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  • Battello to Close + More Hoboken and Jersey City News You Missed

    How are we already one week into August? A lot has happened so far this summer, from big events {like our very own Hoboken Girl Wellness Crawl!} to the opening of a ton of new restaurants and local spots.. Thankfully summer’s not over yet, and per usual there’s lots of news to get caught up on from the week —including some Battello updates. Here are the top Hoboken and Jersey City news stories you missed:

    Battello in Jersey City Closing Indefinitely

    Beginning in mid-September, Battello in JC will be closing its doors for construction. On Thursday, August 3, 2017, Battello’s landlord, Newport Marine Holdings, LLC, verbally notified Battello that as early as the middle of September 2017, all operations at the restaurant must cease due to construction that will be performed by the landlord on the premises. At this time, they have no further information as to the nature of the construction, other than that the landlord has projected the construction will be completed sometime in early spring 2018. That means all weddings and events during that time are cancelled.

    Unfortunately, it has been observed that part of the pier that the restaurant needs to be fixed, so Battello will close. A source shared that the two head event planners, Dominique and Jade are aiding brides in finding other venue spaces through 2017 and early 2018, as they’re hoping for spring 2018 to be reopened, but it is very TBD depending on length of construction — so stay tuned for updates. If you are hosting an event at Battello and wondering how/when this door closing affects you, contact them via their website or call (201) 798-1798. We are very sad to hear this as it is such a beautiful space and delicious restaurant {click here to read more about our EIC’s wedding there} — and hope they reopen soon.

    Griot Cafe Coming to The Heights in Jersey City

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    Last week, Choc o Pain, this week Griot Café — The Heights neighborhood in Jersey City is continuing to crank out great new places to sip and snack. At 434 Central Ave, Griot Café is joining the ranks of other cafe favorites such as  The Cliff, Dulce de Leche, and FROTH on Franklin. Though there is no reported opening date as of yet, Griot is currently hiring baristas and bakers, which promises to make this another great addition to the JC foodie scene.

    Construction of Mega Mall Resumes in Meadowlands

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    Remember Xanadu, the massive entertainment and retail complex that went under construction in the Meadowlands back in 2003? With roughly $3 billion of new financing now in place, the building will resume and it’s expected to conclude in early 2019. This mega mall will be known as the American Dream, and aside from retail, will include many entertainment elements, like an indoor skating rink and an indoor theme park. Its construction is expected to generate 23,000 construction jobs and $50 million in tax revenue.

    European Style Smokehouse Opening Soon in Jersey City

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    By mid-August, Jersey City will welcome the opening of Hudson Hall, an authentic European-style smokehouse complete with 50+ beers and other libations. Their general manager told Jersey Digs that the menu will include smoked meats like house-made pastrami, but additionally feature smashed chicken, fermented veggies, and smoked fish dishes. The restaurant will also be smoking their own cheeses and offer in-house pickling. Their open-style kitchen, live music, and dedication to excellent food make this a place to check out! Find them on 364 Marin Boulevard, where they will open at 4PM daily.

    Choc O Pain Opening Uptown Location

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    Yes, you read that right. Choc O Pain is opening another location in Hoboken. Last week, we told you about their grand opening in Jersey City, but apparently the owners are quite busy. Their next Hoboken location will be on 15th, right inside the Hudson tea Building where Ganache Café once was. Now you’ll be able to enjoy that Parisian neighborhood cafe vibe no matter what end of town you live in. This second Hoboken location is expected to open by the end of the year.

    Pop-Up Park and Parking Lot Come to Northwest Hoboken

    Hoboken just opened the Northwest Pop-Up Park located at 12th Street and Adams Street and a new, temporary 90-space municipal parking lot located at 1301 Jefferson Street. For the next 18-24 months, these public amenities will be available while a permanent project is planned. “Long-term, the property will become a 5.4-acre ‘resiliency park’ that will also play an important role in protecting Hoboken from flooding by incorporating green infrastructure and at least 1 million gallons of underground stormwater detention,” explained Mayor Zimmer. The project will also include a new parking garage, which could incorporate community amenities such as urban farming, recreation facilities, innovation space, and ground floor retail. In the meantime, check out all that the pop-up park has to offer, including tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, a rock climbing wall, a running/walking course with fitness stations, BBQ grills, a community garden, and much more. {See below for more on the community garden}.

    Community Gardens Available in Hoboken

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    The City of Hoboken is offering Hoboken residents access to plots in community gardens owned by the city at three different locations: 3rd and Jackson, 94 Washington Street, and at Northwest Pop-up Park. Space is limited and available to residents on a first-come, first-served basis. Although there is currently a waiting list, you can sign up by filling out the application here.

    New Poke Restaurant, Pokay Bowl, Opens in Jersey City

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    You’ve probably seen poke bowls somewhere {or everywhere} on social media lately. If you’re thinking poke, wha?… they are raw, fish salads {we’d put them in a similar category as fish carpaccio or tartare} that are fresh, colorful, and delicious. Pokay Bowl is another spot that just opened in Jersey City on Newark Ave with poke as the main menu attraction.

    Travel and Leisure Select 6 Best Hoboken Restaurants

    Travel and Leisure recently rated Hoboken’s best restaurants, and here are the six they selected: Halifax, La Isla, Cucharamama, Fiore’s Deli, Dozzino’s, and Chicken Factory. They also added a seventh bonus slot for dessert, and gave it to Carlo’s Bakery. If you haven’t tried these spots, you can read what T&L had to say about them, and how they earned a spot on their list. Not sure if we totally agree with this list as they’re missing some essentials {hello AD’s and Augustino’s}, but it’s cool to see Hoboken featured.

    Hoboken Historical Museum Hosts WW1 Exhibit

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    The Hoboken Historical Museum is opening a new World War 1 exhibit today called “World War 1 Centennial: Heaven, Hell or Hoboken.” It shows how residents of Hoboken were impacted by the war, and will feature silent films, posters, photographs, letters, uniforms, and more. The exhibit will be open to the public until December 23.  Additionally, there will be a 10-part lecture and tour starting August 27th at 4 pm. called “From Here to Over There: The WWI Legacy of Fort Dix, N.J.”

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    And that’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email hello@hobokengirl.com to let us know — we appreciate it!


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    Caitlin is a {Hoboken} uptown girl with an edge. She sold her house in the ‘burbs to move to the Mile Square when she and her husband decided that life in Hoboken is more their speed. She’s a long-time health and wellness junkie who can be found popping into fitness classes – dance, yoga, CrossFit, you name it – or riding around town with her husband on his Harley. Caitlin is also a teacher in Bergen County, and a local tutor. She is thrilled to be joining the Hoboken Girl team, helping locals stay up to date.


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