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Top 5 Blizzard Don’ts

Top 5 Blizzard Don’ts in Hoboken

top 5 blizzard don'ts in Hoboken NJOkay – it’s winter.

This is just like any heavy rain storm – except that it’s frozen precipitation. And that means it will accumulate above the ground and cause an impedance to anyone who is a “challenged walker.” Yes, that is what snow is! Amazing, eh?

It’s fairly elemental.

But when it’s frozen and “accumulates,” it’s a bit different than water – which other than flooding, eventually drains away quite rapidly compared with the many weeks (if not months) we’ll see this snow on the ground. Turning brown. Becoming annoying. “Please make it go away… Looking forward to summer…. “

When we get FEET of snow – it presents a whole slew of problems, which are usually transportation oriented.

So what are the Top 5 things you should avoid during a blizzard?

Number 5: Please postpone medical emergencies

Number 5 Blizzard Don'ts in Hoboken NJAt the height of the blizzard late tonight – medical vehicles and apparatus will have a super-tough time traversing city streets. That could mean the difference between life and death!

So if you can – please avoid (or postpone if possible) the following medical emergencies:

  • Heart attack or stroke. (Stay off carbs, eat lots of veggies, keep blood sugar low, avoid strenuous activities).
  • Child birth / labor. (If you’re close to your due date – either try to push it out NOW – or figure out a way to keep the baby in the sack till the weather clears).
  • Profuse bleeding. (Any tricky home projects or drunken bar fights should be put off till the storm clears).
  • Broken bones. (While not as bad as some other emergencies – try not elevating your body to more than 12″ off the ground. And if out and about, ensure your shoes have proper traction).
  • Panic Attacks. (There is nothing to worry about at all. Everything is fine. It will be spring in less that 3 months!)

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Number 4: Try not to start any fires!

Number 4 Blizzard Don'ts in Hoboken NJAny kind of row-house fire in Hoboken at the height of the blizzard, will practically ensure that an entire block burns down. Just because the snow is heavy and wet does not mean that it will aid in any way in preventing such a disaster.

So in order to reduce your risk (and guilt) for starting an epic fire for the history books:

  • Do not use candles if you’re a known drunk or narcoleptic.
  • Shut your circuit breaker if your house is known to be non-code compliant.
  • Playing “fire bomb beer pong” not a bright idea during the storm.
  • More than 11 iPhone chargers in a power strip just to keep your facebook stream alive is just not worth it.
  • Deep-frying a frozen turkey inside your studio apartment in wood-frame house can wait.
  • Firing up the hibachi grill on your fire escape. Just don’t do it. In other words, don’t be an asshole!

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Psychopathic tree plantings!

Who plants trees in front of stop signs? Hoboken does.

We told you yesterday about all the trees being planted this winter in Hoboken. However, it gets worse.

1st & Willow is one of the busiest (and dangerous) intersections downtown. Pedestrians, double-parked cars, split second timing necessary. And they planted a frickin’ tree directly in front of a stop sign here? What the Hell?

If this tree survives through the spring – it will completely block the stop sign once it blooms. Who allowed this to happen?

Attention lawyers! Please keep an eye out for this intersection. The minute ANYONE gets hurt because a car ran through – you have a SLAM DUNK CASE against the city (who gives away money for lawsuit settlements like it’s Halloween!)

Hoboken trees planted in front of stop sign near 1st and willow

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ShopRite Cooking School!

Shoprite Hoboken offers cooking classes

Did you know that our “big” supermarket ShopRite offers cooking classes for both adults (and believe it or not) kids too?

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ShopRite Cooking classes for everyone

ShopRite of Hoboken Expands LiveRight Culinary Workshop – Learn to Cook Healthy Meals Classes for Adults and Children!

Learning to cook healthier meals is a top New Year’s resolution for many, and ShopRite of Hoboken has the answer. To kick off 2015, the Inserra Supermarkets store is expanding its LiveRight Culinary Workshop series with new offerings for adults and children. Jenna Stock, R.D., in-store registered dietitian, and Chef Vicki Ferentinos, in-store culinary chef, will lead the classes, which are held at ShopRite of Hoboken. Please note space is limited, and advance registration is required:

  • Monday, January 19th: – LiveRight with ShopRite Kids’ Culinary Workshop: I Love Peanut Butter Edition, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. This hands-on class will be fun and nutritious for all the young chefs. The menu features apples with creamy peanut butter dip, peanut butter and grape muffins, and peanutty noodles. Please note sun butter will be used instead of peanut butter. The cost is $20 for one child (with an adult) and $10 for each additional child.
  • Thursday, January 22nd: – LiveRight with ShopRite Culinary Workshop: Healthy & Hearty Edition, 7 – 9 p.m. Creating a “healthy & hearty” meal each night does not have to be a hassle. Join ShopRite’s dietitian and chef to learn how to prepare skillet chicken with mushroom sauce, citrus-roasted veggies and pear crisp with ease. The cost is $20 per person.

Please register at the Courtesy Counter or call (201) 792-6070. For more information, please contact Jenna Stock, R.D., at (201) 819-4972 or email Jenna.stock@wakefern.com. ShopRite of Hoboken is located at 900 Madison Street in Hoboken, N.J.

No major snow this winter?

What if no major snow storms happen in Hoboken this winter?

We all know that Hoboken has never had a good record when it comes to cleanup after a major snow storm. Some years worse than others, but generally sub-par.

And the winter of 2014/2015 has gotten off to a very slow start – and according to some meteorological geeks, we may be stuck in a pattern that doesn’t see any chance of a “big storm” until at least mid-February.

But what if we get NO major snow? What happens to all that money “budgeted” for snow removal?

If that happens, property taxpayers should demand an instant rebate (say $50 each). I’m sure that would help the local economy a bit (“free dinner!”)

Of course, the city will dole out some lame excuse – and normally they just “steal” that extra money to fund crony pay-raises. But it sure would be nice one way or another to make it through this winter unscathed!

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Ainsworth coming to Hoboken, NJ in March 2015

Wow, some restaurateurs are really mixing things up here in Hoboken. Hot on the heels of Village Pourhouse closing (to change with the neighborhood) to become “Little Town Social,” you had to wonder what was happening with the Little Town New Jersey along the waterfront at 310 Sinatra Drive. Well, that is becoming Ainsworth this spring!

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Little Town NJ to reopen as Ainsworth Hoboken this spring

Popular neighborhood bar, restaurant and brew house, Little Town New Jersey, located at 310 Sinatra Drive, will close its doors for renovation. Little Town will move to another location a few blocks away and the current waterfront space will reopen as the Hoboken outpost of upscale steak, burger and sports gastropub, The Ainsworth.

Restauranteurs and stars of Bravo’s Manzo’d with Children, Albie and Chris Manzo along with Michael Sinensky [Little Town, Hudson Terrace, Sidebar, Village Pourhouse] have partnered with Paige Hospitality Group [Ainsworth, The Chester, 121 Fulton Street] to open Ainsworth Hoboken in early March. The Ainsworth prides itself on being a one-stop shop for brunch, lunch, dinner, cocktails and sports viewing. The Ainsworth Hoboken will be its fourth location with others in Manhattan [Chelsea and Gramercy] and Las Vegas.

“We are thrilled to partner with Paige Hospitality Group and bring one of the best and most established upscale steak, burger, and sports gastropub brands in the country to the waterfront space in Hoboken,” says Albie Manzo. “We look forward to announcing the next evolution of the Little Town brand in a vibrant and exciting part of town,” Chris adds.

Description: Upscale steak, burger and sports “gastro-pub.”
Address: 310 Sinatra Drive, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Phone: TBD
Online: ainsworthnyc.com (until Hoboken specific site is released) – TwitterFacebook

Knowledge vs. Experience

Knowledge vs. Experience (with knowledge gained)

Don’t get me wrong – the “internet” has brought us countless “positive” aspects to our lives. Especially when it comes to things that one would normally have to hit the library for. Reference and history might very well be the best. And it’s most certainly expanded our “entertainment” options beyond our wildest dreams. Take the good with the bad, is the saying.

And sure, the bad can be debated by some too. Lack of attention span (so?), in-depth conversation (next!), and creativity (hello Instagram one-finger filter effects). Or herd-mentality on steroids. Or social media addiction (Fear of Missing Out “FOMO,” or In case you missed it “ICYMI”). I could go on.

But one thing recently struck me as kind of important (and this probably has been discussed countless times before), but it’s the difference between “knowledge” (Googling an answer) versus “experience” (and the knowledge gained via self-discovery).

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Instant answers have less long-term benefits

You ever search YouTube for a solution to a problem? It could be fixing an appliance. Or handling a tricky task involving tools, or how to fold a shirt or wrap a Christmas present, etc. Millions of instructional videos (or “hacks” as they sometimes call them) displaying “the easy way” to do something. In a pinch, this information can be a huge time-saver for some (as if they really put that saved time to good use).

But I feel the lost opportunities are a big deal.

Finding the instant answer, while a “positive” in it’s own right, robs you of something quite irreplaceable. It’s called experience. Lessons learned from failure. Watching others fail might come close – but not quite.

  • When tackling a problem – how many people use their bare hands, available tools, experimentation (risk) and just the brain matter between their ears?
  • While you might fuck up a few times, and your project may take longer (sometimes a LOT longer), finding a solution “the old fashioned way” will also bless with WHY the unsuccessful methods did NOT work. First hand.
  • And who knows, maybe the experience (along with the physical “touch and feel” of failed attempts) will help you at some other point in the future.
  • Those experiences, while not receiving the “glory of success,” all get added to your mental “knowledge base.” Forever.

Becoming an expert via experience and physical repetition will always be our preferred method of learning. It’s how the brain works best. You can witness (the lack of) this each time there is a power outage.