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Celebrate National Chocolate Day in Jersey City on Oct. 28

October 27, 2017

It’s certainly no accident that National Chocolate Day falls on Saturday, Oct. 28 – of course, we need to get prepped for the real favorite day for snacking on some sweets – Halloween!

Here in Jersey City, there must be tons of people with a sweet tooth mulling around since there are plenty of candy shops located through the area, ranging from chain favorites to independently owned stores that can offer customers personalized goodies. If you’re looking for some candy to pick up – whether for you or for hungry trick or treaters – head to these below shops.

Lee Sims Chocolates, located at 743 Bergen Ave, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Madox apartment, is owned and managed by the fourth generation of the same family. They are still located in the charming retail storefront where we started business many decades ago.

They have thousands of customers, individuals and corporations, all over the USA and beyond, who have chosen them as their dependable gift source and for personal indulgence in high quality chocolates at reasonable prices.

L’atelier du chocolat, located at 321 Marin Blvd Suite #8, Jersey City which is a 10 minute walk from your Madox apartment, combines the finest selected ingredients and artisan techniques to bring the most delectable chocolate treats.

Chocolatier Eric Girerd makes chocolates that are haute couture, with a timeless style which feels classic yet contemporary. Giving a treasure chocolate has never been this fashionably correct.

 

Lee Sims Chocolates

743 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 433-1090

 

L’atelier du chocolat

321 Marin Blvd Suite #8, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 332-9220

 

Check Out These Haunted Attractions Near Your Madox Apartment

October 21, 2017

Halloween is right around the corner and there’s no better way to get in the spooky spirit than to head to one of the South Orange area’s many haunted houses, hay rides and mazes, all of which will make you pretty thrilled to head back to your Madox apartment late at night.

If you’re ready to get scared in prep for October 31 – even if that means indulging in some red food coloring, rubber masks and ripped clothing – then don’t miss these local haunted spots when you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend.

Haunted Scarehouse, located at 105 W Dewey Ave, Wharton which is about 45 minutes from your Madox apartment, has been ranked as one of America’s best haunted houses and contains two floors of scares for guests looking for some Halloween fun.

This year, the Haunted Scarehouse challenges you to navigate your way through The Hayden Farmhouse and make your way to the second floor.  In order to leave the Farmhouse, your entire group will be forced to escape.  Your group will race against the clock trying to solve the sinister puzzle, those that succeed will win a prize!

The Forest of Fear, located at 600 NY-17A, Tuxedo Park, New York which is about an hour and 20 minutes from your Madox apartment, has seven different haunted attractions in its forest park including Blind Panic, the Slaughterhouse and more. It’s a trek, but it’s an experience you won’t soon forget!

The Forest of Fear operates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from Oct. 6 through Oct. 29. There are also tons of refreshments, games and vendors available at the park as well for Halloween fans to find all that they need.

 

Haunted Scarehouse

105 W Dewey Ave, Wharton, NJ 07885

(862) 244-4454

 

The Forest of Fear

600 NY-17A, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987

(845) 351-5174

 

Visit These Local Costume Shops Before Halloween

October 18, 2017

Halloween is right around the corner, and whether you’re six or sixty, there’s no reason not to get decked out in your best costume – October 31 is your one opportunity to throw those business suits to the wayside and be who you always wanted to be!

Here in Jersey City, there are tons of costume shops – some that pop up right in time for the holiday – so that you can look your best as a ghost, vampire, witch and more. Read on to find out which local costume shops you should scour for that perfect outfit.

Halloween Adventure, located at 104 4th Ave, New York which is a 20 minute drive from your Madox apartment, is a huge store with an eclectic selection of classic and current character costumes and props.

As New York’s biggest year-round costume store with over 15 years in business and taking up an entire city block and two floors, Halloween Adventure has got it all and is known on Yelp as “the most amazing costume shop in the world.”

State Fair Seasons, located at 241 Main St, Belleville which is about 25 minutes from your Madox apartment, is a long-running store selling costumes for adults and kids, plus accessories, wigs and makeup.

They have costumes of every shape and size, including women’s costumes, men’s costumes, baby costumes, toddler costumes, teen costumes and much more. Stop in to their store to see what they have for this year!

 

Halloween Adventure

104 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

(212) 673-4546

 

State Fair Seasons

241 Main St, Belleville, NJ 07109

(973) 450-1070

 

Here’s Where To Go For Pumpkin Picking Near Your Madox Apartment

October 9, 2017

With October in full force, it’s time to start decorating for Halloween which is just around the corner – and there’s no better way to revamp your Madox apartment for the holiday than with a hand-picked and hand-carved pumpkin.

Here in Jersey City, there are tons of pumpkin patches located throughout the region that make for a great weekend trip for the whole family, equipped with pumpkin picking, hay rides, petting zoos, corn mazes and more. Read on to find out where the best patches near your apartment are!

Demarest Farms, located at 244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale which is about 35 minutes from your Madox apartment, offers seasonal pumpkin picking as well as a farm store with fresh produce, baked goods, apple cider donuts made daily, the famous made-from-scratch salad bar, rotisserie chickens and much more.

Demarest Farms also hosts select nights where they host pumpkin picking and then screen a movie. Movie-goers will take a tractor-pulled hayride to pumpkin patch where they will watch a movie on large, outdoor screen. Check out their website to see when the next screening is!

Ripple Hill Farm, located at 181 Mountain Road, Basking Ridge which is about 40 minutes from your Madox apartment, have pumpkins available through October at their farm stand for purchase.

Ripple Hill Farm is a small family-owned and operated farm located in Basking Ridge that has been growing produce in Basking Ridge for local families for the last 50 years. Stop in to learn what all the fuss has been about!

 

Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

(201) 666-0472

 

Ripple Hill Farm

181 Mountain Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

(908) 647-1300

 

Enjoy Comfort Food at These Jersey City Restaurants This Fall

October 4, 2017

With the chilly weather of the fall finally here, it’s that time to start indulging in some comfort foods like steak, beef, potatoes and other seasonal favorites. Restaurant owners in Jersey City definitely seem to understand the need for this – there are tons of eateries offering comfort foods near your Madox apartment.

To find out where you can head for a quality, filling dinner before hopping into bed at your Madox apartment, read our roundup below and start getting hungry!

Light Horse Tavern, located at 199 Washington St, Jersey City which is a five minute walk from your Madox apartment, serve American eats in an upscale, contemporary spin at this airy spot in a restored building.

Light Horse Tavern serves modern American cuisine using local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. They receive fresh products on a daily basis such as oysters from Fishers Island that are pulled out of the water and sent to them on the same day.

Skinner’s Loft, located at 146 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is a 15 minute walk from your Madox apartment, is a family-run, upscale-casual restaurant and bar with a New American menu, craft brews and rooftop dining.

Skinner’s Loft serves fresh, contemporary cuisine in a comfortable setting. Join them for a drink or a freshly prepared meal and enjoy an elegant, casual dining experience with items such as the pan roasted filet mignon, gnocchi with lobster and more.

 

Light Horse Tavern

199 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 946-2028

 

Skinner’s Loft

146 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 915-0600

 

 

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.

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