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red roses lay on the calendar with the date of February 14 Valentine's day

These Jersey City Florists Have the Bouquets You Need for Valentine’s Day


Although couples this year can expect to receive gifts of all shapes and sizes from their loved ones on Valentine’s Day, one gift staple remains the same – every woman loves to receive a bouquet of beautiful red roses!

Since Jersey City is home to loads of amazing and skilled florists, there’s no reason not to pick out a bouquet that’s perfect for your Valentine. If you’re on the hunt for that special bouquet, then check out these florists near your Beacon apartment.


Hudson Florist, located at 548 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is a 20 minute walk from your Beacon apartment, is a family owned and operated florist committed to offering only the finest floral arrangements and gifts, backed by service that is friendly and prompt.

Because they know that all of their customers are important, their professional staff is dedicated to making your experience a pleasant one. That is why they always go the extra mile to make your floral gift perfect!


Jersey City Florist, located at 285 Central Ave, Jersey City which is a 12 minute drive from your Beacon apartment, has been offering Jersey City superior floral arrangements and assortments for over 40 years. Because they are family-operated, when you choose them, you can always expect to be treated more like a family member and less like another customer.

Their deep-rooted passion for flowers, along with their dedication to service, makes them the ideal choice for any occasion! They are dedicated to ensuring complete customer satisfaction for new and returning customers alike.


Hudson Florist

548 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 433-2868


Jersey City Florist

285 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 653-3600


Valentines Day dinner

Book Your Valentine’s Day Dinner at These Jersey City Restaurants


Get ready, lovebirds – Valentine’s Day is right around the corner on Wed., Feb. 14 and the clock is ticking to get your dinner reservations booked. Luckily, however, here in Jersey City we have no shortage of romantic restaurants.

Whether you prefer upscale Italian, classic American or modern Japanese fusion, there is a romantic eatery for you and your Valentine to enjoy this holiday. Read on to find out where you should book your dinner for Valentine’s Day!


15 Fox Place, located as its name states at 15 Fox Place, Jersey City which is an eight minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a reservation-only eatery in a private house that features multicourse fixed-price Italian meals.

In a house converted into a restaurant, any meal that you get from 15 Fox Place is quite literally from grandma’s kitchen. Here, the staff, similar to family, is known for being welcoming and accommodating.


Porto Leggero, located at 185 Hudson St, Jersey City which is a 12 minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is an upscale, chandelier-filled venue serving Italian fare in a high-ceilinged space with tall windows.

Although the scene in Jersey City has changed throughout the years, the recipe at Porto Leggero has remained the same: a magnificent open setting dressed in warm jewel tones, a stellar kitchen and highly efficient service. Waterfront restaurants are plentiful along the Gold Coast of the Hudson, but few have a cuisine comparable to Porto Leggero.


15 Fox Place

15 Fox Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 333-1476



Porto Leggero

185 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

(201) 434-3200



Fried spring rolls surrounded by ingredients

Get A Taste of the Tropics This January At These Local Restaurants


It may be chilly outside of our Beacon apartments here in Jersey City, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t take a little ‘trip’ with our dining plates – there are tons of local restaurants sporting tropical cuisine that will make you feel like you’re on vacation!

If you’re ready for a little mini getaway with a Jamaican, Thai or Mexican dish, then visit these amazing local restaurants and you can feel like – at least during dinner hour – that you’re thousands of miles away from the cold!


Nicole’s, located at 521 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a modest Caribbean spot offering jerk chicken, curries and other staples, including vegetarian eats.

Try inspiring dishes like their spicy beef stews and curries or something new like their fried bits. Their experienced chefs and accommodating staff are some of the best in Jersey City and are sure to provide you with a memorable dining experience.


Sky Thai, located at 62 Morris St, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, serves Thai favorites presented in a warmly lit interior with modern accents and exposed brick.

With a huge menu including rice and meat specials, wok items, curry items, soups and salads and also those looking for something more health-conscious, there’s something for everyone at Sky Thai! Stop by to see what specials they are currently showcasing – there’s always something new cooking up here.



521 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 433-8443


Sky Thai

62 Morris St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 333-4311


Group of young friends drinking and laughing in a bar

Visit These Jersey City ‘Local Watering Holes’ This Winter


Now that the holidays are over, one thing is for certain, Beacon residents – it’s time to relax and unwind! In Jersey City, there’s no better way to do that than visit the area’s many homey, comforting ‘local watering hole’ bars, where beers and pub grub are the norm.

If you’re craving some comfort food this month and want to take a breather after a busy December, then visit these neighborhood staples that will provide you with a nice drink, a warm meal and a friendly atmosphere.


Iron Monkey, located at 99 Greene St, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, serves upscale pub fare and craft brews at this multi-level gastropub with a rooftop deck.

With a huge beer menu, this is the perfect stop for beer lovers, plus they serve tons of classic dishes that locals flock for including pizza, macaroni and cheese, pasta, burgers and even stir-fry shrimp. There’s a reason that this bar and restaurant has so many regulars!


Corkscrew Bar, located at 61 Congress St, Jersey City which is 15 minutes from your Liberty Towers apartment, is an easygoing bar serving draft beers and cocktails with burgers and pub food in a basic space with TVs.

Established in 1976, Corkscrew Bar and Grill has been a Jersey City tradition for over 50 years. They pride themselves on getting to know their customers and work hard to become their home away from home. Corkscrew Bar & Grill is the real-life Cheers where “everyone knows your name!”


Iron Monkey

99 Greene St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 435-5756


Corkscrew Bar

61 Congress St, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 239-0087


Colorful Christmas cookies on a plate

These Jersey City Bakeries Have Amazing Cookies for the Holidays


Don’t worry about hitting one of the Beacon’s private gyms this month – December is the time to enjoy big holiday meals, scrumptious desserts and fine wines! And, of course, one of the favorites on everyone’s list is holiday cookies of every shape, size and color.

If you’re not much of a baker, don’t fret – there’s no need to open your Beacon oven when there are so many wonderful bakeries in Jersey City! If you’re looking for the spot to pick up your Christmas cookies, then look no further:

Carmen Rosa’s Bakery, located at 37 Coles St, Jersey City which is a 10 minute walk from your Beacon apartment, is a longtime, neighborhood bakery featuring classic Dominican cakes and custom desserts in a snug space.

If you’re looking for some amazing Christmas cookies, then this is certainly the place to check out – Carmen Rosa’s Bakery can create custom cookies for your party that are as beautiful as they are delicious!

Prato Bakery, located at 61 Erie St, Jersey City which is a 10-minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a cozy outpost for sweet and savory Tuscan baked goods, including cookies, focaccia and pizza.

Prato Bakery is a piece of Tuscany in New Jersey. A little bakery with Italian style, where everyday their master bakers produce baked goods. You can smell the freshly baked cookies soon as they come out of the big oven that is in the middle of the bakery!


Carmen Rosa’s Bakery

37 Coles St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 420-7700


Prato Bakery

61 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 798-8900