Check Out These Wineries Near Your Rivington Apartment

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Even though summer is on its way out, there’s still plenty of warm weather to be enjoyed before autumn is in full spring and the leaves begin falling. Cool breeze or not, one fun activity that’s perfect for taking advantage of the sunshine is visiting a local winery, where you can peruse vineyards, try local wines and take home a bottle for your Rivington apartment guests.

Here in Hoboken, there are plenty of beautiful wineries in neighboring towns that have wines for every palette, whether you prefer a strong Cabernet or a crisp Chardonnay. Read on to find out where you can hang this weekend and mix up your usual bar or restaurant hangout.

Fox Hollow Vineyards, located at 939 Holmdel Rd, Holmdel which is about an hour from your Rivington apartment, is located on 94 acres and is owned and operated by the Casola Family, sixth generation farmers who decided to diversify into vineyards and wine making for future generations.

Fox Hollow Vineyards prides themselves on the cultivation of premium grapes – all of the grapes at the winery are hand tended and harvested, then skillfully crafted into fine wines that can all be sampled and purchased at the winery.

 

Four JGs Orchards and Vineyards, located at 127 Hillsdale Rd, Colts Neck which is about an hour from your Rivington apartment,is named after the four founding family members of the winery of the Giunco family, who have farmed in Monmouth County for over 60 years.

Founded in 1999, Four JG’s Orchards and Vineyards is located on a farm with barns and houses that date back to the early 1700’s. Try some of their wines such as the Chambourcin Riserva which has brought home tons of gold medals from wine competitions.

 

Fox Hollow Vineyards

939 Holmdel Rd, Holmdel, NJ 07733

(732) 772-0330

foxhollowvineyards.com

 

Four JG’s Orchards and Vineyards

127 Hillsdale Rd, Colts Neck, NJ 07722

(908) 930-8066

4jgswinery.com

Delicious Brunch Spots Close to The Rivington

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One of the best parts of a spring Saturday and Sunday morning is sitting outside in the fresh air enjoying a delicious brunch with friends. Hoboken has many great local eateries that offer brunch specials on the weekend for our residents at The Rivington to enjoy. Here are some local spots to get your brunch on this spring– all just a few minutes away from us here at The Rivington!

The Stewed Cow: Located just minutes away from The Rivington, The Stewed Cow offers one of the best Lunch Specials in Hoboken. On Saturdays and Sundays for $20 per person, they offer a special where you can choose your any entree and you also get 2 brunch cocktails of your choice! Their brunch cocktails include Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas and Bellinis. Entrees that are on their brunch menu are Grilled Cajun-Style Salmon, Bourbon Chili & Chips and much more. You can visit their website to view the full menu and also make reservations.

Amanda’s Restaurant: Located on Washington street guests can start off with their smoked salmon or the current seasonal soup. They offer several entrees including multiple eggs benedict dishes. For drinks you can choose from one of their mixed cocktail or stick with the traditional brunch pairings like a Bloody Mary or bBellini.

Anthony David’s: With a wide variety of dining options, everyone is sure to find something to enjoy! They offer main courses of Lobster BLT’s, Crab Cake Sandwiches and Wild Mushroom Omelette.
Elysian Cafe: During brunch Elysian Cafe offers drink specials for all to enjoy! Order their Irish Steel Cut Oatmeal, Cinnamon-Amaretto French Toast or anything on their brunch menu for a discount on your drink of choice.

Hoboken’s Best Vegan Friendly Eateries

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Vegan dieting is a trend many people have been taking up lately. Not only is this diet healthful for you, vegan dieting also incorporates a green and environmentally friendly lifestyle. 

Here are a bunch of delicious vegan friendly restaurants in Hoboken– most conveniently close by to The Rivington. They are all perfect places to try for our Bozzuto #BeTheGreen challenge this month!

Honey Grow: Just a quick 7 minute drive for our residents at The Rivington, this is a highly-praised new eatery in Hoboken. Their ingredients consist of organic based products and all produce is purchased from local New York and New Jersey markets and farms if available. Items on their menu are not all vegan friendly, but you can modify and menu option to meet your needs in addition to the items specified vegan that are included on the menu. Some of their vegan options include Red Coconut Curry Stir Fry with rice noodles, organic roasted spicy tofu, pineapples, jalapeños, bean sprouts, scallions, cilantro and Roasted Tomato Miso Kale Salad with roasted tomato miso dressing, green kale, organic roasted spicy tofu, apples, carrots, roasted beets, red onions, radishes, and sesame sticks. Their sauces are all homemade, and many of them are vegan. Take a look at their website for the full menu and Facebook page for more information.

M&M: Matt and Meera’s is just five minutes away from The Rivington! Vegan menu items include the Vegan Burger with housemade minced seasonal vegetable patty, lettuce, tomatoes & onion on a soft roll and Chana Masala with slow cooked chick peas with tomatoes, onion & herbs as well as other options. You can find all options on the website and note Vegan options are denoted with a “VG” symbol and vegetarian options labeled “V”.

Tony Boloney’s: Down the road from The Rivington, residents have at their disposal some of the best vegan pizza around! What is great about this top pizza joint is they serve pizza with no dietary restrictions as well as specialty vegan menu so residents can go with any mixed group of friends no matter their dietary needs! Their vegan pizza specialties include King Pizza featuring moroccan roasted cauliflower, red quinoa, lemon tahini hummus, golden raisins & a harissa chimichurri, and other options as well!
Bwe Kafe: This may not be a restaurant but this earth conscious coffee house is eco friendly and offers some vegan treats–including delicious chocolate chip cookies! What is also great about this local spot is a portion of all proceeds go towards helping the recovery efforts in Hati from the Earthquake in 2010.

Spring Day Trip into NYC

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A nice thing about living at The Rivington is its close proximity to cultural hub New York City! Manhattan is always just a short ferry, bus or PATH ride away. With spring in full swing, this is a great time to take the quick and convenient trip into the city. Take in the sights, maybe a show, or just relax at one of the many different parks! Here are a few of our favorite options when your next trip into Manhattan from The Rivington.

Pack a lunch, bring some friends, and head to the park for a relaxing lunch excursion. If Central Park seems too overwhelming, here’s a great link to a variety of parks also in the city that should suit your needs. Another great option is the High Line! A lush park right in the middle of a busy Manhattan Avenue, the High Line also plenty of restaurants and bars dotted along it’s multi-block stretch. It’s a great combination of the outdoors with a cosmopolitan vibe.

You see them advertised on every TV commercial and train, but has there been a Broadway play you’ve been dying to see in the city?  This spring is the perfect time to take in a show with many big upcoming Broadway performances starting now. The Tony Awards aren’t until June, but here’s a list to get you started on what plays to see.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want to make NYC a full day event, this is a great link to how you could spend your day. It includes things like visiting the Rockefeller Center, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Central Park, a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, a trip through Wall Street, and a ferry ride past the Statue of Liberty. Some of these seem a little too touristy but hey! There’s a reason so many tourists are headed to these destinations.

riNYC is full of landmarks and sights you won’t find anywhere else – while it’s not always practical to live in the city, having it be your backyard is not a bad perk to have!

Chinese New Year at The Rivington

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The Chinese Lunar New Year is upon us this week! This Monday starts the Chinese Year of the Monkey and Asians all across the world will celebrate with parades, dances and of course, delicious food. Never ones to pass up on good eating, Americans had adopted this Asian holiday into our mainstream culture and now celebrate in their own ways. While many of us will get some local Chinese take-out and call it a night, for those of you up to a challenge, making your own homemade Chinese feast in your Rivington kitchen is a great way to celebrate.

You probably already have your Chinese favorites, but keep in mind traditional Chinese traditions of shrimp for happiness and joy, noodles for longevity and spring rolls for wealth. Host your own Chinese New Year party and play around with different foods!

Here are some ideas to start with:

 

If you want to order take out here are a few options right in Hoboken not too far from The Rivington:

Lo-Fatt-Chow (720 Monroe Street, C-103) (201) 798-5050

Precious Chinese Cuisine (128 Washington St., Ste 1) (201) 798-8827

Yeung II Sushi Asian Cuisine (1120 Washington St) (201) 420-7197

Pet Winter Safety at The Rivington

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One of many things that attracts residents to living at the Rivington is our pet-friendly policy. At Bozzuto, our pets are members of our family, and it’s important that we take care of them. With that in mind, the Hoboken Health Department is hosting a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs and cats on Saturday, January 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 The clinic will take place at the Multi-Service Center located at 124 Grand Street. Visitors should enter through the main entry. All dogs and cats must be securely fastened with a collar and leash or in a carrier and accompanied by an adult. Dog owners must have a 2016 Hoboken dog license which can be obtained on site, and proof of Hoboken residency will be required.

 Also keep in mind, with expected snowfalls reaching up to two feet this weekend, expect our streets and sidewalks to be covered in salt for weeks to come. For our dog owners on property, make sure you protect your pup’s paws! You can check out any of the local pet shops to get booties for your dog, and one of our favorites is Hoboken Pet. While it’s best to protect your dog’s paws before he goes outside, just make sure to clean your dog’s paws before he has a chance to lick them when he comes back from his walk. Sidewalk salt is hazardous to a dog’s feet, but can be especially dangerous if ingested. Keep your furry friend safe when heading out in Hoboken this January!

No Place like The Rivington for the Holidays

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December is a month full of magic and fun, but it can also be a time of stress. Between all the running around this month, remember to take some time and just enjoy yourself in your apartment! Here are some tips on how you can preserve your sanity during this hectic (and joyful) time.

 Indulge yourself! Spend as much time in bed as possible in the days leading up to the holiday. Eat what you want. Read what you want. Watch the TV you like. Be completely self-indulgent. Do what you need to get done, but also enjoy your time at home and don’t just leave it to wrapping gifts and endless cooking making. Your apartment is your sanctuary and it needs to always feel that way!

 Take a walk with your furry friend! A walk around the block with your dog can do wonders. Because we allow pets at The Rivington, for our residents with cats and dogs we encourage you to take refuge with your pet. Did you know that pets are natural stress relievers? Whether it’s just lounging with the cat or taking your pup to our local dog park, take a second out of your day to spend with your pet. It might be the most relaxing part of your day!

 Get in a workout! Between the warm NJ winter we’ve been having and our onsite fitness facility, there’s no reason not to get a workout in this December. While exercise is not something commonly associated with the holidays, you’d be surprised how relaxing a walk on the treadmill or elliptical can be after a busy shopping day.

 Rest, relax and reflect at The Rivington! The holidays are a time of joy – but only if you take the time to take care of yourself. Happy Holidays!

Preparing for Thanksgiving at The Rivington

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Thanksgiving is quickly approaching – warranting the question – are you ready for the holidays? For our residents who’d rather use their kitchen for hanging out than cooking, here are some great alternatives to homemade cooking here in Hoboken.

 Amanda’s Restaurant on 908 Washington Street will be open and serviing Thanksgiving dinner this year. Serving all your favorite Thanksgiving classics, check their website to see their holiday menu: http://amandasrestaurant.com/special-events/

 Another Hoboken eatery to check out this Thanksgiving is The Brass Rail. Book a table on right on their website for your family and friends this holiday season. http://thebrassrailnj.com/thanksgiving-dinner-deals-in-hoboken-nj/.

 If you prefer staying right here at The Rivington and you need some help planning and preparing your Thanksgiving meal, most local supermarkets can cater the entire meal, or prepare the side-dishes and dessert while you cook your own turkey. Two such places here in Hoboken are Anthony David’s on 953 Bloomfield St. http://anthonydavids.com/ and The Little Grocery on 214 Jefferson St. http://www.littlegrocery.com/. Both are great options with delicious foods your loved ones will be sure to enjoy.

 Still feel like taking on the whole meal yourself? We commend you, but in case you do need some help this Thursday, there are a few hotlines you can call if you fall into any Thanksgiving emergencies.

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line : 800-BUTTERBALL

ShopRite Chefs On Call: 800-ShopRite

Reynold’s Wrap: 800-745-4000;

Ocean Spray: 800-662-3263; oceanspray.com

Land O’Lakes Holiday Bake Line: 800-782-9606

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline: 888-674-6854

Loving Your Apartment at the Rivington

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It’s vital to create a home you’ll feel happy and comfortable wherever you may be living, and it’s easier than you may think. Here are 3 tips on how to create an apartment you’ll love here at The Rivington.

Find Your Ideal Setup

Your furniture arrangements may make a huge difference when it comes to how you feel about your apartment. Even if you don’t subscribe to Feng Shui, there’s something to be said for using furniture to create a certain flow within a space. A couple of tips: One, don’t fill your place with too much furniture – it can start to feel cramped and uncomfortable. Two, don’t commit to one setup right away. Try different arrangements every few days until you land on one that just feels right. Don’t hang pictures or mount TVs until you try out a few furniture combinations first!

Make Your Bedroom a Haven

The area where you sleep should always be as comfortable and serene as possible. In fact, ensuring the bed itself is just the way you like it can help you feel better about your whole apartment. Use plush sheets, blankets and pillows to create a haven you can retreat to. Make your bed look inviting! If it’s a place you dream about being in during the day, it will be a place you dream peacefully in at night.

Make it Beautiful

Spend the first couple of weeks after moving into your apartment adding small touches to make it feel like yours. Add color, wall hangings, framed pictures, and anything else that makes you smile. Surrounding yourself with things you love is the best way to ensure an apartment that you love.

Before you know it, you’ll have an apartment so fantastic, you’ll never want to leave!