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This Week in the HDSID: March 4 – March 10 Spring is almost here!

March is here! The month of Daylight Savings Time, Spring, St. Paddy’s Day and occasionally snow…

Hopefully, we’ll leave our winter blues and say a big hello to Spring this month. We have a busy week ahead in the district with many of the businesses hosting a plethora of amazing events that are sure to make you get out of the house and have fun!

Game Night at Pet Shop hosted by the Downtown Community Church

Photo credit: CoolDad Music at

Start the week off the right way with some great vegan food, 90’s games and some great live music courtesy of…karaoke! On Monday March 4 at 7:00 pm, make your way to Pet Shop and enjoy a night filled with UNO, Jenga and many other nostalgic games. $ 1 (!) karaoke begins at 8:00 pm downstairs, so get that liquid courage flowing beforehand.

The 90s were the best…

Pet Shop JC

193 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


Latte Art Level 1 at Hidden Grounds Coffee

The owners of Hidden Grounds Coffee are hosting one of their amazing Latte Art classes again! Why not elevate your coffee game and learn some crazy latte art techniques? Tickets are available at and the event is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm.


As per Hidden Grounds Coffee, you’ll learn the following points of Latte Art from one of the owners:

1) Introduction to various Espresso Machines and Beans

2) Theory and Practice of Steaming Milk

3) Theory and Practice of Pulling Espresso Shots

4) Theory and Practice of Pouring a Latte Art


After your lesson, get ready to compete for prizes in a Latte art competition with your classmates!


Hidden Grounds Coffee

148 First Street, Ground Floor, Jersey City, New Jersey


WORD Presents Hoda Kotb!


Hoda Kotb is coming to Word! We repeat, the HODA KOTB from the TODAY show will be in Word presenting her new children’s book, You Are My Happy! After the presentation of the book, everyone’s favorite TODAY show co-host, will answer questions the crowd and sign copies of the book.

Please see below for some important information regarding the ticketing for this event as per WORD:

“This event requires purchase of You Are My Happy WORD for admission. You may preorder a copy below or in our Jersey City store. Doors open at 6 PM and seating is on a first come, first served basis. Members of WORD’s Inner Circle membership program may reserve seats by emailing with proof of ticket purchase. Should you have any health issues that require seating or any other questions please contact us at”

Tickets available at

Friday, March 8th / 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


WORD Jersey City

123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Barcade Beer Launch

After enjoying the great Hoda Kotb event, why not cool off at Barcade’s beer launch for the ABITA French Quarter IPA? In keeping with the inspiration behind the IPA, the food special for the night will be decidedly all about New Orleans: muffaletta! Do yourself a favor and simply google that beautiful word and notice your mouth watering…



163 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Little Artists Story Time at Hazel Baby & Kids

Round up the kids on Saturday morning and check out story time at Hazel Baby & Kids! Story time will include readings of the following books:


  • Harold & The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • Drawn Together by Minh Lê
  • Birds by Pablo Picasso

And afterwards, the kiddos will be able to express their creativity with drawing time!

Saturday, March 9 / 10:00 am – 11:00 am


Hazel Baby & Kids

199 Montgomery St, Jersey City, New Jersey


Stamped Tea Towel Workshop at Kanibal & Co.

Join Nathalie Kalbach and Kanibal & Co for their stamped tea towel workshop! On Saturday, March 9th, at 12:00, learn how to create your textile design with foam stamps on tea towels and you’ll be able to bring home something unique and custom-made… by you!

Get your tickets at: The cost of the tickets covers the lesson from Nathalie Kalbach, the supplies and refreshments!


Kanibal & Co.

197 Montgomery St, Jersey City, New Jersey


WORD Presents Patrick Wilson and Mike Avila

We have another wonderful WORD event this week! On Saturday, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, actor Patrick Wilson and author Mike Avila will be on hand to answer questions and sign copies of the book, “The Art and Making of Aquaman!” To purchase tickets please get to:

Again, please note the ticketing information from WORD:

“This event will be held at WORD Jersey City on Saturday, March 9 at 2 PM. The store will close at 1:00 PM and reopen for ticket holders only at 1:30 PM. Purchase of The Art and Making of Aquaman is required for entry into the event and the signing line. Personalization will be available, but Patrick and Mike will only be signing approved Aquaman merchandise sold at WORD. Additional items that have not been purchased at WORD will not be signed. Children are allowed into event only if accompanied by an adult purchasing a ticket.”

WORD Jersey City

123 Newark Ave, Jersey City, New Jersey


Afrofest 2019 at White Eagle Hall

On Saturday, March 9, at 9:00 pm head on over to the beautiful White Eagle Hall for the largest Afro-Caribbean Festival- Afrofest 2019!

This is one party you do not want to miss!


Tickets are available at


White Eagle Hall

337 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, New Jersey


Abstract Painting Class with Philip Hardy at Jersey City Art School

You have the opportunity to develop a new skill or you can simply explore a new art form courtesy of the Jersey City Art School! For six Sundays starting February 24th until March 31st, learn everything there is to know about abstract painting from Philip Hardy. Participants are encouraged to bring their sketchbook to the first class.

As per the Jersey City Art School, the course curriculum will be as follows:

  • Session 1 – Introduction Lecture concentrated on an overview of principles of abstraction, history, artists, theory, and strategies for developing painting ideas with a sketchbook.
  • Session 2 Lecture/demonstration concentrated on drawing, elements of design and monochromatic composition. Application of principles during a guided studio session in the sketchbook.
  • Session 3 Lecture concentrated on color theory and the elements of design. Application and practice of principles during a guided studio session.
  • Session 4 Introduction/demonstration with acrylic paint, tools, and materials. Application and practice of principles during a guided studio session.
  • Session 5 Objective – Using sketches as a reference, develop and implement a strategy for executing a single or series of resolved works.
  • Session 6 – Conclusion Objective – To reflect on the efforts by the student of the work created during the class with the ultimate purpose of developing new strategies for creating future works and providing suggestions or comments regarding the structure, conduct and personal experiences of the class.

(*Class outline as per the Jersey City Art School)


Sundays ~ February 24 – March 31/  9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tickets are available for purchase at The amount due for the classes are $300 and the materials are $50, for a total fee is $350.


Jersey City Art School

29 McWilliams Place, Jersey City, New Jersey


Starting a Coffee Business Course by Hidden Grounds Coffee

Have you ever thought of owning and running your own Central Perk? Well on Sunday, March 10 at 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, Hidden Grounds Coffee is having a workshop on how to do just that! The Starting a Coffee Business Course will cover the following items:

  • Tour of HDC coffee roaster
  • Presentation on the essentials (Financials, Business Plan, Location)
  • Demonstration of Best Practices 
  • Setting a goal for your cafe and how to curate a menu
  • How to be a great leader
  • Coffee Samplings
  • Team Competition/Tests

Course structure as per Hidden Grounds Coffee.

Get your tickets for the course at Eventbrite

Art House, Ground Floor, 148 1st St, Jersey City, New Jersey


A fun-filled week is coming up! The district and the amazing businesses have a variety of classes/ workshops and events to keep you busy!

Upcoming Events: 

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Join us for our March 19th monthly Historic Downtown Special Improvement District Meeting in the Caucus Room at City Hall, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. We will also have a representative from the Office of Sustainability for Jersey City answering questions and concerns regarding the Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance that will go into effect on June 28th, 2019.


The District has so many amazing events coming up!




The Artist & Maker Market will be back as a part of Groove on Grove! So far we have the following artists and makers scheduled to attend:

Axol and Friends

Free Love Frames

SIPPs (Sol Infusions Potions & Punches LLC)

Eclectic jewelry


Citrus Handcrafts

Change Is…Vintage & More

Chord Candles


Mabel Tea

Blind Science Design

Letterati Co.

ulloo New York

More Records JC

Embroidered Panda

Lily Lough Jewelry


Paradox Thrift

Outer Limits Hot Sauce

Laylani Crafts

Vintage On First

Bash and Pop Records


Ling Chen. Art


Applications are available for the 2019 Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market and 2019 All About Downtown Street Fair! If you would like to participate in the 2019 All About Downtown Street Fair, here’s the application:

For the Historic Downtown Farmers Market, the application is available on our website:

If you are interested in being a sponsor, here’s our media kit for 2019:


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