May 13 - May 19: Oh, what a wonderful week! - This Week In The HDSID
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May 13 – May 19: Oh, what a wonderful week!

The weather is, somewhat, clearing up, the birds are chirping and the leaves are slowly starting to appear…maybe spring will visit us this year!

Take away the crazy weather, the District has a multitude of amazing events happening this week. Whether it’s rain or shine,  we will keep you happy and busy!

2019 Taste of Culture

After you visit the Historic Downtown Farmers’ Market, check out the Taste of Culture event at City Hall! On Monday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, find out why Jersey City is one of the most diverse cities in the USA. The goal of this event to celebrate the various cultures and the people that call Jersey City home. There will be delicious food and amazing performances from the multitude of ethnicities represented in JC.

This event is free and everyone is welcome!


City Hall

280 Grove St, Jersey City, New Jersey


Bike to Work Week

Listen, it’s not a secret that traffic in Jersey City is capable of producing road rage, even in a monk! Add that to trying to find a parking spot and you are two seconds away from completely losing your mind. In comes Bike to Work Week! From Monday May 13th to Friday May 17th, do your part and participate in the Bike to Work Week! Maybe you’ll keep it up: it’s a healthy alternative, both physically and mentally… and no need to go searching endlessly for a parking spot!


According to the Bike to Work initiative, you have the following events to look forward to:

Monday, May 13th: 7:45 am-9:00 am: Free Donuts and Coffee in Exchange Place Plaza & Newport PATH Station for cyclists

Tuesday, May 14th: 7:30 am – 10:00 am: Bike Inspections & Repairs with Hudson TMA at 10 Christopher Columbus Drive

10:00 am: Tune into NY Waterway on Facebook Live to watch an exclusive interview about Bike to Work Week & Urban Cycling

11:30 am – 1:30 pm: Learn more about biking to work in the Harborside Atrium (210 Hudson Street) near the Harborside Ferry Terminal

Wednesday May 15th: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Women in Cycling Panel Discussion at DoubleTree Hotel (455 Washington Boulevard)

Thursday May 16th: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Healthy Hour Wellness Fair at the Exchange Place Plaza

6:00 pm: Bike Home with fellow cyclists from the Exchange Place Plaza

Friday May 17th: 8:30 am: Bike to work with Mayor Fulop from Riverview Park


Songwriter Showcase At Pet Shop

On Tuesday at 9:00 pm, enjoy some amazing music courtesy of Pet Shop’s songwriter showcase!

You’ll be able to enjoy performances by:

Jacob’s Brother

Blue Vervain

Jackie June

Christian Diana

Prince and Beggar

Eliza Novella

Gina Tolentino

Scott & The Tiny Instruments

Amanda Rose Riley

Antoine Poncelet


Pet Shop JC

193 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


DSBC x Kitchen Step Beer Dinner Celebration

Also, on Tuesday May 14th, the Kitchen Step and Departed Soles Brewing Company are hosting a beer and dinner event! From 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, enjoy a five-course menu expertly paired with five delicious beers! Celebrate DSBC 4th Distribution Anniversary. Delicious food and yummy beer: you can’t find a better mix!


For reservations call the Kitchen Step: 201-721-6115


The Kitchen Step

500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Groove on Grove: Rodeo Showcase/ Artist & Maker Market!

It’s back for another week! Groove on Grove is being joined by the Artist & Maker Market this Wednesday, May 15th! Starting at 3:00 pm, you can browse the great artists brought in by the one and only Debbie from the AMM and at 6:00, get ready for the hoedown! Dancing Tony has quite the event planned. Wednesdays GOG is a Rodeo Showcase featuring musical performances from:


6:00 Big Ed’s Open Jam

6:45 Sensational Country Blues Wonders

7:30 Gene the Plumber

8:15 Secret Country

You are never too young or too old to get your Groove on…


Groove on Grove

Grove PATH Plaza, Jersey City, New Jersey


Funkwerks Launch at Barcade

From Homer Simpson to Norm Peterson, pretty much everyone loves a cold beer! On Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 pm, head on over to Barcade as they welcome Funkwerks Brewing and their team!

You’ll enjoy the following offerings:

Funkwerks Raspberry Provincial – 4.2% ABV – Sour Ale brewed with raspberries

Funkwerks Saison – 6.8% – Classic Belgian style Saison – GABF Gold Medal winner!

Funkwerks Tropic King – 8.0% – Imperial Saison

Funkwerks White – 4.8% – Belgian style Witbier brewed with oats


Barcade – Jersey City

163 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


LSC After Dark: Paws and Prosecco

Another Thursday event is LSC After Dark: Paws and Prosecco! From 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, for those humans that are 21 and over can enjoy prosecco tastings, delicious offerings from the Midnight Market and a petting zoo! Yes, a petting zoo filled with cuddly animals like rabbits and piglets and more. Oh, how about some goat yoga? Well, LSC has that as well! What to do some cooking? You can make your own no-bake dog treats for your fur-baby!

Unfortunately, your fur children cannot attend this event- so get a paw-sitter and enjoy the night!

Also, LSC is partnering up with the Liberty Humane Society to collect items for their animals, so please try to make a donation for that great organization! For a breakdown of their needed items please use the link:


Tickets are available at Early bird special: $20 per person. If you want to purchase tickets at the door, it’s an additional $5 more. For the Midnight Market please bring cash only ($5 food plates)


Liberty Science Center

222 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, New Jersey


Tony Boloney’s Ribbon Cutting

Let’s welcome Tony Boloney’s to the downtown family! Please join Mayor Fulop, the HDSID and the Tony Boloney team on Friday, May 17th, from 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM for their ribbon cutting event!

Come by, say hello and enjoy their delicious food offerings!


Tony Boloney’s Jersey City

363 Grove Street, Jersey City, New Jersey

Haitian Flag Raising

On Friday, May 17th at 3:00 pm, please join Mayor Fulop, the JC Municipal Council, the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Jersey City Haitian Church of the Nazarene, for the Haitian Flag Raising at the City Hall Chambers!

This is a free event and open to the public!


City Hall

280 Grove St, Jersey City, New Jersey 07302


Food Business Bootcamp: Your Guide to Startup Success

One of sponsors, Hudson County Community College, is co-hosting an event on Saturday, May 18th! From 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, sign up for the Food Business Bootcamp and you’ll learn from a great panel of experts the inner workings of the food industry! Do you have a great food-centric idea or product but don’t know much about that industry? If so, this is the event for you!

The following topics will be covered in workshop:

  • Food Trends
  • Business Plan Basics
  • Food Safety
  • Food Product Concept Development
  • Food Law
  • Marketing Your Food Business
  • Pricing Your Food Product for Profitability
  • Food Business Operations
  • Funding Your Food Business


Tickets are available by Eventbrite- General Admission is $225


Culinary Conference Center

161 Newkirk St, Jersey City, New Jersey


JC Health and Fitness Fair in Jersey City

Have you fallen of off the workout wagon? Feeling uninspired with your current routine? Want to get healthier, but feel intimidated going to those big gyms? Well on Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, check out the 4th Annual JC Fitness Fair at City Hall! You’ll be able to meet with fitness pros and check some workouts that are sure to get you going to your healthier self! This event is free and open for everyone!


Tickets are available via


City Hall

280 Grove St, Jersey City, New Jersey


LITM Jersey City: DIY Floral Arrangements

After you update your fitness routine on Saturday, head on over to LITM for their DIY floral arrangement class! From 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, make a floral arrangement that will last an entire year. Yes, an entire year! So bring a friend and check out this amazing class!

Tickets are $40 and available on A ticket includes: flower vase, two Eon Flowers, and an unlimited selection of decorative flowers. You’ll also be able to upgrade your vase and flower at the event.



140 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Movement Screening for DANCERS

Are you a dancer? Want to prolong your career and avoid injuries? Nimbus Dance has you covered. On Saturday, May 18th at 4:00 pm, the studio will have a screening for professional dancers to get ahead of any potential injuries and risks.


Nimbus Dance

165 Newark Ave. Jersey City, New Jersey


WORD Presents Game of Thrones Trivia Night

Sad about Game of Thrones coming to an end? Thinking about what you’re going to do every Sunday? What to talk to co-workers about once the show ends? Well, put those thoughts to the side for a second and check out WORD JC’s Game of Thrones Trivia night! On Saturday, May 18th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, put your Westeros knowledge to the test against some worthy opponents! As per WORD, “Admission requires purchase of a $5 voucher good toward anything in the store on the night of the event. Voucher can be purchased at the door or online in advance below. Members of WORD’s Inner Circle program get in free.”


Tickets are available on


WORD Jersey City

123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Cooking for Kids with Food Allergies at Bambino Chef

Have a little one with a food allergy? Want to learn a fun new recipe that will make dinnertime exciting again? Well, check out Bambino Chef’s (in collaboration with Hazel Baby & Kids) Cooking for Kids with Food Allergies class on Sunday, May 19th at 5:00 pm!

You and your little one (this class is geared towards 3-6 year-old) will learn to make: Summer Mint Tabbouleh!

Buy your tickets at Eventbrite; 1 ticket counts for one adult and child pair! With a ticket you get:

  • a fun family-friendly activity
  • a full tummy from a healthy meal
  • new ideas & recipes for cooking at home
  • $20 gift card to Hazel Baby & Kids


A parent must accompany their kiddo!


Bambino Chef

213 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Mom’s Day Out!

Mother’s Day may be over, but if you are a new mother, you should enjoy a “me day” again! That’s where Acuworx comes in. On Sunday, May 19th at 9:00 am, enjoy a morning filled with activities geared towards new mothers.

As per Acuworx, the day will feature:

  • 15 minutes of low-impact resistance training with Kausar from Golden Sneaker Fitness
  • learning to make healthy recipes with Dougmary from A Green Unicorn
  • calming group meditation led by Johanna from Fast Track Languages
  • acupuncture session by Panos, owner of Acuworx (itinerary courtesy of Acuworx)


Get your ticket at Eventbrite.


Acuworx Acupuncture Studio

190 Columbus Drive, Studio 3A, Jersey City, New Jersey


Jersey City Plant Exchange

It’s time to get dirty, Jersey City.


Please join Kanibal & Co. at ANDCO on Sunday, May 19th from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm for the second annual JERSEY CITY PLANT EXCHANGE.



Bring one to three plants to trade (pest free/ bare root or potted). Please label them in advance with as much information as possible (for example: plant name, preferred light conditions, etc). This is the one time where size really doesn’t matter: we love them all, from tiny seedlings to big bushes. Just be prepared to part with whatever you bring and ready to adopt a new addition into your plant family.


The event cost is $40 and includes the following:

GIVEAWAYS: At check-in each participant will receive a custom tote filled with garden-themed goodies like seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, lip balm from The Lucky Honey Bee, accessories from The Moxie Fox, greeting cards from One Canoe Two, a local magazine from EIGHTY, swag from Kanibal & Co. + more.

In addition, Kelly Mac Interiorscapes will be gifting each participant a plant. Staff members will also be available to answer personalized plant questions throughout the entire event.


PLANT EXCHANGE: Bring one plant, swap one plant. Bring three, swap three! Plants can be purchased, grown, inherited, etc. We’ll walk you through how to plant swap like a pro.

REFRESHMENTS: Complimentary botanical mocktails and plant-based bites will be catered from FRANKIE, an Australian restaurant + bar. Garden party décor will be provided by Rifle Paper Co.

INFO SESSION: The Community Compost Co. will be at the event to give the dirt on … dirt! They’ll discuss topics such as: why we should compost and how we can make the most of our food scraps (even in small urban environments), composting myths (we promise, if done correctly it doesn’t smell!), composting best practices (what to and not to compost) as well as the easiest way to create your own “black gold”. The info session will finish with a Q&A segment.


Cash bar provided by FRANKIE (21+ / ID mandatory). FRANKIE will be serving an assortment of natural wine and botanical cocktails.

*Note: EXTRA DIRTY is not included in the ticket price.


The venue, ANDCO, has plenty of street parking and is just a stone’s throw from several parking lots and the Grove Street PATH train station.

The event is rain or shine and will be held indoors as well as outside, so please come prepared.


Kanibal & Co. has been hosting locally-led workshops for ten years, but this annual workshop is our biggest yet! The shop is comprised of refurbished vintage furniture, found objects and new home decor, apparel and gift items. Located in downtown Jersey City at 197 Montgomery Street, the shop also holds monthly craft classes taught by local artists.


DATE: Sunday, May 19, 2019


TIME: 12:00PM to approximately 3:00PM


LOCATION: ANDCO, 201 Montgomery St. in Downtown Jersey City

The cost includes the lesson, all supplies and refreshments. // Our standard policy applies for workshops: no refunds can be given for missed or canceled classes.




Next week: 

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


Don’t forget about:

Riverview Jazz Festival 2019


May 31st – June 9th, 2019

Opening Party at J Owen Grundy Pier on May 31

*Closing Festival June 8 – 9 at Newark Pedestrian Mall!*


Yoga Fest 2019


Historic Downtown Farmers’ Market!

Don’t forget that the Historic Downtown Farmers’ Market is back every Monday and Thursday from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at the Grove PATH Plaza!

Vendors vary from Monday and Thursday but here is list of what you can expect:

Ort Farms
Stony Hill Farms
Hoboken Farms
Bang Cookies
Stella’s Empanadas & Argentine Grill
Americas Kettle Corn
Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit
JC Fish Stand
Farm Eats
Eat Food CSA
Just Delicious Kettle Korn
EJL Market
Busy Bee Organics
Paolo’s Kitchen
SIPPs Organic Skincare
The Little Gym
Modern Family Dentistry
Blue Mountain Tea
Circle Brook Farm
SweetBerry Bowls
Fugee Burger
Vesco Foods
Buon Antipasto
Castaway Vintage
Deliciously Alicia’s
Sweeta Boo’s Cakery &Catering
Del Forno Real Estate
IV Elements
Uni K Wax
Little Monster Treats
Salvation Wellness
The Plant House

From food and baked goods to fresh and organic produce and local businesses, we have you covered! Stop by and shop!

Have a great week from the HDSID!


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