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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Savor The Season Party 12.15.13

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Savor the Season! There’s a party for Jersey City residents this Sunday from 2-5pm at St. Peter’s Prep (Van Vorst and Grand). There will be a holiday dinner, wine tasting, bake-off, live music and children’s activities.

The proceeds support Paulus Hook redesign.

Tickets are $25 per person at the door and $20 if bought online. Buy here. Children under 12 get free admission.

 

Cheers to the season,
JCG

 

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Saturday 11/16/13: Fall Planting and Cleanup

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Jersey City Paulus Hook residents: Come on out on Saturday, November 16th to plant some bulbs, clean up your street and meet your neighbors.

It all starts at Paulus Hook Park (On Washington and Grand) at 10am. Bring rakes, gloves, spades and brooms. Children are welcome, too.

Raindate: November 23rd

 

Let’s keep it clean and green JC,
JCG

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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
    Rasoi
  • 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
    METROPOLITAN AME ZION CHURCH AND METRO-SPEC CORP
  • 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
    SUNMOON YOGA PRESENTS ARTISTS, KATHERINE MOJZSIS AND KATIE NIEWODOWSKI presents “Just a Moment”
  • 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
    STEAM CAFE | “A New LEAF… At STEAM.”
  • 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 jcfridays.com for more info.

Celebrate the Arts!
JCG

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“Multiplicities” Art Show Closing Reception Tonight 8/9/13

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(photo courtesy of drawingrooms.org)

If you’ve missed the “Multiplicities” exhibit, tonight’s your last chance to see it. Head over to Victory Hall Drawing Rooms (180 Grand St.) at 5:30pm to experience the interactive art show featuring drawings, paintings and wall installations by Milosz Koziej, Megan Klim, Bill Rybak, Loura van der Meule, Nyugen E. Smith, Vincent Salvati, William Stamos, Liz Cohen, Winifred McNeill, Greg Brickey, Max Velez and James Pustorino. Listen to music on the Lawn with jazz vibraphonist Eldad Tarmu and sip on complimentary wine while viewing various demonstrations—all free to the public.

 

Enjoy,
JCG

 

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