• Maxwell’s Tavern Closes + More Hoboken and Jersey City News You Missed

    Happy Sunday! This week has been another busy one in the Mile Square. Between the closing of Maxwell’s Tavern {again}, Jane Do JC’s 3rd birthday, and the potential expansion of Hudson County bike shares — you certainly have a lot to catch up on. Here are the top Hoboken + Jersey City news stories of the week: 

    Maxwell’s Tavern Closing Again

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    NJ.com reports that legendary Maxwell’s Tavern is closing again. Maxwell’s announced on their social media sites early last week that they would be “winding down operations” and hosting two last shows. Maxwell’s has undergone quite some turmoil over the past few years — closing in July 2013, reopening in 2014 under new owners, and now closing down again. The final open mic night will be held on February 9th at 8:30PM and the final show on February 10th at 7:00PM.

    Juice Press Opens on 14th Street

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    Juice Press’ first Hoboken location is officially open. From smoothies and juices to salads, soups, and so much more, they offer a variety of vegan and healthy options for anyone on-the-go. Read more about Juice Press here.

    Weehawken is Closing Side Streets to Commuters

    According to CBS, Weehawken side-streets, most notably Hackensack Plank Road and Pleasant Avenue, will no longer be open to non-residents traveling to the highway. Starting on February 13th, commuters will face road restrictions between the hours of 7:00AM to 10:00AM and 3:00PM to 7:00PM unless they are a Weehawken resident. Many drivers utilize the aforementioned streets as a way to get to 495 and avoid Lincoln Tunnel traffic. The Mayor of Weehawken stated, “In certain locations where the commuter traffic completely shuts down the neighborhood, the police have been complaining that emergency vehicles haven’t been able to get through.” Many people, including the Mayor, cite traffic apps such as Waze as one of the primary reasons for the recent influx of cars on Weehawken roads. How this can be enforced remains to be seen.

    Hoboken Public Library’s Inter-Library Loan System Suspended

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    In a recent letter to patrons, the Hoboken Public Library apologized for the significant delays and issues they have had fulfilling interlibrary loan requests in a timely manner. Several months ago, the state’s library delivery service, Expak, was implemented and has greatly underwhelmed the expectations of libraries statewide. LibraryLinkNJ, a nonprofit organization that serves all NJ libraries, is working on securing a new delivery provider in light of this widespread issue. Unfortunately a timeframe for this change has yet to be established. Lucky for Hoboken residents, the library has created a Google Form where you can submit materials suggestions. If the book, DVD, Blu-Ray, CD, audiobook, video game, etc. you want is not in Hoboken, you can fill out the form and the staff will make every effort to purchase the item for the collection.

    Jane Do Celebrates 3 Years in Jersey City

    It’s no secret we are obsessed with the killer workouts at Jane Do Hoboken, and the Jane Do team is proud to announce that their Jersey City studio is celebrating it third birthday this month. In celebration of their birthday and heart health month, sign-up for one of their killer cardio classes here.

    Driving Miss Daisy at The Mile Square Theater

    Photo by Joe Epstein

    The Mile Square Theatre opened its 2018 season with Alfred Urhy’s play, Driving Miss Daisy. The Pulitzer Prize-winning play is set in the South and follows the relationship of an elderly white Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur. Performances are being held from January 31st thru February 25th on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00PM and Sundays at 3:00PM. Tickets can be purchased here and are $30-40 for general admission and $18 for students and seniors.

    NJ Transit Contemplates Sleep Test Requirement

    According to NJ.com,The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to release a statement advocating for more sleep apnea testing as a result of the fatal crashes at Hoboken Terminal and Brooklyn. According to Sarah Feinberg, former head of the Federal Railroad Administration, “We’ve been trying to regulate sleep apnea for years. Sleep apnea has been a huge problem in the transportation community for a long time. This is not a new condition.” Despite the fact that the engineers in Hoboken and Long Island involved in accidents suffered from sleep apnea, investigators could not find evidence in their medical records that either individual was tested for the disorder.

    Fire in Songwriter Stephen Collins Foster’s Former Hoboken Home

    Photo by @cairnseykoff on Instagram

    A fire broke out in legendary songwriter Stephen Collins’ former Hoboken home. The fire, which started in the basement of the home at 2:51PM, sent smoke from Bloomfield to Washington Street — drawing a crowd. Emergency responders confirmed that the fire was contained by 3:13PM and that no one was injured.

    Bike Share Expansion Survey — Your Feedback Needed!

     

    After months of bike share frustration, Mayor Bhalla of Hoboken and Mayor Fulop of Jersey City have agreed to discuss how to better integrate Hudson Bike Share and CitiBike in their cities, reports Jersey Digs. Currently, Hoboken houses Hudson Bike Share bikes and Jersey City houses CitiBike. Preliminary plans would include three new stations in each city for each type of bike share so that users can cross cities with their bikes. Hoboken has put out an online survey where members of the public are invited to provide input on possible locations for new bike share stations as well as additional locations of their choosing. Make sure to fill it out!

    Orangetheory Fitness is Coming to Jersey City

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    Photo from @orangetheory on Instagram

    Claiming to be “the best one-hour workout in the country” and known for their heart rate-based interval training, Orangetheory will be setting up shop in Jersey City soon. While we don’t have all the details yet, we will be sure to share with you once we get them.

    Chef Eliott Pop-Up Restaurant Happening in April

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    Tickets are now on sale for Chef Eliott’s pop-up restaurant at Hudson Table on April 7th. For $70 a person, you get a 3-course menu + wine pairing with a live open kitchen where you can watch your meal be prepared by Chef Eliott. Get your tickets here.

    And that’s the latest Word on Washington Street news roundup for your Sunday. Hope you have a great one.

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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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