Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The new restaurant has signs up in the former Hummus Bar location.
The spark of falafel and hummus restaurants in Hoboken seems to be winding down. Hummus Bar, which was located at Seventh and Washington Streets, has closed its doors. According to signage in the store front, an Indian restaurant by the name of Hoboken Dhaba will move in soon. Hummus Bar isn't the only falafel place that has closed down in the past year. Maoz Falafel as well as Ibby's Falafel both closed their doors. (Mamoun's at Fifth and washington Streets is still open.)
Monday, May 20, 2013
Bwe Kafe is now open on Washington Street.
Although it has barely been two weeks, Bwe Kafe already has regular customers. Bwe Kafe, which is being managed by brother-sister team Dale and Evan Ryan, opened two weeks ago at Tenth and Washington Streets. With most of Hoboken's coffeeshops located downtown, Bwe Kafe is looking to fill the uptown need for caffeine between 5:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Part of the proceeds from Bwe Kafe — which means "to drink coffee" in Haitian Creole — will go toward non profits involved in re-building Haiti since the earthquake. For example, said Dale, 26, the coffeeshop buys coffee from La Colombe, a company that uses coffeebeans from Haiti. Dale and Evan's mother — who is also the landlord of the space — started the non profit Love for Haiti The proceeds …
Monday, March 4, 2013
Take our poll.
Two popular chains are settling on Washington Street this year. In the former blockbuster site, a new location of Anthropologie is moving in this spring. A few blocks downtown, a bright blue sign is promoting the arrival of a Baby Gap this summer. What do you think about the arrival of the chain stores? Will it help the local economy or is it going to be a threat to local small businesses? We want to hear from you.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
It's never too cold for frozen yogurt.
After the sign has been up for months, Red Mango seems about ready to open its new location on Washington Street. The exterior has already been painted red. Red Mango joins 16 Handles, Love & Yogurt and multiple other frozen yogurt establishments.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Six votes were needed to approve the bond during the Hoboken City Council meeting on Wednesday night.
A $1.1 million bond to plan out the repaving of Washington Street as well as other city projects failed on Wednesday night. While six votes were needed to approve the ordinance, only five people—the council majority—voted in favor. The four council minority members voted "no." Completing a plan for the improvements and renovations would put the city in a better position to receive funding to pay for the projects, according to the administration. "It’s in our best interest to have shovel ready projects," said Councilman-at-Large David Mello on Wednesday, "so that we can get money that is due to us." Plans to complete designs and engineering costs for renovations to Sinatra Drive and Newark Street—for a total of about $300,000—were also …
Friday, August 10, 2012
The administration is asking the city council to approve a $1 million grant to plan out the repaving of Washington Street.
After a few weeks off for the summer, the Hoboken City Council is returning to work on Wednesday night, with its first council meeting since early July. On the packed agenda, is a bond ordinance to create a plan to repave Washington Street. In order to pass the $1 million bond, at least six of the nine council members have to vote in favor. The bond was introduced on first reading last month. Now, it's back on the agenda. The approximately $1 million bond would also include a plan for the design and improvements to Sinatra Drive between 4th Street and 11th Street, to increase pedestrian and bicycle safety along the waterfront. The bond also covers the city's obligation to secure federal funding for Observer Highway and Newark Street …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Ciao Belly is now one of multiple empty store fronts on Washington Street.
Since Ciao Belly has said "arrivederci" to Hoboken—excuse the pun—its window is now empty, just like many others on Washington Street. Since the number of empty store fronts on Washington Street has been growing—think of Michelangela, Blockbuster, Hoboken Farm Boy, Ibby's Falafel, and more—we would like to know from you what should go there. We have asked you this question before and we're asking it again: what type of store or business would you like to see occupy the empty storefront left by Ciao Belly? The store that once occupied Michelangela? (And don't say pizzeria). Let us know in the comments!
Thursday, July 12, 2012
New signs were hung in the window of 207 Washington St.
It looks like the fight over the name Artichoke Pizza has died down in Hoboken. As of Wednesday, new signs flanked the windows of 207 Washington St. Rather than "Famous Artichoke Pizza," decorated with a big artichoke in the background, the new name seems to be "Famous Pizza" against a solid green background. No signs of any artichokes. Initially it seemed that Artichoke Pizza—a popular New York-based chain—was coming to Hoboken, until owner Frances Garcia burst that bubble. "It's not us at all," he said in a previous interview. He said that two former employees had taken the name and run off with it to Hoboken. The two former Artichoke employees who are starting the new shop in Hoboken—Emad Youssef, 27, and Khalf Ibrahim, 28, both …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The question is on the City Council's agenda, but Patch wants to hear from you.
The administration is asking the city to approve a $1 million bond to repave Washington Street. While the city council is scheduled to discuss the matter on Wednesday night, we want to know what you think about repaving Washington Street. Is it necessary? Are there other streets that should be repaved first? Let us know in our poll and in the comments.
A bond ordinance will have to be approved by the Hoboken City Council.
The administration is asking the Hoboken City Council to approve a bond to pay for the repaving of Washington Street. The roughly $1 million bond ordinance is supposed to "begin the process of upgrading and modernizing the entire length of Washington Street, including repaving the road, installing modern traffic signals with pedestrian countdown timers, and installing ADA-compliant crosswalks and ramps," according to the city's announcement. The bond is on the agenda for Wednesday night's meeting. In total, the project will cost about $9 million, which means that a second bond at a later time will have to be approved. Once a completed plan is in place, the city will try to apply for grants and other ways to pay for the project. The …