Jersey City Independent Tipsheet & News Briefs: Feb. 2

February 2, 2016 Cindy Chang


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Liberty Humane Society is hosting “The One” a FREE adoption promotion  running until February 14. During this time, adoption fees are waived on animals 4 months and older for qualified adopters. Normal fees range from $120 (for adult cats) to $225 (for dogs), so act quickly! All animals adopted from Liberty Humane Society are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped before they are sent home, and adopters are invited back on Wednesdays for Public Low-Cost Pet Wellness Clinics. Visit, for more details.


On January 28, Mayor Steven Fulop joined with members of the Municipal Council and representatives of China Overseas America, as well as officials from the Chinese Consulate, to break ground on a development at 99 Hudson Street. The planned 79-story, 900-foot residential tower by China Overseas America, Inc., will become the tallest building in the state of New Jersey. The project will include 781 condominium units, 18,000 square feet of commercial and retail space, and 7,365 square feet of public plaza space. Construction is expected to be completed in early 2018.


J Hacha De Zola, photo credit Miguel Peralta

J Hacha De Zola, photo credit Miguel Peralta

Jersey City native J Hacha De Zola released his debut record, “Escape from Fat Kat City,” in January. Mixing musical styles from Blues, Folk, Jazz, Latin, Funk, and Psychedelia, Hacha de Zola used a salvaged toy piano, noise makers, 25-cent whistles, rattles, plastic flutes, and cheap candy ocarinas to develop his unique “urban junkyard” sound. The artist is currently in pre-production on two follow-up records with more details and release dates forthcoming. To listen to tracks and download music visit Soundcloud and for more information on the artist, visit


Due to the recent snowstorm the Village West Gallery (331 Newark Ave.) has decided to combined the closing of Beneath the Surface: works by Gian Berto Vanni with the opening reception for Vanishing Worlds on February 18, from 5 to 8 pm. The Vanishing Worlds exhibit will showcase photographs and paintings by five artists: Chris Manis, Ines Sainz de la Maza, Lauren St John, Pamela Talese and Gian Berto Vanni. The works show a diverse group of vanishing worlds: endangered animals in Africa, Syria before the war, Greenwich Village through the years, a farm in Spain where bulls are bred for fighting, and our disintegrating environment. The show runs from February 9 to April 17, viewings are available by appointment. For more information, visit

Panepinto Galleries is hosting “MEMENTOS,” a pop-up exhibition on the 50th floor penthouses at 70 Columbus from February 5 to March 6. Showcasing 51 local Jersey City artists, boutiques, and local food offerings, this event will combine art, interior design, food, fashion and the community! The opening reception is on February 5 from 5 to 9 pm. The exhibition will open every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 7 pm until the exhibit closes on March 6. Additional viewings will be available by appointment and for private events. Contact art(at) or call 201.521.9000 for more details.

The Black Maria Film Festival is celebrating its 35th anniversary!
On February 4 at 8 pm, the opening night screening will present the top Stellar Award-winning films from the 2016 juried competition in the Gothic Lounge of Hepburn Hall, at NJCU, 2039 Kennedy Blvd. Admission is free and open to the general public. Light refreshments will be served.
On February 6 at 7 pm, a gala evening will take place at Art House Productions (136 Magnolia Ave.), offering a chocolate tasting hosted by Dove chocolatier Rosemarie Walker, a music performance and art exhibition by Michael DiFeo of Jersey City, and a screening of the Festival’s award-winning short films. Tickets are available in advance for $12 or f$15 at the door; advance purchase is recommended. For full screenings and more information visit,

WORD Bookstore is here to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day!
On February 9 at 7:30 pm, Sally McKenney from Sally’s Baking Addiction is showcasing her book, “Sally’s Candy Addiction.” To sweeten the deal, she’s offering candy samples!
On February 11 at 5 pm, Mast Brothers Chocolate presents a chocolate tasting! Sample a few bars to choose your favorite one. For both events, RSVPs are encouraged, but not necessary.

Food & Water Watch and Anakbayan are hosting an educational event on the impacts of fossil fuel dependency and climate change on February 11 at 6:30 pm. Learn about critical climate change issues and the future of renewable energy development in New Jersey, and hear stories about people directly impacted by Super Typhoon Yolanda, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. This event is part of Philippine Solidarity Week, a week of activities beginning on February 4 to raise awareness and support for the continuing struggle of the Filipino people for national liberation. The event will be held at Saint Paul’s Church, 440 Hoboken Ave.

Reminder that the first-ever Hot Pants Road Funk & Soul Party will hit Jersey City on February 6 at 10 pm, at the Citizen! See last weeks tip sheet for more details!

Reminder that Jersey City Theater Center opens their 2016 season on February 7, with Beauty and the Beast by Puppetworks! See last weeks tip sheet for more details!

For more local events check the Jersey City Independent cultural calendar.


Fifteen restaurants will be extending their Hudson Restaurant Week offerings till February 10. So you have extra days to squeeze in a few more affordable meals! See last weeks tip sheet for the list of Jersey City restaurants that are participating till Feb. 5.

Jersey City locations extending HRW till Feb. 10 include:

Amelia’s Bistro
Fire & Oak
Hamilton Inn
Liberty Prime Steakhouse
Light Horse Tavern
Raval Tapas Bar
Satis Bistro

For full listings, other updates and to make a reservation, visit

Two Boots Pizza is opening a second location in Jersey City! Ribbon cutting will be held on February 4 at 11 am at the new location at Newport Centre Mall, 225 West Washington St.


Inside Grove Street Bicycles

Grove Street Bicycles is offering a winter snow special! Now until the end of February, all half-day bicycle rentals are $24.99, available every day except Tuesday. Check out their website for more details!

Bloomsbury Sq and Chocopain Bakery at 942 Summit, in the Heights has reopened. Be sure to stop by and check out the new space!

Another Man’s Treasure has extended their in-store sale through the end of February: 15-20% off all clothing, shoes and new arrivals. Visit their Facebook page for photos and updates on selections.

Catherine Hecht contributed to this report

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