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Outdoor Brunch Spots in Jersey City

April 30, 2018

As we’re sure you know, there are tons of restaurants in Jersey City where you can enjoy brunch close to your Madox apartment.  Below are a few outdoor spots you may not have tried yet that you’ll want to check out this spring.

 

Frankie – The owners of Frankie built this restaurant upon their love of travel, coastal destinations, and their home, Sydney Australia. They are known for their organic wines, monthly events and eccentric cuisine which has an Australian flare. Some of their favorites off the dinner menu are their meat pie (Wagyu steak, onions, peas, salad & house cut fries), fish and chips, and their small plates such as the grain bowl with lentils, barley, sweet potato and wild rice served with a fried egg.  Their brunch menu includes favorites such as the fish sandwich, crab scramble and their Aussie burger with a fried egg, pickles, cheddar cheese and garlic aioli…yum! They also have outdoor dining during the warmer months.

 

The Kitchen Step –  A downtown neighborhood bistro that celebrates Jersey City’s rich history and delivers delicious market-inspired cuisine and craft cocktails in an intimate atmosphere. The Kitchen Step serves brunch and dinner and has a lovely outdoor seating area that you can take advantage of this spring. The owners have two other successful venues; Battello in Jersey City (which is reopening this summer) and The Turtle Club in Hoboken.

 

Buddy Who’s – This restaurant opened a couple months ago and is already a favorite in Jersey City. If you love breakfast food, you’ll be happy to hear they serve brunch all day on the weekends! Their cereal pancakes (Trix, Lucky Charms and Coco Pebbles) seem to be a big hit for anyone with a sweet tooth.

 

Frankie

264 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 333-0170

 

The Kitchen Step

500 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, 07302

(201) 721-6115

 

Buddy Who’s  

247 Washington St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 432-2600

Rooftop Bars in Jersey City

April 25, 2018

It feels like spring has (finally) set in and people in Jersey City are out and about enjoying the beautiful fresh air.  Lucky for Madox residents your apartment building has a gorgeous rooftop deck with spectacular views of Jersey City and New York City that you can take advantage of everyday during the warmer months. However, if you’re looking to venture to a restaurant or bar for some rooftop drinks, here’s some spots to check out.

 

Rooftop at Exchange Place – This is the newest terrace and rooftop addition to Jersey City.  The RoofTop at Exchange Place bar is open for lunch and dinner or it’s the perfect spot for happy hour and pre-dinner drinks with friends. Their food and beverages are focused on market driven ingredients and seasonal specialties which are perfectly presented to their guests. The terrace has been open for a few months, but the grand opening of their rooftop bar is on April 26th at 6pm.  There will be live music and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

 

Porta – The Porta in Asbury may have the beach, but Jersey City’s Porta has a fun rooftop and is right by the PATH station that brings you directly into New York City.  You can start out with a few drinks on the rooftop here and head into the city or finish the night there having dinner and dancing to the weekend DJ’s.

 

Skinner’s Loft – This rooftop is small and intimate and makes it the perfect spot for a date night or a low-key dinner with friends. A lot of people don’t know Skinner’s Loft has a rooftop, but we promise you it’s worth checking out. Plus, the food is amazing!

 

Rooftop at Exchange Place

1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(551) 256-7850

 

Porta

135 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 544-5199

 

Skinner’s Loft

146 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 915-0600

 

 

 

HDSID Farmers Market Returns to Jersey City

April 23, 2018

The HDSID Farmers Market at the Grove Street PATH Station is another reason for Madox residents to be excited about Spring.  Stop by on April 30th and pick up great produce, unique handmade goods, fresh baked breads, homemade mozzarella and enjoy some delicious bites from awesome food vendors. Below are some new vendors we can’t wait to check out this year:

 

United Food Concession – You may recognize this company from various state fairs throughout the Tri-State area.  They’re known for their fresh burgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, lemonade and braided pretzels. They have everything you would want to indulge in at a fair or farmer’s market!

Circle Brook Farm – Circle Brook Farm (formerly Starbrite Farm) is a diversified, certified organic, vegetable farm. They grow virtually every type of produce that is possible in New Jersey climate. They also grow unique produce such as Japanese salad turnips, ground cherries (cape gooseberries), white sweet potatoes, sugarsnap peas and multi-colored carrots.

Kimchi Culture – A family run company dedicated to the cultural values and practices of Kimchi Making. Did you know that Kimchi is a considered a super food because of it’s probiotics benefits? If you’re looking to add something new to your healthy lifestyle, check them out!

HDSID Farmer’s Market also announced their “Feel Good Fridays” on Grove Street.
Artist & Maker Market brings in 20+ excellent vendors for a unique outdoor shopping experience! You will find local artisans with a wide variety of indie & handmade items from vendors in vintage, art, fashion, home décor, bath & body, jewelry, Vinyl and more!

 

United Food Concession

Belleville, NJ

(844) 646-8267

 

Circle Book Farm

141 Brighton Rd., Andover, NJ 07821

(973) 332-6935

 

Kimchi Culture

201 694 6278

info@kimchiculture.com

 

 

SciChella at Liberty Science Center

April 16, 2018

You might have missed Coachella this year, but you can make up for it at SciChella at Liberty Science Center on April 19th. This event will honor Coachella season and LSC will add their own scientific twist to the famous California festival. Enjoy a mix of art and tech, meet talented artists and grab some delicious bites and drinks all night long.

They’ll have some activities which can be found at Coachella such as a giant slide (great for pictures/videos), arts and crafts (a flower crown making booth) and you’ll be able to make your own tie-dye slime.  LSC also has a new exhibit: Dream Machine. It’s an interactive, sensory exhibit that combines smell with sound, touch, and light to create a fun and new experience.

 

At SciChella, they’ll be nine local artists who touch upon everything from visual art to fashion, four DJ’s and you can feel the science of sound with their musical Tesla coils.  They will also have festival-style food from Midnight Market, an Amaretto tasting (courtesy of Jersey City Buy-Rite), a specialty bar, and more. While you’re partying, you can climb through the Infinity Climber, and find your way through the Touch Tunnel. Don’t forget to catch two shows in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium: The Foo Fighters Laser Show and the Saturn, LIVE! planetarium show.

 

Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 200-1000

Best Spots for Eggs Benedict in Jersey City

April 13, 2018

Many of you may not know this, but April 16th is National Eggs Benedict Day.  Unfortunately, that falls on a Monday this year, but you can celebrate a day early with a delicious dish this weekend. Whether you want to make this classic breakfast in your apartment, or treat yourself to brunch, we have you covered! Lucky for Madox residents, Jersey City has quite a few places that are known for their brunches. Here are a few spots we recommend:

 

Latham House – If you haven’t checked out this restaurant yet, add it to your “to-do” list.  They do a classic eggs benedict with a twist by adding asparagus (so you’re getting your veggies too). Of course, if you don’t enjoy veggies while indulging in brunch they will happily remove it for you! They also have delicious brunch cocktails such as Caribbean, pear and ginger-orange mimosas, Kahlua hot chocolate, and Bloody Mary’s.

 

Skinner’s Loft – We love Skinner’s Loft cozy ambiance.  It’s located on Newark Ave across from some great bars (if you’re looking to extend your Saturday/Sunday funday).  They serve a classic eggs benedict on their house-made buttermilk biscuits.  They are delicious!

 

The Hamilton Inn – It’s no surprise that this restaurant has one of the best eggs benedict dishes in Jersey City as they were voted one of the best brunch restaurants in the country by OpenTable.  They serve a classic eggs benedict and have a grass-fed filet mignon eggs benedict as well. The Hamilton Inn also serves delicious brunch cocktails.

 

Make sure to tag #NationalEggsBenedictDay on social media wherever you go so you can see how other people observed this foodie holiday!

 

Latham House

299 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 479-8432

 

Skinner’s Loft

146 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 915-0600

 

The Hamilton Inn

708 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 839-5818

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

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.

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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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!