Word on {Washington} Street: Repaving Schedule, Cross-honoring for Commuters, Restaurant Week & More!

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Welcome to August! We can’t believe how fast July flew by. Quite a few things have been happening around the Mile Square City during the last couple of weeks in July and we’ve got it all here for you in the latest addition of Word on the {Washington} Street- your one stop shop for everything news in Hoboken. 

Hudson Restaurant Week in Full Swing

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We are so happy that one of the best events of the summer has officially started. Running from July 27th to August 7th, lots of Hoboken establishments are participating in the bi-annual event. Be sure to get out and enjoy tasting lots of new places for reasonable prefix prices. For a full list of prices and participating restaurants, check out the Hudson Restaurant Week website and be sure to make reservations at some of your favorite spots ans seating gets busy throughout the event.

“Drizly” Comes to Hoboken

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Drizly, an alcohol delivery service, is making its way to Hoboken. By partnering with local liquor retailers, Drizly makes alcohol delivery fast and convenient by bringing your favorite beer, wine or spirits directly to your door in less than an hour. Drizly prices are never marked up, which is awesome. The company partners with some of the best retailers in each of the cities it services so that they provide fast, convenient delivery at the best price. The only additional expenses to the buyer are a $5 delivery fee and a tip for the driver. This sounds like a great option when you’re hosting a party and need to keep the bar stocked. Welcome to Hoboken!

Hoboken Guitarists Attempt World Record

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On July 23rd, guitarists from the area were invited to attend a local event organized by the Hoboken Guitar Bar. The goal of the event, according to NJ.com, was to challenge the world record for the amount of guitarists playing the same song in one place at the same time. The record is held by a group of 7,344 guitarists in Poland who played “Hey Joe” all together at the annual Thanks Jimi Festival. However, Guinness World Records currently lists the same group’s 2009 event {6,346 participants} as the top record. This year local guitarists played Bob Dylan’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” at Sinatra park followed by a number of easier songs as well.  While the event may not have passed the record, it has been growing each year since the first event three years ago.

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If you’ve ever taken a drive around Hoboken, you know that the repaving slated for 2015 is a must. Starting this Monday repaving work will begin on the streets of Hoboken, including Bloomfield, 8th street, 9th street, and Madison street. Parking will not be allowed on certain sections of these streets while milling and paving is going on and parts of these streets will be closed throughout the estimated 3-day process. Check out the full schedule here to plan accordingly.

Wine and Design Studio Opens

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Art and wine studios are certainly becoming a popular way to spend a night out. Hoboken will now have another opportunity to take advantage of a fun and creative way to spend time with friends. Wine and Design studio opens August 8th on the second floor of 1414 Grand Street. The studio offers a fun and creative alternative to your typical night out. Join them for two hour painting experiences taught by professional local artists. They supply everything you need to create your own masterpiece. The studio also offers private parties in the studio as well as private events such as corporate team building, and fundraisers, which can be done offsite where the studio brings the party to you. Their studio space looks adorable and we can’t wait to check it out.

NJ Transit Cross-Honors Amtrak Tickets Due to Delays

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Last week power issues from Amtrak created a number of delays for commuters. PATH, NJ Transit, and NY Waterways cross-honored tickets to give travelers more options to get to their destinations in a timely manner.  Rail tickets were honored by bus, PATH trains, and ferries in hopes of lessening the burden cause by the delays. While most of these delays seem to be under control, NJ Transit still posted reports of 15-30 minutes delays on their Twitter account as of July 30th as a result of a disabled Amtrak train.

 

Mayor Zimmer reads Green Eggs & Ham  

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On Friday, July 24th Mayor Zimmer took some time out of her schedule to read Green Eggs and Ham to children at Little City Books {100 Bloomfield street}. The event was attended by a number of children and helped to promote reading at an early age.

 

Kings Launches Zaro’s Family Bakery Products 

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Kings Food Market, with two Hoboken locations,  is expanding their bakery to feature baked goods from Zaro’s Family Bakery. Known for it’s high quality goods, products from the baking company will include layer cakes to pastries, as well as kosher baked goods including rugelach, challah and babka. Be on the lookout for the new goods on a freestanding display in the bakery department sometime soon. Yummm!

Hoboken’s National Night Out 2015

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On Tuesday, August 4th Hoboken will be participating in “National Night Out Against Crime and Drug.” This is the 22nd year in a row Hoboken has been involved with the event. This year, the event will take place at Church Square Park at 400 Garden Street, kicking off at 5pm and running until 9pm. “National Night Out” is designed to bring awareness to crime and drug prevention. The event hopes to generate support and participation in local anti-crime programs and to strenghten neighborhood spirit and police community partnership. The national event works to send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Make sure to stop by this  great event to support our local police department and community.

The Oyster Bar to Open at Surf City

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Surf City in Jersey City is set to open its Oyster Bar on Friday, July 31st. Head over to enjoy a mouthwatering assortment of clams, oysters, lobster and crab legs, ice cold shrimp, ceviche, octopus and lobster guacamole, and more! The perfect addition to a summer evening in the city.

 

A&P To Leave Hoboken

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Sales for A&P Supermarkets have become stagnant in recent months causing the company to file for bankruptcy. While the company will be closing some of their stores completely, they are looking to sell many of their locations. The exit of the company from the 614 Clinton address raises questions about the possibility of a new food market coming town. For a chunk of Hoboken residents {including us!} a Trader Joe’s or a Whole Foods would be a game changer. However, HMag also reported that a local resident has started a petition to invite Wegman’s to join the Hoboken grocery community. We feel like any of these options would be great additions to the community.

The Fig Tree Restaurant Closes its Doors

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After three years at their 306 Park location, local fine dining restaurant The Fig Treel has officially closed its doors. The french-cuisine based restaurant offered creative dishes and an extensive wine and cocktail menu. They were also known for the actual fig tree on the premises. This is tough loss for the Hoboken dining community, and the restaurant will certainly be missed. We never like to see a local business close and wish their entire staff luck as they move on to their next ventures.

Jersey City Expands Mural Program

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If you’ve been over to Jersey City lately you may have noticed the increase in street art, especially the large wall murals across different sections of the city. The Jersey City Mural Arts Program is looking to further increase the amount of street art on its buildings. They currently have 40 public art murals installed, and are gaining local and international attention for their work. Local and international artists have contributed to the murals and have created a melting pot of pieces. Definitely something worth checking out if you’re in the area.

 

That’s the latest Word on Wash! Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday!

Do you have information on any news stories around town? Email kate@hobokengirl.com and let us know! 


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Jen is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Hoboken Girl. She started the site to discover and share the wealth of things happening in Hudson County. Her roots in the area extend to her maternal grandparents, who owned two textile factories in Weehawken and North Bergen. When not planning the next Hoboken Girl event/volunteer project or editing her life away, she can usually be found shopping at local boutiques, eating an Insta-worthy meal, walking her French bulldog + rescue pup, or watching the latest murder doc on Netflix with her husband.