July 13 - July 19: Sunny July! - This Week In The HDSID
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July 13 – July 19: Sunny July!

The heat is becoming slightly unbearable, but we keep moving in the District! Our Farmer’s Market is still going strong and many of our businesses are back to- somewhat- normal hours. Outdoor seating is a great way to enjoy a restaurant or bar and help support a local small business.

Continue reading for some other cool things to do this week!



July Meeting Featuring Mayor Steven Fulop

Join the Journal Square Community Association, Mayor Fulop, Police Chief Kelly and Director Flanagan from the Health and Human Services Department on Monday, July 13th at 7:00 pm, for a general meeting and discussion on everything happening in our City.

This meeting will be on Facebook Live courtesy of Journal Square Community Association- head on over to their page for the live stream.


Grove on Grove At Home with Forget the Whale

On Wednesday, July 15th at 6:00 pm, enjoy Groove on Grove: At Home with Forget the Whale!

Forget the Whale will be performing live while observing social distancing rules of course! Check it out live on facebook.com/grooveongrove

The charity for the day will be announced in the next coming days- visit our Facebook page for any updates.


A special shout-out to our generous Groove on Grove sponsors:

Bang Cookies

Liberty Science Center

The Ashford

Orale Mexican Kitchen

The Keyhole Bar

Iris Records


Helen’s Pizza

Smile Preschool and Nursery

Barcade – Jersey City

Porta Jersey City

Left Bank Burger Bar

SOUTH HOUSE Bar & Restaurant

Roman Nose

WORD Jersey City

Grove Street Bicycles Giant Jersey City

Saigon Cafe

Modera Lofts

White Eagle Hall

Liberty Harbor Residences

For more information, please visit our Groove on Grove Facebook page!


Even in quarantine, you can still get your groove on!


JCFamilies’ School, Summer Camp & Daycare Fair 2020

Still trying to figure out something to keep the kids entertained during the summer? Need some more information on the various summer camps and programs available? Well you and the little ones are in luck! On Saturday, July 18th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at 280 Grove Street, Jersey City, NJ, join JCFamilies for their School, Summer Camp & Daycare Fair 2020


This Fair will feature reps from various schools, day cares and camps in Jersey City and Hoboken all in one convenient location!


More information on this event, please visit: https://jcfamilies.com/event/summer-camp-fair-in-jersey-city/


School’s Out, My Gym Camp is In!

There’s still time to sign up the kiddos to the amazing summer camp organized by My Gym!

The summer sessions began on June 22nd and run until September 4th, Monday through Thursday for the entire day and on Fridays, morning sessions will be held only. The summer camp is geared towards kids from 2½ to 13 years old and the kiddos will be split into groups based on their ages.

As if having fun with wasn’t enough after spending weeks indoors, the camp will have different themes each week! As per the organizers, campers can expect:

July 13th-17th- Disney 

July 20th-24th- Circus

July 27th- July 31st- Olympics

Aug 3rd-7th- Spy Kids

Aug 10th-14th- Space

Aug 17th-21st- Sports

Aug 24th-28th- Trolls  

Aug 31st-Sept 4th- Superheroes


For the session pricing please visit the My Gym website and please be advised that non-members of the gym must add $10 per session to the price.

Tickets, pricing, booking and additional information are available on https://www.mygym.com/jerseycity/camp

Sign up the kids for some summer fun!


WomenRising Information

Looking for a server? Help in the kitchen? A customer service position? We can help. The “we” is WomenRising, a non-profit helping our community for over 120 years. The Training Center at WomenRising has experience dealing with the hospitality industry and our clients -men and women- are eager to join the workforce and be part of the revitalization of Jersey City. Tell us the details of your vacancies and what you’re looking for and we’ll send you qualified candidates that will fit the bill!

Please contact Ilene and Linda for more information:

Ilene Singh isingh@womenrising.org

Linda Nation lnation@womenrising.org


Outdoor Seating

With the expansion of the Pedestrian Mall don’t forget to take advantage of the outdoor seating provided by many restaurants!


Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market

Photo by Stephanie Quispilaya

The Farmer’s Market is held every Monday and Thursday at the Grove PATH Plaza and the First Green area of the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall from 4:00 – 8:00 pm!


Stop by and get all of your food essentials and a couple of desserts, you deserve it!


For the Market dates the following vendors will be present:

Ort Farms

Stony Hill Farm

Hoboken Farms

Bang Cookies

Vesco Foods

Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit

JC Fish Stand

Circle Brook Farms

Tiny Rice

EJL Market

Paolo’s Kitchen


Some Rules to keep in mind: 

The health of our farm vendors, HDSID staff, and visitors is of utmost important so we have implemented a set of guidelines for everyone to follow. We want everyone to have an easy and stress-free time shopping for goods at the Market. Kindly take a moment to review the customer guidelines listed below. Guidelines were also implemented for the Market staff and the vendors.

We have taken into account the rules and regulations set forth by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services. Kindly review the guidelines before attending the Market.


  • If you feel ill, please stay home
  • If you’ve come into contact with someone who has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home
  • All customers must wear masks and gloves
  • Stay 6 feet apart from other customers
  • The Market will have signs, lines, and information on where to stand
  • Follow the signs placed throughout the Farmer’s Market
  • Customers are not allowed to touch the food. Vendors will select products for customers.
  • Please consider placing and paying for your orders online, at https://www.localline.ca/historic-downtown-farmers-market
  • Please do not linger at the market
  • Avoid any hand-to-hand contact
  • Do not hand payment to vendors directly. Place cash and credit cards on the table for the cashiers to pick up.
  • No dogs are allowed at the farmers’ market unless they are service dogs


Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and for your support!


Coming Up:

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Join us for our monthly Historic Downtown Special Improvement District Meeting on July 21st in the Caucus Room at City Hall, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. All are welcome to attend!



Back in Business!


As per the City’s website, “effective 8:00AM on June 15th the City of Jersey City will permit sidewalk cafes and other outdoor seating at restaurants” to start with some precautions of course. If you want to check what those rules are, please visit: https://jerseycitynj.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6189744&pageId=16746916


You’ll be able to enjoy a delicious meal and a drink in the historic downtown area of Jersey City! But please remembers to practice safe social distancing and businesses should be following the rules and regulations set forth by the City to ensure everyone is safe: Seating in any outdoor space must be 6 feet apart in all directions, Dogs are still prohibited in sidewalk cafés, Smoking is prohibited in any outdoor space and more. Please see the aforementioned website for more info.

The hours of operation for sidewalk cafés are: Sunday through Wednesday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm, Thursday 8:00 am to 11:00 pm, and Friday and Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 midnight.


Census 2020

Don’t forget to please fill out your 2020 Census information! Everyone needs to be counted!


Artist & Maker Market Update

The best place to find local, handmade goods from amazing artists and artisans is coming back albeit at a later date than we initially planned. Good things come to those who wait as the saying goes and boy, do we have a great selection of talented sellers coming your way soon!

Check out our dates:

July 15th Groove on Grove

July 22nd Groove on Grove

August 5th Groove on Grove

August 7th Feel Good Friday

August 8th Saturday AMM

August 12th Groove on Grove

August 26th Groove on Grove

September 2nd Groove on Grove

September 4th Feel Good Friday

September 5th Saturday AMM

September 9th Groove on Grove

September 11th JCFriday

September 19th Groove on Grove


And on October 3rd and October 4th we have the JCAST Weekend (Jersey City Art & Studio Tour)

Special thank you to Debbie from the Artist & Maker Market for her hard work!


Support Local Restaurants- Initiative

Want to help out local restaurants and help support our local economy? We know the place for you: landlordsforlocaleats.org! As the website states, “In order to help Jersey City restaurants stay open we are encouraging Landlords to purchase gift cards from our community’s local eats for their tenants.” Check out a list of participating establishments here: http://landlordsforlocaleats.org/local-eateries/


A gift card can literally do wonders in this economy so definitely check it out http://landlordsforlocaleats.org/

Autism Acceptance Event- Update

We have an updated date for the Autism Acceptance Dinner!

The event is scheduled for September 17th on First Street! Please purchase your tickets via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/autism-acceptance-fundraiser-the-ashford-tickets-88859558331


Be kind, stay safe and support local businesses!



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