Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

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

Where To Go Pumpkin Picking Near Your Beacon Apartment


You might not want to dress up. You might not want to eat an apple pie. But there’s no way you can miss out on pumpkin picking in October, especially since we have so many rustic farms near our Beacon apartments!

Pick out the perfect pumpkin from these pumpkin farms located right around the corner from home and make good use of it by cooking up a pumpkin pie or simply using it to decorate your Beacon apartment. You’ll have your pick of the litter – literally – at these farms, which offer huge pumpkin selections.

Demarest Farms, located at 244 Wiermus Rd, Hillsdale which is 38 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a quaint grocery store, nursery and circa-1886 working farm offering seasonal you-pick produce.

In the late 1970s, farm owners Peter and Marsha introduced what would become one of the largest and most important parts of the business: pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. Throughout the years, pumpkin picking at Demarest Farms has exploded in popularity as the farm continues to offer the finest quality fresh fruits and vegetables.

Alstede Farms, located at 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester Township which is 50 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is dedicated to providing high-quality homegrown local fruits and vegetables and memorable farm experiences.

This is especially achieved through their you-pick activities, which includes pumpkins in addition to a huge array of other items including apples, strawberries, flowers and more. During the fall, choose from orange or white pumpkins, munchkins, gourds and assorted winter squash.

Demarest Farms

244 Wiermus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ 07642

(201) 666-0472

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester Township, NJ 07930

(908) 879-7189

Where To Find Apple Cider Near Your Beacon Apartment


There’s nothing like a glass of hot apple cider in the midst of autumn – especially if that cider is homemade right from the orchard. Being that Jersey City is full of hip bars and restaurants, we’re lucky to live by lots of destinations featuring local cider, and even hard cider, all season long.

If you’re looking for that perfect glass of cider, check out these nearby places for a sip you’re sure to savor all season long. It’ll be difficult to return to the typical glass of wine or beer after these ciders!

WÜRSTBAR, located at 516 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a cool spot offering a variety of sausages, beers and ciders in a rustic space with an old-school flair.

WURSTBAR features one of the largest selections of ciders in the city, with styles including semi-dry, dry, semi-sweet and farmhouse. Their ciders hail from all over the world, from as far as France.

Barcade, located at 163 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is eight minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a festive venue pairing classic video games with craft ales and ciders, plus familiar pub grub in an airy locale.

Barcade focuses craft spirits and cocktails. The menu consists primarily of sandwiches, appetizers, and shareable plates with creative variations of classic pub food and regional specialties. The beer and cider selection is only American, featuring local, regional, and national craft breweries and cideries, and only on draft so as to reduce waste and energy.


516 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 479-8396


163 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 332-4555

Indian Cuisine Is Always On The Menu At These Authentic Eateries


Here in Jersey City, we are surrounded by a bustling culinary scene that allows you to travel the world via plate, all without ever going further than a few miles from your Beacon apartment. This includes our local Indian eateries, which offer all of your authentic favorites like chicken tikka masala, biryani, naan, samosas and more.

Ready to indulge with some delicious Indian comfort cuisine now that fall is here? Stop by these Jersey City Indian restaurants for outdoor dining or takeout.

Amiya, located at 101 Hudson St, Jersey City which is seven minutes from your Beacon apartment, offers refined, contemporary Indian cuisine in a fine dining setting which is the perfect atmosphere for a night out on the town or a simple afternoon lunch.

Amiya is headed by Chef Girish, who juxtaposes the traditional qualities of Indian cuisine that diners crave with ingredients not traditionally seen on a typical Indian menu. The delightful menu is inspired by Chef Girish’s deep knowledge of Indian cuisine, his skill and his boundless imagination.

VaibhaV Indian Restaurant, located at 737 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is seven minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a relaxed BYOB eatery providing an array of traditional Indian fare.

Vaibhav aims to bring the essence of the rich Indian heritage of taste and culinary culture. Their chefs excel in treating diners with the most delectable spreads and they have proven themselves over the years to be a sophisticated yet comforting destination.


101 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 433-8000

VaibhaV Indian Restaurant

737 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 533-9500