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Jersey City Craft Brew Fest [Saturday, June 3]

Jersey City Craft Brew Fest is back! If you missed the first one ever this past Fall, you may want to see what it’s all about.

Try over 150 craft beers from local breweries while overlooking the New York City skyline and listening to live music at Harborside Plaza Atrium (Exchange Place).

Find your new favorite summer brew from the eclectic offering of local beers and ciders, and have the chance to speak with brewery representatives.

And, of course, there will be plenty of food vendors to help soak up all that beer.


*General Admission $65, which includes unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass


*Choose between two sessions: 12-4pm & 5:30-9:30pm

*(Non-drinking) Designated Driver $15

*Purchase at

*Adults 21+ Only: No kids. No Dogs.

*Parking $5


Taste & Enjoy,

Pop-up Shop! Very Second-Hand Clothing and Goods


I had the privilege to meet the awesome duo behind the once-a-month pop-up shop Very Second-Hand Clothing and Goods. This shop isn’t just about finding unique things; it’s about creating a community and a collective lifestyle in creativity. It’s so Jersey City that most of Jersey City doesn’t know about it yet…until now.

Jean and Matthew hunt throughout the tri-state area for one-of-a-kind finds. It starts with clothing and extends to home goods (think: ashtrays, coasters, record players, glassware sets—things with a timeless feel).

In Matthew’s words, the two acquire “Anything that we like or think that other people would like. We bring it in, give it a shot, and if it’s not selling, then it becomes part of our decor going along with this whole apartment feel.”


JCG: Why Very Second-Hand Clothing and Goods?

Matthew: We were sitting around trying to come up with names, and a lot of cheesier ones came out, but I’m a big fan of the movie Heathers, and one of the things the character Veronica Sawyer says—as people are drinking or trying to tell her stories or whatever—is “How Very,” with no adjective after that; she just leaves it open to translation. I found it to be kind of the funniest, weirdly offensive way to describe something. It’s open to interpretation.

And the other thing about the name is, in my experience shopping in these vintage shops and whatnot, I didn’t want to use the word “vintage.” I like the idea of attaching my name to “second-hand” rather than “vintage.”

Jean: Our shop is not inaccessible. It’s not a place where you walk in and feel uncomfortable. Our whole vision is, “Let’s make a second-hand shop where people can come in and find that really cool piece—but not at a price point that will turn them away from shopping.” The highest priced item is $40—and that’s for a designer coat.


JCG: What do you like about Jersey City?

Matthew: My friend really got me into it. I was born and raised in Brooklyn. After finishing school, I couldn’t afford NYC. I moved to Union City and that started my domestication in Hudson County. I later moved here and quickly realized that Jersey City and its neighboring towns have everything New York City has to offer, and I haven’t been back to “the city” to socialize or hang out for years.

Jersey City has everything you need yet it’s a lot more close-knit. I like knowing everything about a town. The idea of being a small fish in a big pond is no longer attractive.

Jean: I think Jersey City is the best-kept secret of this state—which is quickly becoming not so much a secret anymore, in a good way and in a bad way. Recently, I’ve read a few articles comparing JC to Brooklyn, and everyone is moving here who is priced out of Brooklyn or Hoboken, and I get it.

It’s a great place, it’s really down to earth, it’s creative. I feel like there’s always something going on, and it’s something unconventional—never corporate, never cookie-cutter.


JCG: What’s your ultimate vision?

Matthew: We want it to be an everyday shop. It’s not just about coming in and trying to buy something, it’s about coming in and changing the record that’s playing, reading the newspaper and hanging out. And also, I have a huge network of friends who have been here for years, and everyone has a friend who’s an artist. I would love to curate art in the store.

Jean: Eventually, I want to start a tea shop/cafe as part of the retail space.

JCG: To encourage people to linger and build your collaborative community?

Jean: Exactly.

Where can you, JC residents, find this pop-up shop? The first Sunday of every month from 11am-8pm at one of my fave restaurants for celebratory drinks and eats, Boca Grande (564 Washington Blvd.) That means this Sunday, November 3rd. I’ll be there shopping, too.

If we’re lucky, Matthew and Jean will open up shop every other week for the holiday season. Eventually, with Jersey City’s support, VSHC will be a pretty rad brick and mortar space.

Visit Very Second-Hand Clothing on facebook or check them out on yelp.

Exclusive sound clips from our fab conversation and more pics of merchandise will be available soon. Stay tuned.

Shop and hang locally,

JC Fridays 9/6/13

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The quarterly culmination of extraordinary Jersey City art and music is back! JC FRIDAYS, hosted by Art House Productions, is a city-wide full day of free events here in Chilltown.

Local businesses collaborate with artists in a celebration of culture. Events include art openings and exhibits, live music, film/video screenings and performances.

Below is a short list of happenings:

  • FRI @ 9:00 AM
    JC Cultural Affairs | Jersey City Artists Studio Tour Preview Exhibition
  • FRI @ 11:00 AM
    Saint Peter’s University Social Justice & Honors Program | Community Garden Art, Culture, Education & Food
  • FRI @ 12:00 PM
  • FRI @ 12:00 PM
    JCAS : 313 GALLERY presents “A Time For Counting : Bunny Pearlman Closing Party
  • FRI @ 3:00 PM
    All Iron Works NJ | Things I Found Around Town & Shop
  • FRI @ 3:00 PM
  • FRI @ 3:00 PM
    Project Greenville | I Love Greenville
  • FRI @ 5:00 PM
    Astor Bar | Mike DiFeo
  • FRI @ 5:30 PM
    Sustainable JC | SJC Green Drinks + Art
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    GALLERY 58 | “Quadrivium” by Maurizio Zuluaga.
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    Casa Dante | An Evening of Live Music with The Laura Hull Jazz Trio
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    Gia Gelato & Cafe | Uncommon Threads
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    CAMILLE CESARI LOVEPRINT JEWELRY | “Jersey City Meets Coney Island.”
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    Port-O Lounge | The 17 Year Cicada – Kayt Hester
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    Indiegrove and Artmeme | Risk. Achieve. Grow. Quench the artist in you
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    Franc Palaia | Windows on Columbus/Illuminated Polaroids.
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    Pint | Victory! A Craft Brewing Event!
  • FRI @ 6:00 PM
    Gaia | Labor of Love
  • FRI @ 6:30 PM
    McGinley Square Project | Feminine Energy
  • FRI @ 7:00 PM
    Grassroots Community Space | Jersey City Renaissance.
  • FRI @ 7:00 PM
    City Life | Art Beats
  • FRI @ 7:00 PM
    Balance Salon | Pee Wee’s Playhouse Costume Party!
  • FRI @ 7:00 PM
    Narciso Espiritu | MASKS: A Prelude to Tales of Caution
  • FRI @ 7:00 PM
    Silverman and Hamilton Square Condominium Association and Artbloc | Kati Vilim: Extempore Refrain
  • FRI @ 7:00 PM
    Silverman and Hamilton Square Condominium Association presents “Mark Dagley: Recent Paintings,”
  • FRI @ 7:00 PM
    Boca Grande Mexicana Cantina | de Colores
  • FRI @ 8:00 PM
    The Corkscrew Bar & Grill | Screwed Up Comedy
  • FRI @ 8:00 PM
    Fabulous Uptown Music | JC Orginals Jazz
  • FRI @ 8:00 PM
    The Dopeness | Dope Art
  • FRI @ 8:00 PM
  • FRI @ 9:00 PM
    GP’s Restaurant | Joe Velez “Selected Verses”

Also note: *Groove on Grove’s finale starts at 5pm at the Grove Street PATH Plaza
*SunMoon Yoga is offering one week of unlimited yoga for $25 for first-time students who attend JC Fridays events.

Visit for more info.

Celebrate the Arts!

Beauty & Fitness Deals 8/5/13


Bollywood NYC Funk Dance School is offering package deals (funk & fitness fusion workouts) at their Jersey City location (54 Coles St.). Purchase here.

Enercure Health Solutions (230 Liberty Ave.) is offering a 1-hour reflexology session for $32. Get it here.

The Performing Arts Workshop (54 Coles St.) is charging on $35 for a one-hour private dance lesson for one or two. Choose from ballroom, salsa, and more. Buy here.

ReGenesis Healing and Wellness Medi-Spa (115 Christopher Columbus Ave.) has four facial specials ranging from $45-$49. Deets.

CKO Kickboxing Jersey City (150 Bay St.) has discounts on kickboxing class packages starting at $25. Click to purchase.








Restaurant Week on The Hudson Starts Today

hrweekHudson Restaurant Week is back!

Starting today, July 29th, and continuing until August 9th, get your discounted prix-fixe game on and discover Jersey City restaurants you have yet to try. Here are the Jersey City restaurants participating this time around:

Bistro La Source

Boca Grande

Casa Dante

Cityside Bistro

La Conguita

Edwards Steakhouse

GP’s Restaurant

Hamilton Inn

Komegashi Too

Liberty House

Maritime Parc

Max’s of Manila

The Merchant: My review here.

Michael Anthony’s

Porto Leggero

Port-O Lounge

Satis Bistro

Skylark on the Hudson

Sky Thai

Dig in,

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