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Learn to Sail in Jersey City

June 27, 2018

If you have always wanted to learn how to sail, you’re in luck! The award winning True North Sailing School is just a few minutes walk away from your Madox apartment.  True North Sailing School is the only sailing school in the entire country to win the coveted American Sailing Association “Sailing School of The Year Award” six times in one decade! They have been honored with these awards due to their total commitment to customer satisfaction.

If you are serious about learning to sail you owe it to yourself to come to The True North Sailing School and receive the finest sailing education available. At True North Sailing School, they are dedicated to helping each student reach their individual sailing goals. Whether you are a new sailor looking for a firm foundation of sailing skills through their Basic Sailing Course or an experienced sailor who would like to improve your skills through their Advanced Cruising or Bareboat Charter Preparation or Big Boat Sailing Workshops, True North Sailing School has a program to suit your needs.

Thousands of sailors have chosen The True North Sailing School as their Sail Training Facility. They are so confident in their teaching abilities and the strength of their program that they offer you this guarantee: If you are not completely satisfied, you may retake your course absolutely FREE!

True North Sailing School is located in the Newport Marina, directly across the street from the Pavonia / Newport PATH Train Station.

 

True North Sailing School

Liberty State Park, 80 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(908) 489-0589

 

Yoga Fest in Jersey City

June 22, 2018

Join Jivamukti Yoga Center on June 23rd for their 9-hour Yoga Fest that will feature yoga classes along with local vendors at the Grove Street Plaza.

Each year in June International Yoga Day is celebrated in cities and yoga studios around the world as they come together to celebrate union through yoga. In many instances, a public is event is held. This year, Jivamukti Yoga Jersey City has teamed up with the HDSID (Historic Downtown Special Improvement District) to produce the first Yoga Fest Jersey City.  The event will occur in the green pedestrian zone on Newark Avenue. It will begin at 7am and end at approximately 5pm in the afternoon. A gift bag containing samples and offers from the participating yoga studios and merchants will be given to the first 200 registrants.

Yoga Fest Jersey City is designed to celebrate unity through yoga in Jersey City as well as to establish Jersey City as a yoga destination. Jivamukti’s goal is to have everyone come together and work in harmony through yoga. 

There will also be over 20 participating vendors set up at the Grove Street PATH Station.  Some of our favorites are:

Nepal Tea – Nepal Tea brings the finest, organic and high mountain teas from the foothills of Mt. Kanchanjangha, the third highest mountain in the world. This brand takes responsibility for the entire supply chain – from production to packaging and distribution.  Not only do they empower their farmers economically by providing them better revenues, but they also uplift them socially by providing free housing, free education to their children and distributing cows for additional income.

Taproot Organics – This company makes organic body and hair products.  Whether you are looking for soap, beard balm or shampoo, Taproot has it all! Their products are a favorite at Jersey City markets and events.

 

Jivamukti Yoga Center

841 Broadway 2nd Fl, New York NY 10003

(212) 353-0214

 

Nepal Tea

303 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(848) 219-8946

 

Taproot Organics

511 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

 

Project EATS Returns to Jersey City

Project: EATS returns to City Hall June 23rd and 24th in Downtown Jersey City for its third year with more than 50 vendors each day. This outdoor foodie festival will have an array of food trucks and tented vendors as well as four beverage bars.

The Jersey City Project, a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit, continues its mission of promoting and supporting artisans and locally-owned small businesses.  They have an excellent track record of executing projects which are specifically artisan-driven marketplaces.  Their slogan is “bringing out the best in Jersey City, one project at a time”, and that is exactly what they do!  Each vendor represents a variety of industries, including retail, craft, fine art, jewelry, food, beer, and more.

 

Some of our favorite vendors this year are:

Pick a Bonbon– These homemade, handmade, Brazilian inspired bonbons have been a huge hit at Jersey City markets.  All of their Amegrideiros are around 100 calories! They have delicious flavors such as s’mores, coconut, peanut butter, French toast, coffee and much more!

Angry Archies – In 2016, Archie’s won Best Food at the Food Truck Mash up at the Meadowlands, which featured hundreds of trucks competing for NJ bragging rights. If you enjoy fresh crab, we suggest ordering the Angry Lobster Roll, Angry Crab Roll or their infamous crab fries.  They also have delicious refreshing lemonade. Jersey City residents can find Angry Archies pop up location at 200 Harborside, which is now opened for lunch from 11:30-2:30.

 

You can follow The Jersey City Project on Instagram for the latest updates on Project: EATS, what vendors to anticipate at the event, and what’s going on around town this summer.

 

Pick a Bonbon

 

Angry Archies

200 Harborside Place, Jersey City, NJ 07302

973-747-2124

Where to Watch the World Cup in Jersey City

June 19, 2018

The FIFA World Cup is here so soccer fans can celebrate the four-year wait! If you want to watch the games outside of your Madox apartment, there are many places you can go to in Jersey City. Here are some options for catching the World Cup Games:

 

Zeppelin Hall- Zeppelin Hall doesn’t only have an amazing selection of beer to enjoy while watching the games, but also boasts an open layout where friends and family can cheer for their favorite team without feeling overcrowded. With free parking and no cover charge this is a great option for your crew. The full schedule is not posted, but they will be screening on and off throughout the next couple of weeks with some food specials so be sure to check their website for updates.

 

Ed & Mary’s- Ed & Mary’s is opening early in true World Cup spirit for all the games. Enjoy drink specials and delicious food in this homey neighborhood favorite.

Frankie- Frankie posted a full screening schedule of the tournament for your convenience. View the games in a funky and cozy environment that provides viewing on a large projector screen along with ongoing happy hour food and drink specials. Get the down under experience by watching this World Cup at Frankie.

 

The Hutton- If you wanted to enjoy the games outdoors then The Hutton is your destination. They will have the games playing both indoors and outdoors just don’t plan on any morning game screenings because they will not be opening early. Located in the heights section of Jersey City, enjoy the cozy-chic décor and their amazing selection of bottled and canned beers. Enjoy $7-$9 bar food and any other refreshment that will complete your viewing experience in style.

Hudson Hall- This bar is playing every one of the World Cup games. Yes, even the games at 6am and 8am!  Hudson Hall is a Beer Hall and Smoke House, with a menu focused on the Eastern European (and American) flavors derived from the age-old skills of smoking, pickling and fermenting, applied expertly to meats, fish, cheeses and vegetables.

 

Zeppelin Hall

88 Liberty View Drive, Jersey City, NJ

(201) 721-8888

Ed & Mary’s

174 Coles Street, Jersey City, NJ

(201) 839-5604

 

Frankie

264 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 333-0170

 

The Hutton

225 Hutton Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 356-9169

Hudson Hall

364 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 659-6565

Celebrating National Cheese Day in Jersey City

June 3, 2018

On June 4, we honor one of the most delicious contributions to our food and hearts. If you’re a cheese lover, then you know this snack makes everything better. With thousands of varieties, you can get adventurous this National Cheese Day by checking out one of our favorite cheese shops in Jersey City.

 

Excellent as a snack on its own, cheese is also a perfect ingredient in pasta, soups, sandwiches and so much more. There’s nothing better than a crispy, flaky, grilled cheese sandwich (with tomato…in our opinion), nachos with cheese, French onion soup, wine and cheese pairings, cheesecake and of course, pizza! Jersey City has an abundance of places where you can indulge in these meals or you can make them at home in your Madox apartment. Van Hook Cheese and Grocery is the perfect spot to pick up an assortment of cheeses that are sure to impress you and your guests!

 

Van Hook is a family-owned cheese and specialty store that focuses on high quality and local products.  They offer cheese platters (for pick-up only), local events, expert advice on cheeses and they recently added a grilled cheese menu to the store.  These aren’t your typical grilled cheese sandwiches, they use only the finest cheddar cheese and you can add fig jam, bacon jam, ham or duck.  Their local events are held at Jersey Wine & Spirits and the next event is on June 26th which is a rose and cheese pairing.

 

You can visit their event page for more upcoming wine tastings. Make sure to join their mailing list as well!

 

Make sure to use #NationalCheeseDay while posting on social media!

 

Van Hook Cheese and Grocery

528 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 433-2600

 

Jersey Wine & Spirits

492 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 763-5888

The Best Seafood Restaurants Near Your Madox Apartment

June 26, 2017

Although in a bustling city like Jersey City we have the opportunity to eat fresh seafood any time of the year, there seems to be no better time to enjoy it than the summertime, when we can sit outside, watch the sun go down and eat some locally-caught seafood with our friends and family.

Near your Madox apartment, there is certainly no shortage of seafood restaurants right around the corner. Read on to find out where you should have a mouthwatering dinner tonight!

Just BeClaws, located at 280 1st St, Jersey City which is a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, is a family-style seafood spot serving po’ boys and shrimp baskets in a nautical-themed, industrial space.

With a menu featuring Southern cuisine with Vietnamese influence, this restaurant is definitely different than your average seafood restaurant. Stop by tonight to see what fusion specials they are currently featuring!

Morgan Fish Market and Restaurant, located at 2801 John F. Kennedy Blvd #1215, Jersey City which is two and a half miles from your Madox apartment, is a bare-bones restaurant serving Mediterranean and seafood dishes such as hummus and grilled garlic shrimp.

An Egyptian restaurant with a seafood swing, Morgan is another example of the amazing international cuisine found throughout the city. Stop by today for lunch with a twist or a relaxing, casual dinner!

 

Just BeClaws

280 1st St, Jersey City

(201) 459-9100

justbeclaws.com

 

Morgan

2801 John F. Kennedy Blvd #1215, Jersey City

(201) 792-2400

https://www.yelp.com/biz/morgan-fish-market-and-restaurant-jersey-city

Check Out These Ice Cream Shops Near Your Madox Apartment

June 21, 2017

For the past few months, it’s simply been too chilly to enjoy a tall ice cream cone on a Jersey City street, but now that June is finally here, the time has come – you deserve some homemade ice cream to top off a weekend meal on your way back to your Madox apartment!

Fortunately for Madox residents, our building is surrounded by ice cream shops sporting every flavor from cookies and cream to cotton candy. Find out which shops are closest to your apartment by reading on below!

Mike Sugar Love Creamery, located at 19 McWilliams Pl, Jersey City which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, is a small shop for gourmet ice cream and baked treats made from organic and local ingredients.

All of the ice cream is made from organic milk and cream and the shop is committed to using sustainable bowls and spoons which are made of fully compostable, recyclable or biodegradable substances such as sugar cane and birch, so you can know that you can enjoy your ice cream while helping the environment!

Torico, located at 20 Erie St, Jersey City which is about half a mile from your Madox apartment, is a long-standing shop offering a wide selection of house made ice creams in a relaxed space.

A truly international shop, Torico also serves Asian-inspired flavors, like green tea, litchi and ube (purple yam), along with Italian ices and sorbets. Stop by today to discover new and classic flavors of ice cream in your own neighborhood!

 

Milk Sugar Love Creamery

19 McWilliams Pl, Jersey City

milksugarlove.com

(201) 984-0530

 

Torico

20 Erie St, Jersey City

201-432-9458

toricoicecream.com

Where to go for Father’s Day near your Madox apartment

June 14, 2017

We can always rely on dads to be slaving away at the grill on a weekend summer night, eager to cook up some steaks, chicken and ribs. However, now that Father’s Day is almost here on Sunday, June 18, it’s time to reverse the roles and take dad out for his favorite meal for a change.

If you’re looking to take dad to a good-old-fashioned steakhouse this Father’s Day, you’re certainly in luck – there are tons of steakhouses located near your Madox apartment. Read on to find out where you should treat the number one man in your life for his special day.

Liberty Prime Steakhouse, located at 111 Montgomery St, Jersey City which is less than a half a mile from your Madox apartment, serves classic American steak and seafood dishes in a swanky, traditionally decorated space.

You can’t miss out on these steaks – Liberty Prime partners with one of New York’s oldest and most respected butchers – Debragga and Spitler, founded in the early 1920s – to hand-select and cut meats to their specifications.

Edward’s Steakhouse, located at 239 Marin Blvd, Jersey City which is four blocks from your Madox apartment, serves traditional steakhouse fare plus seafood and high-end wines in a 19th-century brownstone.

Edward’s Steakhouse has two elegantly appointed dining rooms and a classic Prohibition era bar to provide the perfect venue for Father’s Day. Plus, they have recently upgraded their offerings to include premium 28 day-dry aged steak selections, sourced from the finest purveyors in the New York City area.

 

Liberty Prime Steakhouse

111 Montgomery St., Jersey City

libertyprimesteakhouse.com

(201) 333-3633

 

Edward’s Steakhouse

239 Marin Blvd, Jersey City

(201) 761-0000

edwardssteakhouse.com

 

Cool Off at These Pools Near Your Madox Apartment

June 9, 2017

Now that the weather is finally heating up, those of us who love to spend some quality time poolside – catching a tan, reading a book or practicing our backstroke – are getting eager to find a nearby pool to call our own.

Here in Jersey City, we are surrounded by luxury pools that have all that we could want – a poolside bar, crisp, blue water and some hot sun. Read on to find out what pools you should stop by this summer.

Pershing Field Pool, located at 201 Central Ave, Jersey City which is about three miles from your Madox apartment, is an indoor public pool open all year, offering open swimming as well as swim lessons and scuba classes.

Plus, the pool is surrounded by 14 acres of recreational space and includes tennis courts, a basketball court, bocce ball courts, baseball fields, a running track, a children’s playground with water sprinkler, a community center and an ice skating rink, making for a great day out no matter what you feel like doing!

Lafayette Pool, located at 303 Van Horne St, Jersey City which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, is a fun, public pool that is perfect for the whole family with its water slides, kids pool and private swimming lanes.

Open until September 5, many Jersey City residents can be found hanging out this pool every weekend during the summer months! Stop on by for a relaxing and fun day out with your neighbors.

 

Pershing Field Pool

201 Central Ave., Jersey City

(201) 547-5003

http://cityofjerseycity.com/recreation.aspx?id=5546

 

Lafayette Pool

303 Van Horne St, Jersey City

(201) 547-5003

http://cityofjerseycity.com/swimming/sprinklers/

Where To Go Strawberry Picking Near Your Madox Apartment

June 1, 2017

In New Jersey, which is truly the ‘Garden State,’ there’s a perfect season for all of our favorite fruits and vegetables. This holds true for one of our summertime favorite fruits – strawberries!

Here in Jersey City, there are tons of farms located near our Madox apartments that offer a green getaway and a way for visitors to do their own strawberry picking. If you’re looking for a fun weekend activity for the whole family, check out one of these farms this Saturday or Sunday before the end of the strawberry season!

Wightman’s Farms, located at 1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown which is about 45 minutes from your Madox apartment, is a family owned and operated farm since 1922 featuring hay rides, animals and pick-your-own programs throughout the year.

To get started picking your strawberries at Wightman’s Farms, a family only has to pay $15, which includes two reusable bags, coupons for the farm, and water bottles for up to five people.

Stony Hill Gardens, located at 8 State Rt. 24, Chester which is about an hour from your Madox apartment, is a family owned business in the heart of New Jersey that provides fresh produce, plants, baked goods and fun for the whole family.

Here, visitors can pick their own strawberries on two acres of land from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day of the week. Strawberries cost $3.99 a pound and entry costs $2.99 per person, which includes picking boxes and access to the rope maze, tile maze and barnyard boardgames.

 

Wightman’s Farms

1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown

(973) 425-9819

wightmanfarms.com

 

Stony Hill Gardens

8 State Rt. 24, Chester

(908) 879-2696

stonyhillfarms.com

 

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.

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…)