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Small Business Rental Assistance Program to Begin Taking Applications Monday, August 10

August 8, 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. 

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

“We are committed to ...

Hoboken Business Alliance "Summer Streets" Scheduled for August

HOBOKEN - Summer Streets will continue through August, with the Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) announcing new times and locations as part of its partnership with the City of Hoboken to bring more shoppers, diners and foot traffic to Hoboken’s business districts. With both uptown and downtown locations every week, utilizing Parklets and strEATERIES for outdoor dining, Summer Streets ...

Summer Streets Head to Uptown and Hoboken Terminal — Thursday & Sunday

HOBOKEN - The Hoboken Business Alliance (HBA) is taking it to the streets once again, inviting residents and visitors to safely shop, dine, and enjoy the Mile Square through the Summer Streets program.

The outdoor initiative will take place uptown on 14th Street and downtown by Hoboken Terminal today, Thursday, July 30, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, August 2, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., ...

After Floating $3 Million for Community Pool, Western Edge Development Plan Passes City Council

HOBOKEN, NJ - Come on in, the water's fine. That was the message sent by the Hoboken City Council as they voted 8-1 Wednesday to approve the latest Western Edge Development Plan put forth by Block 112/Pegasus Partners, in which the City will see an increase in affordable housing, new housing for veterans in need, an infusion of funds for various community projects, and last but not ...

Western Edge Development Proposal Makes Big Splash With Pool, Veteran Housing Plan and Other Community Benefits

HOBOKEN, NJ - Pegasus Partners, LLC have been working on development along Hoboken's Western Edge since 2012. After a tumultuous few years, they're hopeful that the latest plan can bring innovative new design to the area between the city's forthcoming Northwest Park and the 14th Street Viaduct.

After nearly being tabled during a meeting in April, a resolution to move ahead with the ...

Hoboken Expands 'Summer Streets' & 'Slow Streets' Initiatives, Offering More Space for Commerce & Recreation

HOBOKEN, NJ - The Mile Square City is expanding commercial and recreational space within the square mile, announcing more "Slow Streets" and "Summer Streets" initiatives for this weekend.

“Slow Streets,”—designed to open more public space for residents to safely jog, walk and bike—will take place Saturday and Sunday along Park Avenue and 10th Street.

Senator Menendez, County Executive DeGise and Mayor Bhalla Announce Federal CARES Act Funding for Hoboken Businesses

HOBOKEN, NJ - U.S. Senator Bob Menendez visited Hoboken Wednesday to announce $1.9 million in federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act specifically for the community's small businesses. Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla joined the Senator and a number of other local political dignitaries outside bwè kafe’s ...

Hoboken Council Moves Forward on Plan to Convert Lower Sinatra Drive Into Pedestrian Plaza

HOBOKEN, NJ - In an effort to create more space for outdoor retail and hospitality amid COVID-19 restrictions, the Hoboken City Council advanced a plan to close a section 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 ...

New Jersey Transit Records Building Faces Wrecking Ball in Hoboken

HOBOKEN - Preservation New Jersey recently named the New Jersey Transit Records Building in Hoboken as one of the "10 Most Endangered Historic Places" in the state for 2020. It appears they knew what they were talking about, as an order has been issued for the building's demolition to begin June 30—which is today.

Built in 1904, the New Jersey Transit Records Building has ...


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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 ...