23 Hoboken + Jersey City News Stories You Missed This Week

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Another news-filled week and as always, we’ve got you covered. Among the headlines — Jersey City firefighters rescue woman from a burning building, hometown marathon taking place in Hoboken, Bayonne may get a film studio — along with other stories happening throughout the week. All that and more below — keep reading for all the news you missed this week in Hoboken, Jersey City, + beyond:

Our 6th Annual Fall Photo Contest #FallinLoveWithHoboken Has Begun!

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Hoboken Girl’s month-long 6th annual fall photo contest #FallinLoveWithHoboken that begins on October 1st and ends October 31st. To enter and have a chance to win a ton of amazing prizes from 13 local businesses, post your favorite things about Hoboken and Jersey City in the fall on Instagram, tag us, follow the contest sponsors {listed in the post}, and hashtag #FallinLoveWithHoboken. Read here for the guidelines and we’ll see you on Instagram!

Ocean County Leading Increase in NJ COVID Cases, According to Gov. Murphy

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According to Governor Murphy, Ocean County is the new “hot spot” for Coronavirus cases and has made up 28% of New Jersey’s 3,660 new cases in the last week.

“We continue to see the statewide number driven in large part, not completely, but in large part by significant new cases coming out of Ocean County,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at his Coronavirus press briefing Monday at the George Washington Ballroom in Trenton. “We’re maintaining our lines of communication with county and community leaders as we work together to mitigate these outbreaks.”

Off-Duty Homeland Security Agent Charged With Leaving Scene of Hoboken Crash

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An off-duty Department of Homeland Security agent was charged with leaving the scene of an accident on the morning of September 28th, Patch reported. The accident injured a 24-year-old individual who was riding a bike in Hoboken. Ryan Varrone, 32, turned himself into detectives with the Hudson County Regional Collision Investigation Unit on Wednesday at 10AM, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said.

NYPD Lieutenant Will Lead JCPD De-Escalation Training

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Former NYPD decorated Lt. Jack Cambria who is also known as “Gentleman Jack,” Cambria and has over 34 years of experience, will be sharing his experience with the Jersey City Police Department through de-escalation training to give officers tools they can use to better manage increasingly tense, and dangerous situations, as seen on Tap Into. The training will re-enforce strategies to remain calm when dealing with people who are experiencing mental and emotional crises.

Hoboken’s Soon-To-Be First Marijuana Dispensary is Being Sued by the Soon-To-Be Second Dispensary

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In August, reports of Hoboken’s soon-to-be first medical marijuana dispensary, shortly after they reported that a second dispensary proposed their building in Hoboken just a few feet away from the first. Earlier this week, the media outlet published another article stating that the first dispensary, known as Harmony Foundation, is being sued by the Terrapin for allegedly “side-stepping several laws,” according to Jersey Digs. The move came after the city established a Medical Cannabis Review Board and revamped a local ordinance to allow a total of three dispensaries throughout the city, subject to planning board review.

Bergen-Lafayette Neighborhood to Receive Fire Station + Library

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Jersey City’s Bergen-Lafayette neighborhood is quickly changing as commercial and retail developments continue, and now the neighborhood could receive a brand new firehouse and library, according to NJ.com. The Jersey City Fire Department Chief Steve McGill said the city could break ground by the spring if the planning board approves the project.

In a meeting earlier this month, Jersey City Library Director Jeffrey Trzeciak presented plans for a Johnston Avenue branch library to the city council. According to Trzeciak, the 8,000-square-foot library would include a public meeting room, design and recording studios, and a “maker space” and feature a number of high-tech amenities including 3-D printing, gaming, and virtual reality programs.

Hometown Marathon Taking Place on 11/1 to Support Hoboken Hospitality Alliance

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Longtime friends, Andrew Sobieski and Adam Smith are Hoboken based runners that are joining forces to support the Hoboken Hospitality Alliance this fall to raise money for local Hoboken bars and restaurants that were impacted by the coronavirus. The duo was planning to run the New York City Marathon in November but, like thousands of others across the country, they were disappointed following the postponement of the event. Rather than decelerate their training and look towards next year, the duo decided to put their training to good use and give back to their local community, while still clocking the miles on November 1st.

Jersey City Police Officer Admitted to Conspiring to Defraud the City

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Tap Into released the story of Gicella Sanchez, 36, a Jersey City police officer admitting to conspiring to defraud the city of Jersey City by obtaining compensation for off-duty work that she did not perform, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced on Tuesday, September 29th. As stated in the article, Sanchez pleaded guilty by video conference before U.S. District Judge John M. Vazquez on Sept. 29th to one count of conspiracy to defraud a local government receiving federal funds.

NYSC Hoboken Downtown Has Closed its Doors

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NYSC reopened a few weeks ago after being forced to close because of COVID, and the company just announced its downtown location in Hoboken at 59 Newark Street has permanently closed via email to its members. Read more here.

15-Unit Mixed-Use Project Proposed in Jersey City

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666 Grand Street, between State Street and Westervelt Place, could potentially be the new home to a 15-unit mixed-use project with nearly 1,500 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and eight parking spaces, according to Jersey Digs. Each of the 15 residential units would include one-bedroom but none would be considered “affordable housing units,” according to the application. submitted by developer 662 Grand Street, LLC. This proposal will be the subject of a hearing on October 8th.

The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division Reversed Prior Ruling Allowing Hoboken Developers to Ignore 10% Affordable Housing Law

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The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division has reversed a prior ruling that allowed Hoboken developers involved in four separate projects to bypass the city’s 10 percent affordable housing requirement. The properties in question are the Artisan Hoboken Apartments at 1100 Jefferson Street, 1415 Park Avenue, 900 Monroe Street, and 1316-1330 Willow Avenue.

“On remand, the Law Division judge erroneously granted summary judgment to these same developers based on an as-applied challenge to the 1988 Hoboken Affordable Housing Ordinance (AHO),” Appellate Judges Jose L. Fuentes, Michael J. Haas, and Catherine I. Enright decided in an opinion issued today.

Jersey City Fire Department Gives Volunteer Firefighter Beautiful Send-Off

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Gregory Greene, a volunteer firefighterm, passed away at 66 years of age on Monday, September 28th after battling health issues. The department honored his service to the community with an honorary salute at his funeral on Saturday. Greene served as a volunteer firefighter for over 50 years and was also an employee at the Jersey City Medical Center, says NJ.com.

Jersey City MVC Shuts Down Due to COVID Case

After an employee there tested positive for the coronavirus, Jersey City’s Motor Vehicle Commission will be closed for more than a week until October 6th, according to NJ.com. The MVC tweeted, “The Jersey City Vehicle Center is closed due to an employee testing positive for COVID-19. We posted a closure notice last Monday night,” said William Connolly, an MVC spokesman. “The Jersey City Vehicle Center will remain closed until contact tracers have cleared a sufficient number of employees to reopen or any required quarantine is complete.”

NJ Transit Wrapping Up Train Safety System 4 Years After Hoboken Terminal Crash

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The 2016 fatal train crash in the Hoboken Terminal that led to a death and many injured was met with a deadline to install a safety system that could prevent similar crashes from happening again. The train was going double the speed limit when it crashed and that the engineer had undiagnosed sleep apnea. The New Jersey Transit has since changed its policies on testing for and working with sleep apnea, and according to News 12, NJ Transit has until Dec. 31 to get the safety system installed.

Jersey City Firefighters Rescue Woman From Fire

Jersey City Firefighters Rescue Woman

Jersey City firefighters rescued a woman from a fire in the Heights on September 29th, that was trapped on the floor above the fire’s start, the Hudson County View reported. The victim was assessed by EMTs at the scene and refused medical treatment. Utilities were shut down to the building at the time.

Hoboken Halloween Parade Canceled

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The City of Hoboken released a press release from Mayor Bhalla via Nixle alert on September 30th regarding the Halloween holiday and how it’d be handled in Hoboken — canceling the annual Ragamuffin parade.

“As we enter October, I know that Halloween has been a topic of discussion among our residents and children. As with many other activities over the past seven months, the challenge is – how do we balance a day that has traditionally been a favorite of our children {and adults}, with the fact that we remain in a pandemic? It is a topic that my family has been grappling with as well, especially with my two children,” he stated. Read more here about the updates.

Sushi By Bou in Jersey City Reopened

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After months of being shut down, Sushi By Bou has announced its reopening. Minutes from the Grove Street PATH, Sushi By Bou Jersey City at 218 Jersey Avenue, is a modern sushi speakeasy, behind a secret door inside of the critically acclaimed Ani Ramen. With a stylish 8-seat sushi bar, dining is timed at 60 minutes per seating and serves a carefully curated chefs’ choice menu of sushi. Guests are invited to enjoy a craft cocktail, imported sakes, or Japanese beers while admiring the Zen Garden lounge area and Japanese street cart inspired bar.

Bayonne’s Long-Vacant Texaco Property to Became Film Studio

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A film studio could be setting up shop in a long-vacant property that was previously a Texaco refinery in Bayonne, according to NJ.com. Chevron, which now owns the 70-acre tract of land after acquiring Texaco in 2001, is finalizing a sale after considering potential buyers. The City Council is in the process of amending the redevelopment plan for the property to allow for a film studio to be built there.

The JCAST Artist & Maker Market is Back

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The Artist & Maker Market that is a part of the Jersey City Art and Studio Tour and hosted by the HDSID, is back this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. The event took place yesterday on October 3rd, and today from 11AM to 6PM.

The Artist & Maker Market is an artist collective and gallery market. The event is an extension of the annual Jersey City Art and Studio Tour, with the mission of highlighting the talent of local makers in all mediums and disciplines featuring creativity, originality, and entrepreneurship, as artists have tables set up outside displaying their work.

Sirenetta Seafood + Raw Bar is Officially Opening

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After months of renovations to the old Maxwell space, Sirenetta Seafood + Raw Bar is officially opening on October 5th at 1039 Washington Street. Brought to the Mile Square by the team behind Sorellina, they unveiled the major renovation project this week to friends and family {as well as their Instagram}. The menu will feature an extensive raw bar selection with a variety of shellfish and assorted seasonal Crudo, plus homemade pasta and innovative entrees.

County Prep Dubbed Blue-Ribbon School

County Prep Blue Ribbon School

County Prep High School in Jersey City has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020. The U.S. Department of Education award is based on a school’s overall academic performances among student subgroups. County Prep earned the honor in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category.

The Cottage, Jersey City’s New Artisanal Grocery Shop + Market, Hosting a Voter Registration Drive

On Saturday, October 10th, The Cottage is hosting a voter registration drive 136 Monticello Avenue in Jersey City. The Cookie Co. will be handing out free cookies to participants.

La Côte in Jersey City is Closing Its Doors

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La Côte, a French restaurant located in the Paulus Hook neighborhood of Jersey City, has announced via Instagram that it will be closing its doors. The statement reads, “Thank you to our wonderful clientele and friends for all of your support these past 3 years. It has been incredibly rewarding to meet you all. For personal reasons we have decided to end this amazing journey, La Côte and make way for new ownership and new beginnings, With gratitude, Merci!”

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Written by: Victoria Moyeno

Victoria is a fourth-generation Hoboken native, BNR in the Mile Square and part-time in Jersey City. Through playing softball for fourteen years, playing the trumpet for the Hoboken High School Redwings Band, and graduating from New Jersey City University, these two cities have a special place in her heart. When she isn’t Style Assisting or volunteering at Symposia Bookstore, Hoboken Fire Museum/Hoboken Historical Museum, she’s exploring everything the Concrete Jungle has to offer. You can catch her at art exhibitions, local festivities, traveling, diving into a new book, thrifting or indulging in some form of arts and crafts.

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