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Satisfy That Sweet Tooth on Thanksgiving Day With These Local Pie Shops


Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday, Nov. 22, and we’re all ready for the big feast full of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. However, for those with a sweet tooth, there’s an even better part of Thanksgiving – dessert!

Thanksgiving desserts typically are full of pies in every variety, including apple, pumpkin and blueberry. Luckily for us here in Jersey City, our area is full of tasty pie shops, which will certainly come in handy after you’ve already spent hours cooking Thanksgiving dinner!

If you want to keep your guests happy after the main meal is over on Thanksgiving Day, then make sure you stop by these bakeries well before the big day. Hurry though, they’re taking orders as soon as possible!

GFG Bakery Café, located at 221 River St, Hoboken which is about 12 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a reincarnation of the owners’ Greek culinary and baking past on a mission to make their neighborhood seem a bit more like home – where you can always count on simply good food!

To find out what they’re baking up in the pie department, stop by their shop to see what’s been freshly made. However, classic apple pies and apple pie crumbles are always on the menu, so you can always count on these staples here.

Choc O Pain French Bakery and Café, located at 157 1st St, Hoboken which is about 12 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a comfy French cafe offering homemade breads and desserts plus a menu of sandwiches and other light fare.

At Choc O Pain, they bake all of their desserts in the traditional European way, using only basic, fresh ingredients which you can taste in every slice of pie that you bite. Plus, they also offer catering as well as baking classes, if you would like to learn how to bake their pies yourself!


GFG Bakery Café

221 River St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 533-1040


Choc O Pain French Bakery and Café

157 1st St, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 710-5175

Delicious veal stew soup with meat and vegetables on wood.

Warm Up With These Soups at Jersey City Restaurants


When the temperature starts dropping, there’s nothing like a hot bowl of soup to finally let you breathe a sigh of relief and relax in some heat. Here in Jersey City, we have tons of options for soup, including from restaurants that specialize in ramen or pho.

If you’re craving some soup during these cold November days, then stop by one of these favorite eateries for a refreshing bowl during lunch or dinner hour. You may find it difficult to battle the elements afterwards – luckily, your Beacon apartment is close by!

Shanghai Best, located at 95 Montgomery St, Jersey City which is about six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a Chinese eatery specializing in dim sum, steamed buns and classic fare in warm, contemporary environs.

There are tons of soups available on the menu here, including pork ribs, bean curd clear noodle, seafood, meatball and if you’re feeling adventurous, they even offer pig feet soup.


Noodlefan, located at 514 Central Ave, Jersey City which is a 15-minute drive from your Beacon apartment, offers dishes are rich in traditions, taste, and aromas of Thai cuisine but also possess the quality and presentation of the finest Continental restaurants.

If you love food and you’ll try just about anything, then give Noodlefan’s soups a go, such as their goat soup, super chicken feet soup, buffalo beef stew or oxtail soup. These are authentic Thai soups and there’s a reason that they’ve been popular for so many years!


Shanghai Best

95 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 333-6868



514 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 420-9014

Group of candle lit Halloween pumpkins in park on fall evening

Ready to Get Scared? Check Out These Halloween Attractions Near Your Beacon Apartment


For those fans of ghost tours, horror movies and a good scare, October is the most coveted month of the year thanks to the many haunted houses and hay rides that pop up near Jersey City. If you want to get scared without venturing too far from your Beacon apartment, you’re in luck!

From those that are kid-friendly to attractions that are sure to leave even the toughest with nightmares, our area has it all when it comes to everyone’s favorite October activity. Don’t miss out on these haunted attractions this month!

Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farms, located at 244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale which is about 35 minutes from your Beacon apartment, featuring a hayride and a bone chilling series of haunted houses filled with ghouls, ghosts and all kinds of scary creatures!

Unbelievable sets, thrilling animatronics and actors who are just ‘dying’ to meet you will terrify and entertain visitors this October. Reservations are limited and will sell out quickly, so inquire now to book your spot.

13th Hour Haunted House, located at 105 W Dewey Ave #1, Wharton which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, has been rated has having some of the most immersive and original escape rooms in the country, with four terrifying escape rooms to choose from.

During October weekends, 13th Hour Haunted House gets even spookier with a special haunted house offering which costs $28 per person and is bound to scare even the bravest visitors. When you enter, you’re sure to see why!


Haunted Orchards at Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

(201) 666-0472


13th Hour Haunted House

105 W Dewey Ave #1, Wharton, NJ 07885

(862) 244-4454


Get in the Fall Spirit By Pumpkin Picking at These Local Patches


Fall is finally in the air here in Jersey City! And, as everyone young and old is well-aware, there’s no better way to get in the autumn spirit than by going pumpkin picking as Halloween gets closer and closer.

If you’re ready to carve a pumpkin with the kids, paint it or just display it as some authentic fall décor in your Beacon apartment, then visit these farms that offer pumpkin picking this month. You better hurry though if you’re looking for that perfect pick!

Ripple Hill Farm, located at 181 Mountain Rd, Basking Ridge which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is known for their you-pick activities, including peaches, tomatoes, apples, and of course, pumpkins!

Throughout October, visitors can pick their own pumpkins at Ripple Hill Farm, which is a small family-owned and operated farm that has been growing produce for 50 years. If you don’t feel like picking your own, you can also purchase pumpkins from their farmstand on Sundays.

Melick’s Town Farm, located at 351 NJ-28, Bridgewater which is about 45 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is one of the largest farms in New Jersey with nearly 300 acres and you can bet they’re growing some great pumpkins on the property!

Head to the farm on October weekends for a horse drawn wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch where you can select your own pumpkins still growing on the vine. They also have hay wagon rides at their cider mill and a large selection of pumpkins at their farmers’ markets.


Ripple Hill Farm

181 Mountain Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

(908) 647-1300


Melick’s Town Farm

351 NJ-28, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

(908) 725-0225


Unwind At One of These Jersey City Coffee Shops


One of the many joys of the fall is unwinding in a nice, warm café with a steaming cup of coffee and a comforting pastry. Here in Jersey City, we have tons of options for that – there are lots of cafes near your Beacon apartment to enjoy!

Don’t get stuck on one – we have new cafes popping up every day and it’s worth it to try them all and pick out who serves your favorite muffin, scone or coffee. These shops are great stops as you head off on your way to work!

The Grind Shop, located at 360 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City which is a five minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a counter-serve cafe that’s a local stop for La Colombe coffee drinks and pastries in a simple space.

This highly-rated coffee shop is known for its smart, friendly employees who are coffee experts as well as its relaxing atmosphere and quality drinks. They also offer great pastries, muffins, cookies (baked in-house), amazing donuts on the weekend and a fridge with cold specialty drinks.

Dames Coffee Espresso Bar, located at 581 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is a 7-minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a cash-only coffee shop offering espresso drinks and housemade pastries in a relaxed setting.

This cute café with a quaint and welcoming interior serves up quality coffee and is a great place to come and hang out, get some work done, or even just grab a coffee or an espresso on your way out the door.


The Grind Shop

360 Communipaw Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 547-8377


Dames Coffee Espresso Bar

581 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(203) 450-6342