What Can We Learn From Kate and Anthony?

A note from a local  Hoboken/Jersey City therapist

What Can We Learn From Kate and Anthony?

A note from a local  Hoboken/Jersey City therapist

 

 

 

 

 

The recent suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain raise many concerns and questions.

Why would someone who seemingly has everything reach such despair and decide to take such a drastic action? Having no personal knowledge of who Kate or Anthony were or their history of mental health diagnosis, I still wonder:  how could the signs be missed? These celebrities have received much attention, but among us, in our community, our block, or even across the hall, there are other women and men who are suffering daily from similar symptoms.

Our society is obsessed with the façade; how things appear on the outside. We make sure to chronicle and post every bite we take, every drink we have, every family outing, workout, or event we attend. We are consistently obsessed with how many people have viewed our post, or how many likes we’ve received, ignoring what’s in front of us. If aliens checked our social media accounts, they would think earth is utopia and that everything is just fantastic 100 percent of the time. Little would they know that behind this idyll exterior are people that feel trapped in a hell of their own making; people that often don’t know how to channel those negative feelings.

A note from a local  Hoboken/Jersey City therapistDepression has many symptoms including interference with sleep (sleeping too much or having trouble sleeping), change in appetite, lack of motivation, inability to derive pleasure, feeling tired and having little energy, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and in some cases harmful ruminating thoughts that one would be better off dead. Some of these symptoms can be caused by other medical conditions or can be attributed to work or life stressors. To be certain about the severity or origin of these signs, it is important to be assessed and, if needed, treated by a professional.

With all the advancements in technology and science, many people still have a negative view of mental health or what it takes to be mentally healthy.. People are often afraid to seek professional help. Some think it is embarrassing to talk to a stranger about their personal inner world. Others do not want to admit there is something wrong with them. Some think it would be beyond their financial means or that their employer might find out if they used their health insurance. Immigrants face the challenges mentioned above but encounter a whole other layer of stigma and barriers to professional services. This ambivalence about seeking help causes many to miss an opportunity to better understand their symptoms and make sense of their emotions.

A few years back, I met a client who had a very hard time coming to terms with starting therapy. She was in her late twenties at the time, a Chinese immigrant who moved to the United States with her parents as a teenager.  On our first meeting, she told me that her world as she knew it was crumbling. She was always taught at home that any difficulties or struggles must be kept in the family, but she got to a point where she just couldn’t bare the pain. Her parents made a good living in America and could afford paying for her tuition to an extremely expensive college. They purchased an apartment for her and got her a fancy new car. After college she was able to get a job in a large accounting firm. She was trying hard to assimilate in and live the American dream that had been instilled in her since childhood, but she was having a hard time. Shortly after she began experiencing anxiety attacks, which became more and more debilitating. She stopped riding public transportation and getting to work became almost impossible. The pressure at work, in addition to her parents’ consistent pressure to marry a Chinese man in an arranged fashion, made her feel lost, vulnerable, and unable to go about her life as it was. In therapy, she learned how to make sense of some of these debilitating experiences, and more importantly, how to cope with them. With time, her depression and anxiety symptoms subsided, and she no longer had panic attacks. This brave young girl’s experience is just one of many testaments to how crucial it is to seek help when needed.

If there is anything we can learn from Kate Spade’s and Anthony Bourdain’s suicides, it is that mental illness can affect anyone. Life is demanding, full of daily stressors, and often unforgiving. Being part of society, part of the daily cycle of obligations, bills, kids, activities, all the while maintaining a certain image out there can take a toll on us, sometimes a heavy one. People’s personal history, immigration status, circumstances of abuse, and family struggles affect their mood and mental wellbeing. As history has taught us, money + fame + success is not a recipe for happiness or to one being self-content. Robin Williams, Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and dozens of other known public figures have reached an abyss so deep where death felt like  the only way out. We all need help sometimes, but we need to be brave and have the courage to ask for it.

There are different types of treatment, and like most things in life, there is no “one size fits all” solution. In emergency situations when one feels they might harm themselves or others it is vital to go to the emergency room and be assessed by a psychiatrist. Often, mental illness is compounded by substance use and this might require different types of specialized treatment. To find the right kind of help, It is often useful to ask friends or family about their experiences with a professional. This can help conceptualize what to look for or which questions to ask. In addition, there are several websites to assist in finding a therapist (i.e. “Psychology Today” or “bark team”). Finally, many community centers offer support groups and other services. Reaching out is hard at times, but it can be the difference between becoming part of the statistics and discovering  path to a better life.

About Penny Spector Shleifer Clinical Social Work/Therapist, Hoboken, NJ-07030

Hoboken/Jersey City  therapist 

The world we live in is complicated. Many of us are faced with uncertainty and harsh demands. It’s often hard to function under so much pressure. My aim is to provide you with a nonjudgmental, supportive environment and to help you understand and face your challenges. I am a licensed clinical social worker with a Masters degree from the university of Southern California. I have over 10 years of experience working with families and adults of all ages. I work with a wide array of clinical issues including depression, anxiety, adjustment disorder, and relational difficulties.

I am an involved, caring therapist and believe in the therapeutic importance of fostering a strong trusting relationship with my clients. My style is non-formal, vocal , and collaborative. I focus on clients’ current circumstances and distinct individual needs.

I am proud of my unique approach and look forward to talking to you. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation prior to the first visit.

[email protected]

Website: Pennylcsw.com

Why you should move to Jersey City

Why you should move to Jersey City

If you are planning to move to Jersey City or are still not sure if you should move here, this blog will surely help you decide.

Jersey City presents a high-quality of life and offers a magnitude of opportunities. Located across the river from Manhattan, it is perfect for families because of its great neighborhoods and close proximity to New York City. One of the most diverse cities in America, Jersey City is great for newbies and welcoming to people of all backgrounds.

Outdoors:

Why you should move to Jersey CityIt’s hard to imagine a city with so much open space. Liberty State Park is located on the east coast of Jersey City and is a place full of ways to entertain your children. From here, you’ll be able to see Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty, which are popular attractions visited daily by tourists from all over the world. Use the Citi Bike to get around Jersey City, as there are more than 50 stations to park up and drop off. Hamilton Park and many other parks offer great playgrounds for all families. Visit a farmers market where you can buy fresh and organic products; there is normally one in every public park.

Use the beautiful board walks, which go to Hoboken and beyond, where you and your children can walk or run. Also safe for biking, go after dinner or early morning for beautiful views that won’t disappoint.

Depending on where you are based in Jersey City, there are numerous swimming pools in the area that present swimming classes for the children and even for adults.

Education for your child

Why you should move to Jersey CityWhy not spend the day at the Liberty Science Center where your little ones can enjoy the amazing activities available, like dressing up as astronauts in the Space Station Liberty or visiting the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium? There is so much to keep your kids entertained here, you won’t want to leave.

Visit the Jersey City Public Library on a rainy day, as it offers wonderful children’s rooms that include storytelling, movies and craft workshops. You can also use the excellent day cares and schools , which are available all weekdays from 7 am. Some are open until 7 pm which can be a blessing for parents. One of the top high schools, McNair High School, is in Jersey City and has great programs on offer.

Great for foodies

Why you should move to Jersey City

If you and your family enjoy excellent and exquisite food, then Jersey City has many great places to eat. As it has many diverse neighborhoods, Jersey City offers several different types of restaurants, all providing superb and delicious food. Treat yourselves to a variety of foods and familiarize your kids with new tastes and cultures. Georgio’s Pizzeria serves great pizzas for the whole family to enjoy and is one of the reasons why you should move to Jersey City. Eat in or order to take away, there’s a topping to suit all.

Jersey City hosts food cultures such as American, Japanese, Italian, Chinese,Indian; the list goes on. Many of the restaurants provide gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options, so you shouldn’t struggle to find somewhere to eat.

Why you should move to Jersey CityIf you’ve got sweet tooth and are looking to satisfy it, treat yourself to Torico Ice-cream. Your children will love the choice of flavors, such as bubble gum, chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chocolate chip and more. The list is endless, not to mention the toppings. You’ll fight to get your kids to leave the shop! You must visit Brownstone Diner & Pancake Factory; providing some of the best pancakes and toppings; it’s definitely somewhere to treat your children in Jersey City.

Adventure fun

Are your children adrenaline junkies? Treat them to a day out at the RPM Raceway. Here they can let their hair down and enjoy battling it out on the track with their friends. Not only can they race, they can take part in the arcade games available and the simulator, where you can see what it’s like to drive high-speed cars.

Let your children burn out their energy by visiting My Gym. Challenge them to complete an obstacle course that will leave them worn out and tired after having an exhilarating time.

If your children love food and cooking, take them to a place where they can take part in cooking school. Prepare them with necessary cooking skills, give them new foods and flavors to taste, and share with them how to understand instructions and follow recipes.

Moving to Jersey City will give you the opportunity to visit a few new places in New York City. Take the ferry (the easiest way to travel), and you will be in the city in 5 to 7 minutes. By taking the ferry, you’ll be face to face with the beautiful, stunning skyline. Educate your children with the history of New York; show them the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center and walk them through Central Park.

Jersey City also offers tons of  family events throughout the year.  These are a great way to meet your neighbors and connect with other local families.

Move to Jersey City

Why should you move to Jersey City? Because it offers countless varieties of activities, restaurants, and history. If you are looking for a good quality of lif and want to bring your children up in a diverse neighborhood, Jersey City is for you; live here and work in Manhattan.

Offering marvelous outdoor activities such as parks and pools, your children can exert their energy. Educate your kids at the wonderful science center. Treat your children to a diversity of foods and cultures.

Has this answered your question as to why you should move to Jersey City? Make the move and create an joyful and family-orientated life for you and your children.

Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors

Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors to Serve Homeless Families in the Community : FamilyPromiseHudson.org

Family Promise of Hudson County, a new nonprofit providing temporary shelter to homeless families in the community, officially opened its doors. A local affiliate of a national nonprofit, Family Promise works to keep entire homeless families together by relying on places of worship, or host congregations, to provide shelter. All host congregations are currently based in Jersey City and Hoboken, with additional support from congregations in Hoboken and Bayonne.

“There are a number of organizations and programs that provide incredible support for the homeless in Hudson County,” explains Tiffany Kane, Executive Director of Family Promise of Hudson County. “However, there are few offerings for homeless families that allow the entire family to find shelter and services together. Through Family Promise’s unique shelter model, children will be able to remain in their schools, parents can remain at their jobs, and entire families will be able to receive services through our case management and support system.”

Each night, families will stay at one of Family Promise of Hudson County’s host congregations. Each day, they will travel to the Family Promise drop-in center, located at Fountain of Salvation Church in Jersey City. There, families will receive services to ensure they get back on their feet, which will include counseling, connections to local resources (such as health care), and housing assistance.

The community welcomed Family Promise of Hudson County with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony on February 22, 2018, at Fountain of Salvation Church. After remarks from Executive Director Tiffany Kane, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, and Caroline Caulfield, Correspondence Coordinator for U.S. Senator Cory Booker, the ribbon was cut to officially offer services to homeless families.

In front of local community leaders, including elected officials, host and support congregation representatives and other friends, Family Promise of Hudson County announced that CarePoint Health will be its exclusive healthcare partner.

“CarePoint has been actively involved in Hoboken and Jersey City in working to provide health care services to the homeless community, however, families at risk of homelessness do not always have the network or services available to help them,” says Peter Daniels, Chief Operating Officer of CarePoint Health“When we heard about Family Promise and the work they will be doing in the community, we immediately wanted to get involved as health care partners to help reach this often overlooked community.”

For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, or for ways to get involved with the organization, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org/get-involved. Displaced or homeless families should contact Garden State Episcopal at (201) 209-9301 or the homeless hotline at 211.


About Family Promise of Hudson County
The mission of Family Promise is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Family Promise’s envisions a nation in which every family has a home, a livelihood, and the chance to build a better future. For more information on Family Promise of Hudson County, please visit www.familypromisehudson.org

Who We Are: Family Promise of Hudson County is a non-profit that will

help to house homeless families within Hudson County.

What We Do: In addition to providing emergency sheltering, we will also provide case management and connection to resources. Our goal is to help families find sustainable and successful housing solutions.

Why We Do It: Currently, there is no other emergency shelter in Hudson County that houses the whole family. Imagine a single father raising his children and he just can’t make ends meet. Currently, our area has no way to keep them together. A mother raising an adult son with disabilities would be separated because on paper, they are single adults. Family Promise of Hudson County will be able to keep these families together and can work with them to find a sustainable way back on their feet.

What are we fundraising for? Everything from cots, cribs and car seats must be purchased. We will be hiring a full time case manager and case aides to work with families. We will also be providing bus and train tickets as well as school supplies and food for families. The cost is high, but our emergency shelter model that shelters families in places of worship keeps other costs down. If you consider donating or hosting a fundraiser, families in Hudson County will benefit directly. Donations are tax-deductible and may be matched by some places of business! Supporting Family Promise of Hudson County means that you will be helping families find their way from the street to a home of their own.

JCFamilies will be collecting supplies for this shelter in all the upcoming events in Jersey City.

Watch the interview here :  :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvoLra2RvT8

Family Promise of Hudson County Opens Its Doors

Use This Morning Routine For a Less Stressful Holiday Season

Everyone knows that the holidays can be stressful. But you can prepare yourself by creating a morning routine that gets you and the kids up and going. Here are some tips to energize your mornings:

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Additional Holiday Morning Routine Resources:

  1. Advice on establishing a successful morning routine for kids
  2. Outsource what you can – e.g. hire a dog walker
  3. How to de-stress your morning routine
  4. Tips on how to get the kids to school on time
  5. A revolutionary morning routine hack for kids – play music

Now that you know how to get started each day, you’re ready to tackle those holiday projects. Light those candles! Bake those cookies! You got this!

Daniel is a single dad raising two children. At DadSolo.com, he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves on the journey that is parenthood.

Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

 

Fall means Halloween and there is not a spookier time of the year to do fun, creepy, and spooky things! Let’s explore some of the best Halloween events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC – there are an endless amount of events going on in these cities so we have done our best to put together to best events you can take the whole family to.

Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch

October 21 – October 29
Exchange Place Alliance Special Improvement District

The Exchange Place Alliance will celebrate Halloween and the Fall season with a spectacular Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch on October 21st-22nd and 28th-29th from 11 am – 7 pm.

WHO: The Exchange Place Alliance Special Improvement District, a NJ not-for-profit
WHAT: A Fall Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch with special activities scheduled throughout the weekend
WHERE: Urby Parking Lot, 200 Greene St, Jersey City, NJ 07302
WHEN: October 21st and 22nd and 28th and 29th, 11 am – 7 pm

Haunted High Line Halloween

If you can only attend one of the very many Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC, we highly recommend you take the whole family to this absolutely amazing event.

The High Line taps into its spooky past for this Halloween event. Over 150 years ago, freight trains ran at street level and grew to become a real danger as the city’s population increased. Tenth Avenue was called “Death Avenue” and in 1930, an elevated train track was erected as a safer alternative to the street trains. The train track would eventually become the High Line and once a year, those unfortunate souls who lost their lives in train accidents rise up to haunt the park. But no worries, the event is more of a fun festive experience—think face painting, costumes, dancing, live performances and a photo booth—than a creepy haunt.

Brookfield Place Halloween Party

With science events, costume party, magicians, and so much more, your kids are sure to love this event! Your kids can wear their Halloween costumes and them parade down the costume catwalk! Definitely, check out this fun Halloween event with the kids as it is one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

Halloween Harvest Festival

This year’s Halloween Harvest Festival in NYC is going to be spooky, but fun, with its Dia de Los Muertos theme! If your family has a dog, this event is super special because you can bring your fur-babies along and they even have a doggy costume contest! This is definitely one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC! We highly recommend you check this out!

Hoboken Annual Harvest Festival

Fall and Halloween Events in Hoboken for Families

This is one of the best Halloween and fall events that Hoboken has to offer – the Hoboken Annual Harvest Festival. The event takes place on Saturday, October 21st from 11a m to 3 pm in Pier A Park. Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC abound, but we recommend this one as it is great for the whole family. The Harvest Festival will have plenty of free events and activities to attend. Some of the activities include:

  • Pony Rides
  • Petting Zoo
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Hayrides
  • Trackless Train
  • Music
  • Hay Maze
  • Face Painting
  • Moonwalk
  • Sand Art
  • Craft Activities, Puffy the Dragon Balloons & more

Ragamuffin Parade and Costume Contest

Fall and Halloween Events in Hoboken for FamiliesThis super fun Halloween event is the perfect event to attend before heading out to go trick-or-treating with the kids. You can either watch the parade from the sidewalks or you can even participate in it! Just get into your best costume and line up at the starting line at 3:15 to walk in the parade with the kids. The parade will feature floats, awesome costume, live local music, and tons more. It is always fun to see all of the cute and creative costumes kids and families have thought of.

There will be a kid’s costume contest at 4:30 pm after the parade is over! Be sure to check out this event as it is one of the greatest Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC.

Fall Hoboken Arts & Music Festival 2017

Fall and Halloween Events in Hoboken for Families

Although more of a fall event, there is plenty of Halloween booths, decorations, and more to look at! It is a great event for kids and adults. Parents will love looking at the fine arts on display, shopping for home decor, and eating the delicious foods the festival has to offer  For the kids, there is face painting, sand art, balloons, and tons more.  This is one of the most perfect Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

Halloween party for kids in a haunted loft

The Best  Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

This party is for kids ages 5 to 13 years old and an awesome Halloween event for all of the kids in your life! This is one of the coolest Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC. Check out the event description below!

“Let’s have some fun celebrating Halloween together. We will be painting a pumpkin, hear spooky stories, do face paint, scavenger hunt, games and more. Come dress with your best Halloween costume!…(pumpkin is not included. Please bring a small one)”

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

The Best  Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

There is nothing better or more nostalgic than listening to some Schoolhouse Rock! The shows are October 13th, 2017  and October 14th, 2017 inDeBaun Auditorium at 8 pm. If you are looking to treat your kids to something special and educational to add to your fall/Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC, look no further than this unique performance.

 

The Best  Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

With a haunted craft table, pizza party, costume contest, trick-or-treating, and open play space area, this is a perfect Halloween event to take your kids and even some of their friends to!

This Halloween event will have lots of food and candy to munch on. Kids will have an opportunity to grab some candy, so make sure they bring their own candy bags as those are not supplied.  Be sure to not miss out on this sweet and spooktacular kid event! It is surely one of the sweetest Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC!

Spooktacular Halloween Party

Have an awesome costume for your little ones and want to show it off? Take them to this super fun event all decked out in their Halloween costume! There will be creepy crafts to make and take-home, a fun sing-along, cool dance party, and a mind-blowing magic show making this one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC! This is a perfect even for the parents and adults and everyone is sure to have a blast. A family ticket includes 2 kids and 2 parents. If you have more than 2 kids, additional tickets must be purchased.

Haunted House Gingerbread Workshop

The Best  Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

If you cannot wait for Christmas, but still want to get into the spooky Halloween spirit, this is going to be the event for you! Kids can create their own haunted gingerbread house! There will be plenty of candy to eat and even orange hot chocolate! Be sure to wear your costumes! This is one of the most unique Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

Halloween Science Party

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

This is a super fun and unique Halloween party as it is cool and educational. This part is for kids aged 5 to 9 years old. This NYC event is one the spookiest and coolest Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC and is the perfect way to your kids to have a spooky time, but also learn some really cool things.

  • “Science Show with the most horrible of all the horrible terrible crazy experiments. MUHA-HA-HA
  • Professional Photo Shoot by kids and family photographer Marina Eng (two digital photo files included in entrance fee) INSTAGRAM: @marina_eng_kids
  • Kids Workshop (Spooky Slimey)
  • Live Music by Gleb Vascenko www.saxnyc.com
  • Organic hand made cake and sweets”

This is one of the best unique and fun Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC! Ticket prices include all of the following: an open stage for both the kids and the adults, entertainment, a live DJ, live music, tons of raffle prizes, party favors, kid’s activities in a separate room, like Diya painting & Diya decoration.

There will also be plenty of take-home arts and crafts and fun face painting! If you are looking to show your kids a glimpse into a different culture, this is the perfect event to take them to.

Spooky Terminal 2017

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

The Spooky Terminal is coming back to Hoboken on October 28th this year. This event is located in a one of a kind venue overlooking the gorgeous Manhattan skyline and has some seriously creepy Halloween vibes This is certainly one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC and will definitely have the best views on any event on this list.

There will be lots of spooktacular activities for kids and for families. Activities include all of the following:

  • Bouncy House
  • Magic Show
  • Dance Party for kids
  • Juggler
  • Cotton Candies
  • Cookie Decoration
  • Costume Contest
  • Face painting

JC Halloween Spooktacular

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

If you are looking for a fun family Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC. This Halloween event is located in Jersey City and will offer wonderful Halloween activities. Below are some of the highlights of the event.

  • Halloween Costume Family Parade
  • Best Costume prizes for families
  • Dance Party
  • Cotton Candies
  • Puppet Show
  • Carnival Games
  • Drums
  • Jugglers
  • Spooky Decoration
  • Picture Corners

Family Halloween Bash on the Pedestrian Mall

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

Did you say free candy? Yes! There will be free candy for the little ones, bounce house, music, food, treats, and so much more! This is definitely a perfect Halloween event for the whole family and one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

“Have a ghoulishly good time on The Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall thisHalloweenn! There will be face-painting, a bouncy house, music, popcorn and CANDY!” There will also be a ton of kid-friendly vendors to stop through like Bambino Chef, Key Element Learning, WORD, and so much more.

SCARECROWS & PUMPKINS

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

There are so many Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken, and NYC to choose from, it can get overwhelming. However, this NYC event is not something you will want to miss out on. Read the description below to find out more details of one of the best NYC Halloween events.

“Enjoy this bountiful time of year with eye-popping pumpkins, spooky scarecrows, and plenty of fun in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Kids can explore more than 100 friendly scarecrows set among rare and unusual pumpkins and gourds or take part in guided activities like potting up a spooky spider plant or investigating creepy crawlers in our pond and soil. Throughout this fall celebration of frights and fun, take part in special activities and demonstrations featuring creepy creatures, hands-on crafts, and more.”

Boo at the Zoo 

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

Located at the Bronx Zoo, Boo at the Zoo is a perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit with the kids. There is a haunted forest, Bootoberfest, hayride, nature trek, and the Very Hungry Caterpillar show! They also have their traditional events like a costume parade, pumpkin carving, candy trail, and tons and tons more. There are endless amounts of ways to have fun at this Halloween, but if your kids love animals and the zoo this is one of the best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC.

7th Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street

The Best Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC

This 7th annual event is something that you and the family definitely do not want to miss! There will be so much to do and it is one of the most festive Halloween Events in Jersey City, Hoboken and NYC!

“It’s time once again for scares and spooky fun as the Harsimus Cove Association and the Jersey 4th and 5th Block Association present: the 7th Annual Afternoon of Fright on Fourth Street, our neighborhood block party. All your favorites are back, from Harsimus Castle to the leaf jump, kids’ obstacle course and fun crafts and activities, face painting, dance party with DJ Street Justice, and live music from Preschool of Rock and the Jungle Gym Jam. Get your costumes ready and be there for the one and only Afternoon of Fright, right here in the middle of Harsimus Cove!”

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

If your child has a birthday coming up, you are likely looking for a special birthday cake! Of course, homemade cakes are always special and delicious, but sometimes life gets in the way and you are too busy to whip up a complicated birthday cake from scratch. Luckily, Jersey City and Hoboken have a ton of great places where you can purchase super yummy and beautiful kids birthday cakes. In this post, we will explore the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City & Hoboken!

Cocoa Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This awesome bakery can do both regular birthday cakes and cupcakes. You can completely customize the size, flavor, and shape of your birthday cake. Maybe your little girl is looking for a Minnie Mouse cake or you are looking to celebrate your little boy’s first birthday with a #1 shaped cake, whatever it is, they can do it!

Milk Sugar Love 

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

If your kid is looking for a unique cake and they also love their ice cream, look no further than Milk Sugar Love’s huge ice cream sandwich cake! What is so great about this option is everything is organic, making it a safer and healthier option to feed your kids, family, and friends. This is a cool way to switch up their birthday cake making it one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Carmen Rosa’s Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This bakery has been in business since 1999, and we can see why. Their cakes are delicious and beautiful. You can choose any cake flavor, filling, and frosting you would like and every layer can be different if you so choose. They do awesome children’s cakes, which makes it one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Dulce de Leche Bakery 

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This bakery makes custom cakes and would be delighted to bake your little one’s next special birthday cake. You can choose your flavors and your decorations and whether you want your cake covered in buttercream frosting or fondant.

Sweet Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

With an endless amount of cake flavors and frostings to choose from, this place has a little something for both kids and adults alike. Maybe try their peanut butter cake with PB frosting and chocolate or vanilla cake! Sweet is one of the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

The Hudson Cakery

These beautiful cakes from the Hudson Cakery are perfect for birthdays! You can choose from an array of beautiful and fun styles and they also have some amazing cake flavors like red velvet and funfetti! They do gluten-free cakes as well, which is perfect if your child has a gluten intolerance. These gluten-free cake options make this bakery the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Little Daisy Bake Shop

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Although this bakery is located in Montclair, it had to go on the list since they have nut-free options and all of their baked goods are nut-free as well.

“Yes! We are peanut-free and nut-free. We use Vermont Nut Free Chocolate, Americolor food color and Lucks nut-free sprinkles. We do not have nuts in the Bake Shop and none of our products contain nuts”

However, if your child has a very severe nut allergy, you may want to call and speak with them first about it prior to ordering.

Carlo’s Bakery

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

Of course, this famous cake shop and bakery have made the list. This place is known for their yummy and vibrant cakes, which is perfect for a little kid’s birthday cake. You can choose from many different cake options and also custom design your cake with them! This famous bakery definitely earns a spot in the best kids birthday cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken!

Om Sweet Home

This bakery specializes on gluten-free and plant-based baked good, but that doesn’t mean they don’t taste sinful because they do! You can special order your little one’s birthday cake from here with different sizes, flavors, and fillings.

WHOS Gluten Free

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This dedicated gluten-free bakery specializes in granola and other baked goods, including cakes and cupcakes. They are great for kid’s birthday parties and they have a bunch of different flavors to choose from. Try their pumpkin spice cupcake or their delicious Lord Grey chocolate cake!

Choc O Pain

The Best Kids Birthday Cakes in Jersey City and Hoboken

This French bakery has some of the most delicious breads and pastries, and they can also do special order birthday cakes as well. Call one of the few shops in both Jersey City and Hoboken to speak with them about special ordering a birthday cake.

Cupcake Salon

Even though this shop specialized in cupcakes, they will also make your an awesome birthday cake as well. They have a wide selection of flavors to choose from and you kid is sure to love their special and delicious birthday cake (or cupcakes!)

Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

How to Find Nannies and Babysitters in Jersey City

Finding the perfect babysitter or nanny can be quite the daunting task. You must make sure the person you choose to watch your kids had professional experience, is fun, loving, and will treat your kids just as well as you would. Therefore, it is always a good idea to use credible websites when searching for a new nanny or babysitter. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best websites to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Care.com

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Care.com is one of the most well-known and reliable websites to find nannies and babysitters on the Internet. They offer options like in-home and out-of-home care, sitters for date nights, nannies for full-time schedules, live-in and live-out nannies, and just about anything else you could need.

When going to hire a babysitter or nanny, you can view individual nanny’s profile, see their experience, background, schedule preference, if they have a background check available to view, if they are CPR certified, what their interests are, and so much more. From there, you can choose to message the individual, ask for an interview, and eventually meet them in person to make sure they are the right fit for your family. When hired, you can even pay the nanny or babysitter right through the Care.com website for secure payment. Care.com is a great resource to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

Sittercity.com

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“Over a decade later, Sittercity has connected millions of families and sitters across the country. Parents come to Sittercity to find that perfect sitter who enriches, teaches, and challenges their children.”

Sittercity is also a very well-known babysitter and nanny website as well. They are very similar in function to Care.com. You can post a job listing, have people apply to your job, or actually search for a nanny or babysitter yourself. You can view profiles of different people where you can see their experience, background, education, preferences, and much more.

This site also allows you to request background checks on the people you are interested in, do phone or in-person interviews, and check out the references each individual provides. You cannot go wrong with Sittercity.com to find nannies and babysitters in Jersey City.

UrbanSitter.com

nannies and babysitters in Jersey CityThis website is great for families looking for date night sitter and occasional babysitters, but they also have search options for finding nannies as well. This website is unique because you can search by local schools and special parents groups in your neighborhood to find your community’s top rated babysitters and nannies that are actually recommended by other families and moms. On each nanny or babysitter’s profile, you can view personal profile videos, see other parent’s reviews, and browse through “repeat family badges.”

You can book a babysitter or nanny right online and also pay them through the website as well for a totally hassle-free experience. This is a super cool and fast option for finding a date night sitter or last minute sitter. You will find plenty of nannies and babysitters in Jersey City through Urban Sitter.

GoNannies.com

This caregiver and nanny website is a great place to find long-term nannies and babysitters in Jersey City. GoNannies.com offers the following guarantees:

  • Free Background Checks
  • Online References
  • Anything-You-Need Live Support™
  • Secure Job Postings
  • Professional Caregiver Hiring Kit

Just as with the sites discussed above you can search through different contendents profiles, read over their background and experience, and much more.

GreatAupair.com

“GreatAupair helps people just like you find great Nannies. We give you the most advanced search tools and security systems available to make it safe and easy to find Nannies with the specific traits you want. Whether you’re seeking a part-time, live-out job or perhaps you want a full-time, live-in job… Either way, if you want great Nannies, we’ve got you covered.”

Whether you are looking for a nanny from your neighborhood or you are looking for an Aupair, this website has something for everyone and every family. This website offers very similar features the options discussed above.

The Hoboken Nanny Company 

If you are looking for an even more local nanny placement company, look no further than The Hoboken Nanny Company – established in 2010 by British nanny Claire Jones. This is a local professional nanny placement service that does all the work for you. They will help you find the perfect nanny for your family based on your needs and personal preferences.

Best Places to Live in Jersey City

The Top 5 Best Places to Live in Jersey City

There are a ton of places to live in Jersey City. It can be challenging to pick the best place to live for you and your family. In this post, we will take a look at some of the best places to live in Jersey City. We will consider location, price, safety, income, and local amenities (like restaurants, shops, etc.) Below are a few of the greatest places to live for you and your family.

The Waterfront

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The Waterfront in ranked #1 place to live in Jersey City by a landslide. It is also ranked #1 waterfront in the entire state of NJ as well. This area has tons of shops and restaurants that will keep your family busy and happy. It also has tons of parks, fitness centers, recreational area, and grocery stores. It’s truly an area filled with everything you could ever need within a short distance.

Crimes rates are very low – at 60% less than any other place in JC. Employment rate and income level are quite high, public education receives a solid B+, and the housing market is 10% higher than the rest of JC. However, cost of living is quite high compared to the rest of the state. JC is 8% higher than the state average in living costs. Best of all, JC waterfront is a stunning location, with many condos and apartments having views of the water and the NYC skyline.

Liberty Park

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Liberty Park is ranked #2 in the best places to live in Jersey City. It has high income per capita, low crimes rates, a very stable and secure housing market, and has a lot of amenities. One of the best parts about this area of JC is the fact that it is right by the infamous Liberty Park. This is a fantastic area for walking, running, sports, picnics, and any other form of recreation. There are also tons of events that go on within the park – the most notable being the 4th of July fireworks and celebration. It’s a great area for fun and active families.

Liberty Park also has good school systems with high graduation rates, household income at 156% higher than other sections of JC, and low crimes rates making it a very safe place to raise a family. Just like most other areas of JC, living costs are quite high, so you must be prepared to expect expensive houses and high living costs overall.

Downtown

Downtown living is great for young families really looking to feel like they live in a city environment. There are a ton of places to eat, drink, shop, and walk around making it one of the best places to live in Jersey City. The crime rate is quite low for a downtown city, although slightly higher than some other JC neighborhoods. Employment, weather, and housing all receive strong, solid scores.

However, some downfalls of downtown is a relatively low education rating (D) and the very high cost of living. If you are looking to move your family into the downtown area, you may want to consider sending older kids to better quality private schools. However, you should take into consideration the high cost of living and your ability to easily afford pricey private schools for multiple kids.

Hackensack Waterfront

Hackensack Waterfront is an urban area, but with a decent amount of the cozy neighborhood feel compared to the JC downtown. It is a quiet area to live without a ton of commotion, but it is close to a bunch of great amenities as well. This area has a higher crime rate compared to some other areas of JC, so it is important to keep this in mind when considering the Hackensack Waterfront as a potential location to move your family.

Education and schools receive a B- rating, housing is 8% lower than the rest of JC, and there are a good amount of amenities. However, it is important to note that employment is a bit lower than some other areas of JC. Overall, Hackensack waterfront is a good location for families looking for a quiet, yet urban neighborhood feel. It is definitely one of the best places to live in Jersey City.

Grove Street

This is a stunning street in Jersey City. It’s filled with older, character filled brownstones, a good amount of restaurants, and things to do. It’s a very walkable street located in downtown area. Port Authority of NJ and NY is located on this street as well, making it awesome for commuters who go to NYC for work on a daily basis.

It’s a great street for younger families and couples looking to start a family in the near future! The NY Times says, “The New Jersey area has blossomed with the opening of more than a dozen stylish restaurants, bars, and shops, joining longtime establishments that help it retain a tempo slightly slower than that across the Hudson River.”