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Calendar / Bike JC 10th Anniversary Ward Tour
« on: 05-17-2019, 03:24pm »
scheduled for Sunday June 2nd, registration is now open and it includes a 25 mile ride!

Dining / Subculture
« on: 04-18-2018, 08:26am »
260 Newark Ave between Monmouth and 2nd.  Still in soft opening stage, I checked them out last night.  Very cool vibe, the walls are covered in vintage movie and TV posters, good music in the background and 2 monitors set up with Nintendo games you can sit and play while waiting for your meal.  They are more than a store front to grab a sandwich to go, they also have a fair amount of seating.  I only glanced at the menu before ordering the meatball sub which was big enough for me to eat half for dinner and the other half is today's breakfast.  Definitely check them out.   

Dining / Harry's Daughter
« on: 11-22-2017, 08:09am »
Downtown isn’t the only Jersey City ward experiencing a boom in restaurants and boutique coffee shops. Just this week two new restaurants soft opened in Bergen Lafayette, joining an impressive array of new shops and restaurants that already includes Hooked JC, The Grind Coffee Shop, and newly opened Corgi Spirits.

Harry’s Daughter
If the swinging lounge chairs and an in-house coconut cart don’t catch your eye, dishes like Jerk Chicken Nachos and Piri-Piri Style Shrimp are bound to lure you in. Located at 339 Communipaw Avenue (in the former MAE space), Harry’s Daughter is currently in soft open mode.

Restaurants & Bars / Piggyback Bar
« on: 09-06-2017, 11:49am »
'Top Chef' brings her Asian-inspired eats from NYC to N.J. waterfront

JERSEY CITY -- As New York's dining culture continues to follow its residents across the Hudson River, Jersey City just landed the terrific Asian-infused dishes former Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen has been serving up at the ultra-popular Pig & Khao in the Lower East Side.

Piggyback Bar, a more casual spinoff of Pig & Khao, is located in the Harborside Terminal (200 Hudson St.) alongside the Hudson River and will open Sept. 21.

"We are not as young as we used to be, but we still have that younger, hip vibe that I think a lot of people who are leaving Manhattan and moving to Jersey City may have been missing," said Cohen, 35, who is also moving to Jersey City this fall.

Piggyback Bar will continue to feature Pig & Khao's authentic southeast Asian cuisine, but in more familiar street-style or bar dishes -- and in a space that's more than double the size.

The restaurant and bar is located in the atrium of an office building, but it is not just any office building. Harborside sits on the Hudson River and features a breathtaking backdrop of Manhattan. Piggyback is at the back of the terminal and will feature a bar, a main dining room, an outdoor area and a private room. The 6,000-square-foot space can accommodate 250 patrons.


Crime & Safety / Bike lanes? Think about drivers
« on: 07-21-2017, 09:46am »
if you support protcted bike lanes in Jersey City, please let Stephanie Brooks know, Yvonne Balcer was good enough to provide us her email:

The public is probably not aware of the Jersey City Grand Street Concept Development which really is code for the city's plans on turning Grand Street into another friendly street for bike riders.

Making Grand Street bike-friendly will have an impact on drivers since Grand Street is the access road for many people reaching the Medical Center.

Columnist Father Santora wrote about Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer changing the configuration of Observer Highway for bikers and the resultant massive slowdown in traffic. Do residents want slow traffic if your child is suffering with an asthma attack trying to reach the hospital?

This administration has a hostility towards residents who must use their cars. It is seen in the loss of parking spaces for Citi bikes and the elimination of parking for new construction.

I suggest residents send their comments to Stephanie Brooks at The administration needs to hear to other voices in Jersey City.


A rebirth in Journal Square has been an elusive goal in Jersey City over the years, but a new building boom is demonstrating that the neighborhood’s oft-promised revitalization is finally happening. Now, long time property owners behind a new development are aiming to bring some vibrancy and culture to the area, hoping to have shovels in the ground on their own project by 2019.

Approved late last month, 808 Pavonia Avenue is partially the byproduct of zoning changes that were enacted last year. The City Council amended the Journal Square 2060 Redevelopment Plan to create the Zone 10 Arts District, which aims to facilitate amenities in an alleyway known as Concourse West. The alley currently consists of parking garages and lots behind the historic Loew’s Theater.

The Harwood family, who have had an ownership stake in the over two-acre property since the 1920s, initially revealed plans and a website in March outlining their vision for the land. Slightly modified since then, the approved project now includes five LEED-certified buildings highlighted by two residential towers of 51 and 57 stories.

But while the development will undoubtedly reshape the neighborhood’s skyline, it’s the streetscape changes that might be the most impactful.

“We think this project begins to build a cultural infrastructure in Journal Square,” says Bob Antonicello of GRID Real Estate. He adds the company, who acted as redevelopment advisors, put together the local team behind the oddly-shaped project, which he is proud to say got large community support during the planning and approval process.

In addition to the 1,189 rental units and 970 parking spaces in the project’s two towers, 808 Pavonia will build a 5,000-square foot stand-alone museum and art gallery. The development, designed by New York-based Studio V Design + Planning, also features lots of public open space and amenities including a pedestrian pathway through the alley. Private amenities included in the project include pools and a skyline cabana area.


Restaurants & Bars / Beat Street
« on: 06-23-2017, 12:01pm »
At Jersey City's new '80s hip-hop-flavored restaurant Beat Street, part of the two-year-old Transmission nightclub in the Powerhouse Arts District, you can have hot mac & cheese -- but it's made with sous vide lobster, smoked paprika foam and crumbled Cheez-Its.

Not exactly what the Fat Boys had in mind when they rapped, "Give me some hot macaroni and cheese / Give me some more food please!"

The restaurant and lounge, which opened Thursday night, takes its name from the 1984 movie about breakdancing, graffiti and MCs in the South Bronx. And while the space got a cool graffiti- and music-themed makeover from hip-hop-inspired artist Ivan Orama, Beat Street is really about capturing the energy of the early days of rap, says KC Macias, the nightlife impresario who is teaming with Transmission owner Howard Brunner and chef Darryl Harmon, who calls his eclectic high-end/lowbrow menu "elevated street food."


TRENTON -- Jersey City is likely to regain local control of its school district's instruction and programming later this year, the final step in emerging from the state's nearly 30-year takeover of city schools, state Education Commissioner Kimberely Harrington said Wednesday.

The district passed the state's latest review of school instruction, Harrington said at Wednesday's state Board of Education meeting. A resolution to return control of instruction to the district will likely come before the board in a few months, she said, setting the stage for a historic vote.

That resolution is expected to pass, President Mark Biedron said.

"We are moving forward," Biedron said, adding that he hopes to vote as soon as next month. "They're done."

After the vote, the district will be required to develop a transition plan and the state will continue to monitor its performance, he said.


Montclair's Uncle Momo is following the culinary migration east to Jersey City, opening a second outpost of the French Lebanese restaurant in the space occupied by longtime favorite Marco & Pepe, which closed after 16 years in March.

The new location comes on the heels of the opening of Ani Ramen, the no-reservations Montclair ramen house, on Newark Avenue, and with the news that Diesel & Duke, the upscale burger chain with locations in New Brunswick and Montclair, are also planning a Jersey City outpost.

"Jersey City is like the Village," says Ali Lyoussi, who owns Uncle Momo with chef Wissam El Masri. "Everybody is moving from the city. I like the vibe of Jersey City, and the concept we have here in Montclair is not there."

The menu heavily reflects El Masri's Lebanese background (falafel, $13.50; shish kabob, $16-$23; makenek, Lebanese sausage served with pomegranate molasses, $12.95) with a nod to Lyoussi's Moroccan heritage (lamb tagine with almonds and caramelized prunes, $24, while the mood and decor has a French bistro vibe. "When you go inside, you feel like you are in Paris," he says.

The restaurant's pita is celebrated, as is its "pitza," pita with a variety of toppings, from the lemon-marinated chicken ($14) to the shrimp and scallops with garlic and parsley sauce ($15). Expect the same at the Jersey City location at 289 Grove St. Lyoussi expects to open in two or three months.

Meanwhile, Diesel & Duke is shooting for an October opening at 389 Monmouth Street. "It's turned into a beautiful city," says co-owner David Cusumano, who opened the first Diesel in New Brunswick in 2014 with Kevin Rezvani. "The demographics are there. We feel that we can bring something to table there."


Restaurants & Bars / The Cliff
« on: 04-13-2017, 03:08pm »
taken from AtS:

We are proud to announce our
Grand Opening on Earth Day
Saturday April 22nd 2017

Starting with brunch service from 8 am - 4 pm.
You are cordially invited to join us for a
reception from 4 pm - 6 pm
as we celebrate the much anticipated opening of

The Cliff
38 Congress St
Jersey City Heights

Please RSVP with the number of your party to

Just steps from the 9th Street Elevator lives The Cliff, a neighborhood cafe serving killer coffee alongside wholesome and delicious foods. A secluded backyard and sidewalk tables offer the best outdoor seating in the Heights for Breakfast, Lunch & Brunch.

Grand Opening Reception Details.
Reception will take place at 38 Congress St, Jersey City Heights :

Light refreshments will be served.
Children are welcome.
Reception will take place from 4 pm to 6 pm.
Feel free to share with friends or on social media.
Please send RSVP's to
Looking forward to celebrating with you!

Restaurants & Bars / FM Bar & Restaurant
« on: 02-01-2017, 03:28pm »
from :AtS:

Allow me to introduce myself and shed a little light on the new bar / restaurant called FM opening up at the old Union Republic space at 340 Third Street.

My name is Joe. I've been living in DTJC for about 10 years now.

I'm currently involved with this new endeavor that will be opening up April 2017.

FM is a new restaurant and bar coming to Downtown Jersey City. FM features 1970's decor with Rock & Roll music reflective of the time when FM radio was at it's height.

Our menu features classic comfort food from the 1970's with a twist, using locally sourced ingredients. Our dishes emphasize the balance between creative presentation without compromising simplicity, freshness, and flavor.

Come enjoy a cocktail in our lounge, a delicious meal in our dining room, and soak up the vibe.


Starting with the exterior sign that you took notice of...this was just installed late last week. The needle in the tuner is just there for effect and not specifically referencing any particular radio station of that time. There will be a smaller version of the tuner [fabricated by local artist Thomas John Carlson] inside that will actually be lit up like the original 70's tuners were. For some reason, the city said we couldn't do it to the exterior sign.

Also adorning the exterior is a mural created by Thomas John Carlson. The characters shown in the mural were done by graffiti artist Charlie "DOVES". Thomas will also be painting an interior mural for us as well.

Interior construction is moving along and starting to come together nicely.

We're also starting to take resumes for the following positions:

- Host/Hostess
- Servers
- Bartenders

We are looking to hire local residents to staff FM.

If you or anyone you know may be interested, please contact us at

If anyone has a blog or site that would like to help us out with a little informational piece, we'd be ever so grateful. Please contact us at:

We're very proud to open this space here in DTJC and hope you all will stop by and check us out when the doors open.

More info coming soon.

Stay tuned...

Dining / the race to open
« on: 05-24-2016, 09:19am »
Walking to work today I snuck a peak in the new Pet Shop Bar and it looked almost fully renovated, of course the city could put them in permit hell like it did Atomic Wings.

Calendar / LSP Presidents Day Group Photo Protest
« on: 02-11-2016, 12:25pm »
Patriots of Liberty State Park!! Stand with fellow park supporters in an iconic group photo with Lady Liberty in the background. Come out to make a solidarity statement on President's Day by putting democracy into action to protest Govenor Christies's proposals to commercialize and privatize LSP. All ages are welcome on this national holiday to stand up for LSP, our national treasure behind our nation's greatest symbol of democracy and freedom.

WHEN: Monday, February 15, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: LSP's South Overlook Lawn in SE corner, past the Flag Plaza.  GPS is 200 Morris Pesin Dr.

Bring your homemade signs of any size, with messages such as #SaveLSP, Free & Green, No LSP Commercialization, No LSP Privatization, LSP for ALL the People.  Or get creative with your own words and images! We'll also have signs for people to use.

To find us, walk from teh parking lot through the breezeway past the Visitors Center/Park office and bathrooms to the lawn area just beyond the Flag Plaza (which usually has one flag up in wintertime). We'll take some group photos at around 1:15, also posing for media photographers. After the group photos we encourage everyone to take your own photos to shre on social media tagged with #SaveLSP, and with the coalition petition site
We'll have warm drinks and cookies for everyone. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Hope to see you there!

For more information please contact the Coalition to Save LSP: Greg Remaud, Deputy Director, NY/NJ Baykeeper at 732.88.9870 x3 or Sam Pesin, President of Friends of LSP at 201.341.7900 or

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens will perform at Loews Jersey Theatre in Jersey City on Halloween this year.

Stevens, an alternative pop/rock artist, announced his U.S. tour dates yesterday and tickets are now available to all ages for exclusive pre-sale for $55 through the Applauze ticketing website.

Doors open for the Oct. 31 concert at 7 p.m.


Jersey City residents are invited to enter the Little Free Library Design Competition, sponsored by the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association. A $300 prize will be awarded to the entrant who submits the winning design.

The Little Free Library movement runs on the "take a book, return a book" policy in which neighbors freely share their favorite pieces of literature with their community.

Entries for the design competition may be sent electronically or by mail of physical drawing or model.


JERSEY CITY — Rejoice, pedestrians, a portion of Newark Avenue will soon be yours.

The one-block pedestrian plaza, located just west of the Grove Street PATH station, is returning, possibly in the next two weeks, Mayor Steve Fulop confirmed on Twitter this morning.

The city shut down that block of Newark Avenue, from Erie to Grove streets, on weekday afternoon and evenings and all weekend for about two months last August as a trial run, with an eye on creating a plaza to replicate those found in midtown Manhattan.


The Jersey City Brew Club is taking a bus trip to visit Weyerbacher and Troegs breweries on Saturday the 17th. There are still some tickets available, but they won't last too long. The trip includes beer on the bus, as well as a tour and beer at Weyerbacher, and we'll have the barrel room at Troegs for an open bar and food.

You don't have to be a JCBC member to attend, but the cost for non-members includes annual dues so you get access to events like this in the future.

from my office today:

To New York/New Jersey traveling Employees,


Please find the below correspondence that  Brookfield Property Management has received from the NYC Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit in relation to the activities, traffic and parking restrictions and pedestrian access on Thursday, September 11, 2014.


As you will see from the below, 200 Liberty Street sits outside of the affected area.


As we prepare for the annual September 11th commemoration ceremony, we would like to share detailed information regarding the upcoming observance.


The commemoration for family members of the victims of the 2001 and 1993 attacks will take place at the 9/11 Memorial on Thursday, September 11 from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Following a citywide moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the names of the victims will be read with music as a backdrop. There will be five additional moments of silence throughout the program. The Tribute in Light will begin at sundown and will stay lit throughout the night. The memorial plaza will reopen to the public at 6 p.m. on September 11th  and remain open until midnight.


Traffic Restrictions

• Liberty Street (between Trinity Place and Greenwich Street) and Greenwich Street (between Liberty and Albany) will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. Businesses and residents should avoid scheduling deliveries to those blocks during that time period.

• West Street will remain open to vehicular traffic. However, trucks will not be permitted northbound on West Street from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Vesey Street. Trucks will be diverted from the tunnel to Trinity Place/Church Street to travel north.

• Church Street/Trinity Place and Broadway will remain open.


Pedestrian Access

• The Liberty Street sidewalk adjacent to the Memorial plaza (between Greenwich and West Streets) will be closed to pedestrians until 6 p.m.

• The Liberty Street pedestrian bridge will remain open.

• The sidewalk on the east side of West Street (between Vesey and Cedar Streets) adjacent to the Memorial plaza will be closed to pedestrians until 6 p.m.


Parking Restrictions

The following streets will not have access to parking:


• Liberty Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street

• Greenwich Street between Liberty and Rector Streets

• Trinity Place between Liberty and Morris Streets

• Little West Street between 2nd and 3rd Place


No parking will be in effect on all closed streets, including official permit parking and all cars parked illegally will be towed. If you have further questions, please call 311 or visit


We appreciate your understanding and assistance during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Restaurants & Bars / Pizza Exchange
« on: 08-26-2014, 02:24pm »
101 Greene St
Jersey City NJ


Join us for this unique outdoor reception to make a difference in lives of homeless and economically-disadvantaged women and children of the York Street Project.

Tantalizing fare from BoulevardFive 72, Fresh seafood, beer, wine, signature cocktails and live music will make this event that kicks off your summer the right way!

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 6:00PM

Please Join us and reserve your ticket today.

click here

I grabbed this from AtS.   I have not seen the movie but I did read the book so I'm very interested in attending even on a Friday nigtht.
You've seen the movie, now hear Harry Ettlinger, the real "Sam Epstein" of the movie. He will speak on May 9 at 8 pm at Temple Beth El of Jersey City, 2419 Kennedy Blvd. There will be an abbreviated Shabbat service and then Ettlinger will speak about his life, fleeing Nazi Germany and working with the Monuments Men to identify and return looted art.
A native of Germany where his roots go back to 1450 his family fled shortly before Kristallnacht. They first went to Manhattan and then came to Newark, New Jersey where Ettlinger graduated from high school. After the start of WWII he went into the army and because he spoke fluent German was chosen to translate document for the Nuremberg trials. Instead he wound up working with the Monuments Men to find, identify and return looted art work. Hear his inspiring story.

Parking available across the street at the Bank of America parking lot.

General / Community kitchen at St Peters University
« on: 01-24-2014, 01:23pm »
40% of the food grown in the United States is never eaten. A huge amount of good food ordered by restaurants and supermarkets gets unnecessarily thrown out. Saint Peter's students would love to RECLAIM this food and package it into individual meals which could be delivered to homeless and elderly neighbors in need. We need a Campus Kitchen.

VOTE TO HELP OUR STUDENTS START A CAMPUS KITCHEN! We are in a contest with 6 other schools. The 5 schools with the most votes on their video will win a grant to begin a Campus Kitchen.


and don't forget to vote on a daily basis!

Dining / Beer Seal of approval awarded locally
« on: 08-06-2013, 11:32am »
Two Jersey City Bars Receive Good Beer Seal Status, First to Do So in NJ

In what’s quickly becoming the high-bar recognition for those bar-goers in the know, the folks at The Good Beer Seal have bestowed their blessings on the first-ever non-New York City drinking spots when they recognized two Jersey City downtown bars for their excellent work.

Those bars — Barcade Jersey City and Pint Bar — are two of the ten total awards given out this year,. and stand out for similar reason: the wide variety of American craft beer served.

“It’s great that they’re expanding it across state lines,” said Paul Kermizian, a one of four co-owners of Barcade, which also has locations in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. Barcade only serves American craft beer, which Kermizian said seemed strange, once.

“When we first opened Barcade in Brooklyn in 2004, we were doing only American craft beers on draft and people were looking at us like, ‘What, you don’t have Stella Artois or Bud or Corona?” he recalls. “It’s great not to have that anymore.”

Pint Bar, which has occupied the same location (with different owners) since 1911, has a similar claim to American craft beer dedication.

Current owner Wolf Sterling says the bar made a change to the finer American selection when he took over five years ago. “We’re focused on being Jersey City’s number 1 craft beer bar,” he says. “It’s the centerpiece of the bar, and we’ve gained a reputation for it,” he says.

If Barcade’s arcade offerings also help it stand out, then so does Pint Bar’s history. According to Sterling, Mayor Frank Hague owned the bar — during prohibition.

By Matt Hunger • Aug 6th, 2013 • Category: Blog

Foe challenges Jersey City mayor's assertion that all money from Dwek donated to charity

 By Terrence T. McDonald/The Jersey Journal The Jersey Journal
Where’s the money?

Four years ago, Mayor Jerramiah Healy, smarting from a federal sting that landed a number of Healy loyalists in prison on charges that they accepted corrupt campaign cash from a confidential informant, pledged to donate the dirty money to charity.

After inquiries by The Jersey Journal, the mayor said in August 2009 that his campaign determined it received $17,600 from informant Solomon Dwek and would give away that amount to charity to “make sure there is not even a hint of uncertainty and to ensure the confidence we have in ourselves is shared with our contributors and the public at large.”

But campaign documents filed with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC) in the months following Healy’s pledge contain no evidence that the mayor followed through with that promise, while the total number of charitable donations from the Healy campaign made between the July 23, 2009 corruption sweep and today amount to only about $16,000.

Two reports filed in October and December 2009, the only post-election reports filed that year, have zero entries for charitable donations. The four reports filed in 2010 have only about $7,000 in charitable donations, while the four 2011 reports list about $5,000, almost all donations in small amounts of a few hundred dollars each.

It’s no secret that mayoral aspirant Steve Fulop, the Downtown councilman, plans to tie Healy to Dwek, whose secretly recorded meetings with such officials as former deputy mayor Leona Beldini captivated Hudson County and helped to send Beldini, former councilman Mariano Vega and others to prison.

Dwek handed over FedEx envelopes filled with cash to the officials in exchange for promises that they would assist him for his purported real-estate ventures, and some of the cash was then funneled to Healy’s campaign.

Fulop is now hammering the mayor’s campaign over Dwek’s donations, saying in a statement that the mayor has shown “how little he cares about the caustic effect of pay-to-play in our city.”

Healy’s camp insists it did indeed donate Dwek’s contributions it now says the total it received from Dwek was only $16,000 in small amounts over the course of several years instead of in one lump sum after Healy’s 2009 pledge.

Campaign spokesman Joshua Henne provided a list of 43 charities, including various Little Leagues and the Puerto Rican Heritage Festival & Parade, that he said received donations ranging from $50 to $1,100 each. Dates of the donations were not provided.

“Mayor Healy said he’d donate the money to charitable organizations in Jersey City, he made good on that promise, and ELEC reflects this fact,” said Henne. “Shame on Steve Fulop for another one of his patented, desperate attacks with zero merit. Once again, Fulop confirms he’ll do or say anything to seize power at all costs.”

Fulop campaign spokesman Bruno Tedeschi responded by saying it’s “now clear Healy never gave back the money.”

“Using Dwek’s tainted money to promote himself politically is not the same as giving back the money like he promised to do four years ago,” Tedeschi said. “His cleansing donations were the same after he received Dwek’s bribe money as they were before. It is just one more example of a Healy lie.”

Restaurants & Bars / Potbelly Sandwich Shop
« on: 09-19-2012, 02:03pm »
Grand opening today of Potbelly Sandwich Shop
it's located at 15 Exchange Place, along the waterfront and around the corner from the new Starbucks

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