Jersey City Gal

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,

libertyJohn wanted to help his aunt with her housekeeping service by giving her an online presence. But after he built her website, he decided to take over the business entirely. Welcome, Liberty Housekeeping.

Now, in Jersey City and the rest of Hudson County, you can book your house cleaning services online. How easy is that?

Choose your package: Price depends on number of bedrooms, bathrooms, floors and square footage. There is an added cost for cleaning out your fridge or oven, and an additional 25% for any sort of deep clean including move in and out. LH also does post-construction work cleaning, which costs a bit more.

Liberty Housecleaning brings all of the supplies to your doorstep—and uses only “green” cleaning products. All green is better for you, your children and your pets.

Maids at Liberty go through extensive background checks followed by rigorous staged training. Your team will work until the job is done to your satisfaction. (The company encourages constructive feedback if not.)

Liberty Housekeeping is open five days a week and weekends by special appointment only. It typically takes about two hours for an apartment cleaning and three hours for a deep clean. The holidays are the busiest season so you may want to book now!

1 lucky JCGal reader will win a free home cleaning! AND everyone who enters the contest will receive a 5-15% discount. It’s a win-win!

Enter here.

Keep it clean,

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,


Jersey City’s very own biergarten, Zeppelin Hall, (88 Liberty Drive, Jersey City, NJ) is celebrating Oktoberfest in a big way.

On September 26th Zeppelin Hall kicked off a month-long celebration, where they’re serving Oktoberfest-approved beers such as Stammwurze, Hofbrau, Paulaner, Spatenbrau, and Hacker-Pschorr-Brau on top of the 50 European and American craft beers already available on tap. And what goes better with German beer than traditional bavarian dishes such as Schweinhaxe (pork shank) and Goulash over Spaetzle? Regional sausages and pretzels imported from Munich, Germany (where Oktoberfest originated) will also be on the menu.

German party bands will play at 10pm on weekends, with Die Spitzabaum and The Adlers being featured heavily.






Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) presents ARTOBERFEST – a day of arts, diversity and community – this Saturday (9/27) from 12-8pm at 339 Newark Avenue, in the parking lot of Merseles Studios.

ARTOBERFEST features art, music, dance, and theater. The Jersey City Brew Club’s 4th Annual Homebrew Competition also will be featured at the festival. Premium beer and homemade Italian food will be sold throughout the day. The entertainment includes music from bands and a DJ, dance, comedy, theater and visual arts. In addition, the latest Jersey City Mural, commissioned by JCTC and painted on the Southern wall of the Merseles Parking Lot, will be unveiled for its public debut.

The event is free and open to the public.

Fall into the arts,

Jersey City Fashion Week (JCFW) presented by DLJ, Give to Live Community Foundation, has emerged as one of the leading platforms for those in the creative field. Eager to showcase developing designs and businesses, participants and attendees include a variety of educated, influential, and fashion forward individuals who occupy Jersey City and its neighboring towns.

Here’s the Schedule!

9/24 Opening Night Fashion Soiree with Serwah Asante of Rue 114 from 6-10pm at VB3 Restaurant and Bar (475 Washington Blvd.)  Red Carpet Host and Mistress of Ceremonies Lori Bryant Ms. Black NJ USA 2010. Come see the fabulous clothing line Rue 114 by Designer Serwah Asante and LeVirage Fashion by Designer Nadu Lawson. Performances by Recording Artist Marlena Moniece. Tickets: $20.00 in advance; $30.00 at the door.

9/25 A Walk-thru In the Park  An Exclusive VIP Fashion Event – at 6pm at Maritime Park. (85 Audrey Zapp Drive). Featuring Jim Jones Rapper and Reality TV Star’s Vampire Live clothing Line. Former NFL Player and Superbowl Champion Darrell Reid debuts his new line DRLM. Hosted by Delvon Johnson from the reality show Fashion in the Fast Lane on the Funhouse Television Network. Top Model Louise Allen III will walk the runway for the cause. JCFW People of Influence Awards presentation. Tickets: $50.00 in advance; $60.00 at the door; $85.00 VIP.

9/26 A School of Fashion Children’s Fashion Event at NJ City University Student Center (2039 Kennedy Blvd.) from 6-8pm. Featuring P.S. Aeropostale and Children’s Place. Performance by Dejohnna Missy Dee Booker. Co-sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hudson County’s Keystone Club’s Clothes for a Cause. Please bring a clothing donation. Tickets:  $20.00 in advance; $30.00 at the door.

9/26 Featured Store Night and Night of Lights Featured stores include Gentleman’s Attire in Greenville, On the Ave in the Heights, Tia’s Place Downtown and Aaraa in Hoboken. Discounts available that night. Must register on Uniiverse and bring ticket or say JCFW for discount.

9/27 New Faces Catwalk in the Park An Upscale Fashion Event with Emerging Designers from 6-10pm at Liberty Science Center (222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ) Featured designers include the very talented Marco Hall and Project Runway Season 12 and Season 10 designers Helen Castillo and Nathan Paul. Performers include Recording Artist Chuck Macist and Soprano Giselle Bellas. Jeff Foxx from WBLS and Sirius XM will broadcast internet radio show live. Hosted by Jersey City native Jeannette Josue National Ms. New Jersey and Miss New Jersey USA. Tickets: $20.00 in advance; $30.00 at the door; $40.00 VIP.

9/28 Estilo Moda Comida: Where Style Fashion and Food Collide for the Soul JCFW’s Fashion Brunch from 12-2pm at Liberty Prime Steakhouse (111 Montgomery Street). Includes up to $40.00 worth of food, two mimosas and dessert for two people. Dessert sponsored by Fashion-Kin. Special Guest for the Soul Speaker Sister Sebastian Olukin. Tickets: $28.00 in advance; $33.00 at the door.

Rip me up, sew me down,




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