• The Top News Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {May 20th, 2018}

    Happy Sunday Hoboken and Jersey City! Despite the neverending gloomy weather, hopefully you enjoyed your weekend and are ready to settle down and start a new week {hopefully one filled with more sunshine}. To start off your Sunday, we’ve got your news roundup from this week. From stolen cars to luxury condos, construction delays, fireworks, and more, here are your top 10 news stories of the week in Hoboken + Jersey City:

    Hand & Stone Spa, Club Pilates, + City Play Coming to 1400 Hudson Street

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    Three new businesses are coming to 1400 Hudson Street, according to JerseyDigs. Hand & Stone Spa, Club Pilates, and City Play are set to open in the newly completed condo building at 1400 Hudson Street in Hoboken. Stay tuned for official opening dates.

    Hoboken Man Charged After Stealing Car and Crashing in Weehawken

    A Hoboken man was charged and taken to Hudson County Jail after crashing a stolen car in Weehawken. Ismael Maysonet, 36, was arrested for eluding, burglary, theft, bail-jumping, and several motor vehicle offenses, after stealing a 2008 Nissan last Saturday. The owner of the car told police he had left the keys in the running car while he ran into a store near Fourth and Jackson Street at around 9:26 pm.

    After Maysonet crashed the car and was arrested by Weehawken police, authorities found he had an outstanding warrant from Lyndhurst and the defendant was taken to Hudson County Jail.

    Mayor Bhalla Signs Executive Order for Parental Leave

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    Hoboken City workers will now earn their “full” salary while on parental leave, thanks to Mayor Ravinder Bhalla signing an executive order for expanded paid parental leave. The order ensures that while New Jersey Family Leave Insurance pays for up to two-thirds of a person’s salary, the city of Hoboken will make up the difference, therefore letting employees receive their full salaries while on parental leave.

    “This is a common-sense policy,” Bhalla said in a statement. “A family’s expenses go up after having a child, so helping our employees maintain their income level while caring for a baby is good for the child, good for our employees, and good for the community.

    Shots fired Near NJ Light Rail Station on 9th Street

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    Police are pursuing an ongoing investigation after shots were fired near an NJ Transit light rail station last Friday night. The shooting took place around 8:30 pm, near the 9th Street Station. No one was injured and Hoboken, NJ Transit, Jersey City, and Union City authorities responded to the disturbance immediately.

    “Those who were shot at ran into Hoboken and our uniformed officers and detectives under Det. Sgt. Mecka stopped them and brought them to police headquarters,” Hoboken Police Chief Ken Ferrante said.

    No one was struck, Ferrante confirmed.

    More Luxury Condos Coming to Uptown Hoboken

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    VIA Lofts are coming to Hoboken. The boutique collection of 10 upscale condominium homes will debut at 1410 Grand Street and be ready for occupancy by October 2018. Bijou Properties is behind the expansion of the six-story building, which will be in close proximity to Trader Joe’s, Bowtie Cinemas, Bierhaus Biergarten, Gravity Vault Rock Climbing Gym, and more.

    Prospective buyers can visit VIA Lofts to register to be one of the first people to preview the two-and-three-bedroom homes prior to its grand opening.

    Cuban Food Is Coming to Hamilton Park

    Rumba Cubana, which already has locations in North Bergen and Guttenberg, is set to open this summer in Hamilton Park. The location is on the ground floor of SILVERMAN’s Park Francis building and their website says they’re opening in July. Rumba, which offers a variety of Cuban food staples and cocktails, is currently hiring.

    Jersey City Named the Most Diverse City in US

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    Wallet Hub’s annual report of the most diverse cities in the United States found that Jersey City was #1 on the list. Houston, TX (#2), New York City (#3), Silver Spring, MD (#4), and Dallas, TX (#5) followed behind. The list takes into consideration factors like socioeconomics, culture, economics, households, and religion.

    Jersey City Public Schools to Get a Boost from Payroll Tax

    With Jersey City’s public school system underfunded and in need of help, state Senator Sandra B. Cunningham has proposed a payroll tax that might offer a boost.

    The proposal suggests a 1-percent payroll tax on JC businesses. That accrued revenue would then go toward the school district, which has about 29,000 enrolled students. The tax is modeled after a successful one in Newark that has brought in $48 million to the public school system annually.

    Jersey City’s underfunded public-school system could see a major boost under a plan devised by state Sen. Sandra B. Cunningham.

    Stalled Construction Delayed Even Further After Puccini’s Is Put Up for Sale

    Jersey City’s Marion section was supposed to see a major new development but after construction plans never came to fruition, the Puccini property has now been put on the market for $50 million.

    It was supposed to be the site of Avenior, a mixed-use complex to be built at 1072 and 1075 West Side Avenue in JC. It called for 486 units, 384 parking spaces, and over 25K square feet of retail space. The site was approved by the Jersey City Planning Board in 2016 but construction never began and the site is now for sale.

    Fourth of July Celebrations Making the Move to Exchange Place

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    Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop says he “learned his lesson” regarding the biggest celebration of the year — Fourth of July.

    “We’re moving #JerseyCity 4th of July (the biggest in N.J.) permanently to Exchange Place and not Liberty State Park (sic),” he tweeted. “Last year we had to scramble as Trenton couldn’t pass a budget and we aren’t risking that again. Lesson learned,” he added.

    Fresca Gourmet Market to Open on Coles Street

    A gourmet community market and deli is coming to Jersey City. Fresca Gourmet signed a 5,000 square-foot lease on the ground floor retail space of 300 Coles Street. The market will feature everything from deli sandwiches, wraps, hot food, salads, prepped meals, and groceries. Fresca is set to open in the fall of 2018.

    Joe’s Crab Shack Comes to Edgewater

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    Yes, this is technically Bergen County – but worth a share: Popular seafood restaurant chain Joe’s Crab Shack is officially open in Edgewater at 541 River Road, taking the place of The Crab House. While there are other Joe’s Crab Shacks in New Jersey, this one is unique as it offers waterfront dining. The restaurant is open Sunday through Thursday from 11:00AM-11:00PM and Friday to Saturday from 11:00AM-12:00AM.

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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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