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Officials Announce Aug 10 Launch Date for Small Business Rental Assistance Program

July 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Small business in Bayonne, Hoboken, and Jersey City are among those eligible to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to assist with lease costs under the Small Business Lease - Emergency Assistance Grant Program (SBL-EAGP) announced by Governor Phil Murphy Thursday. 

The program will assist small business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are ...

Council Approves Initiative to Expand Outdoor Space Along Lower Sinatra Drive

HOBOKEN, NJ - The Hoboken City Council advanced a plan on Wednesday to close off part of Sinatra Drive from August 1 through October 15. The ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Mike DeFusco and Councilwoman Tiffanie Fisher, would see the roadway between Newark and Fourth streets closed off to traffic and transformed into a pedestrian plaza.

“Hoboken’s waterfront is a destination for ...

Hoboken Business Alliance Announces Wide Range of "Summer Streets" to Optimize Commercial Space

HOBOKEN, NJ - Following a successful initial launch a few weeks back, the Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) has announced an expanded "Summer Streets" program that will officially kick-off on Thursday. Working with the Hoboken Police Department and Department of Transportation, Summer Streets will take place on Thursday evenings and Sundays this summer in multiple locations, with the aim ...

"Slow Streets" & "Summer Streets" Come to Hoboken This Weekend

HOBOKEN, NJ - Pedestrians will have a few options to stretch their legs this weekend, as Hoboken blocks off a number of streets for recreational and commercial activities.

Based on the positive feedback of previously established “slow streets”, the City is once again bringing the program back this Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm on Park Avenue (between 5th ...

Hoboken Business Alliance to Host "Summer Streets" Pilot—Sunday, June 28 on First Street

HOBOKEN, NJ- The Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) will launch its “Summer Streets” program this weekend, in an effort to further entice residents and visitors alike to shop, eat, and enjoy the Mile Square. Part of HBA's city-wide #GoBoken initiative, the aim is encouraging the community help support and explore businesses right here in their own neighborhoods.

The inaugural ...

Barbershops, Salons Set to Reopen Monday

NEW JERSEY - Elective surgeries and limited retail shopping have already returned statewide. But Gov. Phil Murphy said Friday that in three days New Jersey’s nine million residents will face their biggest test yet toward safely congregating indoors.  

“Salons and barbershops are going to be our first step [when it comes to] largely sedentary indoor openings,” Murphy ...

Survival Webinars for Hudson County Businesses Set to Kick Off Wednesday

JERSEY CITY, NJ - In an effort to help businesses recover from the COVID-19 shutdown, the Hudson County Economic Development Corporation is offering a four-part series of free live webinars.

The HCEDC is a not-for-profit corporation in Hudson County that, in partnership with governmental, educational, civic and nonprofit partners, supports business retention, expansion and community ...

Hudson Regional Hospital Makes Bid To Buy Hoboken, Bayonne Hospitals

HOBOKEN, NJ - Hudson Regional Hospital (HRH) announced Tuesday that it has entered into a contract to buy the properties currently housing Bayonne Medical Center and Hoboken University Medical Center.

The announcement comes days after HRH made an offer to purchase the hospital operations of Hoboken University Medical Center, Bayonne Medical Center and Christ Hospital in Jersey City from ...

Facebook Workouts, Zoom Yoga, and Telehealth: How Coronavirus Changed Fitness and Physical Therapy in Hudson County

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - For nearly three months, local fitness centers have faced an ultimatum: adapt to the new normal or join the 100,000 small businesses shuttered nationwide as a result of the economic fallout from COVID-19.  

Gyms and yoga studios were among dozens of nonessential enterprises suspended by New Jersey’s stay-at-home order in March, leading some to start ...

Small Business Community Hopes Curbside Pickup Provides Some Return to Normal

HUDSON COUNTY, NJ - Hudson County businesses hope curbside pick-up service will give them a boost following extended closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Most walk-in stores and non-essential retailers have been shut since mid-March, as part of New Jersey’s efforts to curb the spread of the virus. But, mom-and-pop shops received some welcome news earlier this month, when Gov. Phil ...


Forty Percent of Readers Buy from TAPinto Advertisers, Survey Finds

July 22, 2020

TAPinto readers are civically engaged, read TAPinto frequently, and buy products or use services from TAPinto advertisers, the 2020 TAPinto Reader Survey found.  More than 4,000 readers took the survey, which took place in June.

The survey found:

Additional findings:

●     37% of readers view a business more favorably if they advertise on ...


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Why Pete Hamill Matters

August 7, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ - In 2015, just before the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s birth, Pete Hamill appeared at Little City Books to join a stellar panel discussion on the life and times of Hoboken’s famous son. Prior to his appearance, the acclaimed writer was gracious enough to join me for lunch at Leo’s Grandevous for a discussion of his 1998 book, Why Sinatra Matters.

Published just ...

HEROES & JERKS: Jersey City Author Ed Daly Takes a Definitive Look at the Best and Worst of Humankind

JERSEY CITY, NJ – They’ve shaped the world as we know it. They’ve been the driving force in the evolution of our society. They most certainly walk among us today. Some of them are heroes, and some of them are jerks.

Jersey City author Ed Daly felt inclined to examine the impact of these diametrically opposed forces, the yin-yang of humankind, in his probing work titled Heroes ...

All Or Nothing At All: Sinatra Doc Now Airing on Netflix

HOBOKEN, NJ - Frank Sinatra was renowned for giving "All Or Nothing At All." The iconic singer, as temperamental as he was talented, is the focus of Alex Gibney's two-part documentary—profiling Sinatra's meteoric rise and tumultuous, roller coaster career from beginning to end.

Of course that beginning was in Hoboken, where Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All spends a ...

County Officials to Seek New Bids for Construction of Courthouse

August 6, 2020

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Proposals to construct the new county court complex will be rejected and new requests made after three developers submitted prices tens of millions above the county’s projections.

The project which would replace the existing courthouse on Newark Avenue with a new court complex in the same area of Jersey City drew three proposals, all coming in higher than anticipated, ...

Hudson County Parks Reopen After Tropical Storm Isaias Cleanup

JERSEY CITY, NJ - Hudson County’s parks are back open after crews worked “sunup until sundown” Wednesday clearing debris and damage brought on by Tropical Storm Isaias. The remnants of the hurricane swept through Hudson County Tuesday leaving behind a swath of fallen trees and limbs, officials said. 

Saying they wanted to make sure there was no danger programs such as ...

Murphy to Partiers: ‘This Is No Time to Be Vying for Induction into the Knucklehead Hall of Fame’

July 29, 2020

TRENTON, NJ – Gov. Murphy again condemned crowded house parties, which he says are causing the number of new COVID-19 cases to rise in the state during his COVID-19 press briefing on Wednesday.

He said that over the past four months, New Jersey residents have “crushed the curve,” but was disappointed that over the past four days, there have been roughly 2,000 new positive ...

Murphy Adds $15M to New Jersey's Small Business Grant Program

NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – April Scelsa’s story mirrors those of thousands of small business owners whose nail salons, coffee houses and nutrition supplement boutiques wouldn’t have been able to re-open in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic without a little help.

Scelsa used money she got from the New Jersey Economic Development Agency (NJEDA) to purchase masks, gloves, ...

Are You Partying Indoors? Governor Murphy Wants You to Stop

TRENTON, NJ — In his Monday press briefing Governor Phil Murphy pleaded with New Jersey’s youth and their parents to protect public health by not holding secret indoor parties and other large indoor gatherings.

“We have many examples of people congregating indoors without face coverings, without social distancing and in close proximity.  There is no good that will ...

Maridian Properties Implements Enhanced Safety and Health Procedures for Employees and Tenants Returning to Work

July 31, 2020

HOBOKEN, NJ – Maridian Properties, a Hoboken-based real estate developer and property manager with more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space and 200 residential units under management, has implemented a detailed re-occupancy plan that allows its commercial tenants and corporate employees to return to the workplace in a safe and healthy manner.

The plan includes enhanced cleaning ...

Hoboken's 7 Seventy House Luxury Rental Resumes In Person Tours

On-site tours at 7 Seventy House in Hoboken have relaunched with a flourish as pent-up demand has prospective renters leasing at the 424-home luxury apartment building at a feverish pace, according to The Marketing Directors, its exclusive leasing and marketing agent.

With state regulations softened, the leasing and model center at 7 Seventy House has opened by appointment only, and with ...