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  • Word on the {Washington} Street: Franki & Ava’s Opens, Hoboken Celebrates Sinatra, Welcome 7 Fine Arts, and Other Hoboken News

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    The holidays are right around the corner, and Hoboken has been a whirlwind of holiday fun, events, and spirit. But of course, we couldn’t let you leave town {or hunker down for the week} without giving you the latest news. Here’s the roundup of the news around town in our latest edition of Word on the {Washington} Street- the one stop {blog post} shop for everything news in Hoboken

    Rebuild by Design Waterfront Discussions Underway

    When the State of NJ won the 2013 Rebuild By Design competition on the summer of 2013, it guaranteed our city , along with Weehawken and Jersey city, $230 million in funding to create a plan that improves the physical, ecological, economic, and social resilience of our community. Multiple plans to protect and preserve our waterfront and were discussed in recent weeks at drop-in town hall sessions. The topic has been the cause of much debate as some plans to protect the waterfront would also block access to the river. Mayor Zimmer released a statement stressing that the city understands the need and value in preserving the beauty of the waterfront but also needs to take precautions to keep Hoboken safe from ever again experiencing the type of devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy.

    Jersey City Ranked on Worst Places to Celebrate NYE List

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    Wallethub.com put together a list of the best and worst places to celebrate New Year’s Eve.  They compared the 100 most populated cities in the country by taking into account key factors from three different categories- Entertainment & Food, Costs, and Safety & Accessibility.  Some key factors included number of restaurants per 100,000 people, the amount of NYE parties held, average NYE party ticket price, price of beverages, and crime rate. Now, we may be a Hoboken-centered blog, but we have to stick up for our sister-city Jersey City and say we disagree with this ranking.  We think celebrating New Year’s Eve on this side of the Hudson makes for a ton of fun.  Don’t worry JC- we’ve got your back! 🙂

    Frankie and Ava’s Italian Eatery Opens

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    We know this happened a few weeks ago, but just had to mention that Frankie and Ava’s Italian Eatery is officially open at 208 Washington Street.  Their menu features a variety of Italian favorites from antipasto platters to pasta and pizza options. We haven’t gotten the chance to stop in for a taste yet, but our friends at HMag recently wrote about their visit. Based on their picture of the Maximum sandwhich, a trip to Frankie and Ava’s is high on our to-do list. Stop in and welcome them to the neighborhood!

    Women in Business Council’s Will Host 2016 Kickoff Event

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    The Women in Business Council’s 2016 kickoff event will be focused on helping entrepreneurs to run a successful business while creating happiness in their lives. Happiness expert and entrepreneur Sarah Miller will give a workshop followed by time to network as attendees mix and mingle with other local business owners. Men and women are invited to this event. Click here to get more information about this event. 

    7 Fine Arts Opens 

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    We love when a new, creative business comes to Hoboken and are so excited that 7 Fine Arts is officially open. Artist Sheri Alimonda is the owner of the studio and brings her 36 years of painting experience to the community. 7 Fine Arts holds daily classes where students are taught the foundations of painting. Classes are available for both adults and kids and vary from beginner’s level to advanced classes. Check out their website for more information.

    Santacon Held in Hoboken

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    ^thanks to our friends at Hoboken Happy Hours for this pic of Santas waiting in line to get into 1 Republik

    Yesterday, hundreds of bar-goers, decked out in holiday-gear, joined in on Hoboken’s Santa-con. Hoboken was swarming with people dressed as Santa, Mrs. Claus, their elves, and reindeer as they waited to get into Hoboken’s bars. Lines were wrapped around the corner on the coldest day we’ve had this December. Some participants took to Facebook to complain about having to pay cover charges to get into some bars despite paying $30 for a ticket to the sold-out event. Either way, it seemed that most of the Santas enjoyed themselves.

    Hoboken Celebrates the 100th Birthday of Ol’ Blue Eyes

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    On December 12th, Hoboken celebrated what would have been the 100th birthday of arguably our most famous resident, Frank Sinatra. The Hoboken Historical Museum honored the late singer by mounting a bronze star with his name at the entrance to the museum. The Hoboken Public Library hosted a Sinatra movie marathon and displayed a collection of Sinatra memorabilia. Del Frisco’s featured a special Sinatra cocktail and Blue Eyes created a pri-fixe menu to celebrate the man that inspired their name. The celebrations helped round out the year-long centennial events that have been hosted around town.

    Hoboken Police Warn of Package Theft Hoboken

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    We hate reporting on stories like this, but unfortunately it’s true. Hoboken Police have issued statements heeding residents to protect their holiday packages after multiple thefts occurred. Police recommend some key tips to keep in mind- good to know for the last minute packages that come in throughout these next few days. Here they are:

    • Do not let anyone who rings the bell inside the building without first confirming who the person is.
    • Any resident who is entering the buildings should not let anyone else inside who is not a resident of that building.
    • There should be an arrangement made with the delivery services such as UPS or Fed-ex to have the packages left in a secured area only accessible to the tenants or management.
    • Tenants should speak with management or landlords about properly securing all access doors to the building.
    • If there is anyone wandering inside or outside the property and the tenant is not familiar with them, immediately notify the police department. Do not confront the individual or anyone who may be with them.

    Warm Weather Expected for Christmas in Hoboken

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    December has been {unseasonably} warm and this week won’t be an exception. Forecasts show Christmas even getting into the upper 60s and Christmas day in the high 50s. And while we’ve enjoyed the light jackets instead of winter coats, we’re also a little disappointed that there’s not even a hint of a white Christmas.

    And 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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