TRUE Mentors Happy Hour at Pier 13, Tuesday, August 4th

TRUE Mentors Happy Hour at Pier 13
Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Enjoy half off drinks when you support the Hoboken youth community THIS TUESDAY at P13R!


We’ll also have silent auction items available including tickets to the New York Red Bulls, the 76ers, a party boat package for you and four friends, and more.

WHY Support our mission to unearth the excellence of children in Hoboken. Half off drinks special comes with your $20 ticket purchase at the door. Receive $5 off by using discount code MENTOR when purchasing your ticket before the event at All tickets and auction proceeds directly benefit TRUE Mentors and the Hoboken youth community.
WHEN August 4 (Rain date August 11), 6-9 pm
WHERE P13R,  Hoboken (1301 Sinatra Drive)

HFA Fifth Annual Back to School Supplies Drive

The Hoboken Family Alliance is hosting our Fifth Annual Back to School Supplies Drive
August 1 to September 7, 2015 to benefit children in need within Hudson County.

HFA is committed to helping children and youth succeed and ensuring every young person is ready to learn.  Children living at or below the poverty line will find it difficult to get enough to eat this summer as their parents struggle to keep the lights on and make rent – they simply cannot afford to buy backpacks and school supplies.

Our donations will go to children in need from the following organizations: In Jesus Names Charities, Division of Youth Family Services (DYFS) and York Street Project.

What’s Needed: NEW Backpacks (Unisex backpacks are preferred if possible), lunch boxes, pencils, pens, pink erasers, two-pocket folders, binders, loose-leaf paper (wide rule), notebooks (both spiral & composition), scientific calculators, protractors, crayons, colored pencils, markers, calculators, rulers, pencil sharpeners with cover, pencil cases, glue sticks, scissors and index cards. Flash drives are also requested for the older children.

For your convenience, we will have a drop box at Big Fun Toys. Big Fun Toys will be selling backpacks and some school supplies too.

Drop-off Details: When: Saturday, August 1 to September 7, 2015 at  Big Fun Toys, 602 Washington Street, Hoboken (Mon-Sat. 10-7pm, Sun . 11-6 pm )

Be sure to us your HFA CARD for a 10% discount off any purchase over $25 – Also ask about the new Big Fun Toy Rewards Program!

Cash Donations: If you prefer to financially donate, your donation of $25 will provide one backpack for a child, stocked with essential supplies. Cash donations are encouraged because HFA’s non-profit status allows it to purchase items without paying 7% sales tax. Click below to make a cash donation via Paypal:

We will be ordering supplies as soon as possible, to ensure the children are prepared and ready to start the year right. We will once again provide tax receipts for items donated on an as-requested basis. If you are making a cash donation, your tax receipt will be automatically generated. If you are dropping off items and you would like a receipt for your tax preparation, please leave a copy of your receipt with donation items highlighted, along with your name and address. Please keep a copy of your donation for your records.

We feel that by being prepared for the first day of school with a backpack and the right school supplies, many children will have the confidence to work towards having a successful school year. With your partnership, we will be able to accomplish this together. Please join the Hoboken Family Alliance in our Sixth Annual Back to School drive. For more information, please email Michele at

Have a great School Year!

Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Voice & the Fans, Free Reception & Vocal Performance on August 2, 2015

Hoboken Historical Museum to Open Year-Long Exhibition,
“Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Voice & the Fans,” with a
Free Reception & Vocal Performance on August 2, 2015

Honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hoboken’s most famous native son, the Hoboken Historical Museum, 1301 Hudson St., will open a new exhibition, “Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Voice, & the Fans,” on Sunday, Aug. 2, with a free opening reception from 2 – 5 p.m.  At 4 p.m., a live performance by Zack Alexander will kick off the “First Sundays Sinatra Singers” series, featuring a different crooner each month at 4 pm.

The exhibition will feature interactive displays and videos, cherished fan photographs and artifacts to illustrate the singer/actor’s formative years in Hoboken, and memories from long-time fans. Listening stations will be supplied by period-appropriate music players, from old radio sets and vinyl record players, to 8-track tape players, audio-cassette boomboxes and CD players, reflecting the remarkable span of his 60-year career.

The exhibition will remain on view through July 3, 2016, accompanied by related programming, including “First Sundays Sinatra Singers,” with support from the Hoboken Department of Cultural Affairs; “Second Tuesdays Sinatra Films,” with support from Projected Images of Hudson County; readings by noted authors; plus a big birthday bash on Dec. 12, 2015. Also on December 12, the Museum will unveil a new bronze star plaque honoring Sinatra’s centennial, to be installed in the walkway by the Museum’s entrance at 13th and Hudson Sts. Event details will be posted at

Sinatra was, as writer Bruce Bliven put it, “a kid from Hoboken who got the breaks.” He emerged from a blue-collar, working class, urban setting, where most guys, he once told an audience, became fighters or worked in factories. His own father, Martin, who immigrated from Sicily, started out as a boxer, fighting under the assumed name of Marty O’Brien to gain access to Irish-controlled gyms that wouldn’t admit Italians. His mother worked as well, as a midwife and also as a liaison for the largely Italian neighborhood to the city’s political bosses.

The exhibition will shed light on how growing up in early 20th century Hoboken shaped the young singer. Although he was born in a cold-water flat in a neighborhood of newly arrived immigrants in Southwest Hoboken, his early years weren’t as rough as some biographers have portrayed. He was a rare only child, doted on by his mother, Dolly, who used her political savvy and gift for languages to improve her family’s station, eventually securing Marty a position with the city’s fire department when he could no longer fight professionally. By the time young Frank was 12, the Sinatras had moved to better housing in a more established neighborhood and he earned the nickname of “Slacksy O’Brien” for the dress pants he sported. In the 1920s and 30s, he was one of many aspiring young singers who performed on Hoboken’s street corners, in pool halls and clubs, and in private homes—wherever they could get an audience.

Sinatra’s big break came in 1935, when a Hoboken trio calling themselves the Three Flashes invited him to join them for a shot at the “American Idol” of its day, the radio program “Major Bowes and His Original Amateur Hour”. The Hoboken Four were a hit, and toured with other acts from the program for the next several months. Sinatra soon went solo, performing at the Rustic Cabin in Englewood, NJ, which was broadcast on WNEW’s radio program, Dance Parade, leading to an invitation to join the Harry James band. In 1939, he joined Tommy Dorsey’s band and became a sensation, earning the name “Swoonatra,” for causing teenage girls to faint at his concerts.

He would go on to sell more records than any previous singer, and to pursue a successful Hollywood film career, including an Oscar-winning performance in “From Here to Eternity.” He and his pals in the “Rat Pack” defined the image of American cool in the 1950s and 60s. He survived personal and professional setbacks, as well as changes in musical tastes, and continued to tour and record successful records into his later years. When he died in 1998, fans swarmed Hoboken to mourn the man whose music and movies had meant so much to them. The same year, the Museum created a “Sinatra Walking Tour Map,” which is being updated for the new exhibit for fans who wish to walk in his footsteps. Learn more at

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It’s nearly here. This Thursday we’re expecting hundreds of you to come out and play along in the world’s largest rock band performing songs like “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, “Love Me Do,” and even “Shake it Off!”

We’ve provided a playlist of video tutorials for some of the easy songs we’ll be performing.

We’ll also be emailing a 10% discount to participants who register at Sinatra Park.

So bring your guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin or just clap  and sing along — and tell all your friends to join you. Because, we’re sure this is going to be the biggest and best event we’ve held yet, and we don’t want you to miss it!

Hudson County Restaurant Week


Restaurant Listing


Summer Restaurant Week will be July 27 – August 7, 2015 – here is a preview of the list (more to come). Menu and details to come.

Join our email list to stay updated. If you’d like to participate please contact us.

* Click the column head to sort by cuisine, location, etc.

Restaurant Name Cuisine Town Lunch Dinner Make a Reservation
Amanda’s American Hoboken n/a $38 Make A Reservation
Amelia’s Bistro American Jersey City $16 $30 Make A Reservation
Arthur’s Tavern Steakhouse Hoboken $15 $35 Call Restaurant
Bistro La Source American Jersey City $16 $28 Make A Reservation
Brass Rail American Hoboken $20 $38 Make A Reservation
Brasserie de Paris French Hoboken $18 $29 Call Restaurant
Cadillac Cantina American Hoboken $12 $25 Call Restaurant
Chart House American Weehawken n/a $38 Make A Reservation
City Bistro American Hoboken $13 $27 Call Restaurant
Clinton Social American Hoboken $18 $38 Make A Reservation
Court Street American Hoboken n/a $35 Call Restaurant
Dhoom Indian Secaucus $15 $35 Call Restaurant
Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse Hoboken n/a $40 Call Restaurant
Edward’s Steakhouse Steakhouse Jersey City $18 $40 Make A Reservation
Hamilton Inn American Jersey City $18 $38 Make A Reservation
Haven American Edgewater n/a $40 Make A Reservation
Hoboken Gourmet Company American Hoboken n/a $38 Call Restaurant
KP Sarelli’s Italian Bayonne n/a $25 Call Restaurant
Laico’s Italian Jersey City n/a $35 Call Restaurant
Liberty House Restaurant American Jersey City $18 $38 Make A Reservation
Liberty Prime Steakhouse Steakhouse Jersey City $20 $40 Make A Reservation
Louie’s BBQ Pit American West New York $10 $25 Call Restaurant
The Madison American Hoboken Make A Reservation
Maritime Parc American Jersey City n/a $38 Make A Reservation
Maxwell’s Tavern American Hoboken n/a $30 Call Restaurant
McLoone’s Pier House American Hoboken $15 $35 Make A Reservation
Molos Seafood Weehawken $18 $38 Make A Reservation
Porto Leggero Italian Jersey City $18 $35 Call Restaurant
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Steakhouse Weehawken $20 $38 Make A Reservation
Satis Bistro Modern European Jersey City n/a $35 Make A Reservation
Son Cubano Cuban/Latin Weehawken $20 $40 Make A Reservation
Stewed Cow American Hoboken n/a $30 Call Restaurant
Teak on the Hudson New American Hoboken n/a $30 Make A Reservation
Turtle Club American Hoboken n/a $30 Make A Reservation

Meet Your Mayor! At Little City Books

Meet Your Mayor!
Friday, July 24th at 11 am
Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will be in the store to read a story to our littlest book lovers. Everyone welcome.

The Mayor loves Dr. Seuss.  Who do you love?

Speaking of Dr. Seuss — another long lost manuscript! This one much less fraught than Harper Lee. Dr. Seuss’s What Pet Should I Get? comes out on July 28th and we’ll have a bunch of them.

Thursday, July 30th, 7 pm

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Joyce Flinn (of Amanda’s, Elysian Cafe, and Schnackenbergs) — friend of the Library and smashed crockery artist — will lead our discussion of this most controversial release.  Truth, time, race, editorial control, greed, Truman Capote, elder abuse — what’s up with this book? Bourbon on the side.

Reserve a copy and sign up for the club meeting at

Wednesday August 5th, 7 pm
Hosted by mother-daughter team Julia Critz and Laura Siegel

Julia has selected Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. Gaming galore. And a mystery sleepover in a LOCKED LIBRARY. It doesn’t get any better than that. Snacks.

Sign up at and we’ll reserve a book for you.

POSTPONED TO SEPTEMBER. Date will be announced soon — books are in stock so read it over the summer!

Liz Szabla, esteemed editor at MacMillan, has selected Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, one of her authors. 13 and up. Gender neutral. Oh yes, snacks.

Humans and androids in New Beijng. Deadly plague. Earth’s fate hinges on one girl, Cinder — a gifted mechanic and cyborg. First of a trilogy and really fun. Sign up at and we’ll reserve a book for you.

Little City Books · 100 Bloomfield Street · Hoboken, New Jersey 07030 · USA

Join Learn Language Hoboken’s Meet-Up Event at Pier 13

Bonjour, Buongiorno, Hola, Ni hao, Al salaam a’alaykum,

We look forward to seeing everyone next Friday, July 31st at 6:00p.m for Learn Language Hoboken’s Monthly Meetup.  As a special summer treat, we will be hosting the event at the fun and friendly Pier 13. (Pier 13 – Located at 1301 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030 – (201) 798-8065)

This event is for ITALIAN, SPANISH, FRENCH , ARABIC AND CHINESE Language Enthusiasts, and is open to all levels! Come out and practice your language skills. The more the merrier, so feel free to invite anyone, this is an open event and we’d be happy to have your guests join us.Look for our banner and anyone wearing a Learn Language Hoboken tee-shirt.  Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please RSVP on our group page.

Rummage & Ruffage: Community Yard Sale/Farmers’ Market

Hoboken’s first community yard sale and midtown farmers’ market at The Church of the Holy Innocents (the corner of 6th and Willow).

8am – Yoga on the lawn
($10 cash, bring your own mat)
9am – Juice and Coffee stands open
10am – 2pm Rummage and Ruffage

The market includes:
• locally grown vegetables
• eggs
• grass-fed meats
• baked goods
• traditional and vegan cheese
• homemade salsas
• freshly pressed juices
• coffee stand
• prepared foods

Vendors include Tony Boloney’s, Trusty Tails, ModCup and more!!!

Anyone looking to showcase tag sale items can have a 6-foot table display for $20.

For more info visit or email


Everyday Earring Exhibition