Week of April 24th – April 30th

Monday April 24th – East District Captain’s Meeting 7pm

Captain Scerbo of the East District Police Department will hold his  monthly discussion on crime and other issues  at MS 4 in the 2nd Floor Library at 7:00PM.

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Monday April 24th – Ani Ramen is officially open! 

Doors open at 5pm on JC’s newest restaurant. Sip. Slurp. Repeat.


Tuesday April 25th – Story Time Hazel Baby 10am

For the month of April, Iris Sharp will be reading The Wolf’s Chicken Stew on Tuesdays! Hazel Baby provides a limited supply of seat cushions and chairs so get there early!

Thursday April 27th – Live Music at The Pet Shop 8:30pm

The Petshop presents music by local bands Desir Decir and Cicada Radio this Thursday night. No cover, music starts at 8:30pm.


Thursday April 27th Open Mic at Porta Pizza 8pm

Art House House Original Open Mic is held the 4th Thursday of every month. 8 pm – 10 pm in basement of Porta! $5 gets you five minutes of performance time. All spots are first come, first served. Open to all performance artists (comedians, musicians, poets, spoken word artists, etc)! Come on in for a fun and supportive performance environment.


Saturday April 29th – Morning Drawing at Word Books 11am

Join artists John Patrick Green and Sara Varon from 11am-Noon for a morning Draw! This event is part of Reading Without Walls, an annual nationwide reading program encouraging students to read books that they wouldn’t normally choose on their own. This means reading a broad variety of titles with different themes, diverse authors and content, formats, settings, characters, and subjects.


Sunday April 30th  – Jazz Brunch at Atlas Public House 

This Sunday from 11-2pm enjoy brunch at Atlas with a live Jazz trio! View the Brunch menu here  – Music by Eldad Tarmu on vibes, Phil Sirois on bass, and  Cengiz Baysal on drums. Atlas is located at 130 Newark Ave, Jersey City.



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Week of April 17th – April 23rd

Tuesday April 18th 6:30 PM Development Workshop

Hazel Baby presents Speech Pathologists Alyssa Kane and Mara Mamroud will go in depth about Language Development, and baby’s first bites with . Q & A after. This event is $10 per family.  RSVP to firstyearsslp@gmail.com


Wednesday April 19th Floral Arranging Class at The Hair Room 

On April 19th, The Hair Room welcomes Karma Flowers to teach you how to put together your own Spring floral arrangement! Tickets are $45 and include the lesson, supplies, and refreshments. Email info@thehairroomjc.com to reserve your spot!

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Thursday April 20th 3:30 PM Ribbon Cutting at FM 

Join the HDSID and Mayor Fulop in welcoming FM Jersey with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. This Bar restaurant is located in the Village neighborhood of the Historic Downtown Special Improvement District. FM will feature 1970’s decor with Rock, Funk & Soul music reflective of the time when FM radio was at it’s height.


Thursday April 20th – DIY Lip Balm Class at Kanibal & Co.

Kanibal & Co. welcomes  The Lucky HoneyBee for a make-your-own lip balm workshop where participants will have the opportunity to create there own all natural blends custom blends. $20 Register Here  

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Thursday April 20th  Barcade’s Anniversary Party

Please join the Barcade team in celebrating their 6th Anniversary here in Jersey City! They will feature an extensive draft list with rare and vintage kegs, kitchen specials, free swag, and good times! Noon to Midnight.


Thursday April 20th LITM presents Debra Devi

Rock out at LITM with Debra Devi and her band, and see the new music video for their single “Butterfly” out 4/20 on True Nature Records. All night drink specials! 8pm-11pm


Saturday April 22nd Story Time at Word JC!

Ruth Chan, children’s book author and illustrator, reads Georgie’s Best Bad Day. In Georgie’s Best Bad Day, Georgie and Friends are all having a bad day. So this cat and his crew of adorable animals decide to do their favorite things to turn their day around. They make pickles…They try knitting…They even bake a cake…and their bad day only gets worse! 11am-Noon RSVP encouraged.


Saturday April 22nd Art Opening at Raven

They say the eyes are the windows to your soul. Join the curators at the Raven Boutique and Gallery at 5pm for a group show featuring 14 different local artists.


Saturday April 22nd Earth Day at Porta 

Porta Jersey City celebrates Earth Day! Starting at 1:00 pm, Pack the Roof and pay what you want for the the Special Earth Day Pie — 100% of proceeds will be donated to the New Jersey Sierra Club! Stop in, pack the roof, have fun, and TAKE ACTION!


Saturday + Sunday Noon – 5pm The Charles & Co. Sidewalk Sale 

Join the commercial tenants of Charles & Co. for an Earth Day sidewalk sale! Hazel Baby & Kids, Kanibal & Co., CoolVines, and Another Man’s Treasure have joined forces to host a spring cleaning sale – reuse, reclaim, recycle!


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Week of April 10th – April 16th

Thursday April 13th JCity Realty PopUp Concert

JCR and Riverview Jazz present vocalist Rosalind Grant, a swinging jazz vocalist who creatively interprets standards, swing, blues, ballads and bossa nova. Show starts at 7pm. Ticket are $10 – available here. JCR is located at 109 Christopher Columbus Dr., Jersey City, NJ 07302

Thursday April 13th – Open Poetry Slam 

Tea NJ proudly hosts JC Slam for it’s final Open Slam. This is the last open slam of the season. This is your chance to earn points for semi-finals! So stop by Tea NJ, grab yourself a bubble tea and enjoy! Doors open at 6:00 PM and the show starts promptly at 7 PM. Admission is free. Check here for updates

Tea NJ is located at 262 Newark Ave Jersey City, NJ 

Saturday April 15th – 10AM Pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Join the HDSID at Smile Preschool for the Annual Easter Funday. Kids can enjoy free face painting, candy, and get their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.


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Sunday April 16th – Easter Brunch at Porta 

Join the Porta Family for Easter Brunch! There will be an Easter Egg Hunt on the Roof at 1pm and a Special Appearance by The Easter Bunny! Specialty Brunch Items & $10 Bloody Mary Carafes available.

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Week of April 2nd- April 9th

Tuesday, April 4th 7pm-11:30pm – Art Opening for “Paper Work”

LITM presents an exhibition featuring works from artists using paper as a medium. These artists have cut, sculpted, cast, torn, and folded to create engaging works from a material that we so often take for granted. Drinks Specials and more!


LITM is located at 140 Newark Ave Downtown Jersey City, NJ

Wednesday, April 5th 6:30-7:30pm Henna Tattoos!

Modern Sage is hosting Henna Tattoos by Swati! Hand, palm or arm. Choose design or let her freestyle. Henna is beneficial for mind and body, plus they are beautiful and look super cool. As all things, they are impermanent – with good care will last up to 2 weeks. Tattoos starting at $10.


Thursday, April 6th 6:30-8:30 – Property Maintenance for Businesses

The Jersey City Department of Public Works will give you helpful tips and information on maintaining your business property. You will learn your responsibilities as a property and/or business owner and how to work with the city to improve quality of life conditions along commercial corridors. Everything you need to know about:
Signage, Security, Gates, Graffiti, Waste Management, Sidewalk Usage and Responsibilities.   Sign Up Here!



Seminar will take place at City Hall 280 Grove Street Jersey City, NJ


Thursday, April 6th 8-10pm – Open Mic Comedy 

The 1st Thursday of every month Art House productions hosts an open mic comedy session at Porta. Hosted by Rich Kiamco. For comedians of any level or experience looking to hone their skills. $5 dollars gets you five minutes of performance time. All spots are first come first served. Come on in for a fun, supportive performance environment.


Friday, April 7th 7-9pm – Art Opening at Tea NJ 

Tea NJ is showcasing works by 2 Jersey City artists through the month of April.
Illustrator & Book Designer Maria Mercado will display her recent watercolors & photographer Melissa Buesing, will showcase select images from the Meadowlands project. Tea NJ proudly supports Jersey City based artists. Wall space is given to locals artists and all the shop asks for in return is that a portion of any art sales be donated to charity. Grab a bubble tea or a burger and keep great establishments like this going!


Saturday, April 8th – 11am-2pm Pet Adoption Event 

Find your new best friend this weekend at K9dergarten. Meet the adoptable pups from See Spot Rescued. Check out who is available for adoption here: http://bit.ly/ssradopt


Sunday, April 9th 2-7pm – Vintage Pop-Up 

The Hair Room JC is hosting Shimmer Vintage for an afternoon of glam. Shop the racks of fabulous vintage at this one day pop-up!


The Hair Room is located at 213 Montgomery St.

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Week of March 27th – April 2nd

Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30pm – Starting a Business & Writing a Business Plan

Join the JCEDC and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Hudson County for a workshop that will focus on the assessment process an entrepreneur has to undertake to start a business. Participants will review the different types of business entities, learn how to write a business plan and find out about the sources of funding for small business. 6:30pm in the Caucus Room at City Hall 280 Grove Street Register Here!


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Tuesday, March 28th 5-10pm – Get Sauced! Hot Sauce Party:  Spicy Cocktails, Tacos and More!

Attention all hot heads! A celebration of all things spicy  – edible, and drinkable – is coming to LITM. Shop for hot sauces with a “Sauce sommelier” from Suzie’s Hot Shop, Enjoy $10 Taco & other saucable eats,  Hot Sauce Flights, Spicy Cocktails, and a Hot Shot challenge and more.  Get all the details here!



LITM is located at 140 Newark Ave Downtown Jersey City, NJ 


Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm – Captain’s Meeting 

Join Captain Scerbo of the East District Police Department for his monthly discussion about crime trends, quality of life issues, and other concerns.  M.S.4 2nd Floor Library.


Tuesday, March 28th at 7pm – Tips to Manage Anxiety 

Learn to practice grounding techniques to use during times of panic or worry at Modern Sage. This session will be led by local LCSW,Shannon McLaughlin.Other topics will include strategies to manage thoughts and emotions to decrease worry or anxiety. All are welcome. Admission $5


The Modern Sage is located at 351 2nd Street (at Newark Ave)


Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30pm – Tips to Manage Anxiety 

Word Bookstores presents a conversation between David Grinspoon (author of EARTH IN HUMAN HANDS) and David Biello (author of THE UNNATURAL WORLD). Chuck Nice will moderate. RSVP Encouraged


Word Bookstore is located at 123 Newark Ave.


Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30pm – 10:30pm – Live Bluegrass Music  

The Archer hosts live bluegrass every Wednesday starting at 7:30pm! No Cover.



The Archer is located at 176 Newark Ave


Saturday, March 31st at 11AM – Kids Storytime & Yoga

Join Word Bookstore   & Betty Larerea for a 30 minute fun, interactive Book Reading with Yoga Poses, Music, Breathing and Relaxation followed by a meet & greet and book signing by the Author. This special event is for children 2 to 9 years old and their families.




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Week of March 20th- March 26th

Tuesday,  March 21st at 10AM – How to Perfect Your Pitch
IndieGrove hosts  Saroosh Gull, the CEO & Founder of EventCombo, to lead business owners through a discussion on how to raise capital as you launch a business.
How do you tell the perfect story in less than 5-10 minutes?
How do you engage with discriminating strangers to get them to write you a check?
How do you establish a powerful impression and maintain it?
Getting behind the WHY.
General Admission $15 – Register Here


IndieGrove is located at 121 Newark Ave. 5th floor Downtown Jersey City

Tuesday, March 21st at 7:30pm – Teen Author Panel
Join Word Bookstore for a lively discussion on the state of young adult literature. This event is part of the NYC Teen Author Festival. RSVP HERE (encouraged not required)
Featuring: David Levithan (Host), Corey Ann Haydu, AR Kahler, Ilana Manaster, Rafi Mittlefehldt, Maggie Stiefvater, KM Walton

Thursday, March 23rd at 6PM Poetry Slam
Tea NJ hosts an open poetry slam!  Up to eight poets battling out for a chance to represent Jersey City at the National Poetry Slam! Anyone can compete. There is an open mic beforehand open to music, stand-up comedy, poetry and bar tricks.  If you are an early bird, Aaya Perez leads a poetry workshop at 6 PM. Enjoy this month’s art show by Mercadoodles and The Lucky HoneyBee. Admission is FREE just grab yourself a bubble tea and enjoy. Doors open at 6:00 PM & poetry starts promptly at 7 PM.


Saturday, March 25th – Interpret you Dreams
Come Modern Sage  and learn how to interpret your dreams in this Dream Workshop led by Leslie Wagner. With 20 years of experience in dream interpretation, she will teach you tips on how to analyze and break down the symbolism in your dreams. Admission $20

Sunday, March 26th at 10am – Pre-Natal Workshop
This class at Hazel Baby will give mamas and partners the most important information about starting off their breastfeeding journey and maintaining the best possible breastfeeding relationship. More info here!



Hazel Baby is located 199 Montgomery St.



For more info about any of these great events, please reach out to the business directly.

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Week of March 13th- March 19th

Tuesday March 14th Artist Reception at City Hall
City Hall celebrates Women’s History month with an exhibition of local artists at the Rotunda Gallery at City Hall.


Wednesday March 15th Kanibal & Co. Craft Class
Join Dorie Herman, a graphic designer and seasoned crafter, for a modern dreamcatcher workshop at Kanibal & Co!  Each participant will leave with one completed dream catcher – attendees are encouraged to bring any special charms they may like to incorporate into the piece. Sign up here!


Thursday March 16th – Vintage Pop-Up at Love Liesel 
Stop by the Love Liesel for a special Pop-Up Shop between 3-8pm. Try on some fabulous vintage clothes curated by Kelly Shimmer .


Thursday March 16th Sound Healing Meditation at Modern Sage
Sound “Bath” Healing Meditation w/ Patrick Murray. Revive your positive energy and disconnect from unwanted patterns of behavior! The power of sound vibrations clear the body and mind for healing and integration. Patrick Murray, is an award winning Meditation Instrumentalist through Indaba Music, specializing in Bamboo Flutes, Meditation Drums and Tibetan Bowls  Admission is $12

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Thursday March 16th Floral Arranging Class at The Hair Room
The Hair Room hosts Karma Flowers for a class on making your own hand-tied floral arrangement. Tickets are $45 and include the lesson, supplies, and refreshments. Email info@thehairroomjc.com to reserve your spot!


Saturday March 18th Word Presents Glitter Girl
It’s Saturday Story time at Word! Join us for a special story time event with Morgan Lee Scheel, author of The Fabulous Glitter Girl and Jersey City native!  RSVP encouraged but not required! Journey to the Land of Glitter and Gleam and discover the world of The Fabulous Glitter Girl! 


For more info about any of these great events, please reach out to the business directly.

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Week of March 6th- March 12th

March 7th-20th Open Call for Artwork at LITM
Looking to be a part of the Downtown Art scene? Submit work for the next LITM show! The theme is PAPERWORK. Click here for the details.



Tuesday March 7th State of The City
Mayor Fulop will hold his State of The City address for Ward E this Tuesday at Grace Van Vorst Church at 6:30pm.


Tuesday March 7th at Wine Class at The Pet Shop
Join Lourdes Arena (Francophile wine expert, curator of The Traveling Grape and import manager at Baron Francois Wine) and Chris Leo (Veteran wine sommelier of PS Wine Bar and Owner of The Maritime Republic Natural Wine Importers) at 7pm for tastings of 4 Italian wines, 4 French wines, 8 types of cheeses and bread.


March 7th LITM Art Opening 7-11pm
LITM presents “Creature Feature” by New Jersey Artist Paul Andress
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Thursday March 9th Live music at The Archer 

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Friday March 10th The Porta Music Series 
Music by DJ Keylove. The doors open at 11:30pm only  $5 cover


Saturday March 11th Story time at Word Bookstore
It’s Saturday morning story time in Jersey City with Ame Dyckman. 11AM
When a little boy throws a coin into a well asking for a pet unicorn, he has no idea what kind of trouble he’s in for when his wish comes true. Sure, unicorns have purple hair and can fly, but he soon learns they cannot be house trained; they poop cupcakes and shed sparkles everywhere. When they get excited and jump, they poke holes in the ceiling! Worst of all, when your pet unicorn brings a unicorn party to town – your problems will multiply, and multiply, and multiply!

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Sunday March 12th St. Patrick’s at PJ Ryans
Celebrate at PJ Ryans before and after the Jersey City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Drink specials, music, and corned beef! NO COVER TO JOIN THE FUN!


For more info about any of these great events, please reach out to the business directly.

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Week of Feb. 27th – March 5th


Tuesday Feb. 28th – Story Time at Hazel Baby 
Hey Mommas! Did you know that Hazel Baby hosts a story reading every Tuesday morning? Be there by 10AM, space is limited.  Hazel Baby is located at 199 Montgomery in the Charles & Co. building.


Tuesday Feb. 28th East District Police Captain’s Meeting

Join Captain Nicholas Scerbo of The East District Police Department for his monthly meeting at the M.S. 4 Library at 7:00PM

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Friday March 3rd – JC Friday
Arthouse Productions presents – JC Friday, a free city-wide celebration of the arts! Artists, galleries, studios, and businesses will open their doors to the public on 3/3/17 to exhibit work.  As always, the HDSID has some great shows on the map.

HAZEL BABY – Tiny Artist Workshop *Kid Friendly*
CITY HALL – JC Cultural Affairs | Women’s History Month Group Exhibition
JC REALTY – paintings by Anne Trauben, Diane Tenerelli, June and James Pustorino
COOLVINES – an evening with JC artist Robert Piersanti
GALLERIE HUDSON – Jersey City Photographs with Mickey Mathis
LITM – “Love Letters” group show
JC Studios – “143 is Alive” (music starts at 9pm)
MODERN SAGE – “From Ground into Sky” Photographer Amy Neufeld
GIA GELATO – “Yaatra – A Journey.” painter Susan Isaac
THE RAVEN GALLERY & BOUTIQUE – “The Raven Turns 3!” Group Show
Visit www.jcfriday.com for full details.


Saturday March 4th 11am-Noon- Story time at Word Bookstore
A beautiful picture book about Ann Cole Lowe, a little-known African-American fashion designer who battled personal and social adversity in order to pursue her passion of making beautiful gowns and went on to become one of society’s top designers. RSVP on Facebook is encouraged, but not required.



Saturday March 4th – The Raven Gallery & Boutique Turns 3!
Raven is celebrating their 3rd year on Newark Ave! Works will be displayed by artists who have shown their work at the gallery throughout the year. Celebration runs from 5-10pm with a cake cutting at 8pm. The Raven Gallery and Boutique is located at 304 Newark Ave. Downtown Jersey City, NJ

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For more info about any of these great events, please reach out to the business directly.

Are you an HDSID business? Send us your events! melissa.hdsid@gmail.com

Week of Feb. 20th – Feb. 26th

Monday Feb. 20th  – President’s Day at The Kitchen Step
Wondering what to do with your day off? Head over to The Kitchen Step, they will be offering their weekend brunch and dinner menu on Monday! Now that’s how you spend a Holiday.  The Kitchen Step is located at 500 Jersey Ave. Downtown Jersey City.


Tuesday Feb. 21st – Story Time at Hazel Baby 
Hey Mommas! Did you know that Hazel Baby hosts a story reading every Tuesday morning? Be there by 10AM, space is limited.  Hazel Baby is located at 199 Montgomery in the Charles & Co. building.


Tuesday Feb. 21st – Monthly HDSID Meeting

Interested in what’s happening in The Historic Downtown Special Improvement District? Join us for our monthly meeting! This month’s guest speaker is Police Officer Dina Lionakis, the Communication Officer from The East District Police Department. The meeting will be held at 10am in The Caucus Room on the 2nd Floor of City Hall. This meeting is open to the public.

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Tuesday Feb. 21st. – Ciders and Cheese of France

Everyone knows France is producing some of the best cheeses in the world, but did you know they are also responsible for some world-class ciders? Don your beret and join The Wurstbar and Van Hook Cheese for tasting a series of cidre and fromage. $50 per person. 7-9pm. This event will be held at The Wurstbar  at 516 Jersey Ave Downtown Jersey City.


Wednesday Feb. 22nd – The Pet Shop presents Never Mind the Heart Ache 
Need to spruce up that online dating profile of yours? Honey and Moon Photography is bringing together a night of styling, pictures, advice & pick up tips for you to find the love of your life! Photos for your online dating profile will be available for only $10 a pop! Sit down and get some love life advice from Donald Gallagher or learn how to flirt online with Creative Enabler. Leah Guy The Modern Sage will be offering $5 Chakra Readings to unblock your heart, and Meika Franz of Another Man’s Treasure will be giving you styling tips to bring out your inner hottie! The Pet Shop is located at 193 Newark Ave Downtown Jersey City, NJ 16730493_1374909882575728_2686674707731832411_n.jpg

Wednesday Feb. 22nd 6:30pm The JCEDC presents Facebook for Small Business
If you are a small business owner, check out the calendar of upcoming seminars provided by the JCEDC. Most of them are free! Free business advice? Yes, please!  In this seminar you will learn how to make the most of your Facebook Business Profile with proven strategies and best practices that will convert “likes” into customers! You’ll leave with insight and ideas to make your Facebook profile work for your business, including: Best times to post, how to create content that gets shared, how to build a scheduled post routine, and more. Sign up here!  This seminar will be held at in the Caucus Room at City Hall.


Thursday Feb. 23rd Jersey Wine and Spirits – Wine & Cheeses of Spain Tasting
Come travel beyond Tempranillo and Manchego to taste an array of delicious and complex wine and cheeses from Spain at the Jersey Wine and Spirits shop with Van Hook Cheese and Grocery. 7-8:30pm Jersey Wine & Spirit is located at 492 Jersey Ave Downtown Jersey City, NJ 


Friday Feb. 24th – Free Co-Working Fridays at IndieGrove
Change up your regular work routine and try out a Co-working space.Entrepreneurs and independent professionals do not conform to one way of thinking, nor should the space they work in. Panoramic views, bright open spaces, and free coffee will surely get you motivated to tackle that next project. Test it out for yourself and schedule a day free co-working . IndieGrove is located at 121 Newark Ave Downtown Jersey City


Sunday Feb. 26th Balance Hair Salon hosts JC Retro Style Party 
Network from 3-6pm with a  vibrant, inclusive, diverse, and supportive community of pin-up models, photographers, and vintage culture enthusiasts for residents of Jersey City and the surrounding metro area.
~ Meet the models and photographers
~ Listen to rock ‘n roll, dance, do the twist
~ Get more info, ask questions, sign up
~ Hair and makeup demo
~ Photo booth boards
~ Party favors


For more info about any of these great events, please reach out to the business directly.

Are you an HDSID business? Send us your events! melissa.hdsid@gmail.com