• Top News Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {March 18, 2018}

    Hello Hoboken + Jersey City! It has been another exciting week in Hudson County. Up & Out Salon is opening a third location, Hoboken participated in the National School Walkout, and the Hoboken Girl Dress for Success Fundraiser is in full swing {with our sale for charity this coming Saturday}. All this and more below – here are your top news stories of the week.

    Hoboken Vigil in Honor Nation School Walkout

    Mayor Bhalla, local students, elected officials, the Hoboken Public Schools Superintendent, anti-gun advocates, and Hoboken residents hosted a vigil at Hoboken City Hall in support of students participating in the National School Walkout. Hoboken students marched in solidarity with students from across the country in a 17-minute walkout to commemorate and honor the 17 students and teachers killed in the school in Parkland, Florida. During Wednesday morning’s vigil, Mayor Bhalla announced that he has joined the National Advocacy Group – Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Bhalla stated, “Today students take the lead in the fight for reasonable gun laws in our country and I stand with Hoboken students and those across the country as we remember those who perished in what is sadly the latest school shooting…It is imperative that students, local advocates, and elected officials make their voices heard when it comes to keeping our communities safe from gun violence, and that is why I have signed on to become a Mayor Against Illegal Guns.” 

    Up & Out Salon Opening a Third Location

    Up & Out Salon is opening a third location in Hoboken. The salon best known for their killer blow-outs, enviable updos, and late hours has become a Hoboken beauty staple since opening in 2013. The new location will have expanded services similar to their uptown location. While you wait to visit the new salon be sure and check out the blow-out and updo bar located at 341 Bloomfield or uptown salon located at 1106 Washington.

    NJ Home to the Country’s Highest-Earning Homeowners

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    As a follow-up to their most expensive zip code study, Shark Property Group decided to rank the zip codes with the highest-earning homeowners. Although California dominates the list of most expensive zip codes for housing, the East Coast has the highest number of zip codes with top-earning homeowners – 70 in total. New Jersey has 8 out of the 100 top-earning zip codes, with 07078 of Short Hills ranking at number eight with a median owner household income of $250,000+. For a full listing, check out Property Sharks site here.

    Garlic & Tahini House of Shawarma

    Coming soon to Washington Street in Hoboken is Garlic & Tahini House of Shawarma, reports Jersey Digs. Hoboken’s newest restaurant will be a dine-in eatery where patrons can watch the chef’s in action in the restaurant’s open cooking area. Keep your eyes out for further news as construction begins.

    Winners Crowned in St. Francis’ Chicken Wing Fest

    The 6th Annual St. Francis Hoboken “A Wing & A Prayer” Chicken Wing Festival took place at the Elk’s Club last weekend. In a true upset, the Green Rock Bar & Grill took the trophy for best wings beating out the contest’s seasoned champion Carpe Diem Pub & Restaurant. Carpe Diem took home 2nd place and newcomer Tony Boloney’s took 3rd. Proceeds from this event go towards the St. Francis Food Pantry, which feeds up to 60 individuals every day while delivering bags of groceries to nearly 100 families in need each month, reports hMag.

    Griot Cafe Open for Business

    Griot Cafe is officially open for business in Jersey City Heights, according to Jersey City Eats. Located at 434 Central Ave, Griot Cafe will be bringing West African and Haitian-inspired cuisines to the Heights. Menu items will include fresh coffee, pastries, juice, and more. Given that “Griot” means a West African storyteller, poet, or musician, the cafe owners plan on adding live performance space and displays of local art on a rotating basis.

    Ex-Wonderbread Factory Set to Become Residential/Retail Complex

    The former home to Wonderbread is set to become a $120 million residential/retail complex, according to Patch. Parkwood Development Corporation and Prism Capital have taken ownership of the project and will be responsible for construction and completion of the project. The renovated building will include 89 luxury residential units with 10,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor amenity space, on-site parking, and retail space on Clinton Street. Construction is set to begin early this week.

    JoJo Maman Bebe Set to Open in Hoboken

    According to their Instagram post, JoJo Maman Bebe, a leading British maternity, baby and nursery retailer, is opening this spring in Hoboken. Founded in 2003, JoJo Maman Bebe will be bringing quality clothing collections for babies and children, stylish maternity fashion, and plenty of practical products from pregnancy to pre-school to the Mile Square. Stay tuned for further updates as opening day draws nearer.

    Jersey City’s Teachers Strike for the First Time Since 1998

    Jersey City’s public-school teachers have gone on strike for the first time in 20 years. Since then, members from the  29,000-student district have joined teachers in protests outside city schools. The strike began after months of failed negotiations between the Jersey City Education Association and the teacher’s union. According to NJ.com, the school board approved a plan last night to seek an injunction compelling teachers to return to work. At this time, a hearing has yet to be scheduled.

    Hoboken Girl Wellness Crawl Tickets on Sale

    Hoboken Girl’s Second Annual Wellness Crawl is scheduled for April 22nd from 11:00AM-4:00PM. Participants can look forward to health consultations, beauty services including facials, healthy foods and juices, mini-workouts from local studios, and more. Tickets are on sale here and you can use discount code EARLYBIRD for 20% off tickets {VIP or GA} through March 22nd. We hope to see you there!

    Hoboken Girl Formalwear Drive and Community Sale — DONATIONS NEEDED!

    Hoboken Girl is hosting our annual formalwear fundraiser March 22nd! From March 3rd – 22nd, we are collecting new makeup/cosmetics and new and gently-used formal wear [Men’s and Women’s] for the sale – with donation centers in Hoboken AND Jersey City. 100% of funds/proceeds will go to Suits for Success. Last year the event was only open to students, but this year it is open to the community as well. “Tickets” can be reserved here – there is no cost to attend the sale at the Multi-Purpose Center on March 24th, but we do need an estimated headcount of how many people will be attending the sale.

    Donations are needed – please drop off at one of the spots around Hoboken and Jersey City by this Thursday, March 22nd. [See above for donation locations and click here for more info.]

    Attire donated will be set up at the Hoboken Multi-Service Center for the community to “shop” on March 24th (with stylist Tiffany Piñero helping students and ladies/gents alike pick out an outfit, if desired). Each dress will cost $5 to purchase, accessories will cost $3, each pair of shoes will cost $2, and each makeup item will cost $1 to purchase. All funds raised will go to Hudson County’s Suits for Success.

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

    Have any news tips? Email hello@hobokengirl.com and news.hobokengirl@gmail.com to let us know — we appreciate it!


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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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