Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Thanks To These Local Bakeries, You Can Bring the Perfect Pie This Thanksgiving


Of course, you can’t show up to Thanksgiving dinner empty-handed. However, you don’t necessarily have to slave over your Beacon stove, either! The perfect addition to your Thanksgiving dinner is a homemade pie, but don’t worry – you can leave the baking to the experts.

If you want to bring a pie to Thanksgiving that your fellow guests will rave about, check out these bakeries located near your Beacon apartment. And don’t worry… no one has to know that you didn’t lift a finger!

Cocoa Bakery, located at 275 Grand St, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a quaint storefront with breakfast pastries, classic baked goods and espresso drinks, plus a snug patio.

Since their opening in 2013, Cocoa has been a popular spot for pies, cookies, pastries, coffee and made to order cakes for all occasions. Residents and visitors, as well as Jersey City eateries, have all been loyal customers!

Monteleone’s, located at 741 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a traditional bakery turning out Italian pastries from cakes and cannoli to pies and eclairs.

A staple in the community for generations, many customers have been frequenting Monteleone’s for over 50 years thanks to their reasonable prices, excellent baked goods and friendly service. Make sure while here you look out for “Mom’s” chair – it’s where head baker “Mom” herself used to sit, where she still makes all of her customers feel like her children!


Cocoa Bakery

275 Grand St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 830-3430



741 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07306

(201) 798-0576

Check Out These Local Costume Stores Before Halloween


Halloween is just around the corner and as one of the most fun holidays of the year, you better be dressing up to get in the spirit! Here in Jersey City, that’s made easy thanks to the many costume stores that we have in the area.

Whether you’re dead-set on being your favorite character for this Oct. 31 or you have no idea where to start, check out these costume stores located near your Beacon apartment. You’re sure to be the talk of your Halloween party!

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

From August through November, Party City Jersey City is primarily a Halloween store, carrying all styles and sizes of costumes, a huge assortment of costume accessories, life size animated props, giant stretch cobwebs and skull pitchers and mugs. Because they also manufacture Halloween merchandise, many of the products they sell are exclusive to Party City — you can’t buy them anywhere else.

State Fair Seasons, located at 241 Main St, Belleville which is about 18 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 a tremendous selection, great prices and friendly, knowledgeable staff. For over 24 years, they have provided their customers with the very best in Halloween merchandise with a full range of costumes as well as a full line of indoor and outdoor decorations.


Party City

733 NJ-440, Jersey City, NJ 07304

(201) 432-7400


State Fair Seasons

241 Main St, Belleville, NJ 07109

(973) 450-1070

Love Fall Beers? Check Out These Local Breweries


It’s that time of year again… pumpkin is everywhere, and that includes in our beers! If you want to get your own taste of fall beers, whether they are infused with pumpkin and apple or just have that distinctive Oktoberfest taste, you can check out these breweries located near your Beacon apartment.

Luckily, here in Jersey City, beer lovers don’t have to venture too far to get a taste of craft beer that’s made onsite and is ready to drink fresh from the taproom. This is a great way to get of taste of autumn without heading to the pumpkin patch!

Departed Soles Brewing Company, located at 150 Bay St #2a, Jersey City which is about 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, opened in 2015 as the result of two friends’ love of beer.

While the brewery produces all sorts of craft beer, it is proud to be New Jersey’s first craft brewery offering craft beer with 100% gluten-free ingredients that can compete on the palate with traditional ales. Whether you are gluten-free or just want to try something new, you’ll love the beers at Departed Soles!

New Jersey Beer Company, located at 4201 Tonnele Ave, North Bergen which is about 15 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a microbrewery with a petite tasting room offering samples and take-home bottles, plus brewery tours.

New Jersey Beer Co. was founded in 2010 by a small, passionate team brewing three delicious year-round beers. Their top notch brewing team now produces many excellent beers available all year and a growing number of seasonal beers.


Departed Soles Brewing Company

150 Bay St #2a, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 479-8578


New Jersey Beer Company

4201 Tonnele Ave, North Bergen, NJ 07047

(201) 758-8342

Celebrate National Pasta Month at These Jersey City Eateries


As if you needed an excuse to indulge in some tasty pasta, October is National Pasta Month which recognizes one of the most popular types of food with over 600 different shapes of pasta produced worldwide! No matter the shape, some of our favorites are located right here in Jersey City.

If you’re craving a bowl of hot, comforting pasta, check out some of these eateries known for their amazing pasta located near your Beacon apartment. Don’t feel guilty… hey, it is National Pasta Month!

Pasta Dal Cuore, located at 527 Jersey Ave, Jersey City which is about five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is known for their housemade pasta and other Italian specialties at this chic BYOB with a to-go counter.

Their menu is inspired by a variety of classic regional dishes; from the cuisine found in the valleys of the Italian Dolomites to the Ligurian coast, and down to the Puglian peninsula where the ancient trulli villages dot the sea-straddled landscape.

Roman Nose, located at 125 Newark Ave, Jersey City which is about eight minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a charming, snug spot with Italian comfort food and creative cocktails, plus a notable beer and wine list.

Roman Nose is the culmination of Maria and Ruggero Fiore’s journey from a small farming village in the Lazio region of Italy (between Rome and Naples) to the heart of Jersey City’s blossoming culinary scene. Together with their sons Frank and Raymond, they wanted to create a warm, welcoming, and relaxed trattoria atmosphere in which to share their love of high-quality, simple, clean food using the freshest ingredients.


Pasta Dal Cuore

527 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 332-8505


Roman Nose

125 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 360-2176

Italian Wine & Cheese Pairing


On Thursday, September 26th, Van Hook Cheese and Jersey Wine & Spirits will co-host one of their monthly pairing classes with two instructors who bring the class through five pairings. They’ll discuss the history, production techniques, tasting notes, and thought that goes into each component of the pairings that you’ll taste.  Italy produces a stunning variety of wine and cheese and there’s something for everyone! Hopefully you discover a new wine and cheese to share with your friends and family.

Van Hook Cheese and Grocery is a family-owned cheese and specialty grocery store located in downtown Jersey City.  They focus on high quality and local products.  If you have a party to attend this fall, we highly suggest purchasing a cheese platter through them.  Prices range from $100-$150 and are sure to impress! You can also skip the lines and pre-order cheese which is cut the day of pick up to ensure freshness.  Van Hook Cheese also has outstanding grilled cheese sandwiches, which are served on sourdough Pullman with hand-churned butter from Normandy.

Jersey Wine & Spirits is a first class liquor store that offers a wide selection of wines, beer and spirits.  They have a very knowledgeable staff and reasonable prices. They have excellent reviews on Yelp and are definitely a favorite in Jersey City.


Van Hook Cheese & Grocery

528 Jersey Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 433-2600


Jersey Wine & Spirits

492 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 763-5888