• Warby Parker’s Hoboken Location Revealed + News Stories You Missed This Week

    Happy Sunday, Hudson County! Our New Jersey cities have seen a lot of headlines this week — from Anthony David’s 20th-year celebration to Hoboken’s annual Pizza Fest to Warby Parker coming to the Mile Square. What else happened this week? A new SAT/ACT prep program is opening up a classroom in Jersey City, JC Mayor Steven Fulop announced the addition of nearly 100 new speed bumps to the JC area, + more. Keep reading to find out all the details of what went on this week in Hoboken and Jersey City:

    Anthony David’s Celebrates 20 Years in Hoboken With a Block Party

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    Liz and Anthony Pino of Anthony David’s {located on 939 Bloomfield Street} are celebrating 20 years feeding Hoboken and they’re doing it with {more} food. On Saturday, September 29, Anthony David’s will host a Brunch Block Party, taking their sidewalk seating into the street. Families can expect fun activities for kids, music, and a sangria wine bar. Oh, and delicious brunch specials, of course! It all goes down on September 29 from 10AM to 3PM {rain date is listed as Saturday, October 6}.

    Hoboken Businesses Support Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    The month of September has been declared Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the City of Hoboken’s local businesses will be showing support. Participating businesses include Choc O Pain, Little City Books, Shaka Bowl, Baking Mama, Little Hoboken, Athleta, Hoboken Little School, Hudson River Fitness and will donate a percentage of their sales to a number of organizations that help childhood cancer research. Hoboken resident and author Raakhee Mirchandani  {mom of Satya!} will be donating $1 from every copy sold of her new book to benefit the Tomorrows Children Fund.

    Ruth’s Chris Steak House Newport Liberty Half Marathon This Sunday

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    This Sunday, Ruth’s Chris Steak House kicks off its 25th annual Newport Liberty Half Marathon. The race, which begins promptly at 8:30AM, runs along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and across the way to Liberty State Park. Runners will take in views of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Verrazano Bridge, and of course, the Manhattan skyline.

    A representative for the Jersey City Medical Center and Mayor Steven Fulop will kick off the event around 8:20AM with their opening remarks. A post-race celebration will be held at Newport Town Square with plenty of refreshments, music, and drawings for a host of exciting prizes.

    Those interested in cheering on runners can congregate at the Newport Town Square {100 Town Square in Jersey City} this Sunday, September 16.

    Get Ready for Hoboken’s 2nd Annual Pizza Fest

    Did someone say pizza? The 2nd annual Pizza Fest is quickly approaching and if your mouth just started watering, that’s totally normal. Pizza Fest is put on by Hoboken Happy Hours and will feature some of the most delicious pizzerias in town — Napoli’s, Tony Boloney’s, The Brick, O’Bagel, Hot House Pizza, and more. Proceeds from Pizza Fest will benefit local nonprofit, True Mentors, an organization dedicated to helping Hoboken children develop healthy, strong relationships that allow them to reach their full potential. Tickets officially went on sale earlier this week, so click here get your tix ASAP.

    Maggie’s Farm Espresso Opens Next Month in Jersey City

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    A new Australian-themed coffee shop is coming to downtown Jersey City. The independently-owned cafe will make 88 Morgan Street its new home and is run by an Aussie himself: Sam de Burgh. de Burgh named the shop after a Bob Dylan song in which he croons “ain’t gonna work on Maggie’s farm no more.” Born in Perth Australia, de Burgh came to the States about eight years ago. This is his first business venture.

    The Maggie’s Farm menu is pulled together by the Australian-born chef Paul Salmeri, who trained at Italy’s Apicius International Culinary School, and will change seasonally. Guests can expect avocado toast, seasonal paninis, and organic ingredients. Maggie’s is hoping to open by early October with daily hours from 6AM-4PM.

    Warby Parker to Open in Hoboken This Year

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    Hoboken Girl reported earlier that a brick-and-mortar Warby Parker was coming soon to Hoboken. We now have some insider intel that the Hoboken location will be at the former It’s Greek to Me space on Washington Street {538 Washington Street}. But in the meantime, the very first Warby Parker in the state of New Jersey launched this week at the Garden State Plaza mall in Paramus.

    “After much prepping and planning, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re opening our very first store in New Jersey tomorrow,” the official Warby Parker Instagram account wrote on Friday. “We’re excited to kick things off in Paramus at @gsplaza, then roll out stores in Westfield and Hoboken later this year.”

    120-Room Morris Hotel Proposed for Jersey City

    The Jersey City Redevelopment Agency {JCRA} has tapped Landmark Developers to begin development on the Morris Hotel, a 120-room hotel proposed for Communipaw Avenue in Jersey City. The hotel’s plans also call for a coffee shop and parking lot area. The designation for the development has been extended to December 30, 2018. The plans were originally proposed back in February. If built, the hotel would link Point Capital’s Baker Building and the Foundry. Click here for a current list of Jersey City hotels.

    Mayor Fulop Will Cut Ribbon for TestRocker’s SAT/ACT Prep Classroom

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    As part of TestRocker Inc.’s educational initiative to improve Jersey City students’ ability to take tests, earn scholarships, and qualify for financial aid, TestRocker is opening its first SAT/ACT prep classroom. Students, parents, and educators will be in attendance, as well as the Mayor and his media team. For anyone interested in attending, the ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on October 7th at 190 Christopher Columbus Drive in Jersey City.

    South Part of Van Leer Complex Renamed ‘The Enclave’

    A development near the Hoboken/Jersey City border now has a new name: The Enclave. The southern portion of the Van Leer Complex, the newest upcoming addition to SoHo West, has earned the new name, though it was previously called Van Leer after the Van Leer Chocolate Company that used to occupy the site. The Enclave is a mixed-use development across the street from the Cast Iron Lofts. It will offer 260 units and is currently for lease.

    Free Climber Scaled the Urby Building

    Free climber Alex Honnold scaled halfway up the Urby Building in Jersey City earlier this week. Without harness or rope, Honnold, 33, climbed as high as the twenty-fourth floor. Honnold had actually discussed his plan to scale the building with the Urby’s developer, David Barry, who gave him permission to do so. Honnold told The New Yorker that he stopped at the 24th floor because he was “done feeling like a peeping tom,” looking through the windows of peoples’ apartments. Honnold also revealed that it was a conscious decision of Barry’s not to alert the residents of the building ahead of time, as to avoid pandemonium surrounding Honnold’s climb.

    Old Las Olas Location Reopening as ‘Apulia’

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    The exterior of Apulia. Still a work in progress!

    From Asian-Latin fusion to Southern Italian. The previous Las Olas location is reopening as a new restaurant called Apulia. Located at 1319 Washington Street, Apulia will offer authentic Italian restaurant food as well as wood-fired pizza. But the owners Frank Sciacca and his Uncle Franco warn potential visitors their pizza might be a bit different than what you might be accustomed to.

    “Our pizza won’t be like regular American-Italian pizza,” Frank says, referencing the Acunto M. Napoli Wood-Fired oven on premises. “It’s the only one in the area that’s actually wood-fired,” he adds.

    Coming to Jersey City Soon: More Speed Bumps

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    Jersey City is getting more speed bumps, Mayor Steven Fulop recently announced on Twitter. As part of the Vision Zero initiative, a total of 85 speed bumps will be added to Jersey City streets throughout each of the city’s wards. Ward F holds the record for receiving the most amount of speed bumps, with 21 delineated to the ward. Check out this list for each location of the new speed bumps.

    HUB Hoboken Closed During Investigation of Lewd Videos

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    Downtown Hoboken bar The HUB has closed and will remain closed during the duration of Hoboken’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board’s pending investigation and hearing. The investigation comes after videos surfaced of patrons performing lewd acts during an event in conjunction with Kirill, known as The Slut Whisperer on Instagram. According to NBC 4 News, The HUB, located at 16 Hudson Place, closed its doors as of noon on Wednesday. Police officers were there for a brief time blocking the entrance.

    Mayor Ravi Bhalla has called the graphic acts caught on camera, “an affront to human decency” and a “horrific objectification of women.” He also added that he is seeking the revocation of the bar’s license.

    The HUB will stay closed until the ABC hearing comes to an agreement. The hearing was originally scheduled for September 20 but has since been rescheduled to October 25.

    WomenRising’s Annual Celebration of Service Gala Honors Hoboken Girl Team

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    WomenRising is hosting its annual Service Gala and the Hoboken Girl Team is one of the 2018 honorees! The organization aims to honor those within the community that make a difference in the lives of women and children. Over 250 people from throughout Hudson County attend each year and proceeds from the event go toward assisting both women and families in crisis. Also an honoree this year is Cindy Nan Vogelman, Esq who will receive the Above and Beyond Award.

    The Hoboken Girl Team is taking home the Volunteer Service Award for 2018. The event is just one month away — at the Liberty House Restaurant on Wednesday, October 17 from 6-9PM — so if you’re interested in grabbing a ticket, check out WomenRising.org/gala.

    WomenRising is also benefitting from a drive that the HG Team is hosting in Hoboken in an effort to help their shelter residents. The event is taking place over the course of the next month — a countdown pre-Gala: September 16 to the day before the gala, October 16. The drive aims to collect diapers, toiletries, products for women, and more. If you’d like to contribute to the drive, see the flyer below for drop off locations and products needed:

    hoboken girl helps women rising 2018

    Email hobokengirlhelps@gmail.com with any questions regarding the drive.


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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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