Neighborhood News & Beacon Events

Summer Is The Time For S’mores. Here’s Where To Get S’mores-Inspired Desserts In Jersey City


There’s no dessert that says summer quite like s’mores, especially if it means roasting your own marshmallows over an open fire on a perfect August night. But here in Jersey City, you don’t need to wait for a campfire to enjoy s’mores – you can get s’mores-inspired desserts nearby.

Get a taste of this delectable dessert at restaurants and bakeries near our Beacon apartments that offer their own creative takes on the classic sweet. It will be your new favorite way to enjoy melted chocolate, sticky marshmallows and sweet graham crackers!

Angel’s Recipe Ice Cream & Crepes, located at 312 Central Ave, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Beacon apartment, offers sweet crepes – including a s’mores crepe – rolled ice cream sundaes and bubble tea in a bright, cheery counter-serve setting.

Providing the freshest and premium quality ingredients are the goals of Angel’s Recipe Ice Cream & Crepes! Their products are made of the best ingredients, carefully chosen from local markets, not containing anything they wouldn’t use at home such as those containing GMOs, chemical stabilizers and preservatives. They believe that the best taste comes from the best ingredients.

RoofTop at Exchange Place, located at 1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City which is nine minutes from your Beacon apartment, offers American fare and cocktails in a contemporary space with a retractable glass roof and skyline views.

One of their rooftop menu desserts includes the campfire s’mores cookie, which has a chocolate bar, marshmallow, graham cracker and chocolate cookie and is made with real smoke. While enjoying this delectable dessert, check out stunning views of the Manhattan skyline, Hudson River, Statue of Liberty, Staten Island and beyond.

Angel’s Recipe Ice Cream & Crepes

312 Central Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07307

(201) 360-2399

RoofTop at Exchange Place

1 Exchange Pl, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(551) 256-7850

These Companies Can Create Your Luxury Picnic Event


Lately, luxury picnics are all over social media! Rather than settle with the typical blanket and picnic basket, those looking to celebrate – or just have a fun afternoon out – are booking luxury picnics equipped with pillow seating, fine flatware, low tables, candles and more.

If you’ve been itching to create your own luxury picnic right here in Jersey City, contact these local companies to get in on this budding trend. Book them for showers, date night, an anniversary, or just a get-together celebrating the season!

Basket of Caviar offers picnic packages completely customized and tailored to you, many of which include food. Their experienced chef can curate a full menu of your favorite foods, with consideration to dietary restrictions and requirements.

They pride themselves in delivering luxury experiences. Each detail is considered and tailored to each client’s desire and event. With a variety of themes, colors and special touches, they ensure they make every moment magical.

Row Luxe Picnics offers indoor, outdoor and seasonal pop-up picnics with tons of various design themes to fit your vision. No matter the theme, they bring base sheets, tablecloths, placemats and runners to give your picnic a cohesive look and everything you need to host the perfect party.

Some of their themes include Boho Chic with pops of crystal and greenery and Modern Vibe with buddha and earth tones. Their add-on options include rose petals, a bar cart and wicker egg chairs. Row Luxe Picnics has something for everyone, no matter if you’re hosting date night or a bridal shower!

Basket of Caviar

Row Luxe Picnics

Celebrate Bastille Day July 14 at These Jersey City French Restaurants


For 232 years, the French have annually celebrated Bastille Day, the national holiday that marked a turning point of the French Revolution and the unity of the French people. Here in Jersey City, we may be a plane ride away from the home of the “City of Lights,” but we can still celebrate delicious French cuisine at our local restaurants.

When Bastille Day arrives on July 14, celebrate the holiday with cassoulet, coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon and other traditional French dishes at French restaurants located near our Beacon apartments.

Bistro La Source, located at 85 Morris St, Jersey City which is eight minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a restaurant with a patio serving French fare such as steak frites and mussels, plus fixed-price meals.

With over 25 years of experience as a chef in some of Manhattan’s most prestigious restaurants, owner Bill Spitz takes great pride in the quality and presentation of each dish. Seasonal ingredients from local purveyors are always featured on the menu as well as hand-picked wine selections.

Barbès, located at 1300 Park Ave, Hoboken which is 12 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is an intimate spot with a mix of French and North African food and vibe based on a Parisian neighborhood.

The menu takes its lead from Morocco, North Africa’s culinary star, balanced with traditional French brasserie fare. Expect a cozy atmosphere echoing the bistros of Paris but with chic Moroccan touches. Here, the Barbès Paris vibe comes to the area!

Bistro La Source

85 Morris St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 209-1717


1300 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030

(201) 610-1000

National Kitten Day is July 10! Here’s Where To Get a Furry Friend


Especially if you’re working from home at your Beacon apartment, there’s nothing like a furry friend to keep you company – especially if it’s one that doesn’t require walks or midnight cries to be let outside! That’s where cats come in, which can be your pet and pal without too much work.

On National Kitten Day on July 10, finally get that kitten you’ve been thinking about by first heading to one of these local animal shelters. Choose either a laid-back cat, a playful cat or a loving cat to fit your lifestyle.

Liberty Humane Society, located at 235 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City which is six minutes from your Beacon apartment, cares for, treats and finds homes for thousands of animals every year. Rehoming animals who have nowhere else to go is one of the most urgent aspects of their mission, but their long-term goal is to build a community in which those services are no longer needed.

All animals receive a medical assessment and vaccinations upon intake. After a behavioral assessment, adoptable animals move into main shelter housing where they will stay until adopted or transferred. All animals are spayed or neutered and microchipped prior to adoption.

Final Hope Animal Rescue, located at 6 Congress St. Jersey City which is 10 minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a recognized non-profit organization that strives to provide help to abandoned, neglected and sick cats.

At the heart of their organization is a mission to give temporary shelter, socialization, medical care and, of course, unconditional love to homeless animals until they can be placed in loving and secure forever homes.

Liberty Humane Society

235 Jersey City Blvd, Jersey City, NJ 07305


Final Hope Animal Rescue

6 Congress St. Jersey City NJ 07305

(646) 388-0687

These Jersey City Seafood Boil Restaurants Offer a Taste of the Big Easy


We may be used to white tablecloths at our Jersey City restaurants, but in the South, foodies love to dig in – especially at seafood boils, where seafood is cooked in a large pot with seasonings before being dumped on tables for diners to eat with their hands!

Here in Jersey City, you can get a taste of this delicious seafood tradition at our restaurants specializing in seafood boils straight from the South. At these eateries, choose from crab legs, clams, shrimp and more and prepare for a full stomach!

Just BeClaws, located at 280 1st St, Jersey City which is five minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a family-style seafood spot serving seafood boils, po’ boys and shrimp baskets in a nautical-themed, industrial space.

At an early age, brothers Francis and Nambinh Tran were introduced to the restaurant industry when their family opened up their restaurant “Miss Saigon” in Jersey City more than 20 years ago. Inspired by the family business and their love of seafood – a staple in the Vietnamese culture – the brothers brought a little bit of flavor to Jersey City when they opened Just BeClaws in 2015.

The Boil, located at 8 Erie St, Jersey City which is eight minutes from your Beacon apartment, is a lively seafood-focused restaurant and bar that serves fresh Creole and Cajun-style cuisine.

Here, seafood is ordered by the pound with your choice of sauce and spice. This rapidly growing local chain also has locations on the Lower East Side and Greenwich Village, with another soon to come in Brooklyn.

Just BeClaws

280 1st St, Jersey City, NJ 07302

(201) 459-9100

The Boil

8 Erie St, Jersey City, NJ 07302(201) 479-0808