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Restaurants & Bars / The Hutton
« on: 10-04-2016, 11:14am »
The Hutton
225 Hutton Street
Jersey City, New Jersey
Call (201) 839-5382

The Hutton, located in the Heights of Jersey City-offering a great selection of beer, wine & amazing food created by Chef Deuhana Vargas Opening Soon!

Restaurants & Bars / Mathews Food & Drink
« on: 09-30-2016, 11:47am »
Mathews Food & Drink
351 Grove St
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

Opens October 5th. Here's a preview.

Sources: Fulop to call off run for governor, endorse Murphy
By MATT FRIEDMAN 09/28/16 08:52 AM EDT

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop will not run for governor in 2017 and will instead endorse Democratic rival Phil Murphy, sources tell POLITICO New Jersey.

The shocking development comes after the 39-year-old mayor has spent the last three years positioning himself to seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, currying favor with Democratic leaders around the state as his allies set up a multi-million dollar super PAC expected to boost the bid.

Fulop has announced a 2 p.m. press conference on the steps of City Hall in Jersey City. Two sources with knowledge of the plans said he will throw his support to Murphy, a millionaire former U.S. ambassador to Germany and the only formally declared candidate for governor.

Fulop, who was elected mayor in 2013, was considered all but certain to run and at times considered a frontrunner for the post. He initially said he planned to make a decision about running for governor in December.

But the mayor also figures largely into the ongoing Bridgegate trial, potentially testifying about how Gov. Chris Christie’s campaign manager and aide at the Port Authority used a job Fulop had taken at a car-import related business that leased space from the agency to pressure him to endorse Christie’s 2013 reelection. Fulop did not endorse Christie, which prosecutors say led to Christie’s cabinet members canceling meetings with the mayor.

Meanwhile, Murphy has been picking off several Democratic endorsements in Bergen County, which had been considered strong Fulop territory in a statewide run.

Fulop also faced criticism when his allies’ super PAC accepted $1.4 million in anonymous sources, $1 million of which was later revealed to be from for-profit hospital owner Vivek Garipalli, whose company Fulop’s administration had attempted to award an ambulance contract.

Fulop’s support of Murphy — of whom he’s been highly critical — could consolidate North Jersey Democrats, setting up a potential clash between North Jersey Democratic power brokers and George Norcross, the millionaire insurance executive and political patron of Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who has also been laying the groundwork for a run.

Fulop’s decision could also head off messy down-ballot primary battles for Senate, Assembly and freeholder seats throughout much of the state as different slates align with different candidates for governor.

Fulop did not immediately respond to a call to his cell phone.

Read more

Home for the Holidays with
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings

Saturday, December 10, 2016 Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM
Tickets $35.00 - $45.00

The Bowery Presents and Todd Abramson are happy to announce a very special holiday concert with the always captivating Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings on Saturday, December 10th at The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre. Sharon will be performing songs from throughout her career, including selections from It's A Holiday Soul Party. The historic Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre in downtown Jersey City is the perfect venue for this amazing show. Bring your dancing shoes! Tickets go on sale Friday, September 9th at noon. GET TICKETS HERE!!!

Restaurants & Bars / Würstbar
« on: 08-18-2016, 08:31am »
516 Jersey Ave
Jersey City 07302
(201) 479-8384

Soft-opened last night

Restaurants & Bars / Cellar 335
« on: 08-09-2016, 08:35am »
335 Newark Avenue (just below White Eagle Hall)
JC NJ 07302

Via Jersey Digs:

Hoboken Hotspot to Replace Rainbow on Newark Avenue
By Darrell Simmons - August 5, 2016

After hearing rumors for awhile, we finally have confirmation. It looks like the Rainbow clothing store at 145 Newark Avenue will be closing. The space won’t remain vacant for long, though, as the proprietors of Hoboken hotspot 1 Republik will be taking over the space.

A corporation going by the name 145 Restaurant Inc won approval to transfer a liquor license to the location. According to records, the new establishment will be doing business as 1 Republik/26 Below. It’s possible they are opening a new concept called 26 Below instead of another 1 Republik outpost.

1 Republik currently has two locations, one in Hoboken and the other in North Arlington. The popular sports bar is a well-known destination for sporting events. They serve gastropub style food and have a wide selection of craft beers. Read more

Annual Italian festival returning to Downtown Jersey City for 113th year
By Nicholas Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal
on August 01, 2016 at 3:24 PM

Holy Rosary Church's La Festa Italiana is returning to the historic streets of Downtown Jersey City for the 113th time with five nights of music, dancing, food and fun for people of all ages.

La Festa Italiana honors the veneration of Maria SS. Dell'Assunta and St. Rocco and offers the downtown community the opportunity to party "Old World Italian-Style."

It all gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 5 p.m., and runs through Sunday, Aug. 14, on Sixth and Brunswick streets.

La Festa Italiana runs from 5 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 3 to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The festivities conclude Sunday at 11 p.m. with the annual "Super 50/50 Raffle" drawing. Last year's ticket-holder won over $10,200.

This year's fair features live bands, fun activities for the kids, souvenir vendors and food made by Holy Rosary Church parishioners like hot zeppoles, limoncello and rice balls. Read more

Jersey City residents irked over parking spots lost to Citi Bike stations
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on August 03, 2016 at 7:02 AM, updated August 03, 2016 at 7:47 AM

Bike enthusiasts are happy about the recent Citi Bike Jersey City expansion, but not everyone is thrilled about losing parking spaces for their cars.

A group of residents who live on and around Astor Place managed to delay installation of a Citi Bike station on nearby Park Street over parking concerns, while residents who live around the Danforth Avenue light rail stop are pressing the city to relocate the bike station installed there.

"They took the parking from us," said Regina Johnson Green, of Princeton Avenue.
Her husband, Ralph, said Citi Bike gave residents no notice before installing the bike station, which houses about a dozen bikes and takes up two car lengths at Princeton and Danforth avenues. The station is one of 15 new stations planned as part of the Citi Bike expansion.

The Greens' neighborhood is a collection of mostly two-story, one-family homes, many with curb cuts so homeowners can park directly in front of their homes. The couple say residents often compete for parking spots with light rail riders who arrive early in the morning and park their cars on Princeton Avenue all day.

Citi Bike Jersey City launched in September with 35 stations and 350 bikes citywide. The recent expansion added 150 new bikes to the fleet.

Complaints about the bike-share stations replacing parking spots aren't new: residents criticized the loss of parking spaces when the system debuted last year.

Some of Jersey City's stations, like the one in front of City Hall, are located on wide sidewalks.

In a statement, cyclist group Bike JC said installing bike stations in the street "makes sense" in places where sidewalks are too narrow to accommodate them.

"Even after their recent expansion, Citi Bike JC docks have replaced an extremely tiny percentage of the city's legal car parking spaces. And they've created 'parking' for more vehicles — vehicles that are far safer, cleaner and greener," the statement reads. Read more

Restaurants & Bars / Pet Shop Bar
« on: 07-26-2016, 11:33am »
Pet Shop Bar
193 Newark Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
Instagram: petshopjc

Neighborhood bar serving booze, food, and tunes

Fulop's proposed ban on outside campaign cash raises eyebrows ???
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on July 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM, updated July 14, 2016 at 7:18 AM

JERSEY CITY — Since last July, Mayor Steve Fulop has reported receiving $343,120 in donations to his 2017 reelection campaign fund from donors across New Jersey and beyond.

A Paramus makeup artist donated $350 in February. An Annandale man gave $500 in November. The political action committee for the Seafarers International Union — based in Suitland, Maryland, about eight miles east of the nation's capital — contributed $1,000 in September.

One locale Fulop doesn't report collecting donations from often is the city he governs and calls home. Of the 314 donations listed in his last three quarterly campaign reports, 242, or 77 percent, were from people who live outside of Jersey City. Eight of those were from donors who reported working in Jersey City.

Fulop's reliance on out-of-town donations is not unprecedented, but it is raising eyebrows among his critics now that he has proposed banning outside donors entirely. Last week Fulop emailed Ward D Councilman Michael Yun and said he wants to add the ban to a package of bills Yun has proposed to close loopholes in the city's pay-to-play restrictions.

"It was mentioned that several people have made a priority of fundraising from people that don't live, or work, or have any ties to Jersey City," Fulop said in his email. "So that was an additional layer of protection as it begged the question why would someone with no interest in (Jersey City would) be donating huge money."

Allies of Yun, a frequent Fulop critic, believe Fulop's comment was a barb masquerading as a helpful suggestion. The councilman, first elected in 2013, also collects heavily from outside donors: his most recent campaign finance report shows 70 donations, 16 of which are from people who live or work in Jersey City. Last month he held a fundraiser in Fort Lee to raise money for a possible mayoral bid in 2017.

Yun said today he will not back Fulop's plan.

"It's unconstitutional so I cannot support it," Yun said. Read more

Matsikoudis Accelerating Groundwork for JC Mayoral Run
By Max Pizarro | 07/05/16 2:59pm

Bill Matsikoudis, the former corporation counsel for Jersey City during the Jerry Healy years, is poised to run for mayor of Jersey City in 2017.

Actively raising money, Matsikoudis – founding partner of Matsikoudis and Fanciullo, a law firm specializing in Environmental Litigation and Urban Redevelopment – opened a bank account in recent days and is in the process of filing with the state Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC).

Sources say Matsikoudis plans a more robust campaign kickoff in the fall.

A frequent and regular vocal critic of the administration of Mayor Steven Fulop, Matsikoudis has worked in the public eye to combat a Fulop-led effort to change the election schedule in Jersey City, and has also sought to put his fingerprints on modifying local pay to play rules.

Having worked in the Healy Administration, Matsikoudis and his allies going forward hope to be able to burnish connective tissue to the old born and raised firehouse crowd in New Jersey’s most populous city, while simultaneously chewing into Fulop’s yuppie/hipster base.

A source close to the developing story said Matsikoudis is prepared to take on any adversary next year, including Fulop, if the mayor’s gubernatorial bid runs aground and Fulop ends up pursuing reelection instead of in a statewide general election.

Other candidates who could run for mayor in 2017 include Assemblyman Raj Mukherji (D-33), Senator Sandy Cunningham (D-31), Freeholder Bill O’Dea, and Council President Rolando Lavarro.


30-year tax breaks on tap for $100M Jersey City college campus project
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on June 27, 2016 at 4:07 PM, updated June 27, 2016 at 6:09 PM

JERSEY CITY — A nearly $100 million project to build two five-story residential buildings on the New Jersey City University campus is slated to receive two 30-year tax breaks plus $16 million in city-issued bonds.

University Place, which is slated for a stretch of the university's western campus just south of Carbon Place, is designed to house 330 total residential units, 21,520 square feet of commercial/retail space and 344 parking spaces.

The $97.7 million development is part of a $350 million expansion of the NJCU campus that includes a new dorm, a grocery store, a gym and more. NJCU President Sue Henderson said last year she hopes the expansion will create a "university village."

The abatement would allow developers Claremont Companies to pay a set fee in lieu of conventional taxes, with the fee rising incrementally over 30 years. The city is expected to receive about $1 million in revenue total from both towers in the first years of their abatements. The land is currently tax exempt.

"This is a project on the West Side of Jersey City away from downtown and in an area that has never before seen this type of development," city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said. "This will be transformative for the area. Our goal is to attract investment away from the waterfront and this is consistent with that goal. Read more

100 Jersey City Drivers Blow Through Stop Sign in 90 Minutes, Video Shows
By Jen Maxfield
NBC 4 New York

When a stop sign wasn't enough to get drivers to slow down on a Jersey City street, one resident set up a camera and used a bit of online shaming to get officials to take notice.

Sean Popke, a former news photographer, started recording drivers blowing past a stop sign in a family-filled neighborhood at the corner of Jersey Avenue and York Street.

"I let it roll for an hour and a half, and when I got back, I started counting all the cars and I counted 100-plus in 90 minutes," he told NBC 4 New York Monday. The edited video posted online even shows a Jersey City police officer and a transit bus speeding through the stop sign.

Popke shared the video on YouTube and Facebook. It was met with swift action by officials in Jersey City.

"If you document something and show people the breadth of the problem, they will take action," he said.

Just two days after the video was posted, Jersey City Public Works trimmed the trees around the stop signs, moved one sign to a more visible location and added a stop-ahead sign.

Jersey City police were also taking action Monday: One officer was posted at the intersection and spent hours pulling over drivers and ticketing them for running the stop sign. Police are hoping the stepped-up enforcement improves safety at the intersection.

Movies & Television / Game of Thrones
« on: 06-06-2016, 01:26pm »


Restaurants & Bars / Coming soon: Latham House
« on: 05-24-2016, 12:53pm »
Latham House
299 Marin Blvd
Jersey City, NJ

Jersey City Eats has the scoop:

Latham House to Open in Jersey City

The Kitchen at Grove Station closed suddenly last year after reports of a split between the kitchen staff and management and although they initially stated they'd reopen after a brief hiatus, no other announcements or developments were forthcoming. However, now new spot Latham House is moving in.

Latham House will be a New American restaurant run by Chef Daniel Latham and Kris Yettra, a husband and wife team with a combined thirty plus years of experience in the restaurant industry who have also been residents of Jersey City for over 25 years. Chef Latham was most recently at the Cornelia Street Café while Kris Yettra has been working with Smith & Chang as their General Manager, a role she'll fill at Latham House along with Baker.

They are in the process of redoing aspects of the space and fine-tuning the menu which will include seasonal cocktails and desserts. No opening date has been announced, but considering the kitchen was built-out relatively recently, there shouldn't be any major construction or permit issues and they have posted hiring notices. More

Jersey City, firefighters dispute staffing levels
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on May 24, 2016 at 7:37 AM

A dispute over staffing is pitting Jersey City firefighters against City Hall just as the two sides are attempting to hammer out a new contract.

The issue arose twice last week when fires on Wednesday and Saturday broke out near the Kearney Avenue firehouse. On both days, one of the two companies stationed on Kearney Avenue was off duty, leading to a possible delay in dousing the fires.

City officials say they were forced to close the company because so many firefighters were on sick leave or using comp days. Firefighters say the sick leave issue is a red herring. The city could avoid closing companies — brownouts, in firefighter parlance, which administrations have done for decades — by paying overtime to fully staff them, firefighters say. One told The Jersey Journal the city is playing "Russian roulette."

"They gamble. They get lucky," said the firefighter, who asked not to be identified criticizing the administration. "For lightning to strike twice in the past week says something. Something has to be done."

City spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said the city budgets to staff all 26 fire companies daily — that represents 104 firefighters — but must close as many as four when there are numerous absences. Nearly 20 firefighters were out on sick leave or using comp time on Wednesday, and on Saturday, 39 were out, mostly using sick or comp time, Morrill said.

"The Fire Department's response time is within three minutes in the situations you referenced, and that is excellent fire coverage and is what is provided citywide," she said, adding that fire leadership, not Mayor Steve Fulop's office, selects which companies will be off duty.

The city has budgeted $92 million for personnel costs for all firefighters, including superior officers, in 2016. The city has paid out nearly $500,000 in overtime for the Fire Department so far this year, according to Morrill. Firefighters said that money is going largely to superior officers.

"That's not going to firefighters," one said.

Wednesday's fire on West Side Avenue was a three-alarm blaze that started inside a home located just around the corner from the Kearney Avenue firehouse. A 64-year-old man died, and two firefighters were injured.

Each firehouse has a truck with a ladder along with a truck that pumps water. The ladder truck stationed on Kearney Avenue arrived to Wednesday's fire in moments, but the pumper truck was off duty. The first pumper to arrive at the scene was Squad Four, stationed on Communipaw Avenue, one mile away, according to sources with knowledge of the Fire Department. Morrill could not say when that truck arrived to the scene.

On Saturday, another three-alarm fire broke out on Ege Avenue, also around the corner from the Kearney Avenue station. That station's pumper was again off duty. Squad Four's pumper was the first to arrive on the scene. No one was injured, but 15 people were displaced.

The city is in negotiations with the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Jersey City Local 1066, which represents about 500 firefighters and captains and is working under a contract that expired in December. The union's president, Joseph Kranik, told The Jersey Journal he and the mayor's office are in talks to find a solution that would keep all fire companies open daily.

Aggravating tensions, the city has started a new push to investigate whether firefighters out on sick leave are truly ill. A retired cop who has worked as a claims investigator for the city was recently given the full-time job of calling and making house visits to firefighters who call out sick. Read more


The Rock-it Docket presents
The 5th Annual Pushing Up the Daisies Festival: A Fundraiser for and at The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery

Saturday May 14th [rain date Sun May 15th] 435 Newark Avenue | $10 suggested donation
Eats and Treat by Koro Koro Rice Ball Cafe & Honey Bakery
Brews Through The Thirsty Quaker and Departed Souls Brewery
With Live Music by
1:50 Kadian Quartet – 2:40 Found Wandering – 3:30 !No Pasaran! – 4:20 Darkwing 5:10 RocknRoll HiFives – 6:00 Fairmont– 6:50 SHRB – 7:40 pioneer the eel – 8:30 Black Wail – 9:20 Cicada Radio
PORTA after party [regardless of weather] 135 Newark Ave
11:40 Bern & the Brights – 12:30 Dentist (Band) – 1:20 Wild Moon
can’t make the date ? donate at
poster design and Matt Caputo

about the bands

[at the cemetery]

1:50 Kadian Quartet : Bayonne, NJ : Genre: Jazz, Rock, Progressive, Fusion : Kadian Quartet was founded on bleeding creativity in the Hudson scene.

2:40 Found Wandering : Philadelphia, PA : Found Wandering is a community of musicians brought together by Sarah Comstock (vocals, mandolin) and Colin Comstock (guitar, banjo, percussion). They are a husband and wife wife duo who live just outside of Philadelphia, PA with their three daughters and a couple rooms full of musical equipment. Jake L’Armand (violin, guitar) joined as a fulltime member shortly after the release of their self-titled debut album. They regularly perform as a trio but also expand to as many as 12 pieces for some shows.

3:30 No Pasaran : Jersey City Punk/Rock/Experimental : Killing Horse Records : Back from Hiatus !No Pasaran! bangs out frenetic, experimental punk rock throughout the NYC and New Jersey music scenes. Their new release is a 7″ record, A Porter in the Making. Get it from today!

4:20 Darkwing : Brooklyn/Leonia, New Jersey : Grunge punk drunk slut dirty slick sleazy rock.

5:10 RocknRoll HiFives : If you want to find the hardest rocking family band in the truest sense of the word, look no further than New Jersey’s Rock N’ Roll Hi-Fives. Comprised of parents Joe (guitar) and Gloree (bass) and their progeny Eilee (vocals), and Evren (drums). the Rock N’ Roll Hi-Fives are more than gimmick. They’re a great band with great songs.

6:00 Fairmont [Mint 500 Records] : Fairmont is an indie rock band based in northern New Jersey. The band is fronted by longtime indie/punk music veteran Neil Sabatino. They have done several US tours and released eight full-length albums as well as six EPs.

6:50 SHRB Bayonne, NJ : Bayonne Nj theatre-esque rock punk music. We cover themes of depression associated with alcohol use in public.

7:40 Pioneer the eel : Indie/art rock band formed 2015 Bloomfield NJ. Debut record out in 2016. We are best friends and play music together, we play music together and are best friends, same difference.

8:30 : Black Wail [Jersey City, NJ] : Black Wail has been pushing the boundaries of blues, psychedelia and doom since its emergence from the chromium swamps of Jersey City in 2014.

9:20 Cicada Radio [Hoboken, NJ – Killing Horse Records] : post hardcore/indie/punk : Cicada Radio hail from Kearny, NJ and bring a taste of the late ’90s/early ‘aughts’ indie scene to the mix. They came together as a 3-piece outfit in 2010, and after some lineup shifts, Jersey natives and brothers Pat and Mike Keefe have teamed up with new drummer Josh Bartsch and Nebraska transplant Brandon Barron on bass to complete the lineup. Citing influences such as At The Drive-In, Desaparecidos, and The Police, Cicada Radio pick up right where these groups left off. They seemlessly blend haunting melodies and lush noise-scapes with singer Patrick Keefe’s reverb-drenched voice like a chemically-induced fever dream. It is a sound that is uniquely their own, but feels like a hazy, distortion-laced memory of Sunny Day Real Estate and The Promise Ring.

[the after-party at PORTA]

11:40 Bern & the Brights [Montclair, NJ] Electro dream pop duo Bern & the Brights is Bernadette Malavarca and Catherine McGowan. Mixing rhythmic loops, synths, ambient guitars, emotional vocals, and introspective lyrics, their music is a fusion of light and dark wave.  Both vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, Malavarca and McGowan write, produce, record, and perform their music. The group’s newest work, the EP Heart Wide Open, is due out in fall of 2015. The EP’s single, “Beautiful Morning,” available August 2015, is a melodic trip-hop anthem about resilience and gratitude.

12:30 Dentist [Asbury Park, NJ] Dentist is an Asbury Park based Indie Rock band whose infectious sound straddles the worlds of surf, punk, and pop. Based on the strength of the band’s 2014 self-titled release, Dentist has received positive press from a variety of different outlets like Pandora Blog, The Asbury Park Press, The Aquarian Weekly, Jersey Beat and many others. The band has played extensively in the northeast and shared the stage with a variety of national acts like Jeff the Brotherhood, Laura Stevenson, Television, Screaming Females and many more. Dentist has begun to branch out and extend their reach through touring. In early 2016, Dentist will be releasing their second full length.

1:20 : Wild Moon [fmryly Moon Face] = Francine Moon + Wild Face = Melissa Lucciola combines who two projects into one super group

General / Where to watch the America's Cup in NYC
« on: 05-05-2016, 01:07pm »

From Time Out NY:

Where to watch the America's Cup in NYC
By Jonathan Millstein Posted: Tuesday May 3 2016, 8:18pm

New York City will once again have the eyes of the world on it as it hosts the America’s Cup this weekend for the first time since 1920. The most prestigious sailing competition in the world will be holding races this Saturday and Sunday in the Hudson River. Here are the best places you should go to take in all the historic action.

In preparation for the race, there will be a strictly enforced safety zone where spectators can watch from vessels on the north and south end of the course. Additionally, for those that don’t have their sea legs, the bank of the Hudson River between W. Thames St and Pier 25 in Manhattan, and between Liberty State Park and 2nd St in Jersey City will provide great views of the race.

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty will also be good viewing points.[/b][/color]

The main center of the action for spectators, however, will be Battery Park City.

The Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza will be the focal point of the race's festivities with two giant screens giving fans a better view of what's happening out in the water during the races. The Plaza will also be hosting an event village from 11am to 6pm on both days with live performances, merchandise booths, a champagne bar and more.


New McDonald's concept gets test in Jersey City: Smaller, faster and standing room only

People who approach the McDonald’s on 12th Street in Jersey City, just two blocks from the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, often ask “Where’s the door to the restaurant?” The answer? There’s no door, and no restaurant, at least not the kind McDonald’s customers are used to.

This McDonald’s is a new model being tested by the nation’s largest fast food chain in Jersey City, as well as in Texas, Georgia, and Washington State, and it is the first of its kind in the Northeast. The McDonald’s, which opened in February, has a walk-up window for ordering and picking up food, and two drive-through lanes for cars, but no indoor seating areas or ordering counters.

The model is McDonald’s attempt to develop a new kind of restaurant that will cater to customers’ demand for speed and convenience, and allow it to build smaller, less costly stores that emphasize drive-through sales, where they typically do most of their business.

“It’s part of an ongoing effort to be more relevant to consumers and meet their needs,” said Mwaffak Kanjee,  vice president and general manager of McDonald’s New York Metro region. The company also is trying out a number of new concepts around the country, including restaurants in New York City and other locations where diners can use touch pad kiosks to order customized burgers with a variety of toppings, and have their meals delivered to their tables.

“We’re trying to stay ahead of our competition, and stay ahead of the needs and demands of our customers,” said Bruce Colley,  the franchise owner of the Jersey City store, who also owns 29 McDonald’s restaurants in New York. “If we can serve good food, and do it a little faster than our competitors, hopefully they’ll come back here rather than go someplace else.”


The Jersey City restaurant is designed to cut the wait at the drive-through in half, Colley said, by offering two lanes where customers can place orders. The restaurant also has a walk-up window that draws customers who live in the neighborhood, or motorists who are getting gas at the nearby Shell gas station. “I think it’s a good concept,” said Woodbridge Township resident Mohammad Ali,  who stopped at the walk-up window Wednesday morning for a coffee while buying gas.

McDonald’s also has seen competitors test drive-through-only restaurants. Darren Tristano, president of food industry research firm Technomic, noted that Burger King this year opened a drive-through-only location in Illinois, and that drive-through has become more popular than eating inside. Drive-through typically accounts for 70 percent of the sales at McDonald’s restaurants that have that option, Tristano said. “Fewer consumers are dining inside the store,” he said, “and the McDonald’s brand has really become more about convenience.”

Drive-through-only restaurants can be smaller, and less expensive to operate, he said. A model like the Jersey City location, Tristano said, allows McDonald’s “to continue to expand at a lower investment, at a lower cost to manage, but with real emphasis and focus on the convenience through the drive-through. To me it makes perfect sense,” he said.

The Jersey City building is 2,225 square feet. A traditional McDonald’s typically is 3,000 to 4,000 square feet, Tristano said. Read more

Orthodox Jews Arrive in Jersey City Neighborhood, Raising Hopes and Fears
By David Cruz
NJTV Correspondent

We have been documenting the dramatic evolution that is reshaping Jersey City — physically and culturally, mostly downtown, where condo towers are replacing empty lots. Brownstones refurbished into million dollar homes. Cafes and restaurants replacing dollar stores. But in the inner city — in the heart of the black community — an influx of Orthodox Jews have been arriving on Martin Luther King Drive over the last several months, and their presence is being noticed.

“Most of the people that’s coming here are from Brooklyn, they live in Williamsburg. In Williamsburg the prices to buy houses, it’s impossible. To buy a house in Williamsburg is $1.5 million a house,” said Yuel Perl, spokesman for the Ya’azoru Committee, which is opening a community center on MLK. “We want to live for cheap and the prices here are very cheap. Prices here is going now to buy a house $180,000, $200,000, so lower income people, we could afford these things.”

In that way, the Hasidim who have discovered the Bergen Lafayette and Greenville neighborhoods are not unlike the recently-arrived hipsters downtown, just looking for cheap housing. But Hasidim are known to be insular, and long-time residents here are known to be distrustful of anybody new. So far, the two sides seem to be just sizing each other up.

“These guys know me. I live right here,” said one man, sizing up a camera crew talking to Perl.

“I know him. He’s a nice guy,” noted Perl.

Perl says since January, 11 families have moved into this neighborhood, still one of the toughest in the city, but just blocks from the light rail station and minutes from downtown. He says 50 to 60 homes are already under contract. The committee is marketing apartments to families for affordable rents — $800 for a one-bedroom, $1,100 for a two-bedroom. Asked what he thinks this community will look like in a few years, Perl said, “We don’t know. We can’t say what’s going to be in the future. But this I have to say. We don’t want to throw out people, because here there are many houses for sale, you understand.”

Real estate agent Tina Devine grew up in this very neighborhood and has seen its demise and, now, its rise.

“The market is hot,” she said. “Sellers are getting at or above asking price. There are a lot of investors that are moving into the neighborhood and there’s low inventory so that’s creating a higher demand for the neighborhood.”

But, already, some residents have begun to complain about aggressive buyers, whose persistence — they say — borders on harassment. Asheenia Johnson is on the board of the nearby South Greenville Neighborhood Association.

“When you have people, day after day, week after week, knocking on their doors ‘do you want to sell’ and telling them that this is going to happen, that’s going to happen,” she recounted. “They’re basically scaring them into selling, and they’re offering people $90,000, $150,000 for buildings that can go for a million or better, and, as a member of the neighborhood association and as a concerned resident, I have a problem with that.” Read more

From NY/NJ Baykeeper:

Commercial Barge Mooring Proposed to be Built Right Next to Ellis Island

A commercial barge mooring is proposed to be built right next to Ellis Island, in front of the Liberty State Park promenade! The barge mooring would also be directly in the ferry path to Ellis Island. This bad proposal would mar the views of our great historic landmarks for millions of visitors.

Join us in protecting the integrity of the NY-NJ Harbor in opposing the permit application by New York State Highway Transportation Company.

But hurry- The public comment period ends on April 25th. Comments can be emailed to cenan.publicnotice 'at' or be mailed to the US Army Corps of Engineers, New York District – ATTN: Regulatory Branch, 26 Federal Plaza, Room 1937, New York, N.Y. 10278.

You are welcome to use our sample comment below:


To whom it may concern,

Public Notice Number:  NAN-2016-00174-EPI

I urge you to decline the New York State Highway Transportation Company’s request to build a commercial barge mooring next to Ellis Island. Millions of people visit these historic locations specifically to experience open and unfettered views of these iconic landmarks amidst the great NY-NJ Harbor.

There is also significant concern about barges interfering with existing transport and timely access to these great American tourist destinations including Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty and crossing from those landmarks to Manhattan. Impacts include rerouting existing ferries, which would delay and limit access to these international treasures; diminished visitor experience, and economic losses from both impeded ferry access and reduced tourism.

At a depth of 12-feet in area of flats and shallows, there may also be impact to various benthic species, such as shellfish, clams, marine invertebrates and grasses. This mooring location is both a clear and avoidable “impairment to the protection and utilization of important (public) resources.” The flats between Ellis Island and the Central Railroad terminal is not the place for such activities. The NY-NJ Harbor has vast opportunities to moor rafts of barges without blighting historic views and impacting local transportation to the south and east of Liberty State Park, among other places.


Jersey City in talks to bring art museum to Journal Square
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on April 13, 2016 at 7:27 AM, updated April 13, 2016 at 7:29 AM

Jersey City is eyeing a building adjacent to the Journal Square PATH station as a location for a new art museum.

The city is in preliminary talks with Hudson County officials to purchase the four-story building at 25 Journal Square, also known as Pathside and owned by Hudson County Community College. The plan is for an expanded version of the Jersey City Museum, which essentially shuttered in 2010.

The move comes as city officials target Journal Square with policies they hope will transform the gritty center of the city into a destination rivaling the fashionable Downtown. Hefty tax breaks have been granted to new residential towers near the Journal Square PATH hub, while zoning rules have been changed to encourage developers to build more office space.

The deal with HCCC, if approved by college officials, would give the proposed museum a location with much higher visibility than the last home of the Jersey City Museum at Montgomery and Monmouth streets, a 10-minute walk to the nearest PATH station. 25 Journal Square is literally next door to the PATH station, and will soon be surrounded by five high-rises of luxury apartments.

A request for comment from HCCC President Glen Gabert was not returned.

Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise declined to discuss preliminary discussions, while Mayor Steve Fulop called talks early but "substantive."

"This museum would be larger in scale, have a broader collection, be a destination for the region, located near mass transportation and it would fulfill the need of a cultural center for the city," Fulop said.

Fulop had hoped to remake the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre into a regional music and entertainment destination. His attempts to hand over management of the city-owned theater to a global concert promoter were halted by a judge, so his administration turned its eye to a different sort of venue.

The Jersey City Museum was founded in 1901 as part of the city's library system. In 2001, the museum moved to 350 Montgomery St., where its 10,000-piece collection was featured in 38,000 square feet of galleries. The location was a former municipal garage the museum renovated at a cost of $11 million.

"I firmly believe that this is a place on the rise, " Alejandro Anreus, the museum's curator, said in 2001. "A major city like this deserves a major art museum."

But city and private funding soon began to evaporate. After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, donors who had previously given $120,000 would give $5,000 instead, Ben Dineen, the museum's chairman, told The Jersey Journal in 2011. Dineen died in 2014.

The city stopped funding the museum entirely in 2011. In 2010, museum hours were cut to Saturday afternoons only. It closed its doors for the holidays that December and never reopened. Its collection is in storage. Read more


From Ward D Councilman Michael Yun:

"The two-way streets in the Jersey City Heights' Western Slope area has created challenges for city cleaning and plowing crews, as well as for residents concerned about safety and parking.

As a result, Monday, April 18th, 2016, the Western Slope Neighborhood Association, in collaboration with the Jersey City Traffic and Engineering Department, will hold a public meeting at Saint Anne's Centennial Hall located at 255 Congress Str (btw Nelson Ave and JFK Blvd) to discuss the possibility of changing some of the streets into one-ways.

The meeting is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Your input is extremely important. I hope to see you there!"

Liberty Science Center to create nation's largest planetarium with $5M donation
By Bobby Olivier | NJ Advance Media for
on March 14, 2016 at 12:46 PM, updated March 14, 2016 at 1:10 PM

JERSEY CITY — Liberty Science Center will soon house the largest planetarium in the Western Hemisphere, courtesy of a record-breaking donation from one of the establishment's board members.

The center announced Monday a $5 million donation received from Jennifer Chalsty, a Short Hills resident and former high school teacher who has served on the board since 2004. The contribution is the largest the interactive learning facility has ever received from an individual.

The Jersey City center will use the funds to revamp its enormous IMAX dome, a renovation that includes new hardware to create a massive planetarium, that's set to eclipse in size even the Hayden Planetarium in New York's American Museum of Natural History.

Other improvements will include the conversion of the IMAX Dome theater from film to digital, a new screen and other refurbishments. Read more

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