• Top News Stories of the Week in Hoboken + Jersey City {June 10, 2018}

    It’s that time of the week again, Hudson County! We’re sharing the highlights of news stories that broke this week in the area. Hoboken is hosting its inaugural Waterfront Arts Gala, Shaka Bowl’s opening date for location #2 is announced, and there are new plans for Biggies Clam Bar’s old location. In Jersey City, there’s a new food truck turned brick-and-mortar, bike safety comes to the forefront, and a Jersey City native just starred in a TV show. Keep reading to find out what else is going in Hoboken and Jersey City, below:

    LBTQ Flag Raised in Hoboken for Pride Month

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    Photo Credit: Hudson Pride Center

    Hoboken is wishing everyone a happy Pride Month and showing the city’s support for the LGBTQ+ community with a special flag-raising ceremony. The LGBTQ+ flag was raised outside of City Hall on Monday, June 4. Representatives from the Hudson Pride Center were in attendance as well as transgender veteran Jennifer Marie Long, a retired sergeant major.

    Shaka Bowl to Open Second Store on Washington Street

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    Shaka Bowl is celebrating its new Washington Street store {at 110 Washington} with a grand opening party. The açai and poké spot will host its grand opening on Saturday, June 23 from 12:00PM-7:00PM. There will be live music and of course, food, like tiki tacos — a vegetarian-friendly taco made with jackfruit, gluten-free funfetti pound cake, avocado egg rolls, dumplings, and more. We’re so excited for Shaka Bowl #2!

    Hoboken Announces Inaugural Waterfront Arts Gala

    Hoboken is supporting the arts with the announcement of its inaugural Waterfront Arts Gala. The Gala, which will take place on Monday, June 25th from 7:00PM-9:00PM along the waterfront on Sinatra Drive between 11 and 12th, will benefit the City’s Cultural Affairs trust and naturally, support the Hoboken arts. “I am personally excited about this event and look forward to it taking place year after year,” Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla shared. “Art is sadly not given the support it deserves, considering the role it plays in enriching our lives.” Tickets to the gala are $100, available at www.hobokennj.gov/register, and come with a VIP seat to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s concert in Maxwell Park on 6/28. The Gala includes a 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and will be cocktail-style. Sponsors, such as Anthony Davids, Del Frisco’s Grille, GFG Bakery Café, Halifax, and more will provide food, beer, wine, and liquor tastings.

    JerseyBike Share Program Looks to Include All of NJ

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    Hoboken’s Hudson Bike Share, which kicked off back in 2015, has undergone rebranding and expansion in order to include more areas of New Jersey in its environmentally-friendly initiative. Now with the name JerseyBike Share, the initiative has grown to include Bayonne, Weehawken, West New York, Guttenberg, North Bergen, Port Imperial, Point Pleasant Beach Bike Share, Woodbridge Bike Share, and a trial period with the NJ State Park Service at Liberty State Park.

     

    Mayor Bhalla Campaigns for New Green Policy in Hoboken

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    Hoboken might be saying au revoir to single-use plastic bags in the near future. Mayor Bhalla is advocating for two new ordinances recently introduced at the latest City Council meeting, one of which constitutes a city-wide ban on single-use plastic bags — yep, like the ones you get at the grocery store. The ordinance would require retailers to sell reusable bags for customers instead and also put a fee of 10 cents per paper bag used. On average, each individual uses 500 single-use plastic bags per year and just one bag can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.

    Jersey City Native Guest Starring on Melissa McCarthy’s New Show

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    Sharaé Nikai, a Jersey City native, is making waves on television. Not only has she previously appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, but the actress now made a guest-star appearance on Nobodies, the TV land series brought to viewers by executive producers Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone. Sharaé acted alongside Saved by the Bell alum Mark-Paul Gosselaar, AKA high school hottie Zack Morris.

    Hoboken Experiences Polling Problems During Primary

    After several voting irregularities were reported throughout the city of Hoboken, Mayor Bhalla pronounced the polling problems during the primary election as “disappointing.” Due to machine malfunctions and other unforeseen technical issues, many voters were worried that their votes weren’t actually counted. For any Hoboken residents who had trouble casting their vote, the City of Hoboken’s official Twitter announced you can cast a provisional ballot at any other Hoboken polling place.

    Cheers — It’s Hoboken Cocktail Week

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    From June 8th to June 17th, Hoboken Happy Hours is hosting its second annual Hoboken Cocktail Week. Venues that are participating in the 10-day-long event include {but are not limited to!} The Ale House, Biggie’s, Black Bear, Cadillac Cantina, City Bistro, Pilsener Haus, The Madison, and more. Check the comprehensive guide to Cocktail Week for more participating venues, deals, menus, and more.

    JC Gets More Biker-Friendly as 3,000 Riders Show Up for Bike Ward Tour

    Nearly 3,000 people showed up for Jersey City’s ninth annual Ward Tour on World Bike Day. The tour is a 16-mile ride that visits all six wards in the city and is organized by Bike JC. Mayor Steven Fulop rode the entire tour and told the crowd of master plans to make Jersey City more bike-friendly, including the expansion of more bikeways throughout the city thanks to Let’s Ride JC and protected bike lanes made from paint and plants, known as the Street Plans Collaborative.

    Steven’s Waterfront Steps Get a Makeover

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    Photo Credit: reddit

    New steps, who dis? The once-old and kind of rickety steps leading down from Steven’s Institute of Technology to the Frank Sinatra Drive waterfront have gotten a makeover, as one Reddit user from Hoboken pointed out online. The new-and-improved staircase, which offers a view of the New York City skyline directly across from it, features florescent bulbs that light up the pathway.

    New Life Proposed for the Old Biggie’s Clam Bar

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    Biggie’s Clam Bar {OG location} might be the location for a new mixed-use revival project. The spot, located at 318 Madison Street, might take on new life as a recent proposal for the lot’s owners seeks a demolition of everything on the current site, making way for a new five-story building. The project proposes four residential units with an 852-square-foot retail storefront on the ground-level floor. Unfortunately there’s no hope of a food institution making its home there again, as the plans state it’s specifically “not intended for restaurant use.” What’s more, the liquor license at 318 Madison was listed for sale in 2016.

    YSL Fashion Show Takes Place at Liberty State Park

    First Veuve Clicquot, now YSL — if you live near Liberty State Park, you probably noticed the bright lights happening several days ago. It was, indeed, a fashion show hosted by none other than Saint Laurent in Jersey City. Celeb attendees included Kate Moss, Lauryn Hill, and more. The show presented the YSL Spring/Summer 2019 Menswear collection by Anthony Vaccarello.

    Stevens Institute of Technology Pitcher Drafted to NY Yankees

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    Very exciting news from Castle Point — Stevens Tech student Chris Ruggiero has been drafted to the NY Yankees. with the 997th overall pick by the New York Yankees in the 2018 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft Wednesday. Ruegger is only the second player in program history to be selected in MLB’s First Year Player Draft — the first in 45 years, as Dave Garcia was selected by the Minnesota Twins in 1973. “I would like to thank my family for always supporting me with everything,” Ruegger said “I also want to thank my teammates and coaches who have pushed me to be the best player I can be. To be drafted is a great honor that I really have no words for. I am extremely grateful that the New York Yankees organization saw my ability and potential. The whole process has been very exciting and I am beyond thankful that it ended with this outcome. I’m excited to see where this journey will take me, but I will always be a Duck!”

    Mordi’s Sandwich Shop Opens Brick & Mortar in Jersey City

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    Photo: Instagram via @MordisFoodTruck

    Mordi’s Schnitzel Truck opened in April 2014 out of the love of two things – Israeli street food + Jersey City, and it has now blossomed into a brick-and-mortar spot in Jersey City, located at 320 Communipaw Ave and Pine St. They’re soft opening this week 7AM-3PM with a limited menu. Chef and owner Mordechai Chichportiche {Mordi} was born and raised in Israel and loves sharing some of his favorite foods growing up with the place he now calls home. After graduating from the French Culinary Institute and working as a line-cook in NYC and Tel. Aviv, Mordi’s entrepreneurial spirit spurred him on to open is own food truck {and now restaurant}. The new spot just opened this past week, and we’re excited to check it out. Congrats on the opening!

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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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