September 7 - September 13: Hello September!

We hope everyone had a great August. Even though the vast majority of events have either been canceled or modified, the District is still the destination for food, fun, and fun times! Keep on reading for some great ideas on what to do this week...

K9dergarten is back!

Art House JC Friday

Get ready to enjoy some local art- in the age of social distancing, ZOOM, masks and global pandemics! 

Join the fun on September 11th, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, for the virtual Art House JC Friday! This event comes courtesy of Art House Productions, various galleries, amazing artists, the OCA, and, their sponsors. As the organizers state, "Virtual JC Fridays is a free online arts festival taking place entirely on Zoom." 
The event will feature exhibits and art work from the following galleries and talented artists:

Art House Gallery
Art House Productions
The Art Project at Dvora Pop-Up Gallery
The Arts at St. Paul & Incarnation
Department of Cultural Affairs
Hudson County Community College
Fine Arts Gallery at Saint Peter's University
New Jersey City University Galleries
No Dominion Theatre Co.
Panepinto Galleries
Pro Arts at SILVERMAN Hamilton Square
Project Greenville
SMUSH Gallery
Theda Sandiford Art

For more information and to register, please visit:

Mathews Food and Drink Brunch


Want to indulge in some good eats in a beautiful - outdoor- environment? What, it's the weekend? That means its brunch time! And the spot you need to treat yourself to is Mathews Food and Drink! Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 3:30 pm, check out Mathews for their yummy brunch menu. Take a look: 

May we recommend the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes? You won’t regret it!



Another option for your brunching needs is Barcade! Check out their yummy menu, enjoy the outdoor seating AND their limited availability for in-door arcade gaming. For more information on Barcade's indoor gaming, take a look at:

Check out the menu:

The Kitchen Step


With this heat, we all need a treat to cool down. Add in some boozy beverages (because… why not) and you’ve got yourself a delicious combo! All of this thanks to the great and inventive folks at The Kitchen Step! Enjoy their Boozy Freezy Pops after your meal at the restaurant or pick some up, take them home and indulge at your leisure.

For available flavors and to place and order please visit:


The Connect Clothing Store

Want to get your hands on the latest athleisure trends? Or maybe you want to go back to the 90s and grab some vintage gear? Get some Supreme or Nike goodies? Whether its accessories, sneakers, new and vintage items, you'll shop to your heart's desire at The Connect Clothing Store located on 280 Newark Avenue, Jersey City. 

Or stay in your pj's and shop online at    

Welcome to the Neighborhood- Two Crepes!

*Photos courtesy of Stephanie Quispilaya* 

The HDSID would like to welcome Two Crepes to the historic downtown corridor and family!

Check them out for delicious sweet and savory crepes, juices and coffee. This is their second location and first in Jersey City!

Stop by to say hello, welcome them to the neighborhood and get a yummy crepe!

Two Crepes

276 First Street

Autism Acceptance Event


Come out and celebrate autism acceptance! The event is scheduled for September 17th on First Street! Please purchase your tickets via Eventbrite at:

Groove on Grove At Home!

On Wednesday, September 9th at 6:00 pm, enjoy another excellent edition of Groove on Grove: At Home!


The band/ musician and charity for the day will be announced in the next coming days- visit our Facebook page for any updates. Check out the performance live on Facebook via


While you’re grooving to the music, please consider donating to the following worthy charities that also deserve your help and attention:

Jersey City Medical Center Emergency Response Fund:

York Street Project:

Grace Church Van Vorst list of local food pantries:

St Matthew’s Lutheran Church:

The Hudson County Hunger Project:

FLAG (Front Line Appreciation Group) of HBKN and JC:

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine:


A special shout-out to our generous Groove on Grove sponsors:

Bang Cookies

Liberty Science Center

The Ashford

Orale Mexican Kitchen

The Keyhole Bar

Iris Records


Helen’s Pizza

Smile Preschool and Nursery

Barcade – Jersey City

Porta Jersey City

Left Bank Burger Bar

SOUTH HOUSE Bar & Restaurant

Roman Nose

WORD Jersey City

Grove Street Bicycles Giant Jersey City

Saigon Cafe

Modera Lofts

White Eagle Hall

Liberty Harbor Residences

For more information, please visit our Groove on Grove Facebook page!

🎶Even in quarantine, you can still get your groove on!

Historic Downtown Farmer’s Market

The Farmer’s Market is held every Monday and Thursday at the Grove PATH Plaza and the First Green area of the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Mall from 4:00 – 8:00 pm!

Stop by and get all of your food essentials and a couple of desserts, you deserve it!

For the Market dates the following vendors will be present:

Ort Farms

Stony Hill Farm

Hoboken Farms

Bang Cookies

Vesco Foods

Gourmet Nuts and Dried Fruit

JC Fish Stand

Circle Brook Farms

Bucha Bae

EJL Market

Paolo’s Kitchen

Feast Leaf

*Don’t Forget:

The health of our farm vendors, HDSID staff, and visitors is of utmost important so we have implemented a set of guidelines for everyone to follow. We want everyone to have an easy and stress-free time shopping for goods at the Market. Kindly take a moment to review the customer guidelines listed below. Guidelines were also implemented for the Market staff and the vendors.

We have taken into account the rules and regulations set forth by the Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services. 

Kindly review the guidelines before attending the Market. 

  • If you feel ill, please stay home
  • If you’ve come into contact with someone who has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home
  • All customers must wear masks and gloves
  • Stay 6 feet apart from other customers
  • The Market will have signs, lines, and information on where to stand
  • Follow the signs placed throughout the Farmer’s Market
  • Customers are not allowed to touch the food. Vendors will select products for customers.
  • Please consider placing and paying for your orders online, at
  • Please do not linger at the market
  • Avoid any hand-to-hand contact
  • Do not hand payment to vendors directly. Place cash and credit cards on the table for the cashiers to pick up.
  • No dogs are allowed at the farmers’ market unless they are service dogs


Thank you for your anticipated cooperation and support!

WomenRising Information

Looking for a server? Help in the kitchen? A customer service position? We can help. The “we” is WomenRising, a non-profit helping our community for over 120 years. The Training Center at WomenRising has experience dealing with the hospitality industry and our clients -men and women- are eager to join the workforce and be part of the revitalization of Jersey City. Tell us the details of your vacancies and what you’re looking for and we’ll send you qualified candidates that will fit the bill!

Please contact Ilene and Linda for more information:

Ilene Singh

Linda Nation 

Reminder from the City:

Coming up in September! 

HDSID Monthly Meeting

Join us for our monthly Historic Downtown Special Improvement District Meeting on September 15th in the HDSID Office at the Grove Pointe Rentals building at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm. All are welcome to attend!


Friendly Reminder- All About Downtown Street Fair/ Artist & Maker Market


Unfortunately, the Artist & Maker Market at the Grove PATH Plaza has been canceled for the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns. We are deeply sorry to our vendors and customers for this news. We will be back better, with the best handmade and local goods in the State!

We would like to thank Debbie from the Artist & Maker Market for all of her hard work!

It is with heavy hearts that we have to announce the cancellation of the 2020 All About Downtown Street Fair. It was a difficult but necessary decision to make. The health of our employees, volunteers, vendors and attendees is of utmost importance. We will be back in 2021 with the best Street Fair on the East Coast!

Census 2020


Don’t forget to please fill out your 2020 Census questionnaire! For more information and to fill out your census document before the September 30th deadline check out:

Everyone needs to be counted!




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