Weekday Fishing @ Reservoir #3

A swan is the only thing hanging out at the Jersey City Reservoir Number 3 off of Summit Avenue on Saturday. The gate was locked and garbage filled the entrance, even though a sign was posted stating that every Saturday until October the reservoir is open from 10am to 6pm. September 15, 2007. PAMELA SUCHY / The Jersey Journal

Not only is Reservoir #3 by Pershing Field in the Heights open on the weekends for fishing, kayaking or just wandering around, it is now open on weekdays from 3-8pm. Fishing equipment and instruction are provided, and all ages are welcome. Enter at Jefferson Avenue.
Throw me a line,
JCG

Zeel: Massage On Demand!

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I’m super productive, but when I stop running on the hamster wheel, I need some recovery time. Enter my new favorite app: Zeel. Zeel is a Massage On Demand® company that delivers top quality massages from licensed and vetted therapists to homes, hotels, workplaces, or events, even with same-day booking. And they are now serving Hudson County. Yay Jersey City!

Think of it like your wellness Uber. Simply go to the app or zeel.com. Once registered, it’s seamless. Just select date and time and type of massage and you’re all set! They offer Swedish [stress relief], deep tissue [workout recovery], prenatal [eases aches/discomfort] and couples massages [relaxing fun].

The Zeel masseuse will arrive at your house at said time and set up the table. (You provide sheets, a pillow case and a towel for sanitary purposes.)

My deep tissue massage with Al [Last name upon request] was to die for. He was extremely polite, had super-strong hands and paid special attention to my complicated kinks. He played background tunes of birds chirping which was pleasant—and he washed his hands right before the action (again, great on the sanitary aspect for –>this germaphobe–< who washes her hands circa 20 times a day). The only thing Al asked for was to warm his lotion in the microwave. No problem!

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All Zeel Massage therapists are licensed in their state of practice, and fully vetted by the Zeel team. They are screened, background-checked, and chosen for their excellence. Then they receive further training in reaching the highest Zeel standards of customer service and experience.

No corners are cut. Book for today; book for a month from now. Zeel operates 7 days a week and 365 days a year from 8am-10:30pm. Initially in NYC, they have branched out to Westchester and Long Island as well as Hudson, Bergen and Essex counties in NJ.

And if you’re fancy, they have a members program “Massage Zeelot,” a “frequent flyers,” which includes a Zeel Massage each month plus a professional-grade massage table.

USE CODE: GIA25 to get $25 off your first appt.!

Get your rub on,
JCG

6th Borough Market 6/14

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The 6th Borough Market happens every second and last Sunday of the month from 11am-5pm behind City Hall (Marin & Montgomery).

The outdoor market is mix of high quality crafts and goods in a festive, family-friendly atmosphere. While local vendors display handmade and vintage collectibles, local chefs whip up plenty of good eats.

This Sunday, 6/14, Mayor Fulop will be in attendance for a ribbon cutting ceremony that “celebrates the market’s commitment to connecting local micro-entrepreneurs and the Jersey City community.

Shop it up,
JCG

 

Surf City: Jersey City’s Beach

Surf CityJersey City always guarantees good summer outdoor drinking at Surf City. You have the sand, the water, the sky—and the breathtaking view of Manhattan and Liberty Island.

I always look forward to tucking my feet in the sand, sipping on one of their signature bucket cocktails and admiring the boats as I ascertain whether any yacht owners would be willing to take me for a ride on the Hudson.

Since SC comes from the owners of the awesome Zeppelin Hall Beer Garden, there are 25 craft beers on tap. I usually go with Purple Haze at the BG, but SC’s Captain Lawrence Sunblock quenched my thirst perfectly on the hot day I went two weeks ago.

If you’re not into beer, which I’m often not, go for one of the Monster buckets (split it with a friend as they are strong and $18 and Do Not Drive!) I like the Green Monster, but there are four varieties to choose from and each can be made with either vodka or tequila and you can mostly mix and match the other ingredients (inside tip).

Like the BG, SC has communal tables and you walk up to the counter to order your food (though I found out on slower days, the waiters and waitresses will come to you). The wait is typical for a place of this size on a busy night, sometimes 35-40 minutes.

I had the wings, cheeseburger and fries—all are up to par. The Key West Mix salad is my favorite thing so far. While I want to try all of their seafood options (mussels, clams, lobster & shrimp roll, mahi-mahi—you name it), the food is a bit pricey, especially when you compare it to Zeppelin Hall’s menu—which is the natural thought process for patrons who’ve migrated here to test the waters. And let’s consider the fact that you are serving yourself. This year a raw bar is serving fresh seafood daily including jumbo shrimp, clams on the half shell and crab claws, which is more wallet-friendly if you only want a litle taste of the sea.

Surf City can accomodate 3500 patrons per night: It has plenty of indoor and outdoor communal seating and boasts six bars and four dining decks plus the sandy beach with lounge chairs, and If it gets chilly when the sun sets, move near one of the fire pits—so nice.

Getting there is easy: The light rail (Hudson-Bergen) and PATH (Grove) are nearby, and there is free parking in their huge lot at 1 Liberty Harbor (Marin Blvd.)

All in all, it’s a great place to chill and absorb awesome views and the calm that comes with sand and water—with all of your best friends.

Some of my summer pics below:

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Marion Walker Band @ Lucky 7’s Tavern 6/12

marion-walkerReno/Seattle psych-rock trio Marion Walker are coming through town June 12 for a show at Lucky 7’s Tavern (322 2nd St.) at 8:30pm.

JC Fridays Today 6/5/15 Jersey City!

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I didn’t have enough time to compile a post for this, but you must get your art fix on tonight Jersey City! Two on my list: “Eu Sou” (I Am) explores ideas about being Portuguese and about being a Portuguese-American, with work done on both tile and wood at Gaia Studios; The Cyberpunk exhibit at 58 Gallery.

Click here for the comprehensive calendar of events going on all over the city.

Celebrate the arts,
JCG

Adopt a Rescue Pet!

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The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, NJ, is the first-ever facility dedicated strictly to providing behavioral rehabilitation to canine victims of cruelty who suffer from severe fear and anxiety.

Once admitted, dogs undergo an intensive rehabilitation regimen with the goal of improving their well-being and helping them become suitable for adoption.A dedicated team of animal behavior experts work daily with these dogs until they are ready for adoption.

“Graduates” are transferred to partner shelters for placement. The Center’s findings will be the basis of a research study that will be shared with shelters and rescue groups across the country.

Below are a few outstanding dogs who graduated the rehab program and are currently available for adoption at the following animal shelters.

Maybe you can help these pets find happiness!
JCG

Please read some of their stories below.
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Cork & Canvas Opens!

11391349_10205741028662660_6633484343336343866_nThere’s a new social painting space in town Jersey City: Cork & Canvas Paint Paint and Sip studio!

It goes like this: grab your friends, lovers, children, pick up a bottle of vino and have an exciting evening with talented artists who instruct you how to create your own masterpiece based on the “painting of the evening.” It’s a step-by-step process and no experience is necessary. The night is about creative expression, bonding and fun.

Explore your own creativity to form an individual piece of art that can be a statement piece for your home or a gift for someone else.

The grand opening of the studio, located at 275 Newark Ave., is this Friday, June 5th from 7-10pm. If you can’t make it then, here’s what you need to know for your future visit: 

Choose your night based on your preferred painting. Check out the Calendar to decide what you’d like. Get family and friends to join in and then Register Online or call the studio (732.309.6568) to sign up.

Raise your brush and your glass,
JCG

Click below to see the themed nights Cork & Canvas Paint and Sip offers.

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Little Town Social

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Most of us were fans of Little Town, the brainchild of Michael Sinensky and Sean McGarr in collaboration with Albie and Chris Manzo of RHONJ fame. The brand has been re-imagined as Little Town Social, which brings their orginal idea to the next level by moving the location a bit out of the tourist/frat-boy zone and more into a neighborhood spot. That’s not to say it’s dive-y, boring, or where you bring your grandparents. Anything but. Little Town Social operates on the key word “social,” where people gather over high-quality shared plates at communal tables or at the bar.

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The former Village Pourhouse space at 205 First St. has been revamped into a sophisticated gathering spot with a more intimate feel involving dim lighting and warm tones. The bar is still 360 degrees with 32 TVs, and features a mix of classic and artisinal cocktails, such as the Ellen Arthur Cosmo (Absolut, Cointreau, passion fruit and lime juice), which I tried and was pleased that it was not sweet like a regular 90’s Cosmo. Guests have the option of 30+ beers on draft from microbreweries in addition to rotating seasonal specials. There is an extensive selection of bourbon, scotch, and tequila as well.

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LTS’ menu is all about small plates and sharing, a concept that is not currently popular in Hoboken restaurants. Executive Chef Sarah Sproule is intense on the farm-to-table concept, sourcing everything as locally as possible and combining ingredients in innovative, flavorful ways.

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