Hudson Restaurant Week is Celebrating Lucky Year 13

Hudson Restaurant Week is back and celebrating lucky year 13! With 42 participating restaurants in Jersey City, Hoboken, Fort Lee and Weehawken there are delectable food offerings of all kinds waiting to satisfy your taste buds. Restaurants are offering two course lunches and three course dinners at a discounted price now through August 4. There are 19

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NJ Harvest Dates: What’s Available at Farmers Markets and When

Wondering what fresh fruits and vegetables will likely be available at the farmers markets and when? The state Department of Agriculture has put together a handy Harvest Dates Availability Chart, which includes the early and late target harvest dates of a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as their peak harvest dates, which is what is listed below.


2017 Jersey City Farmers Markets

Farmers all over New Jersey and in surrounding states are beginning their harvests, and farmers markets all over Jersey City will be bringing that farm-fresh goodness to us city dwellers starting this weekend. The season officially kicks off at the Van Vorst Park Farmers Market on Saturday, April 22. Marc Wesson of the Friends of

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Broad Package of Bills Introduced that will Strengthen Civil Rights for Transgender Individuals in New Jersey

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle hailed the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to include transgender scouts, a move that came just hours after she introduced a broad package of bills on Monday, January 30 that will strengthen civil rights for transgender individuals in New Jersey.


Hudson Restaurant Week Continues Through February 3

Hudson County foodies looking to satisfy new food experiences should check out the 2017 winter edition of Hudson Restaurant Week. With 45 participating restaurants located in Jersey City, Hoboken, Edgewater, Fort Lee, and Weehawken there is something for everyone. Hudson Restaurant Week continues through February 3. The following Jersey City restaurants are offering discounted meals:

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El Gordo Restaurant Set to Open in Jersey City Heights

The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID) is pleased to announce “El Gordo Restaurant” and their delicious Peruvian cuisine has come to Jersey City.


Hamilton Park BBQ Festival Set to Dazzle Your Taste Buds

The 7th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival is happening Saturday, September 24. The BBQ Festival is a fun, end of summer neighborhood event. Proceeds of the Hamilton Park BBQ Festival benefit the Hamilton Park Conservancy which is dedicated to assisting the city in the maintenance, improvement and preservation of the five-acre Victorian-era park in the

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LGBT Advocates Hope Expanded Infertility Coverage Is Just the Start

Posted with permission from NJ Spotlight. The head of Garden State Equality says a lawsuit by three lesbian couples has put a spotlight on the health needs of the gay community A federal lawsuit claiming a state regulation discriminates against gay couples seeking insurance coverage for infertility treatments may have sparked action on a potential

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LGBT Activist Siena Malmad Launches Teen Pride

This year’s Jersey City Pride reports to be “more than an event, we are a movement.” And fourteen year old Siena Malmad is testimony to that. On August 25 from 7-10 pm, Malmad is launching Teen Pride, an interactive art, spoken word and music festival featuring LGBTQ and ally teen artists and performers ages 13-19 at

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Jersey City’s LGBT Pride Festival Co-Chair: Eduardo Baez #dayinthelifejc

This is the seventh profile in a series for the #dayinthelifejc JCI Instagram take over, brought to you by Honey and Moon Photography and the Jersey City Independent. Meet Eduardo “Eddie” Baez, a social worker, co-chair of Jersey City’s LGBT Pride Festival, co-founder of Gayborhood Jersey City, and a local LGBT & HIV/AIDS activist. Eddie will

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Burnt LGBT Pride Flag Found at Local Business

The flower box outside of Anatalie David’s business was initially decorated with a rainbow LGBT pride flag in commemoration of (and show solidarity to) the victims of the shooting at PULSE nightclub in Orlando. In fact, in preparation for Jersey City’s Vigil for Orlando, quite a few downtown businesses proudly displayed rainbow flags in their

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IncrediBalls Brings Traditional Dishes into Meatball Excellence

Rommelito “Romm” Gaddi didn’t grow up planning to own the incrediBalls Food Truck. He was working in the mortgage industry when, on a whim, he decided to “take up bartending.” It was at Jersey City’s Maritime Parc that Romm fell in love with the industry. “I learned a tremendous amount from the people who work there.”

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Jersey City’s Vigil for Orlando

Every Sunday morning, Michael Billy and his husband watch CNN over breakfast. This past Sunday, like so many of us, they watched reporting on the largest mass shooting in our country’s history. And like so many of us, they were devastated. “We were also angry,” says Billy, “because it was so clearly a targeted attack on the LGBT community, but

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PHOTOS: Jersey City Pride Festival 2015

August 29 was warm and sunny and the perfect day for The 15th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival. The event, co-hosted and organized by Gayborhood Jersey City and Humanity Pride—took place on Newark Avenue between the PATH Station Plaza and Jersey Avenue. (Last year it was held in front of city hall.) Approximately 9,000

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Where are all the lesbians? At Girl Meet in Jersey City

Every third Thursday of the month there is a gathering of forces in Jersey City. It could be at LITM, Porto Lounge,  or even the Biergarten…but what you will notice is that there are a lot of women congregated in one spot. Welcome to “Girl Meet”—the first official “Meetup” group for lesbians in Jersey City.

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Jersey City Locals React to Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Marriage Equality

Rainbow Flag and American Flag at City Hall, Jersey City Pride 2014 – Photo Steve Gold, © Harmony Media, NJ Friday, June 26, was a historic day. The Supreme Court ruled to extend equal marriage rights to same-sex couples across the country. As a result, rainbow flags, the hashtag #lovewins, photos of same-sex couples and

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Supreme Court Ruled Same-Sex Couples Can Legally Marry Nationwide

Earlier today the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can legally marry nationwide. It’s a historic day for LGBT rights and for full equality for all Americans.


Sam A.M. Cafe Celebrates Breakfast

You will find all sorts of wonderful egg and breakfast dishes in this country cozy nook in Jersey City. Sam A.M. is “for celebrating mornings and the ritual that is ‘American Breakfast,’” according to owner Sam Kirk.


O’Lala Empanadas in Bergen Hill: The Name Says It All

As Bergen Hill continues to bloom economically, one flavorful flower that is just getting ready to celebrate its first anniversary is O’Lala Empanadas. Situated at 600 Communipaw Avenue, this Latin-fusion restaurant is owned and operated by the Borges family, born and raised here in Jersey City.


Cherry-Pick: Premium Ice Cream in the Heart of Grove Street

“Cherry pick” means to selectively choose something from several options and taking care to make the best possible choice. This is exactly what Filza Tayyuba and Mai Zia did when they decided to open Cherry-Pick located at 305A Grove St.