Lutze Biergarten has moved their grand opening in Jersey City (15 Second St., Harborside Plaza) to this Thursday, May 4th due to probably rain on F riday. Whatever the case, it is great news for the city’s Thirsty Thursday crowd.
The party begins at 5pm and lasts until midnight. Expect live music, food vendors, face painting(!), and a Bounce House – yes, it is kid-friendly, and dogs are welcome,too, yay. But the best part: a late-night fireworks show!
Lutze Biergarten is outdoors and on the waterfront near the Exchange Place PATH, ferry, light rail, etc. Not only will they feature a rotating cast of craft beers, but cocktails and food as well. Also, the literature says it’s named after Wilhelm (Willy) Lutze, who lived in Jersey City his entire life (1900-1973). A child of immigrant German parents, Willy worked hard as a carpenter and mason to support his wife and four daughters.
In honor of Willy and for the love of Jersey City, Lutze (the establishment) will be donating a substantial portion of their profits to local charities and political causes that benefit Jersey City.
We can all cheers to that,
Michael J. DeMarco, CEO, Mack-Cali Realty Corporation
Here we are again – that time of year when The Jersey City Challenge Race returns to Exchange Place.
Think: 25 urban obstacles and challenges in a junkie adrenaline rush of a 3-mile race. Expect jumping over real police and taxi cars, plus cargo nets, rope climbing, walls, sand bags and other fun stuff.
Saturday, April 22 @9am. Full deets and sign-up here.
Go hard or go home,
Jersey City is hosting its first “Wine Fest.”
If you personally know the gal behind JCG, you know that (sparkling) wine is my beer, so I’m excited to announce an event for my peeps that came about as a natural progression from this fall’s very successful Brewfest.
January is a droning drag. Why not sip a little with friends and neigbzz on this side of the Hudson while admiring the Manhattan skyline? I thought so.
Taste over 150 styles of wine (choose wisely, because that’s an impossible feat in such a brief time) from all over the world. Speak with winery representatives. Enjoy sommelier seminars on various vino topics. Eat fabulous foods and enjoy live music.
* January 28th (Saturday)
* The Harborside Atrium (34 Exchange Pl.) Entrance on Christopher Columbus Drive. Transport via the light rail or PATH to Exchange Place.
VIP: 5-10pm [Early access to the event and appetizers prepared by Chef Eric Levine]; $125
General Admission: 6-10pm; $60
Designated Driver: $15
JERSEY CITY GALs: Save $15 on these early bird prices with my code: jerseycitygal
Purchase tickets here and use my code jerseycitygal at checkout. All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass.
Because…to the grapes this city has ignored,
I recently visited Jersey City’s newest coffee
addition addiction, Ground Connection, located at Harborside Plaza 10.
Owner Scott Gillman (of Jercey City’s Markers Restaurant) and director of the coffee program, Alex Mastrando, who is the head chef, went to different places in the city New York City “to see what was working and what wasn’t” in the coffee industry, while the head barista and store manager, German Chabur, visited Seattle and Atlanta coffee conventions to do the same.
The result is awesome “third wave” coffee in a fast-casual environment [Ed. note: “first wave” is mom-and-pop shops, “second wave” is Stabucks, et al]. “Third wave coffee means we are bringing it back to basics using real espresso with real machines and actually weighing everything properly,” says Alex as he shows me their Italian espresso machine, which is one of few in the U.S. and uses technology that just came out last year.
“You can go to a coffee chain, where the machine will weigh the coffee and the barista will push a button, but this machine can figure out the weight from the dry—it’s amazing technology,” says Alex. “The machine allows us to weigh exact grinds, program the weight, and create a ratio. So you give it the ratio, you give it the grind, and it automatically calibrates as it’s coming out. It gets that perfect ratio and its always going to be in balance. That allows us to keep our coffee consistent.”
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Jersey City is hosting its first Harborside Craft Brew Fest on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
Try over 150 craft beers from local breweries while overlooking the New York City skyline and listening to live music on the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway at the Harborside Plaza Atrium (34 Exchange Place).
It’s Jersey City’s own celebration of Oktoberfest. Find your new favorite brew from the eclectic offering of local beers and ciders, and have the chance to speak with brewery representatives.
And to soak up the beer, there will be plenty of food vendors on site.
Choose between two sessions: 12-4pm & 5:30-9:30pm.
*General Admission $60, which includes unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass
*(Non-drinking) Designated Driver $15
*Tickets can be purchased online at jcbrewfest.com
*DISCOUNT WITH JERSEY CITY GAL PROMO CODE: jerseycitygal
*Early Bird Pricing available (check site for details)
*A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Morris Rugby, which raises funds and awareness for youth rugby throughout the region
*Adults 21+ Only: No kids. No Dogs.
*Smoking allowed but only in designated area.
*Once you leave the premises, you cannot return.
For more information, click here.
Taste & Enjoy,
The Iron Monkey Bar & Restaurant (97 Greene Street) will host its 19th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 26 where it will open its doors and serve meals to its Jersey City neighbors in need.
Last year, the Iron Monkey served over 500 meals and hopes to increase that number to 600 meals served this Thanksgiving. While many of its invited guests are from local retirement communities, anyone in Jersey City in need of holiday cheer is welcome to participate.
Meals will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will be served during four separate seating times. Reservations are suggested, and can be made by calling the Iron Monkey at 201-435-5756.
For more information, click here.
A Holiday Thanks!
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,
This Sunday (9/21) is the 21st annual Newport Liberty Half Marathon in Jersey City.
Recreational and elite runners from around the country can compete for $3,000 in prize money on a USA Track & Field-certified course that interweaves with the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway from Newport to Liberty State Park.
The open-air race, sponsored this year by BATS Global Markets, has been called the most beautiful course in the Tri-State area with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty and the Verrazano Bridge.
Winnings and records will be awarded immediately after, during the Post-Race Party with refreshments, a local DJ and several prize drawings for gift cards and event tickets.
Proceeds are being donated to the Jersey City Medical Center, the area’s newest regional teaching hospital, proving the highest level of care for women, infants, and trauma and heart patients.
Racers take their mark at 8:30 a.m. in Town Square. (Registration opens at 6:45 a.m.) For registration details visit http://www.newporthalfmarathon.com or call 201-665-4005.
Keep calm and run on,
Bike JC is now accepting online registration for the Fifth Annual Jersey City Ward Tour and Festival, which takes place Sunday, June 8th in Jersey City at Exchange Place.
For those of you not in the know, the ward tour is a 15-mile bike ride of our city at a relaxed pace (not a race), that ends with a festival featuring live music, food, drinks, and other attractions on the waterfront. The ride begins at 11am and the festival is from 1-5pm. All the action begins and ends at Exchange Place.
Registration is free, with a $5 suggested donation to help fund our year-round efforts for better biking in Jersey City.
More info here.
Ride or die,
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is holding a suicide prevention walk (Hudson River Walk) on Sunday, October 13th at 12 noon. The FREE 3-mile walk begins near the Exchange Place PATH station at the J. Grundy Pier.
It’s free to register and you don’t have to donate or fund-raise unless you feel like it. Please register here. You can also register in-person at the walk on Sunday.
If you can’t make it but would like to donate, please do that here. The funds raised at this event are utilized to help raise awareness and bring us closer to a world without suicide.
Please join me, as this is a cause close to my heart.
Let’s save some lives!
P.S. My team will be rocking these bracelets below. Say hi if you see us!