Animal Shelters in and Around Jersey City

Animal Shelters in and Around Jersey City

Stray, unowned, and abandoned animals continue to roam around the streets in Jersey City. Thankfully, there are hardworking and compassionate people behind every Animal Shelter in Hudson County and neighboring counties across New Jersey. The rescue of these furry companions makes all the difference in their lives and the lives of the loving family that they will be part of. We created a list with every Animal Shelter in and around Jersey City.

We thank all those people who give unselfishly to the saving and placement of these furry friends, and we hope that any heartache you encounter is overwhelmed by the happiness you make.

If you are a pet owner, check out our list of pet-friendly places in Jersey City.


Liberty Humane Society

Animal Shelters in and Around Jersey City

235 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Liberty Humane Society is an urban animal shelter & welfare organization located at the heart of Jersey City. LHS works to re-home the unclaimed animals who come into its care and they educate the community, volunteers, staff and potential adopters on responsible pet ownership, animal care and how to develop humane and compassionate relationships with animals.  LHS offers low-cost wellness clinics which includes spay/neuter and vaccinations.

Donations and adoption applications can be submitted through their website. For more information, click here.

 

Final Hope Animal Rescue

Animal Shelters in and Around Jersey City

6 Congress St. Jersey City, NJ 07307

Final Hope is a small animal rescue organization that strives to provide help to New Jersey’s abandoned and neglected cats and dogs. Utilizing their foster home and volunteer network, Final Hope provides temporary boarding, socialization, and veterinary care to the abandoned cats and dogs, with a final mission to find them permanent homes and loving, caring and responsible owners.

To learn more or to send donations, please click here.

 

 

Metro Cat Rescue

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297 Griffith St. Jersey City, NJ 07307

Metro Cat Rescue saves kittens and cats from sickness, starvation, and death in the streets. MCR coordinates with volunteer care of many outdoor cats in a number of colonies. Metro Cat Rescue is accepting donations on their GoFund me page in order to feed and care for cats and kittens.

 

Visit Metro Cat Rescue’s Facebook page here.

 

 

Hudson County Animal League

597 Broadway, Bayonne, NJ 07002

Hudson County Animal League is an adoption agency based in Bayonne New Jersey. Services include the following;

  • Rescue/foster abandoned animals
  • Promote and subsidize spay/neuter services
  • Adopt animals into permanent loving homes
  • Provide information and referrals on responsible pet care
  • Trap/neuter/release feral cats
  • Assist with veterinary services for the indigent

For more information, click here.

 

Secaucus Animal Shelter

Animal Shelters in and Around Jersey City

525 Meadowlands Pkwy Secaucus, NJ 07094

The Secaucus Animal Shelter is dedicated to saving animals. They rescue abandoned, abused and injured animals. Secaucus Animal Shelter works on rehabilitating animals back to health. They vaccinate, spay or neuter; and find them loving adoptive homes. Similar to animal shelters listed, they also have volunteering opportunities for everyone.
For more information, visit their website.

The staff at the animal shelters are doing an important job in keeping cats and dogs off the street. Every volunteer gives their time in making sure each furry companion is going to a loving home. Whether you are looking to adopt or foster, there is an animal for everyone. If you are not ready to make a new addition to your home, show your support for these animal shelters by donating or volunteering.

Nightlife in Jersey City

Nightlife in Jersey City

Nightlife in Jersey City doesn’t have to be all about bars and clubs. At night there is the New York City skyline to admire, late-night eats to explore after the sun sets, and places to walk around in especially during summer. For an updated list of weekend activities, check out our weekend events blog.

Here are 10 places to visit as you take advantage of your nocturnal nature.


Barcade

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163 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302

It’s in the name – a combination of bar and arcade with classic arcade games and crafted drinks, what else can we ask for? Barcade is perfect for late-night eats, drinks, and gaming because from Sunday to Thursday their kitchen is open until 11 pm, while Friday and Saturday until 1 am.

 

Cellar335

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335 Newark Ave. Jersey City, NJ 07302

Best known for their tiki styled cocktails and serves progressive Asian American dishes ideal for sharing. This award-winning restaurant accepts reservations online. With a very warm and welcoming ambiance, people will surely enjoy. Cellar335 is ideal for a family dinner, friendly get together, or a party.

Talde/Miss Wongs

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8 ERIE ST, JERSEY CITY, NJ 07302

Serving Asian-American, family-style dishes perfect for sharing located in the heart of downtown Jersey City. After having dinner, you can visit Miss Wongs, a not-so-hidden gem located beneath Talde. Miss Wongs is noted as one of Jersey City’s few “true” speakeasies serving carefully crafted mixed drinks. Similar to Cellar335, Miss Wongs is also the perfect venue for a night out as well as private events.

Torico Ice Cream

Nightlife in Jersey City

20 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Fulfill your late night craving for ice cream because Torico has extended spring/summer hours. With a wide range of flavors, you will surely enjoy. Torico is well known for having a variety of flavor all year round. From tropical flavors to winter flavors, they have them all. Whether you are looking to have a gelato, milkshake or an ice cream cake to celebrate a special occasion, you will find it at Torico.

Bucket and Bay Craft Gelato Co

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150 Bay Str, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Speaking of creamy treats, there is also Bucket and Bay that serves some of the most complex and elegant handcrafted gelato flavors. They add their own original twist to gelatos for more mature consumers such as Black Label Vanilla and Bourbon Peach. They also have vegan sorbet flavors such as PomeloLemon Thyme, and Mango Smoked Cardamom.  Their hours vary closing at 10:30 pm on Sundays, Monday through Thursdays and 11:30 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Hudson River Waterfront Walkway

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All year round, the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway is the best place to see the New York City skyline. This walkway can be enjoyed any time of the day or night, either by walking or running, biking or scootering. The Hudson River Waterfront Walkway has many benches to sit on and is surrounded by restaurants. This stretch can be taken from Hoboken or Jersey City Waterfront.

Pint

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34 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NJ

Pint is a bar rich in history and famous for its craft beer. Pint is a bar rich in history and famous for its craft beer. If you enjoy themed nights, Pint is the place for you. From Pintini Mondays, Free Rocketbot Tuesday to Big Saturday Night, parents will surely have a fun time. Pint is located one block from City Hall and the Grove Street PATH Station.

Porta

135 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

Opened in 2014, the three-story restaurant includes one of the few rooftop spaces in the city, spanning an entire block with two full bars and dining. Porta serves weekend brunch until 4 pm and known to be one of the best late night spots – serving pizza until 11 pm. This family-friendly restaurant also gives people the chill weekend vibes after the kitchen closes.

Cookies and Crepes

195 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

Here’s another spot that can satisfy your craving for sweets that is also open late. Aside from freshly bakes cookies and warm crepes, they also serve other specialty desserts such as brownies, cheesecakes, ice cream, and shakes. This late-night spot closes daily at 11 pm and 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Surf City

1 Marin Blvd, Jersey City, NJ

Surf City is a waterfront vacation style bar and restaurant with incredible views of Manhattan and Liberty Island where you definitely get the best of both worlds. They have indoor and outdoor spaces, unlimited free parking spaces, and a 400-foot dock on the water for individuals who would want to pull up on their boat. Enjoy tropical frozen drinks and seaside appetizers at Surf City all summer long.

Six 26

128 CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS DRIVE
JERSEY CITY, NJ

Six26 is a Lounge and Rooftop for the LGBTQ community. They have a lounge and a beautiful rooftop right in the heart of downtown Jersey City. They offer delicious food and cocktails.

The Ashford

145 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ

The Ashford is located right in the heart of downtown Jersey City. It is a spacious, warmly-lit stop with high ceilings offering New American fare plus cocktails, beers & TVs. They also have an extensive whiskey collection and super unique delicious cocktails. For the summer, the Ashford has opened their beautiful rooftop.

RoofTop at Exchange Place

1 Exchange Place, Jersey City, NJ

RoofTop at Exchange Place is made up of multi-level indoor and outdoor spaces – The RoofTop and The Terrace. This cocktail destination tops most of Jersey City’s must-see lists due to its stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Staten Island and beyond. The RoofTop provides year-round comfortable vibes with its retractable glass roof and walls which creates the perfect setting for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and sunset cocktails with a view. On the weekend, it turns into a day and night hot spot featuring live DJs.

One floor below, The Terrace combines its chic ambiance and uninterrupted views to provide Jersey City a new place to start their nights off – featuring spirited cocktails, a swanky self-playing piano and live entertainment on select weekends.

Dullboy

 

 

 

 

 

364 Grove St, Jersey City, NJ

Chill brick-walled bar serving unique takes on classic American dishes, plus an array of cocktails. Their cocktails are produced with the highest quality ingredients. Additionally, each evening they feature a daily shaken and daily stirred variety. They offer delicious bites like oysters, coconut crab buns, charred octopus, duck fat tater tots and so much more.

The Archer

176 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ

Rustic cocktail bar for classic drinks paired with a gamey menu of bar bites in dark wood digs. Archer also offers small bites while you enjoy their unique cocktail selection.

 

No matter the time or weather, Jersey City is filled with family-friendly options or places for parent nights out. As summer slowly approaches, be on the lookout for fun events for your family.

 

 

Free Summer Camp for Kids in Jersey City

Free Summer Camps for Kids in Jersey City

Summer is quickly approaching, during which summer camps will be in action. Below, you will find Free Summer Camp for Kids in Jersey City, which are some of the best options for children of all ages, abilities, and interests. Although some of the summer camps we have listed are not free, we also shared inexpensive options available in Jersey City.

You can also find other Summer Camp options through our directory of summers camps serving Jersey CityHoboken, and the surrounding areas. You will find a variety of camps that offer diverse activities for campers. To find enrollment, programs offered, and other information, please be sure to check their websites.


The City of Jersey City’s Department of Recreation

Free Summer Camp for Kids in Jersey City
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The City of Jersey City’s Department of Recreation organizes summer activities for all ages. They offer a variety of activities from summer camps to clinics.

Some of the summer programs offered by the City’s Recreation Department are Boxing, Roller Skating, Soccer, Softball, and more. The City’s Recreation Department uses a  unique online tool called ecDesk in order to allow residents to search and register for recreational programs citywide.
 To see the full list of summer programs offered by the City’s Recreation Department, click here.

Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County

Free Summer Camp for Kids in Jersey City
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In addition to the afterschool programs for which Boys & Girls Clubs are known, they offer full-day camps during the summer. There is a variety of engaging programs under the supervision of adult professionals, including field trips to baseball games, water parks, museums, and other local attractions. The Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County have summer programs specifically designed for children in Kindergarten – 3rd grade, grades 4-8, and teens ages 13-18.
Contact the Club here or stop by their Clubhouses in Jersey City and Hoboken to get registration information.

 

Free Summer Camp for Kids in Jersey City
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Learn! Play! Grow!

The NJCU Summer Camps are geared towards offering a rewarding experience for children.
The summer camp program by NJCU features facilities both indoor and outdoor, including an indoor pool, 3 hardwood courts, an outdoor athletic complex with collegiate regulation size soccer, softball, and baseball fields and private locker rooms. NJCU offers exciting activities such as swimming, team sports, arts and crafts, and relay/obstacle courses.
To register, visit NJCU’s website here.

Primary Prep

Free Summer Camps for Kids in Jersey City
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 Primary Prep offers young campers a wide variety of exciting experiences. In their summer camp program, children are provided with opportunities to expand their academic, artistic, and athletic skills or simply to celebrate the summer season in a wholesome, nurturing environment.
STEM-based lessons are infused with daily activities, such as art, exploration, comprehension, and creativity to ensure a balanced day.
For more information, click here.

 


It is always amazing to see just how many students are having a great time with their summer camp experiences. Most importantly, it is the benefits and the stories of the positive impact summer camps bring that really stand out. If you’re a parent with a busy schedule and have a hard time finding the time to fill your kids’ free time with activities and fun, why not send them to a summer camp? Sports camps, arts camps, educational camps, there’s a summer camp for every child in our Summer Camp Directory.

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Family First, Business Second.

Moms are known to wear many hats and adding on the entrepreneurial hat is just an addition to their ever-growing responsibilities. Which is why this Mother’s Day, we wanted to feature Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City and Hoboken, and recognize Mompreneurs who are winning at raising their children and growing their business at the same time.

Multitasking is so much more than a skill when you’re a mother – it becomes a part of you. For most people without children, it’s almost impossible to do basic chores on most days. You would think that to add another thing to their already-hectic life, will be even more chaotic. But moms everywhere are making it happen, simultaneously running small businesses and nurturing their children  – both 24/7 jobs.

Kudos to all of these moms who also have the rest of the community in mind as they fulfill their passion.

Dr. Mila Cohen of True Dental Care for Kids & Teens

Dr. Mila Cohen, a mother of two, and a board-certified dentist is the owner of True Dental Care for Kids & Teens in Jersey City. As a young and fearful patient once, she became inspired to create a friendly, warm and enjoyable experience for her patients. With all the training she has obtained to manage her craft, Dr. Mila is eager to make children feel that going to the kids’ dentist can be an enriching, fun and enjoyable experience.

Dr. Mila provides dental care for children of all ages in the Jersey City area and has dedicated her professional career to tend to the specific needs of both child and parent who visits the facility.

For important dental knowledge and to learn more about True Dental Care Kids & Teens, visit their website here: https://www.pediatricdentalnj.com/


 

Sonali Pai of Zaniac Jersey City

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CitySonali Pai is the Campus Owner of Zaniac Jersey City, which is an after-school and summer camp STEAM-enrichment center for parents who want to give their children an academic edge and encourage critical thinking, and a proud mother of two.

Sonali realized through her son’s education that there was still a gap in the way children are being taught the practical applications of STEAM and knew that it is important to make it as engaging as possible.

Now, as one of the founding members of a nutritional supplements company, and a proud mother of two, Sonali focused on bringing STEAM to the Jersey City community, in order for children to build a foundation for critical thinking and encourage their creativity from an early start.

For more information, visit Zaniac Jersey City Campus’ website here: https://www.zaniaclearning.com/jerseycity/

 

Urvashi Keown of Test Rocker

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Another amazing mom of two, Urvashi Keown, is also a Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer at TestRocker, Inc. in Jersey City. Urvashi leads TestRocker technology, products, strategic initiatives, and customer service worldwide. She is the person responsible for the development of the award-winning platform that powers TestRocker.

She cultivated a passion for digital production and development at her previous role as an advertising account executive at Ogilvy & Mather in New York City and holds a business management degree from the University of Notre Dame. You have to be a super mom to achieve all of that!

TestRocker provides free one-on-one sessions and free private consultation assessments. For more information, visit TestRocker’s website here: https://www.jerseycity.testrocker.com/

 Danielle Sporcic of The Little Gym of Jersey City

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CityDanielle Sporcic, together with her husband, owns The Little Gym of Jersey City. She was motivated to bringing The Little Gym of Jersey City to the community after seeing the positive impact it had given to their active and adventurous toddler.

They believe in providing a nurturing environment, where children explore their physical development, while also growing socially, emotionally, and intellectually.

For more information, visit The Little Gym of Jersey City’s website here: https://www.thelittlegym.com/jerseycityNJ/

Marietta Pineda-Reynolds of Downtown Medspa

 

Maria Pineda-Reynolds, a mother of four, co-owns Downtown Medspa with her husband, Dr. Eric Reynolds, DPM. Maria has over 20 years of experience in Sales and Marketing and over 10 years of experience in Real Estate Sales.

Downtown Medspa’s mission is to give Jersey City residents the most effective, science-based cosmetic and rejuvenation treatments possible, using state-of-the-art equipment. All of the treatments at Downtown Medspa are minimally invasive, safe, and require no downtime.

For more information about their services, visit Downtown Medspa’s website here: https://www.downtownmedspa.com/

Elizabeth Cain of Hound About Town and Hazel Baby & Kids

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Elizabeth Cain is a proud mother of a child, owner of not one, but two businesses, Hound About Town and Hazel Baby & Kids.

Elizabeth drew inspiration for Hound About Town from their family dog, Wiley. As a family, they are eager to maintain Wiley’s happy and healthy lifestyle, which is why they brought natural food products and other tools for training dogs with positive reinforcement to the Jersey City community with Hound About Town.

In addition to Hound About Town, Elizabeth was also motivated to bring socially responsible, environmentally friendly, and sustainable products for children with Hazel Baby & Kids.

For more information on Hound About Town and Hazel Baby & Kids visit their websites here: http://houndabouttownjc.com/http://www.hazelbaby.com/

Lynn Hazan of ChicpeaJC

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CityLynn Hazan, also known as “Chicpea”, is a mom to a beautiful daughter and pup Harvey, the founder of ChicpeaJC, a blog about all things Jersey City, and also the founder of the non-profit organization Content Creators Academy Jersey City for youth interested in digital media – she does it all. 

Aside from raising her growing family, Lynn also runs a hip hop class every Wednesday at Base Gym, and she has worked with several local businesses to organize events. She also dabbles into the fashion world, volunteers at community events, and teaches the occasional social media workshop.

Through working with organizations in Jersey City, she has made it possible to bring some of the most well-attended events in Jersey City, such as LSC After Dark events with Liberty Science Center, and the annual Halloween party, Terminal of Terror.

For more information on ChicpeaJC, visit: https://www.chicpeajc.com/

Dr. Chitra Mittal of Liberty Physical Therapy

Image result for dr chitra mittalDr. Chitra Mittal, a new mother, and owner of Liberty Physical Therapy. Dr. Chitra has not only been treating patients in the New Jersey area but she also has been treating patients of all ages all around the globe.

She obtained her Masters of Health Science at the University of Indianapolis with a concentration in Orthopedics. Dr. Chitra contributed her knowledge to other Physical Therapy students as a Teaching Assistant at Harvard University.

For more information on Liberty Physical Therapy, visit their website here: https://www.libertyptnj.com/

Jomayra Torres of Joys In Teaching Tutoring Service

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CityJomayra Torres, born and raised in Jersey City in a single mother household with 4 younger siblings, she grew up understanding the value of hard work and the impact of a genuine, caring spirit in the lives of children. Growing up, Jomayra had a desire to make a difference in the lives of those in her community and endeavored to do so by pursuing a career in education.

Joys In Teaching Tutoring Service, LLC, a tutoring match and educational services organization, that was developed as a response to parent requests for professional and affordable educational services as a result of lack of funding for programs. Joys In Teaching has expanded to include enrichment programs, parent education workshops, consultation, and professional development services, as well as a non-profit, Joys In Teaching Inc, aimed at providing much needed educational services to the Jersey City community.

To learn more about Joys in Teaching Tutoring Service, visit http://thejoysinteaching.com

 

Bridget Fujioka of Beloved World Yoga

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey CityBridget is a mom, and the owner and founder of Beloved World Yoga. She was first introduced to yoga in 2001. Through yoga, she found a calm and acceptance never before experienced. From that first year, she knew she would become a yoga teacher and be able to have a place others could also use as a sanctuary.

It took some time and several detours, but everything has fallen into place. She received her 200-hour teacher training from Bright Spirit and has studied Restorative Yoga at Yoga Works. She is so grateful for the opportunity to share yoga with her community.

To learn more about Beloved World Yoga, visit their website: https://belovedworldyoga.com/ 

Ayesha Khanna of Naurah USA

Ayesha Khanna is a mom, choreographer, multi-passionate entrepreneur, and a fashionista. She is well known as the Founder of Bollywood Funk NYC Dance school as well as her fashion line Naurah USA.
Her journey as a dancer began at the ripe age of 4. Born and raised in India she learned the classical dance form of Kathak under the guidance of Pundit Birju Maharaj and Smt Shovana Narayan. A natural performer, she also studied acting under Amal Allana, chairperson of the National School of Drama in New Delhi.
Inspired by the rich Indian heritage and the vibrant fashion scene of NYC, Ayesha wished to create unique wearable designs that bring the best of her two worlds together. The line is both inspired by and dedicated to the bold and beautiful women who are hustlers by day but fashionistas at night. Naurah designs are known for their rich hand embroideries and unique color combinations. Make Every Day a Style Statement!
Naurah recently launched in Milan and is soon going to expand to London, United Kingdom.
View Naurah designs at www.naurahusa.com .

Zahra Amanpour of Indiegrove

Mom-Owned Business in Jersey CityZahra Amanpour, mom of two, and founder of Indiegrove,  a place that provides a real advantage to small businesses, freelancers, and independent professionals with workspaces, meeting rooms, and events spaces that are designed to provide them with the environment needed to work harder and happier.

JCFamilies had an opportunity to interview Zahra back in 2016, and her advice to other moms who also want to be successful entrepreneurs while caring for their families is, “You shouldn’t feel guilty! If you had a job, your time away from your kids would be expected. You’re not choosing your business over your kids. You’re trying to put your mark in this world, and you can have that”

For more information on Indiegrove, visit their website here: https://indiegrovejc.com/

Rene Safarova-Gonzalez of Bambino Chef

Mom-Owned Businesses in Jersey City

Bambino Chef was created and owned by Rene Safarova-Gonzalez, a proud mother of two. Rene’s love for cooking and creating recipes with her children inspired her to open a kitchen studio where children and adults can learn and experience the magic she feels in the kitchen.

Bambino Chef offers children cooking lessons, birthday parties, summer/winter camps, story time sessions, play date gatherings, holiday events, adult cooking classes, and other learning and developmental activities. While learning the importance of healthy nutrition and cooking up little masterpieces.

For more information, visit their website here: https://www.bambinochef.com/

Ilana Libman of HudsonPLAY

Ilana is a mom of two, resident of Jersey City for over 20 years, and owner of HudsonPLAY. When developing HudsonPLAY in the Brunswick Center, she was focused on fostering love and geared her efforts on helping to encourage strong families from the inside out.
At the forefront of this indoor playground is the physical benefits for the children who jump, skip, and climb their way through the obstacle course and play area. However, for Libman, HudsonPLAY can offer so much more for every member of the family.
Libman, who is a busy working mom and constantly on the go, wanted to use her business as an opportunity for parents to have stress-free adult time,  strongly believing that a happy parent can provide a better and healthier environment for the family. Therefore she created “Parent’s Night Out” offered every Friday night at HudsonPLAY.  The weekly event really aims to support both the children and adult members of the family.
In addition to offering children an opportunity to stay physically active (regardless of weather)  and socialize with new or existing friends, HudsonPLAY is also committed to developing healthy eating habits.
To learn more about HudsonPLAY, visit their website here: https://www.hudsonplaynj.com/

 


 

So how do they do it? Simple answer – they’re a MOM! Moms are resilient, strong, and hard-working. Such beautiful and gentle creatures who can be tough when needed to be. Moms deserve to be recognized for their efforts all year round and here at JCFamilies, we a grateful for the strong mothers that raised us and have made us who we are today.

We believe that these hard-working mothers, as well as other mompreneurs not mentioned, contribute to the health and well-being of the people in our community. We thank you for fulfilling your passion and ensuring that the future generation will grow in a community where education, safety, and proper care is advocated for.

 

The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and Hoboken

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and Hoboken

Summer is relatively short, so it’s important to pack as much as you can into the three short months when the kids are out of school, not at summer camp, and when parents (hopefully) have a little extra time to go out there and play!

If you are looking for fun ways to spend the summer days with your family, we made a comprehensive list of every single fun summer events for families in the Jersey City and Hoboken area. We hope you can get to enjoy spending fun days at the park whether it is for farmer’s market or learning about getting fit and healthy.

Please note that some events we have listed are free, and while some have a nominal cost, please do check the links we have provided to find more information as you plan your fun summer itinerary.

Enjoy these fun events and activities with your family!

Opening PartyFriday, May 31st • 6 pm

Formerly known as the Riverview Jazz FESTIVAL, the 10-day celebration will begin with an opening party at J Owen Grundy Pier and culminate in a two-day outdoor free-to-the-public festival on the Newark Pedestrian Plaza near the Grove Path.

Events during Jazz Week will be hosted throughout Jersey City and will include a featured show ar White Eagle Hall. The seventh year of the Festival is sponsored in part by Bank of America and made possible through partnerships with WBGO, the Historic Downtown SID, the City of Jersey City, Hudson County, and Exchange Place Alliance.

Click here for up to date information or visit the Jersey City Jazz Festival website here.

SJC Green Drinks +ART

Wednesday, June 5th • 6 am – 9 pm

SJC Green Drinks +ART will be hosting those who have an interest in sustainability and would like to meet other like-minded people. Who knows, maybe you will leave with a neighborhood project in mind and some new friends to help you do it! Join Us If You Can 🙂

LITM is the fabulously friendly downtown hang with great drinks and food (in case you want to stay for dinner !) and their monthly art shows offer a really creative vibe in the heart of JC’s restaurant row. December features a mixed media multi-artist show called Small Wonders – 100s of small works for sale just in time for the holidays.

To RSVP, click here. 

4th Annual VVPA Golf Outing

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenFriday, June 7th • 4 pm – 10 pm

“Go Clubbing” with your neighbors and friends! Golfers play a fun and challenging 9 holes round with your neighbors for lots of prizes and laughs! If Happy Hour and dancing is more your speed, with a little putt putt contest thrown in, you’re in luck because they got that too!!
Watch the sunset all together and enjoy a yummy bbq dinner. Fun night GUARANTEED!!
For more information, visit the event page here.

 

Hudson River Loop Walk & World Oceans Day 2019

Image may contain: people standing, sky and outdoorSaturday, June 8th • 8 am – 6 pm

It is Freewalkers’ 7th annual Hudson River Loop Walk! This special event is a one-day 30-mile walk along the Hudson bordering NYC and NJ.

This year help us celebrate World Ocean’s Day, an annual awareness and celebration of our valuable water resources around the world. While many are celebrating in different venues around the world, we will participate in World Oceans Day NJ/NYC to honor the ocean, which connects us all. We’ll have special activities such as “plogging” (picking up refuse) along the way, creating human formations and learning more about how we can share and protect our ocean.

For more information, click here.

5th Annual Bayonne Home Town Fair! 150 Years of Bayonne

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Bayonne Home Town Fair returns with the Fifth Annual Bayonne Hometown Fair on Bayonne’s 150th year as a City. The expanded beer garden will be back again by popular demand. The Event will include Children’s Rides, Games, Local Merchants, Specialty Vendors, Food Vendors, Non-profits, Musical entertainment and so much more!

Fair will be held on June: Saturday, June 8th at 11 am until 8 pm, and Sunday, June 9th at 12 noon until 6 pm on Broadway in the heart of town, between 21st Street and 25th Street.

For more information, click here.

Hamilton Park Festival 2019

Saturday, June 8th • 12 pm – 6 pm

 Come celebrate the 34th Hamilton Park Festival hosted by the Hamilton Park Neighborhood Association. Enjoy live music, food, & entertainment. There will be a petting zoo, magician, and bouncy house for kids while parents browse/purchase used and new items from vendor tables and meet local non-profit organizations.
For more information and to register, click here.

GO Jersey City

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH • 10 AM- 1 PM

Join your neighbors for our 2019 GO Jersey City. Saturday June 8th, 10AM-1PM. Go Jersey City is funded and lead by the members of Downtown Community Church. GO is a day of service and fun where residents of Downtown Jersey City, and beyond, go out and serve organizations and parks throughout the city. It is a way for us to give back and support the people and places that make our city great.

Registration and check in on June 8th at City Hall Plaza, starting at 10AM. You will be greeted with our 2019 free T-Shirt, along with free coffee and light breakfast. From there, we head out with our teams to our various projects. Then when we’re done at 1 pm. There will be a free after-party at Hudson Hall with free food, games, and prizes!

Worldwide Knit in Public – Jersey City 

SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH • 12 PM – 6 PM

Worldwide Knit in Public Day – Jersey City (Official) is a community drop-in gathering to promote the art of knitting and related yarn crafts such as crochet, spinning and weaving. Everyone is welcome!

Join in for:

Tips for beginner and advanced knit and crochet
Giveaways (while supplies last)
Connect with other residents who knit or crochet
Wellness presentation on how to reduce stress with yarn crafts
Yarn swift and ball winder will be available (first come, first served)

The event is at Van Vorst Park at 12pm to 6pm.

A Swingin’ Spring Concert

SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH• 4 PM-6 PM

North River Sing will be hosting it’s Spring Concert on June 9th at Grace Church Van Vorst. It is a family event where you can enjoy your Sunday afternoon of stylish jazz standards and show tunes. There will be a light reception to follow with lots of yummy food, wine, and other beverages. There is no entrance fee for the concert, however, suggested donation is $15.00. The concert will take place at Grace Church Van Vorst on 2nd Street between Erie and Jersey in downtown Jersey City.

Among the music titles . . .

“Heart” (Richard Adler, Jerry Ross, Damn Yankees)
“Just One of Those Things” (Cole Porter)
“The Ballad of Sweeney Todd” (Sondheim, Sweeney Todd)
“That Old Black Magic” (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen)

For more info click here.

Walk With a Doc

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Sunday, June 9th • 10 am

Have fun and join Van Guard Medical Group for a healthy walk.

It’s a great way to get out, get active, and enjoy good conversation. You’ll take a few minutes to learn about a current health topic, then spend the rest of the hour enjoying a healthy walk and conversation with a doc. 

Walk your own pace and distance, and bring a friend to this free community event!

For more information on this event, click here.

Evening Under the Stars w/ York Street Project

Summer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenThursday, June 13th • 6 pm-9 pm

The best block party of the year is back for the 9th year in a row! Tickets include unlimited tastings from all our food and drink vendors. Entertainment for the night will be live music from the Jersey shore cover band, “enjoy!”

All proceeds from the event and Super Raffle support the York Street Project programs that deliver solutions to break the cycle of poverty.

Must be over 21 to attend.

For more information, visit the event page here.

New Jersey Food and Beer Festival 

Saturday, June 15th3pm -7pm

Sample 200 beer varieties with an all you can eat BBQ feast including split Berkshire pork, grass-fed beef, fire roasted rabbit & free range chicken plus live music from Lima Bean Riot, hot air balloon rides, hoppy hop races, human foosball, axe throwing, beer obstacle course and much more.

For more information and tickets, click here.

Bagapalooza

Saturday, June 152pm-5pm

The Office of Sustainability is co-hosting a reusable bag event with Cultural Affairs and the Jersey City Public Schools. “Bagapalooza” will have crafts and games for kids with the Educational Arts Project, a plastic bag weaving project, a live painting from the Jersey City Mural Arts Program, live music, and a reusable bag giveaway featuring the winning logo of the Sustainable STEAM Challenge. The event will be at City Hall Plaza and it is free.

 

Safe Summer For Jersey City

Monday, June 17-June 204pm-7pm

Jersey City’s Police Department is hosting a free event for the community. The event is family-friendly, free, and open to the public. There will be a ton of food, drinks and prizes. The events are all around JC so you can see when the event is in your district.

Cocktails for Cats: 15th Anniversary Party & Fundraiser for CAT

Image may contain: catWednesday, June 19th • 6-10pm

In celebration of Companion Animal Trust‘s 15 years of amazing work helping Hudson County’s feral cats, they are hosting a fundraiser event to raise money for their fantastic cause. There will be kitty-themed cocktails, silly cat videos, raffles, and more!

For information on this purr-fect event, click here

Project eats food festival 2019 Jersey city
Sat.-SUN., June 22-23rd • 11 am-7 pm

THE JERSEY CITY PROJECT + the CITY OF JERSEY CITY will celebrate warm days, cool drinks and delicious eats with the annual PROJECT: EATS on June 22 + 23, 2019. The food-centric marketplace will run from 11 AM to 7 PM on Saturday and Sunday and will be located around City Hall at 280 Grove Street in Historic Downtown Jersey City.

For more information, visit: thejerseycityproject.com

Instagram: @thejerseycityproject — for vendor updates, giveaways, and more leading up to the event!

Yoga Fest Jersey CitySummer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenSaturday, June 22nd • 7 am

In 2019 Yoga Fest Jersey City is evolving and expanding into an event that will attract thousands of people from near and far. Starting at 6:30 am on June 22, 2019, a registration table will be in place where participants will be required to register and sign in.

For more information about this event and to pre-register, click here.

 

 

3rd Annual Dog Days of Summer FestivalSummer Events for Families in Jersey City and HobokenSaturday, June 29th • 12 PM – 4 PM

Liberty Harbor is going to the dogs Saturday, June 29th for an afternoon of dog-centric vendors, exhibitors, and service providers.

Come and celebrate all things dog related! Carnival games and giveaways will keep their tails wagging, and Zeppelin Hall Biergarten, Restaurant & Nightspot will keep your bellies full.

For more information on this furry event, visit the event page here.

 

2019 Statue of Liberty 5K Benefitting Special Olympics

Image may contain: one or more people, ocean, sky, text and outdoorThursday, JULY 4TH • 5 AM – 10 AM

Before the barbeques, parades, fireworks… RUN with Lady Liberty! Join the only official race around the Statue of Liberty. Registration is limited to 500 runners, so reserve your spot today.

Link for registration: https://bit.ly/2VG90fp

Link for more event information: https://www.liberty5k.org/

 

 

BASTILLE DAY IN JERSEY CITY 2019

Saturday, July 13th • 11 am – 6 pm

Bastille Day remains a symbol and celebration of liberty, worldwide. So, it is only natural that Jersey City, host of Lady Liberty celebrates Bastille Day! The French American Academy is proud to be launching this event.

For more information, visit the Bastille Day website here.

Storytime LIVE! Hang Out with Curious George and Pinkalicious

Image may contain: textSaturday, July 13th • 2 pm – 4 pm

You’re invited to Kiddie Academy for Storytime LIVE! Curious George and Pinkalicious will jump off the page and visit the classroom.

This event is FREE and open to everyone — bring a friend or two. Please RSVP to Kiddie Academy’s Event Website to reserve your spot.

2019 L7’s Rock ‘n Roll BBQ

Image may contain: textSaturday, July 13th • 11 am – 6 pm

It is Lucky 7’s 8th Annual L7’s Rock ‘n Roll BBQ! The 2nd street will be shut down to make room for ice cold beer from Peerless Beverage Company, The Brooklyn Brewery can station, whiskey, bands, BBQ, cornhole, and human-size beer pong! Plenty of fun for the little ones too in their “kid zone”, including a dunking booth, pool, toys, and a bouncy house.

For more information, click here.

59th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Festival

Image may contain: ocean, sky, text, outdoor, water and natureSat. & Sun., Aug. 17th & 18th• 12 pm – 9:30 pm

JCPRHAC President Dennis Ortiz and the JCPRHAC team are thrilled to bring you the 59th Annual Jersey City Puerto Rican Heritage Festival!

For 2 days, this festival will bring Jersey City a carnival, delicious food options, wonderful music, local talent & entertainment, a youth Boxing Event and much more.

For more information, click here.

Every Saturday starting on May 18. 

Bring your appetite and your walking shoes as you take a behind-the-scenes-tour in historic Hoboken, New Jersey of the most authentic Italian gourmet food businesses in the United States! You’ll visit Carlo’s City Hall Bake Shop, home of  “Cake Boss” , as seen on The Learning Channel.  You never know which cast member we’ll run into!  Sample some award-winning mozzarella cheese that’s made right in front of you at Lisa’s Italian Deli named best Italian deli by NJ Monthly Magazine (again!).  Try a piece of warm Italian bread, hand made and baked in a traditional coal-burning brick oven.

To purchase tickets, please click here.


No matter what the weather is, there is an event you can attend that will surely brighten your day and make the whole family happy. There is no better way of spending summer than with the ones you love and seeing the smile on everyone’s faces.

For more information on upcoming events, visit our events page.

Mother’s Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken

Mother’s Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken

In preparation for Mother’s Day Celebration, we created a list of events and activities that moms can enjoy on their own or with the whole family. Get some inspiration from these events to get fit and even bring out your inner Picasso.

For most moms, Mother’s Day can be just another hectic day spent getting the kids ready. Possibly to spend it in the park, or by taking the kids to a fun activity. Regardless of how the day goes, mom surely had something prepared, which is why we are grateful for moms since we owe them our lives (literally).

Aside from taking advantage of Mother’s Day Brunch Specials at your local restaurants, you can also gift yourself with great experiences on this special day because you deserve it! From mommy and me activities to races, and even for first-time moms, we made sure to include a little something for everyone.

Get planning because May 12th will be here before you know it!

 


Mother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken

JCFamilies is hosting a Mother’s Day Celebration in Jersey City on May 10th at Hamilton Park. Enjoy a weekend of fun and meet other moms where you can bring the whole family! There will be entertainment, music, and several vendors at this event. There will also be arts and crafts by Luna De Papel.
For more information, visit our event link.

 

Mother’s Day Bouquet Day!

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken
Bloom in love by bringing out your flowering skills with a floral design session hosted by About-Designs & Hudson Paperie. Since this event is for all ages, you can enjoy and create a beautiful spring floral arrangement with the whole family.
Be sure to visit their Eventbrite page to purchase your tickets and get more information about this wonderful event.
Healthy Mama – Mind, Body & Soul

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken

In celebration of Mother’s Day, Mamas, You Got This & Mama’s Got Mojo brings you a curated event featuring a panel stacked with experts on mom health. You will learn about nutrition, fitness, yoga, meditation, mindfulness, massage, pelvic floor health and why it is so important to put your wellness first! You will leave feeling inspired and informed on how to get stronger, lighter, healthier and happier simply by changing a few habits and dedicating a little bit of time to self-care!

For more information and to purchase your ticket, click here.

Mother’s Day Paint Night

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken

 

Hudson Pride Center is hosting a free Mother’s Day Paint Night where you not only enjoy painting but can also be part of honoring mothers while providing a creative and safe environment for mothers to bond and network. This free event includes art materials, music, light refreshments, fun and more!

 

Mother’s Day Paint and Sip at VIBGYOR Creations Art Studio

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken

Following in the footsteps of famous artist Mary Cassatt, treat yourself or gift another mom a fun-filled Mother’s Day Paint and Sip at VIBGYOR Creations Art Studio, to celebrate the special bond between mother and child. Enjoy a step by step painting session even without any previous artistic experience, you’ll be surprised at how great everyone’s art turns out.

For more information, visit the event link.

 

Plant Nite: Mother’s Day Wreath at Zinburger / Pearls of Wisdom in Vintage Distress Drawer

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken

If you don’t fancy a bouquet, we have another option for succulent lovers. Gifted growers will guide you step-by-step as you make a mini Zen garden, succulent arrangement, or tiny terrarium at Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar.

Purchase your ticket here! 

 

Xpress Your HeART with TysART

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken
TysART is also hosting a 2-hour sip and paint night at Celebrate Life Studio that moms can surely enjoy. There will be wine options, music, raffles, champagne toast, and food. For more information, visit their Eventbrite page.

2019 Mother’s Day 5K & 10K – Jersey City

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken
Celebrate motherhood or the favorite mother in your life with a Mother’s Day 5K & 10K! This virtual race where you get to run your own race, at your own pace, and time it yourself, earns you a medal and gives an opportunity to support Vitamin Angels, an organization that provides vitamins and minerals to mothers and babies that need them.
For more information, visit their Eventbrite page.

Dancing with Mom at My Gym Jersey City

Mother's Day Events in Jersey City and Hoboken

My Gym in Jersey City would like to invite you to a very special event, Dancing with Mom! There will be exciting games, activities, adventures, pizza and more fun for mom and her children. Dress your best to dance the night away with mom. Please note that there is a nominal fee for members and nonmembers.

For more information and to RSVP for this event, please visit My Gym’s website here.

 


We hope you have a wonderful Mother’s day, whether you are looking for events to attend yourself or to celebrate with other mothers. You are worth celebrating and you deserve to treat yourself to any of these wonderful events and more!

Shelters for Women and families in Jersey City

Shelters for women and families in Jersey city

 

Alarming at this may sound, over half a million people in the united states live on the streets, in cars, in homeless shelters, or in subsidized transitional housing. This number will significantly increase if we were to factor families that spend couple of days a year in such places. This is a real , daunting and an ongoing issue. Homelessness is real and thus we bring a list of shelters for women and families in Jersey city.

Homelessness is the condition of people lacking “a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence”. Causes of homelessness in the US include lack of affordable housing, mental illness, physical disability, having no family or supportive relatives, substance abuse, unemployment, and low-paying jobs etc. Homelessness in the United States affects many segments of the population, including families and children.

For women in particular, domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness. According to certain reports, the top causes of homelessness among families are: (1) lack of affordable housing, (2) unemployment, (3) poverty, and (4) low wages, in that order. Needless to say that a certain population of Jersey city is also homeless. And thus, this list of shelters for women and families in Jersey City is important. Alternatively if you are looking for charitable organizations, follow this list.

Many reasons why a family or someone we know finds themselves gripped by homelessness. In such times its imperative to find a safe facility.Below is the list of shelters for women and families in Jersey City, with their contribution to the community and  their missions .

Shelters for women and families in Jersey city

Hope House : 246 Second Street, Jersey City

Website :http://www.ccannj.com/hope_house.php

Phone :(201) 420-1070

Hope House is an emergency shelter for homeless women with children. This shelter helps families become self-sufficient by giving them an opportunity for decision making and for improving their situation. This is done under the supervision, support, and guidance of shelter staff. This facility Houses up to 20 mothers and their children.  The program offers short-term supervised residence, including three meals a day, assessment/planning, case management, housing, education, food, and clothing.

If you are a woman or you know someone who is struggling to find a house for herself and her children , Hope house and its compassionate staff will help you find the right place and the right opportunity for you and your young children. Hope house is the first on our list of shelters for women and families in Jersey city. If you would like to volunteer instead you could reach out to them or for other opportunities find here 

St lucys shelter

St. Lucy’s Emergency Shelter :619 Grove Street, Jersey city

Wesbite : http://www.ccannj.com/st_Lucy.php

Phone :   (201) 656-7201

The second on our list of shelters for women and families in Jersey city, is this place. With a supervised 24-hour, 7-day-a-week, year-round emergency shelter facility for single women and men offering emergency housing and food for those in need. The staff at St. Lucy’s emergency shelter is kind and giving. Within the first week of getting here, people meet with specialized staff to assess their current situation. Once their needs are determined, clients are referred to one or more of services. This could be welfare, SSI, unemployment, job training and job search, education and mental-health/addiction-treatment programs. The shelter provides two meals a day, clothing as well as a shower program and outreach services for the unsheltered homeless.

York street project

York street Project : 89 York St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

Phone : (201) 451-9838

Website : https://yorkstreetproject.org/

The York Street Project builds innovative programs that provide an environment to shelter, feed, educate and promote the healing of persons in need, especially women, children, and their families. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, the York Street Project works on collaborated to work with the poor and oppressed in Jersey City.

The York Street Project takes on the highly-visible factors of Education, Housing and Childcare that generally block women from creating self-fulfilled, self-sufficient lives. This place then works on these factors to improvise and sustain livelihoods.
At the same time they also take on the less visible factors, healing the hidden damages  , unlearning the lessons of hopelessness and helplessness, restoring destroyed self-esteem; the york street project actively and compassionately works with women and children to address these needs.

The york street project in Jersey city has been working for many years and is one of the important shelters for women and families in Jersey city

women rising

Women rising : 270 Fairmount Ave, Jersey City, NJ 0730

Website : www.womenrising.org

Phone :(201) 333-5700

Another notable place ; WomenRising has a history of helping women and their families. Women rising has been actively working with those in need- in need of jobs, safety from domestic violence, freedom from substance abuse, safe homes for children. WomenRising meets these needs by providing supportive counseling, crisis intervention, workforce development and job placement, shelter for victims of domestic violence, outreach, advocacy, and referrals.

WomenRising is the foremost community-based organization for women in Hudson County. They assists women and their families to achieve self-sufficiency and live safe, productive and fulfilling lives, through social services, economic development, and advocacy services.

hoboken shelterThe Hoboken shelter : 300 Bloomfield St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Website : https://hobokenshelter.org/

Phone : (201) 656-5069

Although not really in Jersey city but nearby , Hoboken Shelter’s  single most important mission is to assist homeless men and women in developing the skills needed to gain employment, achieve independence, and re-integrate into the community.  The ultimate goal is to end homelessness one person at a time! They strive to have  a community partnership transforming lives by providing meals for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and services to support people to become housed.

The Hoboken Shelter takes a holistic approach to helping people in need.  It shelters 50 people nightly, serves 530 meals daily, and provides such support services as case management, counseling, job & life skills training, creative arts workshops, emergency homelessness prevention grants, & permanent supportive housing solutions.

There are many other places , yet the most notable shelters for women and families in Jersey city have been listed above. For reasons of compassion , in times of need and for any other reason do go through the options or pass it on to someone who really needs it. If you would like to volunteer instead you could search for opportunities here 

 

 

 

 

 

8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

With summers approaching, its time to spread your arms, give them a good stretch and embrace the warm sunlight and all that the sun and summer has to offer!The longer the days gets, chances of engaging in more outdoor fun activities increases, and don’t we all love it ! Summers are a bright chance to bond, spend family time, and to burn out that energy our young residents have! Of course a summer favorite of every age group is a local park picnic, and we bring to you 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city! At last , it’s the picnic season!

All you have to do is fill that basket with some goodies, snacks and some water, carry an umbrella, and a blanket, sunglasses or a hat and head to any of these places. Watch the flowers bloom and the city turning green again ! And hey, don’t forget that sunscreen.

8 best parks for picnic in around Jersey City

 

  1. Hamilton Park : Jersey City

http://www.hpnajc.org/

A 5.4 acre square green space in downtown Jersey city is one of its residents and visitors favorite destination. Engulfed in tall tress and sporting an array of historic houses and shop fronts , charming boutiques and restaurants. Hamilton park offers many activities for people of all age groups.  A sprinkler park, swing park, a Gazebo, a dog patch, a basketball court, tennis court and lots of green space to just lay your picnic basket and yourself to some sun glory ! you can spend an entire day in Hamilton park enjoying a sunny day picnic. This is one of our favorite parks in the list of 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

 

  1. Van Vorst park, Jersey city : 257-287 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

     http://vvpa.org/

Image courtesy : andrewalexanderprice.com

A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating , paved walkways for a short evening walk or space for families to enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass. This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy! Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city. Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction. Spend your entire day at Van vorst park if you live around this area! Another favorite of 8 Best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

  1. Newport Green park, Jersey city: 14th St, Jersey City

    https://www.newportnj.com/parks-and-recreation-community-5.php

 

An urban oasis, a nice clean space that has something for everybody- irrespective of age. A large sprinkler park, a sand beach , colorful carousel, many beach chairs and a large park right behind this area. Newport green is squeaking with laughter and joy of young children during summer. Come here and spend the day on either the benches or just laying in the green grass working on your tan . Newport green is a unique park with all it has to offer in the list of 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

  1. Liberty state park: 200 Morris Pesin Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

Jersey city’s largest park, the Liberty state park is so dense with canopy of trees, that you will never have an issue finding a nice shade on a very hot day. If you arrive early you might get a spot near the play ground too. So bring on that picnic basket and spread out that blanket, a frisbee and soak the sun while breathing in the view of Manhattan and statue of Liberty. This park will offer you your perfect picnic spot !

  1. Riverview Fisk Park : Jersey City, NJ 0730

    http://jcparks.org/riverview-fisk-park/

 

This park located at the edge of the Heights on Palisade avenue. Lay on a lazy day on your blanket under the sun , enjoying a snack and taking in views of both New York City Skyline and the Hudson River as well as the Verrazano Bridge and the George Washington Bridge. The park is a complete entertainment package with a Gazebo, two basketball courts and playground for children. Enjoy a Sunday sampling food from many food vendors as part of farmer’s market! A star in our 8 best parks for picnic in and around Jersey city

 

  1. Lincoln Park: Jersey City, NJ 07304

On a very hot day this park is perfect for a long stroll under a canopy of trees . besides a perfect picnic spot , this park contains many sports fields and recreational facilities. There are 21 outdoor tennis courts, seven baseball fields, a cricket pitch, three children’s playgrounds, a running track, five basketball courts, two football fields, two soccer fields, and four handball/paddleball courts. This section of the park also contains a 3 acres lake available for fishing. The park has four gazebos, several maintenance buildings, and the Park Administration Building. A large water fountain in the middle of the park is a big attraction. Wont you want to just laze on the sprawling green of Lincoln park and enjoy your day picnicking ?

 

  1. Pier A park: 100 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken

A local favorite for its sprawling lawns , an impeccable view of Manhattan skyline, a great gazebo and a large sprinkler for children to jump and get soaked in water. This park offers some postcard worthy views of downtown Manhattan , specially in evening when you can see some large cruises on the Hudson. A view you can never get tired of! Bring your blanket and a Frisbee. Spend your entire day here picnicking under the gorgeous summer sun and we can promise you , you will never be alone !

 

  1. Pier C park: 340 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030

Another entry to our list of 8 best Parks for picnic in and around Jersey city is the pier C park. Spread over two and a half acre pier off the Hudson waterfront walkway , this park is accessed via a pier with a view of Manhattan skyline v . This park has a very modern vibe to itself , and is always buzzing with activity and the sound of laughter. Many amenities include a water play area for children, lawn areas for sunbathing and games, a promenade with waterfront seating, a fishing pier, a tree house for older kids and a tin slide makes the equipment challenging for slightly older kids. Sit on the many benches under the shade of the trees or spend time in the beach area playing with sand or just gaze at the calming water ! chose what you want and have a great time picnicking in this park!

 

Happy summers ! Happy picnic season

A day in Jersey City

A day in Jersey city

Called the sixth borough of Manhattan, Jersey City is a vibrant, diverse, and an exciting place to stay or to spend time. Strip down the crowds, the cacophony, the traffic of New York City and you will find its quieter equivalent – Jersey city. A true melting pot of many cultures, communities, food and ethnicities. The thriving multi cultures have left a lasting mark on this city. Irrespective of which lens you dawn- family, fun ,architecture , art or history , this place will win you over! So if you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, scroll down for a splendid day !

Home to plenty sight-seeing ,parks, cultural hubs, restaurants the city has a lot to offer. If you are looking to spend a day in Jersey city, it helps that it is located on a large peninsula . Surrounded by water on three sides, this makes for spectacular sweeping water views and panoramic sky lines to gaze.

Start your day with a waterfront walk

WATERFRONT WALK

Depending on where you are staying, you can start your day in Jersey city with a waterfront walk or a Jog. Wherever you are, you are never far from Hudson river and the panoramic sky line. Walk along the Hudson River waterfront walkway or jog along the Newport waterfront and watch the waves crash on the pier. You can also take a walk near the exchange place waterfront and stroll while you watch the ferries go by. These places are a walkers or a runners delight and offer unmatched view of the New york skyline.

If you would like to bike instead , you can hire one from the Citi bike at Newport Path or Essex light rail station  . Take a guided bike tour of the waterfront.

exchange place jersey city

Don’t forget to take a selfie of the sweeping Manhattan view while grabbing a big mug of aromatic coffee at the many coffee shops along the waterfront walkways!

Breakfast

The cities waterfront is lined up with many cafes and restaurants . You are spoilt for choices and a day in jersey city isn’t enough. Enjoy a big breakfast while watching the seagulls chirping away. If you land here in summer, most of the cafes offer outdoor seating .  Soak some sun and pile on calories.

brownstone dinerAnd here are the gastronomical options for sumptuous breakfast. In mood for some sinful pancakes? Head to Brownstone diner and pancake factory for Nutella filled waffles or pancakes stuffed with eggs, bacon and cheese. Whatever you order at this place , it’s a pancake galore, enjoy every bite! If you are particularly looking for kid friendly restaurants, there are many choices too

breakfast in jersey citry

In mood for some healthy yet tasty choice of breakfast we would suggest Short Grain or O’Kafe. These cafes offer healthy choices, some gluten free and vegan options as well. A cozy, cute coffee place with delectable choices and local’s favorite is Sam a.m. Nothing comes close to wonder Bagels and if you are craving handmade bagels this is your place! The queues will speak for its greatness and the super hit and famous bagels!

After-noon

Hamilton Park , Jersey city
Hamilton Park , Jersey city

If you are planning a day in Jersey city with your little ones,  urge you to explore the many parks and help them burn out that unlimited energy. Head to Hamilton park and spend a day lazying either in the gazebo or shooting hoops while the children  play in the park.  Alternatively head to the Van vorst park if you are closer to Paulus hook area.

liberty science centreIf you are headed to liberty state park you can easily plan an entire day’s worth of activities here, This massive green space is not only home to a waterfront park but also the Liberty Science Center, which is fun both for kids as well as for parents. Enjoy the planetarium while the budding scientist squeaks with joy or just plan a picnic in this vast green expanse of this State park.

Early Evening

historic downtown

If you are an art enthusiast or love a little piece of history , head to Jersey city historic downtown. There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names honor local 18th and 19th century figures .  Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive.  Beaux-Arts structures such as the H&M Powerhouse and Court House are reminiscent of gone by era .

Old colgate clockThe old Colgate Clock, a remnant from the factory stands tall and proud. Evidently Jersey City is a storied site. Walk a little further around this area and stand and stare at the Victorian-style residences . Wander around the streets to see some well preserved examples of these gorgeous Victorian abodes.

Historic Downtown is home to many cultural attractions including the Jersey City Museum, the Hudson and Manhattan Railroad Powerhouse. Take a walk and experience some beautiful wall murals  just as the sun goes down on a day in Jersey city.

Evening

Just as the sun is setting , get in groove on Grove street! This part of the historic downtown district comes alive in the evening hours with a bee line of some great food options, music and fun activities. Take a walk along this the site of several new hot spots, a pedestrian-only thoroughfare and immerse in the buzz and vibe of this place.

taldeWant to head to a buzzing yet a place full of character head to Talde a vibrant restaurant, housed in a former police station, this restaurant boasts a delectable array of Asian-fusion delights, including pretzel pork dumplings crispy oyster and bacon pad thai, get a seat at the bar and enjoy some cocktails.

pizzaIf you are in mood for some Italian, head to Porta Pizza, one of the most popular places in town serving handmade Neopolitan-style pizza in their open kitchen, and also offering mouthwatering Italian dishes that are made from fresh, sustainable and local ingredients. You can chose to drink and dine downstairs or head upstairs to their rooftop bar!

And if the mood calls for Beer at a gastropub head to Wurstbar and enjoy the menu lined up with delectable Sausage and beer !

dinner in JC

A local favorite of Jersey City is Taqueria, and you cant go wrong with this choice. Buzzing with happy vibe, you will be welcomed into a chaotically-decorated space, or enjoy time at the Patio. Love the tacos or torta and thank us later !

Another popular Italian restaurant is the Roman Nose serving authentic Italian cusine. Enjoy the time ordering food or gulping some creative cocktails. Sway to the music and keep the beat on.

A day in Jersey cityEnjoy the waterfront walk after you are done with dinner. Most places are open late and the night time skyline view is the perfect end to a day in Jersey city!

Calling it a day in Jersey city. Hope you had a splendid day!

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Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city

Van Vorst park

Sooner than you can anticipate , the sun will shine and embrace us in its warm glory. Leaving us with Saturdays to fill and Sundays to find places to soak in the family fun.If you are in Jersey city, and in the Historic Downtown neighborhood of Jersey City- head to Van Vorst park. Your opportunity to be outside and among nature, birds, trees, and flowers! We have curated a list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city.

Established in 1835, this two acres of extensive green oasis was named after the European Van Vorst family that settled in area during the 1600s. Evidently the park is nestled between the neighborhood that contains nineteenth century row houses and brownstones and currently it is the confluence of families and visitors around the area. If you plan to spend a day around Van Vorst park Jersey City follow our  list of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city.

1. Inside the Park

Timing : Park hours 6 AM – 10 PM

Van Vorst Park Play area

A two acre space full of green trees and ample seating, bounded by Barrow Street on the east, Montgomery Street on the north, Jersey Avenue on the west and York Street on the south. One can walk around the area on the paved walkway and families can enjoy some time picnicking on the green grass.

This park has two playgrounds, ample swings and a sandbox, a summer splash pad that is loved by the young ones. The splash pad is small, yet big enough for young children to immerse in Summer fun, laugh out with joy!Explore other sprinkler parks in Jersey city

Van Vorst park also has large gazebo at the center to sit in, relax on a sunny day. A park for your fur babies is another attraction.

Fountain at Van vorst prk
The fountain at the Van Vorst Park

An iconic cast iron water fountain sits in the western quadrant of the park. Competitive sports, such as football and soccer are prohibited in the park area, making this park a preferred place for quieter walks and fun space for young .Vegetation in the park is diverse and is maintained by the community.

2. Events

Movies in the van vorst park

Throughout the summer the Van Vorst park hosts special musical events, Shakespeare in the Park, a community flee market, Films in Park , and much more.

The park has a Saturday morning farmers’ market from spring through the fall. On Saturdays from 8:30 AM until 3:00 PM this farmer’s market is held near the gazebo . With a  variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and variety of mouth watering baked goods,  there is always something fresh and delicious to take home.

The park is managed by the Friends of Van Vorst Park (FVVP) – a not-for-profit Corp founded in 1991 that assists in the development and maintenance of the gardens and public spaces within Van Vorst Park in downtown Jersey City. Do check their schedule on movies and event here :

 https://www.fvvp.org/calendar/

3. Around the Park

There is a strong reason why this area is called the historic downtown. The many street names nestling Van Vorst park honor local 18th and 19th century figures such as Colden Street for Cadwallader D. Colden, Varick Street for Richard Varick, Colgate Street for William Colgate of Colgate-Palmolive, and American Revolution military figures such Montgomery for Richard Montgomery. if you love history add this area and its many streets in the list of things to do around Van Vorst Park in Jersey city!

Van Vorst Mansion

Van vorst mansion

The Van Vorst House is a colonial-era residence in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA, located at 531 Palisade Avenue in The Heights. The stone house was built 1740–1742 by descendants of the first settlers in the region. It is arguably the oldest building in Jersey City

Barrow Mansion :

Built in the early 1800s, the Barrow Mansion is a yet another reminder of the vast history of Jersey City. The Barrow Mansion lot was purchased by William Barrow in 1835. The Barrow Mansion is home to many artistic performing groups, wellness classes, and community programs.

Farmers Market :

Farmers market

A large farmers market can be seen Monday – Thursday between April and December in historic downtown of Jersey city next to Grove Path plaza. Bring your bags to stock up on fruits , vegetables, baked goods, Fresh seafood, Jams , natural creams and handmade goods. This is one of the most sought after places for visitors and residents of the area.

4. Places to eat around Van Vorst Park

Once you are done spending time walking leisurely within the park and applauding the rich history of this neighborhood, it is time to enjoy the many varied food options around Van Vorst park. List of things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city cannot be complete unless we add eateries and cafes in the list.

 Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory :426 Jersey Avenue

Brownstone diner

A classic American diner with many food options and all day breakfast , The pancake choice is amazing and portion sizes large. Be sure to get there either early or factor enough wait time during weekends if you want to come here for breakfast or brunch. Although the diner has a parking lot, it is a popular place and thus spots run out easily!

 Razza Pizza Artigianale: 275 Grove Street

Raaza pizza things to do around Van vorst park Jersey city

Another gem in Neighborhood, head here if you are a Pizza lover… or not. The restaurant boasts of locally grown and procured ingredients. The chef and owner Dan richer adds his personal touch in the selection of ingredients and making process. The chef uses flour that is milled in in Clifton and makes his own bread and butter. Maybe this is the secret ingredient of their delicious Pizza , that is possibly one of the most loved Pizza of Jersey city.

The Kitchen Step: 500 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

The kitchen stepDelicious, crafty , creative and friendly ; the Kitchen step is Van Vorst neighborhood bistro that offers classic delicious American cuisine along with some tasty cocktails. Buzzing almost throughout the day , the place is a must try if looking for things to do around Van Vorst park in Jersey city

Short Grain : 183, Montgomery Street

Short grain Van Vorst park Short Grain focuses and tailors its menu to anyone who is health conscious or choses to be a vegan. A sunny coffee shop, serving sandwiches, and small plates full of fresh ingredients and spices. Coffee lovers or not, Short grain is a must try when in Van Vorst neighborhood.

 

Wonder Bagels : 517 Jersey Ave., Jersey City

Wonder Bagels

We wont call it justice until Wonder Bagels is a part of one of the most loved places in the area. Freshly baked everyday , the bagels are sumptuous in every way. This place also serves salad and other options for breakfast. Worth every single minute that you might spend in queue here.

One is spoilt for choices when fetching for restaurants and coffee shops here. There are many gems and local favorites near the Van Vorst park area. Many other hidden gems and local nooks that are favorite with families -Tell us your favorite thing to do in Van Vorst park area !

Getting to Van Vorst Park

Ride the PATH train to Grove Street and make the 10-minute walk from there. Alternatively, use the light rail system to reach Marin Boulevard. The walk from Marin Boulevard station is also under 10 minutes.

If you are looking for greener pastures and other parks in the area head to Hamilton Park , Liberty state park or Lincoln Park within Jersey city

 

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Van Vorst park pictures courtesy : andrewalexanderprice.com