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Support Your Jersey City Neighbors on Giving Tuesday

November 27, 2017

Everyone is excited for some amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming our way, making for the perfect time to get stocked up with Christmas gifts for items such as televisions, cell phone, clothing, home décor and more. However, in this time for buying, it’s important to not forget about the less fortunate living in our Jersey City neighborhood.

Following Cyber Monday is Giving Tuesday, in which we are all encouraged to help out our neighbors and give to those who need it during this holiday season. If you want to get in the holiday spirit, then consider giving to some of these nearby charities this Giving Tuesday.

Volunteers of America, located at 145 Ocean Ave, Jersey City which is a 15 minute drive from your Madox apartment, is the charity that always steps forward to help the most vulnerable. For over 121 years, they have taken on the most difficult tasks to help the most underserved.

Volunteers of America is ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Stop by today to see how you can help!

The Easter Seals, located at 187 Brunswick St, Jersey City which is a 25 minute walk from your Madox apartment, works to enrich the lives of people living with disabilities and special needs by providing opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities.

Services and support are provided through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S. Each center provides exceptional services that are individualized, innovative, family-focused and tailored to meet specific needs of the particular community served.

 

Volunteers of America

145 Ocean Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 413-1576

voa.org

 

The Easter Seals

187 Brunswick St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 200-1340

easterseals.com

Shop Small for Small Business Saturday in Jersey City

November 21, 2017

Everyone in Jersey City is currently gearing up for another exciting Black Friday full of deals, which will come around once again on Friday, Nov. 24. However, it’s important to not forget about what other shops will be showcasing their best deals on Small Business Saturday, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 25.

If you’re looking for some great electronics, home décor for your Madox apartment, new clothes or more, then check out these small businesses in Jersey City and support your neighbors while getting some amazing savings!

Tia’s, located at 277 Grove St, Jersey City which is a 10 minute walk from your Madox apartment, is a stylish shop featuring women’s fashions by up-and-coming designers, plus accessories and furniture.

Tia’s Place has become a destination for stylists and fashionistas. Megan O’Sullivan, owner of Tia’s, has served as a stylist for magazine and television and a resource for other stylists through the NYC area.

Kanibal and Co., located at 197 Montgomery St, Jersey City which is a seven minute walk from your Madox apartment, is a hip shop with unique goods such as repurposed furniture, home accents, arty t-shirts and stationery.

Since the opening of its brick-and-mortar location in 2009 (under the name Kanibal Home), they have collaborated with local talent to produce an eponymous line of apparel, home goods and paper products. The shop also holds monthly craft classes taught by local artists.

 

Tia’s

277 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 451-9358

tiasplace.com

 

Kanibal and Co.

197 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(551) 200-9386

shopkanibal.com

Where To Eat Thanksgiving Dinner in Jersey City

November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving is right around the corner on Thursday, Nov. 23, and for many of us that means one thing – a long day of slaving around a hot stove to make a meal that is devoured only moments later. However, this doesn’t have to be the case for Madox residents – there are tons of restaurants near your apartment that will make Thanksgiving dinner for you!

If you don’t feel like cooking this November, regardless of how beautiful your Madox kitchen is, then make reservations at one of these restaurants for a meal that you won’t forget.

Liberty House Restaurant, located at 76 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City which is a 10 minute walk from your Madox apartment, is an American eatery/event space serving steaks and seafood in chic digs on the water with Manhattan views.

On Thanksgiving Day, the elegant eatery will serve Thanksgiving dinner from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for $58 per adult with an amazing three-course meal that will make you glad that you forgone cooking this year!

VB3 Restaurant & Bar, located at 475 Washington Blvd, Jersey City which is a 20 minute walk from your Madox apartment, serves modern Italian cooking paired with creative cocktails, plus live entertainment in a lively setting.

Carrying on the important “garden to table” tradition of his family, the restaurant features Executive Chef Michael Colletti’s creative, modern seasonal Italian cuisine, based on family recipes using locally-sourced ingredients.

 

Liberty House Restaurant

76 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 395-0300

libertyhouserestaurant.com

 

VB3 Restaurant & Bar

475 Washington Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07310

(201) 420-4823

vb3restaurant.com

Check Out These Local Pizzerias for National Pizza Day

November 9, 2017

As the temperatures drop, all of us are craving some comfort food that we can hole up with in our Madox apartments, and luckily for Bozzuto residents, National Pizza Day – in which we celebrate all that’s cheesy, saucy and delicious – is right around the corner on Nov. 12!

If you need a little precursor to your big Thanksgiving meal, then check out one of these pizza shops in Jersey City to get your fix of the comfort food staple that everyone can appreciate, whether it be topped with pepperoni, anchovies or just some melted cheese.

Gino’s Pizzeria, located at 380 Central Ave, Jersey City which is about 15 minutes from your Madox apartment, is a decades-old family-owned restaurant that serves pizza and classic Italian dishes in a casual space.

Founded by the father of two current owners Andrew and Frank Saputo, Salvatore, all the way back in 1976, what was once a tiny pizzeria has become a cornerstone restaurant for great Italian-American food here on Central Avenue.

Rustique Pizza, located at 611 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is a 20 minute walk from your Madox apartment, is a comfy, brick-walled space serving brick-oven pizzas, salads and Italian entrees such as veal marsala.

Some of their specialty pies include the prosciutto and arugula pie with prosciutto di parma, arugula, mozzarella cheese, roasted garlic oil and shaved Parmesan cheese and tomato sauce and the buffalo chicken pizza with grilled marinated chicken breast doused with Frank’s red hot sauce.

 

Gino’s Pizzeria

380 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 659-6464

ginospizzajc.com

 

Rustique Pizza

611 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 222-6886

rustiquepizzamenu.com

Adopt A Pet for National Adoption Month

November 2, 2017

You know you have been thinking about an adorable puppy or kitten that would be the perfect addition to your family this holiday season, and lucky for you (and them!) November is National Adoption Month.

Here in Jersey City, there are tons of adoption centers that are equipped to help you find your new best friend and a furry companion his or her forever home. If you are interested in adopting a new pet, then stop by one of these local adoption centers to learn more.

Liberty Humane Society, located at 235 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City which is a five minute drive from your Madox apartment, aims to foster a community of compassion and respect, and provide animals in need with a chance at a lifelong, loving home.

Liberty Humane Society also offers events throughout the year for pet owners, such as a low-cost wellness clinic every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Yappy Hour at various local locations, where visitors can bring their pets and purchase a $5 wristband which will donate proceeds to the society.

Hudson County Animal League, located at P.O. Box 3589, Jersey City, rescues abandoned animals and helps them find forever and foster homes, promotes and subsidizes spay and neutering services, provides information on responsible pet care and more.

To see which animals are available for adoption by the Hudson County Animal League, visit hcalnj.org/adopt. There are dogs and cats of every age, size, breed and temperament so you can choose which would be the best for your family!

 

Liberty Humane Society

235 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 547-4147

libertyhumane.org

 

Hudson County Animal League

P.O. Box 3589, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 200-1008

hcalnj.org

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.

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.

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…)