Cheers to 2018!

Hoboken Allowing Residents to Prepay 2018 Taxes

As a result of the sweeping tax overhaul from Washington last week, the city of Hoboken and Jersey City will allow residents to prepay their estimated 2018 property taxes before the end of the year. Tax bills are currently prepared for the first 6 months of the year, but residents can pay more upfront if they wish to take advantage of the 2017 tax deductions. Starting in 2018, property taxpayers will only be allowed to deduct $10,000 instead of the entire amount of their property taxes as in years past. The City has instructed residents that the property taxes can paid online or by check at the Tax Collector’s Office. All check payments must be received before December 28th to ensure that it is deposited by the end of the month.

CycleBar Celebrates One Year Anniversary


CycleBar Hoboken will be celebrating its first anniversary next week. During the first year of business, CycleBar had an astounding 40,000 riders complete a class at their studio located in Monroe center. To commemorate both milestones, the studio will be offering two FREE classes every day from January 2nd through January 8th. To check out the complete schedule and book a bike, visit CycleBar’s website.

Hoboken High School Hispanic Club Participates in 24 Days of Random Acts of Kindness

Hoboken High School’s Hispanic Culture Club took steps to spread the holiday sprit throughout the community this December. According to Patch, the club participated in the “24 Days of Random Acts of Kindness” campaign for its Feliz Navidad celebrations. Each day, the club completed a small act including: making cookies for a neighbor, taping change to a vending machine, paying for a stranger’s coffee, and donating food to a local animal rescue. To see a chronological account of all the tasks completed follow Hispanic Redwings on Twitter.

Jungwon Clothing Opens in Hoboken

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Jungwon, Hoboken’s newest clothing boutique {featuring trenches and capes in neutral, vibrant, and pastel hues}, is officially open for business. Located at 1100 Adams Street, Jungwon features “contemporary yet timeless jackets offering a chic twist on classic outerwear.” Their jackets are waterproof, windproof, wrinkle-free and breathable creating a perfectly minimalist-but-functional piece of outwear. As an added bonus, Jungwon has built their business on the basis of sustainability and fair trade practices, so as a result, many of their products have recyclable materials integrated into the design or are made locally in New York City. Stop by and see for yourself on Thursdays & Fridays from 4PM-8PM, Saturdays from 11AM-7PM, and Sundays from 12PM-6PM.


Jersey City City Police Officer Donated Over $500 Worth of Gifts to a Local Family


A Jersey City police officer donated over $500 worth of gifts to a family this holiday. The officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, was inspired to help after seeing a charitable event at the Mt. Olive Baptist church. According to sources, the officer stated, “I want to be able to help; I have some extra money, and I wanted to be able to make a difference.” The recipient was Natasha McKnight, a newly single mother to eleven children, seven of which she adopted.
While McKnight was volunteering at School 14 the week before Christmas, the officer surprised McKnight with the news that he intended to help her this holiday season. “That was nothing but an elf from our Jersey City Police Department that made Christmas for the McKnight family,” McReynolds said.

Warming Centers Open in Hoboken


Due to continued extreme cold temperatures, Bayonne and several other Hudson County cities will be opening warming centers for those with nowhere to stay warm, reports NJ.com. The sudden cold-spell is expected to last through next week with temperatures between 11 and 27 degrees Fahrenheit. The homeless will be picked up at two separate locations {Hoboken Terminal, 1 Hudson Place, at 8:15PM and in Jersey City at the Taxi Stand on Sip Avenue at 9:45PM} and provided with food, showers, and shelter at a specified facility. Click here for complete details on warming and cooling centers in Hudson County.

Jersey City Inauguration Schedule for January 1st


Mayor Steven Fulop and the nine members of the Jersey City Council will be sworn into office on January 1st at City Hall. Mayor Fulop will be starting his second term as mayor and six current members of the council will return to office. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 5:00PM and will include a variety of performances throughout. This will be the first time the mayor and council take their oaths of office in January instead of July. Hoboken’s new mayor, Ravi Bhalla, will also be sworn in on New Year’s Day at 2:00PM at Hoboken High School. Both events are open to the public, but tickets for Hoboken’s inauguration have all been reserved, and only a waitlist option can be accessed here.

Hoboken Police Assaulted Twice Within One Week

According to report by Patch, the Hoboken Police Department has been plagued with assaults on their officers as of late. The first incident took place on Christmas Eve at 3:00AM and resulted in Vincent Bordano {of Woodland Park} biting and kicking an officer. The officer was later treated for a head injury and cuts. The second incident took place around 12:00AM this past Wednesday when officers responded to a a report about an alleged knife fight. Christopher Spillane of New York City was arrested and charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault on Law Enforcement, Terroristic Threats, Possession of a Weapon for Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and Resisting Arrest as a result of his actions at 1Republik that night.

Hoboken Shelter Resident Moves to Own Home

Hoboken Shelter has been a safe haven for a local man, Leon, for the past year. Thanks to the generosity of local residents, the shelter was able to help Leon move from the streets, to the shelter, to now his own home this year. To help future shelters guests achieve similar success, donations can be made via the shelter’s Paypal account.

Fit Foundry Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Fit Foundry, located at 1416 Willow Ave, celebrated its first anniversary last week. Fit Foundry is a cross between a big box gym and individual personal training sessions. “Group” classes {usually capped at six people} involve a circuit-based workout involving full-body exercises with kettle bells, dumbbells, abs sliders and more. FYI: Fit Foundry is a part of the Hoboken Girl Deals Directory — and their 15-day Foundry Experience allows you to try 2 small group personal training, unlimited large group training & yoga, and open gym for a special rate.


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! See you in 2018 💚

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