Word on the {Washington} Street: Del Frisco’s Grille Opens, Hansel n’ Griddle Comes to Hoboken, Liberty Humane Society Fundraiser, and other Hoboken News

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From restaurant openings to the annual fall Arts & Music Festival, September has been a busy month in Hoboken. We’ve got all the news for you in one spot in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street– you’re one stop shop for everything news in Hoboken. 

Hoboken Fall Arts & Music Festival a Success

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The City of Hoboken held it’s 22nd annual Arts & Music festival this weekend. This years festival included over 300 artists, photographers, sculptors and crafters with three stages dedicated to musical performances. Attendees munched on street fair favorites like funnel cake, kettle corn, and zeppoles as well as other specialty food items as well. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and brought thousands of people out to enjoy the day.

Liberty Humane Society’s “Bark in the Park” Fundraiser

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Liberty Humane Society’s Bark in the Park will be held on Saturday, October 10th from 12-5:00PM in Stevens Park.  This is the shelter’s largest fundraising event of the year.  The event features a one-day dog walk, fundraiser and fair.  The fun will include music, vendors, low-cost microchipping, and adoptable dogs and cats on site. There will be face painting, games, crafts, and a bounce house for children to enjoy. A 50/50 raffle will be held as well. This organization does so much for local animal welfare. Make sure to stop by and support them.

 “Resiliency Park” Site Contaminated

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As the City of Hoboken moves forward with plans to alleviate flooding, they will also have to determine a way to clean up the planned site of “Resiliency Park”. An article released by Hoboken Patch, detail concerns about contamination of the land owned by BASF- a leading chemical manufacturing company. A City representative told Patch that they were aware of the contamination and that it is the legal responsibility of BASF to remediate the land. Land is obviously difficult to come by in Hoboken, and it seems the City believes that it is worth the effort to remediate this land in order to move forward with plans for the park.

Del Frisco’s Grille Opens in Hoboken

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Del Frisco’s Grille is now open in Hoboken. Located at 221 River Street, the restaurant stretches from River Street to Sinatra and boasts waterfront views.  The open view kitchen, multiple bars, and seating from comfy booths to high-top tables, makes it easy to enjoy for people looking to watch the game or enjoy a date night. The menu features a variety of items from salads, to burgers, to high-end steaks. The HG team got to sample some of the food and drinks last week and we are already excited to head back in soon for the full Del Frisco’s experience.

Hoboken Police Educate Bicyclists

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In an effort to keep both bicyclists and pedestrians safe, the Hoboken Police Department is educating the community about bike safety, rules, and regulations.  State law grants bicyclists all the rights and duties of motor vehicle drivers and requires them to follow all state and local automobile driving laws. The City of Hoboken permits bicycles on sidewalks, however bicyclists must always yield to pedestrians and ride no faster than pedestrian walking speed. With the upcoming bike share program coming to Hoboken, it will be increasingly important that residents are aware of the rules and regulations for bicyclists.

Cake Boss Creates Cake for the Pope

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Hoboken’s “Cake Boss”, Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery on 1st and Washington, was asked to create a cake for Pope Francis. The cake was presented at the “Festival of the Families” event on Sept. 26 in Philadelphia. Buddy is a devout Catholic who seemed unsure as to whether to create the cake in the shape of The Vatican or of the Pope’s hat. So far, no word has been released as to which option he went with. Stay tuned to find out!

Hoboken Ranked on NJ “Snobbiest” List

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Roadsnacks.com recently ranked NJ’s towns and created a list of the snobbiest in the state. Hoboken ranked #8 on the list. According to the website, the rankings took into account a variety of factors including median home price, median household income, percent of population with a college degree, private schools per capita, theaters per capita, and art galleries per capita. The website noted that Hoboken is rich in culture and education. While we certainly don’t think Hoboken in a “snobby” town, if these are the criteria– we’re ok with being on the list.

Hansel n’ Griddle Coming to Hoboken

Any Hoboken residents who are Rutgers Alumni will be thrilled to hear that favorite campus eatery, Hansel n’ Griddle is coming to Hoboken. Known for their breakfast and sandwiches, the restaurant also boasts a variety of salads, fruit smoothies, and paninis. They’ll be located at 100 Hudson Street, an easy breakfast stop on your way into work or for a quick lunch on the weekend.

Frankie & Ava’s Italian Eatery to Open

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There is definitely no shortage of Italian food in Hoboken, but there’s also not a shortage of people who love Italian food in Hoboken. New restaurant Frankie and Ava’s Italian Eatery will be joining in the mozzarella loving community when they open on Washington Street. No word on an official opening or menu- but we’re hoping it’s a great addition to town.

Have any news tips? Email Kate@Hobokengirl.com to let us know!


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Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.