Dolce e Salato Opening in Hoboken + More News You Missed This Week {July 29, 2018}

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Happy Sunday, Hoboken and Jersey City. It’s been quite a week in our two gorgeous cities, especially in the way of building and construction announcements. In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up all the most important going-ons in the Bokes and JC. From a retroactive approval on Grand Street that has Jersey City residents up in arms to Hoboken sitting on an ordinance that would turn the area surrounding Stevens Institute into a university district, keep reading to check out all the local news you missed this week. {Oh, and don’t forget about Hudson Restaurant Week! It runs now until August 3.}

Marty O’Brien’s Has Closed; Will Reopen as New Bar

Sources tell Hoboken Girl that Marty O’Brien’s has closed and will reopen in a few weeks with a new name. They’re doing construction to the interior and exterior. More details to come.

Dolce E Salato to Open August 6th in Hoboken

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Northwest Hoboken getting a new cafe V soon — August 6th to be exact! Dolce e Salato has posted a sign on its door that it will be opening Monday, August 6th in Hoboken. Located at 11th and Grand, this new cafe spot will be serving up Italian coffee, fresh pastries, salads, paninis and more {full menu here}. Stay tuned for more info when we visit.

Hudson Restaurant Week Kicks Off

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Hudson Restaurant Week finally kicked off as of last Monday, July 23. Tons of local restaurants are participating this summer, offering discounts and deals and even debuting eight new restaurants: Ani Ramen, Barge Inn, Buddy Who’s, and Hudson Hall {all in Jersey City}, Harry’s Food & Drink {North Bergen}, Merge Cafe {Union City}, Joe’s Crab Shack {Edgewater}, and Barbes {Hoboken}. Menus, pricing, and a list of all participating restaurants can be found here.

Hidden Grounds Coffee Shop Opens in Hoboken

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Hidden Ground coffee shop opened on Friday, July 27th in Hoboken. The new shop, located on the corner of 7th and Garden Street, offers a selection of coffee through several different brewing methods and also sells brews by the bottle. Learn more about the space {and get a peek inside} here.

Urban Consign & Design Announces Closure as of August 1st

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Urban Consign & Design, the furniture and design store at 650 Newark Street {at the corner of Jackson Street}, has announced that it will not be renewing its lease this month. Therefore, at the end of July, Urban Consign will close its doors for good. But the closure comes with two exciting new announcements: the owner of Urban Consign, Paul, has launched a furniture rental business for apartment staging. And secondly, Carson Kressley and Thom Filicia — Queer Eye for the Straight Guy alums — filmed an episode for their upcoming Bravo TV series at Urban Consign {so make sure to tune in}. 

Unfortunately, Urban Consign will be closed for good by the time the episode airs, but for big fans of the store, it could be a way to say goodbye. Make sure to stop by this weekend for lots of discounts on items and furnishings!

Hoboken Public Safety Hosting Emergency Blood Drive August 1

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Hoboken Public Safety is hosting an emergency summer blood drive and is in need of your help. All blood donors will receive free food and a $5 gift card to Dunkin Donuts. Each donor who participates can help up to three people in need of a blood donation. The community drive will be held at Police Headquarters on Wednesday, August 1st and will run from 8am to 8pm. For more information, check out @njbloodservices on Instagram and Facebook.

Update on Marijuana Decriminalization in NJ

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In an updated move toward the full decriminalization of marijuana in the state of New Jersey, the NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced that all marijuana cases in municipal courts statewide have been immediately adjourned until September.

Attorney General Grewal wrote in a letter to prosecutors that he was asking that “all municipal prosecutors in New Jersey seek an adjournment until September 4, 2018, or later, of any matter involving a marijuana-related offense pending in municipal court.”

A bill sponsored by state Senator Nick Scutari, a municipal prosecutor in Linden, which intends to legalize adult-use marijuana is expected to reach the Senate by September.

 

Hoboken Considering Possibility of ‘University District’ Around Stevens

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Hoboken City Council is currently considering an ordinance that would qualify the area surrounding Stevens Institute of Technology as a “university district,” according to Patch.com. The City Council met on Wednesday, July 25 to discuss the possibility and weigh the pros and cons. A second reading of the ordinance and a follow-up vote will also be held, though a date has not yet been confirmed.

Washington Street Project to Be Completed by February 2019

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In a public memorandum issued on July 23, the Washington Street Project Team announced that after adding 147 additional days to the reconstruction project, Washington Street might see completion by early next year.

“The current contractual date of completion is September 21, 2018,” the memorandum reads. “It should be noted that the project engineer estimates that at the current rate of construction, up to approximately 147 additional days may be required to fully complete the project, making the new estimate date of completion February 2019. The City is continuing to explore options to expedite the completion of the project.”

Mayor Bhalla Allows SUEZ Water to Continue Work

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Hoboken Mayor Ravi S. Bhalla announced his decision to allow SUEZ Water to continue their work in Southwest Hoboken after he very publicly suspended the project back in June. SUEZ Water, which is working on updating an underground water meter, caused unforeseen traffic issues earlier in the summer, causing Mayor Bhalla to call them out and demand a new plan that mended traffic issues.

Now, with an updated plan reinstated, SUEZ has been able to continue working. “The first weekend of their scheduled work was a disaster,” Mayor Bhalla said in a statement. “They were not prepared to hold everyone accountable on their traffic control responsibilities, making everything fall on Hoboken’s shoulders and causing traffic problems far worse than anyone anticipated. I suspended their project.”

Bhalla continued, “I’m cautiously optimistic their revised plan will be better, but I will be keeping a close eye on its impact.”

Jersey City Passes Emerson Radio Redevelopments

Approved — three new high rises and a two-acre park are soon to be constructed around an old historic industrial building at the border of Jersey City and Hoboken {sometimes referred to as nicknames like Horseshoe, SoHo West, or Lackawanna}. As part of the Jersey Avenue Park Redevelopment Plan in the surrounding area, officials have approved the creation of a new district between Coles and Monmouth Streets {just north of the I-78 and Route 139 on-ramp}.

The industrial site was constructed in the 1920s and used for Emerson Radio. According to the partial adaptive reuse project, the historic factory will undergo a revamp with the addition of three towers and two acres of park. The reuse project also looks to demolish part of the building — the part of the factory that lies between 14th and 15th Streets. The part of the factory spanning 15th to 16th streets will be reused and adapted for the new retail and two acres of green space.

Drunk Driver Crashes into 36 Cars in Hoboken

Thirty-six. After 22-year-old Miguel Aleman of Union City was brought into custody and charged with DWI, DWI in a school zone, and more, Hoboken police are estimating that Miguel’s drunk driving resulted in the damage of 36 different cars. Thank goodness nobody got injured. Friendly reminder to ALWAYS Uber after a night out.

Aleman, who couldn’t remain balanced after exiting the car and who smelled of alcohol when confronted by cops, was also charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to exhibit appropriate docs {such as insurance}, driving an unregistered vehicle, and two counts of assault by automobile.

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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.