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  • Juice Basin Opens, Hoboken Elects Ravi Bhalla + More Hoboken and Jersey City News

    It’s been another busy week in Hudson County! Between the mayoral election, the anticipation of Jersey City’s Craft Brew Fest, and the grand opening of Juice Basin in Jersey City, we certainly have no intention of slowing down before the start of the holiday season. Here are the top Hoboken + Jersey City news stories of the week for you to peruse on this chilly Sunday AM:

    Juice Basin Opens in Jersey City

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    Photo: Juice Basin via Instagram

    Juice Basin celebrated the opening of its third brick and mortar location last Wednesday in Jersey City. Mayor Steven Fulop was present to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the shop located at 336 2nd Street. Juice Basin was founded in 2010 by Regine “Reggie” Flimlin and Enrique Wegel in Asbury Park. Since 2010, the duo has added a team of raw food chefs, doctoral students in nutrition, fitness gurus, studio trendsetters and gourmet food connoisseurs all of whom believe in providing plant-based healing methodologies to their customers. Juice Basin sources organic fruits, vegetables, and super-foods from USDA certified suppliers, and also connects with local New Jersey and New York state farms when supplies are in season. Juice Basin boasts that 95% of all ingredients are raw. The current menu contains artisan organic cold-press juices, blended nut mylks, rich smoothies, raw foods, and gourmet super-foods. Special packages such as a “Bridal Cleanse” or “Smoothies on the Fly” are just some of the custom offerings available on their online ordering platform. Stop by the Jersey City location to try Liberty Lite, a specialty green juice containing turmeric, cucumber, celery, parsley, and lemon that was created to honor their newest location.

    Ravi Bhalla Elected as Hoboken’s 39th Mayor

    City Councilman Ravi Bhalla has been elected the 39th mayor of Hoboken. Bhalla, a member of the Democratic Party, defeated five other candidates that included council members Michael DeFusco and Jennifer Giattino, as well as Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano. 38.6% of eligible voters participated in last Tuesday’s election which is significantly higher than the 32.3% of eligible voters who participated in 2013. Mayor Dawn Zimmer endorsed Bhalla back in June after she announced she would not be seeking re-election. Bhalla was a loyal supporter of Zimmer during her eight years in office and he plans to follow through on some of the initiatives that will remain unfinished when she leaves office. Mayor-elect Bhalla is the first Sikh mayor of Hoboken and in the state of New Jersey.

    Vigil Held for Eight-Year-Old Killed in Traffic Fatality

     

    A candlelight vigil was held last Tuesday to commemorate the life and loss of eight-year-old Jersey City resident Jeremiah Grant according to the Hudson Reporter. Jeremiah, who was a member of the Honey Bees Double-Dutch team, was killed on October 28th after being struck by a vehicle traveling westbound on Columbus Drive in Jersey City. The Honey Bees, which stands for Helping Others Now, Empowering Yourself, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to motivating and positively re-directing Jersey City kids through the sport of Double Dutch. Jeremiah was part of team that won the American Double Dutch League’s 44th International Competition last June and appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. His teammates nicknamed Jeremiah “Prince Bee” and he even taught the mayor how to Double Dutch. This tragedy has once again brought the idea of street reconfiguration to the forefront of many resident’s minds. Jeremiah is the 12th person to have been killed as a result of a traffic accident in Jersey City this year.

    Jersey City Craft Brew Fest Returns to Harborside Atrium

     

    The Jersey City Craft Brew Fest will return to the Harborside Atrium on Saturday, November 18th. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample over 150 styles of craft beers and ciders many of which are from local breweries. A variety of food vendors will also be present including Pizza Vita, Chavas Empanadas, Waffle it, and House of Cupcakes. The event will be broken into two sessions – the first from 1:00PM-4:30PM and the second from 6:00PM-9:30PM. Tickets are $65 per person, or $15 for the designated drivers who come along. Hoboken Girl readers can save $20 on tickets by entering HOBOKENGIRL during checkout. Visit Jersey City Craft Brew Fest’s website to purchase your tickets.

    Gold Roast Café is Officially Open

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    Gold Roast Café, Hoboken’s newest coffee shop, is officially open for business. Located at 600 Harrison Street, Gold Roast is conveniently tucked into Hoboken’s west side. The owners grew up on Australia’s east coast and the name of their café pays tribute to one of the couple’s favorite places – Australia’s Gold Coast beach in Queensland. Gold Roast serves specialty drinks such as like lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, and cortados {beverage with equal parts milk and espresso or coffee}. Australian inspired specials including açaí bowls, fresh juices, milkshakes and smoothies will also be available during normal operating hours from 6:30AM-7PM M-F and 7AM-7PM S-Su. Check out their Instagram for all the latest café news including announcements about free menu items.

    The 39 Steps Comes to the Mile Square Theater

    The Mile Square Theater will close its 2017 season with a comedic adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock’s 39 Steps. The theatrical adaptation calls for four actors to play the nearly 150 characters in the show including heroes, spies, love interests, and villains. Creative lighting, fast costume changes, and the need to play multiple characters at once only adds to the comedic portrayal of Hitchcock’s serious spy story. Patrons can look forward to many laughs, puns, and allusions to a number of Hitchcock’s other works. 39 Steps runs from November 30 – December 23 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM and Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM.

    Prime Place Convenience Sells $760K Lottery Ticket

    A winning lottery ticket worth over $760K was sold at Prime Place Convenience on First Street last week according to nj.com. The winner matched all five numbers on the Jersey Cash 5 ticket to will win the $764,751 jackpot.  Prime Place will receive $2,000 for selling the winning ticket and will be known as another “lucky location” for lottery patrons. This is the third large lotto winning in Hoboken in the past month. Prime Stop sold a winning ticket on October 16th that split a $152,432 jackpot and Prime on Garden sold a wining ticket worth $74,000 on October 20th.

    NY Waterway Purchases Union Dry Dock + Updates on Hoboken’s Other Open Spaces

    The City of Hoboken may have missed its chance to acquire the waterfront space known as the Union Dry Dock. According to hMAG, the space was purchased by a subsidiary of the NY Waterway for $11.5M. The subsidiary of NY Waterway plans on using the space for a ferry dock and repair station.This past June, the City reached out to the Union Dry Dock to begin discussion about purchasing the land. The Union Dry Dock sent a letter stating that it was not legally able to discuss a sale of the property to the City of Hoboken at that time. In response, Mayor Dawn Zimmer opted to move ahead with an attempt to acquire the Union Dry Dock property for open space by use of eminent domain, a process which was later authorized by City Council and would allow the city to purchase the land from Union Dry Dock at a fair market value. The authorization of eminent domain will enable the City to facilitate negotiations, but does not mean that eminent domain would in the end be implemented. “Now more than ever, the City needs all the tools available to be in the strongest position to negotiate in the best interest of our residents,” said Mayor Dawn Zimmer.

    The City is also seeking to purchase the land near the Southwest Resiliency Park The property owner of Block 10, Lots 1-7 and 30-36 brought in an appraiser for a second evaluation of the land. Now valued at $5.3M the City Council is revisiting the topic of whether to accept the second appraisal and authorize a new offer amount. The City is also encouraging residents to complete the online survey for the Northwest Resiliency Park. The project team will be hosting a public forum to discuss further on November 30th from 7-9PM at the Wallace School Cafeteria.

    The OAK on Pine Set to Open in Jersey City

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    The OAK on Pine is set to open in Jersey City within the next few weeks. Located at 196 Pine Street, The OAK on Pine has undergone renovations for the past year after the space was purchased by the same culinary masterminds behind  Sam A.M. cafe and restaurant. In preparation for their grand opening, The OAK on Pine has launched a “supper club” held on Tuesday-Thursday. The supper club, a concept very familiar to patrons of Sam A.M. offers diners the opportunity to sample a four-course prix-fixe menu. Last week, a menu containing soup, salad, a meat, fish, or vegetarian option followed by dessert was available for $38 a person. Reservations for the supper club are from 6-9PM and dinners are BYO and cash only. Stay tuned for more information regrading the grand opening within the next two weeks.

    Jersey City Artist Named Finalist in WeWork’s $1.5M Creative Challenge

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    Jersey City’s Lauren Bienvenue of Once Upon a Lauren has been announced as a finalist for the WeWork Creator Awards. WeWork, a global leader in developing collaborative office spaces, started the WeWork Creator Awards to recognize the entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits, and artists who are thinking in new ways, building fresh projects, and achieving change. On November 16th, Lauren and 31 other finalists will pitch their business to a live audience and panel of judges for the chance to win $1.5 million in funding. Winners from three separate categories will be announced and they will then have the opportunity to complete for additional prizes at the Global Finals in NYC in January 2018. Lauren’s Etsy shop, Once Upon a Lauren, specializes in giving new life to leather jackets, clutches, and accessories. Her Instagram page features the growing number of pieces she has been commissioned to hand-paint paint – including matching jackets for a bride and groom!

     

    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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