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November 15, 2013

Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment Opening November 23 2013

Filed under: Hoboken,New Jersey,Restaurants — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 7:15 AM

Whether you have a penchant for the ponies or just like to be around the action this grand opening is close enough to Hoboken to provide you another entertainment option to saddle up to….

Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment Opening November 23 2013

State of the art entertainment center to feature live racing, entertainment, dining, events and family-friendly activities

Meadowlands Raceway Grand Opening 11-23-2013On November 23rd, the newly constructed Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will open its doors, adding a new dimension to Meadowlands racing. This state of the art complex is a collaborative production by managing partner Jeffrey Gural, Michael Sinensky of Funbars.com and The Hard Rock that will span over 180,000 square feet across three floors plus an outdoor space that holds up to 10,000 people. The venue will feature year round simulcasting, a sports bar that doubles as a nightclub, indoor and outdoor restaurants, corporate and private events spaces, as well as family-friendly activities.

One of the main attractions at Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment is Simulcast, open year round where racing enthusiasts can watch and wager on live harness racing and simulcast races from around the world. Free WiFi access will allow fans to wager from their personal mobile devices over a secure network. For novice bettors, there will be special betting windows, instructional kiosks and classes. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will feature a beginners kiosk to teach those just learning to bet, a class every live race day from 5-6pm teaching how to handicap as well as tellers walking throughout the venue who can answer questions and provide a how-to pamphlet. Beginner betting windows will also be available so that new bettors aren’t intimidated.

On live racing days, the on-premise Broadcast Center will host interviews with drivers, trainers, owners, etc. and offer commentary. VIP areas within the facility will provide individual betting terminals and food and drink service.

The venue will continue the tradition of harness racing’s greatest events such as Hambletonian Day and Meadowlands Pace which have both produced some of the most thrilling moments in racing. Each year these epic sporting events offer something for everyone in the family including all-day racing, outdoor concerts, carnival rides and games, and giveaways. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will welcome top-drivers and top-trainers in the sport to the biggest stage in harness racing. On November 30th, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will feature a stakes-filled card with purses worth over $2 million that are sure to deliver an unbelievable night of harness racing action.

“I’ve had a long time passion for horses and racing, it’s in my blood,” said managing partner Jeffrey Gural. “I wanted to create a 365-day racing, dining and entertainment complex that race enthusiasts, handicappers and family members alike could enjoy. Through our partnerships, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will bring a top quality food and entertainment experience to the customer while honoring the longstanding traditions of the Meadowlands.”

Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will also boast accommodations for corporate and private parties, as well as those looking to enjoy racing with leisure. Victory Sports Bar & Club will be the ideal setting for watching a game with eleven 12×20 foot TVs and two oversized chandeliers, each holding three 60” flat screen TVs, in addition to numerous others throughout. On the second floor, The Lounge, a large entertainment landscape for guests to mix and mingle, offers a walk up bar and views of the racetrack and homestretch action. An extension of The Lounge is The Gallery, which can hold up to 200 people and will serve as a multi-purpose room perfect for private events, corporate functions and happy hours. The East Decks and West Deck will all offer patrons an opportunity to enjoy live racing, throw outdoor private parties, or simply appreciate grand views of the Manhattan skyline.

The Food Court offers fast food outlets -Burgers, Tacos and Pizza while The Café offers stadium favorites like sandwiches and draft beer daily. Pink, a tiered, prix-fixe dining room will be open on race days. Pink will offer tableside food and cocktail service and feature bright pink, wool chairs that complement the restaurant’s name. Pink will give diners the option to eat and gamble with individual TV and betting terminals at every table as well as views of the racetrack.

Other VIP options for watching live racing include six Skybox suites ranging in capacity from 10-150 people, each equipped with bar and buffet. The suites will overlook the racetrack and can be reconfigured to accommodate any size group. There will also be the members’ only club, Trotters featuring a lounge, restaurant and stadium seating.

In April 2014, Victory Terrace and the Outfield will open to provide patrons with a unique outdoor experience. Victory Terrace, a sprawling rooftop space with a lounge feel, will offer table service and amazing city views while the Outfield will boast a 2 ½ acre outside dining and entertaining space, which can accommodate up to 10,000 people. The Outfield will consist of seasonal restaurants House of ‘Que and Little Town NJ’s second outpost in addition to 3 private party tents. House of ‘Que will serve recipes prepared by barbeque pit master Mike Rodriguez formerly of Austin Texas’ famous Salt Lick BBQ, while Little Town NJ will draw food and drink inspiration from the Garden State. The space will also feature a music stage for performances. At the end of the Outfield lies The Playscape, an area perfect for families and outdoor activities with beer garden style food, bocce ball, ping pong, etc.

About Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment:

Since 1976, the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ, has been a staple in North American racing, known for events like the Hambletonian and Meadowlands Pace. In November 2013, managing partner Jeffrey Gural, Michael Sinensky of Funbars.com and The Hard Rock will be unveiling the newly constructed Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment. The state of the art complex features racing, entertainment, dining and more. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment boasts a betting center open  year round, a sports bar that doubles as an event space and nightclub, indoor and outdoor restaurants, corporate and private events spaces, as well as family-friendly activities. Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment creates an exciting environment that both racing and non-racing fans can enjoy. For more information on schedules and events, please visit: www.playmeadowlands.com or call 201-THE-BIG-M (201-843-2446).

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November 1, 2013

Friends Trivia at Village Pourhouse Hoboken November 5th 8pm Hosted by Trivia AD

Here is another upcoming event sponsored by Trivia AD at the Village Pourhouse November 5th in Hoboken…..

Trivia AD Friends Trivia Village Pourhouse Hoboken 11-5-2013

“Every, every Thanksgiving um, we used to have a touch football game called the ‘Geller Bowl.’" Let’s bring it in. Draft your team and head to the Village Pourhouse on Tuesday, November 5 at 8pm for Friends Trivia! Losers walk! Yeah, losers talk! No, no, no, actually losers rhyme. Email seamus@funbars.com with "Friends Trivia" in the subject line. Bunny up.

The Village Pourhouse is located at 205 1st Street in Hoboken, NJ.

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/170997833093549/

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August 23, 2013

Traffic to be Impacted Near Pulaski Skyway Starting August 23rd

Filed under: Construction,Hoboken,New Jersey,traffic — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 3:50 PM

If you are driving back to Hoboken or out of Hoboken during the next few weekends this should not be the best of news….

New Jersey Department of Transportation Announces Series of Traffic

Pattern Impacts Near Pulaski Skyway in August 

Preparatory work will culminate with a full weekend closure
later this month for floor beam replacement
over the Tonnelle Circle in Jersey City

Pulasky Skyway August Traffic Detour New Jersey

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) today announced that the necessary installation of a new pier floorbeam, located over the Tonnelle Circle in Jersey City on the Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway, requires a series of associated lane and ramp closures this month, culminating in a full closure of the entire Skyway in both directions for the weekend of August 23.

The Skyway provides four travel lanes for motor vehicles, two in each direction separated by a center barrier. All Route 1&9 traffic will be detoured from 9:00 p.m. Friday night, August 23 until around 5:00 a.m. on Monday, August 26. Route 1&9 northbound will be closed at the Skyway entrance near Newark Liberty Airport, while Route 1&9 southbound will be closed at the ramp from Route 139 westbound to the Tonnelle Circle. Access to the Skyway for Route 1&9 southbound motorists at the ramp located west of the Tonnelle Circle will be maintained.  Furthermore, the ramps from the Tonnelle Circle to Route 139 eastbound will be closed for this weekend.

In addition, a long term truck detour for all large-truck traffic from Tonnelle Avenue headed for Route 139 eastbound lower level (Holland Tunnel approach) is scheduled to be implemented on Saturday, August 17 and remain in place for approximately two-to-three weeks until early-September.

The work is associated with Contract 1 of the $1 billion project to rehabilitate the Pulaski Skyway, an 80-year-old elevated highway that carries 67,000 motor vehicles per day between Newark and Jersey City and serves as an express link for cars and buses to and from the Holland Tunnel. The massive improvement project will extend the life of the Skyway by 75 years.

Kiska Construction, Inc., NJDOT’s construction contractor for the ongoing Contract 1, is removing the existing concrete encasement at the eastern end of the Skyway to determine the condition of the underlying steel within the structure. The majority of the steel uncovered to date has been determined to be in good condition, with the exception of some of the floor beams located at the expansion joints. NJDOT will be erecting temporary support structures at twenty-one expansion joint locations within this section of the Skyway. These temporary supports will remain in place until such time that the existing floor beams are removed and replaced. The replacement of the floor beams will be completed under three separate construction contracts, and the work will require numerous full weekend closures of the entire Skyway.

NJDOT will be replacing one floorbeam – located on the eastern side of the Tonnelle Circle – this month as an additional priority item to the ongoing Contract 1. This work is planned for the weekend of August 23 and will require the full weekend closure of the Skyway as noted. Per current schedule, one floor beam will be replaced under Contract 3 and the remaining nineteen floorbeams will be replaced under Contract 4.

In advance of the full Skyway closure planned for August 23, the contractor will be preparing the work location and installing temporary supports, shielding and other safety measures. This work – which will result in a temporary reduction in height to a maximum clearance of ten (10) feet for vehicles passing through the Tonnelle Circle towards Route 139 eastbound – will require the truck detour noted above.

Additionally, a series of lane and ramp closures in and around the Tonnelle Circle area, connecting with the Pulaski Skyway and Route 139 eastbound, will be implemented during overnight hours and on weekends, beginning on August 12 and lasting through the end of the month. The ramp from Tonnelle Avenue northbound to Route 139 eastbound will be closed full time for this period, starting on August 17. When the ramps are reopened permanently in early-September, the right-lane ramp from Route 1&9T to Route 139 eastbound will remain with a reduced clearance of eleven (11) feet for up to one year. Truck traffic will then be directed to use the left-lane ramp at this location. A video visualization is available online to help motorists understand these associated impacts.

The Pulaski Skyway rehabilitation project – which is being advanced through 10 separate construction contracts into the year 2020 – will transform the Skyway from its current poor condition into one that is in a state of good repair. The construction contracts for Contract 2 (Schiavone Construction Co.) and Contract 3 (CCA Civil Inc.)  were awarded in late-June.

In January 2013, NJDOT announced a construction plan that will require a complete diversion of northbound motorists from the Skyway for approximately two years – starting after the Super Bowl in 2014 – while the existing deck of the 3.5-mile long structure that carries Route 1&9 traffic is replaced. Two southbound travel lanes will be maintained during this phase of the rehabilitation project.

NJDOT created a project-specific website - www.pulaskiskyway.com - which contains a wealth of information about the Skyway and the project, and will be updated with relevant new information as work progresses. The Department is carefully coordinating the Pulaski Skyway project with other regional transportation infrastructure projects to minimize traffic congestion.

Dynamic message signs The precise timing of the work is subject to change due to weather or other factors. Motorists are encouraged to check NJDOT’s traffic information website www.511nj.org for real-time travel information.

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July 5, 2013

4th of July Fireworks Photos from Last Night’s Show in New York City as viewed from Hoboken NJ

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Below are some photos of the fireworks display put on by Macy’s last night. According to a History Channel infographic over 40,000 shells were exploded during the program. TheBoken.com was at Pier 14 in Hoboken, NJ which provided a great view of the show.

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013

Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013


Hoboken fireworks - New York City July 4 2013


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April 24, 2013

Free Do It Yourself Spring Birdwatching in New Jersey 5/9 at 6pm at Hoboken Public Library

Filed under: Hoboken,Hoboken Public Library,New Jersey — Tags: , , , , — TheBoken @ 2:45 PM

Here is another upcoming event at the Hoboken Library….

Free Do It Yourself  Spring Birdwatching in New Jersey 5/9 at 6pm at Hoboken Public Library

Hoboken Library Bird Watching DIY 5-9-2013

Join the Hoboken Public Library  Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 6:00 PM for our continuing series of Score seminars n and birdwatcher Matt Latham. Students will learn about the basics of getting into birdwatching, what types of birds to look for in Spring, and where to find them in New Jersey. There will also be lots of books, resources, guides and other materials for you to sample and checkout!

Please RSVP at (201) 420-2347. Visit their website at www.hobokenlibrary.org.

The Hoboken Public Library is located at 500 Park Avenue, Hoboken NJ.

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March 31, 2013

Photo of the Day–Red Bulls Stadium HDR

Filed under: Hoboken,New Jersey,Photo Of The Day,Red Bulls — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 9:55 AM

Red Bulls Satdium HDR 3-30-2013 Photo of the Day Hoboken

Yesterday, TheBoken.com took a field trip to see a Red Bulls MLS soccer game. The weather yesterday was perfect for such an outing made better by the fact the Red Bulls prevailed 2-1 over Phildelphia. Here is a photo of the stadium from the press box.

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March 25, 2013

Washington Street Shuffle–Midtown Authentic moves to 700 Garden Street in Hoboken

Midtown Authentic Moves to 700 Garden Street in Hoboken 3-25-2013

Midtown Authentic formerly at 728 Washington Street has moved to 700 Garden Street in Hoboken. The move puts the 2nd hand luxury consignment store off of Washington Street but in a prime spot in Midtown on the corner of 7th and Garden Street. The website describes the store as follows:

Midtown Authentic is the ultimate online /NY/NJ retail destination for buying and selling

authentic pre-ownedluxury handbags, shoes, jewelry, select clothing and accessories from

the best designers in the world.

The website is still http://www.midtownauthentic.com/ and the phone number is 201-253-0470. The store owner is excited about the space and TheBoken.com wishes him luck in the new and improved location.

Midtown Authentic Hoboken New Location 3-24-2013

The new exterior of Midtown Authentic at 700 Garden Street Hoboken, NJ

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Christian Louboutin shoes for sale Part 3

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March 13, 2013

Congratulations to Miss Jenna Drew Winner of 2013 Miss New Jersey International!

Filed under: Hoboken,New Jersey — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 1:55 PM

Congratulations to Jenna Drew, a Hoboken resident and the winner of Miss New Jersey International 2013 this last weekend. She plans to use her position and notoriety to raise awareness abut Celiac Disease. Read hew note below and additional links for more info:

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Jenna Drew Miss New Jersey International 2013 – photo credit Richard Krauss

“I am excited to announce that I was crowned Miss New Jersey International 2013 on Saturday, March 9 where I represented Hoboken in the platform based pageant held in East Brunswick, NJ.

I will spend my year as Miss New Jersey International promoting my platform, Celiac Disease Awareness.  One in 133 people have Celiac Disease which is an autoimmune disorder where a person is unable to digest a protein called gluten.  Gluten is in wheat, rye and barley and commonly found in foods like pizza, pastas, cookies, cakes and other processed foods.  As Miss New Jersey International, I will work to raise awareness for Celiac Disease because living with non-diagnosed Celiac Disease can lead to other autoimmune disorders, infertility, cancer and other health issues.

From July 22 to 28th, I will compete for the title of Miss International in Chicago, IL.  From previous awareness events and volunteer work, I was named a Celiac Awareness All-Star by the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness for my efforts to raise awareness for Celiac Disease.

As I prepare to compete for the national pageant, I will work even harder in the New Jersey community to raise awareness for Celiac Disease as well as volunteer with the American Heart Association, the pageant’s cause of choice.”

- Jenna Drew Miss New Jersey International 2013

For more information about the Miss New Jersey International Pageant, the phases of competition and more, you can visit http://njpageants.com.
If you’d like a little more information on the National Foundation of Celiac Awareness, you can find them here at http://www.celiaccentral.org.
Throughout the year,  Jenna will be updating her Facebook page with events, appearances and volunteer work in and around New Jersey.  Her official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jenna-Drew-Miss-New-Jersey-International-2013/617536238260417
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January 29, 2013

Great Beer Expo at Meadowlands February 2, 2013 12-9pm

Filed under: Beer,New Jersey — Tags: , , , — TheBoken @ 1:35 PM

This is for beer lovers that don’t mind a short trip out of Hoboken to the Meadowlands….

NJ Great Beer Expo 2-2-2013

The 3rd Annual International Great Beer Expo: Meadowlands February 2, 2013

20+ Countries/50+ International Brewers/100+ Beers

The biggest names in international brewing will gather at the Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadow, 355 Plaza Dr Secaucus, NJ for the third annual International Great Beer Expo.

This international beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 50 breweries from across the globe, each providing samples of their country’s proudest brewing achievement. Your admission ticket includes beer sampling, souvenir tasting glass, and admission to the beer seminars.

Shoulder to shoulder with some of America’s best breweries, will be amazing breweries from Japan, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Mexico, Austria, Nicaragua, Thailand, Poland, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sweden, China, and others.

Tickets On Sale Now! Go to: http://www.greatbeerexpo.com/meadowlands/ to purchase online

Session I: 12:30 pm – 4:00pm (doors open at 12:00 pm)
Online: $40
Event Day (if available):$55
Designated Driver: $10

Session II: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm (doors open at 5:00 pm)
Online: $40
Event Day (if available): $55
Designated Driver: $10

Tickets are $40 each when purchased online in advance of the event. If tickets still remain, they will be $55 on event day at the door (cash only). Ticket price includes a souvenir tasting glass marked with a 2 oz. pour line and beer tasting.

Designated Driver tickets are available for $10. A DD ticket holder will get a bottle of water. Designated drivers do NOT receive a tasting glass and are NOT permitted to sample any beer. Any designated driver seen drinking will be removed from the festival immediately. Designated drivers must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.

Everyone who purchases a ticket will get in. No tickets will be sold once the event sells out. We have limited the number of attendees to insure that everyone that purchases a ticket will be able to sample the beers they want and move around with ease.

There will be plenty of water and food available for purchase. If you really love great beer, this is the festival for you. We will keep updating the list of expected beers on our site, so check back often.

All attendees must show valid photo I.D at the door to be admitted. You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No Exceptions! No children, toddlers, infants, strollers, or pets are permitted.

Proper identification is the responsibility of the attendee. Failure to present proper, valid photo identification (driver’s license or passport) will result in denial of entry with no refund offered.

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November 26, 2012

Governor Christie Releases Preliminary Assessment – Hurricane Sandy Cost New Jersey $29.4 Billion!

Filed under: Hurricane Sandy,New Jersey — Tags: , , — TheBoken @ 11:50 AM

These numbers are preliminary but mind blowing…..

Christie Administration Releases Hurricane Sandy

Preliminary Damage Assessment

Christie Administration Releases Hurricane Sandy Preliminary Damage Assessment

Figure Accounts for Cleanup Costs to Date Plus Rebuilding and Improvements to Infrastructure

NJ Governor Chris Christie visits Hoboken in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

In response to the unprecedented and widespread damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to personal property, businesses, transportation and utilities infrastructure, as well as New Jersey’s $38 billion tourism industry, the Christie Administration has completed a preliminary cost analysis of those damages, which puts the total cost at approximately $29.4 billion. The estimate will be further refined in the days and weeks ahead.

“This preliminary number is based on the best available data, field observations and geographical mapping, and supported by expert advice from my Cabinet commissioners and an outside consulting company,” said Governor Christie. “In a short period of time, we put together a comprehensive and responsible estimate, which may increase in the weeks ahead, and I stand ready to work with our Congressional delegation and the Obama Administration to get the funding support New Jersey expects and deserves in the aftermath of this catastrophe.

“We will continue to provide immediate relief for our citizens who were struck hard by Sandy,” the Governor continued. “But be assured, I will spare no effort and waste no time to rebuild and restore our tourism industry, our transportation and utilities infrastructure and the lives of our citizens for the long term.”

The preliminary cost estimate is inclusive of aid received to date and anticipated from federal sources including FEMA and the Small Business Administration. The estimate will likely be refined further to consider and include the long-term impact on the next tourism season, shifts in population, impact on real estate values and other factors.

Link to Press Release: http://readynj.posterous.com/christie-administration-releases-hurricane-sa

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