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Get in Shape for 2019 At These Jersey City Gyms


OK, so you’ve decided to get in shape for your New Year’s resolution. But where do you begin? While you can always check out The Beacon’s private fitness center, with state of the art equipment and yoga rooms, there are other local options. Luckily here in Jersey City, we have tons of gyms which will make losing a few pounds a breeze.

If you’re ready to commit to fitness in 2019, then check out these local gyms that are near our Beacon apartments. These gyms will make working out more fun than you ever expected it to be!

Four FitnessJC, located at 650 Montgomery St, Jersey City which is a four minute walk from your Beacon apartment, is owned by Marcisco Morrison, who has over 11 years of experience of one-on-one personal training and fitness management. His proven track record of client satisfaction, retention and results has won earned his fitness studio Yelp’s five-star rating for excellence.

Marcisco specializes in using the four major muscle groups as a low-impact system of leg, core, back and chest manipulations that achieve maximum strength, agility and muscular development. You’re sure to get in shape at this Jersey City gym!

24 Hour Fitness, located at 918 Bergen Ave, Jersey City which is a seven minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is designed to excite and motivate, with amazing studio classes, innovative training programs, and ample workout space to help you get into your zone and get moving.

At 24 Hour Fitness, they see our clubs as your ultimate daily retreat, where motivation and comradery are simply part of your gym membership. Here, feel the energy, find your gym community and reach for your best each day!



Four FitnessJC

650 Montgomery St, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(551) 208-4775


24 Hour Fitness

918 Bergen Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 659-6892


Celebrate National Spaghetti Day at These Local Pasta Eateries


Unlike Christmas, New Year’s and other labor-extensive holidays we are all now recovering from, our next holiday coming up on Jan. 4 barely requires any legwork at all – National Spaghetti Day, the perfect time to enjoy our favorite pasta!

If you’re a spaghetti lover, then you better get out in Jersey City on Jan. 4 and enjoy some amazing spaghetti from some of our local eateries, which also makes for a perfect meal of comfort food on these cold days. Check them out below!

Abbondanza Trattoria & Brick Oven Pizza, located at 257 Grand St, Jersey City which is seven minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a BYOB eatery serving Neapolitan pizza and homespun Italian fare in the basement of a brick townhouse.

The trattoria has been a part of the community for 25 years, and since then, they have always served a plethora of food prepared with only the freshest ingredients and a touch of Sicilian flair so you’ll always go home full!

Delenio, located at 357 7th St, Jersey City which is an eight minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is an unfussy, brick-lined Italian choice whipping up pizzas, hot sandwiches and familiar Italian mains.

The chefs at Delenio specialize in authentic and delicious food which uses only the freshest ingredients around, ensuring that every dish is of the highest possible quality. Plus, the staff is devoted to serving customers mouthwatering dishes in a friendly and hospitable environment. This is also a great spot for some delivery pasta!


Abbondanza Trattoria & Brick Oven Pizza

257 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 516-0900



357 7th St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 798-9539


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Where To Find the Perfect Gift in Jersey City


Sometimes, it can be difficult to find that perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list. However, in a busy downtown like Jersey City, there are tons of local shops sporting interesting gift items to make everyone happy this Dec. 25.

If you’re on the hunt for gifts this weekend, then check out some of these Jersey City stores for a gift that’s sure to impress. Plus, you won’t have to venture far from your Beacon apartment to do it!

Yankee Candle, located inside the Newport Centre Mall at 30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City which is an eight minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a retail chain specializing in a wide array of scented candles and related accessories.

Step into the world of fragrance and discover all the possibilities for creating a warm and welcoming home. From the inviting displays of their newest fragrances and familiar favorites, to home décor accessories, you’ll experience America’s best loved candles first hand and will find a great gift for your loved one!

Fossil, located inside the Newport Centre Mall at 30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City which is an eight minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a chain retailer known for vintage-inspired watches, leather goods and more, along with modern designs.

Fossil has the accessories your loved one will need to start the each season organized and right on trend. Known for their modern spin on classic vintage details, Fossil made its name for the past three decades by offering watches, jewelry and leather bags that capture the interest and curiosity of loyal customers and admirers.


Yankee Candle

30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310

(201) 216-9669



30 Mall Dr W, Jersey City, NJ 07310

(201) 239-5837

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Get in the Holiday Spirit By Chopping Down a Tree From These Farms


Who needs a fake tree that’s been sitting in an attic when you can get in the holiday spirit with the whole family by picking out your very own tree from a local farm? Here at your Beacon apartment, that’s made easy due to the many tree farms in the area.

If you’re ready to unpack the ornaments and get your Beacon apartment decked out for the holidays, then get the car ready and head to these Christmas tree farms!

Hidden Pond Tree Farm, located at 4 Westfield Rd, Mendham which is 50 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is ranked as one of the top 20 Christmas tree farms in the country by Country Living magazine, so you know you’re bound to find a great tree here.

Breathe in the scented air, warm your hands by the bonfire and bring your friends, family or that special someone to Hidden Pond. You’ll find more than a Christmas tree – you’ll create magical Christmas memories that last a lifetime!

Plut’s Christmas Tree Farm, located at 220 Flocktown Rd, Long Valley which is one hour from your Beacon apartment, offers pre-cut Christmas trees for families to take home as well as lots of other products, such as wreaths, garland, mailbox huggies and more. No saws required – their staff will cut and drag your tree for you as well as bail and tie your tree to your car.

After you get your tree, enjoy concessions including hot-cocoa, cider, corn dogs, and homemade funnel cakes. Finish by shopping at their gift shop for candy canes, kissing balls and more!


Hidden Pond Tree Farm

4 Westfield Rd, Mendham, NJ 07945

(973) 865-6362


Plut’s Christmas Tree Farm

220 Flocktown Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853

(908) 852-6669

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Book Your Holiday Party at These Jersey City Restaurants


It’s almost the holidays, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with friends and family. However, even though your Beacon apartment is beautiful, hosting at your own home can be stressful. Luckily here in Jersey City, we have lots of venues to choose from to host your holiday party.

Skip cooking, serving and the like by booking your holiday party at one of these beautiful Jersey City restaurants. From Italian to New American, we have it all here, so the choices are endless!

Maritime Parc, located at 84 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City which is an eight minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a sleek spot for creative New American fare with panoramic views of downtown Manhattan.

Events at Maritime Parc boast restaurant-caliber food as well as providing accommodating staff and waiters who will anticipate every need and orchestrate every detail with their invisible hand, making your event a seamless and stress-free occasion.

Vu, located at 2 Exchange Pl, Jersey City which is a nine minute drive from your Beacon apartment, is a stylish Hyatt Regency venue featuring New American fare, floor-to-ceiling windows and NYC vistas.

Welcome your guests in the Vu private dining room, an exclusive dining area located off the main dining room. This private room offers a warm, elegant and intimate space that can seat up to 32 people. Vu private dining offers contemporary American cuisine, warm hospitality and unparalleled service. Contact them directly for their seasonal private dining menus!


Maritime Parc

84 Audrey Zapp Dr, Jersey City, NJ 07305

(201) 413-0050



2 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07302