Archived Posts from "'Recreation'"

NYSC Price Discrepancy

Why do NYSC gyms have price differences?

Costly Hoboken Gym memberships at NYSC New York Sports ClubWas coming back from Willowbrook Mall the other day – and I noticed a billboard for NYSC (New York Sports Clubs) in West Caldwell advertising unlimited gym memberships for just $19.95 per month (month to month with no commitment!)

Hoboken has two NYSC locations (one downtown and one uptown), and they charge so much more!

The cost here for a “core membership” (one location only) is a whopping $70 per month! And that doesn’t include a $50 fee for the “privilege” of committing for a year, or a ridiculous $130 fee if you want the “luxury” to pay month-to-month.

To shell out nearly $1,000 per year to move a weighted contraption back and forth seems a bit excessive (not to mention washing all those smelly yoga pants). For almost 90% less money, you can join Planet Fitness instead, and not have nearly the same amount of guilt catching up on your DVR instead of strengthening your bones. Heck, that saved money could be put towards Christmas shopping or a nice vacation. But hey, it’s your dough.

Hoboken NYSC New York Sports Club expensive

Michelle Doll Gallery

Michelle Doll Gallery opens in Hoboken NJ September 19, 2014

We’ve always loved the work of local Hoboken artist Michelle Doll. We feel her portrayals transmit a “organic” aspect often missing from works that depict human bodies. The fact that someone has that kind of talent should never be overlooked. Sort of like Matt Damon’s character in Good Will Hunting.

And speaking of “art” – we forgot to mention previously, that local floral arranger and interior decorator R. William Maggs also hosts a new artist every month! And starting this Friday, September 19th – you can check out an exhibition of Michelle Doll’s “Early Work” at the gallery (155 Sixth Street)!

The opening gala is this Friday, but will be on display until the end of October. Please check it out during your travels around town!

Hoboken Artist Michelle Doll R William Maggs Designs NJ

Newport Liberty Half Marathon

21st Annual BATS Global Markets Newport Liberty Half Marathon

Sure, half-marathons may not be the shining honor that completing a full marathon may be – they still have their place. As many competitive runners use half-marathons as “warm-ups” for the real deal (such as the NYC Marathon which takes place on Nov. 2nd).

So the 21st Annual BATS Global Markets Newport Liberty Half Marathon over in Jersey City may fit the bill for you. In addition to one of the nicest Hudson River views of the NYC skyline, you will also help support the Jersey City Medical Center, which is the area’s newest regional teaching hospital, and becoming known for top level care for women, infants as well as trauma and heart patients.

Newport Liberty Half Marathon Jersey City NJ

Jersey City Half-Marathon, Sunday, September 21, 2014

The race kicks off at 8:30am on Sunday, September 21st over at Newport Town Square, and proceeds 13.1 miles on a USA Track & Field certified course. Sign-in opens as early as 6:45am.

Runners get to enjoy views of Manhattan, Liberty State Park, Statue of Liberty and the expansive Verrazano Bridge. In addition, $3,000 in prize money will be up for grabs.

After the exhausting and sweaty race, the after-party cooldown will include refreshments, DJ music and prize drawings for gift cards and tickets to various events.

Want to registers? Head over to newporthalfmarathon.com or call (201)665-4005 for more info. For additional details about the Newport section of Jersey City, visit NewportNJ.com.

Meet NY Giant Lawrence Taylor

NY Giant Lawrence Taylor hosts MNF at Victory Sports Bar in Meadowlands

Bored with the Hoboken bar scene? Want to step up your sports-viewing environment a bit? Head over to the new Victory Sports Bar and Club at the Meadowlands tonight. Owned by the same people who run Little Town NJ here in Hoboken, they have a special event tonight, as former NY Giant Lawrence Taylor will be on hand hosting a Monday Night Football “viewing party,” with the Philadelphia Eagles taking on the Indianapolis Colts.

Read on for more…

Lawrence Taylor Victory Sports Bar Meadowlands NJ September 15 2014

LT viewing party, and thousands of dollars up for grabs

Retired NY Giant Lawrence Taylor will host an Eagles vs Colts Monday Night football viewing party at Victory Sports Bar at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment.

Taylor, considered one of the best NFL players and ranked as the greatest defensive player in the league history, will be taking pictures and signing autographs for fans who arrive in the first half.

Fans can also sign up for the Free Play Sports Contest for the chance to win a weekly prize of $2,000 or the grand prize of $10,000. The Contest is played via mobile device, through the MRE Sports app which can be downloaded to any iPhone, iPad or Android device at iTunes or meadowlandsracetrack.com/sportsapp All picks must be entered in one of the following locations on premises: Victory Sports Bar, RaceWorld Teletheatre or the Player Rewards VIP Room.

Want more “Jints” action? Mark you calendars for September 29th, as NY Giants Mario Manningham, David Wilson (retired) and Rueben Randle will be on hand at Victory Sports Bar as the New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs.

If watching Lawrence Taylor sack QB’s half his size gets you amped up – here’s a video you can enjoy:

Dog park upgrades?

Finally – action taken at Stevens Dog Run in Hoboken

Amidst the Hoboken411 article, along with several residents applying pressure – common sense was finally re-instituted over at the Stevens Dog Park. The fountain was “made proper,” as the hose that was long requested gotten taken care of.

And it appears that Director Pellegrini, who’s crippled working within the stringent bureaucracy at city hall – found the solution. Use a decent, responsive contractor instead the inept “approved” city contractors that are in bed with the administration. Sometimes you just have to take matters into your own hands to get things done around these parts.

If dogs could send thank you notes – Leo’s inbox would be filled with them!

Stevens Dog Park Fountain Repair Hoboken NJ 1

Stevens Dog Park Fountain Repair Hoboken NJ 2

Stevens Dog Park Fountain Repair Hoboken NJ 3

[Click to continue reading the rest....]

Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group: 9/2014

The amazing once-a-month “enlightenment without electricity” 2014 Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group “Fall Edition” meets again this Thursday! Three more monthly sessions until winter break.

Hoboken Readers Circle Book Group

The Hoboken Readers Circle book group meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in the comfortable and spacious Muller Room of All Saints, 701 Washington Street, in Hoboken.

All book lovers are welcome, and encouraged to even bring a friend! Free coffee and cake is served. For more info write readerscircle123@aol.com.

Confederacy of Dunces

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

On Thursday, September 18th, the group will meet and discuss the book A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

Here’s a synopsis: “A Confederacy of Dunces is an American comic masterpiece. John Kennedy Toole’s hero, one Ignatius J. Reilly, is “huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter. His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans’ lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures”

The book won a Pulitzer Prize in case you’re wondering, but it’s apparently one of those “love it or loathe it” types of books.