• The Top News Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {January 7, 2018}

    Hello 2018…please send these frigid temperatures and bomb cyclones back to 2017. On top of going back to work after the holidays, this weather has certainly made it difficult to get out of bed. Luckily, you can stay under the covers to catch up on this week’s Hoboken and Jersey City news. From Mayor Bhalla’s first Executive Order to Vintage on First’s new *permanent* home, there is a ton to read. Here are the top Hoboken + Jersey City news stories of the week: 

    Tony Boloney’s and O’Bagel Introduce a Jumbo Bagel Pizza


    Two local foodie spots, Tony B’s and O’Bagel have teamed up to make “Tony’s JumbO’Bagel“, a 30-pound jumbo pizza bagel. The two eateries have created a “grown-up bagel bite” which sells for $60 and feeds 4-7 people. Tony’s JumbO’Bagel will only be available on Fridays at Tony Boloney’s {located at 263 1st Street}. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance and the first pick-up date will be Friday, January 12th. For those hoping to sample the giant pizza bagel “pie”, slices will also be available in store or for online orders on Fridays.

    Mayor Bhalla Designates Hoboken a “Fair and Welcoming City”

    After his inauguration on Monday, Mayor Bhalla designated the City of Hoboken as a Fair and Welcoming City as his first executive order. Bhalla cites that the order is “intended to reflect the values of our country and the belief that we are all equal and entitled to dignity and respect,” and that he signs such into effect with the support of Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante and local community leaders. The order is also intended to provide qual protection under the law irrespective of immigration status, as well as religion, nationality, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. As a result, the Hoboken Police Department will not spend resources enforcing civil immigration law, unless required by state/federal law or a court order.

     Construction is Underway at Hudson Coffee

    1100 Maxwell Lane will soon be home Hoboken’s newest coffee shop, Hudson Coffee Company. Hudson Coffee Company was founded in 2016, and has acquired brick-and-mortar locations in both Hoboken and Jersey City, with hopes of more coming soon. While the company has kept details of their products under wraps for now, their philosophy is stated as, “highest quality coffee, fastest service, and finest taste.” Hours for the Hoboken shop are listed as 6:00AM-10:00PM Monday through Sunday, and we will be sure to bring you the latest updates once the opening date is announced.

    Flatbread Grill is Now a Franchise

    Flatbread Grill announced last week on social media that they are now a franchise. In addition to this momentous milestone, co-founder Gonca Esendemir and her sisters are the first Turkish-American women to found and expand a fast-casual restaurant concept into a global franchise. Flatbread Grill, located 517 Washington, eatures platters of grilled meat and veggies, pita pockets, melts, salads, and smoothie options and plans to expand the menu at their new locations. The Jersey City restaurant is set to open in early April, and the sisters look forward to announcing the next location {hint: it’s in one of the area’s biggest entertainment mall projects} in the coming months.

    Caven Point Fire Burns During Snow Storm

    Photo via @StevenFulopJC on Instagram

    As reported by Mayor Fulop on Instagram, a fire began in the Caven Point area of Jersey City during Thursday’s snow storm. The JCFD was assisting in snow removal efforts at the time, and was dispatched to the area in the early afternoon. Reports state that the blaze was started by Reliable Recycling. The recycling center will be facing a fine of $16,000 and a 60-day shut down. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.

    Vintage on First Opens Permanent Shop

    Vintage on First is officially open for business in their new location! The shop, which fell victim to a terrible real estate scam last year, struggled to find a permanent home in Hoboken, but then luckily found a temporary one down the block on First. Owner Mark Rosado recounted that there were times in which they were unsure whether they would be in business the next month. Luckily, Vintage on First has signed a long-term lease at 257 First Street and has been open there since January 2nd. Congrats guys — can’t wait to stop by!


    Hudson Tunnel Plan Put on Hold by Trump Administration

    Construction of the new rail tunnel under the Hudson River, also known as “The Gateway Project,” has been halted by the Trump administration. The route was set to go from New York City under the Hudson River, thru Hoboken, Weehawken, and the Palisades, and then connect with the train station in Secaucus. Under President Barack Obama, the federal government agreed to pay half the total cost as long as New York and New Jersey agreed to split the remainder. Despite the fact that it appeared that the project was moving forward, a letter was issued to both states from Federal Transit Administration deputy administrator, K. Jane Williams, stating that no agreement between the states appeared to exist. At this time it is unclear if the Federal Transit Administration is requiring local officials to renegotiate the Hudson Tunnel project with the government or if the project is, in fact, canceled.

    Hoboken’s American Legion Post 107 Fundraiser Scheduled for January 11th

    Hoboken’s American Legion post 107 will be hosting a fundraiser to help raise funds for building a new community center and housing complex for homeless veterans. The event will be held at the Kolo Klub from 6:30PM to 9:30PM on January 11th. The event will feature live music, an open bar, silent auction and raffle prizes {including a flat screen TV, 2018 tickets to New Jersey Devils, New York Giants, New York Jets and New York Yankees games, military paraphernalia, and restaurant certificates}. Tickets are $85 and can be purchased online. Corporate donations are also being accepted and sponsorship opportunities are available.

    Jersey City is Home to 10 of the 17 Most Popular Restaurants in NJ

    HaveANight_JC reports that Jersey City is home to 10 of the 17 most popular restaurants in NJ. Using the mobile app FourSquare and its check-in capabilities, the app ranked the top dining spots in NJ using a proprietary algorithm. The algorithm assigned a particular rating to each location based on user activity including likes/dislikes, tip sentiment, and more. Favorites included Taqueria Downtown, Talde, and Porta clinching the #1 spot. Kudos, JC.

    Severe Temperatures Cause Issues for Hoboken Pipes

    According to Patch, pipes have been bursting all over Hoboken due to dropping temperatures over the past week. A senior building on 1st Street and a water main break on 9th Street between Monroe and Madison streets are just two incidents of the widespread trouble — with another happening on 2nd and Park during winter storm Grayson. The Hoboken Fire Department issued an advisory stating, “severe weather is causing pipes to burst…residents should call 911 or the HFD at 201-420-2004 in the event of a burst pipe, especially if there is any hazard such as wet electric fixtures or damaged smoke detectors.” To minimize the chance of damage, residents should
    maintain heat in homes at all times and leave faucets dripping.

    Mayor Fulop Announces Plans for a Lawsuit Against “Millionaire’s Marina”

    Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, along with local officials and advocates announced a lawsuit against Suntex’s proposal to build a “Millionaire’s Marina” at Liberty State Park, reports Hudson County View. The announcement was coupled with reports from several environmental activists who cited the environmental impact that will be suffered should plans for the marina move forward. Leaders state that the decision to approve the marina was decided too quickly and that the DEP and the Christie administration didn’t perform the appropriate studies needed to ensure that there would be no negative impact both to Jersey City and the greater community that uses the park. Following Fulop’s announcement, Suntex Senior Vice President Ron TenEyck stated that they were not aware of the city’s lawsuit until Wednesday and wishes that they had had the opportunity to participate in person at the hearing yesterday to argue on behalf of Suntex. Further discussion is scheduled for January 16th.

    Mutz Fest Set for January 28th

    Hoboken MutzFest is back and scheduled for January 28th at the Elks Club! The day will feature a Cannoli Eating Contest, Frank Sinatra Sing-A-Long, ESPN, and of course mozzarella. Your $25 ticket will grant you access to mozzarella eats from Frankie & Ava’s, M&P Biancamano, Margherita’s Pizza & Cafe, Tony Boloney’s, and Vito’s Italian. General admission tickets are on sale now at all participating shops and will be online starting January 11th. For those looking for a more VIP experience, $50 VIP tickets {only available for those 21+} include early entry, open bar, and a VIP food station and can be purchased here. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hoboken Family Alliance and its local community initiatives.

    Drybar Coming to Hoboken

    drybar hoboken blowout

    In case you missed last week’s announcement, Hoboken will soon be home to one of Drybar’s newest salons. In case you’re unfamiliar with the Drybar experience, here are some things you can look forward too: you get a menu of blowout styles {personal fave is the Mahattan}, at the “bar” rom coms are usually playing and you are served champagne, and you leave with perfect salon hair all for around $40. Until more details regrading the location and timing of the Hoboken salon are released, be sure to check out one of the many amazing salons already in the Mile Square!

    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street news roundup for your Sunday.

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    Despite moving to the Mile Square on a whim, Nicole is happy to call Hoboken her home. She graduated from Wake Forest University with a degree in biology and now works as a health & benefits consultant in the city. When she’s not killing it in corporate America, Nicole can be found shopping for her dream home on Park and Bloomfield, sipping a margarita on the rocks (she has yet to find one she hasn’t liked), or being dragged into a dog park by her giant goldendoodle, Sammy.

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