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  • Word on the {Washington} Street: Porter Collins’ Opening Date; Whiskey Fest; and More News You Missed

    Happy Sunday, Hoboken! It seems like winter has come back for one last goodbye before spring comes in just a couple of weeks — including a MAJ Nor’easter we are potentially expecting Tuesday. #ugh. We’ve got all the news ready for you in one place while you cuddle up with your coffee on this Sunday morning in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street: your one-stop-show for everything news in Hoboken and Jersey City. 

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    Porter Collins is Opening March 18th in Uptown Hoboken

    Chef Pino has done it again! We got to preview the new Porter Collins restaurant last night, and you are definitely in for a treat. Located at 1426 Willow Avenue, this new spot will feature a modern-American menu with a raw bar and wood-burning oven. They’ll also be featuring artisan cocktails with the overall spot having a mid-20th Century vibe. We’ll be sharing more soon, so stay tuned — it’s open to the public March 18th!

    Hoboken Restaurants Nominated for Garden State Culinary Awards

    This year, Hoboken residents will be able to cheer on some of their hometown favorites in the 2017 Garden State Culinary Awards. Cucharamama has been nominated in the Best Restaurant category {sooo well deserved!}. Fiore’s deli was nominated in the Garden State Culinary Legend category. And, owner Joseph San Phillip and manager Anthony Ruiz of the The Stewed Cow are nominated in the Outstanding Spirits Professional category.

    Jersey City Whiskey Fest Coming to Hudson County

    On March 24th New Jersey residents will have the chance to sample hundreds of whiskeys and spirits from around the world at Jersey City Whiskey Fest. For $60, attendees will get the chance to taste from a selection of single malt and blended Scotch, Irish, bourbon, rye, Tennessee, Japanese, Canadian, and craft-distilled whiskies, all assembled in on Grand Atrium. High-end rum, cognac, and other spirits will be available as well. The festival will also feature a variety of food vendors and live music. Click here to purchase your tickets*Use code HobokenGirl for $15 off your ticket!*

    Grand Opening of Modera Lofts Art Gallery

    Modera Lots in Jersey City celebrated the grand opening of Novado Gallery recently. According to Jersey Digs, the 3,000 square foot gallery will rotate exhibits and share space with a ceramics and design sections “where national and artisans will display live edge and industrial furniture.” Modera Lofts is in Jersey City’s Powerhouse Art’s District, making it the ideal location to house an art gallery.

    Hoboken Receives AA+ Credit Rating

    Standard & Poor’s Global Ratings recently reaffirmed Hoboken’s AA+ bond credit rating, the second highest rating it issues. S&P noted Hoboken’s “very strong economy,” “strong budgetary performance,” “very strong budgetary flexibility,” “conservative approach to financial management” and “prudent financial management practices” which “continue to result in increased reserves each year.” In a statement Mayor Zimmer called the rise in credit rating during her term one of her “proudest accomplishments.” The improved rating creates a tangible savings for taxpayers with the City issuing $11.3 million in bonds. 

     

    Online Survey for North End Plan

    The City of Hoboken is inviting community members to complete an online survey to provide feedback on the North End Rehabilitation Area. The survey is the initial step in gathering community input and will remain open through Friday, March 24th. The area is generally north of the 14th Street viaduct between Park Avenue and the palisades and is bounded to the north by the Hudson Bergen Light Rail tracks. The City of Hoboken is now in the process of developing a redevelopment plan for the North End in order to determine land uses, development patterns, transportation and transit solutions, and flood mitigation appropriate for the area. To participate in the survey click here.

    New Water Main Installed Replaces Old Washington Street System

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    This past week crews working on the $7 million Washington Street water main upgrade installed the first sections of the new pipes. Throughout the next year, all of the old water mains from Observer Highway to 15th Street will be replaced. The City’s $7 million investment includes upgrading the 12-inch main on the west side, the three 8-inch main sections on the east side, and fire hydrants on Washington Street. Mayor Zimmer stressed that along with this initial investment, the City of Hoboken is “planning to make at least a $5 million investment every year in order to ensure Hoboken has a reliable system” in the future.

    New Bill Would Allow for Legal Bar Crawl Control

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     A newly proposed NJ bill could help cities like Hoboken to control citywide drinking events such as St. Patrick’s Day and Santa-con. According to an article on NJ.com, NJ Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro’s proposed bill A-3720 “would help municipalities like Hoboken to ‘regulate large social gatherings’ that are organized online. In addition, the bill would help towns cover the costs if additional law enforcement or city resources are required to ‘ensure public safety on event day.” According to the law, municipal officials could charge event organizers $5 per expected attendee as a way to recoup money for the extra costs associated with calling in additional police officers.

    Hoboken Arts & Music Festival to Take Place Uptown

    This year’s spring Arts & Music Festival being held on June 11 will look a bit different this year as a result of the Washington Street construction project. The City of Hoboken announced that the festival, which normally takes place from Newark to 7th Street, will take place from 8th to 14th Street this year. While full details of the festival have not yet been announced, businesses who are interested in being vendors at the festival can contact Geri Fallo, at gfallo@hobokennj.gov or 201-420-2207.
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    That’s the latest Word on Wash! Have any news tips? Email kate@hobokengirl.com to let us know!

    Written by:

    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.


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