Word on {Washington} Street: Loss of Benny Tudino, Kale & Karma for Charity, NYC Rainbow, and More Hoboken News

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September is off to a busy start in Hoboken, and we’ve got the rundown of all the news in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street- your one stop shop for everything news in Hoboken. 

Hoboken Italian Festival a Success

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If there’s one thing Hoboken knows how to do, it’s host a festival. This past weekend the annual Italian festival was held on Sinatra Drive. The festival featured live music, fireworks, and delicious food {we’re still drooling over the fried pizza pictured above from our instagram @hobokengirlblog}. The event brought out local residents and guests who enjoyed nice weather throughout the weekend {following the unfortunate rain-out on Thursday evening}. And now, the countdown begins until next year.

City of Hoboken to Acquire 6 Acre Property for New Park

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The City of Hoboken is working towards acquiring a 6 acre piece of land in northwest Hoboken that would be used as a “resiliency park” and would have a minimum capacity of 1 million gallons of flood mitigation. Part of the park would be used for a municipal parking garage and there is possibility for rooftop recreations and other public amenities. The area is currently owned by BASF and is one of three parks planned into the Rebuild by Design flood resiliency plan. The park would end up being about the same size as Pier A, and it address three of Hoboken’s most pressing issues according to Mayor Zimmer, “flooding, open space, and parking.” The two other parks in the works, Southwest Park,  is set to start construction this fall, and 7th & Jackson Park and Plaza is under consideration.

Kale & Karma Yoga for Charity Event Coming this Weekend

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Local yoga studio Devotion Yoga is teaming up with Hoboken’s own Jennifer Iserloh, blogger and chef behind SkinnyChef.com, to offer a donation based yoga and food tasting event this Sunday. The event will feature a 90-minute yoga class taught by a group of Devotion Yoga teachers, followed by a presentation and food tasting of delicious and healthy foods prepared by Jennifer. Attendees are asked to donate whatever they can in order to attend the event with 100% of the proceeds going to support True Mentors of Hoboken, an organization dedicated to helping children in our community. The event is sponsored by National Kale Day, an organization co-founded by Jennifer Iserloh with the mission of spreading healthy eating across America. You can register for this event by clicking here. 

Artist Begins Mural on Holland Tunnel

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According to Hoboken Patch, artist Shepard Fairey has begun work on 140-foot wide mural on the Holland Tunnel. The artist, best known for the iconic Obama “Hope” poster and the “Obey” Giant campaign, is slated to complete this mural and on a billboard on top of one of Mana Contemporary’s that overlooks the Pulaski Skyway. We love seeing art beautifying the area!

Public Asked to Join in Flood Project Planning

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Members of the community are invited to attend a public scoping meeting to be held on September 24th form 7-9:00PM to open discussion for the Rebuild by Design Hudson River project, dedicated to protecting Hoboken, Weehawken, and Northern Jersey City from flooding. The State was awarded $230,000,000 to fund the project. According the the City of Hoboken, the project team lead by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is currently performing a feasibility study and Environmental Impact Statement, to determine the ability to successfully complete this project. The community is asked to get involved to discuss the environmental impacts this project could have.

Hoboken Icon “Benny Tudino” Passes Away

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The Hoboken community experienced a great loss when Bari Drishti, better known as Benny Tudino, passed away on Thursday, September 3rd. Known equally as well for his big heart and Hoboken’s biggest pizza slices, Tudino served pizza on Washington street for nearly 50 years. According to NJ.com, Tudino moved to the US from Albania in 1964. He worked in Mama Leone’s in NYC for a few years before decided to open this pizza shop in Hoboken. He ran the shop with his wife until her passing in 2004. His sons are active in the local community and he has a daughter who lives in Albania. This Hoboken icon will surely be missed. Be sure to stop by and have a slice in his honor!

Rainbow Fills NYC Sky Hours Before 9/11

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Just hours before the 14th Anniversary of 9/11 2001, local residents were graced with an amazing view. Thursday’s rain gave way to a rainbow that stretched over the entirety of the Manhattan skyline. Pictures were posted all over Twitter and Instagram documenting the amazing visual treat. We love this shot by Instagram user @flowkradd. Such an uplifting story around an emotional time for many people.

Gas Prices Drop for Labor Day Weekend

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Over labor day weekend, gas prices dropped to as low as $2.09 per gallon in Hoboken, nearly meeting the NJ average of $2.07 per gallon. According to Gasbuddy.com, gas is still averaging around $2.10 in the Jersey City/Hoboken area. Prices are low due to dropping prices on crude oil. Here’s hoping it stays that way!

Police Warn of Bike Thefts

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The Hoboken Police Department released a statement warning residents about an increasing number of bike theft’s. Police advised residents to keep their bikes inside of their homes whenever possible as opposed to bike racks or gates. They recommended that if a bike is being attached to a rack, the highest grade lock and chain be used to secure the bike.

That’s the latest Word on Wash! 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.