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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Craft Brew Festival Comes to Jersey City

In the spirit of Germany’s traditional Oktoberfest, Jersey City’s Harborside will be hosting its own Craft Brew Festival on October 15. Guests are invited to discover new beers and will have an opportunity to speak to brewery representatives. Of the 150 vendors, approximately 15 breweries are from New Jersey, including Jersey City’s own Departed Soles,

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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 Farmer’s Markets

“Fresh and delicious food is very important to my family,” says Hunt Ethridge, manager for the Arlington Park Farmer’s Market. (Ethridge has also been a contributor for JCI.) “I grew up in upstate NY where every farm had a stand next to the road. You’d drive up, pick up some veggies, plop some money in

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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

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 same-gender memes as well as arguments on both sides of the marriage equality decision took over social media, news feeds,

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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. There are many Jersey City community activists and supporters that have worked tirelessly on this issue through the years. We as a community should be proud and grateful

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Sam A.M. Cafe Celebrates Breakfast

“I do like them, Sam-I-am.” Even though the name is a throwback to Dr. Seuss’ book, this cafe does not have green eggs and ham on the regular menu. But 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

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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. While it has only been opened a short time,

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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. Filza, who has made Jersey City her home for nearly fifteen years, wanted to start

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Formula for Fun: Fifth Annual Jersey City PIE Day Celebration

Liberty Science Center was the site of seemingly irrational occurrences on Saturday, March 14: A high-level financial executive donned a white lab coat and goofy Einstein wig for a photo that would be posted on social media. An eight-year-old, self-identified “math lover” with no love of poetry composed a Dada-esque haiku. Middle school-aged, self-identified “not

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