Take the Thanksgiving quiz & win $$$!

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It is that amazing time of year when families and friends get together for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving or — Thanksgathering!!!

Family & friends give us their love, support, and advice (whether we want it or not). At Thanksgiving—the ultimate family holiday—those folk invade our houses, our kitchens and our business.

What type of Thanksgiving will you have? Take the quiz to enter for a chance to win a $25 AMC gift card and/or a $500 Mastercard!!!

Take the quiz and win!
JCG

 

Newport Skates Opens for the Season! 11/19

Newport Skates Open-Air Ice Rink

Newport Skates, Jersey City’s only outdoor ice skating rink, opens for the season on Saturday, 11/19. Bring your friends and family for fun seasonal cheer.

Deets:

HOURS: Mon-Fri 4pm-9pm  |  Sat 11am-9pm  |  Sun 11am-7pm

LOCATION: 95 River Drive South

PHONE: (201) 626-7465

RATES: Admission $7 ($3.50 for Newport residents)  |  Rentals $6

Group parties and exclusive rink events: Click here for more information.

Break the ice,
JCG

Veterans Day

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Thank you to all of our Veterans for your bravery and courage, today and every day — and a special shout out to those in Jersey City.

Honor your Veterans and give your thanks by attending one of the many events in and around Jersey City this weekend.

God bless,
JCG

The Bullet Map: Comprehensive Transit

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As a NY/NJ commuter and a lover of maps, I thought The Bullet Map a cool thing to mention to my fellow Jersey City peeps, NYC friends and those in upstate NY and Connecticut: A map that has every transit option, within and across state lines, in one place. The Bullet Map is available as a printed map and soon as a mobile map app.
 
Anthony Denaro, the man behind the project, began with combining all of NYC’s subway and bus routes in one big map, while adding outliers. For instance, The Bullet Map is the first complete subway map that also shows the PATH and HBLR.
 
But that’s not where it ends. Anthony has been working to include upstate New York and Connecticut. “The maps are already done and designed,” says Anthony, “but the really hard part is finishing the fundraising so that we can get these maps out there. And beyond that, continue to work on them to add more services in the tri- and upstate areas.”
 
Even cooler, the Bullet Map team has developed an app for what will be the ultimate comprehensive map (iOS and Android friendly) that will have a real time data feed (inter-state transit updates!)

The team is super close to their kickstarter campaign goal. Please check it out and help them out here! Or order a print here.
 
Some last words of wisdom from Anthony: “In NYC, the transit system is still paid for with a single fare and that one fare includes transfers between our local buses and the subway system. Most people don’t know about other free transfers between surface and subway, because they are rarely communicated.” So you may want to check out The Bullet Map not only to navigate or save time, but to save money from double-paying for your transit service.

Please help this campaign as these maps and app will be a time and life saver. Click here to donate.

 

To an efficient Point A to Point B,
JCG

Election Party at &co.

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November 8th 2016 is a big day for America. Why not join your fellow Jersey City dwellers and get in on the action with a viewing party together?

&co workthe cultural and c-work space on the second floor of Charles & co. (201 Montgomery St.) is hosting an Election Party on Tuesday, November 8th at 7pm.

Watch live results on the drop down projector while enjoying drinks and snacks with your neighbors.

The Young Democrats and The New Leaders Council are going to be co-hosting the event, and everyone is welcome.

Please RSVP here.

Enjoy the race,
JCG

Andy Cohen @ WORD in Jersey City

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Meet Andy Cohen and get a signed copy of his new book “Superficial” at WORD Bookstore (123 Newark Ave.) in Jersey City on Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm.

The Bravo TV host and executive producer of the “Real Housewives” franchise (and pretty much the mastermind behind everything awesome that I binge-watch) will be in house at WORD. Andy Cohen will be signing books (personalized) and taking photos in celebration of “Superficial.” The book details Andy’s personal and professional experiences, as well as Andy’s accounts of behind-the-scenes drama, antics and adventures—peppered with his own unfiltered thoughts. #nojudgment 😉

All attendees must purchase a ticket. Each ticket guarantees a spot in the signing line and 1 copy of Superficial signed by Andy Cohen. Buy your tickets here.

See you there,
JCG

State of the Union: Meet the Artists 11/5

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The Drawing Rooms at Victory Hall in Jersey City (180 Grand St.) is exhibiting “State of the Union” (through November 20th), which “deals with current social, political and environmental issues that weigh heavily during this most important election season.”

Curated by Anne Trauben, the exhibit features drawing, painting, print, sculpture and installation by eight artists living in the NJ/NY Metropolitan Area.

This Saturday, November 5th, you have a chance to meet some of the artists behind the work:

Laurel Garcia Colvin
Joe Waks
Tuan Tran
Eve Ingalls

A workshop/talk will happen from 3-6pm on Saturday 11/5/16 and Sunday 11/6/16. Gallery hours are 12-6pm.The other artists featured are Margaret Roleke, Patricia Cazorla, Nancy Saleme and Patricia Dahlman. “Their creative investigations and unique takes on the world we share are surprising, engaging and often beautiful,” says Anne.

The Drawing Room is a 10-room Jersey City art space featuring innovative drawing, painting and print. Jim Pustorino is the Director.

Let’s dwell on this from a new angle,
JCG

Jersey City’s Midnight Market 11/4

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Tonight Jersey City hosts its first Midnight Market!

Imagine your favorite Jersey City outdoor markets, except this one is indoors (at Harborside Atrium) and at night—and for adults only 😉

Think: leisurely strolling, shopping, eating, drinking while listening to a DJ spinning and oh, just the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. The party starts at 6:30pm and ends at…? Yes, Cinderella time.

The DL #s on an “as each” basis:

Cover: $5
Yum Noms: $5
Adult Bevvies: $5
Parking if needed: $5

It is encouraged that you bring ca$h in increments < 20. ATMs will be available on site, because we’re prepared for you to be excited.

Oh, and my fave part is “Skip the line and Shine.” If you pre-purchase your entrance fee, you get to hop on through and get “glow” swag.

For all other info, here’s the FB link.

They call it a bazaar. I call it… ba-zha-zha-zoo…get your bumble bum over!

Shop local, support local, and have fun doing it,
JCG

The Jersey City International Film and Television Festival

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November 4-6 marks the 3rd annual Jersey City International and Television Festival.

The red carpet opening kicks off the weekend at 6pm at NJCU School of Business (200 Hudson St.) Friday 11/4.

All films and screening locations are listed here. Purchase tickets here.

 

Let’s watch,
JCG

Pet Shop Bar

pet shop bar. nj Jersey City’s newest and coolest Newark Avenue hangout is the Pet Shop Bar (and really was a Pet Shop in its former life).

“We were toying with the idea of renting a couple other places in the area and just keeping their names,” says part-owner and head manager Dave Rappaport.  “We almost rented Beauty Land and were going to call it ‘Beauty Land.'” 99 Cent Dreams and Pharmacy were also in the running, if he and partners Shen Pan and Eric Speck secured those storefronts.

When the three men, who know each other from being longtime Jersey City residents, secured the Pet Shop space, “We would joke about it. Like; ‘Let’s hang lots of animal pictures on the walls,'” which are very much there now, IRL.

“I think the common thread between all of us is we like really good rock ‘n’ roll, cheap beer and dive bars,” says Eric. Although he admits, “We didn’t really make a dive bar—it’s not dive-y—but we still appreciate those things.”

Pet Shop bar is definitely not a hole-in-the-wall, but it is very comfortable and welcoming—a solid neighborhood spot. “Originally we were trying to open a live music venue, but we couldn’t find the right money and the right space at the right time. It’s a shame because this area needs it,” explains Eric. “And then we found this place that had been a completely disgusting pet shop for, like, 40 years and we were like ‘Well, let’s just call it Pet Shop. I can show you a picture of how disgusting it was.” Readers, just take my word for it: pre-renovation pics were not pretty.

Now, however…

Think:

  • A long front, full bar with regular and craft beers on tap that segues into a larger back room with high ceilings, pet portraits and Cool Victorian-esque furniture (many thanks to interior designer Amanda Danesi)
  • Cool lighting, kitsch, unique decor, a vintage cigarette machine, a working photo booth, a jukebox filled with music from local bands (including employees’ bands), and a pinball machine 
  • Outdoor “backyard” space with communal tables (and an outdoor bar to come)

The bar’s logo, an empty bird cage with a bent bar, was designed by Dave Rodriguez. “The birds escaped,” says Shen, explaining that it symbolically represents the three men trapped in their day jobs and deciding to break free and pursue passions of their own.

Opening Pet Shop was a rookie venture [shout-outs for everyone in the community that helped them…pet-shop-shoutout]. As for experience, Shen worked in his parents’ liquor store, Eric used to bartend and book acts for music venues, and Dave is a former math teacher (numbers!). The actual expertise of running and managing a bar arrived with Bar Manager Lindsay Gomeringer, who hails from years of experience, notably at the Brass Rail in Hoboken.

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The Charlie Foxtrot cocktail

“We didn’t understand the complexity of all the responsibilities it takes closing down a bar at night,” says Dave. “And making cocktails.” The cocktail list has a reasonably priced variety of bevvies (“We didn’t want a cocktail bar, but we wanted cocktails available,” says Shen), and the beer selection is “kept in the lower numbers,” says Eric, “because sometimes picking a beer can be overwhelming.” At Pet Shop, you’ll find a variety on tap: craft brews like Allagash White , middle men like Sierra Nevada, and basics like Coors Light.

Using the name Pet Shop, though, had some setbacks when it came to the menu. “We were originally thinking of having a barbecue theme, but eating animals? That would be in poor taste,” laughs Dave. So the trio and co. crafted a vegetarian bar menu. What does that mean? In my words, it’s bar food re-imagined. Instead of wings, you get buffalo cauliflower; a “pulled pork” sandwich is jackfruit marinated in BBQ sauce and topped with vegan coleslaw.

The guys auditioned quite a few chefs and were “pretty sold on somebody else” when Eric McGuire came along. “Chef Eric blew us away,” says Shen. “He really changed our minds.”

Eric Speck elaborates: “Every chef came in and did what they do, what they were best at. Eric came in and asked a lot of questions and really challenged himself, trying things that he hadn’t done before. He created his menu to our business plan. We were also sold on him personality-wise; he was cut from the same cloth. He understands the rock ‘n’ roll vibe. He fits our scene. It was a natural choice.”

In a few weeks, Pet Shop will open up its downstairs biodynamic wine bar, named P.S. (a play on “post-script” and an extension of Pet Shop). “At first I thought ‘natural wine’ was just a thing you say to charge an extra few dollars,” laughs Shen, “but once Chris Leo (wine importer and sommelier) educates you…”

Eric chimes in: “The rules of production for biodynamic wines are super strict, more so than just organic wines, which can still have tons of chemicals and all sorts of additives.” The grapes in Pet Shop’s wines come from co-op vineyards in Italy and Spain. “The wine tastes fantastic, and you don’t get hangovers,” says Eric. Dave and Shen look at him in disbelief. “What?!” says Eric.  “I tested it. The wine is better for you.” Downstairs will be seating-room only to encourage conversation.

Shen says Pet Shop Bar aims to be a Jersey City staple. “We want this place to be around for at least 20 years.”

Adds Eric, “We’re really excited. I feel like we’ve accomplished our mission and we have a really good bar. It’s kind of…cool. Yes, I said it. The Pet Shop Bar is kind of cool.”

Bottoms up,
JCG

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