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Toys ‘R’ Us Giraffe Finds a New Home in New Jersey Children’s Hospital

The 16-foot tall statue of Geoffrey the Giraffe is being moved from the Toys ‘R’ Us headquarters in Wayne to a New Jersey children’s hospital, and #HipNJ has the scoop!

Joseph Malfitano, whose Malfitano Partners advised Toys ‘R’ Us in the sale of its assets, searched for a children’s hospital willing to take the statue in. Now, Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick has agreed to house Geoffrey.

The statue depicts Geoffrey smiling and raising his forelegs triumphantly. Now, he can continue to bring happiness into the lives of children.

Boozy Popsicles, Frozen Dessert with a Twist!

Want something to cool you down as the summer heat kicks in? Boozy Popsicles are the perfect solution!

Beth Ritter Nydick, author of Clean Cocktails – Righteous Recipes for the Modern Mixologist, brings you Boozy Popsicles. They are a perfect mix of frozen desserts and cocktails. These popsicles, or pop-tails are a great way to cool down on a warm summer day.

The flavors Beth offers include Bittersweet Bourbon Chocolate and Honeydew Cucumber among others. The Bittersweet Bourbon Chocolate Pop uses chocolate, cacao powder and bourbon. The Honeydew Cucumber Popsicle uses cucumber, honeydew, lime juice and tequila.

Beth is a health coach with two kids who appears regularly on The Dr. Oz Show and The Chew. She became a health coach because of her passion to work with people in bettering their health and family life. Beth runs cooking classes and workshops on nutrition as well as individual health and nutrition coaching to parents and families.

While the popsicles are a mix of frozen desserts and alcohol, they still follow with Beth’s healthy eating lifestyle. This is due to the wide variety of fruits and vegetables within them.

To find out how to make the Boozy Popsicles mentioned above in addition to others, click here!

Mamoun’s Opens In Fort Lee

New Jersey natives and father and daughter team Marina M. Yacoub and Magdy Yacoub have launched a North Jersey location of Mamoun’s, the beloved “original” New York City falafel brand (est. 1971).

Mamoun’s  in Fort Lee will be open daily from 10am to 10pm to with 25 seats for guests dining in, seasonal outdoor seating for 12 and offers takeaway, delivery and catering.

This neighborhood destination will serve the same delicious, freshly made Middle Eastern cuisine that first gained acclaim in the West Village almost 50 years ago.

To learn more about Mamoun’s, click here.