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Word on the {Washington} Street: Honeygrow and Athleta Now Open; House of ‘Que Coming; Plans Surface for Trader Joe’s; and More Hoboken News

by Kate Lombardo
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It’s been a busy few weeks in the Mile-Square City. We’re so excited about all of the new spots coming to Hoboken! Check out info on the yummy new restaurants coming to town and all your other Hoboken news in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street- your one stop shop for everything news in Hoboken:

House of ‘Que Coming to Hoboken

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Though Hoboken is swarming with amazing places to eat, one thing we don’t see much of is traditional barbeque food. All of that will change when House of ‘Que opens at 340 Sinatra Drive in the coming weeks. The Austin-style BBQ joint will feature cafeteria style service, live music, communal seating, and much more under the careful watch of Texas pitmaster Mike Rodriquez. Stay tuned for info on their opening!

Athleta Officially Opens


Apparel store Athleta is officially open on Washington Street. The two-story location not only has adorable athletic attire and yoga clothing but also features a fair amount of comfy and trendy every-day clothing choices as well. They’ll be offering community classes and events that will definitely be a great addition to the community. Welcome to town!

honeygrow is Now Open

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If you’ve been waiting as impatiently for the honeygrow to open as we have, then you’ll be thrilled to hear they’re officially open. The Philly-based farm-to-table eatery opens their doors on Monday 10/19. We got a sneak-peak {and taste} last week and can say with 100% certainty this will be a new go-to spot for lunch and dinner. The stirfry and salads are delicious and don’t even get us started on the honeybar {seriously… it’s unbelieveable!}. honeygrow prides themselves on healthy, sustainable, and fresh food options- a much needed addition to the mile square. Stop by and welcome them to town this week!

Modern Fairytale Play to Make World Premier in Hudson County

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Janey Miller’s World Tour, a 2015 Eugene O’Neill Playwriting Conference semi-finalist play written by John Cassel, will make its world premiere at Art House Productions in Jersey City. The 90-minute play follows the story of Janey Miller who finds herself in several unlikely situations, from winning the lottery to hopping across the globe to escape her evil stepmother, and perhaps even falling in love with a handsome prince. The production runs from November 5th to 14th with shows Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. for young adults (ages 12 and up). Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for matinees and for seniors and students during any performance. For more information, visit SperanzaTheatreCompany.org.

Bröd Kitchen Coming to Hoboken


NYC bakery and restaurant, Bröd Kitchen is coming to Hoboken. The Nordic-inspired bakery is committed to using “premium ingredients that emphasize simplicity and sustainability in every dish.” Bröd will be opening at 1100 Maxwell Place and joins the list of NYC restaurants who are venturing across the Hudson to open new locations. Their menu looks delish- can’t wait to welcome them to Hoboken!

City of Hoboken Adds Funding to Improve Homeless Shelter


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The City of Hoboken has allocated $332,674 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to making structural improvements to the Hoboken Homeless Shelter. According to a press release from the City, the improvements will include the installation of an emergency generator system, renovating showers and restrooms, rebuilding and expanding the HVAC system, installing a water sprinkler fire suppression system, upgrading and repairing sewerage and drainage systems, replacing the kitchen exhaust fan system, resurfacing floors, and rebuilding window frames to enhance energy efficiency. The shelter is one of only three available in all of Hudson county and is the only one that offers daily meals. The shelter serves 500 meals per day and can accommodate 50 people nightly. These much needed improvements will be extremely beneficial to the homeless and working poor who rely on the shelter. For information about volunteer opportunities please click here. 


Buddha Press Closes


We don’t have many details on the reason, but we have heard from good sources that Buddha Press has closed its doors for good. The all-organic juice bar and raw food spot seemed to be a great addition to the healthy food trend coming to town. We’re pretty bummed to see them go.


Trader Joe’s Rumors Continue to Build


Rumors that Trader Joe’s is coming to Hoboken have been circulating for years. This summer, it seemed those rumors were moving closer to being confirmed when the grocery store’s name was found in a filing with the city. NJ.com has now recently announced in a recent store, that architectural plans or the new building at Willow and 14th street include a design for a Trader Joe’s. Our hopes are definitely high that this will be true!

List of Top Banned Books in NJ Released



Each year, the American Civil Liberties Union of NJ aims to increase awareness about censorship of literature by releasing its banned books listThis year, the top 5 banned books in NJ were: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Revolutionary Voices: A Multicultural Queer Youth Anthology, Norwegian Wood and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamine, Catcher in the Rye, and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. For more information on Banned Book Week, check here. Or to read some of the comments on why these books had been banned in the first place, check out the Hoboken Patch article.


The Gold Spoon Helps the Homeless



The Gold Spoon is an inspiring organization that works with local restaurants to provide “nutritionally valuable food” to local homeless shelters. Kevin Katch, who started the organization in Manhattan, is expanding to Hoboken. The organization is working to provide quality food to the homeless over the more common unhealthy food, especially for those with health concerns like diabetes and other issues that prevent them from eating certain foods. They’ve gotten a great deal of Hoboken restaurants to participate including: City Bistro, Johnny Pepperoni, Napoli Pizza, Dino & Harry’s, Elysian Cafe, Amanda’s, Schnackenberg’s, Anthony David’s, Bin 14, La Isla, Brass RailThe amazing work these restaurants are doing helps to provide over 500 healthy meals per week. Click here for more information about the amazing work they’re doing.


Hoboken Bike Shares Ready for Riding



The Hudson Bike Share program has officially launched in Hoboken. The “nextbikes” differ from the Citi Bike program seen in Manhattan in that these bikes don’t require a docking station to be locked up. The built in lock program allows the bike to be docked anywhere in the city. A mobile app is available to make the bikes easy to access and use. A single 30 minute trip is $2. A 7-Day unlimited access pass is 25 dollars. Or, users can pay $95 for an annual membership, giving unlimited rides throughout the year.


Hoboken Ranked in Top 10 “Drunkest” Places in NJ

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In a list of Drunkest Towns in NJ created by RoadSnacks.net, Hoboken ranks number 9. The list was created based on the number of bars, wineries, and liquor stores per capita; the city’s drunk related tweets within the last week; and the local divorce rate. We had the 5th highest rate of  bars per capita and 12th highest rate of liquor stores per capita in the state. However, the divorce rate in Hoboken was only 5.6%, significantly lower than the 10-12% of other places on the list.

And that’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email [email protected] to let us know!

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