• Hoboken Writer Featured on ‘Kathie Lee and Hoda’ + More Stories You Missed This Week

    Welcome to another Sunday rendition of this week’s local recap. With new gyms, dog parks, and bubble tea shops coming to our area, there is so much news to catch up on. And that’s not all that’s been announced this week: Ani Ramen House’s 3rd Annual Ramen-Eating Contest named a winner yesterday and a local Hoboken resident and former HG of the Week was featured on Kathie Lee & Hoda {+ she’s just four years old!}. The City of Hoboken also released the first half of the year’s annual crime report, and hundreds of do-gooder volunteers participated in 1Day, a local volunteering event in which natives help community projects to completion. Ready to see what you’ve missed? Keep scrolling for Hoboken and Jersey City’s biggest news headlines this week.

    New Gym ‘Project Sculpt’ Coming to Washington Street

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    Hoboken is getting a new gym. Project Sculpt is the brainchild and latest project of local entrepreneur Christopher Almazan. Known by his 17K+ followers for his training ‘grams, partner at TNK Hoboken, and Get Deliciously Fit, his meal prep delivery company, Chris recently announced his plans of a new gym downtown. “Attn Hoboken NJ – I bring you my first gym,” the fitness trainer wrote on social media. “Be our next project and let us transform your body with our boutique-style group classes!”

    He continued, “This project means so much to me, as I have dedicated my life to other peoples’ fitness and transformations. I appreciate everyone’s support through all of my businesses thus far!”

    Project Sculpt, which is slated to arrive at 319 Washington Street in Hoboken, offers a unique group-training experience that promises to transform your body. More details on the new gym, coming soon!

    Hoboken Writer Shares Children’s Book on Kathie Lee and Hoda

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    Pediatric cancer survivor {and mini Mile Square resident} Satya broke records as the youngest-ever Hoboken Girl of the Week when the four-year-old was featured on our site back in April. Now, Satya is raising the bar even higher — her most recent gig being an appearance on the talk show Kathie Lee & Hoda. With her mother Raakhee Mirchandani in tow, Satya visited the morning show to promote her mother’s recently-released children’s book, Super Satya Saves the Day, in which Satya herself is the star.

    In her first year of life, Satya was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer that typically targets children under five. Doctors located a tumor in Satya’s abdomen and she underwent intensive treatment and a six-hour surgery in order to remove it. Now, Satya is cancer-free and the inspiration behind her New York Daily News-editor mama’s foray into kids’ books.

    The premise of the book goes as such: Super Satya is ready to have a super day, including finally conquering the tallest slide in Hoboken. But her day takes a not-so-super turn when she realizes her superhero cape is stuck at the dry cleaner. Will she be able to face her fears, help her friends and be the true hero everyone knows she is? Super Satya Saves The Day, introducing Satya, a precocious Indian-American superhero, written by Raakhee Mirchandani, illustrated by Tim Palin and published by Bharat Babies is now in bookstores and available on Amazon here.

    Police Chief of Hoboken Releases Yearly Stats Based on Crime Index

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    The crime index describes the number of crimes in a specific location per 1,000 residents. Police Chief Ken Ferrante released the numbers for the first three-quarters of the year 2018, proudly highlighting on Twitter that crime in Hoboken is down in nine main categories. Though crime is considered “up” in three categories, based on the 13 main categories of the Uniform Crime Reporting System, it is also stable in one. “We are down 100% in Homicide, 50% in Rape, 18% in Larceny, and 14% in Non-Violent Crime,” Ferrante tweeted.

    He continued, “The crime index (crimes per 1000 residents) is down 12.2% and the Violent Crime Index is down 1.1%. There are only 1.84 violent crimes per 1000 residents which is a remarkable number for a city, a city that is the 4th most densely populated in the country!”

    Ferrante concluded the announcement by extending a sincere thanks to all the officers who serve Hoboken on the daily. “Thanks to every member of @HobokenPD for your work every day, & kudos to excellent work you performed in September. September, which is historically 1 of our busiest months of the year (sic) saw @CityofHoboken have no homicides, no rapes, only 1 robbery, only 4 car thefts & 7 burglaries!” he added.

    Martin Scorsese Film ‘Joker’ Currently Filming in Jersey City

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    The Jersey City courthouse {and the street surrounding it} was the setting for a high-profile film over the weekend. Joker, a movie from filmmaker Todd Phillips, produced by Martin Scorsese and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular character and Robert De Niro, is the origin story of the villain who goes by the name Joker in the Batman comics. Set to hit theaters in October 2019, production had filming permits in the streets of Jersey City until Monday, October 1.

    Though strict non-disclosure agreements kept many of the members of production tight-lipped, it appears that the Jersey City-shot scene may depict a staged news conference and protest. A person who works in the Locations department for the film and who declined to be identified revealed to NJ.com that the Brennan courthouse “just has the look” to make the scene work.

    The particular scene shot outside the courthouse may take place during the 1970s as prop police cruisers with similar styles to the Plymouth Belvedere Pursuit, a cop car popular during the decade. Fake prop garbage was also piled on the curb for the purposes of the scene in Gotham — uh, Jersey City.

    The 3rd Annual Slurp. Sip. Repeat. Ramen-Eating Contest

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    Ani Ramen House‘s 3rd Annual Slurp. Sip. Repeat. Ramen-Eating Contest went down yesterday, October 6, and if you were even remotely close to the contestants, chances are you got splashed with some ramen-soup residue {there was a lot of slurping involved!}. The winner took home the high honor of first place and won a celebratory all-inclusive chef’s tasting dinner for 10 people at Ani Ramen’s, a $1,000 value, and free ramen for a year. Money raised by donations for the event benefited No Kid Hungry, a national campaign run by the non-profit Share Our Strength that strives to solve hunger and poverty issues around the world and ultimately put an end to childhood hunger worldwide.

    For a recap of the contest, check out the live video that streamed to Ani Ramen House’s Facebook.

    New Harborside Dog Park Welcomes Pups

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    Puppy-friendly slide and all. Dog mamas and papas in Jersey City have a reason to celebrate: the opening and ribbon-cutting of a brand new Harborside dog park in Jersey City. Chief Executive Officer of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, Michael J. DeMarco, and Councilpersons from Jersey City was in attendance on Thursday, October 4 to witness the grand opening of the community dog park in downtown JC. Mack-Cali is the sponsor behind the dog park addition located at 185 Hudson Street, directly adjacent to Harborside 5.

    “We’re thrilled to have had the opportunity to add another beautiful public green space to the Harborside neighborhood that will benefit the community for years to come,” DeMarco said. “Creating family-friendly and pet-friendly areas within the city is something that I personally am passionate about, and we’ve already received a great deal of positive feedback from local residents who are very excited to use the new space regularly.”

    Mack-Cali is also responsible for last year’s opening of Lutze Biergarten, an outdoor venue that offers craft beers and cocktails, and Piggyback Bar at Harborside, a restaurant owned by famed chef Leah Cohen and partner Ben Byruch. These recent developments and openings are all part of Mack-Cali’s long-term plans to transform Harborside into “a one-of-a-kind cultural district” that’s “vibrant and well-connected.”

    Happy playing, pups!

    Dina’s Kiss and Makeup Distinguished as Top 35 Salons in NJ

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    Dina’s Kiss and Makeup Cosmetics is a known Secaucus staple for those looking to get their makeup or hair professionally done. {Or, you know, get a casual spray tan.} But did you know that DKM was just honored as one of the Top 35 salons in New Jersey? DKM made the cut at #26.

    “We were just listed as one of the Top 35 salons in New Jersey,” the official Instagram account of DKM wrote. “Thank you to my hardworking staff who always put in very early and very late hours with me, who understand the business’ culture is to accommodate and customize, and who always want to learn and grow.”

    “And thank you to our clients for your loyalty and positive online reviews to let us know we’re making you happy,” the caption continued. “We love our career and we love you!”

    Gong Cha Bubble Tea Coming Soon to Hoboken

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    Love bubble tea? Gong Cha USA, a tea chain with locations throughout New York, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Texas, has a new location coming to Hoboken sometime this fall. A Hoboken Girl reader with a keen eye noticed a sign crop up on Washington between 5th and 6th and upon further sleuthing, we’ve learned that its third New Jersey location will be coming to 527 Washington Street soon. Other Jersey locations include Edison and the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus.

    Gong Cha offers all the usual staples of your typical bubble tea places, plus more. With menu selections of the brewed tea, milk tea, panda, yogurt, creative mix, mustache, and slush varieties, plus individual tins and tea sets available in stores, the new Gong Cha location is sure to be a tea-lover’s dream.

    Candela Lofts — Hoboken’s First Passive House Multi-Family Building — For Sale

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    Candela Lofts in Hoboken, a development of Bijou Properties, is now for sale. The Mile Square City’s first-ever Passive House multi-family building meets the exceptionally high standards that qualify it for the distinction of “Passive House,” a term which signifies the rigorous level of energy efficiency and sustainability this luxury apartment building upholds.

    The seven-story building located at 1024 Adams Street offers a collection of nine high-end condominiums, apartments that feature two-, three-, and four-bedroom options, high ceilings, oversized windows, walk-in closets, sleek cabinetry, Miele appliances, private outdoor space, views of the NYC skyline, and private parking.

    Residences vary from 1,500 to 3,400 square feet with price points from $1.25 million. Initial occupancy is expected by December 2018.

    Corgi Spirits Celebrates One-Year Anniversary at Jersey City Distillery

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    Corgi Spirits, available at the Jersey City Distillery, is celebrating its one-year anniversary. Founded by Robert Hagemann in Jersey City, Corgi Spirits is an independent, small-batch distillery that offers locals a drink menu of one-of-a-kind cocktails like The Corgi Cuppa, Clockwork Orange, and Velvet Axe. You can wish Corgi Spirits a happy anniversary by following and commenting on their Instagram.

    Bye, Marty O’Brien’s — The Ferryman on 1st Is Officially Open

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    New venue The Ferryman on 1st is now open to the public, thus officially signifying the end of the Marty O’Brien’s era. The Ferryman is the latest business venture from Sean Hession, also the owner of Hoboken local staple Willie McBride’s. Located at the corner of 1st and Bloomfield, The Ferryman has undergone both an interior and exterior facelift. Grand opening announcement to come soon!

    Construction on Canopy by Hilton Hotel Begins on Morgan Street

    Soon to make its home at the southeastern corner of Marin Boulevard is Canopy by Hilton Hotel, an “energizing new brand” by Hilton. Construction for the hotel planned to occupy 159 Morgan Street has already begun. Currently, the property consists of a private parking lot and close proximity to the Grove PATH station. The hotel is being developed by Morgan Point Urban Renewal Co., LLC, plans for which delineate a 184-room, 9-story hotel. The Canopy brand prides itself on offering hotel spaces that are “designed as a natural extension of its neighborhood, with local design, food and drink, and culture.”

    Canopy joins a host of other new hotel developments in the area: a Residence Inn by Marriott at 80 Christopher Columbus Drive {recently opened}, a Hyatt House in Exchange Place, and a Holiday Inn Express on Tonnelle Avenue, both of which are in construction and development stages.

    Volunteers Clean Up, Plant, and Paint in Honor of 1Day Hoboken

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    1Day Hoboken is Hoboken Grace’s largest community volunteering event of the year. This year, the 8th annual 1Day was the biggest yet with over 400 volunteers setting out across the Mile Square City with intentions of cleaning up beaches, painting fences, planting vegetation, and more.

    On Saturday, September 29, the 400+ volunteers gathered throughout various locations in Hoboken to complete 35 separate community projects.

    “In more than 10 years of serving our community, this was the best 1Day yet! It was overwhelming to see how enthusiastic this year’s volunteers were to serve,” said Chris High, Lead Pastor of HG. “Hoboken Grace is constantly looking for opportunities to impact the community of Hoboken and we were able to do that in a big way today.”

    Projects helped to serve the following organizations: Hoboken Housing Authority, Hoboken Green Infrastructure, Boys & Girls Club, TRUE Mentors, Jubilee Center, and The Hoboken Shelter.

    Northern Soul Kitchen & Bar Hosting Horror-Themed Art Show

    If you enjoy a good art show and also have a penchant for thrillers or horror, Northern Soul Kitchen & Bar‘s upcoming art event might be just the event for you. The theme of this year’s art display is “Horror.” Opening night is October 11th from 7PM to 11PM at 700 1st Street in Hoboken and promises an array of showcases from different artistic points of view.

    Hoboken Girl Nominated 2nd Year in a Row for Chamber of Commerce Awards

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    For the second year in a row, Hoboken Girl has been nominated for a Chamber of Commerce Awards. And we couldn’t be more excited! Our local blog has been nominated in the category of “Technology/Innovator of the Year” alongside other great local companies like Parking Dude and Propelify. Other exceptional nominees of a 2018 Chamber of Commerce Award include Soul Cycle, Quality Greens Kitchen, Little Hoboken Blog, Hoboken Grace Community Church, Charritos, and Tutta Pesca. Check out the full list of nominees and categories here.

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    Written by:

    Steph Osmanski is a freelance blogger and brand consultant who specializes in health and wellness content. Her words have appeared on Life & Style, In Touch, Seventeen, Parents, and more. She is pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing at Stony Brook Southampton.


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