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  • Word on the {Washington} Street: Pier 13 Opens, A New Ferry Route, and More Hoboken + JC News

    Talk about Sun-daze! We are SO excited to be enjoying the 80 degree weather this weekend and know you are too. Whether you’re strolling around town, relaxing on Pier A, or celebrating the Easter holiday with family today, we’ve got the low-down from around town this week for you to catch up on. Read below for all the info in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street: your one-stop-shop for everything news in Hoboken. 

    JC Heights Choc-o-Pain Location Opening in May

    One of Hoboken’s favorite bakeries will soon open their newest location in Jersey City Heights. Choc-o-Pain’s new spot will be located at 330-332 Palisade Avenue and will include a large bakery on site. The new space is set to open in May and will be the third location for locals to get their favorite French goodies. Plus, HG readers get an exclusive deal if you check out Choc-o-Pain on our Deals Directory.

    Take Back the Night Happening Tuesday, April 18

    April is filled with volunteer opportunities for the Hoboken Girl Helps team, but if you haven’t heard about this week’s upcoming event — listen up: Stevens Institute of Technology’s 3rd annual Take Back The Night. Join the Stevens community and CarePoint Health as they raise awareness for sexual assault and promote safety for all by participating in the walk from Stevens to Pier A, where a candlelight vigil and guest speakers + performances will follow. The Hoboken Girl team is joining the walk — if interested, please meet us at 6:45PM at the 9th Street gates of Stevens {email hobokengirlteam@gmail.com with questions}. Bring anyone you want to join us – the walk is open to everyone!

    Ani Ramen House Set to Open

    Ani Ramen House’s Jersey City location at 218 Newark Avenue, is slated to open on Monday, April 24th. The new spot will not accept reservations and seating will be on a first come, first serve basis. The location will feature a full bar with beverage selections created in collaboration with New York City mixologist, Kenta Gota {a 2017 James Beard Award Semifinalist}. The Jersey City location will feature murals creatied by NJ artist Rich Tu. We can’t wait to check it out — since taste testing them at Mana Contemporary was the highlight of our night!

    Fire Sweeps Hoboken Apartment Building

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    A fire at 5:30 AM on Friday morning, an apartment building on Monroe Street between 1st and Observer highway caused the streets to be closed through the morning commute. According to NJ.com, about 14 residents were evacuated from 6 or 7 units between two buildings as a result of the blaze. Thankfully, there were no injuries. Fire damage occurred on the top floor where the fire started and water damage was sustained in other areas of the building. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

    Hoboken Public Education Foundation Raising Money for Local Students

    After raising more than $90,000 in the 2015-2016 school year, the Hoboken Public Education Foundation is on a mission to raise more than $100,000 for local schools this year. The foundation, set up by a group of local public school parents, will host their Spring Gala at the W Hotel on May 18th. The funds raised by the foundation have helped to implement meaningful programs across the district including professional development for teachers and staff, the Brand Auditorium sound system, family science nights, and the storm drain mural project with the Hoboken Green Team. Individuals and organizations wanting to support the Hoboken Public Education Foundation can contact them at hobokenpef@gmail.com

    Pier 13 Officially Opens

    Pier 13, a favorite Hoboken outdoor spot, is officially open — and we couldn’t be happier about it. Yesterday, the foodtrucks, “lawn” games, craft beers, and cocktails were in full swing as Hobokenites and visitors celebrated the re-opening. They will be open on Saturdays from 11:00 AM-10:00 PM and Sundays from 11:00AM-8:00PM. This is the 5th year Pier 13 will be opening and they’ll be celebrating with an anniversary party on July 1st.

    Chakra Immersion at Pavana Yoga Encourages Balance + Wellness

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    On April 28th and 29th, Pavana Yoga will host a Chakra Immersion weekend. During the two-day event taught by local yoga instructor Kate Lombardo, attendees will delve deep into learning about what the chakras are and how to do things to bring them into balance. The weekend will combine yoga, journaling, meditation, essential oils, and other wellness techniques as a fun way to learn more about how to live a more balanced life. Registrants may sign up for one or both days and can register online here.

    Sights, Bites, and Sips Comes to Hoboken

    On Saturday, April 29th a unique event combining a sight-seeing running tour, wine tasting, and fundraiser is coming to Hoboken. The event is presented by Grapeful, City Running Tours, and Antique Bar & Bakery. The 4-mile guided running tour in and around Hoboken will start and finish at Antique Bar & Bakery and includes stops and information at historical sites like Fiore’s Deli, Sybill’s Cave, Willow Terrace, and more. After the run, participants will enjoy a wine tasting and special bites. Proceeds from the event will support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hopsital. Tickets are $50 per person and only 25 spaces are available.  Click here to register.

    Hoboken Emergency Ferry Route to Become Permanent

    As a result of the NJ Transit derailment last week a ferry route from Hoboken to midtown Manhattan was put in place to help commuters get to NYC. As of September, the route linking the Hoboken Terminal and the West 39th Street Midtown Ferry Terminal will become permanent. According to Hoboken Patch, the ferry ride is 12 minutes long and once passengers arrive they’ll be able to use the free crosstown shuttle. Unlike the emergency route, the permanent route will be open to all customers and not just those with NJ Transit tickets.

    NY Judge Found in Hudson River

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    Sad news came to the area on Thursday when Prominent New York Court of Appeals Judge, Sheila Abdus-Salaam, was found dead in the Hudson River. According to NJ.com, Salaam made history in 2013 when she became the first Muslim and African American woman to be appointed to the state’s highest court. The NYPD found the body off the Harlem coastline at around 1:45 PM. The investigation into her death is ongoing.

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    That’s the latest Word on Wash!

    Have any news tips? Email kate@hobokengirl.com to let us know.


    Written by:

    Kate Lombardo is Hoboken Girl’s Marketing and Events Manager. She joined the HG team in February of 2015 and loves keeping readers up to date on news and things to do in Hoboken. Kate lives uptown with her husband and can often be found shopping her way through Hoboken’s boutiques or taste-testing her way through the mile square’s amazing restaurants. She’s a local yoga teacher who loves helping people live the healthiest and happiest version of their lives. Check her out on Instagram @katelombardoyoga.


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