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Check Out These Local Farmers’ Markets for Seasonal Spring Goods

May 15, 2017

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Historic Downtown Jersey City Farmers’ Market

Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City

(201) 547-3554

 

Van Vorst Park Farmers’ Market

Corner of Jersey Avenue and Montgomery Avenue, Jersey City

(201) 965-0632

Grab a Cup of Coffee at these Jersey City Cafes

March 27, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

The Warehouse Café

140 Bay Street, Jersey City

(201) 420-8882

 

Dames Coffee and Espresso Bar

581 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City

(203) 450-6342

 

Check Out These New Jersey City Restaurants Near Madox

March 20, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

Ani Ramen House

218 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

aniramen.com

(973) 744-3960

 

El Cocotero

749 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City

elcocotero.com

(212) 206-8930

Krispy Kreme is Finally Opening in Your Madox Neighborhood

March 13, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Krispy Kreme

95 Columbus Drive, Jersey City

krispykreme.com

(201) 360-2005

There’s a New Theater Series in Jersey City

March 3, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

 

Merseles Theater – Jersey City Theatre Center

339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City

jctcenter.org

(201) 795-5386

Ice Skating in Jersey City

January 12, 2017

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

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

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

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

Jersey City Wins Curbed Cup 2016

January 5, 2017

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

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

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

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

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.

The Taste of Downtown Jersey City Sweepstakes!

June 7, 2013

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

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The Top Ten Reasons To Move To Downtown Jersey City

June 6, 2013

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

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

May 30, 2013

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

Tommy 2 Scoops: Homemade Sweets and Fun in Jersey City

April 18, 2013

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

Be A Kid Again at the Barcade in Jersey City!

April 12, 2013

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

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

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Love Craft Beer? Head to Pint in Jersey City!

April 8, 2013

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

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

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

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

April 1, 2013

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

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

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Kraverie – Korean BBQ and Crepes Take Over Jersey City

March 21, 2013

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

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

February 7, 2013

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

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