Jersey City Gal


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A big thanks to our veterans for your bravery and courage—especially those in Jersey City.


God bless,


Will Hench of Jersey City introduced me to the term “Nipyata,” an adult pinata filled with baby bottles of booze—”nips”—instead of candy.

The standard Nipyatas come with about 12 brands: Fireball, Svedka, Jose Cuervo, Jack Daniels, Southern Comfort, Dr. McGillicuddy’s, Peachtree, Captain Morgans, and more. Or, customers can tell creator Will Hench and his team their favorite brands to include.

Cutomized pinatas need approx 35 days lead time on the order – email For all regular orders, please visit their site

Jersey City-ans can pick up their Nipyatas at The Thirsty Quaker (495 Monmouth St.) or have it delivered to your house/party, and those further away can have them shipped for free, which usually takes 3-5 business days. Check their website to see if your state is eligible for shipping and “For best results, ship your Nipyata to a Business Address where someone 21 + can sign for it. If you ship it to your home, and nobody 21 + is present to sign, it will be returned to sender. Then your party will stink,” warns Hench.

“A good friend from home would do ‘home made’ Nipyatas for parties and they were always a huge hit. The wide variety of spirits in each Nipyata was always a blast and watching your friends try to break it open while blindfolded was always hilarious fun. So we wanted to see if we could create a Nipyata brand and sell them online to be delivered for parties or birthday gifts.”

Nipyatas range from $59.99 to $229.99: the smallest come with 12 nips and the largest has 60 nips. It also includes Blind Fold, Nipyata Stick and String to hang up the Nipyata.

“We love the Jersey City community and how the small businesses all help to support each other. It’s an amazing and exciting place to be right now to launch a new product or service,” says Hench.


Festively yours,


The Saraswati Cultural Association in collaboration with JABA and Jersey City Cultural Affairs to present to you for the first time ever – Festival of Lights Diwali!

Celebrate at  Exchange Place’s Owen J. Grundy Pier, overlooking the NY skyline, on Saturday, October 25th from 12-6pm. The program includes cultural and folk dances, live performances, live band, children’s activities, food stalls, vendors, DJ and a raffle.

Light up the sky,

Fall Chef Showcase

Jersey Girls Food Tours is hosting the first annual Fall Chef showcase at the new Art House Productions space in Journal Square (136 Magnolia Ave.) on Tuesday October 28th from 7pm to 9pm.

With the purchase of a $75 ticket, guests will enjoy local dishes from 12-15 vendors, including dessert and coffee. The NJCU Jazz Quintet and “A Kind of Trio,” ode to Miles Davis, will provide entertainment for the evening. The exhibit, OBSOLESCENCE, will be on display at Art House Productions for guests to enjoy. In addition to the food, a selection of spirits from NJ Beer Co, Don Q Rums, Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur, Jersey Wine Merchants and Selections de la Viña, will be included to complement the food offerings.

Samplings of signature dishes and unique fare from high profile and emerging chefs, caterers, bakers, and other food purveyors may include GP’s Restaurant, Battello, Orale, Left Bank, VB3, Lighthorse Tavern, Satis Bistro, BROA, White Star Bar, Razza, Cholita Dessert Bar, Milk Sugar Love, Hudson Cakery, ModCup Coffee, and Urban Foodie Catering.

All profits will benefit The Sharing Place. “We wanted to make this event very accessible for everyone. Through our food tours, we found the best places to eat in the city, and now we’re bringing a select group to one place for everyone to enjoy, while benefitting a food charity that really makes a difference here in Jersey City,” says co-founder, Janis Borroto.

This event is also made possible by SILVERMAN, PRIME Real Estate Group and Smith & Chang.

All ages welcome. Valid identification required for guests consuming alcoholic beverages. Various local retail items will be raffled for further donation to The Sharing Place.

Register for this event and other food tours at

Bon Appetit,


Republic of PigtailsBehold showstopping hair accessories from Republic of Pigtails!

Cute, flirty, & fun hair accessories for women and children of all ages are infiltrating the streets of Jersey City.

Female entrepreneur Rika Gunawan and her company Republic of Pigtails  is a presence at local Jersey City arts, music and craft fairs including the recent 6th Borough Market as well as All About Downtown JC. She’s even had a trunk show at Warren Tricomi in NYC’s Plaza Hotel just a few weeks ago!

All of Rita’s bows, clips, ties, headbands, fascinators, and other hairpieces are named after her friends and family and are priced from $8-75. Check out my amazing Kristen fascinator.


Prepare to be unique! RoP’s inventory is constantly changing and all items are made in very limited quantities.

Even better: All Jersey City Gal readers will 10% OFF their orders using coupon code: JCGal10 

Order here.

Catch RoP in pop-up shops this season below:

*Sun, Oct 26 from 12:30-3:00pm: The Historic Paulus Hook Association Annual Children’s Costume Parade & Pet Costume Parade 

*Nov 6Nov 20Dec 5 & Dec 19: Republic of Pigtails Trunk Show at Warren Tricomi at The Plaza Hotel in NYC

*Dec 6th and 7th: Project Market in Jersey City

Accessorize your life,

1966670_10205106135678070_5413258960400180322_nIt’s the last outdoor JC Village Pop Up until it gets warm again! Check out Newark Ave. in front of Pecoraro for the following vendors and more this Saturday, 10/18 from 12-5pm.

The Lucky Honeybee
Portiguez Jewelry
K. Eight Creations
Maureen Gallagher Jewelry
Gaby’s Kitchen

Shop locally,


This weekend marks one of the most fabulous (one of my favorite) weekends in Jersey City—that of the Artists Studio Tour. Residents of Jersey City are invited to the homes/studios of Jersey City artists. You’ll view their work, chat with them and can purchase snappy new pieces to adorn your walls and tables.

It’s the weekend my Mom buys another Jesus or Mary silk-screened piece from Shawn Michael Lang (the artist of the above), my Aunt Jennifer takes me to Grigory Gurevich’s house and Barrow St. Mansion, and my boyfriend or best friend and I get separated at 150 Bay in different studio apartments.

The kick-off party is on Friday, October 17th at Owen J. Grundy Pier, and shows run from 10-6pm on Saturday 10/18 and Sunday 10/19 in various buildings around town.

Click here and here for more info.


Click below for my pics from previous years; some works will be on display again this weekend…

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lucid_visionsThe opening reception of Lucid Visions is this Thursday, October 16th from 6-9pm at Panepinto Galleries (371 Warren St.)

Local and international artists based in Jersey City are represented in this collection of work that “challenges, unhinges and altogether shifts perception of what should be called a ‘real’ experience. The territory between wakefulness and the dream-state is one widely traversed by artists. From the elegantly surreal to the deftly tactile, these selected works speak to the endless possible deviations from reality as envisioned by an unfettered mind.”


Tour Sucks wide
Celebrate a new book with a release party and reading for “Tour Sucks,” a collection of hilarious (and terrifying) tour stories from Todd Congelliere, Ginger Alford, Chris Clavin, Ian Vanek, & more this Saturday October 11th, 3:30 at Iris Records (114 Brunswick Street).

Featuring readings by Joe Evans III (Razorcake magazine/Tour Sucks the book), Mike Faloon (from the Tour Sucks book, as well as Go Metric/Zisk zines), Larry Livermore (promoting his first book Spy Rock Memories and his upcoming book about his experiences running Lookout Records), and Michael Fournier (from the 33 1/3 on The Minutemen’s Double Nickels on the Dime, also supporting “Swing State,” a novel due 10/20 on Three Rooms Press).

Zach Rapport (Now People) will be playing some songs.

More info about the book here.


Read & Rock on,


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