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Restaurants & Bars / The Factory Restaurant & Lounge
« on: 09-27-2017, 12:55pm »
The Factory Restaurant & Lounge
451 Communipaw Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07304

Home: (201) 630-4396.

Sunday - Thursday 11am 2pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 3pm

"Our bar restaurant is inspired by an old factory with wood and iron design, a varied international menu of Italian, American and Latin food."

Restaurants & Bars / Hudson Hall
« on: 09-19-2017, 01:37pm »
‘Hudson Hall’ Opens This Weekend in Jersey City
By Chris Fry
September 19, 2017

After a taxing renovation and a lengthy wait, Hudson Hall will be firing up their smokers for good this weekend, hosting their soft opening on September 23rd.

The restaurant, featuring a European-centered smokehouse concept, was revealed last year and extensively previewed by Jersey Digs back in August. Owner Peter Borovicka bought the building back in 2015, and it’s been a long journey to get to this weekend’s opening.

Renovations included gutting the property and digging out the entire 1,800-square feet of basement. Designer Jirka Kolar, who also worked on Williamsburg’s Radegast Hall and Asbury Park’s The Bonney Read, laid out his vision for an exceptional space that includes expansive metal work done by hand, unique signage, a subway-style tiled ceiling, and a distressed-looking main bar sporting zinc countertops.

Head Chef Dan Hoose, formerly of Dinosaur BBQ, says that in addition to smashed chicken, fermented veggies, and smoked fish dishes, Hudson Hall’s menu will also include French-inspired country pate, monkfish and some dessert items. The restaurant will offer in-house pickling and smoke their own cheeses, some of which take place in their open-style kitchen. Read more

Restaurants & Bars / Re: Piggyback Bar
« on: 09-06-2017, 03:21pm »
Is this the old Henry's on the Hudson? The views are killer.

News / Re: Stupid Headlines - Post Them Here
« on: 08-29-2017, 01:43pm »
Texas man threatens to dismember Jersey City woman after drinks

By Michaelangelo Conte
The Jersey Journal
August 29, 2017 at 10:59 AM

She should've been suspicious when she saw him.

Culture in Journal Square? I think the location is all wrong.

Restaurants & Bars / Hooked JC
« on: 07-09-2017, 07:05pm »
Hooked JC
467 Communipaw Ave
Jersey City, New Jersey 07304

Monday - Sunday - 11-10
Major Holidays - closed

From JC Eats:

"Hooked JC, located at 467 Communipaw Ave only a couple of blocks from Berry Lane Park, is a new seafood spot owned and run by Tory Aunspach, a long-time chef who has cooked around the world and Natalie Miniard of JCity Realty.

Hooked is focused on seafood, offering everything from fresh catches of the day to fried oysters to jambalaya. The approach is straightforward but very customized, meaning you choose what seafood you want - blackened, fried, or grilled; if you want it as a po'boy, a platter, or over a salad; and what sauces you want served with it. In addition, they have a number of sides including honey-jalapeno hushpuppies and some non-seafood menu items like chicken and vegetable entrees and a variety of salads and sides. Everything runs approximately. $8-12 and it's BYO, making it an affordable meal out."

N.J. ends state takeover of Jersey City's public schools
Posted on July 5, 2017 at 12:43 PM

By Adam Clark
NJ Advance Media for

TRENTON -- The state's takeover of Jersey City Public Schools is coming to an end nearly 30 years after the city's school district was deemed a "total educational failure."

The state Board of Education on Wednesday voted to grant the district local control over its instruction and programming, the final administrative category under supervision from the state. The district and state will now develop a transition plan for Jersey City to emerge from state intervention.

"This is truly a historic day," said Arcelio Aponte, president of the state board. "The path ahead will certainly be a promising path, a hopeful path for the children of Jersey City." 

The state took over Jersey City's school district in 1989 after education officials said the city's schools were failing and hurting students. It was the first school system taken over by New Jersey's state government, which later took control of Newark, Paterson and Camden schools for similar troubles.

Jersey City slowly regained local authority over other aspects of its district beginning a decade ago, according to state officials. It earned control over personnel in 2015, the second-to-last step in the process.  Read more

New Jersey Stage:

Heath Miller Named Exclusive Talent Buyer For White Eagle Hall

Heath Miller Named Exclusive Talent Buyer For White Eagle Hall(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- Heath Miller of Excess dB Entertainment has been announced as the exclusive Talent Buyer for White Eagle Hall, the newly restored historic theater and concert hall in Jersey City that officially opened in May 2017.  Over the past two decades, Miller has become one of the leading talent buyers and live event promoters in New Jersey and New York City, specializing in shows at small to mid-size venues. In addition to music talent buying for White Eagle Hall, Miller books Webster Hall, Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ and non-exclusively at NYC venues Stage 48, Highline Ballroom and Le Poisson Rouge.

Miller has announced the first batch of concerts at White Eagle Hall including Buckcherry (07/06), H.U.B (07/08), Frank Iero & the Patience (07/22), Roky Erickson (09/08), Melody's Echo Chamber (10/08), New Found Glory (11/07), and the Mountain Goats (11/10). For tickets and more information, visit

“I look forward to helping establish Jersey City as a destination for live music and a tour stop for bands,” said Miller. “I hope a venue of this size will help further spark the great talents coming out of Jersey City and will help grow the local music community.”

Originally constructed in 1910, White Eagle Hall is an impressive new stage for performing arts, concerts and other events in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. White Eagle Hall has a capacity of 800 standing, features two bars on the mezzanine level and one on the balcony level. The restoration enhances the intimacy and charm of this historic venue while adding the latest in sound and lighting technology, creating a distinctive and memorable audience experience.

“White Eagle Hall is an exceptional stage for the performing arts that will bring together a diverse audience throughout this region,” said Ben LoPiccolo, CEO, White Eagle Hall. “Heath has an array of music knowledge and industry contacts as well as a deep understanding of the types of concerts and other events that will appeal to all the communities throughout the area.” Read more

Journal Square / Re: Loew's Jersey Theatre
« on: 06-13-2017, 06:33pm »
Please book cool bands on a regular basis, TIA.

Jersey City’s First Distillery Opening This Month In Bergen-Lafayette
By Gillian Blair | June 9, 2017

Jersey City’s first and Hudson County’s only distillery is opening at the end of June. Corgi Spirits, located just off Pacific Avenue at 1 Distillery Drive, will soon release two locally-distilled gins and one vodka. All premium, small-batch, handcrafted, and inspired by Great Britain–the birthplace of so many bespoke bottles of superb spirits and a perfect place to start for Founder and all-around Anglophile, Robert Hagemann.

The Jersey City Distillery occupies the start of a row of industrial warehouse spaces, and walking along the access road adjacent to the railroad tracks, you might wonder if you’re lost, but then around the corner, their massive mural comes into view and the section of gold Corgis is both welcoming and unexpected. The mural by local street artist Hellbent is bright with herringbone and houndstooth patterns that echo the brand’s packaging for the Earl Grey and Pembroke Gins. And a pretty pink section hints at a rose and honey gin in the works.

Mr. Hagemann, the incredibly articulate and whip-smart founder of Corgi Spirits, spent his junior year in college living in Tokyo, hanging out at the New York Bar, and was hooked by the entire craft cocktail experience–the pageantry and pride of the bartenders and their commitment to something that will literally be gone in five minutes. After a stint as a bartender and living what sounds like multiple professional lives in the corporate world, he is back behind the bar not only as a creator of cocktails, but after years of study, an actual maker of spirits.

The spirited mascot, a Corgi silhouette, serves multiple meanings by being Mr. Hagemann’s favorite four-legged breed because they’re goofy despite their pedigrees and a cause close to his heart; for years, he has worked with local animal rescue organizations and a portion of the distillery’s proceeds will be donated to See Spot Rescued and the Liberty Humane Society. Corgi Spirits is also committed to many other programs, including the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, Pro Arts, the Jersey City Parks Coalition, and Hudson Pride, elevating the spirit with social missions as well as a great cocktail.

On the menu will be classics–martini, vesper, moscow mule–and Corgi originals like the Iron Lady, named for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and includes gin and charcoal, and a riff on a French 75 called a French & Saunders 75, named for the hilarious “Ab Fab” co-creator Jennifer Saunders and of course includes champagne flavoring. Non-alcoholic cocktails will also be available. Read more

The Field Is Set in New Jersey's Gubernatorial Race
Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno win their primaries, and will face off in November’s general election.

Clare Foran | Jun 6, 2017

Primary voters in New Jersey have chosen Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno to face off in the race to succeed Chris Christie as the Garden State’s governor.

Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary. Murphy’s Wall Street past has opened him up to criticism from some wary progressives. But Murphy, who also formerly served as ambassador to Germany under President Obama, successfully pitched himself as a progressive, winning a key endorsement from the progressive group New Jersey Working Families.

Kim Guadagno, the lieutenant governor, secured the Republican nomination. As she advances to the general election, it may be difficult for Guadagno to distance herself from Christie, her former running mate whose approval ratings have tanked. On Tuesday, Christie announced that he had voted for Guadagno in the primary. “I think the biggest endorsement you can give somebody is your vote,” he said.

Voter dissatisfaction with Christie—Morning Consult recently named him “America’s most unpopular governor”—looms over the race, and whoever wins the Democratic nomination will be the favorite to win the general election. A recent poll found Murphy leading Guadagno by 50 to 25 percentage points in a general election matchup. Read more

From Have A Night (of cancelled-pub-crawl fame). Looks like it'll be at ye olde Tilted Kilt:

Taphaus to Open {Second Location} This Summer
Posted in Drinks on May 30, 2017

Jersey City staple Taphaus is expanding to a 2nd location this Summer, and we can't wait to check it out! Taphaus will be moving into the space at 201 Marin Boulevard, just steps away from the Marin stop on the Light Rail. Right now there is no set opening date, but the new spot should be open by end of July/beginning of August!

We recently spoke with Glen Magalhaes, GM of Taphaus, who shared his excitement about the newest location:

Watching Tapaus grow from a waterfront biergarten to a family friendly restaurant, and now to a local power house sports bar has been a amazing and interesting experience. One that I wouldn't change for the world. Taphaus is proving to be a brand that is both multifaceted and unique. There really is no limit on how far this concept can go, I'm just glad I can go along for the ride.

Groceries, Bakeries & Delis / Pampita Meat Shop
« on: 05-16-2017, 08:18pm »
Pampita Meat Shop
393 Central Ave

Prime & Quality Meats
Grass Fed
Argentine & U.S. Cuts

Kushners Abandon Property Bid as Pressures Mount Over Conflicts
by David Kocieniewski and Caleb Melby, Bloomberg
May 10, 2017, 6:00 AM EDT

A company owned by the family of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, has abandoned plans to buy a sprawling industrial site in New Jersey from Honeywell International Inc., a major federal contractor, and develop it into a residential community.

Kushner Cos. had been the leading bidder for the 95-acre formerly contaminated site known as Bayfront, which is co-owned by Honeywell and Jersey City, city officials said. The company had submitted plans to build as many as 8,100 housing units to be marketed to Orthodox Jewish residents of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn who are being priced out of that neighborhood.

Last fall, the Kushners bid about $150 million, tens of millions higher than competitors, according to people involved in the negotiations. Honeywell heard from others who would only make an offer once the environmental approvals for the cleaned-up site were final. So the bidding is scheduled to reopen later this year and Kushner Cos. had been expected to continue in the process, the people said.

But on Tuesday, when Bloomberg News asked about Bayfront, company spokesman James Yolles said the Kushners are no longer pursuing the project. He wouldn’t elaborate or explain.

A Kushner official who asked not to be named said the company dropped its plan late last year. However, others in the negotiations say they have been in contact with the Kushners in recent weeks with no indication of a change of heart. Mark Albiez, chief of staff to Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, said the administration had not received any notice of the withdrawal of the Kushners’ bid.

The move was welcome news to ethicists. Jared Kushner, who is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, has sweeping power in the White House as a senior adviser. Although he has pledged to recuse himself from potential conflicts and sold many assets, some of those sales have been to trusts controlled by family members. Honeywell has billions in federal contracts, and development of the site probably would involve a range of federal funding requests for infrastructure improvements to roadways and nearby light-rail lines.

“It’s a good sign that they are pulling out,” said Larry Noble, general counsel of the Campaign Legal Center. “Though the question is whether or not it’s just because of the publicity or because they actually see there is a potential conflict of interest in these situations.”

Kushner Cos.’ withdrawal from the Honeywell negotiations comes as the family faces pressure for the entanglements inherent in its business-expansion efforts.

Last weekend, Kushner Cos. executives held meetings in two hotel ballrooms in China, trying to raise money for a separate and troubled Jersey City construction project. Part of the money will come from a controversial program that provides visas to investors. News coverage of that effort spurred criticism of the company. Mayor Fulop linked to a story about the Chinese fundraising when he announced Sunday that the city rejected the family’s application for tens of millions in city tax breaks on the project.

And in March, a Kushner plan to refinance its financially struggling office tower at 666 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan collapsed after news reports revealed the proposal involved billions of dollars from Chinese conglomerate Anbang Insurance Group Co., which has close ties to the ruling party.

In Jersey City, a liberal Democratic stronghold, Kushner Cos.’ close connections to Trump have sparked protests, causing problems for its projects in the community and complications for Fulop.

A Democrat running for reelection this November, he has been criticized for his warm relations with both Jared Kushner and his father, Charles, chairman of the family’s real- estate ventures. As the Kushners were developing Trump Tower in Jersey City in 2014, they hired one of Fulop’s closest political strategists to work as an expediter on the project. Kushner Cos. and its executives also donated to various funds that supported Fulop’s re-election campaign this year and brief run for governor last year.

Bill Matsikoudis, Jersey City’s city attorney and a Democrat running against Fulop this year, said Kushner Cos.’ withdrawal from the Bayfront project is good news for taxpayers.

“I’ve always thought it was best for the city to sell it off in increments to multiple developers,” said Matsikoudis, who brought litigation against Honeywell that helped lead to the Bayfront project. “That way, the future of this important area of the city isn’t tied to the fortunes of a single particular developer.”

Albiez, Fulop’s chief of staff, rejected allegations that his administration gave the Kushners favored treatment.

The Kushners’ withdrawal takes them out of the running for a potentially lucrative project. Similar efforts in the New York City area have been goldmines for some developers. In Brooklyn, David Walentas bought up 2 million square feet of dilapidated industrial buildings on the waterfront and minted a billion-dollar fortune by converting them into an upscale neighborhood of cobblestone streets, art galleries and boutiques now known as Dumbo. Stephen Ross, already one of the world’s richest men, created Hudson Yards, a 28-acre project including the site of a former rail yard on Manhattan’s far-West side, abutting the Hudson River.

Jersey City’s plans for the site are grand, and could include housing for as many as 20,000 residents, 1 million square feet of office space and 600,000 square feet of stores. Last year it granted $2 million in tax breaks to Honeywell for the construction of three parks.

The site, which runs along the Hackensack River on the west side of Jersey City, became contaminated in the first half of the 20th century, when Mutual Chemical Company used it to dump what was then known as chrome ore processing residue, a byproduct from making stainless steel, from a nearby plant.

Stoop sale coming to Downtown Jersey City on Sunday
By Patrick Villanova | The Jersey Journal
on May 05, 2017 at 8:47 AM, updated May 05, 2017 at 8:48 AM

The Harsimus Cove Association will host a Stoop Sale on Sunday throughout portions of Downtown Jersey City.

The event, which will feature locals selling assorted items from their stoops, will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at more than 30 locations in the Downtown neighborhood.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit refugee families living in Jersey City via Church World Service.

Here's a list of participants in Sunday's stoop sale:

60 Erie St., 67 Erie St., 123 Erie St., 565 Jersey Ave., 567 Jersey Ave., 584 Jersey, Ave., 591 Jersey Ave., 44 Coles St., 91 Coles St., 217 Newark Ave., 228 First St., 235 First St., 214 Second St., 247 Second St., 281 Second St., 308 Second St., 218 Third St., 265 Third St., 274 Third St., 211 Fourth St., 236 Fourth St., 242 Fourth St., 251, Fourth St., 225 Fifth St., 255 Fifth St., 263 Fifth St., 282 Fifth St., 288 Fifth St., 321 Fifth St., 230 Sixth St., 203 Seventh St., 307 Seventh St., 218 Eighth St.

For more information, email or visit the Harsimus Cove Association's Facebook page.

Historic White Eagle Hall to officially re-open with first concert
By Jim Testa | For The Jersey Journal
on May 02, 2017 at 8:04 PM, updated May 03, 2017 at 10:58 AM

It's official!

The renovated White Eagle Hall in Downtown Jersey City opens on Friday, May 5, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Steven Fulop, followed by a performance by Jersey City favorite musican sons Rye Coalition.

The event will be free and open to the public, starting outdoors at 4:30 p.m. with the opening ceremonies and performances by local dance troupes and actors from the Jersey City Theater Company. At 6 p.m., the action moves inside.

For its first official concert, White Eagle Hall couldn't have made a better choice than Rye Coalition, whose members grew up in Jersey City and have long been identified as the town's quintessential local band. Sunshine & The Rain, featuring Rye Coalition bassist Justin Morey and his wife Ashley, open the show.

Free hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

"It's an honor," Rye Coalition drummer Dave Leto said. "I have fond memories as a small child playing basketball there during St. Anthony's practices on weekends. It's a legendary building. As far as Jersey City music goes, we were probably one of the first to go on tour and leave the area, but Jersey City will always be our home."

The new White Eagle Hall will be hosting live music, theater, comedy, and special events, and also be available for weddings and private events. The Jersey City Theater Company, which will be housed at the hall, staged the first live performances there in 40 years last month.


Heath Miller of Excess dB Entertainment has just been announced as the booker for music and other events; his resume' includes currently being the talent buyer for Manhattan's Webster Hall, a previous stint at New Jersey's Mexicali Live,  as well as a successful career in concert promotion, talent management, and festival organization.

"I'm really excited that Jersey City will finally have the kind of venue it deserves," Miller said. "We were trying to figure out a real Jersey City band that the community would relate to and I'm so glad we got Rye Coalition.

"We're definitely going to be doing a good mix of seated and standing shows over the course of the first year, and I'm going to try and bring a wide variety of music in, from your standard rock 'n' roll to more left of center indie, to pop stuff, to some metal and punk. We'll probably bring a little hip hop in, and some younger shows, some older shows."

Jersey City itself will be a big inspiration to what people get to see at White Eagle Hall, Miller said.

"The programming is going to be diverse because Jersey City is diverse," he said. "I want to be able to work with good local partners who can bring in some cultural music, Indian or Filipino or any group that has a large population in Jersey City. I don't want this place to be just for the rock people, I want to make sure we have something for everyone."

The hall can be configured differently for various events, Miller noted, so not every concert has to be geared to an 800-person crowd.


"After the L train shuts down in 2018, a lot of Jersey people aren't going to want to go to Brooklyn, so that will make this spot even more attractive. That gives us a year to get established, and then once the L train isn't running into Manhattan, the standard for bands will be that if they're playing Brooklyn, they should also be playing Jersey City. Or if they're playing Manhattan and skipping Brooklyn, they should be playing Jersey City. And if you're big enough to sell out your Brooklyn show and your Manhattan show, then you should be playing Jersey City, too. I think that will just become the norm."

There's "plenty of parking" in that part of Downtown Jersey City (ed: :| ) , Miller said, but even so, he thinks the proximity of the Grove Street PATH station will make White Eagle Hall a destination venue for concertgoers from New York City and New Jersey.

"It's such a short walk, it's a couple of minutes down Newark Avenue and then you're at the pedestrian mall and then you're at the PATH train," he said. "I know people will be driving but I really hope a lot of them take mass transportation, it's really an ideal spot. And much closer to the PATH than Maxwell's in Hoboken used to be."

White Eagle Hall, 335-337 Newark Ave., Jersey City, will officially open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live entertainment outdoors at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, followed by indoor performances by Rye Coalition and Sunshine & The Rain at 6. Admission is free but space is limited so White Eagle Hall urges attendees to RSVP at

Restaurants & Bars / Ani Ramen
« on: 05-01-2017, 03:52pm »
Ani Ramen
218 Newark Ave.
Jersey City
(201) 408-9811
No reservations

One of N.J.'s busiest restaurants has opened a 2nd location, and it's a smash
By Vicki Hyman | NJ Advance Media for
on April 28, 2017 at 10:05 AM, updated April 28, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Montclair's immensely popular Ani Ramen House finally lives up to its name -- ani meaning big brother in Japanese -- with the opening of the long-awaited sister restaurant in Jersey City.

With a celebrity backer in legendary rap producer Just Blaze (he's known for his work with Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, among many others), the Jersey City Ani Ramen, from Luck Sarabhayavanija and his wife Anne Fernando, opened Monday, and the narrow brick-walled space, lit with Edison bulbs and touches of neon, seems to be as instantly popular as its sibling. (And it doesn't take reservations, either.)

"Luck has done some great things with Ani in Montclair in a very short period of time and the location in Jersey City is in the perfect place to continue this run," Just Blaze, who is from Paterson and now lives in Hoboken, tells "Lots of foot traffic in a rapidly budding neighborhood along with the great vibe and ambiance we could collectively deliver made this a no-brainer."

Ramen is the humble but cultish synergy of chewy noodles in an umami-packed broth with fixings that may include braised pork belly or shoulder, chicken, mushrooms, bean sprouts, scallions, and ajitama, a marinated soft-boiled egg. David Chang is widely credited for popularizing ramen in America with the 2004 opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City, but outside of Fort Lee, which has the highest percentage of Japanese-Americans in New Jersey, New Jersey had few ramen joints until Ani Ramen House opened in 2014 in Montclair.

At least eight other ramen restaurants have opened in the state in the last year -- Ramen Gami and the brand-new Ramen Fukorow in Newark; Fujiya Ramen in Montclair; Hakata Ramen in Livingston; Ramen Nagomi in New Brunswick; Genji Ramen in Princeton; and Edo Ramen in Princeton and Clifton, not to mention Jose Garces' Okatshe in Atlantic City, whose menu has a heavy ramen presence. Read more

A giant new beer garden is about to transform N.J.'s dining scene
Joseph Atmonavage | NJ Advance Media for
on April 22, 2017 at 8:32 AM, updated April 22, 2017 at 8:33 AM

JERSEY CITY -- The Lutze Biergarten is set to become the next piece in Mack-Cali Realty Corporation's plan to "activate Harborside," a large office complex on the Jersey City waterfront.

The bar and restaurant, which celebrates its grand opening on May 5, is an outdoor riverfront beer garden, serving a variety of German and craft beer, cocktails and various food options, including bratwurst, pretzels, pub grub and a raw bar, all while featuring backyard party staples: live music and games including corn hole, shuffleboard and giant Jenga, as well as fire pits and more.

"The biggest difference from other places is that you can be outside and have a backyard atmosphere," Ilene Jablonski, vice president of marketing for Mack-Cali, said of the beer garden, which will be located at 15 Second St in Exchange Place. "There is no where else to get that."

That's where Mack-Cali comes in; the realty corporation is one of the biggest investors in Jersey City and in August the company moved their offices from Edison to Jersey City.

Mack-Cali is also in the midst of a $90 million investment project into Harborside, which includes the opening of Lutze. Another project is Urby at Harborside, a 69-story apartment building with 762 luxury apartments that has already begun leasing.

The real estate management firm--the largest in the state--plans to move its headquarters from Edison to Jersey City by the first half of 2016.

Lutze Biergarten is their first bar and restaurant for the corporation, which typically invests in and develops office space and multi-family properties.

Mack-Cali invested in the property, which includes a 20,000 square-foot parking lot, and decided there was a market for a place like Lutze. With the parking lot, which will be used to bring in vendors and host festivals in conjunction with Lutze, Jablonski said the entire space can accommodate a whopping 5,000 people at a time. The beer garden alone will serve up to 2,000 people. Read more

New York subway extension to N.J. may not be dead after all
Larry Higgs | NJ Advance Media for
on April 21, 2017 at 5:53 PM

The long-dormant idea to extend a New York subway line to Secaucus may have new life as an alternative to building a colossal Port Authority Bus terminal on Manhattan's West Side.

"Do we leave it out of the discussion? We shouldn't," said Polly Trottenberg, New York City transportation commissioner. "It should be part of the (bus terminal discussion) reset."

Trottenberg said it might be time to reopen discussion of the subway extension after a panel about cross-Hudson River commuting challenges Friday at the Regional Plan Association general assembly.

The idea floated by Michael Bloomberg's administration to extend the No. 7 subway line from its Hudson Yards terminus to the Secaucus Junction train station has floundered since he left office. The idea was brought up by former Port Authority Chairman Scott Rechler, who suggested

The idea was brought up by former Port Authority Chairman Scott Rechler, who suggested the agency study building a bus terminal in Secaucus and rehabilitating, but not expanding, the midtown Manhattan bus terminal.

Former Vice President Joe Biden said it s time for the rest of the nation to step up and fund the Gateway Tunnel project the way metro area taxpayers have funded work in other states.

After political opposition from New Jersey officials, the authority's board endorsed expanding the Manhattan bus terminal. But there has been pushback from neighbors around the bus terminal who fear losing their homes and businesses through eminent domain, and from New York officials.

The RPA discussion focused on two mega projects in various stages of planning and study: Replacing the Port Authority bus terminal at a projected $10 billion and Amtrak's Gateway project to build new Hudson River rail tunnels, a Penn Station annex and other projects, estimated to cost $24 billion.

"Is the only solution a massive bus terminal when other global cities are going with rail?" Trottenberg said. "I'm not saying we don't need a bus terminal. Let's broaden the mix of solutions. It can't just be one."

The No. 7 to Secaucus has been endorsed by the New Jersey Association of Railroad Passengers, who said it would take pressure off the Lincoln Tunnel and bus terminal and would give commuters a faster ride, since many already transfer to city subways. Read more

News / Jersey City teen shot in the buttocks, cops say
« on: 04-18-2017, 04:41pm »
Jersey City teen shot in the buttocks, cops say
By Caitlin Mota | The Jersey Journal
on April 18, 2017 at 2:11 PM, updated April 18, 2017 at 2:20 PM

JERSEY CITY -- A 16-year-old was shot in the buttocks early Monday morning, officials said.

New parking rules for the Jersey City Heights
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on April 13, 2017 at 9:14 AM, updated April 13, 2017 at 12:08 PM

JERSEY CITY -- A new parking zone including the entire Jersey City Heights area was given final approval last night by the City Council, which heard from residents who described the parking situation in that section of the city as a "free-for-all" and the "wild, wild west."

The measure, approved 7-0, establishes a zone that will allow residents to park for 24 hours a day and limits everyone else from parking longer than four hours without a permit. Heights residents lobbied for the change, saying parking spaces in the city's northern neighborhoods are hogged by non-residents.

A $15 annual permit for residents will allow them to park in the zone 24 hours a day. A non-residential parking permit will cost $300 a year. People who work but don't live in the area will have to buy a $50 permit every six months.

The new zone will not take effect for a year. City officials believe it will take that long to make sure the city's parking division has the staff to enforce the new rules. Read more

Restaurants & Bars / The Lutze Biergarten
« on: 04-12-2017, 02:31pm »
The Lutze Biergarten
15 Second Street
Jersey City, New Jersey 07311

"GRAND OPENING: Join us on May 5 for our Cinco de Mayo Grand Opening Celebration featuring over 100 vendors, drinks, food, games, live music, and fireworks! There’s no better day to launch the Lutze than Cinco de Mayo – a nationally known celebration representative of the vast culture and diversity that define Jersey City; therefore, it is only fitting that it’s our opening day."


Local officials cut ribbon on new Downtown Jersey City hotel
By Ron Zeitlinger | The Jersey Journal
on April 10, 2017 at 3:33 PM, updated April 10, 2017 at 5:35 PM

The Residence Inn by Marriott officially joined the Downtown Jersey City hotel scene this morning when the developers and elected leaders cut the ribbon.

David Barry, president of Ironstate Development Company, and Joseph Panepinto, president and CEO of Panepinto Properties, the joint developers, were joined by Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez at 80 Christopher Columbus Dr. this morning to open the 152-suite hotel. Former Rep. Frank Guarini, who also served as a developer, attended the event as well.

The hotel, next to the Grove Street PATH station, features 240 works of art from local artists, a tribute to the city's vibrant arts scene. The rates for three types of rooms vary from $289 to $399 a night, according to the company's website.

The hotel is part of a mixed-use development by Ironstate Development and Panepinto Properties that includes two completed residential towers and one under construction comprising 1,484 luxury rental residences, a 30,000 square-foot Base Gym, and the recently opened Sprout Market Place. Read more


12-Unit Building Planned For Latin Lounge Site In Jersey City
By Jared Kofsky
April 7, 2017

A residential building is expected to rise at 369-371 2nd Street, between Monmouth Street and Brunswick Street, in The Village, one of the city’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

J&B 369-371, LLC, which is operated by BGT Enterprises, is responsible for the proposal, which calls for a four-story building with 12 residential units. No parking will be provided on the premises. In September 2016, the developer was granted preliminary and final major site plan approval (with conditions) with variances for use and height, but it is not yet known when construction will begin.

Currently, the property contains a three-story residential building and a two-story building that, until recently, was occupied by the Latin Lounge Sports Bar, described by BGT Enterprises Managing Partner Ben Torrei as a “public nuisance.”

Although BGT acquired the Latin Lounge’s liquor license, Torrei tells Jersey Digs that “there are absolutely zero plans for this location to become a bar in the future,” adding that “this use more fits the community, and news that we have shut down the Latin Lounge should come as a great relief to the community that has been affected by them for so many years.” Read more

Jersey City will share tax abatement revenue with schools
By Terrence T. McDonald | The Jersey Journal
on April 06, 2017 at 11:27 AM, updated April 06, 2017 at 5:03 PM

JERSEY CITY -- Jersey City public schools will get a portion of the revenue the city receives from long-term tax abatements under an executive order issued by Mayor Steve Fulop yesterday.

Ten percent of the annual service charges collected from long-term tax breaks -- otherwise known as payments in lieu of taxes -- will be directed to the public-school district. The executive order applies to all future market-rate residential, hotel, commercial and industrial tax abatements.

Fulop's move comes as a growing chorus of critics locally and statewide have slammed the city for not dedicating some PILOT revenue for school funding, which Fulop promised to do when he was running for mayor. Unlike normal property tax revenue, which is split between the city, county and school district, the city keeps almost all the revenue it receives from PILOT agreements, sharing a sliver with the county.

Last month a group of activists held a mock party meant to embarrass the administration about the dozens of tax abatements it has approved since Fulop took office in July 2013. Ellen Simon, a former Jersey City school board member who organized the mock party, called Fulop's executive order "promising."

"We're going to keep pushing on this," she told The Jersey Journal. "Payments from existing abated developers, now one quarter of the city's budget, will continue to shortchange our schools." Read more

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