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Restaurants & Bars / The Draper
« on: 03-04-2016, 09:12am »
The Draper
247 Washington Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07302

Via Instagram:
"Park & Sixth Gastropub, on the corner of Washington and York, will be closing for a few weeks beginning today, January 4th to implement some exciting changes. Oftentimes and for a variety of reasons, restaurateurs fail to recognize their establishment's need to reinvent themselves. Clearly, while I am very proud of the Gastropub and my staff who have worked so diligently to offer great food and service for the past two years, I do not want to make that mistake. I have always subscribed to the ABC (Always Be Changing) model of running my restaurants.

In hindsight, moving Park & Sixth Restaurant and Drinkery from its original location to across from City Hall on Grove caused too much confusion with the Washington and York Location. The restaurants were just too close together and there was an apparent overlap in menu offerings. In short, it's time to take corrective action.

Therefore, Park & Sixth Gastropub will re-open in Late January as The Draper. Inspired by Dorothy Draper, the pioneer of Hollywood Regency interior design, the space will be split into two distinct styles with the front of the house remaining a Pub with a full lunch and dinner menu, and the dining room will be transformed into a luxury cocktail lounge adorned with velvet drapes, crystal chandeliers, craft cocktails and tasty finger foods. We will also be adding a game room downstairs.

While I am saddened to see the Park & Sixth Gastropub name disappear, I find myself now with the opportunity to embark on a new, completely different type of establishment that will allow me to explore a unique side of the hospitality industry. Paulus Hook is a vibrant, growing destination area within the city. I believe The Draper will not only uphold the Park & Sixth reputation for excellent fare while providing an atmosphere unlike any other in Jersey City. Please do not hesitate to stop in to Park & Sixth Restaurant and Drinkery on Grove. My staff and I will be happy to discuss The Draper in detail.

Thank You For Years of Support! You can follow @thedraperjc for any updates."

Restaurants & Bars / Ozu Foods
« on: 02-27-2016, 09:02am »
Ozu Foods
106 Hutton Street
Jersey City, NJ 07307
Phone: 201-205-2323
Catering ===> ext. 11
Delivery ===> please order via FastBoy or call the main# and press 3
Takeout ===> call/text us at 201-574-7307
or call the main# and press 2
or order online

Japanese | Catering | Bento

No honking, yelping or squawking: Jersey City councilman wants cap on noise
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on February 23, 2016 at 2:00 PM, updated February 23, 2016 at 4:15 PM

A Jersey City councilman wants you to cut out that racket!

Rich Boggiano, who represents Ward C on the City Council, has proposed a new law that he hopes will bring more peace and quiet to city neighborhoods. The measure, up for final adoption at tomorrow's council meeting, would implement decibel caps on noise coming from residential and commercial properties.

The measure (Ord. 16.027) would also ban certain activities during evening and overnight hours. Use of power tools, for example, would be prohibited between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m., and unnecessary car honking would be a no-no. Violators could be hit with fines of up to $3,000.

"It's getting to be out of hand," Boggiano said, referencing noise from the construction of the tower going up in Journal Square. "It's about time we started worrying about the neighborhood and people who live here in Jersey City."

The measure up for approval tomorrow would replace an older noise control law already on the books, adding some provisions and removing others.

Maximum decibel levels for residential properties — as measured from the property line — would be capped between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. at 65 decibels, which is softer than a vacuum cleaner, and between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. at 50 decibels, which is comparative to normal conversation inside a home.

All construction work would be limited to between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays (current law permits start at 7 a.m.), and banned on weekends and federal holidays without approval from construction code officials who have reviewed a noise mitigation plan. Snowblowers would require a muffler or sound reduction device. You would only be able to honk your car horn "as a warning in situations of imminent danger."

Also: "vocalizing (howling, yelping, barking, squawking, etc.) for five (5) straight minutes without interruption" by any animal would be forbidden, as would ice cream trucks playing jingles unless the trucks are moving. Read more

Jersey City's top planner stepping down after 26 years
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on February 21, 2016 at 2:57 PM, updated February 21, 2016 at 3:40 PM

JERSEY CITY — Bob Cotter, the city's top planner, is retiring after 26 years on the job, a span that saw the city's Waterfront transformed from an industrial backwater into one of the most desirable real-estate markets in the nation.

Cotter called Jersey City's growth "the stuff of legend" in a statement released by the city last week.

"The city is a much better place than I found it, and that is what city planners hope and study to do," Cotter said.

Bob Antonicello, who led the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency for seven years starting in 2006, called Cotter's retirement "a significant loss of the city." If there were a Mount Rushmore of Jersey City real-estate development, Antonicello said, Cotter would be on it.

"Developers come and go, politicians come and go, redevelopment directors come and go, but Bob has been the one constant," he said.

Cotter, a city worker since 1980, became chief planner under former Mayor Gerry McCann in 1990. McCann said today that Cotter has lasted as administrations have come and gone because he is a "professional" and dedicated to Jersey City.

"He even bought one of the houses that Peter Mocco built on First Street," McCann said, referring to the Downtown Jersey City home where Cotter still lives. "Even at that time, no one was building anything like that."

Cotter has at times felt the wrath of neighborhood groups. Residents of the Powerhouse Arts District in particular feel city planners turned the area from an artists' enclave into a field of luxury high-rises.


The city is now seeking his replacement. Interested candidates can see a full job description and apply online.

Read more

Restaurants & Bars / The Kitchen Step
« on: 02-18-2016, 12:23pm »
Opening tonight!

The Kitchen Step
500 Jersey Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday – Thursday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Friday + Saturday: 5:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: CLOSED

**Beginning Saturday, March 5th, we will offer weekend brunch.
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Introducing The Kitchen Step, a neighborhood bistro in the downtown Van Vorst section that celebrates Jersey City’s rich history and delivers thoughtful market-inspired cuisine and craft cocktails in an intimate and inviting atmosphere.

Just as appropriate for an after-work drink as it is for a full-coursed dinner, The Kitchen Step offers a market-inspired modern American menu marked by executive chef Ryan DePersio’s creative, flavorful interpretations of classic American cuisine.

News / Jersey City preps for weekend snow storm
« on: 01-21-2016, 01:18pm »
Looks like lots of new stuff this year. I hope it translates into a better response.

Jersey City preps for weekend snow storm
By Patrick Villanova | The Jersey Journal
on January 20, 2016 at 6:24 PM, updated January 20, 2016 at 6:25 PM

With winter's first significant snow storm looming, Jersey City is rolling out its new "snow team" and winter storm prep plan in advance of this weekend's weather.

Meeting three times a month since August, and more frequently now that the winter is here, the city's Snow Team – which includes senior staff from both the Jersey City Incinerator Authority (JCIA) and the Department of Public Works (DPW) – has implemented a number of improvements.

Jersey City could see anywhere from 3 inches to a foot of snow on Saturday and Sunday.

Among the improvements is a new salt storage site that has been added at 13th and Monmouth streets to service the Heights and parts of Downtown. The other two existing salt storage sites are at the DPW/JCIA compound at 13-15 Linden Avenue East and at Pacific Avenue and Merseles Street under the Turnpike Extension. Officials say the city has significantly increased its salt storage capacity to a total of 5,750 tons.

The Hudson County Roads Division will be utilizing 40 workers to operate 35 pieces of equipment while covering 169 Hudson County lane miles, including county parks, county spokesman Jim Kennelly said.

Meanwhile, the city's new snow command center, located at the DPW/JCIA complex, is equipped with three large monitors that include CCTV camera footage from throughout the city. The cameras provide supervisors the ability to monitor the snow removal process from one central location.

For the first time, the city has also developed a comprehensive citywide snow route map that divides the city's 600 streets into 44 sectors and 21 main routes, with each route taking approximately one hour to complete. Read more

Crime & Safety / 'Day lighting' aims for pedestrian safety
« on: 01-19-2016, 12:50pm »

'Day lighting' aims for pedestrian safety
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on January 19, 2016 at 7:54 AM, updated January 19, 2016 at 7:55 AM

Day lighting is here.

The city is trying out day lighting — installing barriers to keep motorists from parking too close to intersections — in three locations, and city spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill said the city is hoping to expand the method to other locations.

For now, barriers have been put up at Erie and First streets, Bergen and Storms avenues and Monticello and Storms avenues.

The idea is to improve visibility for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by preventing cars from illegally parking too close to intersections. Read more

Website launched to help residents 'Serve Jersey City'
By Caitlin Mota | The Jersey Journal
on January 15, 2016 at 11:36 AM, updated January 15, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Jersey City has launched a new website to connect residents with volunteer opportunities in their own neighborhoods.

Serve Jersey City is a citizen-powered site that will help residents find volunteer opportunities through the nonprofit organization Cities of Service.

Through the website, residents will find projects led by the City, local nonprofits and community groups based on their interests, skills and availability.

"We hear all the time from residents asking how they can get involved with their community and volunteer, and that's why we've launched the city's first clearing house for service opportunities on the very weekend we pay tribute to Dr. King's legacy," Mayor Fulop said in a statement.

Some of the organizations participating in the program include the The Sharing Place, Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County, Liberty Humane Society, the Jersey City Parks Coalition, Big Brothers Big Sister of Essex, Hudson and Union Counties. Read more

Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / The Grind Shop Coffee
« on: 01-05-2016, 12:09pm »
360 Communipaw Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07304
open 7 days from 7-7

"Specialty coffee shop in Jersey City brewing La Colombe coffee, serving the best treats NYC has to offer!"

News / Jersey City mayor is getting married
« on: 12-21-2015, 11:18am »

Jersey City mayor is getting married
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on December 20, 2015 at 10:31 AM, updated December 20, 2015 at 11:05 AM

JERSEY CITY — It's wedding bells for Mayor Steve Fulop and his girlfriend, Jaclyn Thompson.

Fulop, 38, proposed about two weeks ago, according to friends of the couple. The mayor declined to confirm to The Jersey Journal, saying only "maybe" when asked if the couple will be wed.

Former Gov. Jim McGreevey announced the engagement last night at a Christmas concert at the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre. Read more

Restaurants & Bars / Burger Eatery
« on: 12-14-2015, 09:30am »
Burger Eatery
238 First Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Officially opening on Monday December 21st, according to Jersey City Eats.

Shopping / Jersey Tails
« on: 12-14-2015, 09:24am »
Jersey Tails
169 Christopher Columbus Drive
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone (201) 332-4000
Get Directions


That's right! Fox & Crow, bitchez! In da Heights, starting at 9 PM and going all night long. NSN.
Featuring the song stylings of Hudson City Rats: Live in the Parlour

Fox & Crow is at 594 Palisade Ave near Congress St, convenient to the HBLR.

Mayor Fulop Launches Volunteer Initiative to Help Seniors Shovel Out After Winter Storms
“JC Shovels” Will Connect Volunteers with Seniors in Their Neighborhood; Initiative is Part of City’s AmeriCorps VISTA Program

JERSEY CITY – Mayor Steven M. Fulop announced a new volunteer initiative today – “JC Shovels” – to help senior citizens and people with disabilities in Jersey City shovel out after winter storms. The program, which will be run through the Department of Public Works and AmeriCorps staff based in the city, is seeking volunteers who will be connected with nearby neighbors in need – and then asked to shovel their sidewalks after snowfall.

“We’ve always believed that what they taught me in the Marines should apply here in Jersey City: We leave no one behind,” said Mayor Fulop, “Sometimes that can be as simple as helping dig folks out after a snowstorm so they can go to the grocery store or make a doctor’s appointment.”

Added Fulop, “The fact that this is a volunteer-based program is just incredible: Jersey City residents’ sense of community and generosity never ceases to amaze me.”

The announcement of “JC Shovels” comes on the heels of the first graduation of “United Rescue” EMTs, another volunteer program aimed at connecting someone suffering a medical emergency with the closest trained resident.

JC Shovels will be administered by two of Jersey City’s nine AmeriCorps VISTAs, staff members paid for by an AmeriCorps grant for the express purpose of developing service-oriented programming to assist those in need. Volunteers, however, will do the bulk of the shoveling.

Once the roster of volunteers is assembled, the DPW will map where the volunteers are located and connect those volunteers with seniors and others in need in their neighborhood. A number of locations will also be designated for volunteers to pick up rock salt from the City’s stockpile as well as shovels to facilitate their work.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the program can register online at

JC VISTA is a federally-funded volunteer project established by Mayor Steven M. Fulop that addresses the needs of low income residents by expanding economic opportunity, engaging youth and strengthening communities. JC VISTA is part of the AmeriCorps VISTA, a nationwide program whose corps volunteer full-time for a year at nonprofit organizations or local government agencies to carry out programs that fight poverty.

All media inquiries should be directed to Ryan Jacobs, Communications Director to Mayor Steven M. Fulop at or 201-637-7360 ///

Jersey City Mayor Fulop proposes eliminating runoff elections
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on November 05, 2015 at 7:10 AM

Now that voters have narrowly approved of Mayor Steve Fulop's plan to move city elections to November, the mayor said yesterday that he intends to ask voters to eliminate runoff elections.

The effort would modernize Jersey City politics and boost turnout by consolidating all elections and holding them on one day, Fulop said in an interview in his office yesterday morning.

"When you look across the country, right, senator elections don't have a runoff, presidential elections don't have a runoff, gubernatorial elections don't have a runoff," he said. "We're trying to bring it ultimately, from a voting standpoint, into the 21st century, where you have more people engaged in the process, and this ultimately will do that."

After the last municipal election in 2013, eight of the nine council races resulted in runoffs. Voter turnout compared to initial balloting in May dropped sharply in the runoff. In the Ward A council race, 2,662 fewer voters cast ballots in June. In the Ward C race, 1,623 fewer voters turned up at the polls.

One of Fulop's allies on the council, Councilwoman-at-large Joyce Watterman, told The Jersey Journal she would oppose a push to eliminate runoffs.

"No, no, no," she said. "It's good to have a runoff. I think the runoff keeps it fair."

Voters Tuesday said in a referendum that they believe city races should be moved from May to November, by 52 percent to 48 percent (9,655 votes cast, an 8 percent turnout). The ballot question was nonbinding — the City Council ultimately makes the decision whether to change the election date.

The council cannot on its own eliminate runoff elections, spurred when no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. In New Jersey, only voters can get rid of runoffs, via a binding referendum. Fulop said he intends to put that question to voters next November.

Bill Matsikoudis, former corporation counsel under Fulop's rival and predecessor, Jerramiah Healy, led the charge to convince voters to oppose moving
elections to November. Yesterday, Matsikoudis said in a statement that getting rid of runoffs would "give a huge advantage to incumbents" and lead to mayoral elections where the winners receive less than 30 percent of the vote.

"The mayor was strategically vague about his intent with regard to runoffs going into yesterday's vote on the referendum, which should give voters pause about his supposed transparency," he said.

Healy himself was first elected mayor in a November special election, which do not result in runoffs, and received less than 28 percent of the vote. Read more


The making of a cross-Hudson pedestrian bridge proposal
By Joe Pompeo 5:18 a.m. | Oct. 28, 2015

Fifty years from now, when someone is writing a book about the construction of an improbable pedestrian bridge linking New Jersey and New York high above the Hudson River, the story will begin with a quixotic crowd-funder determined to follow his dream.

That’s if the bridge ever gets built, which it almost certainly will not. The price tag would be epic, the bureaucratic obstacles byzantine, the red tape impenetrable.

These realities are not lost on Kevin Shane, a 34-year-old Jersey City resident who works for the real estate crowdfunding company Sharestates and has devoted much of his free time over the past year to researching and developing a fanciful plan for a span that would enable commuters and tourists to bike or walk between downtown Jersey City and Lower Manhattan. It would be more than a mile long and would rise more than 200 feet above the river.

The impetus? Shane’s concerns — along with those of the roughly 400,000 Garden State workers who move in and out of Manhattan every day — that the region's cross-Hudson transportation infrastructure (from increasingly crowded PATH trains to crumbling Midtown rail tunnels) is on the verge of crisis.

“My main goal is for a solution,” Shane said over beers on a recent Friday evening in the downtown Jersey City offices of architect Jeff Jordan.

A few weeks ago, Shane’s so-called Liberty Bridge went from daydream to media darling with the release of eye-grabbing renderings designed by Jordan with the assistance of his summer architecture interns. The images — featuring separate walking and bike lanes, partially enclosed to protect against the elements, and lots of lush greenery — enjoyed a generous amount of news coverage. There was cynicism in the reaction from online commenters, but also some applause.

“Credit for being very creative,” a commenter going by the name “movedeast” wrote on the website Curbed. “Nothing is implausible if the economics can be worked out. Put it in the mix. We need more trans-Hudson options. Every crossing is at capacity during the rush — cars, buses, PATH and ferries. I like the idea of a pedestrian crossing.”

“We need to do SOMETHING,” fellow Curbed commenter Captain Cranky Pants chimed in. “Nice that somebody is finally thinking outside the box.”

Now comes the hard part: Getting anyone in a position of power and influence to take the Liberty Bridge seriously enough to try to help make it happen. Read more

Suggested slogan: "The Best Side Festival: Things Might Get Awkward"

Jersey City councilman closes Garden State News store after running it for over 30 years
By Jonathan Lin | The Jersey Journal
on October 03, 2015 at 7:12 PM

JERSEY CITY -- When Michael Yun took over the Garden State News store in 1981, he was 27 and he had been in the United States for less than two years.

The Central Avenue business in the Heights was 13-years-old at the time, and Yun, who was living in Brooklyn and looking to run his own business, saw an ad for it in a newspaper. He went to check it out.

"I spoke with the neighbors, and it really felt like my hometown," the Ward D Councilman told The Jersey Journal. "I said 'This is the place I'm going to start my American Dream.'"

Fast forward to 2015, and it's been 34 "beautiful years" of serving the "loyal," "friendly" residents of the Heights, said Yun, who was elected councilman two years ago for the northern section of Jersey City.

But after years of providing locals with a place to buy lottery tickets, gift items, books, magazines, stationery and cards, the store's long journey has come to end, marking its last day today.

Yun told The Jersey Journal he decided to close the Garden State News in order to spend more time serving people in the Heights in his capacity as councilman.

"I want to be the best councilman in the history of Jersey City," he said. "At the end of the day, (closing the convenience store) will be more of a benefit for people living in the Heights."

The ground-floor space the store currently occupies will become office space for constituents to come and meet with him, Yun said. The three-story building that houses the store already has an office on the second floor, but additional space will help, he said. Read more

Facebook ad stirs more talk of Fulop gubernatorial run
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on October 05, 2015 at 11:52 AM

JERSEY CITY — No, Mayor Steve Fulop did not announce this weekend that he is running for governor.

But a Fulop ad that popped up on Facebook this weekend sure made it seem that way. Above a logo for Steven Fulop 2017 — that's the year of both the next gubernatorial race and Jersey City mayoral contest — the ad reads, "join us because Christie's policies just don't work."

Fulop, a Democrat who used to be hesitant to take on Gov. Chris Christie, has lately become more vocal in his opposition to Christie administration policies, and his Facebook shot at the Republican governor is one of his most direct hits. The ad led to a flurry of questions to The Jersey Journal asking if Fulop, who is considering a gubernatorial run, was jumping into that race early.

"Did I miss something?" one political wag texted to this reporter.

The answer, according to Fulop's people, is no: the post was meant to be provocative and draw a contrast between himself and Christie, but not an announcement that he is running for governor.

It's "just an ad to draw attention to the mayor's policies, views, and his new site," said city spokesman Ryan Jacobs. Read more

Jersey City announces new health benefits for transgender employees
By Anjalee Khemlani, September 22, 2015 at 2:15 PM

Jersey City is taking the lead in the state to address transgender health benefits and offering transition-related care for its employees.

Mayor Steven Fulop announced the new benefit services Tuesday and said the city’s health care providers estimate a small increase in the cost for coverage.

Currently, health benefits cost the city between $100,000 and $500,000, and about $79 million has been appropriated for health insurance for the current fiscal year.

The projected increase in health care costs is about one-10th of a percent, according to the city.

Services added for transgender employees includes medical care and related procedures, such as gender affirmation surgery.

“Government has a responsibility to be a legitimizing force, to pull people in the direction of what is right, especially on LGBT issues,” Fulop said. “Today, we’re doing that in Jersey City: We’re making sure that our transgender neighbors get the care they need.”

Recent studies show that overall mental health is affected by the delay and lack of access to medical care for transgender.

Two in ten transgender Americans are denied care and one in three faces significant delays. The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law found that 41 percent of transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals had attempted suicide in 2014, and that gender affirmation treatment can reduce the number of suicides around 75 percent.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services overturned the longstanding Medicare provision that denied coverage of transsexual surgery.

Jersey City joins a small list of cities, including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Austin, to expand coverage for transgender government employees.

“The American Medical Association, the U.S. Department of (Health and Human Services) and all of mainstream medicine support ending discrimination against transgender people,” said Barbra Siperstein, director of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of New Jersey.

“As a native of Jersey City, on behalf of the Gender Rights Advocacy Association of N.J., I take particular pride in congratulating Mayor Steven Fulop and the City of Jersey City for taking the leadership in being the first New Jersey municipality to provide medically necessary transition related care for its employees.”

Not to be confused by China Overseas America's proposed 99 Hudson Street residential building.

95-Story Supertall Planned For Jersey City Waterfront At 55 Hudson Street

In New York City, the current real estate boom has left the largest marks on the Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn skylines, but the rise of Jersey City over the past few years has been equally if not more impressive. And while the latest additions across the Hudson have been predominantly residential, YIMBY has word that a 95-story tower is now in the works at 55 Hudson Street, which could make it the tallest building in both Jersey City, and all of New Jersey.

In a previous interview with YIMBY, Jersey City’s Mayor Steven Fulop told us that “Goldman Sachs came in regarding a new tower next to their existing building on the waterfront, and we’re just starting to talk about that.”

And now it seems those plans may soon begin to cycle through the public review process, as the city’s planning documents have been updated with the scoping for 55 Hudson Street.

While few design or usage specifics are yet available, the project will span 920,000 square feet, and planning documents specify commercial/office intent. Given that the new towers of the World Trade Center and Hudson Yards are much larger in terms of square footage — and stand relatively close to 95 floors — it would seem likely that whatever is entering the pipeline at 55 Hudson Street will be mixed-use in nature, likely including either a hotel or residences on its upper floors. The building will have 17,500 square feet of retail space, and 684 parking spots.

This part of Jersey City will prove especially active in terms of development over the near-future, as just two blocks to the north, a major residential project is also in the works at 99 Hudson Street. While that building was initially expected to stand 990 feet to its roof, becoming the first “supertall” in New Jersey (standing over the 300 meter mark), it has since been downgraded slightly to 900 feet and 76 floors.

Whether 55 Hudson Street sees a similar reduction remains to be seen, but anything exceeding 990 feet has to clear the city’s height limits through public review, and it seems likely that 55 Hudson will easily clear that mark.

While the latest update is encouraging, no completion date has been announced, and plans are clearly still being formulated. If the project does move forward, it may face competition in the height department from the 90-story hotel and casino planned at Liberty Rising, in southern Jersey City.

Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / JC Fish Stand
« on: 09-16-2015, 02:29pm »
JC Fish Stand
508 Jersey Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07302

Providing Fresh Fish to Jersey City
Visit us at a Farmers' Market near you!

Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Beechwood Cafe
« on: 09-08-2015, 01:26pm »
Beechwood Cafe
18 Park Ave
Jersey City, NJ
(201) 433-4447

Just opened outpost of the Grove St. longtimer, on the ground floor of the 18 Park luxury rental apartments.


Garbage men wanted free booze to take out trash, N.J. bar owner says
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on August 28, 2015 at 11:44 AM, updated August 28, 2015 at 4:15 PM

JERSEY CITY — The owner of a Downtown bar is alleging that city agency contractors tried to shake him down for free booze in exchange for continuing to haul his recyclables away.

Wolf Sterling, owner of Pint on Wayne Street, said the two men approached one of his bartenders in the early-morning hours of Aug. 14 and said they weren't allowed to take his refuse anymore but they would keeping doing it for free liquor.

Sterling said the two men work for Regional Industries, which the autonomous Jersey City Incinerator Authority pays $9.2 million annually to haul the city's garbage and recyclables. The bar owner took his complaint to social media, recounting his allegations on Facebook, when his complaints to the JCIA went nowhere, he said.

"If you don't make a fuss over something, it just continues," he told The Jersey Journal.

Peter Roselle, Regional's president, said he is looking into the accusations, which he called "unacceptable."

"I don't want employees such as that working for my company," Roselle said. "We don't condone that."

Sterling said once his bartenders told the men he'd have to talk to his manager, the men took the recycling away. Read more

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