Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Enjoy Your Holiday Dinner at These Jersey City Restaurants


If you’re planning on hosting Christmas dinner this year, you’re probably already planning on spending every minute from when the kids open their presents to when they go to sleep cooking in your Beacon kitchen. However, with all of the amazing restaurants nearby open for Christmas dinner, there’s no need to spend Dec. 25 cooking over a hot stove.

Kick back this Christmas and enjoy items such as baked ham, prime rib, roasted Brussels sprouts and gingerbread without ever picking up a single pan. These eateries near your Beacon apartment have all of your Christmas wishes on their tables!

Blue Eyes Restaurant, located at 525 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a light-filled, modern Italian restaurant with a Frank Sinatra theme and a riverfront patio with skyline views.

If you’re looking for a taste of Italy this Christmas, then Blue Eyes Restaurant is the place to go – they have a wood burning oven made out of bricks that has been flown from Naples, Italy, to offer you the most authentic pizza Napoletana. Plus, they serve a variety of pastas, appetizers, paninis, desserts, gelato and assorted coffees.

Porto Leggero, located at 185 Hudson St, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an upscale, chandelier-filled venue serving Italian fare in a high-ceilinged space with tall windows.

Fully exposed behind a two-story wall of glass, the modern interior is softened with mahogany archways, tumbled brick and richly textured upholstery. The finely appointed tables are dressed in white linen. Although waterfront restaurants are plentiful along the Gold Coast of the Hudson, few have a cuisine comparable to Porto Leggero.

Blue Eyes Restaurant

525 Sinatra Dr, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 683-6861

Porto Leggero

185 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

(201) 434-3200

These Local Bars Are The Perfect Hangouts for Thanksgiving Eve


Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes may be a Thanksgiving Day tradition, but there’s another tradition for Thanksgiving Eve – grabbing a drink (or two!) at your favorite local bars to relax before the big day. 

In Jersey City, we have a ton of bars to choose from, including everything from swanky cocktail bars to casual pubs. Choose the one that fits your mood and pick up anything from a cold beer to a fine glass of wine on Nov. 25!

Corkscrew Bar, located at 61 Congress St, Jersey City which is 11 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an easygoing tavern pairing draft beer and cocktails with burgers and pub fare in a simple space with TVs.

Established in 1976, the Corkscrew Bar has been around for over 40 years, evolving and changing with the community. They’re known for their delicious burgers and wings, local beer, refreshing drinks, sports, trivia, live music and more. It’s many locals’ home away from home!

Lucky 7 Tavern, located at 322 2nd St, Jersey City which is eight minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a popular, dimly lit joint offering a wide range of whiskeys, BBQ, bar bites, DJs and a jukebox.

Lucky 7 Tavern has been a fixture in downtown Jersey City for years. People fill into Lucky’s to have a drink and enjoy excellent bar food including authentic Southern BBQ. They also offer a large selection of bottled beer and 14 beers on tap, which you can sip on among sporting events shown on their seven flat screen HDTVs.

Corkscrew Bar

61 Congress St, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 239-0087

Lucky 7 Tavern

322 2nd St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 418-8585

Shop For Thanksgiving at These Jersey City Grocery Stores


Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means one thing – your state-of-the-art Beacon kitchen is about to get some serious use! But before you start logging hours cooking on Nov. 26, you’ll have to fill up your shopping cart.

If you’re looking for top-quality meats, vegetables and more to serve to your family on Thanksgiving, look no further than these grocery stores located near your Beacon apartment. These stores offer huge selections, great customer service, fresh fare and more!

Hudson Greene Market, located at ­­77 Hudson St, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an airy grocery carrying specialty and gourmet food, much of it organic, plus cooked meals and coffee.

Hudson Greene Market is a neighborhood store and considers their customers’ needs in every item they stock. They put their customers’ needs first, offering delicious homemade items that make your life easy. Whatever your pleasure, they have it, including salads, sushi, sandwiches, bagels, hot foods and more. 

CTown Supermarkets, located at 885 Bergen Ave, Jersey City which is a 13 minute walk from your Beacon apartment, is a supermarket chain selling groceries and other merchandise such as beauty products and cleaning supplies.

Since they opened their doors in 1973, CTown has remained committed to supporting their local communities. All of their stores are independently owned and operated and dedicated to serving the needs of their unique customers. With 130 stores and counting, finding one close your Beacon apartment has never been easier.

Hudson Greene Market

­­77 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 434-2080

CTown Supermarkets

885 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 795-1740

Where To Shop in Jersey City on Black Friday


One of the favorite foodie holidays – Thanksgiving – is right around the corner, but for shoppers, that’s no matter. What they’re really looking forward to is Black Friday, the official start of holiday shopping season and a great day to score some great deals on gifts for others – and for yourself!

Whether you want to get a jumpstart on holiday shopping or you simply want to add some more items to your Beacon closet, check out these stores on Black Friday for amazing deals.

Footaction, located in the Hudson Mall at 701 NJ-440 Space 19, Jersey City which is 12 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a chain retailer stocking brand-name athletic and streetwear-inspired shoes, plus casual apparel.

Footaction lives at the intersection of sport and style to serve those who are steps ahead of the latest trends with the latest styles and timeless classics from Nike, PUMA, Jordan, adidas, Levi’s, Herschel, Champion and more. They offer looks that include the newest releases, exclusive apparel collections, and some of the biggest names in sportswear.

Macy’s, located in Newport Centre at 20 Mall Dr E, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a department store chain providing brand-name clothing, accessories, home furnishings and housewares.

Macy’s, established in 1858, is an iconic retailing brand with over 740 stores operating coast-to-coast and online. They offer a first-class selection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Estée Lauder & Levi’s. With a huge array of items, you can find something here for everyone on your list this Black Friday.


701 NJ-440 Space 19, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 433-7100


20 Mall Dr E, Jersey City, NJ 07310

(201) 255-5200

The Perfect Costume Awaits At These Halloween Stores


Halloween is right around the corner and although the spooky holiday won’t look exactly as it did in years past, that’s no reason not to celebrate with a stellar costume that’ll impress your family and friends.

Whether you’re looking for the scariest costume on the block or you’re just on the hunt for a few laughs, check out these costume shops near your Beacon apartment. Being that we are in such a bustling area, we have a huge array of shops that fit every budget and every age group!

State Fair Seasons, located at 241 Main St, Belleville which is 20 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a long-running store selling costumes for adults and kids, plus accessories, wigs and makeup.

State Fair Seasons offers over 8,000 different costumes and accessories in the latest styles from the hottest brands including Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Barbie, Star Wars, Superman, Universal and more.  There is no place better to shop than State Fair Seasons for Halloween! Their merchandising group has more experience than any other costume retailer in the country.

Party City, located at 733 NJ-440, Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a retail chain stocking a wide range of themed party supplies, plus costumes and holiday decorations.

Are you looking for a fun and exciting Halloween shopping experience? Every year, all 850+ Party City locations transform into the ultimate Halloween mega stores, featuring everything you need to celebrate this wild and wonderful night. Whether you’re looking for candy, costumes, decorations or party supplies, this one-stop Halloween shop is sure to please. Searching for costume ideas? They have walls and walls of costume displays to help you find the right look for Halloween parties and trick or treating.

State Fair Seasons

241 Main St, Belleville, NJ 07109

(973) 450-4450

Party City

733 NJ-440, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 432-7400