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Head to Pier 13 in Hoboken This Spring

May 19, 2017

With the air finally warmer, Hoboken and Jersey City residents are finally ready to head to their favorite local hotspot – Pier 13, a family friendly beer garden that offers a variety of food, drinks, and activities, located at 1301 Sinatra Drive North, Hoboken, which is about three and a half miles from your Madox apartment.

Pier 13 prides itself on being the ‘city’s backyard’ and it serves as the communal gathering spot for food, drinks, social events such as movie nights and live music, sightseeing and activities on the water.

When it comes to getting something to eat with a twist, Pier 13 is a great destination since they host various new food trucks everyday such as Amanda’s Bananas, Pizza Vita, Empanada Guy, Luke’s Lobster and more. Plus, a huge array of beverages are served on the pier such as craft beer, frozen cocktails, homemade punch, sangria and other daily specials.

Once summer is here, Pier 13 becomes even more popular since they host various activities on the water such as stand-up paddle boarding tours and classes, where participants will get to see The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Liberty State Park and more. These classes also make for a great workout!

Kayaking tours are also offered from Pier 13, in which no previous experience kayaking is required. Since the tours tend to fill up quickly because they make for a fun yet relaxing daytime activity, make sure you make your reservation in advance!

 

Pier 13

1301 Sinatra Drive North, Hoboken

(201) 798-8065

 

Check Out These Local Farmers’ Markets for Seasonal Spring Goods

May 15, 2017

Now that spring is finally here, there’s no better way to get in the warm-weather spirit by spending the afternoon at a Jersey City farmers’ market, where you can get everything from fresh fruits and vegetables, to locally-grown meats, to scrumptious breads and much more.

If you’re looking to stock your fridge and also support your local farmers, then don’t miss on these farmers’ markets that are right around the corner from your Madox apartment!

 

The Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers’ Market, which sets up shop from May through December on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-8 p.m. at the Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City which is about half a mile from your Madox apartment, has grown from a modest farmers’ market when it began in 2008 to a bustling market with over 25 vendors.

At this busy farmers’ market, some of the vendors you can find are Organic Olive Oil Juice Company, CoolVines wines, Kemps Popcorn, Ort Farms, Hoboken Farms, JC Fish Stand for fresh seafood and much more!

 

The Van Vorst Park Farmers’ Market, located at the corner of Jersey Avenue and Montgomery Street, Jersey City which is less than a mile from your Madox apartment, is open from April through December on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Here, you can find all sorts of vendors selling items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, prepared foods, dried fruits and nuts, organic skincare products and more. Check out the market to see what new vendors have been added for this year!

 

Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers’ Market

Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City

(201) 547-3554

 

Van Vorst Park Farmers’ Market

Corner of Jersey Avenue and Montgomery Avenue, Jersey City

(201) 965-0632

Visit These Local Paint and Sip Studios for Mother’s Day

May 11, 2017

When Mother’s Day comes around on May 14, most loyal sons and daughters will happily take their beloved mother to brunch or out to dinner. However, thanks to the new paint-and-sip studio sensation that has been all the rage lately, there’s now something much more fun that you can do with your mom this Mother’s Day – take her to a paint and sip studio, where you and her can craft your own paintings while enjoying a nice bottle of wine or beer.

Here in Jersey City, there are tons of paint and sip studios on every corner that would be the perfect destination for you and your mother this May 14. Read on to find out which one would be best for you!

 

Cork and Canvas, a paint and sip studio located at 275 Newark Avenue, Jersey City which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, is the city’s newest paint and sip studio where talented artists will instruct you step-by-step how to paint the ‘painting of the evening’ while you enjoy drinks.

There’s no experience necessary to paint at Cork and Canvas, and tons of seasonal paintings as well as daily events are available, so make sure you check out their calendar to see what’s going on!

 

Blackbird Gallery and Art Studio, located at 189 Brunswick St, Jersey City which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, has a unique way to manage their paint and sip classes – they don’t show you the end result of what your painting is supposed to look like, so every painting will be completely different and unique to you!

Currently, the studio is hosting a special where any paint and sip ticket, which includes all painting materials and instruction, cost only $30 per person so if you are interested in booking a spot for Mother’s Day, now is the time to do it!

 

Cork and Canvas

275 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

732-309-6568

 

Blackbird Gallery and Art Studio

189 Brunswick St, Jersey City

(201) 565-5828

 

Where to Grab Some Authentic Mexican Cuisine for Cinco de Mayo

May 3, 2017

Cinco de Mayo is almost here on May 5, and whether you have Mexico running through your veins or you just love some good fajitas and nachos, there’s no better way to celebrate this exciting holiday than with some authentic Mexican food and drinks.

Here in Jersey City, where we are blessed with being surrounded by restaurants and bars from around the world, we certainly have no shortage of Mexican eateries that make the perfect destination for Cinco de Mayo. Read on to find out where you can celebrate on May 5!

 

Orale Mexican Kitchen, located at 341 Grove Street, Jersey City which is about half a mile from your Madox apartment, is a buzzing hangout with quirky “Day of the Dead” decor, a big tequila menu and classic comfort food. If you’re into Mexican cuisine with a modern twist, then this restaurant and bar is for you!

On their menu, don’t miss out on some of their customer favorites such as the blackberry port duck confit tacos with seared duck confit, blackberry port wine reduction, blackberries, red cabbage slaw and crisp tortilla strips alongside flour tortillas.

 

Taqueria Downtown, located at 236 Grove Street, Jersey City which is less than a half a mile from your Madox apartment, serves authentic tacos, enchiladas, breakfast and sides in a fun eatery with outdoor seats. Make sure you get here early, as it tends to be crowded!

Don’t miss their classic Mexican favorites such as the carnitas tacos, guacamole and chips, bistec tacos, pescado tacos or the bistec quesadillas.

 

Orale Mexican Kitchen

341 Grove Street, Jersey City

(201) 333-0001

 

Taqueria Downtown

236 Grove Street, Jersey City

(201) 333-3220

Visit these Local Parks in Jersey City for Earth Day

April 20, 2017

Here are the Madox apartments, we have the best of both worlds – we live in a bustling, busy city and we also have plenty of access to green space. With Earth Day almost here on April 22, there is no better time to take advantage of that than now!

If you’re looking to finally enjoy this warm weather by taking the dog out, going for a walk or just throwing the Frisbee around, then check out one of the 60 parks located near your Madox apartment.

 

Liberty State Park, located on Freedom Way in Jersey City which is about four miles from your Madox apartment, sits on 1,200 acres on which families can spend the day biking, walking, running, playing, flying kites, picnicking, playing sports, fishing, crabbing, or sightseeing along the Hudson River Walkway.

Liberty State Park is also home to some of the region’s most vital wetlands, providing a year round sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife, fish and birds. In fall, winter and spring, the Park is a significant stop and nesting site for many species of migratory birds, including the great snowy owl.

 

Lincoln Park, located about three miles from your Madox apartment, is the largest park in Hudson County which has athletic facilities, statuary, trails and wildlife habitats. Lincoln Park East is known for its many sports fields – there are 21 outdoor tennis courts, seven baseball fields, a cricket pitch, three children’s playgrounds, the Charlie Mays running track, five basketball courts, two football fields, two soccer fields, and four handball/paddleball courts.

As the first park in the Hudson County Park System, it’s no wonder that families flock to Lincoln Park in warmer weather!

 

Liberty State Park

Freedom Way, Jersey City

libertystatepark.org

(201) 915-3403

 

Lincoln Park

1 Lincoln Park, Jersey City

hudsoncountynj.org/lincoln-park-jersey-city.aspx

(201) 915-1388

Check Out These Local Gardening Centers for Earth Day

April 17, 2017

With Earth Day almost here on April 22, there’s no better way to celebrate all of the beautiful greenery of the Garden State than by sprucing up your Madox apartment with some fresh flowers and plants. Fortunately for Madox residents, there are tons of gardening centers located in your neighborhood that are perfect for helping you add some color and life after this winter.

14th Street Garden Center, located at 793 Jersey Ave in Jersey City which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, has been the city’s premiere family-run garden center since it opened in 1994. They have a wide selection of both indoor foliage to outdoor blooming perennials, from quart size annuals perfect for window boxes to fresh locally grown herbs to large bamboo plants.

The 14th Street Garden Center keeps a full selection of plants year-round to suit city living, so you can stop by this popular shop any time of year! Plus, they can pot your plants for you as well as deliver them.

Orange Garden Supply, located at 360 Alden Street in Orange which is about 30 minutes from your Madox apartment, is packed with the highest quality trees and shrubs that you can find anywhere. Their greenhouse has a large selection of premium annuals, organic vegetable plants, hanging baskets, roses, perennial flowers, tropical plants, herbs, topsoil, sod, mulch, seeds and more.

They also specialize in on-time, same-day delivery, so if you pick out a plant that just won’t fit, the Orange Garden Supply has got you covered. Make the trip to this comprehensive spot for your larger gardening needs!

 

 

14th Street Garden Center

793 Jersey Ave, Jersey City

14thstreetgardencenter.com

(201) 963-1414

 

Orange Garden Supply

360 Alden Street, Orange

orangegardennj.com

(973) 672-2212

Grab an Easter Basket From One of These Local Chocolate Shops

April 11, 2017

For many of us, one of the best parts of Easter is getting to indulge in some scrumptious Easter eggs and other colorful candies – especially after the long 40 days of Lent, when many choose to give up sweets. However, luckily for Madox residents, there’s no need to head to any old chain store for wonderful chocolates – here in Jersey City, we have plenty of options for homemade sweets.

If you’re looking to fill up an Easter basket for you child – or even just for you – then head to one of these local chocolate shops for some mouthwatering candies!

 

Lee Sims Chocolates, located at 743 Bergen Ave, Jersey City which is about two miles from your Madox apartment, is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the same family and is still located in the charming retail storefront where they started business many decades ago.

For the holiday, they are offering tons of Easter basket options as well as Easter bunnies, jelly beans and foiled candies, among many other items. If you’re looking to send some Easter love to someone far away, no need to worry – Lee Sims Chocolates offers shipping of their products to many states throughout America!

 

L’atelier du chocolat, located at 321 Marin Blvd Suite #8, Jersey City which is about half a mile from your Madox apartment, is run by Master Chocolatier Eric Girerd, who combines the finest selected ingredients and artisan techniques to bring the most delectable chocolate treats – perfect for Eastertime.

Eric Girerd’s chocolates are haute couture, with a timeless style which feels classic yet contemporary, perfect for an ‘adult’ gift basket to give to friends and family.

 

Lee Sims Chocolates

743 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City

leesimschocolates.com

201-433-1308

 

L’atelier du chocolat

321 Marin Blvd Suite #8, Jersey City

egchocolates.com

201-332-9220

Where to Enjoy Easter Brunch in Jersey City

April 7, 2017

Easter is right around the corner on April 16, and if you don’t feel like cooking for a room full of people in your Madox apartment, there are plenty of other ways to celebrate – many area restaurants will be hosting Easter brunch, making for a fun and festive day out.

If you’re looking to enjoy some brunch goodies on Easter Sunday without ever having to turn on your Madox apartment oven, then check out some of these local restaurants in your Jersey City neighborhood.

 

Liberty House Restaurant, located at 76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City which is only about a half a mile from your Madox apartment, is an American eatery serving steaks and seafood in chic digs on the water with Manhattan views.

This year’s menu will offer an assortment of cheeses and fruits, baked good, pastries, breakfast options, pasta, salad, a carving station with turkey, leg of lamb, maple glazed ham, as well as a seafood station with salmon, Rockfish fillets, PEI mussels and paella. This local favorite is a classic dining spot that is well-suited for holidays such as Easter.

 

Amelia’s Bistro, located at 187 Warren St, Jersey City which is only a block away from your Madox apartment, serves New American comfort-food favorites in an open, upbeat setting.

The restaurant will serve brunch items including Amelia’s Club omelet, Caramel Crunch Brioche French Toast, Broccoli rabe, garlic, and lemon on a baguette, BLTs, crepes, soup, salad, crostini, flat bread and small tapas. This is a great spot for celebrating with family or with friends!

 

Liberty House Restaurant

76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Jersey City

(201) 395-0300

libertyhouserestaurant.com

 

Amelia’s Bistro

187 Warren St, Jersey City

ameliasbistro.com

(201) 332-2200

Use These Local Housekeeping Services for Spring Cleaning

April 3, 2017

Now that spring is finally in the air, there’s no better time to do some ‘spring cleaning’ around your Madox apartment by getting rid of some old junk, getting in those nooks and crannies and getting ready for a summer of fun in Jersey City. However, if cleaning really isn’t your thing, no need to worry – there are plenty of local cleaning services near your Madox apartment.

If your idea of cleaning includes walking out of your Madox apartment and coming home a few hours later to a sparkling home, then give one of these local businesses a call today!

 

Liberty Housekeeping, headquartered at 115 Mercer Street, Jersey City which is about 10 blocks from your Madox apartment, prides itself on having open communication with its clients by promising no upsells and no hidden prices.

Plus, Liberty Housekeeping uses products that are powerful, yet without that harsh chemical smell and residue and are made with plant and mineral based cleaning ingredients. All of their products are even acknowledged by the EPA’s Design for Environment program.

 

Maid in JC, located at 25 McWilliams Place, Jersey City which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, is made up of two downtown Jersey City residents who only use organic cleaning solutions for their clients.

They guarantee amazing cleaning and 100 percent customer satisfaction – if you are not satisfied with the completed cleaning, you can call or email them within 24 hours of service and they will return to address whatever they have missed.

 

Liberty Housekeeping

115 Mercer Street, Jersey City

(201) 984-3512

libertyhousekeeping.com

 

Maid in JC

25 McWilliams Place, Jersey City

maidinjc.com

201-388-6269

Grab a Cup of Coffee at these Jersey City Cafes

March 27, 2017

On a chilly March day, there’s nothing like a steaming cup of coffee to bring you back to life on a busy morning. Madox residents are lucky that in our Jersey City neighborhood, we have much more than just old Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks – instead, on every corner, we can find locally owned coffee shops that all have something different to bring to the table.

The Warehouse Café, located at 140 Bay Street in Jersey City which is about a half a mile from your Madox apartment, serves organic coffee and tea as well as paninis and sweets in a rustic-industrial space – alongside free wifi.

Besides classic drinks such as cappuccinos, lattes and espresso, the Warehouse Café also serves fun twists on favorite drinks such as an organic honey latte, a dulce de leche latte and a babyccino. All milk in the drinks is Hudson Valley fresh milk, or you can opt for all natural soy or almond milk.

Dames Coffee and Espresso Bar, located at 581 Jersey Avenue in Jersey City which is one mile from your Madox apartment, is a cozy coffee shop offering espresso drinks and housemade pastries in a brick-walled storefront.

Open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week, this is a great place to stop to catch a breather from your busy day either to or from your Madox apartment for coffee and tea classics as well as homemade pastries.

 

The Warehouse Café

140 Bay Street, Jersey City

(201) 420-8882

 

Dames Coffee and Espresso Bar

581 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City

(203) 450-6342

 

Check Out These New Jersey City Restaurants Near Madox

March 20, 2017

Every Madox resident has their tried-and-true restaurant favorites that they flock to on a lazy night, however, Jersey City is chock-full of fantastic restaurants and luckily for Madox residents, there are tons of new ones that have recently joined the neighborhood.

Ani Ramen House, a popular ramen shop which has another location in Montclair, has officially brought its steamy, yummy ramen to Jersey City with their new location at 218 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, which is only one mile from your Madox apartment. Besides ramen bowls, you can also get some stellar pork buns, gyoza and even alcohol here, as the Jersey City location has a full bar, unlike the Montclair location.

Pork buns from the Ani Ramen House have been hailed by the New York Times as being equal to Momofuko’s in New York, a famous hotspot for the item. Check out what Chef Chris Arturo, the head chef of the Jersey City location, is cooking up here – he’s a veteran of Montclair’s Pig and Price and Newark’s Nico.

El Cocotero, which specializes in Venezuelan cuisine, including bite-size pastries, pressed sandwiches and entrees such as the traditional pabellon criollo, rice, beans, shredded beef and fried plantains, brings a whole new cuisine to Jersey City with its new location at 749 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City which is about two miles from your Madox apartment.

The original El Cocotero is in Chelsea and is famed for its arepas, the stuffed corn cakes that some believe will be the next food craze. Check these out at the new Cocotero, which just opened in Jersey City in February.

 

Ani Ramen House

218 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

aniramen.com

(973) 744-3960

 

El Cocotero

749 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City

elcocotero.com

(212) 206-8930

Krispy Kreme is Finally Opening in Your Madox Neighborhood

March 13, 2017

There’s nothing like a hot, freshly-made glazed doughnut, and as any Madox resident knows, the doughnuts that can be found at Krispy Kreme are some of the best. However, New Jersey residents have always had to go out of state to get them – until now.

Last month, Krispy Kreme opened its first-ever location in New Jersey at 95 Columbus Drive in Jersey City, which is only about a half a mile from your Madox apartment – the perfect walking distance for a delicious doughnut on a lazy weekend morning! And, this location is only the first of six coming to the area – over the next few years, five more are planned to open in Bergen and Hudson counties.

The 95 Columbus Drive location can make up to 65,000 doughnuts a day and can seat 45 people, so it’s definitely not your typical corner doughnut shop. It opens at 5 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 6 a.m. on the weekends, so it’s also very ideal for commuters.

Besides the original glazed doughnut, a favorite of many Krispy Kreme customers, the shop also offers tons of other doughnuts such as the chocolate hazelnut kreme, chocolate iced raspberry filled, cinnamon sugar and many more. And, besides doughnuts, they also have cinnamon buns, apple fritters and eclairs.

If you’re looking for a drink to go with your Krispy Kreme doughnut, there are tons of options at the shop such as the toffee mocha latte, caramel latte, hazelnut latte, skinny vanilla latte and more.

If you’ve got a sweet tooth or are just looking to treat yourself on the way to work from your Madox apartment, stop by the new Krispy Kreme today!

 

Krispy Kreme

95 Columbus Drive, Jersey City

krispykreme.com

(201) 360-2005

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Near Your Madox Apartment

March 7, 2017

Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner on March 17, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with some traditional Irish fare like corn beef and cabbage, bangers and mash and, of course, a tall glass of Guinness. Luckily for Madox residents, there are tons of authentic Irish pubs located right around the corner from home.

Willie McBride’s, located at 616 Grand Street in Hoboken which is about two and a half miles from your Madox apartment, has a wide array of draft beers as well as pub grub in a small, intimate space with open fireplaces as well as live music. On Saint Patrick’s Day, the live music at Willie McBride’s will start at 5 p.m. with Agus coming on at that time and the Nerds coming on at 11 p.m.

If you’re looking to get some traditional Irish grub during the festivities, then don’t miss out on the moonshine BBQ with beef short ribs, moonshine BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, mashed potatoes and vegetables or the stout sirloin steak with sliced marinated steak topped with caramelized onions over mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

The Dubliner, located at 96 River Street in Hoboken which is about two and a half miles from your Madox apartment, is a buzzy tri-level Irish pub with bar bites downstairs plus beer buckets and margaritas on the roof tiki bar. The largest bar in Hoboken, the Dubliner also has insane views of New York City from its rooftop bar.

From the menu, don’t miss out on traditional Irish fare such as the shepherd’s pie, which is freshly ground beef with vegetables and gravy, topped with mashed potatoes.

 

Willie McBride’s

616 Grand Street, Hoboken

williemcbrides.com

(201) 610-1522

 

The Dubliner

96 River Street, Hoboken

dublinerhoboken.com

(201) 656-7731

There’s a New Theater Series in Jersey City

March 3, 2017

Madox residents, if you’re a fan of theater, you’re probably already well aware that being in buzzing Jersey City, there’s no need to trek all the way to New York City to catch some quality plays. Now with a new series of staged readings happening at the Merseles Theater at 339 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, that couldn’t be more true.

Readings are currently scheduled through March 25, which will feature readings from both established and emerging playwrights to give visitors a taste of all that’s happening in the theater world. Plus, the readings are timely because March is Women’s History Month, and the plays that are being offered celebrate the resilience and determination of women.

The festival is a product of a partnership between the Jersey City Theater Center and the Writers Theatre of New Jersey. The next reading will be on March 8 at 7:30 p.m., when “Paterson Falls,” by Rosemary McLaughlin, will be read. This play investigates the Paterson Silk Strikes in 1912-13.

A stage reading by Stacie Lents will take place on March 16 at 7:30 p.m., which is a work of fiction based on interviews with prisoners at the Women’s Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri. The play is an astute and often humorous look at the lives of these women as they deal with issues associated with their incarceration.

All of the plays only cost a $5 donation per person, and the complete schedule of events can be found at jctcenter.org.

 

Merseles Theater – Jersey City Theatre Center

339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

jctcenter.org

(201) 795-5386

American Eats at Latham House of Jersey City

February 28, 2017

Jersey City doesn’t seem to disappoint when it comes to new restaurants.  June 2017 will mark Latham House’s one year anniversary but they are still receiving praise from all over the metro area.  If you’re someone who loves a nice rustic setting while enjoying dinner or brunch with friends, then you’ll want to make a reservation at Latham House of Jersey City ASAP!

It won’t be long until everyone in Jersey City is dining outside enjoying fresh air, drinks and of course…delicious food. Latham House has indoor and outdoor seating and has created quite a buzz in the community.  Their beautiful interior consists of dark wood, white walls and a long row of beautiful grey-marbled tabletops, all of which help the restaurant stand out.

Chef and owner, Dan Latham grew up in Upstate New York and studied cooking at the Culinary Institute of America.  Latham House serves American cuisine and the menu has influences from his up-bringing on the East Coast along with his wife’s West Coast background. Some signature dishes you can look forward to are the Cuban Reuben sandwich made with tender corned beef (cooked for 12 hours), special mustard sauce, spicy slaw and fries. Keep this sandwich in mind for St. Patrick’s Day! If you’re looking for a comfort dish, you must try their chicken pot pie or the Thai Bouillabaisse made with seafood in a curry coconut broth.  The burgers are also a popular item at this Jersey City eatery.

Stop by their happy hour every Tuesday-Friday from 2pm-7pm. We suggest their Turnpike Martini (Grey Goose Le Poire, pear nectar, lemon-ginger syrup) or the Latham Bloody during the weekend.

Latham House

299 Marin Blvd

Jersey City, NJ 07302

 

Mardi Gras in Jersey City

February 27, 2017

You don’t have to travel to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. Jersey City has a variety of places that are holding events and festivities the Big Easy style. Whether you love New Orleans for the decadent food, specialty cocktails, music scene, or traditions, here are some fun Jersey City places to check out this Fat Tuesday.

Jersey City’s South House will be hosting a Fat Tuesday Party all day on February 28th. The bar will be stocked with Fat Tuesday drinks including Carnival punch, hurricanes, “swamp water” shots, and Abita Purple Haze drafts. Popular for its great live music, South House will host Brooklyn’s High and Mighty Brass Band in the house. This dynamic group of talented musicians has shared the stage with famous artists like Galactic, DJ Logic, Dr. John, and Trombone Shorty. They have the unique ability to combine classic New Orleans Funk and R&B with more modern Afro-Beat and Hip Hop influences. Their live performances are coined “a party in progress” since they leave you extremely entertained and inspired.

Enjoy traditional Creole, Cajun, or Authentic NOLA inspired cuisine as a way to celebrate. Crawfish is a New Orleans specialty that is always on the menu at Just Beclaws in Jersey City. For beer lovers who want a more casual atmosphere, check out Zeppelin Hall’s Cajun food fest featuring a dozen Cajun dishes that will be available through March 12th. Pizza fans can observe the holiday at Two Boots with Jambalaya and limited edition Swamp Witch pizza made with Andouille and alligator sausage.

What to do this Weekend in Jersey City

February 22, 2017

Wondering what to do this weekend? Jersey City is full of cultural events that are fun to enjoy solo, on a date, with the family, or a group of friends. Check out what’s happening not too far from Madox this weekend.

 

Saturday February 25th:

Family Weekend Lab: I Scream for Ice Cream

Family Weekend Labs is hosting “I Scream for Ice Cream” program at Liberty Science Center from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM in honor of February being Children’s Dental Health Month. Learn about dental health then stick around for LSC-made liquid nitrogen ice cream. Designed for families with children ages 5-11, Family Weekend Lab is $40 per person; $25 for LSC members and you can buy tickets at the Box Office or contact us to make reservations: 201-253-1310 or sales@lsc.org.

 

Meet and Greet with Elsa and Olaf

If your kids are Frozen fans then you are in luck because Elsa and Olaf of Disney’s Frozen are heading to Newport Skates, where they’ll meet and take photos with children from Jersey City! The characters will be at the rink from 11:30 AM until 1:30 PM and the event is free to the public.

 

High Tea and Richard III

Transport yourself to England with High Tea and some Shakespeare at Jersey City’s St. Paul’s Church in Bergen from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM. Stratford-upon-Duncan presents a staged reading of Shakespeare’s Richard III, directed by Patrick Taaffe. Admission is free but a donation of $10 is suggested to help cover the cost of the High Tea. RSVP to stratforduponduncan@gmail.com.

 

Prove It All Night! (WFMU Benefit!)

Enjoy a night of entertainment while supporting WFMU radio station at “Prove It All Night!” with Pat Byrne from 9:00 PM-Midnight at Jersey City’s Monty Hall.  This live DIY late night variety show hosted by Pat Byrne will feature stand up comedy from Seth Herzog (of Tonight Show fame), Mo Fry Pasic, and Carolyn Busa, live music from Vic Ruggiero of The Slackers, surprise guests and more. Opening and closing the show will be special guest DJ’s, Sunshine & the Rain! This event is a WFMU benefit show with a suggested donation of $10, but $5 will get you in otherwise.

 

Sunday February 26th:

“Meet the Artist” Series – Winard Harper presents Neil Clarke

Close out the weekend with an evening of electrifying rhythm and interesting stories from famed percussionist, Neil Clarke. Clarke will be performing and offering an exciting Q&A at Moore’s Lounge (aka Bill & Ruth’s) on Sunday February 26th from 6:30 PM-10:00 PM.

 

 

 

 

Spend Valentine’s Day at Liberty Science Center

February 10, 2017

Get your friends and loved ones together for an after-hours adventure at Liberty Science Center. This latest LSC event’s theme is “Sexy Science” being that it’s the week of Valentine’s Day. This is an event that your science loving pals will love!

At this party, you’ll learn all about the laws of attraction that make us nervous when that special someone walks by.  There will be plenty of dancing and fun experiments as well.  If you don’t have anyone to go with, don’t worry! You can fly solo because you never know who you may have chemistry with! If that isn’t enticing enough, there will be a Foo Fighters laser show in their massive IMAX dome theater.

You can ride in style to the event thanks to Jersey City Day Trippers.  There will be a free shuttle service to Liberty Science Center from the Grove Street PATH station from 5:45pm through 8:00pm.

There are two events you can look forward to after the LSC after-hours event.  Dream Big: Engineering Our World, will transform how we think about engineering; from the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings, to underwater robots, solar cars and sustainable cities.  Secret Oceans 3D will also be a crowd-pleaser.  Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean.  He invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans.  Both films will be available February 17th.

Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Jersey City

February 9, 2017

There’s no quicker way to a person’s heart than through their stomach. Say ‘I Love You’ this Valentine’s Day with a romantic dinner!

Many Jersey City restaurants have specials this Valentine’s Day so you can enjoy some quality time and quality food with a loved one. Here’s a list to help you plan the perfect night. Don’t forget to make those reservations!

Fire + Oak is offering a Valentine’s Day menu featuring a special Lovers Bliss cocktail, which features rosé champagne, Tito’s vodka, fresh strawberry puree and fresh mint syrup. A delicious three-course prix fixe meal will be offered all evening long including appetizers, main courses and a decadent selection of desserts.

Fire + Oak

 (201) 610-9610

485 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310

 

Battello is the place to go if you really want to set the mood. Sip on wine as you gaze at the NYC skyline over the Hudson with your Valentine’s date. Enjoy Battello’s charming ambiance and Chef Ryan DePersio’s mouthwatering three-course prix-fixe menu, offered at $85 per person, complemented by an optional wine pairing at $25 ($50/reserve). Seating is limited so make sure to book your reservation soon!

Battello

(201) 798-1798

 502 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ, 07310

 

Liberty House specializes in farm-to-table cuisine and boasts a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline and lavish grounds. This Valentine’s Day, Chef Ken Trickilo has created a prix fixe menu for the special day. Enjoy a starter, main dish and a dessert for $85 per guest.

Liberty House

(201) 395-0300

76 Audrey Zapp Drive, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ 07305

 

Satis Bistro is celebrating Valentine’s Day weekend with a prix fixe four-course menu starting at $95 per person with an optional $40 per person wine pairing add-on. Diners can look forward to an appetizer, pasta, entrée, and desert with specialties like beef carpaccio, lobster and crab pappardelle, filet mignon and chocolate couvert.

Satis Bistro

(201) 435-5151

212 Washington Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Where to Watch The Super Bowl in Jersey City

January 31, 2017

Super Bowl Sunday, the biggest game day of the whole year is rapidly approaching. It’s the day we get to cheat on our diets, scream at the TV, and watch funny halftime commercials.  Whether you’re with family, friends, or alone, you might be wondering where you can cheer for your favorite team. Here’s a list of seven places to watch the Super Bowl in Jersey City.

 

White Star at Harbor
Located in the Paulus Hook area, White Star at Harbor boasts plenty of flat screen TVs, has quality service, and food and drink specials you can enjoy during the game.
Website: http://www.whitestarbar.com/

Address: 179 Warren St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 209-1900
O’Haras Downtown
O’Haras Downtown is the ultimate sports bar. Highlights of the space include food and drink specials, a large space so you don’t feel cramped, 16 HD TVs, and one 70-inch and two 120-inch projection screens so you will not miss a second of the action.

Website: http://oharasjc.com/

Address: 172 First St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: (201) 239-7373

The Brightside Tavern 
Mosey on down to the beautiful Van Vorst Park section of Jersey City to watch the big game.  The Brightside Tavern has two huge projection screens and five TVs at the bar.  We recommend calling to make a reservation so you will be sure to have a good seat.

Website: http://www.brightsidetavern.com/

Address: 141 Bright St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: (201) 435-1234

The Corkscrew Bar & Grill

The Corkscrew is your neighborhood go to bar and the perfect place to watch the Super Bowl. Located in Jersey City Heights, the bar has a friendly staff, good service, plenty of TVs for your viewing, and food and drink specials for the occasion.  Last year they offered $0.50 wings, $3 shots, and $8 pitchers.

Website: http://corkscrewjc.com/

Address: 61 Congress St, Jersey City, NJ 07307

Phone: (201) 239-0087

 

Dorrian’s Red Hand

Dorrian’s is an ideal destination for your Super Bowl viewing.  The bar is right near the PATH train, light rail, and buses, which his convenient if you are meeting friends from out of town. They offer drink specials for the event and have a large menu full of delicious food to munch on while you watch the game on one of their many high-definition, big-screen TVs.

Website: www.dorrians-jerseycity.com

Address: 555 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310

Phone: (201) 626-6660

 

Zeppelin Hall Biergarten

Satisfy your German itch at Zeppelin Hall Biergarten for Super Bowl LI.  Perfect for beer, bratwurst, schnitzel, pretzel, and football lovers. It’s a great place to watch the game with a group of friends and to make new ones.

Address: 88 Grand St (at Liberty View Dr), Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: (201) 721-8888

PJ Ryan’s Tavern

PJ Ryan’s is the Van Vorst neighborhood bar that’s never too crowded and offers viewing for serious football fans.  They play the sound for most NFL games so they will most likely have it for the Super Bowl so you can catch all the commentary.  Also take advantage of the drink specials that will be offered all night long.

Website: http://www.pjryansjc.com/

Address: 292 Barrow St (Mercer St.), Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone: (201) 333-8752

 

 

 

Jersey City Restaurant Week

January 30, 2017

If there’s any restaurants in Jersey City you’d like to try, now is the time! Hudson Restaurant Week will run until February 3rd and there are some great menus and dining options available.

Laico’s – This is a classic Italian restaurant in Jersey City that almost every foodie in the area has heard of.  If you love Italian dishes, we recommend making a reservation ASAP.  They have many options to choose from and $5.00 Tito’s drink specials.  Try their famous artichoke hearts or buratta salad to start and for an entrée try their veal parm, 14oz sirloin steak (with bleu cheese and mushrooms) or their French cut chicken (just to name a few).  End the evening with a nice tartufo, homemade pound cake with ice cream or chocolate cake.

Raval – For $30.00 you’ll get a 3-course meal and a drink of choice (draft beer, house wine or sangria).  Some items from the dinner menu include pan-seared prawns, butternut squash soup and mushroom croquetas.  As far as entrees, indulge in their polla a la plancha, paella (chicken, chorizo or vegetable) or a hardy burger.  They’ll serve their classic flan and bread pudding for dessert.  You’ll also love their authentic Spanish décor.

Amelia’s Bistro – A favorite here in Paulus Hook! Amelia’s is just steps away from our building so you don’t have to worry about parking or getting an Uber.  They have a fantastic 3-course dinner menu available as well.  We suggest starting with the pan-seared risotto cakes, kale salad or the sprouts and bacon thin flat bread.  For an entrée try the chicken sauvignon, skillet-seared cauliflower or the braised boneless short ribs, yum! End the night with a homemade apple skillet or tiramisu.

Jersey City’s Hottest New Bars for Winter

January 16, 2017

Another cool bar and restaurant has opened in Jersey City!  Pet Shop is the new neighborhood hot-spot that has everything you need: a jukebox, great drinks, food, an attentive staff, a photo booth and monthly events.  This is a unique bar because it serves mostly vegetarian dishes.  At Pet Shop, you’ll find Portobello fingers (parmesan breadcrumb crusted portabella strips served with honey mustard and red pepper aioli), cheese plates, poutine, lentil salad, cauliflower parm, and more.

The inside of Pet Shop is cozy and during the warmer months you can enjoy their outside area.  Wine lovers will also be happy to hear that they serve delicious red, white, and sparkling wines; they even added a wine bar in their basement! During the winter, we suggest their Pinot Nero (cherries, earthy taste at $12.00) or the Monastell ‘Joven’ Vina (dried blackberries at $9.00).  If you’re a beer lover, don’t worry, they have some great choices such as the Morning Glory (IPA) and the Matthias (Amber Ale) from Italy. Pet Shop is owned and operated by long-time Jersey City locals so they know exactly what Jersey City residents are looking for.  This month, Seinfeld fans can look forward to Seinfeld Trivia night on January 24th.

9C Tavern is also a popular neighborhood bar which just reopened this month.  They serve healthy options such as homemade hummus, veggie burgers and much more.  9C is known for their inexpensive drinks and great staff.  Brunch lovers will want to try their “Bloody Irishman” which is a classic Bloody Mary topped with Guinness and candied bacon, phew!

Ice Skating in Jersey City

January 12, 2017

If you’re looking to start 2017 with a healthy and active lifestyle, we have you covered! Do you know that ice skating has many benefits and there are two rinks right here in Jersey City?  Ice skating has been a winter tradition here in Jersey City and the rinks will be open until March.

Some of the benefits include: better balance, improved joint flexibility, helps build leg muscles (similar to yoga or running), aerobic exercise, builds endurance, burns calories (up to 300-600 an hour depending on intensity), relieves stress and is great for your overall mental health since you’re outside getting fresh air and enjoying the company of friends and family.

Newport Skates is an outdoor rink located near Market Village, a residential area in Newport, Jersey City. This rink has a more intimate feel and you’ll also get a nice glimpse of the New York City skyline.  They also offer private lessons for anyone looking to step-up their skating game.  After your workout, you can head over to Loradella’s for a delicious salad or healthy entrée.

Charles Heger Pershing Field Ice Rink provides rentals, classes and a concession stand where you can buy snacks and warm up with endless hot cocoa.  This is a larger rink than Newport Skates making it a great place for hockey games.  A great bonus about this rink is that they offer free sessions with paid entry price! Lucky for you, after you work-up an appetite you can head over to Andrea Salumeria which is right around the corner from the rink.  They were recently voted the best sub place in New Jersey! You’ll love their fresh homemade mozzarella.

Jersey City Wins Curbed Cup 2016

January 5, 2017

The winner is in…Jersey City has won the Curbed Cup 2016 challenge and was crowned ‘NYC Neighborhood of The Year’.  This is the first time a neighborhood outside of New York City has won the competition.

For those of you who have never heard of the Curbed Cup, here’s a little background on it.  Curbed puts 16 neighborhoods, head to head over a few weeks in efforts to find the neighborhood of the year.  This year Jersey City went against Greenpoint in Brooklyn, South Village in NYC, Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, and the Financial District in the final round.

Jersey City won this competition because of our short commute to the city, restaurants, bars, strong community, and parks.  Recently they released the 87 Best Bars in New Jersey and Jersey City was on the list 8 times and secured the number one spot with Lucky 7 Tavern.  Other bars on top of the list include Healy’s Tavern, Fox and Crow, The Pet Shop, The Coffee Shop, Dorrian’s Red Hand, O’Hara’s Downtown, and Iron Monkey.  Whether you are looking for a wine bar, tiki bar, gastro-pub, family park or live music, Jersey City has it all.   The opening of White Eagle Hall, a new music venue, to the city also helped to gain us the win.

Some community events you can look forward to are the David Bowie Tribute Party on Sunday, January 8th and the Midnight Market at Harborside Atrium on February 10th (sells out quickly).

Craft Beer Lovers, Unite in Jersey City

December 31, 2016

It might be getting a little colder, but that won’t stop beer lovers from enjoying their favorite alcoholic beverage.  Lucky for you, Departed Soles Brewing Co. is located right in Jersey City.

Departed Soles opened its doors in the Powerhouse Arts District in Jersey City in the summer of 2015.  They are known to have great craft beer and pride themselves on being New Jersey’s first craft brewery offering craft beer with 100% gluten free ingredients.  Their owner studied intensive brewing science and engineering-brewery so he knows what he’s doing.  He believes that beer is “an integral part of American culture, whether it is drinking at BBQ’s, beer pong in college, or tailgating before a game or concert”.

Some of their favorite beers (which aren’t gluten free!) are The Nuggy Monster (a touch of Rye for sweetness, oats for body, plus a hardy hand of nugget hops), Deuces (rich fruity flavor plus a well-balanced bitterness) and their seasonal gluten-free pumpkin beer.

Word on the street is Departed Soles is also dog friendly! The next time you’re taking your pet for a long walk and wishing you could also meet up with your friends for a beer, make sure to check this place out! If you’re looking to spend your New Year’s Eve at Departed Soles, they’ll be open from 2-9pm and open on New Year’s Day from 2-7pm.

You can also pick up beers to-go from Departed Soles if you’d rather enjoy the them in your apartment at The Madox.

Party David Bowie Style in Jersey City

David Bowie fans will want to mark their calendars for the 3rd annual Bowie Birthday Bash at LITM.  This year it will also be a tribute to the first anniversary of his passing.  David Bowie has touched many of our lives with his music and art, and Jersey City has celebrated the famous artist after his death with street art and concerts. Gather your friends and head to one of Jersey City’s favorite bars on January 8th, 2017 for the latest tribute to the deceased rock star.

Attendees will enjoy a live concert at 7pm featuring Bowie tribute band Heroes, a five-piece band from New York City.  Following the performance, they’ll be serving Bowie themed cocktails all night.  You can even have your face painted and pictures taken if you want to post some groovy pictures on social media.  Make sure to wear comfortable shoes because this will turn into a dance party!

LITM is Jersey City’s destination for seasonal cocktails, food, and local art and film.  They have monthly art shows along with film screenings and have had over 100 exhibits.  Every day of the week they have specials such as half-priced wings, happy hour (Mon-Fri), taco Tuesday’s, trivia night and more.  Some of their signature cocktails include basil lemonade, ginger sidecar (a zesty twist on the classic sidecar) and sailor’s dark and stormy (Sailor Jerry rum and ginger beer).  Tasty food options you can indulge in are mac & cheese, steamed mussels, fish tacos and their classic burger.

LITM first opened in 2003 and has received awards such as “Best Casual Restaurant”.  Located right on Newark Ave (Pedestrian Mall), it’s the perfect spot to enjoy food and drinks with the community.  They also have outdoor seating available during the warmer months.

Party of the Century at Taphaus on NYE

December 27, 2016

Looking for a unique and classy event for New Year’s Eve? Taphaus is going to host one of the best parties in North Jersey.  The event is inspired by Truman Capote’s 1966 ‘Party of The Century’.

In 1966, Truman Capote hosted a party for over 500 people at the Grand Ballroom of New York’s Plaza Hotel for the “Black and White Ball”. The guest list included a mix of artists and socialites such as Frank Sinatra, Andy Warhol and Gloria Vanderbilt. It was indeed the party of the century and still talked about today.

For the Jersey City version at Taphaus, tickets are $150.00 and that includes premium open bar from 9-11PM, passed hors d’ oeuvres, unlimited champagne, the best view of Manhattan that Jersey City has to offer and fireworks over the Hudson River.  Some of the past appetizers you can look forward to are shrimp cocktail, lobster rolls, short rib sliders, steak skewers with veggies, crudités and bruschetta.

Taphaus is a unique atmosphere with an extensive 48 tap system featuring some of the best beers in the world.  They have a vast array of innovative food created by celebrity chef Chris Nirschel.  It has a capacity to seat 200 people as well as an amazing outdoor space that seats an additional 100.  Some of their popular menu items include the Haus burger, grilled avocado salad, grilled Bavarian pretzel and gorgonzola bacon burger.

There will also be a photo booth at the event so you’ll have plenty of opotunity to get some souvenirs! Don’t forget to use #partyofthecentury and #NYEJC as your hashtags on December 31st  if you’re sharing on social media.

Space Cantina Party at Liberty Science Center

December 9, 2016

Star Wars lovers unite! The Liberty Science Center is at it again and this time it’s the Space Cantina party on December 15th.  Bring your friends to an after-hours adventure and if you purchase an all-access pass you’ll be getting a screening of Star Wars: Rogue one.  If you’ve been to an LSC After Dark event, you know what a great party it is.

This will be an evening filled with activities such as drone racing, virtual reality games and a mysterious Jedi Quest.  You’ll be able to explore exhibits throughout the building such as the touch tunnel, infinity climber, rock wall and more.  Attendees will also get to experience a new laser Sci-Fi show in their massive IMAX dome theater and a Star Wars themed lightning show with their new Tesla coils.  The dance floor will be open and you can boogie down with the famous Droid, R2-D2.  That’s not all…be prepared to indulge in some delicious Cantina treats and cocktails throughout the night.

If you’ve been practicing your Wookie call leading up to the new movie make sure to put it on social media using #LSCAfterDark and you could win two free tickets to the event and screening of the movie! The winner will be announced on Wednesday, the 14th.  There will also be a Wookie Roar Contest at the Space Cantina Party and prizes for the best space themed costumes.

Good luck Madox residents,  and may the force be with you.

Festive Fun Around Jersey City this December

December 1, 2016

You’ve probably noticed that Jersey City is looking very festive! The Christmas Tree and Menorah are both up on Newark Ave (Pedestrian Mall) and the official lighting will be on Thursday, December 8th.  They’ll have live music by Matty Dee, free treats from Choc O’ Pain and Cookies N’ Crepes and of course Santa will be there! If you can’t make the tree lighting we’ve listed some restaurants that are really decked out this year and sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

South House is probably the most festive restaurant in Jersey City right now.  It’s located right on Newark Ave and looks amazing! They always do a great job decorating for every season.  This restaurant and bar brings “simple southern” to Jersey City by fusing Austin, Texas flavors and the soul of the South.  Their specialty cocktails are farm to glass and they have weekly and monthly live music from some of the best blues bands in the country.  The Rec Room is the perfect space to rent out for a holiday party since it has a full bar, shuffle board and pool tables.  You can enjoy this room any night of the week since it’s open to patrons as well. On December 17th, they’ll be hosting a Bad Santa party which you won’t want to miss.

If you’re in the mood for a rustic and cozy atmosphere, The Hamilton Inn is the place for you! They have beautiful wreaths and lights throughout the restaurant and on the trees outside which gives it a very inviting feel.  It’s hard passing this neighborhood favorite and not stopping in for a drink or bite.  You’ll find weekly specials such as the Lobster Shindig on Tuesdays, half-priced cocktail on Wednesdays, endless happy hour on Thursdays and weekend brunch!

For more festive fun, The Garden Center in Jersey City will also be having free photos with Santa and free cookies and hot cocoa on December 11th.

Holiday Shopping at the Project Market in Jersey City

November 28, 2016

The Jersey City Project will be celebrating their 4th Project: Market on December 3rd and 4th.  This will be a heated outdoor market located in historic downtown Jersey City.  Come join other residents as they kick off the holiday shopping season! Attendees will find local hand-made gifts, DJ’s, food, and drinks. The market also helps to encourage economic growth throughout the community.  Some vendors you’ll find at the event are below.  We can’t wait!

MilkSugarLove – A well-known ice-cream spot in Jersey City which churns delicious ice cream from organic milk and cream and uses the best produce in New Jersey.  At the market they’ll be serving some of their favorite winter flavors which include: S’mores, chocolate peppermint, late night pie, Christmas cake and pumpkin cheesecake.  They will also have their taste French macaroons available.

The Lucky Honey Bee– This company specializes in scented soy candles, beeswax candles, lip balms and custom wedding favors.  They are eco-friendly and hand-crafted.  Most candles are also in recycled glass apothecary jars.  LHB uses domestically grown wax from soybeans and beeswax sourced locally from New York State.  You can also find them in select shops in New Jersey.

Turnstyle Art– An elementary art teacher and upcycle artist in the area who has become a favorite at the markets.  Her work is very eccentric and unique just like Jersey City. She will be selling custom Jersey City ornaments along with other fun stuff on Saturday, December 3rd.  She specializes in etched glass pieces and was even featured on HGTV.com.

Unique Holiday Shopping in Jersey City

November 25, 2016

With the holidays approaching, you may be wondering where you can get some unique and thoughtful gifts for your friends and loved ones.  Lucky for you, Jersey City has some awesome shops! Whether you’re looking for handmade candles, clothes, records, coffee mugs, chocolates or a gift certificate…this city has it all!

Kanibal & Co. – Kanibal & Co. is a lifestyle store located in downtown Jersey City, which is comprised of refurbished vintage furniture, funky home décor, apparel and gift items.  They opened in 2009 under Kanibal & Home but in recent years they have collaborated with local talent hence the name change.  There is something for everyone at this store and they even do classes and workshops. This November they will have 2 classes taught by local artists.  On November 3rd, you can join TurnstyleART for an evening of glass etching and hip hop.  Each participant will etch two rap-themed ornaments (which could be a cute gift as well). On November 9th, you can join their plant workshop where you’ll learn the art of making Kokedama.

Another Man’s Treasure – One of our favorite thrift stores in the area! The store was established in 2006 and has been included in both USA Today and Elle.com as the best places to shop vintage in America.  Refinery 29 even listed them as one of the 25 reasons to move to New Jersey! Our apartment complex is just minutes away from this gem and you can pick up some great gifts for the holidays.

L’atelier Du Chocolate – This place serves the best gourmet chocolates in Jersey City.  If any friends or family are truffle lovers, then pick up a box for them here! They won’t be disappointed.  They also serve freshly baked croissants in the morning, which pairs nicely with their flavorful lattes.

Iris Records – The perfect store for all those music lovers in your life.  They have an interesting assortment of new vinyl, dollar record selections and a knowledgeable owner who can point you in the right direction of finding the perfect record for someone special in your life.

Jersey City’s Friendsgiving

November 22, 2016

This year you can be a part of Jersey City’s first Friendsgiving party at the beautiful and unique Cathedral Hall.  Local celebrities Chicpeajc and HayOner will host the event and are known to throw the best parties in the Hudson County. It’ll be a fun dance party with DJ Stadium Status spinning all night.

Cathedral Hall, managed by Fourth Street Arts, is a non-profit geared towards fostering the arts and live music in Jersey City.  It maintains the original majesty and gander while serving as an event venue. Many popular events have been held at the space, such as the first annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival which took place in September and showcased 20 bands.

If you get there early (9-11pm) you can enjoy free appetizers by Whealth and a complimentary whisky tasting by Misunderstood Whisky.

Whealth was founded in 2014 with a mission is to connect the community through delicious healthy eating and cooking.  Over the past two years, Whealth has grown from offering pop-up dinners and hosting private events to opening their own café in Jersey City and catering large events around NJ.

Misunderstood Whisky, founded in 2013, crafts one of a kind whiskeys such as their popular ginger spiced whisky; perfect for the holiday season. Not a whiskey drinker? Don’t fret. Ciroq vodka will be offering an array of seasonal cocktails.

Join the community in celebrating the holiday season! For more information about the event and how purchase tickets, visit here.

Speakeasy at Liberty Science Center

November 16, 2016

LSC After Dark is at it again! Bring your friends to an after-hours event at Liberty Science Center.  On Thursday, November 17th you’ll travel back in time at their “Science Speakeasy”.

At this event, you’ll meet expert whiskey distillers, taste their products and learn about the science behind this popular spirit from Jersey Wine and Spirits located in Jersey City.  They opened in 2008 after a large-scale renovation of what used to be Willies Liquor (established in the 1940’s).  You’ll find a vibrant crowd and weekly tastings at their store.

Attendees will also find a casino with blackjack, roulette, Texas hold’em and more. They are also encouraged to dress up in 1920’s-inspired outfits.  The LSC team will be giving out awesome prizes for the best-dressed guests, so dress swanky, baby doll!

There will also be a secret stage that can only be found by following clues throughout the venue.  Once you find the stage, you’ll get to experience an enlightening underground tech performance.  But wait, there’s MORE…you’ll get to also experience a new laser show in their massive IMAX Dome Theater and explore exhibits throughout the Science Center such as the touch tunnel, infinity climber, rock wall and more. These exhibits are open year-round, but they’re great to take advantage of when there’s no lines or children around. 😉

Tickets are $20.00 which is a great price compared to an upcoming Great Gatsby party in New York City which are selling for $95.00 (they don’t even have a casino!)  Only in Jersey City will you find something this unique and fun, not too far from your apartment here at Madox.

Matthews Food and Drink Opens in Jersey City

November 3, 2016

Another great restaurant has opened in Jersey City!  Mathews Food and Drink is the new hot spot in the area and we can’t wait to check it out.  You may have seen some of their signature drinks floating around social media such as their 80’s glam drink which is a fancy cocktail with confetti froth.  It also looks AND taste delicious from what we’ve heard.

The establishment was opened by the same owners of White Star Bar which is a very popular restaurant in Jersey City.  If you haven’t been here, you’ll want to add that to your to-do list!  It’s a casual restaurant and craft cocktail bar that has one of the best burgers in the city.  They use meat from Pat LaFrieda, bread from Balthazar and the freshest local veggies in New Jersey.  They have two locations in Jersey City because they are that good!

Mathews will be in the former La Conguita space and has received a nice redesign with a modern and spacious look.  Their cocktail menu was created by Cody Goldstein who is the founder of Muddling Memories.  They are a cocktail and bar consulting firm based out of New York City and know their stuff! We also heard that the Fisherman’s Stew is a must if you’re a seafood lover.  It’s a rich, seafood stew served in lobster broth and includes mussels, cod, crab, shrimp and clams.  Meat lovers will be happy to hear they have a nice grilled hanger steak which is served with crispy potato wedges, roasted tomato and chimichurri. Mathew’s also serves a vegan 5 Bean Cassoulet.

Midnight Market in Jersey City

October 27, 2016

The holidays are right around the corner.  Make sure to mark your calendar for Jersey City’s first indoor night market on November 4th from 6:30pm-midnight at the Harborside Atrium.  This is a 21+ event and just a $5.00 cover.  At the market you’ll find cheap, delicious bites and tasty cocktails.  It’s the perfect event to attend with some friends and pick up some unique holiday gifts.  Some vendors we are excited to try are:

Taste of Poland – As the weather starts to get a little colder you’ll want some warm food in your life.  Don’t miss this booth and their excellent home-made Polish food (pierogis, kielbasa, zapiekanka, stuffed cabbage, ect).  They also have a store in Jersey City where they sell/serve all their wonderful food.

Baonanas – The newest dessert craze is right here in Jersey City! This yummy treat is a mixture of wafers, fresh bananas and a light fluffy pudding.  If you’re a fan of banana pudding you’ll LOVE this.  Some of their popular flavors are french toast, matcha, s’mores and espresso.

Grandma Downtown – Bread lovers….do not miss this booth! She uses seasonal and fresh ingredients and has been a hit in Jersey City for years.  Some of her classic rolls include; sausage and rabe, sausage with peppers and onions, chicken cutlet and roasted red peppers and she also has vegetarian and gluten free options.  You can find Grandma Downtown at most of the Jersey City markets and she also does catering.

Waffle & Co. – If you’ve been to any of the farmer’s markets in Jersey City then you know that Waffle & Co. serves delicious treats! Whether you like plain waffles or waffles topped with fruit, Nutella or ice cream, they have it all! Waffle & Co uses the freshest ingredients to create waffles that “fill your belly and warm your heart”.

New Jersey City Restaurants

October 26, 2016

Jersey City has two more great restaurants to brag about!

You can enjoy Oktoberfest whenever you’d like now at Wurstbar which recently opened in jersey City.  For their classic “Haus Wursts” you have a choice of beef, frank brat or kielbasa which are topped with kraut, mustard, pickled onions and relish.  They also have signature sausages such as the “Game Day” which includes chicken sausage, buffalo blue cheese sauce, celery ribbons and fried chicken skins.  All of their signature sandwiches can also be substituted with veggie sausages. Poutine might be a classic side dish in Canada, but the Wurstbar perfects these cheese fries! If you’re a beer lover you’ll be happy to hear they have 14 beers on tap, 9 bottled beers and over 20 ciders available.  This simple yet delicious restaurant should be next on your dining list! They also offer delivery.  Their ribbon cutting ceremony will be on November 3rd.

Pet Shop is the new neighborhood bar in downtown Jersey City.  They offer 12 beers on tap and have a nice wine selection.  Their specialty cocktails are also a hit such as “Rosemary’s Bubbly” which is vodka, rosemary agave, lemon and topped with sparkling wine.  You may be surprised that this bar only offers vegetarian bites.  Some of their favorites are roasted beet carpaccio, buffalo cauliflower and the “pulled pork” sandwich which is passion fruit simmered in a homemade BBQ sauce piled on a soft bun and topped with vegan slaw. The inside is hip and eccentric and they also offer outdoor seating.  Come check them out at their ribbon cutting which is on October 27th!

JBF Greens at Mana Contemporary

October 16, 2016

The James Beard Foundation Greens and Mana Wine present a walk around tasting at Mana Contemporary on October 20th.  Guests will enjoy art, wine tastings, beer and exquisite plates from top New Jersey chefs such as Ryan DePersio of Batello, Ruby Felix of Talde and Michael Fiorianti of Satis Bistro.  All three restaurants are very popular in Jersey City and the surrounding area.

Mana Contemporary was founded in 2011 and remains one of the largest and most innovative contemporary art organizations in the United States.  It’s rapidly expanding location here in Jersey City, originally a tobacco warehouse built in 1890, will eventually encompass a footprint of more than two million square feet.

The JBF Greens is geared towards foodies under 40 and the events are usually in the NYC-area.  They are a national not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization based in NYC and are dedicated to celebrating, nurturing and definitely indulging in America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire.

The James Beard Foundation has events all over the United States but it’s no surprise they chose Mana Contemporary in Jersey City to host one of their more intimate affairs.  The foundation is made up of dedicated staff, a strong board of trustees, diverse members and hundreds of volunteers.

Terminal of Terror of Jersey City

October 12, 2016

On October 29th Jersey City will transform the historic Central Railroad of New Jersey (also known as the Communipaw Station) into the Terminal of Terror! This could arguably be the spookiest event of the year in New Jersey.  The event post went viral as soon as Lynn Hazan, owner of ChicpeaJC, posted it on her page. The terminal is right on the Hudson River and overlooks the gorgeous Manhattan skyline.

The Central Railroad of New Jersey was built in 1889, abandoned in 1967 and then added to the NJ Register of Historic Places and incorporated into Liberty State Park.  This historic terminal along with nearby Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty recall the era of massive immigration through the Port of New York and New Jersey.  It is estimated that around 10.5 million entered the country through the station.  With all this history it’s not a shock that the terminal is said to be haunted, making it the perfect venue for a Halloween party! The event is hosted by ChicpeaJC and HayOner and they’ve also collaborated with RDG Restaurant Group who own Raval, Lucky Bar and Satis Bistro.  Some confirmed food trucks are Milk Sugar Love, Pizza-Vita Burger, The Angry Crab and Warrior-NY.

JC Day Trippers will be providing a “spookly shuttle” from Grove Street to the terminal and then back to Grove after the event.  People from NYC have also bought tickets and are making the trip to Jersey City so you know it will be a good one!

Best Fall Restaurants in Jersey City

October 6, 2016

Fall is a lot of people’s favorite time of year because of the foliage, décor, and the delicious food that warms us up inside and out. Jersey City is the perfect place to celebrate autumn with a variety of cuisines and places to dine.  To narrow down the choices, we’ve made a list of the best restaurants to visit this season.

Latham House – This restaurant not only provides tasty food but a beautiful ambiance as well! Huge windows, a rustic décor, comfy chic booths, vintage chandelier light fixtures and a hand crafted wooden bar complete this unique dining experience.  The restaurant is set aside from the other restaurants in Jersey City, so you’ll enjoy a quiet area if that’s what you like.  It’s a classy yet reasonably priced restaurant and their menu is mouth-watering! Some items we suggest off the new dinner menu are chicken pot pie (perfect for a crisp fall evening), nut and autumn squash ravioli and the cast iron mac & cheese which includes 3 upstate cheeses, golden cauliflower and a crispy top.  They also have a brunch menu which includes an out-of-this-world egg sandwich and huevos rancheros.

Light Horse Tavern – This place is definitely a favorite in Jersey City.  With each menu they offer their raw bar which includes the freshest seafood you can get.  LHT offers a brunch, lunch and dinner menu and we must say, their burger is one of the best in the city.   Customers would recommend their steak and eggs, banana bread appetizer and the buckwheat pumpkin pancakes (gluten free). It’s the perfect spot for a fall brunch with friends.  They also have large windows so you can enjoy the tree-lined sidewalks in beautiful Paulus Hook.

Skinners Loft – A charming, upscale restaurant and bar with an enticing menu, craft beers and a quaint rooftop dining area (check it out before it gets too cold).  The inside is decorated with rustic accents making it the perfect fall lunch or dinner spot.  Their menu also changes based on what’s in season so you’ll find the freshest ingredients. Some highly recommended items are the vegan-gluten free lasagna and the pan roasted filet mignon.

New Dining in Jersey City

September 22, 2016

There’s a new tiki-bar in town! Cellar 335 is finally open and we are excited to try this restaurant/bar out.  They are directly below newly revitalized White Eagle Hall along with highly acclaimed Madame Bistro.  Before we get into how awesome this new performance venue is, we’ll talk about their food.  Chef Knott of Cellar 335 brings cool and contemporary dining to Jersey City.  He previously worked at the Saddle River Inn and BLT which are both spectacular restaurants.  They serve Progressive American cuisine with Asian accents and tiki-style cocktails.  The restaurant is also filled with hand painted murals by local Jersey City artists, hip boutique interior and features a wall with living plant life.  Some of their favorites off the menu are Korean style wings, prime skirt steak, tuna roll and the spicy beef noodle. Sunday champagne brunches are soon to come!

Madame Claude Bistro is a very well-known French restaurant in the city.  They own a French wine bar in Hamilton Park and also feature live music on Thursday evenings.  If you love savory crepes and escargot (one of the best we’ve had in a while) than you will want to make a reservation here ASAP! The staff is very friendly and the rustic ambiance is sure to please!

Above both these restaurant’s is the White Hall Eagle.  We heard that this venue looks great and Jersey City never disappoints with live music! They haven’t updated their upcoming events yet but when they do, you can count on us to give you the 411.

Jersey City Fashion Week

September 19, 2016

NY may have been getting all the attention this month, but Jersey City Fashion Week is finally here! It will spotlight some of the most imaginative and talented designers while also celebrating Jersey City’s vibrant social and culture scene.  Throughout the week there will be fashion shows, charity functions, cultural events, cocktail parties and networking receptions.

We’re lucky to live in a city which is an ideal host for fashion week.  We have eccentric bars, restaurants, pedestrian walkways and beautiful serene parks if you want to take a breather from the hustle and bustle.  You can purchase some tickets here for events such as the JCFW meet and greet at Port-O Lounge where you’ll get to meet models, designers and also receive drink specials.  This event is free! On September 22nd you can join the community at Maritime Park where you’ll meet and connect with international and couture designers.

We are really excited to see designers Michi and Noreen Francis hit the stage this year! Michele Walden, is owner designer of Michi and creates knitwear for women.  She uses carefully selected yarns that vary from silks to rayon, wool and linen to make it the perfect fit while being creative and stylish. Noreen Francis is a distinguished designer, stylist and humanitarian.  She raises money to fight global hunger and runs her own business out of “The Store” and donates a portion of her proceeds to MissonProject which is a Jersey City-based organization which Francis founded in 2011 to help orphans and disregarded children all over the world.

Don’t Miss the Bus for JC Day Trippers

September 16, 2016

There’s a funky bus in Jersey City that you can hop on and enjoy fun daytime activities during the weekends and some week days with your friends and family.  The JC Day Trippers mission is simple: provide convenient and affordable transport while initiating and facilitating a unique and unforgettable travel experience.

The name of the bus is “Maggie May” and she’s a hip whip of art on wheels! Inside the bus you’ll find original red leather seats and wood-panel siding.  The bus was painted by local Jersey City artist Norm Kirby.  It also comes equipped with A/C, free Wi-Fi, USB charging stations and a bike rack. Maggie May has space for 41 Day Trippers.

Enough about the bus, let’s talk day trips! There are still 2 day trips planned to Asbury Park on September 17th & 18th.  The weather has been fabulous and now is the best time to visit this beautiful beach.  Asbury Park is very similar to Jersey City because of its hip bar scene and eccentric dining options.  We promise you’ll have a good time here!

The Day Trippers will also have a “lakes and trails” calendar coming for the fall season which includes boating, hiking and possibly a dip in the water depending on the weather and how spontaneous you are.  They also posted on Instagram they will be taking a trip to Mountain Creek on September 24 for their annual Oktoberfest where you’ll find live music, great food and very large beers.

You can book the bus for private events and if you have any fun ideas for day trips feel free to contact them.

Where to Catch the Games in Jersey City

September 8, 2016

Football season is officially in effect! Whether you watch because you love the sport, enjoy the bar food, socializing, or because you’re a part of a fantasy league, you may need some ideas on where to watch the games in Jersey City.

HopsScotch– A German & Belgium inspired pub which has a great selection of craft beers, scotch and TVs making it a great spot for game day.  The burgers and macaroni & cheese are a must when visiting this spacious sports bar.  HopScotch has a lot of screens so patrons can choose to watch different games they have on.  They are known for their great food, service and ambiance.  It’s the perfect place for happy hour and football season.

Zeppelin Hall Biergarten-Not only can you rock out at this eatery but they have huge TV’s, German food and outdoor seating.  We highly recommend their huge German pretzels, ribs, chicken sausage, pierogis and chicken schnitzel.  It’s a great place to relax and enjoy the games.  The space is huge so it’s never overly packed.

O’Hara’s Sports Bar– This is a large pub which offers a large menu of beers, burgers, ribs and more.  If you love trivia, this is your spot! They also have 5 TV’s directly above the bar so your eyes can be glued to the screens without anyone getting in your way.  O’ Hara’s has an outdoor section which is enjoyable during the autumn months.  Some food options we suggest are the stuffed burgers with waffle fries, pizza balls, fried pickle spears and wings.

All About Downtown in Jersey City

September 7, 2016

The All About Downtown Street Fair is one of our favorite events in Jersey City.  It began in 2011 and featured over a hundred vendors selling all sorts of products ranging from handmade jewelry to one of a kind handmade art work.  The event also attracts top food trucks from all over the tristate so make sure to come hungry!

Some of our favorite vendors attending this year are Grandma Downtown, Geek Boy Press, Greeving Cards, Oh Honey and much more!

Grandma Downtown has the best bread in Jersey City! Whether you’re looking for gluten free, dairy free or just fantastic bread options, this woman has it all! She is at most events in Jersey City and is a crowd pleaser.  You can also bring her bread rolls home and freeze them for your next event.

Geek Boy Press is a newer company which makes printed promotional items such as magnets, sweatshirts and signs.  You can find them on Etsy, but if you need any pre-printed gear just visit their booth! Geek Boy Press is a well-trusted company and we can’t wait to see them at the fair.

Greeving Cards has already hit 15,000 followers on Instagram.  This is a booth you do not want to miss! It’s the perfect place to stock up on cards and apparel with funny memes and animals for the upcoming holidays.

Oh Honey has the best honey in the world (in our opinion).  Stop by and get a mini-jar of their delicious honey which makes a great gift for a friend or family member…. or yourself!

BBQ Around Jersey City in September

August 26, 2016

The 7th annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival is just a month away! Now is the time to mark your calendar since it can be hard to keep up with all the events going on in Jersey City this September.  In the past, this event featured BBQ at Legal Beans, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Jimmy’s BBQ and we can only assume that this year Hamilton Pork will have their own tent serving delicious food and drinks.

Hamilton Pork offers Texas style BBQ plates, sandwiches, tacos, signature cocktails and great beer selections.  You can enjoy their rustic indoor atmosphere or grab a table outside.  The restaurant is also owned and operated by the same gentlemen that own The Hamilton Inn which is super successful and was even listed as one of the best brunch places in the country!

Legal Beans Café is also a great option for BBQ in Jersey City.  They are known for their juicy and tender brisket platter and sandwich.  You can enjoy their colossal platters in the sunny courtyard dining area with friends or have it delivered right to your door.  Make sure to try some of their tasty sides such as mac & cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, cornbread and baked beans.

Newport Liberty Half Marathon

August 22, 2016

It’s almost that time of the year! The Newport Liberty Half Marathon is one of the most anticipated events of the year.  With views of New York City, Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Verrazano Bridge and the beautiful Manhattan skyline, there’s no wonder it’s one of the most popular half marathons in the country.  The USATF certified course takes you along the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and across to Liberty State Park which has flat terrain.  Previous runners have expressed how organized and low key the event was compared to other marathons.

Plan for a post-race celebration at Newport Town Square with refreshments, local beer, live music and a drawing for cool prices.  Not only is it a fun marathon to be a part of but $3,000 in award money will be offered to winning runners in each category.  Proceeds from the race will also be donated to the Jersey City Medical Center.  All runners will also receive finisher medals and bragging rights for a year that they completed the run!

On the website you’ll see that headphones aren’t allowed but we found that most people do wear them. However, if you’re competing for 1st place the officials may be a little stricter once you cross the line.  The actual date for the run is September 18th so you still have time to register and quickly train.  Newport is just minutes from Manhattan via the PATH train and faces the Hudson River.  The community offers shopping, parks (Newport Green is our favorite), dining, bars and over five million square feet of office space to more than 20,000 professionals.

Fox & Crow in Jersey City

August 15, 2016

Fox & Crow is a pub and parlor In Jersey City Heights.  It’s very well-known throughout the city for their music, ambiance and great food.  They have a great music line-up for August and if you’re a craft beer lover, this will be your new spot…if it isn’t already.

Their specialties, food-wise, are hand cut pub fries, wings and burgers.  All the food is gastro-pub style and will not disappoint.  Two of our favorites are the “Old Blue”, a perfectly cooked burger (to your liking) with flavorful blue cheese and bacon marmalade and the “Krabby Patty”, a fresh crab patty, Asian slaw and fresh cilantro.  Every Tuesday Fox & Crow also has “Taco Tuesday” where they offer tuna, chicken and steak tacos all under $12.00

If you have a sweet tooth AND love craft beer, you’ll love their alcohol infused “desert menu” such as the root beer float (not your Father’s root beer, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream) and the chocolate stout float which is a rich chocolate beer, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

As far as music, below is the list of performers for the remainder of August:

  • Seth Walker (8/19/16) – this blues artist is so good he took up a residency in New Orleans.
  • Walter Parks & Bryan Beninghove (8/20/16) – Bryan started the Riverview Jazz Festival and Walter is a song writer, vocalist, guitarist and bassist who lives in Jersey City.  They make a great duo!
  • KJ Denhert (8/26/16) – she’s an urban folk and jazz artist with a whole lot of funk! KJ was named one of the best female vocalist in 2009 and has won 4 Independent Music Awards.
  • MurchChurch Organ Trio (8/27/16) – an organ trio is a group of 3 jazz musicians (organ, drummer and jazz guitarist).  You don’t want to miss this performance.

Liberty Science Center “After Dark” Parties

August 8, 2016

As some of you may have heard, Chicpeajc has been named the ambassador for Liberty Science Center After Dark.  Every third Thursday of the month there will be a 21 + party and each month they’ll have new DJ’s, music and a different theme. And of course, it wouldn’t be a party at Liberty Science Center without a laser show! This is definitely one of the highlights of the event and the first laser show is one you don’t want to miss! Chicpeajc also promises some surprises but hasn’t given anything away yet….

LSC After Dark is a great way for adults to be carefree for a couple hours and enjoy “play time” with their friends and family.  Party goers can move from one exhibit to another such as the touch tunnel, infinity climber, rock wall and more.

The first event will be held on August 18th from 6-10pm and the theme is “Dancing with Drones” where you’ll get to experience real drones flying above as you dance to DJ Stadium Status (often at Transmission, Dull Boy and Porta) and HayOner will be the MC for the evening.  There will also be a drone race in the atrium and obviously there will be “dronie” photos taken all night.  As we mentioned before, the laser show for this event is going to be awesome! Are you ready? It’s an all Prince tribute in the massive IMAX Dome Theater.  Wear your favorite purple attire and get ready to dance to some of his classic hits such as “1999” and “Kiss”.

Jazz for Lunch in Jersey City

August 1, 2016

Jersey City never falls short of live music performances.  We still have two more months of the Jazz for Lunch free concert series which runs through September.  It takes place from 12-2pm every Thursday at J. Owen Grundy Pier on the Hudson River which has a beautiful pavilion, picnic tables and of course spectacular views of New York City.  Below are the four performers for the month of August.

Richard Reiter Jazz Quartet – Richard Reiter is a musician, band leader and EMMY Award winning composer.  Sit back and relax as you enjoy some smooth jazz.

The Funky Organics – These guys are awesome! They’re a Soul Jazz, Blues and Funk band playing soulful music which was inspired by the 60’s. The band consists of a 2 horn front line, backed by organ, guitar and drums.  They are all regulars on the New York club and recording scene.

Bryan Beninghove – Bryan is a part of the Jersey City band Manouche Bag which has been performing for six years every Thursday at Madame Claude Café (now Bistro) in Jersey City.  They also play many weddings and private parties all over the county.  Bryan is also the President and director of RiverviewJazz.org.  This guy knows his stuff!

Wilma Ann and the Jazz Disciples – Jazz music lovers unite! You’ll love Wilma Ann’s voice and the sounds of the piano, saxophone and drums. You may have seen them at local Jersey City venues such as Port-O Lounge.

Summer Bucket List in Jersey City

July 26, 2016

There’s many events to still look forward to in Jersey City as we approach the month of August. It’s hard to keep track of all the happenings in Jersey City so we thought we would help you out by listing some fun upcoming events in our city.

La Festa Italiana –A week of fun, delicious food, drinks and live entertainment.  This is one of the biggest events in Jersey City and brings in thousands of people. We can’t wait to indulge in some Italian food and drinks!

Jazz for Lunch – What’s better than a picnic at J. Owen Grundy Pier? Free jazz on the pier during your picnic! August looks like it has a great line up with some talented jazz acts.

Free Outdoor Yoga– Enjoy the last free outdoor yoga on August 20th at J. Owen Grundy Park.  Bring your mat, towel, water and don’t forget your sunscreen! This is a perfect way to start your Saturday and enjoy beautiful views of Manhattan.

Rock Transmission with Mule Kick– Come rock out at Transmission on July 27th with Jersey City’s first resident band.  Members of the band have performed with Adele, Guns N’ Roses, Lenny Kravitz and The Black Crowes.

Food Truck Festival – The Jersey City Rotary Food Truck & Music Festival is a free event at Exchange Place Plaza featuring the best food trucks from the Tri-State area and beyond, live entertainment and arts & craft vendors. Come hungry!

Outdoor Music Festival in Jersey City

July 19, 2016

It’s festival season and Jersey City does not disappoint this summer.  This Saturday, July 23rd, Chickpeajc and HayOner Present Forever Young: An Outdoor Music Festival in JC.  It is a celebration of arts and culture and will be the first of an annual festival showcasing local artists and vendors. This event aims to bring together a diverse community with a wide range of music and activities that allow people to let loose, have fun, and get to know each other.

 

This festival is for people ages 18+ and will feature local musicians from all genres.  There will be a host of bands but some confirmed acts are 7 TRiiiBES if you’re into hip hop, JC’s own rock and roll star Debra Devi, Bodega Dream which is a fusion of Hip Hop Indie Rock and Afropunk, and a bunch of DJ’s spinning awesome music you can dance to all night.  Make sure you go hungry because there will be food trucks and vendors like Left Bank Burger and Milk Sugar Love if you want to beat the heat with some delicious homemade ice cream.  Other vendors include Taproot Organics, House of Gains, 90s Hip Hop Junkie, Ed Harbison, and Villainous NY.

 

This event takes place from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM in Liberty State Park at The Pop Up Project at 1 Edward Hart.  The Pop Up Project is a beer garden for all you craft beer fans and will serve other cocktails and spirits.  This venue hosts special events like the Forever Young Festival and each weekend from Friday to Sunday they have food trucks, live music and art installations.

Beach Party at the Jersey City Waterfront

July 13, 2016

Enjoy views of the Manhattan skyline along with live music and food vendors at the 14th Annual Newport Green Beach Party.  The weather forecast looks great and based on the previous years, it’s an event the whole Jersey City community enjoys being a part of. Guests are invited to purchase dinner from local restaurants which will set up around 5:30.

Some of the participating restaurants are: Cosi, Raaz, Loradella’s and Bwe Kafe.  Last year Raaz, an Indian restaurant, was a big hit with guests who waited patiently for their famous chili chicken and chicken kebab.  Bwe Kafe opened in 2013 and serves delicious Haitian coffee and treats to both Hoboken and Jersey City.  Hopefully they’ll have some iced coffee available! Loradella’s will be serving their tasty pizza while Cosi will most likely serve sandwiches and salads.

Get there early and bring your blanket so you can sit enjoy over 8,000 square feet of authentic sand, dozens of Adirondack chairs and umbrellas while listening to The Fuzzy Lemons and the Benjamin’s.  The Fuzzy Lemons are more geared towards kids but the Benjamin’s perform over 200 shows and events per year at some of the Tri-States hottest bars and clubs.  They are full of energy and cover songs from all different eras, but focus on the most current and popular songs out today.

Summer Ice Cream in Jersey City

July 11, 2016

What’s more satisfying than ice cream on a warm summer’s day? Jersey City has some of the best and unique ice cream spots in Hudson County.  Whether you’re looking for ice cream sandwiches, interesting flavors, ice cream cakes or vegan/gluten free/nondairy options, we have it all! Each of the following stores are special in their own way (and delicious).

Torico’s has been a neighborhood favorite since 1986.  They usually have a line formed out the door but its quick and worth the wait! Torico’s has been recognized by publications such as The New York Times for their 65 homemade flavors, fresh and natural ingredients and customer service.  Some of their favorites are green tea, coconut cream, pistachio, strawberry cheesecake and their passion fruit sorbet which is perfect for summer.  They also sell birthday cakes.

Milk Sugar Love churns delicious ice cream made from organic milk and cream and they use all fresh New Jersey produce for their unique ice cream flavors.  MSL prides themselves by working with farmers and local artisan producers to create fresh and delicious desserts.  In 2013 their chocolate peppermint ice cream was named one of the best dishes of the year by Pete Genovesse of The Star Ledger.  They serve specialty flavors such as honey cornflake, bacon breakfast, carrot cake, rose pistachio and beer’n’pretzels.  Their ice cream sandwiches are also a hit.  If you loved fruity pebbles as a kid than you’ll want to try their fruity pebble mac daddy!

Bucket & Bay Craft Gelato Co has been committed to creating eccentric and fresh flavors since they opened.  The owners make sure they use the best ingredients possible and only products they love.  Bucket & Bay uses 100% grass-fed milk and this shop is unique because they serve alcohol infused gelato! Some of the local favorites are black label vanilla (alcohol infused), strawberry & port (alcohol infused), rose latte and toasted coconut.  Check out their website for upcoming gelato making classes and private events.

Where to Find the Best Lobster in Jersey City

July 1, 2016

Summer is the season for beaches, sun, cocktails, and of course lobster.  Luckily Jersey City has some amazing places to get your lobster fix.

 

Surf City has all the above with their summer Lobster Fest.  This venue is located directly on the water with incredible views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty and boasts a beachfront, a full service bar, and fire pits at night.  Surf City’s lobster fest started June 30th and will run until July 10th featuring a dozen lobster dishes.

 

Lobster nights are now being offered at two other restaurants in Jersey City as well.  If you have a case of the Mondays then Amelia’s Bistro has the cure.  With a purchase of any cocktail from their specialty drink list you can get a 1¼ pound lobster.  Hamilton Inn is your spot for Tuesday nights with their lobster shindig.  For $21 for one or $38 for two you get a 1¼ pound lobster, corn, and potatoes.

 

If you’re craving a delicious lobster roll then hit up The Angry Crab.  The Angry Crab is a food truck based in Jersey City and travels to different locations everyday.  They are known for their roll that is stuffed with juicy tender pieces of lobster tails that are spiced perfectly leaving an explosion of flavor in your mouth.  They have a large following so be prepared to see a line but know they are completely worth the wait!  Follow them on Twitter @theAngryCrabNJ or check out their website.  Another great place for a lobster roll is Just BeClaws which serves Southern cuisine with a Vietnamese influence in downtown Jersey City.  They offer a nice Cajun twist by cooking their lobster lightly in butter, as opposed to mayonnaise, and using spices that give it a nice kick and its wow factor.  Just BeClaws also serves lobster by the pound if a roll just won’t cut it.  Go to their website for their full menu and details on hours and location.

Starting a Food Business in Jersey City

June 28, 2016

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own food establishment right here in Jersey City? Hudson Kitchen presents Table Talk Live which is a networking event for the food community.  The event was created to celebrate successful businesses, answer questions about the food business and create opportunities for collaborations for residents of Jersey City and surrounding areas.

At Table Talk Live you’ll learn tips on how to market a food business through “Beyond the Plate: How to be seen, heard and remembered” which a series of interactive small informative sessions.  Guests will also be able to network with restaurant owners, food truck operators, entrepreneurs, farmers and food bloggers. You’ll sample delicious food from local vendors and enjoy live music and specialty cocktails.  Not only will you munch on some of the best food Jersey City has to offer, but you’ll learn a lot. Creative foodies will instruct you on how to take amazing food photos, the art of creating the perfect culinary video and tips on pairing food and beverages.  You’ll be gaining new followers in no time!

Some of the confirmed food experts that will be at the event are Emily Catalano from Highly Social Media, which is a PR firm that specializes in helping food businesses tell their stories in an entertaining and creative way.  Carl Di Falco will also be at the live talk.  He hosts a food and cooking series called Cara’s Cucina which is very popular on the internet.  For all the photographers out there, you’ll be happy to know that William F. Spencer who owns a company that specializes in food photography will be present! He’ll inform guests on the best social media strategies for restaurants.

Summer on Newark Ave in Jersey City

June 24, 2016

Jersey City’s Newark Avenue perfectly captures the essence of our city and the spirit of summer.  People are always outside dining and having a great time and the sunset hits the strip just perfectly.  No matter what time of the day or week, people are always out and about enjoying the outside dining and round tables set up for pedestrians. The street is closed off for cars and they even painted a huge Jersey City-themed Monopoly board on the street which adds color and has been attracting a lot of attention.

Whether you like Italian, traditionally American, Thai, Portuguese, Spanish tapas or Southern comfort, this avenue has it all! People from New York City are even taking the commute to Jersey City to experience what we have to offer.  Some of our favorites on Newark Ave are South House, Skinners Loft and Ravel.

South House is a favorite during the summer.  With their outdoor dining, live music and lounge area downstairs which includes shuffle board and pool, it’s a crowd pleaser.  It’s the perfect ambiance for a Thursday night happy hour or weekend fun.

Ravel is a traditional Spanish tapas bar and their chefs spent a few months in Barcelona studying their culture and food so you know it’s legit! They have a great happy hour Tuesday-Sunday 5-10pm where they serve $5.00 drinks.  We’ve been there, and have to say, the pours are pretty big too! Try their mushroom croquettes! Trust us.

Skinners Loft has a great brunch menu and they serve a complimentary basket filled with homemade biscuits and muffins.  These pastries are guaranteed to bring you back every weekend!

First Day of Summer in Jersey City

June 20, 2016

June 20th marks the first day of summer. It’s also the summer solstice and there’s many ways to celebrate the longest day of the year in Jersey City.

In Sweden, it’s tradition to eat your way through the entire day of the summer solstice. This sounds like one tradition that won’t be a problem as a Jersey City resident.  Maybe some of you even took the day off!  We recommend heading over to the Grove Street farmers market and picking up some fresh fish, veggies and potatoes. They also have a great selection on organic chicken and beef.  A lot of their meats come pre-seasoned or stuffed which makes it easier for you after work.  They do all the hard work and you simply bake or pan sear.

Another idea is to stop at the farmers market with a picnic basket/cooler and head to one of Jersey City’s parks.  Liberty State Park and Newport Green Park are our two favorites.  Liberty State Park has over 20 grills and a large picnic area.  The park offers views of the Statue of Liberty and New York City skyline.  It stays open until 10 so don’t forget to pack a dessert! Newport Green Park is right on the Hudson River and actually has its own beach area. There’s Adirondack chairs set up with umbrellas and you’re allowed to bring food.  If you’re into photography, we suggest bringing your cameras as the area is beautifully landscaped.

Jersey City: Project Eats

June 13, 2016

Calling all foodies! It’s that time of the year again. Project Eats will be back for its third summer in downtown Jersey City. Make sure to mark it in your calendar and tell your friends.  This is one event you won’t want to miss.

The Jersey City Project slogan is “bringing out the best in Jersey City, one project at a time”.  This event clearly represents that motto.   It’s the best of the best from Jersey City and each vendor represents a variety of industries including retail, craft, fine art, jewelry, food, beer & wine and more.  The Jersey City Project has always been proud and reassuring that there’s something for everyone at their events.

Some of our favorite vendors include the Hamilton Inn, Another Man’s Treasure and Taproot Organic.  Did we mention there will also be over 30 food vendors each day?

The Hamilton Inn is a rustic restaurant located in Hamilton Park.  They have an awesome brunch, lunch and dinner menu and make some of the best cocktails in town.  They’ll be serving delicious cocktails all weekend at their booth.  The owners also recently opened up Hamilton Pork which has already become a neighborhood favorite.

Another Man’s Treasure is known to have some of the best vintage clothing in Jersey City.  If you’re looking for some unique finds, make sure to check out their table.

Taproot Organics uses real food to make signature products such as mud masks, soap, shampoo, shave bars, beard balm, deodorants and joint therapy.  They even make a vegan bug repellent that is created from essential oils that repel mosquitoes; something we could all use this summer!

French Bistro in Jersey City

June 6, 2016

Alice Troletto and her husband, Mattias Gustafsson own the best French restaurant in Jersey City.  Madame Claude’s serves classic dishes and signature French cocktails.  They have been reviewed by prestigious papers and food bloggers in the tri-state such as the New York Times, Star Ledger and Jersey Journal.

Recently Madame Claude’s moved from a small location, where they were BYOB, to a larger space at 390 4th Street.   Their new spot is charming, rustic, has beautiful décor and much more seating.  The menu is mostly the same and features favorites such as escargot, steak frites and delicious crepes.  Our favorite is the spicy lamb sausage, mushroom and cream fraiche crepe.  There is also a rumor that an oyster bar is in the works! Mattias is in a jazz band called Manouche Bag and they play live “gypsy jazz” every Thursday night at the restaurant.  Once again they’ll have a lovely outdoor dining area with hanging lights, a cute garden area and great music.

Alice and Mattias also own Madame Claude’s Wine which is a French wine shop in Jersey City.  Sometimes when you walk in you’ll be greeted with live music and complimentary cocktails or wine tastings. It’s the perfect spot to stop at if you’re heading to a party or holiday get-together because they have gift bags and will wrap your bottle nicely. They even have wines labeled for certain occasions so you don’t have to search the store for the perfect champagne for New Year’s Eve or summer crawfish boil.

Summer Towns Near Madox

May 31, 2016

Summer is almost here! New Jersey has beautiful towns and beaches and they’re not too far from the Madox apartment building.

With its small town charm, laid back atmosphere, cute restaurants and beautiful beaches, Stone Harbor offers a fun time for you and your friends and family.  The beaches tend to be a less crowded than most of the Jersey shore and are walking distance to all points of town.  If you love shopping check out 96th street where you’ll find cute boutiques.  For food, stop by Peace A Pizza, which serves chicken parm pizza, macaroni and cheese pizza and of course, amazing plain slices as well. End the evening at Springers Homemade Ice Cream Shop which has been open since 1920.

Belmar is another great NJ town to go if you’re looking for nightlife, a beautiful beach and great food.  Tenth street is home to Avenue Burrito and has some of the best Mexican food in central New Jersey.  If you’re looking for a BYOB restaurant, Ragin’ Cajun is a great option. For vegans, Kaya’s Kitchen, which is in the center of town offers vegan and vegetarian options.  Pier 9 is the best bet if you want live music, great drinks and beautiful views of the bay. Also, Bar A is a great brunch spot and offers cheap drinks, volleyball courts and outdoor tiki bars.

Memorial Day in Jersey City

May 25, 2016

If you’re spending Memorial Day Weekend in Jersey City, there’s plenty to do! We put together a list of activities for the long weekend the are a great way to kick off summer. Hopefully you will get to explore parts of Jersey City you never have before.

Friday, May 27th you can purchase tickets to set sail on a MDW midnight cruise on the Hudson.  This party boat has three floors, food, drinks, world-known DJ’s and indoor and outdoor space.  What a wonderful way to start off the weekend. We wouldn’t be surprised if there was a Memorial Day firework show as well!

Did you know that Jersey City has their own beach? Newport Green is a great spot to spend the afternoon.  The 4 acre park includes a sandy beach with umbrellas and chairs, open land for sports and a spectacular view of the New York City skyline.

Surf City will be opening their doors on May 13th.  We have been waiting for them to re-open since the temperature started going up and restaurants were setting up their outdoor tables again.  This is a neighborhood favorite and also offers beach chairs, umbrellas and sand! They have five bars and one is designated just for tropical drinks.  How good does a Pina colada sound with your feet in the sand and breathtaking views of the city?

William Wall Clubhouse is a floating bar on the Hudson River.  Most people think its members only; but the secret is out…it’s open to the public! Lucky for us, the only way to the boat is the Admiral’s Launch, a United States Coast Guard certified vintage motorboat from Liberty Harbor Marina, right here in Jersey City. The boat fits 40 comfortably and is $18.00 round trip and is not too far from Madox!

Riverview Jazzfest of Jersey City

May 23, 2016

The Riverview Jazzfest will begin on Friday, June 4 in Riverview Fisk Park.  This week long event presents high quality jazz and is free to the public in Jersey City.

The event showcases a diverse range of Jazz, America’s greatest musical art form. The big event of the festival is June 11 and will feature two stages, nine bands, beer provided by BuyRite, food trucks curated by Hudson Kitchen, a vintage flea market by Pacific Flea, family events with JC Families, and a cobblestone artwalk produced by Riverview Neighborhood Association.

While jazz music not be for everyone, the week long festival is still a fun welcome to summer with food and drinks. Located right on the border of Hoboken, above the city, this parks offers great views of the surrounding cities.

Jersey City Farmers’ Markets in May

May 19, 2016

6th Borough Market is a fun, family oriented weekend market in Jersey City. Located right by the Exchange Place path station, this event is a crowd pleaser! We went to the farmer’s market this weekend and enjoyed all the vendors and food trucks present. The 6th Borough Market is the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month.  You’ll find food trucks, handmade vintage jewelry, antique cameras and photos, handmade lotions and soaps, delicious gluten free and non GMO treats and music! The Chopping Block truck was there this weekend offering specials such as jerk chicken and rice, lasagna hotdog (sounds weird but looked delicious!), chicken quesadillas and specialty drinks.  If you’re vegetarian this may not be the truck for you, but 6th Borough Market has food for everyone.  But-A-Cake was also there and was delicious as well!  They also take online orders, Facebook message them for more information! Did we mention this market is just a ten minute walk from our apartment building?

Groove on Grove is probably our favorite farmer’s market in Jersey City.  Mostly because of the live music and awesome vendors.  If you work in the city you may want to get off at Grove Street every Wednesday. JC Fish Stand has beautiful, fresh fish right from Fulton Fish Market.  The scallops are out of this world! $30/per lb and can feed about 3-4 people.  You’ll also find booths with fresh flowers, cheeses and vintage clothing such as Mint Market and Kanibal & Co.

Cinco de Mayo in Jersey City

May 4, 2016

When you think about the start of May, Cinco de Mayo probably pops into your head.  Jersey City has a lot of fun activities (most involve margaritas and food!) that you can be a part of.  Whether you’re looking for a bar crawl, authentic Mexican cuisine or you’d prefer to stay at home and make your own margaritas and tacos in your Madox apartment, we have you covered!

Head to PJ Ryan’s on Thursday May 5th to pick up your pubcrawls.com wristband and map to enjoy all the perks of joining a pub-crawl.  You’ll get discounts on alcohol and be able to sample food from restaurants you have never been to in Jersey City.

If you had a long day at work and feel like enjoy a relaxing meal out then you can check out Taqueria Viva Mexico Kitchen Café which is directly outside of our building.  This cute café is known for their authentic Mexican cuisine.  Some favorite dishes include: grilled Cajun shrimp chilaquiles, chipotle chicken burrito, chicken sopes, steak quesadillas. For our resident vegetarians, they offer veggie enchiladas and quesadillas.   This establishment is also BYOB and does online delivery through Seamless.

Those are two great options for the evening, however, staying at your apartment in comfy clothes with some friends and a home cooked meal sounds amazing too! We have two great recipes if you choose to stay in your apartment.  This chicken and cheese quesadilla sounds absolutely delicious! It’s nice and easy and takes under an hour to prepare.  This recipe makes up to 8 servings so make sure to share! Last but not least, the margarita. These 10 margarita recipes use less sugar and are easy to make!

Groove on Grove in Jersey City

April 25, 2016

Spring is in full swing with tons of people outside breathing in the fresh air and soaking up the sun.  Downtown Jersey City is a great place to find outdoor activities that friends and family can enjoy together.

Starting in May, Groove on Grove will start up again every Wednesday from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Grove Street Path Plaza.  This music series features a wide variety of musicians, performers, local businesses, and sponsors.  Celebrate Jersey City and its diversity with some dancing, food, and live music.  It’s a great place for the kids with activities like face painting, perfect to shop for gifts like jewelry or clothes, or pick up a great organic candle for the apartment.  Many restaurants will set up booths for you to test out there food.  You may discover your new favorite go to spot!

If you want to just to observe and enjoy from afar, there is The Bistro at Grove Square where you can sit outside with a few cocktails and eats while you relax and take in the sights.  The best part about Groove on Grove is that you can partake in the festivities without spending a dollar.  Now you have no excuse to stay in on Wednesdays with free live concerts and entertainers, beautiful weather, and a chance to get to know your neighbors and community.  Get ready to Groove on Grove this May!

Jersey City Earth Day Festivals

April 21, 2016

The 3rd annual Jersey City Earth Day Festival will be held on April 23rd at City Hall.  You’ll be able to engage in interactive and educational workshops along with checking out some of your favorite local Jersey City businesses.  The workshops hope to inspire residents to take action in:

  • Adopting sustainable living practices
  • Protecting your natural resources
  • Responsible buying and consumption of locally provided goods.

Some workshops include; sustainable and green tech projects, wildlife lectures, recycling discussions and composting tutorials.  There will also be live music, community organizations, and arts and crafts vendors.  The past two festivals were a hit so make sure to check this event out!

Last year over 30,000 people attended the Earth Day Festival at Liberty State Park.  It is one of the largest Earth Day events held in New Jersey! With over 100 vendors, you’re sure to find something to inspire you to help make healthy habits.  The LSP Festival will also have live music and delicious food vendors present.

Last but not least, there’s the Earth Day 5k walk/run around Liberty State Park.  It looks like it’s going to be another beautiful weekend in New Jersey as well! After the race refreshments will be served and you can keep the activities going and head over to the Earth Day Festival.

The light rail which is in front of Madox will take you directly to the park so you don’t need to worry about driving and parking, also helping the environment!

Consignment Shopping around Jersey City #BeTheGreen

April 14, 2016

New York City is known for their classy and eccentric sense of style, and Jersey City is quickly becoming a honorary borough in the NY fashion scene.  In honor of Bozzuto’s #BeTheGreen campaign for Earth Day, we put together a list of the best consignment shops since buying vintage clothing is a great way to recycle. No matter what your style is, you’ll be dressed to impress with these shops!

Another Man’s Treasure is right in Jersey City and was stablished in 2006, Another Man’s Treasure has been included in both USA today, and Elle.com‘s best places to shop vintage in America. New items are added to the shop every day, providing its customers with the best vintage clothing – seasonally appropriate and on-trend – at affordable prices is obvious in their selection. Their vintage finds have graced the pages of such noted publications as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, New York Magazine, Time Out NY, & many more.

Buffalo Exchange is probably the most well-known consignment shop throughout New Jersey and New York.  You can buy, sell and trade and this place has everything you’re looking for and more.  Whether its band tees, blazers for work, oversized flannels of funky lightly worn shoes, they have it all! The prices are great and you don’t need an appointment to sell clothing but be prepared to wait at least 30-45 minutes on the weekends.  Don’t worry you can shop around while they go through your stuff J

Beacon’s Closet is also a buy-sell-trade shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  You will find real gems at this place but it is known to be crowded on the weekends.  They do have a website where you can shop online however in-store prices are a little better so we suggest visiting the store.  On their website you’ll also find a blog with fashion ideas.

Eleven Boutique is a very classy consignment shop.  You’ll find expensive name brands like Chanel, Prada and Saint Laurent.  If you’re someone who likes your name brands than you may want to skip the others and head over to this boutique! You can choose between selling on the spot or consignment.

Healthy Living in Jersey City

April 8, 2016

In April, Bozzuto is challenging all of it’s residents to #BeTheGreen, and seek out ways in which they can live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. We’ve found a few local businesses in Jersey City who take this message to heart all year round!

Modern Sage is a healing center and retail store in downtown Jersey City which sells essential oils, meditation classes, acupuncture and reflexology. They recently had a booth at the Jersey City Fitness Fair and sell their vegan makeup both in their store and online. If you’re looking for eco-friendly products, this is a great place to check for some of their unique green products.

Another local company we learned about at the Jersey City Fitness Fair was Bread and Spoon. This local eatery offers all organic produce from sustainable farms and is a great place to pick-up items for cooking or already prepared meals. They also provide customers recipes for making dinners using their fresh ingredients.  The infamous Bambino Chef had a booth set up at the Jersey City Fitness Fair and was a hit with the crowds. You can get more information on her cooking classes online and learn how you can make some delicious healthy meals right in your Madox kitchen.

The Best Vegan & Vegetarian Restaurants in Jersey City

April 5, 2016

Vegans and vegetarians often find themselves searching the Internet for restaurants or markets that can cater to their diet. It can get dull without many options when you’re eating the same things every week but luckily there’s some great spots in Jersey City to spice up your vegan meals! These restaurants aren’t far from The Madox and we’re here to give you the scoop on them!

Subia’s Vegan Café – this is a very popular vegan spot located on Jersey Ave.  We suggest ordering the tempeh sandwich on gluten free bread and green juice to wash it down! Talk about healthy! They also offer vegan sweets which are baked daily.

The Green Radish – this vegan food truck is a crowd pleaser! They also have a “Classic” vegan burger which is a ¼ lb black bean burger sautéed onions, avocado and rosemary fries! Yum! You’ll also want to try their BBQ veggie burger or TLT (tempeh, lettuce and tomato).  Look for their truck this summer!

Sapthaigiri Taste of India – this place is known for their authentic cuisine! They serve both north and southern Indian dishes and offer a breakfast and lunch buffet  J   With over 240 reviews on yelp, you’ll be happy we sent you here! Make sure to try their mango lassi drink as well!

Potatopia – if you love potatoes obviously this will be your favorite on our list! You choose the type of potato (i.e. smashed red skins, curly Cajun fries, tater tots, ect) you want and you can add your own sauces and proteins.

Jersey City Fitness Fair

March 31, 2016

Come by and be a part of Jersey City’s first Fitness Fair hosted by JC Families in front of City Hall!  JC Families was started in 2010 and has been dedicated to serving and supporting families in the Jersey City area.  They host events, classes and have over 3,500 members. Memberships are free and open to public and you can check out their events page for upcoming events such as tennis lessons, dance programs and 5k walks/runs.

Now that it’s finally spring we can enjoy outdoor activities and focus on staying happy and healthy! Make sure to save the date, April 9th, so you can experience health food vendors, specialty hats and shirts from Jersey City vendors and last but not least, a FREE 3 hour work out. With over 25 local businesses participating, you’re sure to find inspiring ways to motivate yourself to exercise or eat healthier.  You will also find restaurants and local shops in Jersey City you may have not known were so health conscience! While you are cruising the booths you can listen to DJ Stadium Status spin some beats. Bring a few neighbors and make an afternoon out of it. 😉

Keep in mind, while the Jersey Fitness Fair is a great way to find new healthy living strategies, our state-of-the-art fitness facility is also always opens for your needs here at Madox. Having your own personal gym right in your own building is a great way to stay motivated and maximize your time!

The Drawing Room in Jersey City

March 24, 2016

Jersey City is filled with creative and artistic people, and there is no lack of creative outlets around our city.  The Drawing Room is a contemporary arts center in the heart of Downtown Jersey City which focuses on individual and group drawings, paintings and print.  The Drawing Rooms offer artist in New Jersey and the New York Metropolitan area 10 rooms where they can connect with one another, network and advance their careers.  If you’re walking around downtown you can walk through the gallery, examine the artwork and purchase pieces that you love.

Victory Hall, where the Drawing Rooms is located, began as an Elks Club Hall and was renovated from 2001 to 2007. It also offers room for theater, spoken word, poetry, film, music and dance events. Each year tens of thousands of people visit the venue!

Their current exhibit is “Project Room Show” which will end on March 27th so you still have time to check it out! The annual Project Room Show allows each artist to turn their gallery room into a unique visual experience for visitors.  Now that it’s officially spring you can enjoy bright watercolor abstractions and elegant fresh pieces of art.  Seven of the nine artists are Jersey City residents.  If you’ll be away the last weekend in March, don’t worry! The Project Room Show is now available online to view and you can purchase original artwork that catches your eye!

Outdoor Eating in Jersey City

March 21, 2016

With spring now here, let’s take a look at some of our favorite restaurants which have outdoor dining around Madox! This month the weather already reached the mid 70’s and people were outside sipping on beverages and enjoying the amazing cuisines of Jersey City. Be one of them at one of these awesome local eateries!

Jersey City takes their outdoor dining very seriously! Most establishments are able to put tables on the sidewalk or have roof top seating available. Porta of Jersey City offers 2 full bars on their roof. It’s a perfect spot to hang out with friends or colleagues.  If you want to stay in Paulus Hook you can walk over to Greene Hook or enjoy Iron Monkey’s rooftop bar as well. They also have a full bar and a very extensive beer list! Some of the best outdoor dining can be found here.

Now that the weather is getting warmer we can look forward to Surf City opening! If you haven’t been here you’re missing out. This “beach megabar” offers 5 full bars and their outdoor bar is right on the Hudson River with amazing views of the city.  You can order a drink and sit there or go over to their beach area and grab a lounge chair!

Pier 13 in Hoboken will also be opening up! The pier offers spectacular views of the city and has a full bar with food trucks.  If it’s a nice day you can take the ferry over from our apartment building and be there in 30 minutes.

Farmers Markets in Jersey City

March 18, 2016

Spring is right around the corner! Lucy for us, we have so much to look forward to here in Jersey City. We’ve been waiting for the farmers markets to come back to all the great parks we have within our city.

By shopping at Jersey City farmers markets, some of the not too far from Madox, residents reduce their carbon footprint by eating locally grown goods.  Healthy shopping is easy with farmers markets open almost every day of the week in spring.  The first of the farmers markets to open is in Van Vorst Park is open on Saturdays from 8am- 3:30pm in April.

If you can’t wait until April to enjoy the fresh air and fresh food, you can head over to the Hudson Farmers Market on Kennedy Boulevard.  They have been providing excellent service for over 25 years.  They are also a garden center, so you can add fresh flowers to your Madox apartment to welcome spring as well.

A local Jersey City resident, Ali, has a website inspiralized.com which can provide you recipes on how to make delicious and healthy meals using the vegetables from the market and her spiralizer machine.  Her site gives you recipes such as zucchini spaghetti with fresh pesto and tomato, butternut squash noodles with chicken, chicken and chickpea broccoli noodle pasta and much more! You can even do a gluten free, paleo or vegan meal plan for $4.99 a week.

Here’s some more information on the Hudson Farmers Market and the spiralizer!

March To-Do List Around The Madox

March 3, 2016

Now is the time to purchase tickets to the 8th annual Food & Wine Festival held at Crystal Springs Resort in Vernon. Have any of our residents ever been here? It’s lovely! They have all different kinds of events such as a pancakes & prosecco breakfast, a marketplace lunch and the champagne brunch.

March is Jersey Shore restaurant month. Check out these restaurants that will be offering prix fixed menus! We suggest checking out the The Bonney Read. The menu sounds delicious and so do their Yelp reviews.  Asbury has some awesome dining options! It’s about an hour away which makes it ideal for a day trip. March 13th is also Asbury’s St. Patrick ’s Day festival.

If you love flowers like we do here at The Madox then you’ll want to visit the orchid show at the New York Botanical Garden. If you want to make a romantic evening of it then you can do Orchid Evenings where they add romantic music and cocktails. This runs until April 17th.

March 3rd-6th is the Armory Art Show at Pier 92 & 94. Established in 1994 and held annually on Piers 92 & 94, The Armory Show is New York’s premier international art fair, showcasing over 200 galleries from around the world. Pier 92 will have mostly Modern artwork while pier 94 will be mostly contemporary. There’s also a Pommery Champagne bar and wines offered by the glass and bottle. Food is also available for purchase!

Wine Riot tickets are also still available for their annual event held on March 4th &5th.  If you’ve been to wine riot and you’d like to try a new event you’re in luck! The Grand Tasting at the Altman Building (135 W. 18th Street) will be held on the evening of March 8th.

What could be the world’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s parade, New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade celebrates Irish culture and the Catholic faith on 5th Avenue from 44th to 79th on March 17th at 11am.  Of course there’s also the Hoboken St. Patrick ’s Day parade as well which will be this Saturday, March 5th.

Art Around Jersey City & Hoboken

March 1, 2016

Art lovers rejoice! Did you know there are galleries all over Hoboken and Jersey City? More than just places to view the latest in the art world, these venues can also be a great place to host a party or fundraising event.

Mana Contemporary in Jersey City has become very successful and proves you don’t need to go into New York City to see famous artwork.  Artists such as Gary Lichtenstein have artwork displayed at Mana and he even stops into the venue here and there to help with creative ideas. They have a restaurant in the building as well so you can stop in for a bit before or after you take a tour.

Barsky Gallery is located on 49 Harrison Street and is a beautiful gallery! They are open from 11am-6pm Wednesday through Sundays.  What’s better than enjoying some brunch and mimosas then heading over for a leisurely afternoon at a relaxing gallery? Barsky Gallery will also be at the Scope New York Art Fair on March 3rd, an art show that changed the landscape of the contemporary art fair industry.  This is a great achievement for this Hoboken gallery and speaks volumes to how successful they’ve been. Make sure to check it out!

Hob’art Gallery is a great place to visit for free art at their monthly art shows which usually start off with food, drinks and nice conversation! They also have classes you can sign up for and occasionally show free films. Free parking is available at the rear of the building on Jackson Street.

Art House Productions is located at 136 Magnolia Ave in Jersey City.  For $6.00 you can enjoy live performances which are intimate and have an underground feel to it. They welcome comedians, poets, artists, spoken word, dance and many other creative outlets.

 

Hosting your Own Oscar Party at Madox

February 25, 2016

It’s that time of year again! The Oscars will be airing this Sunday, February 28th. Here’s are some tips to help you win “Best Oscar Party” for 2016 if you’re thinking of hosting your own party this year at your Madox apartment.

During the Oscars you’ll notice that most of the celebrities are drinking champagne. You can buy an inexpensive gold champagne bucket and ask that each guest/couple bring their own bottle of their favorite champagne or Prosecco. To make clean up easier (also cost effective) you can buy the plastic champagne flutes and jazz them up a bit with gold and silver permanent marker. A martini bar is an easy way to entertain as well. Tito’s vodka is gluten free and a crowd pleaser, perfect for your at-home martini bar. Add some olives, tooth picks and plastic martini glasses and you’re all set!

Another fun idea is to create an Oscar photo booth. You can make cut out Oscars, your own party clappers and of course champagne glasses. Here are some other ideas for your photo booth. Don’t forget about the red carpet! Party City has a 15 foot red carpet runner for just $6.99, the perfect centerpiece for any awards-themed party.

As with any party, most importantly you need some good snacks for your Oscar party You don’t have to be a celebrity chef to keep your guests pleased, so here are some fancy finger food ideas:

Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Food & Drink Buzz in Jersey City

February 18, 2016

Jersey City has long been a hub for food and drink in our area, but it seems there’s more delicious things to come in our city and around Madox! Check out some of the buxx we’ve been hearing about restaurant openings soon to come our way.

The Kitchen Step – Thirty Acres closed but a new restaurant has already moved in and there’s already a lot of anticipation for the opening this week! Ryan DePersio already has very successful restaurants such as Fascino (Montclair), Battello (Jersey City) and Nico Kitchen & Bar (located inside NJPAC).

The Draper is Park & Sixth’s new cocktail lounge located at Washington and York has been open for a couple of weeks and we’ve heard great things about it! They have signature cocktails and small plates making it a great late night spot.

Liberty House will be hosting a cocktail class on 2/17 from 7-9pm. The class will feature vodka (Ketel One) cocktails and appetizers will be provided! The class is $45.00 a person and you can reserve your spot by calling 201-395-0300.

Left Bank Burger announced a burger naming contest for their weekly burger challenges. They’ll post their burger of the week on Instagram and you can post your ideas there for a chance to win free a free burger! Instagram: @LB@_BURGERBAR

Chipotle Mexican Grill is opening this summer in Newport at 525 Washington Boulevard (just steps away from the Pavonia Path station).

Harry Street Coffee is a small new coffee shop (located at 695 Bergen Ave) which serves a variety of teas, coffee and baked goods. This is already becoming a neighborhood hang-out. We are seeing a lot of new coffee shops in Jersey City! No complaints here!

Mardi Gras in Jersey City

February 7, 2016

Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday) is a holiday celebrated as a day of feasting before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent. For all of us who couldn’t make it to New Orleans this year, let’s look at some places and ways we can celebrate here in Jersey City!

First, start off with some southern food! South House will be serving up some special Mardi Gras food and drink specials ($8.00 Hurricanes, $5.00 daiquiris, $5.00 rum drinks and $10.00 Absinthe cocktails). Hurricanes are a classic Fat Tuesday drink which includes lots of rum and fruit juice and is usually served in a large glass. They are so delicious and potent, most places only allow you to have two. Here’s the recipe in case you want to make some back in your apartment after the festivities. If you haven’t been to South House yet, you need to put this on your to-do list! They have live music, great food and drinks and an awesome downstairs rec room with pool tables, darts, shuffle board, vintage sofas and a bar. A perfect place to Celebrate Mardi Gras!

Zeppelin Hall and Biergarten will also be hosting a big party. On Friday and Saturday night there will be live music from Jane’s Rockin’ Country Band starting at 10 p.m. They’ll be serving a crawfish boil, shrimp and grits, gumbo, muffuletta sandwiches, po’ boys, and delicious beignets for dessert. The bar, which has a ton of beers on tap, will be serving Abita beers in honor of Mardi Gras.

HopsScotch will also be serving Shrimp Po Boy sliders and hurricane specials all day .

Make sure if you have a few Hurricanes you call a cab or have a friend who is a designated driver! Luckily, Madox is also in walking distance of most of the locations named above.

Celebrating Chinese New Year around Madox

February 4, 2016

Chinese New Year is China’s most important traditional festival. It is also the most important Chinese celebration for families, relaxing, gift giving and an official public holiday around the world, even in NYC. Besides the typical Chinese take-out, there are a few fun ways you can celebrate the Lunar New Year with Madox as your home base.

Whether you’re traveling into New York City to celebrate, going out to eat or creating your own dishes at home, you’re guaranteed to have fun and enjoy good food and culture! This year the annual New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival will be held at 11am on February 8th, 2016.  The festival includes 600,000 firecrackers, dancers, singers and food vendors and will be held at Sara Roosevelt Park in New York City.  If you couldn’t skip work to attend the festival you can celebrate by going to the Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade: Lion and Dragon Performance which will be held Sunday, February 14th from 1-3:30 pm on Mott Street in Chinatown, NYC.

If crowds aren’t your thing you can enjoy one of many Chinese restaurants in Jersey City! Food King on Newark Ave is known for their boneless BBQ ribs, crispy shrimp, dumplings and they also have vegetarian options available.  Old Peking located at 746 Montgomery St is also a popular spot for shrimp dishes, dumplings and chicken with broccoli.   Hosting your own Chinese New Year party at the apartment is also a great idea! Party City has awesome decorations and we’ve listed some easy recipes you can prepare for your guests! You can also supply your guests with tools and material to do their own paper cutting designs or upside down “good fortune” signs.

Valentine’s Day in Jersey City

January 31, 2016

We came up with three of our favorite restaurants in Jersey City to bring your special someone this Valentine’s Day. If you want to stay home, don’t worry we have you covered for the best places to pick up a delicious meal!

Liberty House Restaurant – Located on the waterfront of Jersey City, Liberty House has AMAZING views of the New York City skyline. You can’t get any more romantic than that! They will be offering a mouth-watering three course menu on Saturday February 13th and 14th. You’ll choose an appetizer such as jumbo shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque or harvest Salad…to name a few. For entrees you will have 9 options which include steaks, pastas or seafood. How good does surf and turf sound? Or maybe brioche-crusted salmon is more up your alley! Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! One of our favorites that they serve is the chocolate fondue for two.

Madame Claude Café – this eccentric BYOB French restaurant is romantic and you’ll feel like you’re dining in France! They have some of the best escargot and crepes the city has to offer! You can stop by their wine store Madame Claude Wine to pick up the perfect bottle of French wine to pair with your meal as well! The café will also be offering a three course Valentine’s Day menu!

Hamilton Inn – we love this classic Italian restaurant in Hamilton Park. The restaurant is dimly lit with candles and serves some of the tastiest Italian food in Hudson County. It’s not too loud making it a perfect spot for a romantic date. They also have delicious cocktails! Enjoy!

If you are staying home this Valentine’s day, the JC Fish stand is offering (2) 8 oz Lobster Tails for $29.99, King Crab Legs for $27.99 and ½ lb. Dry Scallops for $12.95 which you can add to any order. Order by Wednesday, February 10th in the shop or on www.jcfishstand.com.

The Historic Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater of Jersey City

January 28, 2016

One of Jersey City’s most well-known landmarks if the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater, one of the majestic “wonder theaters” built during the roaring 20s around the NYC metropolitan area. Jersey City’s historical theater is the only one still showing movies, and it’s a sight any Jersey City must see while calling our city home.

The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theater opened September 28th, 1929 in Journal Square, Jersey City. The cost of construction was $2 million and on opening day they presented the film Madame X which brought in over 3,000 patrons. The theater had a three segment orchestra pit installed so that it would be capable of live performances along with films.   The lobby of the theater was quite impressive with a grand chandelier and a three story oval entrance. The bathrooms were also one of a kind on the second floor with elaborate decorations and additional space for makeup application and socialization. You can still see the original details and architectural prowess in their lobby today.

The Theatre’s stage was large for its day and acts from Manhattan’s Capitol Theatre regularly toured the Loew’s Jersey. Most of the stars of the early and mid-1930s performed at the Loew’s theater such as Duke Ellington, Bing Crosby, Jean Harlow, Burns and Allen, Bing Crosby, Bill Robinson, Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Cab Calloway.

In 1986 nearby malls had lured away much of the high-end retail business that the area once enjoyed and multi-plex cinemas had taken much of the Loew’s Jersey’s business. The theater closed and there were plans to demolish it and build something new on site. However, being such a historic building, people teamed up and campaigned to save the building and succeeded! The theater was then sold to its current owner, the city of Jersey City.

Restoration took place from 1986-1996 with the help of volunteers who restored the seating and installed projection equipment which allowed them to show films again.

Fun Facts: In 2011 The Strokes shot a music video for their single “Under Cover of Darkness” and the Trans-Siberia Orchestra filmed “The Ghost of Christmas” there as well. Now the theater also serves a popular place for fundraisers, corporate events and weddings.

Thrillist Media Group recently named the theater the most beautiful building in New Jersey!

Hoboken Mutzfest

January 21, 2016

The world famous Hoboken Mutzfest returns Sunday, January 31st. Eight of the cities well-known restaurants will be participating this year! Mutz is a popular word for mozzarella that is used around NJ and NYC. It’s a soft, wet, hand-kneaded cheese. Mutzfest is an annual event that brings the community together and promotes small businesses. Proceeds from the event go to the Hoboken Family Alliance and other community activities such as the Hoboken Bike Camp for individuals with disabilities.

This year’s lineup includes: Losurdo Bros. Deli, Luca Brasi’s Italian Deli, M & P Biancamano, Margaritas Pizza & Café, Rosticeria Da Gigi, Sasso’s Deli, Tony Boloney’s and Vito’s Italian Deli.

There is some serious competition going on between these eateries and M & P Biancamano is known to come out strong with the best mutz in the city! Hudson County is recognized for their amazing Italian food and food critics from all over say that this city does mutz the best.

If you’re a cannoli fanatic you are in luck because there will also be a cannoli eating contest! General admission tickets are $20.00 and free for kids under 12.

The Hoboken Family Alliance is a group dedicated to supporting families and their local community. They are always looking for volunteers if you like to help out with either events, marketing, philanthropy or special events.

Make sure to check out this event which is for a good cause! Who do you think will win the Mutz Contest this year?

Restaurant Weeks around Madox

January 15, 2016

The Hudson County Winter Restaurant Week will kick off on January 25th and run until February 5th, 2016. Diners will be able to experience 3 course lunch and dinner menus at some of the top restaurants in New Jersey. Some restaurants in Hoboken we recommend are Amanda’s (dinner only), Bin 14 and Anthony David’s. Reservations will go quickly so reserve your tables today! This is the 12th year Hudson Restaurant Week will be providing amazing deals!

The New York City Restaurant Week will be running January 18th – February 5th,. They have a huge selection of restaurants in the city offering 3 course meals as well. According to Time Out magazine, some of the top restaurants to go to are; ABC Kitchen, Claudette, French Louie, Hanjan, Khe-yo, Little Park, Root & Bone and Sessanta.

If you want to plan a fun filled evening you can pick your restaurant and look for museums, theaters or events that are going on close to the establishment. If you have not visited the Freedom Tower yet and planned to do so in 2016 then Little Park would be the perfect spot since it is under a mile away!

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre is a well-known theatre in New York City that provides a performance home for hundreds of comedians and live performances. You can start off at Root & Bone for their famous fried chicken and a couple drinks then head over to a show! To check their schedule you can visit their website.

Focus on Yourself at Madox in 2016

January 4, 2016

After a long weekend off, the craziness of shopping during the holidays and the excessive eating, you may be feeling a bit stressed and sluggish.

Take a few moments to yourself and think about your personal goals for 2016. Do you want a new job? Save more money? Spend more time with your family? Try a new hobby or activity? Once you realize what you would like to change or begin you can start working on your goals!

We all know that accomplishing our resolutions is harder than it seems. Some techniques that may help with achieving these goals may be keeping a journal throughout the day and changing your computer password to your goal, i.e., “family” “exercise” “car”. Create systems or ways to reach your goal. If your goal is to get a new job, write down what you will need to do in order to get hired! Maybe you want to apply to 5 jobs a day, work on your resume and practice going over interview questions. If you want to lose 15 pounds in 2016, write down what your weaknesses are whether it’s cutting back on sweets or limiting alcohol consumption to weekends.

Another tactic to help accomplish your goal may be to discuss them with your friends, family members or colleagues. Maybe they can motivate you not to stray away from your goals…or put a little pressure on you.

Printing out copies of your resolutions and posting them on your fridge, keeping a small copy in your wallet or keeping one at your work desk will also help you to stay focused in 2016.

Keep in mind, with our great location next to transportation, commerce, and the city, along with our list of modern amenities, it’s easy to relax in your apartment at Madox and focus on yourself at home. Come take a tour with us this month and see the lifestyle you could start living here in Paulus Hook. Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2016 from Madox!

Mana Contemporary in Jersey City

December 30, 2015

You don’t need to go into New York City to get your fix of fine art. Mana Contemporary, located at 888 Newark Ave, offers tours of fascinating exhibits, local art, poetry readings and wine tastings hosted by some of the best wine experts in the country. Mana Contemporary was a former tobacco warehouse which now provides the perfect space for storing art, wine and exhibit space. It was founded in 2011 and remains one of the most innovative contemporary art organizations in the United States! They also have locations in Chicago and Miami if you ever want to take a trip .

A popular exhibit is Gary Lichtenstein’s who has had a successful 40 year career in the art world. You can find his work at some of the most prestigious art museums in the country and fortunately for Mana, they got a hold of his limited editions prints. You can find his work on the 2nd floor.

Right now Mana Art is focusing on the “Mana Urban Arts Project”. All around Jersey City you’ll find creative street art on walls that were once bare brick. It’s getting a ton of attention around the Jersey City and really brings the community together.

Mana wine is new to Mana Contemporary. This year they launched their program offering public and private events such as dinners, wine tastings, seminars and classes. Their main focus is to enjoy great tasting wines with friends, strangers and colleagues in a “one of a kind setting”.

For more information on the studios and wine tastings, visit http://www.manacontemporary.com/exhibitions-events/

Holiday Eats Around Jersey City

December 23, 2015

Tis the season! If you’re staying in Jersey City this Christmas and need some ideas for lunch or dinner, we have you covered!

Greene Hook will be serving food until 9pm Christmas Eve but will stay open until 11. Come in and try their lamb shank pot pie, enjoy a couple drinks and shuffle board. It doesn’t look like it will be too cold out so you can walk back to the Madox! For more information on the restaurant, you can visit their website.

Sam A.M will also be open Christmas Eve and is beautifully decorated for the holiday season. For reservations and questions about their Christmas Eve menu you can call 201-432-2233.

If you’d like to go somewhere a bit more fancy, try Vu Restaurant which is located in the Hyatt in Jersey City right on the water. Vu offers dishes such as halibut, beef tenderloin, crispy pork belly and they also have vegetarian options. The views are spectacular and they will be open on Christmas day as well.

One of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, Light Horse Tavern, will be open serving their full menu until 10pm.

Of course, if you really want to get into the holiday spirit you could hop on the PATH and take a trip to Rockefeller Center! There you will find ice skating, the famous Christmas tree, dining options and shopping! Another favorite place to visit during this time of year is Serendipity 3.

We hope that you have a happy and healthy Christmas this year!

Holiday Hosting at The Madox

December 16, 2015

Hosting holidays in your apartment at The Madox this December? Whether it’s a fun night with friends or a long night with in-laws, here are some holiday food and drink recipes sure to keep you and your guests toasty!

Not everyone has a home bar ready to go and buying a bunch of bottles can be a hassle. Making a signature drink is something that your friends and family will appreciate and easier for you. It’s also a good idea to make a batch that has no alcohol in it as well, whether it be for kids who come over or friends who have to drive home later.

Most likely your guests will ask if there’s anything they can bring to the gathering. Planning the menu is your right of passage as the host, but if you’re feeling overwhelmed you can designate specific desserts or appetizers to people.  Here’s a list of easy holiday appetizers which look and sound delicious!

Last but not least, if you’re worried about entertaining your guests check out this article for entertaining party games. These options are not as rowdy or sticky as beer pong but not as quite dull as a Bingo Night. The perfect compliment for your chic affair. 😉

Happy Holidays from The Madox!

Winter Workouts at The Madox

December 8, 2015

The winter can often make it difficult to live an active lifestyle. Once 5pm comes it’s already dark and cold so it’s easy to become a bit lazy! The Madox has a fitness center on premise so you don’t even need to go back out into the cold to get a work out! Jersey City also offers a few local classes which have discounted rates on certain days.

At $20.00 a class, yoga can become an expensive hobby but Power flow Yoga in Hoboken often offers free classes taught by new instructors. The classes are at 1:30pm on Saturdays. You can check their website and sign up each week so you are guaranteed a spot!

Mediation is another practice used to help cleanse your mind and body. Jersey City residents can find classes for $10.00 on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-8:30pm at Modern Sage. Perfect after a long day at work!

Here is an article on how yoga and meditation help benefit the brain and body. Try them out this winter, whether you want to practice in your apartment, in our fitness center or at one of our local Jersey City studios!

 

Project: Market – EAT. SHOP. DRINK. Dec 5&6th

December 3, 2015

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, look no more! We are lucky to live in an area with such creative and talented people who care so much about their community. Project: Market is having their 2nd annual anniversary this weekend. December 5th & 6th from 11am-6pm, enjoy a heated outdoor market at City Hall. Hamilton Inn will be whipping up beverages to keep you warm such as spiked eggnog, apple cider bellini’s and bourbon mint tea. Modcup will also be serving their delicious lattes and they will have plenty of coffee to take home! Come hungry and enjoy homemade snacks from your favorite local bakers such as Grandma Downtown and Cocoa Bakery. Project: Market will have mini photo booths and clothing vendors showing off their best stuff! It’s a perfect place to get family, friends or a special someone in your life a great gift for the holidays!

The event is hosted by members of The Jersey City Project who organize outdoor markets and events in downtown Jersey City. All outdoor events are held at City Hall Plaza located at 280 Grove Street. Some past events include Project: Eats and Project: Earth. The organization is made up of long-time Jersey City restaurants, most of whom own businesses. Their goal is to help promote small businesses, local talent and have the community come together for a good cause.

For more information on the organization, you can visit http://www.thejerseycityproject.com/

New Openings in Jersey City

November 30, 2015

Like most great cities, Jersey City is constantly adapting, growing, and improving. In that process, there are some new additions to our city worth checking out!

 Bwe Kafe, a coffee shop with a social mission founded in Hoboken, recently opened their Jersey City location at 140 River Drive South. Bwè Kafe partners with world renowned coffee roasters La Colombe Torrefaction, to serve the highest quality beans, directly sourced from farms all over the world and brewed using perfected extraction methods. Working hand-in-hand with their mission to support the youth of Haiti, all coffee blends served at our coffee shops contain delicious Haitian beans, bursting with unique notes and fresh flavors.

 Dark Side of the Moo, well-known for their exotic meats, opened their first brick and mortar location in the Heights this past weekend at 52 Bowers Street. With fleets of food trucks in Hoboken and Jersey City, their new restaurant is a welcome addition. Specializing in exotic meats and Americana with a twist, they work closely with the local community to source organic produce and find suppliers who use sustainable, ethical farming practices. Their game meats never use antibiotics or growth hormones, and are either farm or pasture raised, never receiving animal based feed.

 And keep an eye out for a couple other places soon to open: Grind Coffee, 360 Communipaw Ave in Bergen-Lafayette is expecting to open December 1st, and The Cheesecake Factory, at Newport Mall, is set to have their Grand Opening on December 8th.

Holiday Markets in Jersey City

November 27, 2015

Holiday Mart kicked off at the Martin Luther King Drive Hub Shopping Center this past Saturday, offering city residents ice skating, live music, food trucks and about 20 different indoor craft vendors. The purpose of the event is to provide local small businesses a venue to make money and promote their businesses during the holiday season.

 Items being sold include: jewelry, candles, clothing, mugs, pillows, and many other gift items! The market will be open on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through December 20th, with upwards to about 40 vendors participating.

 If you don’t find what you’re looking for at the Holiday Mart, never fear, Jersey City is full of places to shop! For a traditional mall experience, visit the three-level Newport Centre in Jersey City for more than 130 stores and four department stores.

 The Jersey City Project celebrates its second anniversary with Project: Market on December 5th and 6th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at City Hall. The heated outdoor market located in the Historic Downtown section of Jersey City will act as a kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Highlighting local, celebrating seasonal, and encouraging economic growth amongst small businesses, Project: Market is definitely the place to shop! With new vendors each day, there’s good reason to spend your weekend in downtown Jersey City.

Winter Workouts at Madox

November 24, 2015

With gym memberships costing anywhere upwards to $100 or more per month, and the impeding winter making trips out of the apartment less frequent, you may be looking for ways to stay in shape without spending a ton or putting on your snow boots. These are some easier alternatives here at Madox!

 Yoga: Requiring little more than a mat (even a rug will do) and some comfortable clothes, this mix of relaxation and physical fitness is one of the easiest workouts to do at home. Familiarize yourself with some basic yoga postures like downward dog or child’s pose; everything you need to know can be found with a quick Google search. If you prefer to follow along with an instructor, check your TV’s OnDemand Fitness channel for some guided routines, purchase a yoga DVD or check out online options such as www.yogadownload.com. There are also some great yoga studios around us in Jersey City, with Yoga Shunya just down the street from us.

 Strength Training: Buy a set of dumbbells that have adjustable weights, a couple resistance bands and any other equipment you think you’ll use, like a pull-up bar, kettle balls and/or an exercise ball. From there, your options are endless – create your own workout routine or find one you like in a fitness magazine. All of these items can be bought on Amazon, sometimes even used for an even cheaper option. You can find many of these items at our on-site gym, but we know there’s nothing quite like the convenience of working out in your own living room.

 And of course, for a good sweat without going outdoors there’s always the option of heading on over to Madox’s state-of-the-art fitness center. Open every day for our residents’ convenience, it’s your best option for a winter workout!

Beginning of the Holiday Season Around Jersey City

November 16, 2015

It’s that time of year again, with fall and winter holidays right around the corner and it’s time to start getting in the spirit! Lucky for us, Jersey City and Paulus Hook make that easy this time of year.

 Starting with Thanksgiving, you can begin your holidays by purchasing one of Choc O Pain’s fantastic Holiday Pies right here in Jersey City. Pre-order selected seasonal items for Thanksgiving and receive 10% off! Orders must be placed before 7:00 pm on November 20th and must be set for pick-up on either 11/25 or 11/26. All other orders will be charged full price. Use the coupon code THANKSGIVING10.

 If you’re interested in participating in some local holiday cheer, on December 3rd from 5-6pm, The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District presents its Annual Historic Downtown Tree Lighting and Menorah Ceremony at the Grove PATH Plaza and Pedestrian Mall. This event is free to attend, with free cookies and pictures available with Santa for young ones…or the young at heart. 😉

 Be sure to also check out HDSID’s Holiday Market on Grave Street this year! Whether you’re looking for a gift for someone who has everything, or something extra special for your loved one, with over 40 different vendors this event will ensure you will find the perfect present. There will be a wide range of unique gifts, vintage, handmade and more! The Holiday Market takes place every Monday & Thursday starting Nov 16th through until December 21st. Head on over to the Holiday Market at Grove St. PATH Plaza from 4-8pm and shop local.

10 Little Known Facts About Jersey City

November 6, 2015

It’s no secret that we at the Madox love our home in Jersey City. Paulus Hook, the neighborhood we call home is both historic and scenic with it’s beautiful Hudson River views. There are so many reasons why more and more people are calling Jersey City home and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular living destinations for young professionals in our area. However, for all that we know about Jersey City, there are still quite a few facts most of us don’t know.

  1. The neon red Colgate clock on the Jersey shoreline is the fourth largest clock in the world with a diameter of 15.24 meters.
  2. Jersey City is one of the most racially diverse cities in the world with non-Hispanic white, Hispanic/Latino, African American, and Asian populations making up close to 25 percent of the total population each.
  3. The Liberty Science Center is home to the nation’s largest IMAX dome theatre.
  4. Jersey City is the oldest town in New Jersey, developing around Bergen Square in 1660.
  5. The area in Jersey City known as “The Heights” is home to some of the country’s most well preserved Victorian mansions.
  6. The Statue of Liberty is actually inside of Jersey City, even though New York still has legal jurisdiction.
  7. Jersey City is the birth city of famed: Martha Stewart, Nathan Lane, and Frank Sinatra’s daughter Nancy Sinatra.
  8. The city carries a few unique nicknames: “Wall Street West,” and “J.C.” and “Chilltown.”
  9. The Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, one of the five Loew’s Wonder Theatres, is the only one located outside of New York City.
  10. Jersey City is unique in that it has one of the most comprehensive transit and transportation systems in the country. Home of the Port Authority PATH Subway System, the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail System, public and private bus lines, The NY Waterway Ferries, the New Jersey Turnpike Extension, the Pulaski Skyway, and the Holland Tunnel to New York City.

Film & Jersey City

October 31, 2015

If you’re a fan of movies and artist events, Jersey City has much for you to enjoy this month! NYC isn’t the only city around here where one can jump-start their career.

On Wednesday, November 4th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, join New Jersey City University (NJCU) for a National Society of Leadership and Success Speaker Broadcast with Jesse Eisenberg live. If you’re unfamiliar with Jesse Eisenberg, he’s an American actor, playwright, author, and humorist. He made his television debut with the comedy-drama series Get Real.

 Jesse will answer your questions, discuss the challenges and joys of a career in both writing and film, pursuing ones passions, and staying true to oneself, and the most important lessons that Jesse has learned throughout his career. The event is free and open to the public. Doors Open at 6:00pm; show starts at 7pm and tickets are available on the event website.

 Later this month, on November 30th from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, The Art House INKubator will host their monthly meeting and annual presentations series. INKubator is an artistic collective of writers, directors and actors whose complementary talents, skills and experience serve to scaffold new scripts in development. At their meetings, they will “test the viability of new work, cultivate productive networks for artistic advancement, expedite the steps from the page to the ultimate medium, and present members and their work to producers and industry professionals.” Membership is free of charge.

Fun for Every Day of the Week in Jersey City

October 30, 2015

Manhattan may get all the limelight, but Jersey City is full of something to do every day of the week as well. If you call The Madox or Jersey City home, here are some fun events you can attend during the week not too far from our doors!

 

Sunday: Sunday Blues – Open Blues Jam from 5-11pm. Collaborate with other musicians and singers at the Brightside Tavern.

 

Monday: Comedy at Two Boots, beginning for the first time this November 2nd from 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm. Come catch this hilarious new comedy series every first Monday of each month; one audience member will win a gift certificate to Two Boots Jersey City.

 

Tuesday: Karaoke at Brightside Tavern from 8:00 pm – 12:00 am. Every week the Brightside turns the mic over to you. Come show off your stuff! And, singers get their 2nd drink on the house.

 

Wednesday: Geeks Who Drink Quiz Night at Pint – is a pub quiz with eight rounds of eight questions each, including a music round, an audio round, and a picture round. Free to play, with prizes for the top two teams and bonus prizes throughout the game. Every Wednesday from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Thursday: Every Thursday the Lincoln Inn in Jersey City Heights hosts a professional blues jam with NY Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Joe Taino. From 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm.

 

Friday: Journal Square Farmers Market, 11am-8pm until December 23rd.

 

Saturday: Meditation Classes 10:30-11:30am. Classes are for beginners and advanced meditators! Bring a pillow or cushion (they do have some for sale or to borrow if you are one of the first there) and enjoy an hour of guided Zen style meditations and visualizations that will help calm your mind and body.

This Weekend in Jersey City

October 23, 2015

If you’re looking for some fun this upcoming weekend, Jersey City will not disappoint. Saturday, October 24th is New Jersey’s Paella Festival. The free festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at City Hall Park. It will feature food, flamenco dancers, musical performances and a cook-off. During the day, 14 professional chefs, representing Venezuela, Chile, Portugal, Mexico, Catalonia, Spain, Cuba, New Jersey and Florida, will prepare paella as part of the semifinals of the International Valencian Paella Contest. The winners will travel to Spain next year to compete in the 2016 International Valencian Paella Contest World Championship – while this may not affect many of our residents, it does mean there will be some pretty delicious food for us to try.

With Halloween approaching, the Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre will be screening various horror films Friday and Saturday. On Friday night, the theater will have a “Werewolf-athon!” featuring screenings of “Werewolf of London,” “The Wolf Man,” and “An American Werewolf in London” starting at 8 p.m. The 1960 black & white film “Horror Hotel” will be screened the following day on Saturday, Oct. 24th at 6:30 p.m. It may be 50+ years old, but this is horror movie is a classic perfect for an October evening. A screening of Wes Craven’s 1984 classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street” will follow at 8:20 p.m. While there may be some great movies out in theaters right now, there’s nothing quite like seeing one of these Halloween favorites at Jersey City’s most historic theater.

Halloween at Home in the Madox

October 19, 2015

Halloween’s no longer just for kids! If you enjoy this spooktacular holiday, there are many different Halloween party ideas you can celebrate right in your Madox apartment.

 Host a Formal Halloween Dinner Party

Enact a dress code requiring your party to don their best Victorian romance for the evening. (At the very least, require basic black with at least one Gothic accessory.) Cook up some spooky foods and desserts – it’s sure to be a great time!

 Make a Seasonal Cocktail (or two)

There are some great recipes for Halloween themed drinks, plus you can get creative using Horror themed glassware, Halloween candy as a drink garnish, and black cocktail napkins and straws.

 DIY Decorations

Stop by a nearby Goodwill, Salvation Army or any of our local thrift stores and pick up a few jars, candleholders, or other small items for decor. Spend a craft night painting them with traditional Halloween colors or patterns. Make this a fun yearly tradition and watch your collection grow!

 Scary Movie Countdown

Pick a list of 10 scary movies to watch with your friends. Narrow your choices by picking a theme like: all black and white, all 90’s horror, all vampire flicks, or some other niche in the horror department. You can host a viewing to watch the movies together or have everyone preview the films on their own. To make the night even better, combine with your dinner party and cocktail idea.

Halloween Around Jersey City

October 14, 2015

For many of us, October is one of best times of the year. Halloween is a big reason for that, with all the candy, crazy costumes, and one of the best party nights of the years. In Jersey City, there are many spooky activities to enjoy in preparation for All Hallow’s Eve, starting with a visit to the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery.

Saturdays in October are great for visiting the Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery. Volunteers work every Saturday from 9am – 1pm, and tours of the grounds, including the underground bunker from the War of 1812, are offered to visitors. Just a 6 block walk from the Grove Street PATH or the Journal Square PATH stations, this is a very special Jersey City landmark being operated and restored by volunteers. Check their website at or their Facebook page for more information.

If you’re looking for some fun on Halloween, the Van Vorst Park Association is hosting an event, “It’s Halloween–Shake your Ghoul Thing,” on the 31st from 7:30-11pm. The party will be held at the haunted Barrow Mansion. The event will be filled with spooky beverages, ghoulish grub, and devilish dancing. Invite your friends or neighbors and make this adults-only party your very own Monster Mash! There will be costume prizes handed out so make sure to dress to the nines. If you sign up before October 20th, they’ll even include a free drink with your ticket purchase!

Jersey City Events in October

October 1, 2015

October is just around the corner, and Jersey City has already got some great events set up for locals to fully enjoy themselves this fall. Kicking it off this October is the Whiskey Festival of New Jersey! With hundreds expected in attendance, the festival will kick off on October 15th from 6:30-9:30pm at Taphaus. They’re offering great deals at $75 per person, $70 per person when you buy 2 tickets, or $65 per person when you buy 4 tickets. Your to ticket to the Whiskey Festival includes access to more than 100 types of whiskey, including bourbon, rye, scotch and more liquors from New York, Tennessee, Kentucky, Scotland, Ireland and other regions. Creative cocktails will be made exclusively for this event, and savory tastings and light bites will be prepared by the Taphaus’s Chef.

From October 16th through the 18th, the Jersey City International Television & Film Festival will take place right here in our city. In addition to showcasing the talents of independent filmmakers and writers, this Festival aims to make Jersey City a place where the arts will flourish and grow, and a place where cultural diversity is championed. It’s growing prominence is making it a must attend for those involved in the industry.

The Festival of Lights Diwali is also happening this October on Saturday the 24th from noon to 6pm. An annual event usually held in October, the Festival of Lights Diwali will be sponsored by the Jersey City Cultural Affairs at Exchange Place, just a short walk away from us at The Madox. The program will include cultural and folk dances, live performances, a live band, children’s activities, delicious food stalls, vendors, henna, face painting, DJ and a raffle. This traditional Indian holiday is expected to draw large crowds as it’s been

 

Fall in Love with Jersey City at The Madox

September 23, 2015

When you feel that first crisp breeze, you know fall is in the air. From warm apple cider to camping trips, there are so many reasons to enjoy fall. Here are some things about the season that will bring out the autumn lover in you.

A favorite fall activity is taking a drive up a tree-lined street or going on a nature hike. To see the canopy of red, gold, and orange leaves is so enchanting. While we are in the middle of a city, Jersey City has plenty of tree-lined streets that change color this time of year. Check out one of our local parks or travel a bit out of town to one of these New Jersey hiking destinations.

Along with the wonderful foliage, fall is a month full of delightful foods. As soon as September rolls around, your taste buds will salivate for all things pumpkin. From lattes to ales, pies to waffles, everything gets a delicious pumpkin makeover. You don’t want to miss these seasonal delights, the most popular of which you can find at our local Starbucks just a short walk away.

Speaking of ale, starting September 25th, with over 50 beers on tap, Oktoberfest will take place at Zeppelin Hall on 297 Grand Street in Jersey City. Along with beer, you can expect German food along with live music from German party bands and contests/giveaways.

 

 

Apple Picking Around Jersey City

September 15, 2015

Apple season is underway! New Jersey orchards are busy prepping for apple picking. Starting September 5th, Demarest Farms in Hillsdale, NJ will be open Monday through Friday, from 3 to 4:30PM, and Saturdays and Sundays from 10AM to 4:30PM for apple picking. Home to more than 14 varieties of pick-your-own apples, Demarest Farms’ admission cost is $5 per person, and that includes hayride, corn maze, and a visit with farm animals. It’s $9 for a bag to hold apples that you can pick.

Ripple Hill Farm in Basking Ridge, NJ is another great option not far from The Madox. On Sundays during September and October they’re open to the public for pick-your-own apples. Ripple Hill Farm grows many varieties of apples throughout the harvesting season. In early September you can pick Macintosh and Gala, while Granny Smith and Stayman Winesaps are available later in the season. You can come out every few weeks to try the different varieties, as each variety has it’s own unique taste and is better for different recipes.

Once you’ve got the apples in hand, there are so many options for delicious treats that you can cook in your beautiful Madox kitchen. For apple pies you want to choose crisp apples that won’t get mushy after being in the oven for an hour. Tart varieties are key since sugar and cinnamon are big components of most recipes. Granny Smiths are most common, but mixing tart and sweet varieties makes for the best flavor. Baked apples are by far the easiest apple recipe. Just core the apple and add cinnamon, sugar and a pat of butter, and stick it in the oven. Just use a variety that will hold its shape when cooked, such as Rome Beauty, Jonathan, or Empire. For more advice on delicious apple treats for fall, check out this local article.

September Festivals in Jersey City

September 4, 2015

September is a month full of fairs and festivals around us at The Madox. There’s plenty to look forward to in Jersey City, starting with Liberty State Park’s Summerfest Concert Series.

The Summerfest Concert Series continues this month with more live musical performances. Tuesday from 6-8PM, the festival takes place at Liberty State Park at the Gardens behind Liberty House Restaurant. Next up is Kareem Walkes, who will perform smooth jazz on the 8th. For more information.

From September 9th-13th St. Joseph’s Parish in Jersey City is hosting its 38th annual festival. The festival will have games, rides, live entertainment, raffles, and food. Italian specialties, including zeppoles and rice balls from Carlo’s Hoboken will be available for purchase. The festival will be from 6-10 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, and from 4-9 p.m. on Sunday. For more information on the festival, visit the St. Joseph Parish’s website.

The Annual “All About Downtown” Street Fair is back this year and bigger than ever. Returning for a 5th year with over 200 vendors and more than 15 food and mobile fashion trucks, the fair will be a day full of food and fun. Savor tasty treats from the hottest area food trucks while listening to a jam-packed music line-up. Shop handmade wares from the many vendors. Join your neighbors for an afternoon that’s “All About Downtown Jersey City,” on September 19th from 11am-8pm.

The 6th Annual Hamilton Park BBQ Festival will take place Saturday September 26th from 12-8p.m. Great local beer and of course barbeque will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Hamilton Park Conservancy. The event is free and open to the public. Come by and enjoy live music, great food, and have a wonderful time.

Dining with Guests Around The Madox

September 1, 2015

If you have friends or family coming into town and you’re ready to show them the best of Jersey City, there’s no reason to spend a fortune! Jersey City has some great dining options that will give you a fun evening without breaking the bank.

For breakfast or brunch, the City Diner has fantastic choices with an all-day breakfast menu. Have a Spicy Hot Bloody Mary and choose any of their meal options – you can’t go wrong. And to top it off, if you decide you don’t want to go out, City Diner delivers!

Another great place to try out is The Iron Monkey. With a pub-like atmosphere, dine out on their rooftop, try one of their many craft beer options and split a plate full of spicy fries. Their lunch special is great, for only $10 you can pick your meal and a beer of your choice. With over 35 draft options, there’s something for everyone. You can also try the Iron Monkey for dinner, while it may be a pub they offer so much more than typical pub-fare. Iron Monkey even has options for both meat and non-meat eaters – the latter of which includes an awesome Black Bean Burger with a side of maple roasted sweet potatoes.

For a more upscale environment, Porto Leggero is chic eatery not too far form us. Filled with chandeliers, high ceilings and plenty of windows, Porto Leggero serves Italian cuisine and has all your favorites as well as a few more unique items. They take reservations and are open week nights until 9:30 p.m., and weekends until 10:30 p.m.

 

 

City Diner

31 Montgomery Street | Jersey City, NJ 07302
Tel: 201-721-5331

 

The Iron Monkey

99 Greene Street | Jersey City, NJ  07302

Tel: 201- 435 – 5756

 

Port Leggero

Harborside Financial Plaza V
156 Hudson St | Jersey City, NJ 07311

Tel: 201-434-3200

The Taste of Downtown Jersey City Sweepstakes!

June 7, 2013

Have you heard? The Madox Apartments is running a sweepstakes on Facebook and giving away $250! We invite you to join us on The Taste of Downtown Jersey City Sweepstakes to see how well you know your neighborhood!

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The Top Ten Reasons To Move To Downtown Jersey City

June 6, 2013

It seems as though there are countless reasons to love Jersey City. But in case you needed another reason to move to Downtown Jersey City, consult our list – this city is varied, storied and eclectic, and here are our top ten reasons to move to downtown Jersey City! (more…)

Join The Madox Apartments at Yelp’s Passport to Paulus Hook Kick Off Party

May 30, 2013

That’s right! This Saturday, June 1st from 3pm to 5pm, The Madox Apartments in Jersey City invite you to come check out their community while sipping on complimentary cocktails and enjoying light bites from local businesses. Take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of The Madox while you groove the night away to the DJ as well. (more…)

Tommy 2 Scoops: Homemade Sweets and Fun in Jersey City

April 18, 2013

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When Spring weather rolls around, so does Spring fever. So, if you’re in looking to satisfy a craving but don’t want to be cooped up during the process, Tommy 2 Scoops is the place to be.  Nestled in trendy Jersey City, this sandwich and ice cream shop boasts a variety of gelato flavors, along with salads, paninis and simple yet tasty side orders like truffle fries and hot dogs. (more…)

Be A Kid Again at the Barcade in Jersey City!

April 12, 2013

You’re never too old for arcade games. From Pac-Man to Super Mario Bros., do we ever need a good reason to want to reunite with the classic video games that we played throughout childhood?

Barcade says no, and does us one better: they added beer.

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Love Craft Beer? Head to Pint in Jersey City!

April 8, 2013

There’s nothing like a cold beer at the end of the day.

But sometimes you want to explore something new. Or you want to give IPAs another chance. Or you’re growing tired of that 6-pack you have in your fridge.

Whatever the reason might be, Pint in Jersey City, a bar with more than 50 craft beers, has the solution.

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Authentic Latin Food is at La Conguita Restaurant in Jersey City!

April 1, 2013

La Conguita is a restaurant that had humble beginnings, and has become a tour de force in the community.

Started by Cuban-born Adilio Gonzalez, the restaurant was first a small space with seven tables and a short lunch counter. Since then, it’s become an expanded, beautiful restaurant that serves Jersey City some of the best Latin food anyone can find stateside!

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Kraverie – Korean BBQ and Crepes Take Over Jersey City

March 21, 2013

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Before food trucks began to disappear in Jersey City, two of my favorite food trucks ruled the streets of Newport and Grove. Krave food truck opened my eyes and palate to one of the most exciting experiences of my culinary life. I would gleefully devour Korean BBQ served as tacos, topped with scallions, kimchi and so much more. Afterwards, I eagerly made my way to Lucinda Creperie for a fresh crepe made before my eyes and filled with cheesecake, Nutella, strawberries and bananas. (more…)

Enjoy Fresh Sushi at Honshu Lounge in Jersey City Near Madox Apartments

February 7, 2013

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 A short walk up a flight of carpeted stairs leads you to a place the flashing neon sign outside had promised, Honshu Lounge. This sushi hot spot in trendy downtown Jersey City is one worth visiting and located not too far from Madox Apartments. It has everything a good restaurant should offer. A relaxed, laid back ambiance, with clean, attractive décor that keeps your eyes happily busy as your meal is prepared by smiling chefs.

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To Madox Apartments’ First Residents: Welcome Home!

December 17, 2012

Madox is pleased to announce that we had our first resident move-ins this past weekend! The moves went smoothly and our new residents are already enjoying all that Madox has to offer. From our numerous amenity spaces to our modernly comfortable apartments, Madox is the perfect blend of chic simplicity and true functionality.

Welcome to the Neighborhood {VIP Style}

November 8, 2012

The local flavor of historic Paulus Hook in downtown Jersey City will be on full display when Fields Development Group hosts the first “VIP Open House” event at Madox on Thursday, December 6 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (more…)

Paulus Hook in New Jersey – A Perfectly Balanced Community

September 24, 2012

The Paulus Hook neighborhood is widely considered the most desirable area in downtown Jersey City.

Striking a perfect balance of a quiet residential setting with an active urban village, the community boasts charming tree-lined streets dotted with historic brownstones and an eclectic array of local shops and restaurants.

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Solar Panels Are Now Installed at Madox Apartments!

July 5, 2012

On Friday, the first set of solar panels were installed on the roof of Madox Apartments to provide over 32kW of electric back to the grid. The power that one solar panel, or “module,” can produce is rarely enough to meet requirements of a home or a business, so the modules are linked together to form an Photovoltaic array.

Madox Construction Photos

April 20, 2012

We’re very excited about the progress being made at Madox Apartments in Downtown Jersey City! View how our community is coming together!